Monday, 26 January 2015

Indo-China relations
China has accumulated about 3.5 trillion dollars foreign exchange reserves, most of them in the form of U.S. Treasury bonds.
This is a huge amount of hot money, looking for areas of investment. This inevitably makes China an aggressive, imperialistic country looking hungrily for colonies.
 So we should forget all ' Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai '  rhetoric and defend ourselves economically and militarily. The economic attack by China on India has already started, with the Chinese entry into our markets. The military attack may not be immediate, but is bound to come one day.
 I would like to make it clear that I am not against the Chinese people, the vast majority of whom are good people. But there are certain ' iron ' laws in economics, which govern the action of men. And politics is concentrated economics.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

25.1.2015, Fremont, California
Went out for a morning walk ( it must be night in India )
The sun was shining. A cool breeze was blowing. There was a lot of oxygen in the air ( I call it air-conditioned air ). Wonderful for health.
The houses are mostly single-storeyed with tiled roofs. The streets are spick and span. There is vegetation everywhere. I do not know the names of the green trees, but they are probably birch, fir, pine and/or palm trees.
 One can see the green hills in the background. The sight is like a beautiful painting, and I wish I was a painter
 I want to get back to India fast, but my relatives won't let me. They probably want to keep me away from harm's way, as they perhaps think that what I say on fb and on my blog may get me into trouble.
California, is of course, paradise, but I have ' promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep'.

Republic Day

Tomorrow is Republic Day for India.

I never celebrate Republic Day or Independence Day.

I regard it as a cruel farce and an insult to my people to celebrate them when over 75% of my countrymen are living in horrible poverty, when half our children are malnourished, when there is massive unemployment and lack of healthcare and good education for the Indian masses, when there is discrimination against women, dalits, minorities, etc, when there are atrocities against women, starting from even before their birth ( female foeticide ),  dowry deaths, etc,when barbaric social practices like ' honour killing ' still continue, when farmers are regularly committing suicide, when corruption is rampant despite all talk of ' good governance ', when our netas bluff our people with false promises of ' vikas', etc with no intention of ever fulfilling them.

You all may participate in this farce, but please don't expect me to join in it.

 My Republic Day and Independence Day will be celebrated when the Indian masses are having happy prosperous lives with a high standard of living. I am quite sure that day will come long after I am dead. But on that day I will be showering flowers and rose petals on my motherland from the skies

We must respect all religions


I have repeatedly said that we must stand up for freedom of religion, and respect all religions.
At the same time, my own personal belief ( and I am not trying to impose this on anyone ) is that there is no such thing as God or soul or angels or ghosts or fairies or witches or resurrection or transmigration. These are all figments of the imagination, and have no real existence. The only reality is matter, which is in motion according to certain laws which can be discovered by scientific research ( see my article ' Religion and Science' on fb and on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in )

 To those who ask : who created matter ? the answer is no one created it. Matter came from matter.

  I believe that all religions are superstititions, and the truth lies in science, though it is still developing.

 Now many people may find this contradictory. On the one hand I say that all religions are superstitions, and on the other hand I say that we must respect all religions and insist on religious freedom.

 However there is no contradiction.

Although I am an atheist, I also know that 99% or more people believe in God. Why do they believe in God ? It is for two reasons :

1.Poor people believe in God because their lives are so miserable that they find temporary solace in religion. Without religion to give them some comfort and psychological support they would go mad

2. Even people who are not so poor, e.g. businessmen, need religion because the chance factor is so powerful in our lives that we can never be sure of the future, and cannot control our lives.. We often plan something, but something else happens. The cause for this is the low development of science till today, as compared to what it will be 100 or 200 years hence. So we start believing in some supernatural forces which control our destiny.

 Religion cannot be abolished by decree. In fact religious persecution makes people more bigoted.
The need for religion and God will disappear when the social and economic factors which give rise to religion disappear. And this will only happen when science is so highly developed that we are able to control our lives. Then there will be no need of God or religion.

 Till that happens, and that will take a very long time ( maybe 100 or 200 years from now ), we must insist on religious freedom, tolerance and secularism.

 So when I say that we must respect all religions, I do not mean that I believe in the metaphysical truth of religions. I mean that since most people are religious we must not hurt their religious feelings, and insist on freedom to profess or practise any religion, but with the  
proviso that the state will have no religion.

The Modern Mir Jafar


A person was offered the lollipop of Chief Ministership of Delhi by the party which she had repeatedly called corrupt during Anna Hazare's agitation, but which she has now willingly embraced, and whose leader she has described as having the most beautiful face in the world.  She had condemned Kejriwal for entering politics, an act which she has now done herself.. Her rank and crass opportunism reminded me of Mir Jafar and Robert Browning's poem ' The Lost Leader '
Now she is promising the moon to Delhiites
 Boojho tu jaani !

Economic Humbug


 Some people say  that the Indian economy is growing, as shown by the fact that the stock market is booming, the IMF has projected that the Indian economy is poised to become the world's fastest growing economy in 2 years, an economist from MIT and another from Harvard Business School have predicted that India would overtake China, etc.

All this is humbug.

Firstly, I am not at all impressed by economists, whether they come from MIT, Harvard Business School or the London School of Economics. A lot of nonsense is taught in these institutions, instead of treating Economics as a science, and a lot of people from these institutions are arrogant fools instead of genuine scholars. What is important is what one has in his head, instead of displaying degrees from Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, etc. I am least impressed by such degrees in Economics, which is a science which has been perverted by hirelings of the establishment posing to be scholars.
Secondly, I have repeatedly said that the basic problem of the Indian economy is not how to increase production but how to raise the purchasing power of the masses.

  We can increase production of any commodity any number of times because we have thousands of bright engineers, technicians, managers scientists etc, and we have immense natural resources. The problem, however, is that 75% of our people are so poor that they have no purchasing power. And even the 15-20% Indian middle class is having its purchasing power rapidly eroded by skyrocketing prices of foodstuffs, etc Foreign markets are saturated with Chinese consumer goods, and the Chinese have even penetrated a section of our markets. So how will the goods produced by this ' growing ' economy be sold ?

Thirdly, it is not enough that there is economic growth. The further question to ask is : who is getting the fruits of this growth ? Is it only a handful of big businessmen, or the Indian masses ?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Appeal to the Prime Minister

Sh. Narendra Modi
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India
South Block,
New Delhi - 110001

Sub. : Release of Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme Funds to the students of J&K studying outside J & K.

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you in connection with the Prime Minister' Special Scholarship Scheme for J&K students studying outside the state of J&K. 5,000 Scholarships were to be granted every year to the students who opted to study outside the state for different courses.

For Academic year 2014-15 till date no Scholarship has been granted to any student of J&K. For '2013-14 about 3,500 Scholarships was granted but 1,500 (approx.) have yet not been granted, though the students were verified by the concerned authorities twice.

For 2012-13, only about 1,500 students of J&K opted to go outside the state for studies and all were granted scholarships.

The Chinar Foundation (an organization recently created which works for the welfare of the people of J&K), of which I am the Patron, in a meeting held in Delhi on 15.01.2015 resolved to appeal to you to look into the matter and release the Scholarships at the earliest. as almost all the students concerned are from poor families and far flung areas of J&K, and are suffering due to non-receipt of scholarships. The students are otherwise entitled and fulfil all the criteria mentioned in the Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme.

It may be mentioned that one of the office bearers of the Chinar Foundation recently met the Union Home & Finance Ministers in this connection. The Hon'ble Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley told him that the funds have already been earmarked for the scholarship scheme, and it has only to be released by the Union H.R.D. Ministry after due verification. The Hon'ble Home Minister also endorsed the view that it should be released at the earliest because it is for the welfare of poor students who want to study and build their careers by studying outside J&K.

Unfortunately and regrettably, the Union HRD Ministry is sitting tight over the matter. Therefore, please do the needful at the earliest, so that the students of J&K may get relief by way of getting scholarships and thus continue their studies without any mental and financial pressure.

Thanking you,
For Chinar Foundation

(Justice Markandey Katju)
former Judge, Supreme Court of India
& Patron, Chinar Foundation

& Patron, Chinar Foundation

Rank Opportunism


In an earlier post I had said that I was told by someone once that if you do not have anything good to say about someone do not say anything at all. And I added that in fact I have nothing at all to say about Kiran Bedi.
 I would have left it at that, but what has impelled me now to be more explicit  is a statement of Kiran Bedi which really takes the cake.
She has said that " the world's most beautiful face is of Narendra Modi ".
 Well, one is entitled to one's opinion. But what is one to say of a person who thought earlier during the India Against Corruption movement of Anna Hazare that the most beautiful face in the world is of Anna Hazare ( not exactly in those words, but the purport was the same ), and who called all political parties, including the BJP corrupt ?
 Kiran Bedi had strongly criticized Modi several times. Thus, she once tweeted " One day Namo will have to respond with clarity about the Gujrat massacres, despite the Court's clearance so far ". What has Bedi to say about this now ?
 When Kejriwal wanted to step into politics and create the Aam Admi Party, Bedi was vehemently opposed to it, and said she would never enter into politics. But now she has suddenly plunged into politics when the BJP has apparently promised her a high position.
 No wonder Anna is refusing to take her telephone calls ( see Express Online of today, 19.1.2015, and The Hindu, page 10 ). It is reported that Anna has told his assistants not to take her calls as he did not wish to talk with her ( Express Online of today ).
 Is this not crass, downright opportunism on your part Ms. Bedi ?

Marriage

To all you unmarried young men my advice to you is : get married.
 Marriage is a great institution. You get love ( and all that it entails ), companionship and friendship. There is someone to greet you and prepare a cup of tea for you when you get home after a hard day's work, someone to talk to, someone to take care of you when you are unwell, someone to prepare good food for you, and someone with whom to share your thoughts, worries, and aspirations.
 Women are beautiful and wonderful people. Of course not all of them. So you must do a background check about the nature of your future life partner. In my opinion the nature of the young lady is more important than her looks. I know of some very beautiful women who had a terrible nature, and made their husbands' lives hell. On the other hand, I know of many plain or even ugly looking women who had a such a good and kind nature that they made their husbands' lives heaven. So check up from some people about her nature before you marry her.
 You should also check up about her academic qualifications and work experience. This is important because in these days of high prices it may be necessary to have a working and earning wife, because your own income may not suffice for two persons and for the coming child or children ( don't have more than two as you may not be able to afford it ).
 Give the young lady respect, be kind to her,and take care of her, and in return she will make your life full of joy.
 But remember a shloka in Sanskrit about the nature of many women :
 " क्षडें रुष्टा क्षडें तुष्टा रुष्टा  तुष्टा क्षडें क्षडें "
  i.e.
" A woman is angry at one moment, happy at the next, angry again the moment thereafter, and happy again the next "
 So from my own experience of marriage ( and I have been married for over 44 years ), the way to handle your lady is to become mum when she enraged ( Chandi charh jai ), and wait till she is cool again. Thereafter you will find her very sweet and full of affection for you !
 Hari Om

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Gay Marriages
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the issue of gay marriages in April, and the judgment may come in June.
 Four states in U.S.A., Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky, have banned gay marriages. The Court will decide whether states are bound by the U.S. Constitution to licence same sex marriages.
 I hope that during the hearing the lawyers will read out passages from Bernard Shaw's play ' Man and Superman ' and the Judges will see the film ' Fatal Attraction ', and read my article posted on facebook and on my blog.
 I was told by a friend living in America that if I speak against gay marriages there I may be assaulted. So much for freedom of speech. You may speak in favour of gay marriages, but you dare not speak against them. I am against criminalizing gay relationships, that is one's private affair, but I still say they are unnatural.
 Hari Om