Monday, 30 November 2015

National Anthem

It is reported that a Muslim family was thrown out of a cinema hall for not standing up during the national anthem. But what is the truth about the national anthem ?

Was the Indian National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana ' written by Rabindra Nath Tagore ( see my blogs ' Tagore ' and ' Tagore and Sharad Chandra ' on ) in praise of God, or as sycophancy in praise of the British King George the Fifth.

In my opinion the evidence is strongly in favour of the second view.
To explain, let me first quote the Engish translation of the song :

" Victory to thee, O ruler of the minds of the people,
O Dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida, Odisha and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Yamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
We get up with your blessed name on our lips
We pray for your auspicious blessings
Thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee."

Now a few things must be noted about this song :

1.The song was composed at precisely the time of the visit of the British King George the Fifth and Queen Mary in December, 1911

2.The poem does not indicate any love for the Motherland.

3. The ' Adhinayak ' ( Lord or Ruler ) is being hailed. Who was the ruler of India in 1911 ? It  was the British, headed by their King-Emperor.

4. Who was the ' Bharat Bhagya Vidhata ' ( dispenser of India's destiny) at that time ? It was none but the British , since they were ruling India in 1911 when the song was composed..

5.The song was sung for the first time in India on the second day of the Calcutta Conference of the Congress Party in December 1911. This Conference was held specially to give a loyal welcome to King George the Fifth, and to thank him for annulling the Partition of Bengal in 1905.

6. The agenda of the second day of the Calcutta Conference , in which the song was sung, was specially reserved for giving a loyal welcome to George the Fifth, and a resolution was adopted unanimously that day welcoming and expressing loyalty to the Emperor and Empress.

7. It was only as late as in 1937, when he wanted to show himself as a patriot, that the British stooge Tagore denied that he had written the song to honour the British King

 The above facts almost conclusively prove that ' Jana Gana Mana ' was composed and sung as an act of sycophancy to the British King.

   And we have proudly adopted this song as our national anthem !
 Jai Ho !

Why BJP can never be tolerant

The Prime Minister and some other BJP leaders may talk a lot of ' Sab ka saath, sabka vikaas ', but the truth is that the BJP can never be really tolerant, because becoming tolerant would be committing suicide for the BJP.

 The reason for this is that the BJP vote bank is the upper caste Hindu voters.  But these, i.e. Brahmins, Rajputs, banias, bhumihars, etc, are altogether only about 16-17% of the total population in U.P. Bihar etc.. One cannot win an election on only 16-17% votes. One needs at least 31-32% votes to win an election ( it is not necessary to get 50% because others are divided ).

 So to win election the BJP must incite communal hatred and intolerance, to win votes of other Hindu castes, e.g. OBCs and SCs.

 The secret of the rise of BJP seats in the Lok Sabha from 2 in 1984 to 183 in 1999 was the rath yatra of Advani and the Babri Masjid Ram Janmabhoomi agitation, all designed to stir up communal feelings, which they did.

 So BJP leaders, think out some new strategy of arousing communal passions and hatred of minorities, otherwise you will again go back to 1984, i.e. ' punah mooshak bhav '

Put up star on Christmas

Of all the suggestions made as comments on my fb post, the one I liked best was that all of us should put up a large star above the entrance of our houses or flats on Christmas Day, to express our solidarity with and respect for our Christian brothers and sisters.

 It is the Christian belief that when Jesus Christ was born, a big star appeared in the sky.

 Although Christians are a small minority in India, we should respect people of all religions, and uphold firmly the right of everyone to profess and practise his/her religion.

 So I appeal to everyone in India and abroad, whether you are Hindu, Muslim, or of any other religion, to put up a star above the entrance of your residences on Christmas Day

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sangeeta Kalia

I spoke telephonically with Sangeeta Kalia a short while back. I told her that she is a brave and honest officer, and all right minded people in the country support her, and condemn that Minister who behaved like a goonda and humiliated her. I told her I will help her in every way I can, and so will all right minded persons, so she she should not feel dejected.

 I informed her of my decision in the Supreme Court in R.S. Singh vs. U.P. Malaria Nirikshak Sangh, 2011 ( see online ) in which I and my sister Justice Gyansudha Misra  observed: '  The senior officials too have their self-respect, and if the Court gives them respect they in turn will respect the Court. Respect begets respect.'.

 Evidently most politicians nowadays lack the culture to understand this.

I have invited Sangeeta to meet me at my residence for a cup of tea whenever she finds time. She is a young upright officer, and we must not allow her to be demoralized

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Bihar Liqour ban from 1.4.2016

I thought Nitish Kumar is a sensible man, but I am changing my opinion. He has announced ban on sale of liquor in Bihar from 1.4.2016.

 It is common knowledge that such bans are counter productive, and give rise to crime, deaths by drinking illicit liqour, etc. The experience in America, where prohibition was imposed in 1920, and lasted till 1933, was that it gave rise to the mafia gangs which thrived during this period.

 Consumption of alcohol will not go down despite this ban, but many people will die by drinking illicit liquor.

 Poor people drink liquor to get temporary relief from their miserable life. So the real way to bring down consumption of liquor is to give them decent lives

Constitution Day or Constitution Demise Day ?

It has been announced that today, 26th November, will be observed as Constitution Day
In fact it should be observed as Constitution Demise Day.

The Indian Constitution no doubt did some good for our country for some time after it was promulgated in 1950, but now it has worked itself out and exhausted itself, and become an empty shell. All our state institutions have collapsed.

Under our Constitution we set up a British type parliamentary system of democracy, but the truth is that in recent decades this system has been hijacked by the feudals. In most parts of India voting is on caste and communal basis, without seeing the merit of the candidate, i.e. whether he is a good man or bad man, educated or uneducated. That is why over half our MPs and MLAs have criminal antecedents. Was democracy meant to be run in this manner ?

 All our political parties are gangs of dacoits, and almost all our politicians are a bunch of rogues and rascals who have looted the country and polarised society by spreading caste and communal hatred. Do these scoundrels not deserve to be executed, like the feudal Bourbons and aristocrats during the French Revolution of 1789 ?

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Ibn Batuta off to Paris on 29th November

It was said of the Roman Emperor Nero that he fiddled while Rome burnt.

Our modern Nero prefers travelling to fiddling, while India burns. He is just back from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore but he is all set to visit Paris.

 Ibn Batuta must be turning in his grave to see his record being shattered. I am reminded of two Hindi film songs of my youth.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Indian Journalists

Many of the top journalists in India have sold their souls to Mammon. They own huge bungalows, have huge bank balances, and have fancy chauffer driven cars. One is said to have aqcuired a huge house in Delhi reportedly worth Rs. 52 crores, another has a huge farm house near Delhi reportedly worth Rs. 50 crores.
 Can one expect objectivity and fair reporting of the real problems of the people from them ? Was Gen. V.K. Singh wrong ?

AAP's Delhi Car Free Day: another stunt

Poor, poor Arvind. One can obviously not blame him for resorting to stunts.

The real problems of the country, including those of people of Delhi, are massive poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, lack of healthcare and good education for the masses. The solution to these problems lie outside the system, but Arvind is within the system.

 So he is left with nothing to do except resort to stunts like Delhi Car Free Day
Hari Om

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Commission needed

Almost all Indian politicians are ‘goondas’ and gangsters. They remind me of the American Mafia, the only difference being that the American Mafia are small fries compared to our politicians.

Like the American Mafia, our politicians are hell bent on amassing wealth by hook or crook (more often by crook) and I wish them happy hunting.

However, I have an advice to give to our politicians, which may benefit them enormously, if heeded.

In the early 20th century the American Mafia leaders were fighting with each other, as a result of which ‘business’ (i.e. manufacture and sale of alcohol, which had been made illegal by the Prohibition law, gambling, prostitution, racketeering, murder of ‘undesirables’, narcotics etc.) suffered a lot.

Then in 1931, a mafia leader called Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano had a brilliant idea. He told the other mafia leaders that fighting each other was bad for business. So he proposed a body called the ‘Commission’ consisting of some top mafia leaders whose job would be to peacefully settle disputes between the mafia families.

I propose that a similar body be set up in India too for our politicians.

At present, much of the time spent by our politicians is on fighting each other. This way ‘business’ (i.e. looting the country, polarising society on caste and religious lines, etc.) suffers a lot.

Let a ‘commission’ be set up by our politicians (the membership and modalities can be worked out once the principle is agreed upon). This way disputes can be settled quietly and confidentially, instead of in the public gaze. The commission should also have power to authorise (as the American Mafia Commission has) of bumping off inconvenient politicians and other public figures, and persons who talk too much of rationalism, secularism, freedom of speech,  and against politicians  (like this humble self),.