As if it is not enough to have enjoyed the sumptuaties of luxury in the corridors of power and pelf during their life time, there is a hectic lobbying officially going on in the governmental quarters to earmark some suitably sized land in New Delhi for the VVIPs/ VIPs as their cremation ground after they die in harness or even otherwise, a sort of special reservation for them posthumously. The bank of Jamuna river in Delhi is already over populated with the departed souls of the ex VVIPs and the VIPs and if the plan so envisaged materialises, a big chunk of the land in the city is bound to get devoured. What is the need for all this is the question. One can understand to construct memorials for the personalities like Mahatma Gandhi or Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in view of their extraordinarily gigantic contributions in the shape of freedom to the country, but the country just can’t afford the luxury of wasting so much of land and money just as a matter of status symbol. Land is the basic factor that gives us food and space to live in and there can be no justification in compromising this source just to posthumously accord a grand privilege to certain special category called VIPs. History has it that the kings and queens in Egypt, and even elsewhere in the world, used to get their monumental memorials constructed spending money lavishly during their life time itself, and possibly this sort of a reservation being planned posthumously falls in the same order. This is nothing but a sheer wastage of public resource, the same thing can be otherwise done in a frugal measure.
18 May 2013 7 Comments
17 May 2013 14 Comments
I have been receiving messages from different pensioners, most of them on a note of despondency, the latest being Gopal Ji Tandon, indicating their frustration on over delay in regard to the pension issue now pending with the Delhi High Court with next date of hearing fixed for 31st July’2013. True, the cycle of switch over from one court to another and from one date to the next one has been a routine both on the part of the management and the courts for unusually much longer a time, and naturally it causes an extreme sort of disgust to the retirees particularly for the reason that they are bracketed in the wrong side of the age. None can gainsay the eternal truth on life span but what is there in the human hands is not to embrace the defeat by allowing their patience to collapse as they are supposed to exert their utmost till the last breath of their life. Abandoning hope is a surrender to those who are responsible for the delay and surrender therefore can’t be a solution, it rather amounts to a suicide. Gopal Ji Tandon has made a reference of VK Melhotra’s optimistic remark in regard to the issue giving an impression as if it is over stretched. The remark in question by way of a comment on this very blog is absolutely on a positive note reiterating the need for the requisite patience on the part of the retirees/ pensioners. In fact the pensioners are still lacking the required momentum for the purpose which can be secured only by a massive campaign on mobilisation and awareness, and this is the tool that can work the best to procure the goal. They need not simply watch a particular date fixed for next hearing, they need not run helter skelter either, what they necessarily need to do is to involve themselves in a hectic canvassing on the issue wherever and in whatever position they are. This is sure to elicit necessary strength to the issue besides the current follow up measures already in hand. Of course, these follow up measures too warrant an intensive acceleration. In any case, being a victim of a surrender by getting disappointed or frustrated is bound to demoralise not only the pensioners but equally, nay more, those who are supposed to follow it up. Pensioners must have to keep up their morale to lead the issue to its logical end.
16 May 2013 8 Comments
A free nation we are to-day, free from much prolonged a foreign rule, free from bondages, free from compulsions, but do we ever think of those martyrs who laid down their lives to secure freedom to their posterities? History does take care of them but it is not exclusive as it doesn’t cover all of them, more so in respect of those who hardly find any mention any where and are obliviously forgotten. We in fact owe them a solemn responsibility to remember those obscure heroes in an overwhelming measure and that is the least we can do for them. Going through some obscure records, I came across one Gangu Baba from Bithoor (Kanpur,India), a hero of 1857 rebellion, who fought against the British rule in India, killing several of them during the freedom struggle with them. He belonged to Nana Saheb’s army and was most sought after a man by the then British army. This is most unfortunate a chapter in history that the British army consisted of a large number of Indian soldiers only in their pay role and the martyrs had to fight with them too besides the British soldiers. Tried, Gangu Baba was given a death sentence. Taken into custody from his village home near Bithoor, he was bared naked with both of his legs separately tied to two horses (as indicated in the above photograph) and dragged from there to Chunniganj in Kanpur city, a distance of around 20 km, where he was brutally hanged by a neem tree. British did it to create a horror terrifying the people in general. The other reason for not hanging him at his village itself was to escape the eruption of an instant revolt in the locality, hence the venue for the purpose was shifted to a distant place in Kanpur city. Kanpur has the credit of producing martyrs like Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi and Ashfaqulla Khan but the sacrifice made by Gangu Baba is of no lesser importance. He equally deserves a place in history which unfortunately he didn’t get till now. Let us give salutes to the soul of a great martyr like Gangu Baba.
15 May 2013 6 Comments
The two times earlier Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, is all poised to take the reins of the country for the third time. Besides reiterating better relation with U.S., he has given a clear hint for better ties with India. He has also invited the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to attend his oath taking ceremony. Dethroned, given punishment for a life term, and exiled to Saudi Arabia by his earlier Army Chief, Parvez Musharraf, in a bloodless coup in 1999, Nawaz Sharif, aged 63, has returned to power with more of wisdom and experience. His task lies in improving better ties with other countries. Warmer relations with other countries are a key note address for any successful government. Pakistan being essentially a country predominantly governed by Islamic laws with hard core groups all the time prepared to take cudgels against others based on religion particularly with reference to India, it is not an easy venture for Nawaz Sharif to behave as a moderate, but command as he does possessing necessary dexterity on a political parlour coupled with his experience and will, this should be possible for him to direct the requisite governance in the matter. Unfortunately Pakistan has the tradition of historically nurturing all possible hostilities against India treating it as their enemy number one, and if Nawaz Sharif is able to erase such a stigma, this is sure to win over the hearts of the people, and this is in the interest of both the countries. Things that unite are always greater than the things that divide.
14 May 2013 7 Comments
Hopefully the pensioners/ readers are already aware that the next date on the issue in Delhi High Court is fixed for 31/07/2013. Necessary update showing details are given by K.R. Saini as reproduced below for the information of the retirees, pensioners and the other readers:
“UPDATE OF SUPREME COURT CASE NOW HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO DELHI HIGH COURT CASE NO 1875 OF 2013–RBI DID NOT APPEAR THOUGH BANK MANAGEMENT AND GOVT OF INDIA DID APPEAR ON 23-04-2013.THE BENCH OBSERVED THAT RBI’S PRESENCE WAS NEEDED AND THE COURT WOULD ON ITS OWN SEND NOTICES TO ENSURE THAT ALL PARTIES ATTENDED ON THE NEXT DATE 31-07-2013.FOR DETAIL YOU CAN VISIT THE WEB SITE OF DELHI HIGH COURT. K.R SAINI”
13 May 2013 11 Comments
Nothing new, every one knows and talks about it being fully aware of the adverse consequences the smoking causes. The phenomenon that smoking is harmful and that it causes irreparable damage at some stage or the other in one’s life, is a typical one. People know about it in an abundant measure but more typical is the fact that they very conveniently ignore it. Health hazard is statutorily printed on the cigarette pack but it is just taken simply as a ritual as if it is not there at all. It’s never correct to say that cigarette being some thing highly sophisticated style wise, it doesn’t cause much damage to the body system as against the very fact that it very much acts as a slow poisoning assuming graver proportions at a later stage in life. Tobacco chewers claim that as against cigarette or bidi. this one is a mode lesser harmful. In the actual practical sense this mode of tobacco use is worse causing more of a damage being prone to getting at times instantly worsened a condition resulting into a dreaded disease like cancer. Once some amount of will is applied, it is no more much a difficult task to abandon such a menace. Health is most precious an element in one’s life where this is much worth using a frugal amount of will power on the part of the individual concerned. Why not quit such an ill addition forthwith for the sake of life, and also the family.
I am thankful to Akhil Dwivedi who was good enough to provide me the above photo feature as a measure of contributing necessary awareness against a dreaded addiction like use of tobacco in some form or the other.
12 May 2013 7 Comments
It’s not that corruption just occurs as a matter of circumstances generated by compulsions, for many it is a hobby sort of addiction. They can’t live without resorting to it even if their situations and circumstances are not the compelling ones. It applies to both –crimes committed for financial reasons and those related to sexual violence. Phoolan Devi, a dreaded dacoit, joined the world of crimes tortured as she felt because of atrocities perpetrated on her by a group of persons belonging to a particular caste. As a film actress (name not given for privacy reasons) confessed that during her younger days she had to succumb to pressure on her for physical union with some one because she needed money for the medical treatment of her mother. She candidly claimed that she is proud of owning an organ physically which helped her in the days of her poverty laden miseries enabling her to save her mother. Stories of the nature like this are numerous. There was a dacoit in Chambal valley who didn’t ever know the size of the wealth he earned to himself. When asked a question by a fellow dacoit of his on this, his reply was that looting was his pastime adventure and money wise it hardly mattered to him. There is a saying:
"चोर चोरी से जाये हेरा फेरी से न जाये"
‘Even if a thief stops committing thefts, he continues moving his own objects from one place to the other to satisfy his addiction as such’.
Both of these vices along with several similar areas have enough of hinterland in India to prosper, and there lies the sad story.