Friday, November 30, 2012

Chance, One Chance and One More Chance Please..

Chance, One Chance and One More Chance Please..


While playing the last test match, we lost to England in cricket, and in that very match Sachin failed to garner runs due to his bad form. This became big news on every news channel. The channels were scrambling to give coverage of that one minute phone call made by Sachin to Sandeep Patil, the cricket selector. Next day in various newspapers the news of so called ‘pep talk’ of one minute was covered in detail. How Sachin offered to selectors that they can drop him if they thought he was not making enough runs for the country and how the selectors told him that there would be two more tests to be played, one at Kolkata and the last at Nagpur and he would be getting more chances to bring back his form and prove his game.


When this was going on I heard the news of how the parents were running pillar to post to hear atleast a “Sorry” from Pakistan for their barbaric act of killing Capt Saurabh Kalia and his jawans. Capt Saurabh Kalia was tortured and killed along with his other long range patrol Jawans by the Pakistani rangers just before the start of Kargil war.


For a second I thought that how many chances Sachin gets to prove if he fails in one or two test matches. If only Capt Saurabh Kalia and other jawans got another chance…


In the test match of life, if the ‘SELECTORS’ had given one chance, only one chance to Capt Kalia and other jawans, today they would have been alive, staying happily with their family. A slight mistake, a slight misjudgement on their part while on Long range Patrol and they were caught by Pakistani rangers. Next, while playing the match of life for the country they were out… dead …killed by rangers by torturing in the most inhuman barbaric way. How much the parents of Capt Kalia and others must have yearned for one chance … only one chance for their son, when they hear Sachin getting more chances to get his runs in the test matches.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Terming sarpanch election as un Islamic, Lashkar e teyeba, Hizbul Mujahideens and Jaish e Muhammad through a pamphlet campaign brought a fatwa, asking Sarpanches in J & K to resign. The sarpanches did not give in to the threat until, Mohammad Shafi Teli, a panch was gunned down. Till date four sarpanches have been killed by militants in north Kashmir, Baramulla region. Latest killing was of Mohammad Shafi Teli, a panch, who was shot in Kreeri area on Sunday. Following this around 200 Sarpanches in the valley have put in resignations through paid advertisements in the local news papers. Each advertisement says that they are resigning due to personal reasons, and would no longer be associated with politics. These resignations are mostly in north Kashmir. Sarpanch elections were held last year after a gap of 30 years.

Earlier, posters were found plastered all over the busy market areas in many towns of north Kashmir, exhorting sarpanchs to resign from their posts or face dire consequences. These were from various militant outfits operating in Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir government has said it will strengthen the security measures for Sarpanches and panches in the state. Will this step enough for the well being? Enough for the democracy? Enough for our soverign nation and its state to meekly take some cosmetic action when the problem is somewhere else?

This problem is not local for the government at the center not to take any cognizance of such a happening. It has got national bearing. At this juncture stern action is required to be taken not only by state govt but actively assisted by central government. The message to the world should be such that democracy is firmly rooted in J&K. if the Central govt does not take rapid action, it will be seen as a weakeness and democracy would become a farce in J&K. Atleast this is what world will perceive. If neglected these separatist forces will become emboldened and their next move would be to target MLAs and MPs.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


We are going to celebrate 65th Independence Day anniversary of our nation.

There is a Japanese saying

“Today should be better than yesterday and worst than tomorrow”

It applies to our nation in a sense that, our present should be better than past and worst than coming times. It means that our country should progress every passing year. The citizens and stakeholders in the country should be happy, and a sense of security and well being should prevail.

When I was in the school I used to stay in Dombivli. It is a small town on the outskirts of Mumbai in Thane district. We used to get almost 24 hrs of electricity barring some occasions. Water was never a problem. My school was just 10 minutes walk. Now after 20 years I am told that the same town has regular power cuts. Water is regulated and comes for couple of hours everyday. The roads and amenities are same but the population has increased four fold. Children have to travel for long by bus. Hardships of everyday life have risen because development has not kept pace and, the net effect is SCARCITY of basic amenities.

Advancement of technology if not put to use to enhance quality and reliability of basic amenities like drinking water, sanitation, electricity and living conditions, then mere feigning progress by showcasing advancement of technology in terms of different gadgets is of no use. There is serious buzz that government is thinking of giving free mobile telephones with free talk time to below poverty line (BPL) families. This is a classic example of lack of ground realities by the government. It seems government doesnt even know the primary rung of Maslow’s triangle.

The most important aspect which propel the citizens to progress is a fair, robust and workable system. Not only should the system be fair it should be perceived by the people that it is fair. People are not much affected or bothered by economic disparity but get disheartened by seeing unfair means getting rewarded. Unfair means has a cascading effect of decaying the system further. No person can be happy in an unfair system. People can live with economic disparity. People can live with mediocrity. People can live with hardships. People can wait. People don’t want subsidy. People don’t want reservations. What they long for is fair system. Choose a system and stick to the system without intervening it.

"When you know that in order to produce, you need to obtain
permission from men who produce nothing,

When you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods,
but in favors,

When you see that men get rich more easily by graft rather than by work,


When your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them
against you,


Ayn Rand

The sense of security and well being comes only when the system is fair and everyone knows that what they get is what they deserve. Important aspects of a fair system are

 Abide by the ten rules of RASHTRAVRAT.

To make a society caste free and corruption free.

To deliver fast and timely justice.

Teach next generation, the importance of sticking to rules.

We must not forget that our actions have direct bearing on our Nations prestige.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Assam is burning.

For last one month, State of Assam is burning. Many have died in the violence. Hundreds are injured and thousands are in the relief camps.

Who are the perpetrators of this crime? There are lakhs and lakhs of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in Assam, who for vote bank politics have been given shelter with requisite ration cards and also electoral ID cards. These immigrants are making the life of native residents insecure and terrorising them to no end. If this act of terrorism is not curtailed effectively the same history of mass exodus of Kashmiri pundits repeat in this part of the country. Here the native Assamese and Bodo's will be targeted and they will exit from their land.

If the indication of population density of the regions are heeded then, Bangladesh in next fifty yrs would have population density of more than 1500 per sq Km (presently it is 1069 per sq Km) compared to about 600 per sq Km of that of India! The pressure of this population density of Bangladesh is enough for us to sit up and ponder. Add to it the issue of global warming and reports of 20% land of Bangladesh getting inundated by sea waters and there by creating more pressure. This gives a figure of approximately four crores.

To add to that on Saturday there was this huge premediated planned crowd garnered by Raza Academy, where provocative speeches were given to provoke the crowd (all muslims) and they were openly supporting illegal Bangladeshi immigrant muslims. Media also gave a very controlled (which normally they dont show when Baba Ramdev or Sadhvi Rutambhara speaks) coverage as if nothing has happened. In fact now it is obvious that the crowd and the riots were preplanned with all the wherewithal available with them. the pelting of stones, the burning of national property and the killings of police men were all predecided so that major riots erupt.

The media should cover objectively the real perpetrators of this crime. Where are the likes of Teesta Setalvad and other harbingers of human rights now? They are always active when state of Gujarat is concerned. Here in Assam it seems they are not bothered. Is it because it would raise inconvenient questions about Bangladeshi immigrants, or is it because it would raise inefficient handling of the situation by CM of Assam?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An effort wasted, an opportunity missed.

Anna has disbanded his team and has started to build up new party. Like all the religions, to start with, every political party have a noble agenda of nation building. In order to achieve that, it has to come to power, to come to power it has to become popular and catch the imagination of the electorate. In doing so it gets distracted from its aim and only winnable candidates are chosen. These are not leaders but managers of parliamentary seats. Once ‘these’ managers are elected, they start managing their constituencies instead of leading their constituencies. Managing means doing all sorts of things to be in power. Power corrupts. Unless we have a charismatic leader who can influence the electorate and make them understand the national goal, the decay will not stop. It requires a statesman, a visionary and a person with aura and charisma.

What Anna is doing by creating a new political outfit, is trying to split the votes. Which in itself is fore bearing of a hung unstable parliament. Unstability gives birth to more corruption. Instead, at the national level he should have chosen least bad from all the available bads or atleast become a rallying leader to create a front of already established like minded parties. It requires charisma which Anna lacks. In any case even if by floating a new party he will not come to power in its first general election, nor will he have any say in formulating policies for giving a corruption free government. What he will ensure is creating a toothless lokpal bill as he won’t have enough members to influence the bill.

The anti corruption fast was an effort wasted, an opportunity missed.