Empty Vessels are filled with Ghosts

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.

There are ghosts all around. One ghost which frequents me is the one that says, “What will people think of you?” as in, “Hey, you are going to eat with your hands?? Oh, the typical Indian that you are! What will people think of you? They will be grossed out and think that you lack the basic table manners!” Yeah, right! Talk of table manners when you are dining in India among a group of 200 people.

Oh, there are other ghosts too. Like this one, which appears every once in a while and says, “Do you really wanna do that now?” as in, “Oh, your boss has asked you to fill out a report about this year’s metrics on procrastination index of employees? Do you really wanna do that now? Come on, it is midday, you just had lunch and it is a perrrfect time for a siesta!” How can ever deny that!

There is another one. It is the law of induction ghost. “If p(x) is true for all x that you have see so far, then p(you) is true too!” This one is inherited from the typical Indian in me. “Oh, Mr. Sharma’s son studied in College ABC and he got placed in company XYZ!! What a lucky man! Son settled and all! Now, my Son will also study in College ABC. He is also a bright student. He’ll also crack it into companies like XYZ, without. any. problem!!”

Mr. Italo Calvino could not have been truer about the line that he said above. The more of the world we see, the more stereotypical we are becoming, and that breeds a lot of ghosts.

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To Ms. Arundhati Roy

(ref : I’d Rather not be Anna – by Arundhati Roy, 21’st August 2011, The Hindu)

Ms Arundhati Roy,

The Jan Lokpal Bill is intended to act as a medicine against the prevalent corruption in our country. As with medicines, the effect is sure to come, albeit slowly. Trillions of rupees lost through scams and misappropriation will be made accountable and could be used to tackle the “side effects” of corruption.

The bill is attacking the root of all other problems. The examples that you have stated, and those similar in nature and stature to it, are but minions of the greater problem of corruption. I am sure that their fate will be sealed appropriately with a credible rule book in place.

On another note, any action towards a solution is better than nation-wide apathy, which was used as a veil by the corrupt to wreck havoc thus far. If not the “strong bill” as is, atleast a bill that could clip the wings of the feeders of the corrupt will result in long run stabilization.

Quiscest Custodes Custodian?

The Jan Lokpal Bill will.

Kindly prove me wrong if it cannot.

Respect Martyrdom you Fools

In the wake of the government promising a huge sum of money to the slain martyr – NSG Major Sandeep Unnikrisnan, I’m proud(!) of the people who worked behind the scenes to make the donation a reality. The 5 lac rupees promised by the government is a huge relief to the family. The Major would do a billion dollar smile from the heaven above, upon the responsible kind hearted people!

What will a martyr’s family do with the money? Should it be considered a reimbursement worthy enough of a brave soldier’s life, or as a price of the lives saved by him in the gory battle? Should the family really care about the money?

I would like to bring here an interesting comparison, even as I try not condemn any action of the Govt. It is not very long ago since money and awards were showered upon another son of our motherland, for being a brave soldier in China and bringing back to the country, a Gold Medal from the Olympics. It is a laudable effort on the sportsman’s part and he deserves every paisa showered upon him, because he relied upon his father’s fortune for his practice and gaining the expertise.

What Mr. Abhinav Bhindra did, added a golden feather to the barren hat of Indian Sport. But what befell Major Sandeep, decreased a brave feather in the daring hat of Indian Defense.

Can the soldier endorse any brand, smile from the television or the posters and make the heart of his parents beam with joy? Show me a father who would be sending his son, without a second thought, to the defense of our Country, if his son becomes a butt of joke and ridicule for foul-mouthed politicos. I would dare to use unparliamentary language if not for the concern that my blog may become A-rated.

The point I wish to make is not about the money offered. If this is the respect and support offered by the Country’s rulers to one of its mighty warrior, to what extent will a person exercise his Will to join the armed forces? I feel that proper respect from all quarters was all that was required to pay a good homage to Major Sandeep. I brought up issues like money to illustrate the method which the politicians are using to cover up their nasty faces and stinking asses, when adverse times affect the nation at large! Those who went on firing at innocent people may be retards. But the people who are plundering the wealth, respect and integrity of the people from within are the ones we should be aware of.

I am sure every Indian will be proud to be the son/daughter of India. It won’t be a long time before which, the shame will overwhelm the pride because of being ruled over by a polity with such a mindset. (It is a different matter that many of us have experienced it already!)

I am anxious about the families of many such soldiers who have lost their lives in similar, or more dangerous battles. I hereby take the opportunity to offer my heart-felt condolences to the families of all the people who have laid down their lives for our country’s sake. I hope their souls will not be agitated because of the dirty, corrupt, and fit-for-almost-nothing people behind the scenes.


Lead kindly light - Oh great Warrior!

Lead kindly light - Oh great Warrior!

Related Reading :

Condemning Terror , Smita’s post , Nikhil’s post , Amit’s post , Chakoli’s post , RJ’s post … Almost everyone have their outbursts and agitations jotted down in their blogs.

In Dependence

Celebrating 61 years of Freedom is a moment whose joy can be matched only by a mother who has given birth to a child. When the mother, our mother, India is celebrating the moment of birth as a free country with such intensity even after 61 years, it shows the strength of the dreams seen by those who dedicated their life for this cause bravely, whole-heartedly, and for a reason worthy of every drop of blood they had spilled. Every person who felt about this country’s freedom as the sole purpose of the eventful years (s)he spent on Earth, deserves a standing ovation and an applause loud enough to reflect the heart beat of every Indian brimming with pride for being one.

Coming to think of a new nation emerging into the world without the support of any super power should have been a surprise. Even as the determination of many freedom fighters resulted into the fruit we are having today, a great challenge of driving the country, a difficult responsibility, was faced with learned patience by leaders like ‘Mahatma’ MK Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, B R Ambedkar, S Radhakrishnan, and the like, post independence. I remember hating the repeated occurrence of lessons pertaining to the life and achievements of Dr.B R Ambedkar in my schooling days. But when I thought about the effort and dedication he put into the making of our Constitution, I wondered at his achievement of the mammoth task.

But all the things we came across till now limit the freedom to political and administrative nature only. Our dependence on others continues to exist in many cases. 61 years of freedom from colonial rule should stop being just a matter of celebration and signify the overall progress of the nation in general, and that of every citizen in particular. The fight for the uplifting of weaker sections should transform into a process of uplifting itself, than continuing to be just a fight. The Spark that occurs at the dawn of new realisations among the Indians in various fields should grow into a fire, bright enough to lead the world into unexplored domains of knowledge base, instead of being doused off in the Spark stage itself. By Independence, i mean to say that we should rise in the world-arena as a country uniform and complete in all respects, and thus reduce the dependence on other countries, which unfortunately cannot be avoided altogether.

Comparing our Motherland with other nations and pointing out at the deficiencies and the incompetence pains my heart too. What other scale can we choose to measure InDependence then? All I wanted to envision amidst the pomp of the Indian Independence Day is that a day should come when India is over the league of he developed world, and if possible, I want to be a part of that celebration and triumph by being one among the people responsible for such a feat. JAI HIND!

My Blogosphere‘s Freedom Festival posts were posted by Arvind, Reema, Manoj, Mahak, Lekhni, RJ and Suda also. The mention of these posts here serves as an example of different perspectives of patriotic fervor; an instance of  Unity in Diversity.