Monday, October 31, 2005

Amrita Pritam passes away

Noted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam Passed away in New Delhi on October31,2005(Monday) at 3.30pm.She was 86.Her noted work PINJAR was recently made into a bollywood film,with a memorable performance by Manoj Bajpayee.She had been a recepient of Padma Vibhushan,GyanPeeth awaard,Sahitya Akademi award.Rasidi Ticket ,an autobiographical work,was also the most cotroversial of her works.
She was a sensitive poet andwriter ,and a courageous human being.She was totally secular in her thoughts and words and actions.I salute such a great soul.
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Saturday, October 29, 2005

India Empowered

Here is an interesting analysis of the above captioned series in the Indian Express:
The Ownership Society
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Friday, October 28, 2005

Speak out

When we remain silent against injustice,we only strengthen the hands of the perpetrators of injustice and they may even think that they are right.. This will weaken the victims still further and their voices will become more feeble.If we think somebody else will do it ,we are only deluding ourselves because `somebodyelse' will be also thinking in the same manner.This thinking needs achange in all of us`Dont ask for whom the bell toll.....' .A small poem posted by Flower girl:
FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE JEWS
First they came for the Jewsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew
.Then they came for the Communistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Passing away of Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks ,the pioneer of civil rights movement in the USA died in detroit on Monday evening.She was 92.She refused to give her bus seat to a whiteman and with this gave birth to civil rights movement. I give my salute to her.
She was 42 in 1955 when she committed the act of defiance. The rules required the blacks to give seats to the whites.Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a whiteman and was jailed.She was also fined 14$.Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.The movement culminated in the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accommodations.She foundedthe Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. in 1987,for developing leadership among Detroit’s young people and initiating them into the struggle for civil rightsAt a celebration in her honor in 1988, she said: “Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die — the dream of freedom and peace.”
We still need people like her,people who have vision,courage and inspiration.Rosa Parks will continue to inspire people around the world for many ,many years to come.
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Fight

In Uttar Pradesh,the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is fighting publicly with the Governor.As a rsult, a confusion has prevailed in the administration.It so happened that Governor of Uttar Pradesh T S Rajeshwer got complaints against a few Vice Cancellors of universities.Governor,who is also Chancellor of these universities directed two IAS officers working in the state government to do the inquiries.The officers complied with the orders of the Governor and submitted the inquiry reports to him.Governor dismissed some of the Vice Chancellors.The Chief Minister asked for the explanation of the officers as to WHY THEY OBEYED THE ORDERS OF GOVERNOR WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE CHIEF MINISTER.Not only that ,one of the officers was shifted to an insignificant post.The marching order of the other officer are expected any day.
Is President of India watching and will he do something to control this sorry state of affairs?Will the Prime Minister of India do something?
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Friday, October 07, 2005

Life

So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be."~ Lord Alfred Tennyson
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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Political Reforms

I am convinced that without political reforms ,society and the world can not change.I am also convinced that present political situation is highly unsatisfactory.This needs to be changed.I also know that it is not easy.But then ,there are no other ways possible.Any comments?
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Monday, October 03, 2005

Internet as a tool for the poor

I often think that internet has a great potential to understand the world,especially in the hands of the poor.One important aspect of development is to find ways and means by which we can make internet services cheaper and more accessible.
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Gandhi Jayanti,children's Torture and our MP's

At Green Park Stadium in Kanpur,over 10,000 students were assembled from 730 hrs to celebrate Gandhi Jayantion 2nd October.These children had been instructed to reach their respective schools at 0600 hrs.At 900 hrs, children did their final rehearsal and were made to sit to wait for the Chief guest and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh,MP Jaya Prada.These `guests' were late by over four hours.Meanwhile due to heat and stress,about 100 children,mostly girls fainted on the spot.
Drinking water was not available as there were only a few water tankers and there was a long queue due to sweltering heat.There was no breakfast though children had started very early from their homes without any food.The programme was jointly organized by the district administration,Education department and an NGO Yuvak Biradari from Mumbai.There was hardly any programme to make children aware of Gandhi's ideas.The children started fainting from 1030 onwrds.In the absence of ambulances at the site ,parents were seen rushing theic unconscious children to local UHM hospital in their private vehicles.
Amar Singh and Jaya prada arrived at 1150 hrs and inspite of 100 children in fainted condition,the programme started as if nothing had happened and conluded at 1245hrs.The programme had been named Sur Taal.As a belated damage control exercise,Amar Singh later issued a statement from New delhi apologizing for the incident,
I feel outraged.
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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Gandhi and his relevance

Every year on 2nd October,we in India celebrate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.It is a National holiday.Newspapers and magazines publish special articles on gandhi.Political leaders give speeches.There are seminars and debates all over.There is an official expectation of festivity on this day. I ask myself:Is Gandhi dead in India, or is anything of him is still left here?
I see violence all around me.I see communalism everywhere.Materialism has grown and I find people running after money.Political leaders have become thoroughly corrupt and I hardly see any sense of idealism or public service in them or in any one else.Truth is sacrificed for petty considerations while Gandhi stood for truth and non-violence.India has lost the spirit and soul of Gandhi.
I find myself sliding into a deep depression.Why do we have to be such hypocrites?
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Changing the world

Ever heard this poem?
_When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.
But it, too, seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.
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