Posts Tagged ‘My Article

11
Apr
10

Mooved – ‘Hey Ram’ se ‘Aha’ takk!


Still, history is made by the winners, is written by the followers and is manipulated by the rulers!

I had used this sentence in one of my articles and got compliments from many friends. For many days, this line was on my mind and I started looking for various examples. I wanted something that was recent, that was truly manipulated, that was truly taught in the text books! And I think I came across the best one!

It was 30th Jan,1948, Independent & Partitioned India! Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation or some may say, father of Pakistan was assassinated. Three bullets right from the front by a Hindu. After hitting the bullets who were the only two persons who had not panicked?

1. The one who was killed, because he was already dead by then.
2. The killer, who was as calm as the dead man.

The killer had come very close to Mahatma before hitting the bullet, thus making him close enough to hear whatever that was uttered by the great man in the end. Specially the last 2 words. There must be cries, screams & panic everywhere. The killer claims that the Mahatma uttered a faint ‘aha’ before he died, but now the text books claimed that he said ‘hey ram’.

In one of the Marathi play ‘Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy’ which was banned in Maharashtra after few days, it was claimed by the lead actor that he uttered only ‘aha’. Wait, why was this play banned in the first place? Maharashtra is an Indian state and India is a bloody democratic country where everyone has a right to express. This ban on the play confirms that the history is manipulated by the rulers. They want to pass on to the next generation what they want to. But this is a very lame reason why the history is manipulated.

In the play, the character Nathuram Godse justifies saying why Mahatma would say ‘Hey Ram’ when he was not biased between ‘Ram’ and ‘Rahim’ or ‘Krishna’ and ‘Karim’. Then why only ‘Ram’ was uttered. Will the father of nation be biased to Hindus while he claimed that he was not? He(Godse) also said that no one is following Gandhi after his death,as everybody is claiming that he said ‘Hey Ram’. The government is lying and teaching the same thing in the text book. Is this what Gandhi wanted? I don’t think so.

The lines of the play goes like this:-

I wanted just three seconds more. I moved two steps forward and faced Gandhi. Now I wanted to take out the revolver and salute him for whatever sacrifice and service he had made for the nation. One of the two girls was dangerously close to Gandhi and I was afraid that she might be injured in the course of firing. As a precautionary measure I went one more step ahead, bowed before him and gently pushed the girl away from the firing line.

The next moment I fired at Gandhi. Gandhi was very weak, there was a feeble sound like ‘aah’ from him and he fell down.

Those who were close to me saw the weapon in my hand. They rushed away from the spot. Gandhi had fallen to the ground, I was standing and the crowd had formed a ring around us.

After the firing I raised my hand holding the revolver and shouted, ‘Police, police’. For 30 seconds nobody came forward and I scanned the crowd. I saw a police officer. I signalled to him to come forward and arrest me. He came and caught my wrist, then a second man came and touched the revolver… I let it go…

I don’t know what is the truth out here. Hope I was standing there with a sound recorder. But yes, after reading many articles, anyone and everyone can smell that something is wrong. But the whole nation is suffering from running nose!

Few people claim that towards the end, many Hindus hated Gandhi because he was favoring Muslims. To raise the image of Mahatma, the government said that his last words were ‘Hey Ram’. They believed that this could restore the image of Mahatma as a strong Hindu! Why they did not restore the image of Gandhi as ‘non-racist’. (read the incident in South Africa where he made some comments against Blacks).

If this is true, then its indeed a tragedy! For a man, who only said truth, ended his life by a lie! That too, it was not his fault, it was made a lie by his followers! Followers should speak the truth, but this lie is engraved on Mahatma in Raj-ghat even today! It was debated many times, specially on his 50th Death Anniversary. It is a very good topic to study. History can not be changed, it can be studied, analysed, and passed to the next generation. But sometimes, History can be changed, it can be manipulated for the ‘greater good’!

Some deaths are mysterious, like that of Subhash Chandra Bose. Some deaths are very clear, but the reason is mysterious, like that of Mahatma Gandhi!!

Finally read the dialog from the play

I never stole in my childhood, so there was no question of apologising to my father. I never took a vow of celibacy as I was already practising celibacy. I was moving around the refugee camps and helping the destitute with food and clothes. But I did not wander half-naked because the refugees were naked. I never spun yarn, never cleaned my toilet, never observed silence till I was hanged. There was only one common factor in Gandhi’s life and mine. We were both the cause of each other’s death. He wanted to live for his principles and I was prepared to die for my principles.

Source:- The play ‘Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy’, The talk show ‘Mahatma v/s Gandhi’, other articles!

PS:- Apologies for the extensive use of the word ‘claim’ but it was unavoidable.

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31
Mar
10

Arise, Awake and Stop not till the goal is reached!

Offensive Intellect

A beautiful quote by the great Swami Vivekananda. I use to have some old Sanskrit quotes in my school days, where we were asked to identify the quotes, translate it and write a small paragraph about the same. No where in the whole education system, we were encouraged to follow these quotes in our day to day life. One of the reason is because I saw many students copying the quotes from others or from the Guides(Key to almost all the academic questions possible). Copying a quote is the last thing the writer of the quote would be wanting his/her readers to do! Anyway, there are many sources & channels to criticize the education system and recently, Bollywood has taken the responsibility of promoting it (with the movie like TZP and 3I). Being an optimist, I am pretty confident that my blog wont change the education system. Come what may! 😛 So I take this opportunity to appreciate their efforts (which were inspired by the millions of rupees) to thank them and encourage them to do the same forever! No, till the goal is reached.

‘Awake’, ‘Arise’ and ‘not stopping’ all guides us towards a well determined vision. It is not about staying awake at night, it is about the awakening of your inner self! I am yet to understand the meaning of that, but I am sure that it is not what is said in the comic strip. 😛

I wonder how the terrorists are inspired. As they are asked to give up books for weapons, they must not be knowing this quote(or any for that matter). Still they are more inspired than the well educated, self motivated learned scholars all over the world. I don’t know, may be quotes are not the best source of inspiration. May be the incidents in our life are the best source of inspiration, or even for some, it is religion, or ego or whatever that is hurt!

Or may be it is easy to inspire others to do wrong things, because they are more inclined to commit sins. Definition of Sin is another thing to debate as everything is created by Man according to his convenience. So whatever it is, it is difficult to inspire someone to do the right thing!

This quote inspires me to work for my goals. And I am happy that Swami Vivekananda wrote it as he did this in his life. Whatever he did, or spoke about inspires me. It is said that ‘The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think’. Same is this case.

So arise, awake and stop not till you find your source of inspiration! 😛 After that you can follow this quote!

03
Mar
10

Chandrayaan-1

After having a clue of water molecules and water vapor, it is finally believed that there can be ice on the surface of moon.

The Chandrayaan-1 mission was aimed at high-resolution remote sensing of the moon in visible, near infrared (NIR), low energy X-rays and high-energy X-ray regions. It was launched in October 2009 by India. Recent reports say that it is believed that there could be around 600 million metric tonne of ice  near the moon’s north pole.

“The finding will give future missions a new target to explore and exploit,” said Jason Crusan, programme executive for the Mini-RF Program for NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate in Washington. The findings have revolutionized the way scientists look at the moon.

India’s situation is so funny now. On one hand it is successful in finding ice on moon and on the other hand Mumbai and many other cities are struggling to get water. Kamaal hai bhai, yahan logo ko peene ko paani nahi mil raha aur chaand pe ice dhundne chale! 😛

Good, now claim the ice on moon, melt it and build a pipeline across. Necessity is the mother of inventions and all innovative ideas. We have witnessed the wars for oil, the time has come that the nations will bleed to get the drop of water. Let it be Egypt’s plan for a high dam on Nile,  or Indus water treaty between India-Pak, or the problems faced by Sudan, Venezuela , Zimbabwe, Cuba due to inadequate drinking power, water crisis is gonna be the common term in future.

Oil can be considered as our ‘want’, but I feel, water is our ‘need’. If we are struggling to cope up with all these problems that stand as hurdles in satisfying our ‘needs’, then what is the use of technological innovation, GDP growth, high standard of living? I am sure such issues will remain unnoticed till the super powers are affected by it, and once they are affected, they will blame India and China for ‘drinking’ or ‘using’ too much of water.

Everybody has a right to take revenge when he/she is hurt. This time, it is the turn of nature! The famous ‘Water Cycle’ that we study in our primary education should be replaced by ‘Water Crisis’ to generate awareness among our next generation. Lets be honest and tell them about the  mistakes that we have committed. Lets tell them that they will suffer because of us!

01
Mar
10

Proxy Wars

The world has witnessed two world wars and a cold war. All of them are very interesting to read. While reading about the cold war which was between two super powers Soviet Union and USA, I could not fail to notice that there were many proxy wars. In Afghanistan or in Vietnam etc. North Korea had tremendous support from both China and Soviet Union to fight against South (U.S) Korea. Neither China nor Soviet Union was directly involved in the war. Same thing happened in Vietnam, where Russia was not directly involved to fight the war against South Vietnam supported by US.  These were the clear consequences of desires of dominating the world. The desire was justified as both of them were having nuclear weapons and both of them were super powers.

Proxy wars are not yet history. They are still fought amongst the super powers. And today, super powers are Microsoft and Google. Both are a bit concerned and worried about their online dominance. There may be no weapons, no MIGs, no nuclear weapons but they have a weapon called antitrust. And Microsoft is using it extensively against Google. Many small firms are filing antitrust law suits against Google. Nothing is proved yet, but such things can not be proved. It is better to assume and act on it. Such small complaints may or may not harm the brand of Google which flaunts a very clean image. But in the end, its a bloody corporate battlefield, even if you lose, you can not blame others for that. You are responsible for your failure.

It will be very interesting to see how Google responds to the proxy war (assumed to be) initiated and funded by the super power called Microsoft. Microsoft is not really involved directly in this mess, but everyone can smell what they are cooking! With Google ‘buzz’ing and Microsoft launching their ‘ultimate’ products, it is really difficult to say who will win. Both are having their share of success and failures.

So Google Microsoft on your Microsoft and find out more about it 😛

15
Jan
10

Kids.. Pop corns.. Fire.. and Lohri!

Inside the black hole

Lohri (Punjabi: ਲੋਹੜੀ (Gurmukhi), लोहड़ी (Devanagari), لوہڑی (Shahmukhi)) (sometimes spelled Lodi) is an extremely popular winter festival in India, especially North India. Lohri is usually celebrated in the outdoors by friends and family who get together and have a bonfire in the evening. Lohri signifies onset of intense winter in Punjab and surrounding areas. Cold weather is good for wheat hence farmers celebrate Lohri so that their crops lead to a good harvest.

During the day, children go from door to door singing folk songs in praise of Dulha Bhatti, a thief in folklore who helps thr and fights for their rights. These children are given sweets and savories, and occasionally, money. These collections are known as Lohri, and they are distributed at night during the festival. Some may be offered to the sacred fire. Peanuts, popcorn and other food items are also thrown into the fire as an offering to the God of Fire, Agni.(This part of the post was directly taken from wikipedia)

Yesterday, we had this Lohri in my society where Agni was worshipped. We were asked to throw peanuts, popcorn in the fire. There were many children in our society who were pretty excited about this. They were taking handful of popcorns and throwing it in the fire. The elders were doing the same. But  one thing was very disturbing. It was not that the food items were thrown in the fire, it was about the items that was not religiously lucky enough to reach the fire. It was about the large pile of popcorns lying in the mud around the fire (as you can see in the photo taken by me)

In the pic, you can see the children of India; nothing surprising about them. The one on the closer side of the fire is throwing the items as the offerings, while the children on the other side is picking it up from the mud as their food! Each one is not aware of the actual meaning. The one who is throwing is not considering it as food, while the other who is eating is not considering it as an offering. The one was picking pop corns from the vessel and was throwing it in the fire, while the other was picking it from the mud, and eating it! Only common thing amongst them was, they were children, some were kids of the parents who were living in the society, while the others were the kids of the construction workers.

As a silent observer, I saw this scene. Like almost all Indians, I will forget this scene. But one thing I did while going, I gave the whole vessel of pop corns when no one was seeing. The kids grabbed them and ran away smilling.

08
Jan
10

Sponsor a child, not a tweet!

Events, programs, TV shows, movies etc, all are some way or the other depending on the sponsorships to different extents. Take it the advertising of Converse in the bollywood flick ‘3 idiots’ or the Kellogg’s brand in the legendary movie  ‘Avataar’. Everything around you is sponsored. But there is nothing great about it. It is pretty common and straight from the marketing dictionary.

But imagine your ‘tweets’ getting sponsored! Yes, if you are Britney Spears or Kim Kardashian, your ‘tweets’ on the famous micro-blogging site ‘twitter’ can be sponsored. It is the dollar game. I read two news today in the online newspaper.

  1. 42% of India lives on the income of $1.25/day
  2. Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears etc are paid $10,000/tweet/day

No wonder, tomorrow some other, more famous, more popular celeb-twitters will get $50,000/day. And also, considering the growth of India (in population),it can bring down the daily income and increase the percentage(excluding the suicide trend started by students which is actually reducing the population and unemployment).

Let us turn the whole flow of money through sponsorship. Sponsorships are not always to promote, to advertise or to make rich, richer. Sometimes they can also help a poor orphan child to get education. Instead of sponsoring such stupid tweets, if they sponsor a child (not necessarily in India, but anywhere in the world) they can actually make a difference. But this is when, you think beyond profits. It is almost impossible for the growth of the firm.

STOP SPONSORING TWEETS, SPONSOR A CHILD

sponsor a child

sponsor a child

18
Dec
09

Yeh Dil Maangey More (BSE & NSE)

From Jan 4,2010, life of a large number of people will be affected in India. The alarm clocks will ring one hour before the normal timings. ShareKhan office will be crowded an hour before usual. Hawkers of Dalal Street will expect the breakfast customers just before 0900hrs IST. Yes, NSE & BSE has decided to wake up early on the first week day of the new year!

Some market players feel that it will

  • Help in reducing volatility
  • Improve Trading Volumes
  • Catch up trading in Hong Kong & Singapore (Controversial point as we can not eliminate the gap of above 2hours)
  • Greater overlap with Asian markets will reduce risk
  • in sync with the currency markets
  • Banks don’t open that early
  • Banking and other infrastructure are not able to cope with the changes in capital market

Brokers:

  • High operating cost
  • No rise in profits

Small brokerage firms are facing problems in particular, as there wont be any additional profit with the increase in the number of hours. Brokerage rates are also going down, so they feel that it would be difficult to cope up with the two crisis. Larger brokers will be benefited more.

The whole point of having an exchange is to let people convert information into money. The longer the trading hours, the less the pile-up of information that cannot be acted on. India’s domestic commodity exchanges already operate far longer hours (10:00 am to 11:30 pm). Many global equities markets trade for 6.5-7 hours, compared to about 5.5 hours in India. Euronext is open 24 hours a day(Source: Economic Times)

But who is gonna benefit from this more? Large Brokerage firms, Small brokers, Investors, Regulators, Banking System? Who?

What was the rationale behind this move? To reduce the gap of the other Asian markets?

We can not really say whether it is lucrative or not, unless and until it is actually implimented. Lets wait for 4th Jan to see the changes, how the market reacts? and to witness

BSE

the ultimate winner!

Apoorva Dixit




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