MAHARASHTRA CONUNDRUM by BrijKaul

UDDHAV THACKERAY’S elevation to the office of Chief minister in extraordinary circumtances  and after a few weeks of political skulduggery in Maharashtra has  come to end .

Uddhav Thackeray finally took oath as chief minister yesterday evening amidst great attempts to subvert the unity of of NCP SHIVSENA CONGRESS alliance.

Thackeray will lead the Maha Vikas Aghadi – NCP Sena Congress post poll alliance ,having being sworn in front of huge crowd at Shivaji Park.

Shiv Sena was formed in 1966 by Bal Thackeray, the founder ,who passed away in 2012.

After nearly 53 years  Mr Uddhav Thackeray for the first time has finally ventured to throw the shackles of remote control away (shivsena controlled the levers of administration from 1995-1999 and 2014 -2019 from outside) and thus taking  himself a plunge to hold the reigns of administration directly in alliance with NCP and Congress , once long standing bitter foes but now friends to carry the political ship across the. angry seas to the safe shore.

Sharad Pawar , the architect of Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will have to play a pivotal role in cementing the alliance and Sena on its part will have to recalibrate its political ambitions by accommodating the interests of allies in order to complete the full term amicably for the progress of the people of state.

It is a matter of paradox that Sena infamous for making arm twisting unconstitutional statements ,has been espousing for the Constitution and its lofty principles. A complete transformation ,may be good for the Indian politics in the long run.

BJP Blinks

 BJP failed to gauge the changing mood and moves of its three decade ally Sena . Shiv Sena under Uddav Thackeray has lately undergone metamorphasis , embracing secularism and pluralism ,thereby, doing away with the cloak of Hindutva for good.

BJP again gambled upon aligning with Ajit Pawar,a knave shrewd politician, doing somersaults not once but twice thus forcing the power lusty Chief Minister Devender Fadnavis to resign ,amid tumultuous month long political drama, even before facing assembly floor test.

Meanwhile Anti corruption Bureau dropped all cases against Ajit Pawar during 80 hour acrimonious nocturnal act ,going down in Maharashtra political history as a black blot.

Ajit Pawar has since returned to the Sharad Pawar -led party,leaving bruised BJP to fend for itself thereby damaging the much earned credibility of good administration of Devender Fadnavis as chief Minister of the state.

CMP OFFERS HOPE

The CMP of   Shiv Sena –NCP-Congress alliance partners uphold commitment to the secular values enshrined in the Constitution ,a great feat of achievement to promote the development of Maharashtra state .

Health

The CMP (Commom Minimum Promme) announced by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress   Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) offers glimmer of hope to ASHA ( Accredited Social Health Activist) and Anganwadi workers ,who run all the health Programmes on the ground, in promisingto augument their honourium and the service facilities.

Currently there are 70,000 ASHA workers . They propagate as many as 73 health programmes on the ground earning   around Rs 1,500 on the programme, twith an additional 1,500 for record maintenance.

CMPoffers to increase the wages by minimum Rs 2000 .

In addition CMP has offered health Insurance cover every citizen along with One Rupee health Clinics at Taluka level.

Farmers  

 To provide immediate Financial assistance to the Farmers suffering as a matter of untimely recent rains and floods., Loan waiver, crop insurance , remunerative prices and adequate permanent water system to the draught affected areas.

Unemployment

 Uddhav Thackeray Govt promises to fill in all vacant posts with immediate effect, Fellowship to unemployed youth and other measuresincluding enacting a law ensuring 80% reservation of jobs for local domicile people.

To provide educational loans to youth especially of weaker sections at zero percent interests .

Coordination committee

There will be two coordination committees, one for coordination within the State Cabinet and the other for coordination among the alliance partnersto foter smooth running of the state Govt machinery.

Conclusions

The CMP preamble ensures commitment to the secular values and work assiduously to provide development to the state in an earnest manner.

The CMP provides no room for its allies to whither away in different directions but to work strictly within its drawn framework and thus work for all sections of society.Both the Sena and its chief will be under sever scrutiny for how they use the alliance to propel the Govt amicably for full term keeping in view the ultimate welfare of people. of the state. A difficult job but not impossible to move on with grand glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Peace by Brij kaul

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City of Peace

 

Pune

city of peace and promises

people of large hearts

overflowing with milk

of human kindness

A

 city  agog with lively crowds

young springing youths,

giggling frolicking ones

exhibiting libido, elegance of

dress, design fashion

with

aspirations dreams   desires

of touching skies .

Old citizens on early walking tours

dangling staffs while sprinting

for awhile at a leisure

to their great pleasure.

A

city of love and liberty

with no rancor or remorse

towards one and all

The enthralling environs

with green spectacle all over

distant rolling hills beckoning

one and all into its bracing breezy

embrace.

the

breeze a lilting soothing one

but

sensuous intoxicating caressing

the mind and body for a

yearning longing to merge

                                                               in its eternal beauty.

WHY NEHRU CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN ___ by Brijkaul

For any Indian brought up in Nehrus’s India it is hard to imagine, believe anything other than a democracy.

JAWAHARLALNEHRU was composite personality of erudition, rationality, diversity, humanity and above all a true liberal democrat.

India’s first PM was his own vocal critic .That served democracy well and became his guide line to keep check over executive power being more than just constitutional .

Under the pseudonym of Chanakya he wrote in Mdern Review “ A little twist and Jawahar lal might turn a dictator sweeping aside the paraphernalia of a slow moving democracy. He might still use the language and slogan of democracy and socialism, but we all know how fascism has fattened on this language and then cast it away as useless lumber”

Indian Republic was fortunate in its teething years of 17years to be steered by non other than Nehru , a great man immensely honest and dedicated to the cause of building a strong India , thus winning the faith of countless Indians despite facing a relentless campaign against him for not being culturally rooted so on and so forth.

It was his this typical ability to deliberate on his own shortcomings that stood him in good stead to lead the young Indian democracy to great heights.

The greatness and popularity of Pt Jawahar lal Nehru was insurmountable in Indandacross the world., hence could not be gauged by any gadget and it is beyond the comprehension of the present generation to fathom the veracity ,magnanimity of his greatness, compassion and love for the nation.

Though JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU being strong liberal nationalist was a rationalist as well.

His agile mind’s spiritual quest was strong and he was quite adept in the philosophy of the Vedanta.

He wrote “ I can appreciate to some extent the conception of monism ,and I have been attracted towards the advaita (non- dualist)philosophy. The diversity and fullness of nature stir me and produce harmony of the spirit, and I can imagine feeling myself at home in the old Indian pantheist atmosphere.”

He abhorred the superstitious and dogmatic beliefs. he believed in ethical approach rather than demonstrating some  particular doctrines.

With his scientific temper and progressive thoughts he  ushered India into technological era  rather than seeping in completely in the tradition. He blended modernism into dynamism of taditions and thus pulled off  successfully  all  the sectors of society towards progress and prosperity.

Along with the institutes of technological and nuclear energy he created autonomous institutes of drama ,fine arts, music films . He set up space launching center ISRO currently making voyages into space and onto the other planets like Moon and Mars.

currently with the inputs from the Govt and people India is really on the march towards being one of the top Nations in the world.

Conclusion

Now on his 130th birth anniversary, children’s day we need Nehru’s teachings of brotherhood, unity to propel India towards prosperity progress and overcome the fissiparous tendencies to break away from the idea of inclusive India.

JAWAHARLAL “the jewel of India” as Mahatma Gandhi called him did not disappoint either Gandhiji or the people of this great Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRES — DEVASTATING ONES by Brijkaul

California  devastating  Fires  with firefighters fighting the battle of fires photo AP.

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On Wednesday 30th October in SIMI Valley California wild fires   caught northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura County unwares,and by nightfall charged 1300 acres(526) hectares,the fury of fires threatened thousands of homes ,orchads ,oilfields, forcing displacement of thousands(roughly7000) of  residents in California to safety .

The scrub fire flared up threatening the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The  fire in Simi Valley flared up early in the dawn , the  flames went  across the dry  grassy slopes  of the hilltop Reagan Library, which houses the late president’s archives and other important manuscripts.

The strike teams of firefighters, backed by water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers covered the area with  loads of fire retardant, as flames  moved in  on the library campus.

The devastating fire, forced 26,000 people from some of the city’s posh localities to flee.

The fire broke out from a separate conflagration burning in shrub-covered hills near the Getty Center museum . The museum has a collection  including paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Manet, Greek statues and an array of rare manuscripts.

The fierce Santa Ana winds were cause of a string of fires that engulfed the whole of Southern California. and Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.

With adverse weather conditions the ambers flew across air igniting the spot fires .across the dry forests.

Chad Cook, the chief of forest department Ventura County explained to the reporters, who gathered to ask for  the cause  and remedial steps to ward off  the menacing fires.

“The fire outflanked us very rapidly today, pushed by those 40- to 50-mile-per-hour (40- to 80 km per hour) winds,” . “We did experience gusts up to 65 miles per hour (105 kph) this morning, which made long-range spotting very, very dangerous.” he continued explaining sportingly.

The National Weather Service issued an unprecedented “extreme red flag” .

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen us use this warning,” forecaster Marc Chenard said. “It’s pretty bad.”

The weather services issuing alerts for critical fire warnings covering more than 34000sq.kms involving some 20 miliion people.

Nearly 400,000 homes and businesses statewide on Wednesday went as powerless as a precaution by the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, a unit of PG&E Corp (PCG.N).,

The blaze prompted public Schools and Colleges in the area to cancel classes . On nearby ranches, residents in the protective face masks were seen helping horses and other livestock into trailers to drive them to a safety place

The Santa Ana winds at a sustained speeds of 80 to 110 kmp, are a regional weather phenomenon that cause wildfires very often.

Investigators say the Getty fire was likely caused by a broken tree branch blown into power lines during high winds on Monday morning. It spread, consuming 745 acres by Wednesday morning, many houses were gutted completely.

In northern California, the blaze destroyed at least 189 homes and other structures but was largely contained on Wednesday.

The deadly blaze displaced as many as 200,000people.

The fire has begun to cool off after causing menacing damages across much of Southern California for two days.

The subsided fires helped the authorities to gain control over the situation and easing the process of restoring a bit of normalcy.                                                       Sources Reuters

CONCLUSION

It is a fact that Nature cannot be tamed but some steps could be taken to avoid damages to the homes and people at large by shifting them permanently to the regions of safety. for good. The Californian think tank should rummage their brains to scheme out of this frequent fire menace.

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BARAAT BAND BAJA by BRIJKAUL

On

19th October many many years gone

by

with Baraat Band ‘Baja’

I became Raja

bedecked in typical Groom attire

the king of my sweet heart

on

a trail to wed the soothing bride

with

scintillating sensuous sparkling visage

beauty so heart warming

falling

for her prince charming.

winsome smile voice sounding

with the twang of her

nose.

Forty four years wafted like a whiff

of fresh scent of rose

years wear on

and on and on

snuggling twitching tingling playing

about the passionate moments

mingle into sensuous trance

culminating into fulsome

love and dance.

years wear on

and on and on

from evening to dawn

we love to trudge upon

long verdure stretches

and unknown sights

in the starry moonlit

nights.

     we hobnob with people

  of taste and love.

years wear on

and on and on

wife

not an apostle of lust

but temple of trust

A bed of flowers

canopy of blessings

companion of comforts

  for all the times .

cloudy or sunny.

marriage is cauldron of

love. love and only

love.

years wear on

and on and on

with

Baraat Band Baja

I became Raja.

PUNE THE CITY OF DREAMS by BrijKaul

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Pune  The most liveable city.

On the clear October afternoon day 2019, I visited a small hillock on the side of Parvati in Pune for spending an hour or so in peace and tranquility.

This is the place one can have an overview of almost entire city swathed in greenery of monsoon rains.

Below me the city with its criss -cross bazaars, blaring horns, the grisly roads with open drainage culminating towards swollen rivers, looked a sprawling one. The skyline has assumed alarming proportions.

The city looked gorgeously green .

I could see one more distant range of hills followed by a stretch of plains, a fascinating view.

The clouds started gathering and the sky was overcast .

A loud growling followed by a lightening , instantly it began to rain, a cold steel rain.

I took to my heels literally and did not give hoots to the beautiful surroundings, but hurried to get on to main road and continued to walk on looking for a cover to avoid being drenched in the awful spattering rains. The chaotic traffic of cars, two wheelers ,where every vehicle was trying to overtake the other ,the honking of horns plunging the street into deafening noise center much to the displeasure of pedestrians.

Among the generality of Indian males ,I am medium sized—five feet five ,very wide of shoulder and eventually because of my size I could take brisk strides and run in between the thickly rains for getting on to take refuge under a cover.

I did manage to stand in the corner of a sweet shop. There was a sizable crowd already, a couple making way for me with a wry smile. Puneites are friendly people and very conciliatory especially to senior citizens.

The rains continued pouring down and did not seem to abate at all.

Recently Pune had rains without any warning and the city almost got drowned with hundreds of vehicles being carried away in the fierce rains and the winds that was not less than any hurricane.

I watched the dripping trees and the clouds coming down over the distant valley giving it a hazy look all around.

As I was standing waiting for rains to stop,I heard someone calling me not far away “ kaul sahib, kaul sahib here I am Prasad”

I saw a tall hefty man coming towards me and standing face to face, I stared at him with a glimmer of remembrance in my eyes ,I recognized him instantly. “ hello Prasad how are you here.” I asked, little puzzled. He was carrying an umberalla big enough to take me underneath.

we walked into a nearby restaurant for a strong sweet tea with hot Kachoris.

“ So Prasad tell me what are you doing now.”I said with a beaming smile. “ ah! cannot believe seeing you after 35 years.it is amazing unbelievable” I continued startled .

“Me too “ Prasad replied with a guffaw.

Prasad was my head inspector in Jg glass factory long back in 1970’S, good at job and a great singer. He was handsome tall with wrestler’s body having six pack muscles, very affable in nature, a pleasant lively smile lit up his face all the time.

I being the head of quality department, he was very obedient and respectful subordinate.

we had a long conversation over a few steaming cups of teas.

“ I could educate my only son to be an engineer and he has become GM of an MNC from Germany, kaul sir” he declared with some sense of pride.

“ you can call me kaul only ,no need to say sir Mr Prasad. you are my friend and one time colleague’ I corrected him

“ no kaul sahib you are my sir all the time. It was your constant drumming that motivated me to educate my son Ravinder.” He said apologetically.

“ do you still sing? “

“ yes I do “

“can you sing that Rajesh khanna song” I asked

and he started singing in his profoundly melodous voice.

“ Tum ne kaajal lagaya Din mein Raat ho gayi chup gaye Tare nazare oye kya baat ho gayi .”

The other guests turned their heads to listen him and cheered him for his singing the Bolly -wood block buster of yesteryears.

As Prasad emerged a singing celebrity in the small crowd ,engrossed in the new found fame,  I went into a reverie to ramble through my memories about my first encounter with bright and beautiful Pune.

I walked into Pune ,the city of my dreams, ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’ , ‘the queen of Deccan’ as popularly called those days, on 21st june 1961 to look after my ailing sister shanta whom I called fondly Bengashi. 

My father had coaxed and cajoled me to take the vexed long trip to assist my brother in law Raj nath Wakhaloo ,who had moved into the city in 1959 on Govt of India assignment in Post and Telegraph Pune division. Raj nath ji popularly known as Wakhaloo Sahib, a typical Kashmiri Brahmin, tall handsome ,with chiselled features a long straight nose , dimpled chin ,liked the city and its people , its mild climate and hilly topography .

My brother in law, JEEJAJI, was waiting for me in the pleasant morning at the Pune station.

I walked the platform and hugged him ,thanking him profusely for coming to greet me in the early morning.

We went to home ,a small low ceiling ill ventilated one room rented apartment in Soomwar-peth in the city. His office was at a stone’s throw from the residence hence the choice of hiring that apartment.

After dropping my luggage, and having a hurried brief breakfast ,we drove down to the Dr Karve Clinic at the foothills of Parvati ,where my sister Bengashi was admitted. My sister was glad to see me and hugged me intensely, the tears flowing down her cheeks profusely.

she was having clot on the lower leg and being under treatment of DR KARVE, one of the best doctors of Pune at that time.

I was supposed to look after my sister as my brother in law J e e j a j i was attending office.

I successfully completed my assignment to my best ability, looking after my beloved sister with ease and comfort. Went to Kashmir back after nearly two months.

At that time I could have n e v e r imagined Pune would be my permanent home town some day.

As providence would have it I got my first job in Pune as management trainee way back in 1970 in a glass container manufacturing unit after great efforts and started liking to live in Pune.

My sister’s prayers worked for my settlement .

I lived in Meera Society near Shanker Seth road, a new decent colony with built in spacious apartments of most advanced building technology.

Here I struck acquaintance with Mr Pran Tickoo working as a senior engineer in Tata Locomative engineering company . We soon became great pals and spent lot of good time together ,mostly enjoying ‘Boti kababs’, ‘tandoori chicken’ and many niceties at Dipen’s barbaquee run by an affable Punjabi couple close to Petrol pump on Shanker Seth road. Pran  Tickooji had flair for attending to social activities and displayed leadership qualities and enjoyed doing so very much. Currently associated with many such social platforms  contributing his mite to the good of society. 

Pune city was very alluring beautiful with almost no traffic and big broad roads ,having hilly background with trees all along the routes making beautiful long avenues to look at.

It had shades of my Srinagar city ,with Parvati hill standing in the heart of city like Hari Parbat of Srinagar city. The pleasant weather was one more similarity to my Kashmir.

Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai, with nearly 5.05 miliion population currently. Situated 1840 feet above sea level on the Deccan plateau on the right bank of Mutha river.

Pune has profound no of Nicknames ‘ Oxford of East’ ‘ Queen of Deccan ‘ so on and so forth

with its cool sizzling climate, vibrant greens adding tantalizing serenity to the Nature, Pune stands out a thriving city to live in .

Pune is always young with its young student population, and is nerve center of arts crafts ,offering opportunities for jobs, research and has been a commercial hub for many industries.

 

I woke up from my reverie and called for Prasad ,who seemed completely absorbed and enjoying the new found popularity.

“shall we make a move now” I blurted out to Prasad .

“yes sir yes sir” he replied briefly.

The rains had stopped and I looked for an auto rickshaw to take me to my residence in Bibwewadi.

Prasad called for one and I squeezed in and it zoomed away without allowing me even to say goodbye, with a foreboding of having seen Prasad for the last time.

 

TRUMP BUMPS ON THE ROPE OF IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. BY BRIJ KAUL

Trump Donald and his coterie were taken aback by the swift rapid move of House Speaker Nancy Pelosis towards impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

President Trump is best being described as egomaniac—egocentric ,would like to see everything revolving around him.

“Let me tell you, the one that matters is me,” Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News in November 2017. “I’m the only one that matters.”

That hubris finally caught up with Trump this week when in his nonchalant style he authorized to release the transcript of his july call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,that implies in clear terms ,the effort by an American President to pressuarise a foreign leader to look into corruption allegations against a potential 2020 opponent candidate former vice president Joe Bidden ,and his son,Hunter.

The transcript sent shock waves across the political spectre of America, forcing the Republicans to keep almost in hiding to avoid controversial statements, whereas the Democrats were emboldened to stick to their announcement of plans to conduct formal impeachment inquiry against the President Trump.

however on Tuesday following House speaker Nancy Pelosisi’s announcement holding impeachment inquiry,the decision spurred number of questions among Americans across the country about the process and whether Trump could get run for re-election etc.

“The facts changed the situation and they cannot be ignored,” Pelosi said Friday during the interview. “We weigh the equities—I never thought he was worth it.”

 

The American Constitution says impeachment can happen for these reasons:“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.””

But the Constitution experts left it open for lawmakers to decide in the moment how to define that. Which means Congress can define “high crimes and misdemeanors” however it wants, and it doesn’t have to be an actual crime. I think it’s important to remember impeachment is a political process, not a criminal one. , It’s also the only way to punish a president, given there’s a decades-old legal theory that a sitting president can’t be indicted.

According to CNN’S NEW NATIONAL POLL,is that more and more people are for impeachment of Donald Trump roughly 49% believe that Democrates are rightly pursuing impeachment because they think Trump has crossed the line.

However 43% Americans believe REPUBLICAN opposition to Trump’s impeachment is not based on genuine belief that he did nothing untoward to justify impeachment.

On impeachment On Monday, Mr. Trump reacted aggressively to the scrutiny around his dealings with Ukraine. He went to the extent warning that his removal could spark “civil war.”

 The House Democrats issued a subpoena demanding Mr Trump’s private lawyer produce documents ,communications and other records. The whistle-blower is expected also to testify possibly behind the closed doors .

Trump in his conversations with the reporters at the United Nations admitted withholding nearly $400million in aid to Ukraine to fight corruption and urge the European Nations like France and Germany specially to “put up money” in aid to Ukraine.

The matter being part of whistleblower complaint ,democrats demanding more information on the subject that could help their inquiry of impeachment against Trump.

 

CONCLUSION

Trump is in agitative mood as every data point towards his downfall.

Trump is trying his best to change the current narrative engrossing his impeachment inquiry through his tweets. let us watch intently the fate of this big wig in the days to come.

Source          NYT, REUTER, TIME