Why the asli aam aadmi like me is chanting NaMo NaMo…?

NaMo NaMo…is Mantra for India

Till 2001 Gujarat was like any other State in Union of India. Being a Non-Gujarati we even did not care. Being bought up in Northern part of India in Haryana having parents from U.P we used to have our own problems like Kargil, terrorism, Ram-Mandir, communalism, nepotism in governance, lack of educational opportunities and so on so forth.

ImageThe 2001, 26 January, shook our consciousness and forced us to look at Gujarat. Such was the devastation in Kutch and Bhuj that India Today that was considered a well balanced political magazine then, came with an issue Deathquake. It was massive destruction with over 1 Lac people perishing! It was reported that the administration have collapsed and rescue and restoration work in shambles. Then in Oct’2001 we heard that a new Chief Minister have been brought in to oversee relief and rehabilitation work and soon it was being reported that the man is indeed performing.

Suddenly… in Feb’2001 we got news that will ultimately over the years lead to transformations, mainly towards positive transformation. Train carrying Kar sewaks have been burnt. Many burnt alive. It simmered anger. Then what followed have been analysed by many experts having varied view-points and ideologies. I- the asli aam aadmi- give you ‘our’ analysis.

The Media was in growing phase at that time. Money was coming in. Tele communications was becoming stronger. India was shining then for us. The propaganda was against NaMo. He was projected a villain. It was a fashion then and even now to a lesser extent though, to barb NaMo. Media trial was on. It was projected that India have been shamed only twice – one in 1992 Ayodhya Babri structure demolition and in 2002 Muslim killed. NGO cottage industry grew. There was a visible attempt to colour Saffron with terror. I was an Hindu, my family used to vote for the Congress. I am an Hindu and not a terrorist was our refrain. Why are they singling out one man for their venom! The feeling that the whole world is being pushed to corner because he was a Hindu, a Sanghi led to NaMo coming in our consciousness. And the journey towards NaMo NaMo started.

He spoke like a strong man. He spoke from his heart. No corrupt intentions. He did not fear and was not diplomatic when he hit out on Pakistan or terrorists. He was just not like any other politician who wanted to please all. He called Miyan Musharraf. He ignited a spirit of love for my motherland, that we are not weak. He was given a title of ‘Maut ka Saudagar’. He hit back. Our faith in him grew when he won his first elections in 2002 inspite of massive tragedies that his state of Gujarat have gone through.

NaMo was considered a polarising figure. But for us he was becoming a mascot of Nationalism, pride in Nationhood, man having will to call spade a spade. In short a strong character. And despite and inspite of all allegations, accusations, propaganda NaMo won another term. Jeeyo Gujarat. So you just can’t’ make a second straight election win a fluke and communal. It was development work he did that was rewarded. We got to know how Kutch and Bhuj have been transformed to be worlds’ top rehabilated cities. We realised how a prominent but plague hit dirty Surat have become a model city symbolising prosperity and growth. We realised that NaMo is a visionary with a mission to improve lives and prove his detractors wrong. And Gujarat was seeing it. Me, the asli aam admi, was also feeling it.

As we now see, hear and read Gujarat story our love for NaMo grows. Now when we hear barbs against him our pride is hurt. He is accused of killing terrorists! These politicians just can’t continue to throw garbage at a man who is a visionary. Take a look at Gujarat. Pure electricity, smooth roads, industrialisation, jobs, alternate forms of energy, efficient governance and a top brass which is incorruptible. Look at their special health programs for children for fighting malnourishment. This health program includes aanganwaadis and encourages community participation and focuses on even the last man in a remote village. Is it happening anywhere else in India? Here is a politician (!) who happens to be the C.M who strives for industrialists to invest in his Gujarat. He goes out of way to pursue business for his state. He gets these industries to adapt villages. His state has a program that pushes for tree plantation in every home in Gujarat. He has a team of bureaucrats who get the work done with minimum fuss. NaMo is disciplined and is incorruptible.

As an asli aam aadmi ‘we’ see NaMo as a leader who thinks and lives for the Nation. As lacs and lacs of us throng to hear him in rally after rally, watch him speak live on TV, our heart is filled with Hope. Suddenly we have become a very positive Nation. NaMo NaMo is the mantra of development. NaMo NaMo symbolises Nationalism. NaMo NaMo means inclusiveness that is not subjected to wearing skull caps. He is ignited in the passion to work for the motherland. He has made us proud of our History. He is talking of North East, he is talking of his Rainbow strategy of development. NaMo is all Humility with guts and Passion to deliver.

NaMo is a Revolution of Mind. NaMo is the way we conduct ourselves towards our society. His becoming Prime Minister is important for India, for us the asli aam aadmi. His not becoming PM will not be his loss but shall be an opportunity missed by us. NaMo will continue to have and deliver in Gujarat then! And we will continue to be a Nation of onlookers. Ram Bharose that is…

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Kejriwal brand of politics creating many Godse’s

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As a hassled Nation rallied around Team Anna, there was Hope. Because finally the Nation, it’s Youth, its educated, was speaking in one voice. There was now a pressure group that shall instil fear in the system that is seen to have disowned the very public it was meant to serve. Suddenly Aam Aadmi was the central point in all the discussions and scheme of things. It was Indias’ Revolution.

We saw a definite change in discourse in the country. Corruption will not be tolerated. And if you are caught you will be blemished for life. The movement for people’s good has started. Baba Ramdev who was also fighting his battle of propriety also furthered the cause that envisions the good for Nation. The empowerment was starting. There were differences in various groups, politics but the goal was more or less same. Get the cancer of Administrative and political apathy out of the system.

But…the movement received a jolt when Team Anna broke due to a faction led by Mr Arvind Kejriwal, taking political route. The pressure group had weakened. AAP- Aam Admi Party was formed. It will rough it out and the decision to go political was justified by AK as that to fight from within the system as the Andolans’ are leading to nowhere. This very premise was wrong. The Andolans’ have given voice to the public, galvanised the different sections of the society to common goal, Nationalism was becoming the way of life.

The political AAP started focussing on Delhi- bijli, paani, corruption. They were then rewarded with enthusiastic response in Delhi. They were given the power to govern. They were finally given chance to help improve life of the aam admi. Arvind Kejriwal got tremendous good will and opportunity. Both the principal National Parties, the Congress and the BJP, were reluctant and fearful to hit him.  AAP was keenly watched. The popularity of Kejriwal and AAP grew beyond Delhi. With this started the ‘u-turn’ which has now become synonymous with Mr Kejriwal. The AAP core committee became so myopic with the vast support and acceptance that it started believing that they will get a free run in governance and that Lok Sabha will now be offered to them on platter. People from diverse backgrounds started joining AAP and soon it was clear that these people have personal agendas and prejudices and were opportunistic who would also have preferred Congress if it was not a sinking ship. A Halo was created around AAP. AAP also got all the good press, motivated or not is a different question!

But when in governance you have to govern, when you give good governance you start making difference to lives. It’s an instant phenomenon. Governance cannot thrive on gimmickry as governance is accountability. When the time came from rhetoric to deliverance AAP have flopped.  It has drowned itself in its own burden of expectations. It tried to do too much without any mechanism.  Electricity and Water bills and availability is a sham and commitments are hollow. The people realise the folly. The AAP government should be given time also on this issue, no doubt.  But its intentions must remain honest. People do need immediate relief.  Be it fighting the cold, Nursery and School admissions, health services improvement, security. The Delhi Cabinet instead gave ideas of reservations for Delhi students, mob mentality in tackling issues as were evident in Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla cases. Binny is another sore point that points to lack of internal democracy like that of Mayawatis’ BSP or the Samajwadi Party.

As media changed its tack, and started analysing the working Aam Aadmi Party faltered. Superman is a fiction, here now we have a government which wishes to be super-cabinet. Nothing wrong. But from this super-cabinet and super-party discipline is missing, honest, down to approach thrust is missing. This party is seen arrogant. Issues are being taken up just to get good press.

Lets keep aside all the personal agendas of the AAP members, be it Kashmir, Naxalism, anti-Modi, anti-pro FDI ! The Chief Ministers’ dharna against the Home Ministry was a new low. Leave the language, pardon him for slur on the police and politicians of other political parties, in anger we do miss. But have we seen Anna Hazare using irresponsible languages, Kiran Bedi using irresponsible words! He is a CM, people looking at him. And Dharna for what issue! Transfer of police men to satisfy egos. There are other ways and time frames to do administrative and constitutional things. Mr Khas CM wanted to jump to the last resort , so soon. He denounce Republic Day. Is it a Governments’ Republic Day… Are not brave soldiers honoured on this Day… Are not brave Children honoured on this Day… Are not we get a pride of being a country with huge Defence might and Are not the State tableaux shows that we are moving towards a goal of Nation empowerment together? You want people of the Nation to boycott it? He created another nauseating flutter when he ‘Retweeted’ a bad tweet in which the Nation is figured to be pressed between a moron and murderer, clearly referring to RaGa & NaMo! So low mentality. You do not salute Flag, you do not stand in National Anthem, and then you have the tepidity to propagate that the Real Aam Admi is so fool that he is torn between two devils! C’mmon Mr Khas CM, we shall see you in time to come. You want to become Gandhi, then there also must be some lurking Godse for you.

Mr Khas C.M. have damaged Delhi’s psyche. The Nation cannot be governed by hollow imaginaries. AAP have been given opportunity to govern, change peoples’ life for good. Dont’ fizzle out so soon that we will then have a hard time to believe that we can have leaders as role models who have the will and guts and ability to change the Nations’ stature!

Government is not entertainment.

Kejriwals’ brand of politics is cretaing many Godse’s

AKAAP- the trap of internal conflicts & External anger

As a hassled Nation rallied around Team Anna, there was Hope. Because finally the Nation, it’s Youth, its educated, was speaking in one voice. There was now a pressure group that shall instil fear in the system that is seen to have disowned the very public it was meant to serve. Suddenly Aam Aadmi was the central point in all the discussions and scheme of things. It was Indias’ Revolution.

We saw a definite change in discourse in the country. Corruption will not be tolerated. And if you are caught you will be blemished for life. The movement for people’s good has started. Baba Ramdev who was also fighting his battle of propriety also furthered the cause that envisions the good for Nation. The empowerment was starting. There were differences in various groups, politics but the goal was more or less same. Get the cancer of Administrative and political apathy out of the system.

But…the movement received a jolt when Team Anna broke due to a faction led by Mr Arvind Kejriwal, taking political route. The pressure group had weakened. AAP- Aam Admi Party was formed. It will rough it out and the decision to go political was justified by AK as that to fight from within the system as the Andolans’ are leading to nowhere. This very premise was wrong. The Andolans’ have given voice to the public, galvanised the different sections of the society to common goal, Nationalism was becoming the way of life.

The political AAP started focussing on Delhi- bijli, paani, corruption. They were then rewarded with enthusiastic response in Delhi. They were given the power to govern. They were finally given chance to help improve life of the aam admi. Arvind Kejriwal got tremendous good will and opportunity. Both the principal National Parties, the Congress and the BJP, were reluctant and fearful to hit him.  AAP was keenly watched. The popularity of Kejriwal and AAP grew beyond Delhi. With this started the ‘u-turn’ which has now become synonymous with Mr Kejriwal. The AAP core committee became so myopic with the vast support and acceptance that it started believing that they will get a free run in governance and that Lok Sabha will now be offered to them on platter. People from diverse backgrounds started joining AAP and soon it was clear that these people have personal agendas and prejudices and were opportunistic who would also have preferred Congress if it was not a sinking ship. A Halo was created around AAP. AAP also got all the good press, motivated or not is a different question!

But when in governance you have to govern, when you give good governance you start making difference to lives. It’s an instant phenomenon. Governance cannot thrive on gimmickry as governance is accountability. When the time came from rhetoric to deliverance AAP have flopped.  It has drowned itself in its own burden of expectations. It tried to do too much without any mechanism.  Electricity and Water bills and availability is a sham and commitments are hollow. The people realise the folly. The AAP government should be given time also on this issue, no doubt.  But its intentions must remain honest. People do need immediate relief.  Be it fighting the cold, Nursery and School admissions, health services improvement, security. The Delhi Cabinet instead gave ideas of reservations for Delhi students, mob mentality in tackling issues as were evident in Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla cases. Binny is another sore point that points to lack of internal democracy like that of Mayawatis’ BSP or the Samajwadi Party.

As media changed its tack, and started analysing the working Aam Aadmi Party faltered. Superman is a fiction, here now we have a government which wishes to be super-cabinet. Nothing wrong. But from this super-cabinet and super-party discipline is missing, honest, down to approach thrust is missing. This party is seen arrogant. Issues are being taken up just to get good press.

Lets keep aside all the personal agendas of the AAP members, be it Kashmir, Naxalism, anti-Modi, anti-pro FDI ! The Chief Ministers’ dharna against the Home Ministry was a new low. Leave the language, pardon him for slur on the police and politicians of other political parties, in anger we do miss. But have we seen Anna Hazare using irresponsible languages, Kiran Bedi using irresponsible words! He is a CM, people looking at him. And Dharna for what issue! Transfer of police men to satisfy egos. There are other ways and time frames to do administrative and constitutional things. Mr Khas CM wanted to jump to the last resort , so soon. He denounce Republic Day. Is it a Governments’ Republic Day… Are not brave soldiers honoured on this Day… Are not brave Children honoured on this Day… Are not we get a pride of being a country with huge Defence might and Are not the State tableaux shows that we are moving towards a goal of Nation empowerment together? You want people of the Nation to boycott it? He created another nauseating flutter when he ‘Retweeted’ a bad tweet in which the Nation is figured to be pressed between a moron and murderer, clearly referring to RaGa & NaMo! So low mentality. You do not salute Flag, you do not stand in National Anthem, and then you have the tepidity to propagate that the Real Aam Admi is so fool that he is torn between two devils! C’mmon Mr Khas CM, we shall see you in time to come. You want to become Gandhi, then there also must be some lurking Godse for you.

Mr Khas C.M. have damaged Delhi’s psyche. The Nation cannot be governed by hollow imaginaries. AAP have been given opportunity to govern, change peoples’ life for good. Dont’ fizzle out so soon that we will then have a hard time to believe that we can have leaders as role models who have the will and guts and ability to change the Nations’ stature!

Government is not entertainment.

The retail sector needs to be organised…

Why is social networking silent on FDI in retail?

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The social networking is that w.m.d. that determines the reach and potenticity of any issue. Over a time it has gained immense acceptability as a media that enable public to share their thoughts and anguish. And everyone who posts has the best opinion on the issue. Everyone is expert on everything in the cyber universe!

But there seems quite a quite on the issue of FDI in retail at least in the social networking sphere! Let’s understand this. The average Facebook (social site with the largest penetration among internet users) user is a Youth.  76% is the age group from 18-34 years that indulge in it (source: socialbakers.com). This segment is the most independent, society-conscious, politically intolerant and convenience seeking brigade. So how come we see them going against FDI in Retail! After all entry of Wall Mart, Carrefour is bound to heighten the comfort and luxury of shopping. And that too at economic rates with loads of schemes and offers. Aren’t we doing it in Big Bazar or Easy Day or Vishal Mega Mart or Store 99 for a fairly long time now? And that too without any obvious side effects. These stores imply shopping convenience with loads of varieties and economies. The sector has created gainful employment for a whole genre of class be it sales, security or the supply chains. And we have not seen the shrinking of kirana and other mom & pop stores. On the other hand we have seen many of them turning their dukan into well managed professional enterprises with focus on customer service.

The reasons of them not going against foreign FDI are quite simple. But why are they not coming out in its support then?

The reason seems to be general lack of trust in governance over past some time. There are apprehensions. Why FDI in retail? This is the only sector that is recession free and ever booming in India and has largest density. Opening it shall mean allowing ‘them’ cream. Retail involves no such technology, its basically selling interaction. And when our Indian stores understand our sensibilities better why is to allow majority stake to foreigners. These International Chains are for profits and with their pockets these can create a cartel and after couple of years can push for better prices and profits for themselves and fleecing the poor middle class customer.

FDI in retail is not getting huge support it deserves because of the distrust with the current UPA2 regime. The public perceives that the matter seems to be hastened under US pressure a la Nuclear deal earlier. The government must dispel these doubts. The benefit of FDI in retail far outweighs it’s so called negatives. It will benefit the Nation in long run to organise its Retail sector. Perhaps the retailers that are presently protesting this move are the only segment that is exempted from any serious Tax scrutiny. For present government they neither pay taxes nor do they give votes (these are generally considered BJP/right wing voters). With elections round the corner these ‘down to earth’ retailers are getting the Opposition support. And the social network lends its support with its silence.

Tata’s Air Car

Air car is coming
What is this?
Will it be the next big thing?
Tata Motors of India thinks so.
What will the Oil Companies do to stop it?

It is an auto engine that runs on air.  That’s right; air not gas or diesel or electric but just the air around us.  Take a look.

Tata Motors of India has scheduled the Air Car to hit Indian streets by August 2012

The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. For Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air to push its engine’s pistons and make the car go.

The Air Car, called the “Mini CAT” could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $8,177 US.

The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.  A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car.  One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car.  Which are not many.

The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.

There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket.  According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100 KM, that’s about a tenth the cost of a car running on gas.  It’s mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists.  The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels.  Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors.  A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers.

This car can also be filled at home with it’s on board compressor.  It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.

Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 liter of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles.  Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.

This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true.  We’ll see in August. 2012

-this article has been received via mail and has been reproduced because of its immense significance & rising fuel prices

Ra.One invokes extreme reactions- of love & of hate…

THIS IS FOR THOSE RUNNING DOWN RA.ONE

First the figures, as they say “figures speak…”…RA.ONE collected 18 cr on its opening Thursday and 25 cr the next day. Remember Thursday was a Diwali day and the Friday collections are the largest for any movie in a single day.

Now the movie. Ra.One is no ordinary run off the mill stuff. The content requires lot of Intelligent Quotient. The movie blends this IQ and EQ, the Emotional Quotient. This is a trademark SRK film. Its an intelligent film. SRK must get kudos for trying something that is out of the world. Imagine a film where the main protagonist, who also happens to be the Producer of the film, to die not one but two times in a movie. It is brave and shows how much thought and diligence have been gone into scripting of Ra.One.

RA.One collections at the box office are being compared with recent Salman Khan’s blockbusters Dabangg & Bodygaurd. These are totally unrelated scenario. These films were pure masala entertainment with almost zero IQ. They released on Eid which is time for a particular community to go out and celebrate and what better way than a Salman Matinee.

Ra.One has its share of demerits. And it is in fashion to discredit SRK, because so much is at stake for him. The film ends with the viewer yearning for more action and thrills. Also the climax is too simplistic. That’s it. Ra. One is for young, youth and those young at heart. It takes some brain to understand the story build-up. Its tech savvy. One may not understand the nuances but could relate to the happenings. One can relate to father-son, hubby-wife, friends /colleague emotions. Isn’t it that most of us use FaceBook without understanding the complex process that is behind it.

Lets reserve our kudos for SRK and his Team for giving us Ra. One. He has taken Bollywood Cinema to new height. Where we can say that we match the best in the world. There are critics who tend to have knack of going against the tide as that can bring them some notice. These are criticising the movie and its makers. Never the less Ra.One is a milestone for Indian Cinema. As far as SRK is concerned he can rest assure that the audience will keep loving him and like with Ra. One they are going to pour all their love for him in Don2. King shall remain the King. Till then Hail Ra. One !!!

search for ‘ Swami Vivekananda’

 

THE ‘VIVEKANANDA’ AWAKENING FOR THE YOUTH

“A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century…”says Swami Vivekananda. And he singularly change the way the world perceives us, the Indians.

India is at cross-roads and seeing some turbulent times… entrenched in the vortex of corruption and terrorism. Reign of anarchy is quite visible. Purpose of life and life of purpose is missing. One man today have mobilised the denizens of this Nation to start thinking for the Nation. The septuagenarian Anna Hazare is the chosen one to lead by example. Anna has unleashed a ‘youth’ rising to change the course the way the country functions. Thus making Swami Vivekananda’s vision and intellect all the more relevant today.

Swami Vivekananda had a short and cramped life of 39 years (1863-1902). But he made these years meaningful and served the humanity and the religion. He gracefully mixed religion with science. Accepting an opportunity to represent Hinduism at Chicago’s Parliament of Religions in 1893, Vivekananda won instant celebrity in America and a ready forum for his spiritual teaching. He tried to break the barriers across religions and societies. He had a vision to organise religion into a force of development, for upliftment of the society. “If the priests of China and India were organized, there is an enormous amount of potential energy that could be used for regeneration of society and humanity. I endeavoured to organize it in India but failed for lack of money. It may be I shall get the help I want in America. I came here to seek help for my impoverished people and I fully realized how difficult it was to get help for heathens from Christians in a Christian land. I have heard so much of this land of freedom, of liberty and freedom of thought, that I am not discouraged…” he exclaimed in that Conference of Religions in 1892.

Swami Vivekananda changed the way the world looked at India and Hinduism. An excerpt from his lecture specifies this point. In his oration Vivekananda highlights the role of Vedas in Hinduism- The Hindus have received their religion through revelation, the Vedas. They hold that the Vedas are without beginning and without end. It may sound ludicrous to this audience, how a book can be without beginning or end. But by the Vedas no books are meant. They mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times. Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery, and would exist if all humanity forgot it, so is it with the laws that govern the spiritual world. The moral, ethical, and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits, were there before their discovery, and would remain even if we forgot them-

God needs good people. He took Vivekananda away so young. Vivekananda symbolised the Youth Power. Vivekananda symbolised Humanity.

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