Sunday, April 29, 2012

THE ISLAND OF BLISS

It is a tale of medieval times when Arabian nights was written and the mystique of empire of china spread around the world with the fabric of the everlasting threads of silk which find its way throughout the world trough silk route. The surrealism and mythologies were blown across the boundaries of various civilizations; there was romanticism, naive ness and a resultant blissfulness. In such epoch of ethereal gaiety there existed an island in the western pacific studded with the emeralds of palm and dined with the delicious fishes and coconut butter. The place where the music of sea waves sing with the tone of innocence, an inconspicuous silence pervades in the stillness of sea at horizon, where a boat is returning from the toil of day seems reddish in the drape dusk. A place in the world yet distinguishable from every other land was called the island of bliss it was a delicacy embedded with a ubiquitous empathy and mutual love and affection flowing through the nerves of life throughout that island. It was not just an archaic or primitive naive ness that was being discerned into this simplicity and love but there was something in the ambience of this place that every soul which enters here gets drowned in the fountain of altruism and benevolence. The head of the tribe an old man of around hundred years looked contended and happy sitting on a rock teaching the new lot of youngsters he told them that the island of bliss has some inherent mores which every member of the clan has been taught and so are you. The first lesson is that we can’t grow with greed as it will take away the happiness by killing the feeling of trust, fraternity and equality. Greed pilfers the peace of mind and increases the restlessness and this restlessness kills the bliss, makes us ill and tense, It is not me but we that is going to make difference in the life of people, second is that no organism is inferior all forms of life are respected and revered in this island, third is that we don’t trade we don’t keep surplus when thing is produced in excess of ones need it is given to the common pool from where it is distributed where it is in deficiency as per the wisdom of elders. Hard work is the most cherished quality of any human on our island but because there is no surplus collection no one works insanely every person works and also gives proper time to family and enjoys life to the fullest. People live in groups of size suitable to the other needs as distribution of work and mobility in time of need, the oldest person in the group is the head with this he asked them to move to farms and work and learn there.
                                     This is how life is flowing on the island of bliss, In the morning some men moved to shores in the search of fish other moved their feet’s towards farms where crops and vegetables are grown, women too shared some burden both at sea and in farms. It was a very musical island there were songs for planting the crops and songs to harvest them there were songs for rain, songs for the arrival of spring there were songs for sea and sun there were songs that were sung while going for fish catch there were songs for nights when the whole clan use to gather outside folklores were shared by old with children who rejoiced them as they imbibe them with the culture of bliss, despite of divisions in group no one thinks in the terms of mine and theirs the culture was imbued with oneness there was no place for differentiation in mine and ours, no vengeance was there because no greed was their, every islander believed in an all pervading spirit which they called Ismo. People prayed to Ismo for well being of all and to keep the island always blissful and endowed with unity of hearts. This was how the island of bliss is living in serenity for sometime till something unexpected happened. what was that? next time!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

STANDARD AND POORS AND THE RATING DELIMMA

Today i heard about the standard and poor downgrading their outlook of indian economy, this has followed  the much debated statement of kaushik basu( economic advisor of  prime minister) that major economic decisions will be help uptill the next general election due to insufficient support in loksabha and antagonistic attitude of supporting parties, The indesiciveness of present government has been thoroughly discussed in media for a week and nothing major has come out of it, the bottom line is the fear of taking decisions because of hyperactive CAG and anti corruption setiment which is prevailing across the country, the logic as i construe it is we cant do anything without probability of loss to govt exchequer and when questions will be raised we dont want to be a party to it because the system has become so ill that it wouldnt be possible to heal it at such a short notice, this is perhaps a surrender or a tactical manipulation of the govt to rein in corporate towards their side which was evidently giving a mute support to anti corruption movement through various media agencies. All these chronological debacles make us seriously ponder about what is happening to our economy which is pulling it down in a chasm. moving on the lines of european economy despite of  being cushioned by healthy local demand and an economy which can still be called a mixed economy.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

SHOULD WE BE SMUG WITH WHAT WE ARE?

Nations are not a lot different from individuals, Nation is a collectivity of individuals with varying views opinions talents, limitations culminating into a unity. Individuals too are sum of mutually contradictory traits of altruism and meanness of integrity and slackness, this duality and resultant non duality are the shades of every aspect of existence spread across infinite. the important difference is that nations are non-permanent because the socio political fabric of such identities, of these units keep evolving towards either a greater unity if all goes well and towards a Latent fragmentation if the social, religious and political and economic cohesiveness is not evolving toward a greter unifying force in terms of satisfaction with one's relations with the other organs of that entity.                                                                                      
         The earlier half of 20th century Europe saw much designing and redesigning of its political map and the two wars which showed the stress long smothering their souls, where today we see them as a common geopolitical unit in terms of economic and cultural influences and policies. How do they evolved after the destrucitve wars and the lessons learned from it went well with most of them. Desrution and vengeance gave way to the fact that only mutual cooperation can take this region forward and also the units which it is composed of.
                      Indian subcontinent is a similar geopolitical unit though not exactly, Many analysts have tried to inspire and envisaged a similar future for the subcontinent too but there is a sense of mistrust embedded into  its history placenta which puts a big question mark even before someone try to give impetuous to this idea, secondly europe was always capital rich which they have churned out of their imperialist escapades where as indian subcontinent earnestly needs a huge amount of capital to take the economic considerations to overwhelm the historical repugnaence and mistrust and much more than anything a forward looking leadership which has somewhere been trampeled under the feets of jingoists cum fear mongrers, such people put the question mark on the cost of the failure of any such endeavour in terms responsibility for the heavy cost of any breach of trust of the ilk of kargil war of 1999 and more or less in chinese war of 1962 which was not in the books of any of our peace Loving statesmen. Depite of any such misgiving such efforts are inevitable to bring indian subcontinent out of the stagnant pace of our mutual cohesion with our neighbours and thus towards the place we deserve as a unit on international plateforms and the reverence with which our opinion will be heard in international matters including securing a permanent seat in security council.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A COUNTRY FOOLED AROUND CRICKET

The madness which justice Katju repeatedly allude to media, centers around a sport, and his reasons certainly seem valid considering the long haul of miserable failures India portrayed in other sports though initially barring hockey which too has fell into the same chasm in recent years(recently there have been intermittent successes which fall far below even a level of superficial smugness). And it is not media which is serving the cricket ruthlessly to its audience but it is monetising endeavour of this madness which made failed businessman like Modi to make its shorter version the brainchild of his money churning enterprise IPL.
                                                It is not that to passionately following a game is a bad thing, but to just make out of it an obscenely passive mode of entertainment and going out of way to pursue your liking for it whether it may be a 74 match tournament stretched across 2 months, now this is excess, the meagerness of a thing is one of the most important factor which adds to its taste and excess makes it tasteless and the same is happening here and no running around from the fact that we have reared cricket as a delicious dish since the 84 world cup win and if served judiciously it is definately an exotic dish and worth spending some money too.
                            It is said that cricket is a religion in India and some players are even put on the pedestal of godhood, though this anomaly has even occurred with some bollywood stars and many politicians. throughout my writings I have been an ardent opposer of this person worship leaving behind ideas, morals principals and ethics in the dust of anonymity, I think we always choose for the easier way don’t be like them don’t even try just make them deities and let them carry all what you are either ought to do or altest consider as your duty toward society and nation
                                                                           question which arises alongside is that is bollywood cricket useless as they are just an entertainment industry without anything productive, to my surprise no economist or sociologist had ever taken the pain to find out what does oue economic growth or development owes to increase in productivity as they directly dont play any role there, entertainment may be an opium as marx said of masses which keep there attention deviated from the real big issues of inequality spread across the society, or perhaps entertainment is a soothing agent for mind fatigued by routine and menial repitition.
                          
questions are many, which we often shrugg maybe because we dont want to see them perhaps this matrix is far subtle than the one depicted in the movie and reality is not that beautiful so that we will cuddle in instantly shredding all our inhibitions.

Monday, April 16, 2012

MAMTA AND HER IDIOSYNCRASY

Mamta has shown that she is a fighter, but the wrong thing is that she starts fighting over everything Thanks to her statesman like patience. Ousting reds from bengal was not an easy task even after such a long rule and the way they were continuously defying the anti incumbency factor all these years and this is not an exaggeration as the Bengal is the only state which saw land reforms applied in its true sense unaffected by the political footsie of the respective governments with zamidars as in  other part of the country, and west bengal was also the first one to come under clutches of british and see days of permanent settlement or the intial woeful days of zamindari which sweeped it of its capital.


 DIDI

but something which again need attention is the financial and socio economic conditions under which the the communists left bengal to trinmool, big debt, financial ills, unsolved issues of SEZ doesn't hints towards their wisdom and management of state affairs all these years, their hangover of primitive communism takes them backwards on the larger issues of development which neede an liberal outlook of economy and a middleway to sort out its finacially incomprehensible situation, because we all need patience to see things walk on their feet, we cant carry them on our shoulders  infinitely( which applies to social sector schemes of UPA-2 too) and history has shown that ideologies work like silk worms, excess of ideological polarisation finally leads to their death in their own cocoon.

Mamta di sounds very innocent, her recent antagonism for congress is the very issue which Laid the Foundation of Trinmool and that flows alongside her warm meetings with selected congressis, congress may be a diminutive proposition in Bengal but it is politically most manipulative of all the political groups which it owes to its long history of political overtures, Immaturity cant fight experience however energetic it may be. congress knows the demenour of Mamta and it knows where to hit her, she may stumble their FDI in retail, stands in the way of Petrol price hike, or fire her own minister for railway fare hike, all  this( specially the last issue) shows her restiveness and political immaturity. her latest stint with a cartoon of hers based on satyajit ray movie and banning english newspapers in state libraries gives us a hint of the nightmares she is getting from congress and communists and all these actions which may seem impromptu are carefully culled out of her fiery persona by her political rivals.

                                                            Mamta's Narsicism needs a special mention here, her arrogance according to her supporters is justified as she has won overwhelmingly in recent assembly elections, and she has every right to treat herself and project herself as a cult and any satire on this cult would be treated as an act of blasphemy. she wants to send a chill down the spine of everyone who is her critic, but by this act she has turned her numerous admirers into her critics, if she continue such miscalculation, communists and congress can relax silently and wait for her fall.

SRK AND DETENTION

The recent episode of srk detention which was a recurrence in a chain of similar events which took place in  recent past, the accused was a person with a Muslim sir name, this has multiple dimensions assigned to it by the sheer perversity of the act which otherwise is quite a normal one if we consider airport operation and the extra consciousness which Americans took post 9/11 with Muslim moving too and fro from America,
                                If we look it as a security issue its quite OK, but if light is projected from politico strategic angle its a deep agony faced by Muslims across the world as they are stereotyped as intolerant to other religions, yes their religions taught them so, should the religion be re construed, perhaps it should have been but has America left a room for that,
             They sired osama and breastfed Taliban during cold war era to contain soviet influence, they did the same nonsense again in Iraq, and finally have to kill their own creation, Iran is being repeatedly threatened,  has America not been preoccupied in Iraq and Kabul Iran would perhaps have beeen redeemed by now. what all this has given them is an image of a international dictator who has indulged himself in so many nooks and corners of world that it has gone astray over what it wants oil, a whiff of military superiority across the globe, a space for new economic adventures, for me all this brings it to a sheer predicament which it is facing because of its wrong actions and when it wakes up to correct them it does another blunder, their is no one who can question and reproach such actions, this has led to a sense of repugnance in mind of every Muslim and had made them more adamant and resistive to any change in their religious outlook towards a more liberal and forward looking interpretation.
                                          The second dimension the more trivial one is the hullabaloo which has been created on srk detention is sheer nonsense, stars are special because they live a dream life( acc to our perception) they sells dreams they live our unlived moments for us. we don't want that aura to be spoiled which we have presumed around them, but we should give some space to reality too and at the end of the day any such detention doesn't give space for any ruckus about the dignity of nation as it is far beyond us mortal individuals, there may be a symbolic impact of such actions but it should be negotiated diplomatically.