SHE

 SHE is beautiful

As I see her

SHE is glistening

Like a morning dew

While resting on pew

Her roving tinsel eyes

Groping the blue skies

   for my sensuous

love

SHE is beautiful

As I see her

gorgeous glowing

in the Moonlite

   Of chilling starry

night.

          Rambling around

                      Trudging on dandelions

                     With furtive glances

                    She fades in

                          Cloudy forest .

                           crossing over rivulet

                          the placid water

                             rippling around her

                         bare legs

                          She

                             lures me to walk

                                 along.

                               SHE is beautiful

                               As I see her

                                    With aquiline face

                                                                                              And her

                                         Crimson complexion

                                        Coquettish smile

                                             Lunges me to

                                             Wrap her in my

                                             Warm clasp

                                             And

                                                      drown in celestial

                                                  beauty for

                                                      ever.

 

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AMERICANS IN MOURNING By Brijkaul

Las Vegas Massacre

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                          Shooting  site in Las Vegas

 The Americans are in mourning. And surely the people across world join them in their tragedy of the time.

On Sunday night Ist October2017 , the barrage of bullets rained down on a crowd of 22000 people gathered listening to Jason Aldean singing county tunes , at Route 91, Harvest country Las Vegas music festival, killing 59 people instantly and injuring nearly over 500 hundred concertgoers .

These music lovers had come from different areas of USA and possibly from other parts of the world and fell victim to the rampage caused by a lone gunman identified as 64 years old Stephen Paddock .

 Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel suite at 32nd floor Mandalay Bay Resort, he had occupied a few days before the event.

When police went in to his room they found him dead from a self inflicted gunshot . They seized 17 guns from his suite .

What led Stephen Paddock to commit such a carnage could remain a mystery for years to come , but the wounds he inflicted on the families of the victims would never be healed up.

“ what we know is that Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life ,much of which will never be fully understood” said Cark County Sheriff Joseph Lambardo at news briefing .—-REUTERS.

The shooting sent ripples of dread across America and the world of course.

The people are grappling with challenge of fear anger, empathy and moreover the vulnerability to the bullets of

hatred ,vendetta from an irate individual or a group of terrorists.

It is difficult to find a word to describe such heinous crime executed in a moment of minutes.

The President Donald Trump was quick to respond to the ghastly shooting that shook America “ we are joined together today in sadness ,shock, and grief” Trump lamented “ cannot fathom the feelings of 59 families who lost a child , parent ,brother sister “ He termed the episode as “senseless” act.

Politicians ,Celebraties and people from all walks of life across the globe shared condolences for the victims ,their families and all those impacted by the massacre.

The victims

 Out of 59 victims killed 36 are women and 23 men. The oldest 67 and the youngest 20 .

Some profiles of the victims identified so far as.

Heather Alvardo 35 yrs. Was killed and her husband described her as “a happiest woman,, would do anything for her three children.”

Jack Beaten 54

“ when bullets started coming down from nowhere Jack leaned his body over me and wrapped with his arms” His wife told the press . The couple had travelled from Bakers Field to Las Vegas to celebrate

23rd wedding Anniversary. Beaten was a construction worker and leaves behind 20 years son and 18 years daughter.

Candice Bowers 40

A single mother of three hardworking restaurant waitress was forced by friends to go to musical festival. Patrice Zacker Bowers her grandmother sobbed “she was a generous girl and some friends took her to musical festival just to die only”.

. Denise Barditus     32

   His husband Tony recounted tearfully “ Denise died in my arms .” Denise was mother of two.

Chritiana Durte 21.

A graduate from university of Arizona with Marketing degree ,was working for los Angeles hockey Team gunned down at 91 Route musical festival, probably the youngest victim . courtesy Time Magazine 04/10/17

Law makers at Capitol Hill

 After Sunday’s mass shooting at Las Vegas the America’s lawmakers at Capitol Hill have finally put on their thinking caps and are coalescing around to at least legislate against the “Bump Device” ,available easily on line ,can be attached in a jiffy to convert semiautomatic Rifles to automatic Rifles capable of firing bullets at 400-600 rounds in a minute.

Stephen Paddock had fitted at least 12 Rifles with    “Bump device” to accomplish his ghastly act.

Republicans who opposed gun control all along in the past have finally started conveyancing support for a ban on the bump devices .

Several leading Republican senators ,Lindsey Graham of South Carolina ,Orrin G.Hatch of Utah and Marlo Rubio of Forida said they would be open to considering legislation against bump devices.

Mr Rubio said “we certainly want to learn more details what occurred in Las Vagas and if there are vulnerabilities in federal law we should be addressing to prevent such attacks in the future.”

Another Republican senator John Cornyn of Texas ,the no 2 Senator Republican in the senate said “ if it seems like an obvious are we ought to explore and see if it is something Congress needs to act on”

Democrats have already introduced legislation to ban the gun modifications and Republicans are increasingly considering to take action.

NRA (National Rifle Association U.S.A ) has been a potent political force behind backing the Republicans and thus opposing vehemently any legislation restrictions at gun regulations.

But Now NRA endorsement of restrictions on devices converting semi-automatic to automatic rifles clears way for Congress bringing legislation to regulate the gun policy of America. The Association endorsement reads “ N.R.A. believes that the devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to further additional regulations.”

The President Donald Trump needs to rise above political considerations and uphold the legislation to bring sanity in the gun policy of America to prevent Mass massacres of Sunday type in future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KASHMIR–A FESTERING WOUND.

Kashmir continues to be a festering wound and needs   remedy to heal it up permanently.

All genuine efforts from Jawaharlal Nehru to sheikh Abdullah, Indira Gandhi to Shaikh Abdullah , Tashkent agreement ,Simla agreement,

Vajapayee’s Agra Summit ,Lahore Declaration were made from time to time to bring sanity to the permanent solution and make people of Kashmir prosperous responsible citizens of the country.

But every time some disgruntled elements of the valley ,at the behest of Pakistan , fomented trouble and finally joined militancy to threaten peace loving Kashmiris to follow their dictates. Thus jeopardizing any attempt to heal up the wound permanently.

The Central Government over the years has always made efforts to reach out to stakeholders in the valley to help in keeping situation more or less under control.

Surgical Strike

Since the surgical strike the Central government and J&Kgovernment adopted a tough stand to deal with the situation to root out the militancy completely from the valley.

The counter insurgency operation has been on the upswing.

The number of militants killed since 2017 till date is 138 including 60 locals reported to be highest in the decade.

The top commanders of Hizbul including yasin Yatoo has been killed by Government forces.

Recently ( 26th August) at least eight security persons were killed by three JeM fidayeen militants at police lines pulwama .

Interestingly it has been a year since the surgical strike in Occupied Kashmir carried out by special forces of Indian Army ,having no desire for bilateral talks to pursue peace, the two acrimonious neighbours are simply engaged to firing across the borders in Jammu and Kashmir .They resorted to calling names in global forums. Just a few days back the External Minister Sushma Swaraj at UNO General Assembly termed Pakistan “exporter of terror”.To which the permanent representative of Pakistan Maleeh Lodhi responded India is “mother of terrorism’ in south Asia.

Protests

The people of Kashmir thus are caught in the melee ,and subsequently with each passing day the political situation worsens in the valley of Kashmir.

The college girls, boys filled the streets to give vent to their grievances and fight for their future. In the past Girls ,young women did not join protestors as such. The unique protests carried out by younger generation became a matter of concern .

The J&K government under C M MehboobaMufti earlier advocated talks with all stake holders irrespective of their political affliations ,but the Central government did not agree to her pleas .

Mehbooba Mufti said “Only way to face this new reality is that instead of using Kashmir as a political issue to divide public opinion, parties across the political divide should come together and country should be united on Kashmir”.

“There is no other way to resolve Kashmir other than dialogue with parties involved “

 

Ray of Hope

 A ray of hope upon the gloomy Kashmir horizon was brightly seen as PM Mr Narendar Modi pitched for “love and “compassion”message in his 15th August address from the Famous Red Fort, as only possible solution to militancy problem in Kashmir.This was followed by the visit of Home Minister shri Raj Nath to the valley to pursue peace process in Kashmir much admired and applauded by one and all.

Challenges Ahead

The challenges to bring back the people of Kashmir aboard Indian vessel are many but the most prominent ones could be following.

  1.   To preempt any large scale protests seen in the previous  year.

This needs earnest efforts to integrate with masses and youth in particular and try       to understand the problems and work out the solutions..

  1.  Stop Kashmiri youth to join militancy.

 

It is reported that about 80 young Kashmiri men joined militant ranks this year.

 

  1.  Stop identifying every Kashmiri with a militant.

For instance I interacted with Kashmiri youths in Train to Jammu in April2017.

“whenever I introduce myself as a Kashmiri and muslim,I am termed as anti –       national.” Said Ali Mohmmad an IT engineer working in Bangalore.

“my political position is to follow peace and work for my living. When people distrust  me I feel disturbed.”

I replied trying to re-assure him “all this is due to certain elements you know better ,  mostly external forces, who try to wedge a deep divide and we must fight such forces  together. The whole Nation will be with you ”.

“Let God listen to your prayers sir .” He replied hoping for a better tomorrow.

4.       To involve women in Kashmir and empower them with responsibilities in administrative tasks to look after poor and needy .This should help to integrate the youth to a great extent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEACH GIRL

Behold the Beach girl

Sweet and sour

Thunderous wonderous

reaching out just

to

amuse me with legions

of Love .

with almost no attire

the beach girl beckoning

 in a leap

sweeps me off the feet

into recesses of sea

so blue deep.

fighting the tides

steep

spring and neap.

In her tight clasp

Tossing plunging

I melt down to

her sensuous passion.

 amidst

Turbulent tempestuous

Waves

Storming to the shore.

Behold the beach girl

Garrulous gorgeous

But

enticing and engulfing

me

to the ecstacy

of

passionate bliss.

 

LOOKING AROUND THE WORLD.

SINGAPORE

Democracy with difference.

Singapore is slated to elect its new President on Sept. 23 2017.

last year as per the constitutional amendment made by Singapore Parliament the presidency is reserved for one of Singapore’s three largest ethnic groups – Indian, Chinese and Malay.

Accordingly this time around, the next president of Singapore must be an ethnic Malay.

And in case only one candidate is nominated unanimously then that candidate will automatically become president without a popular vote.

Singapore’s success story.

Singapore is multi ethnic Country and its late founder father Lee Kuan Yew’s principle “illiberal politics in exchange for good government and high living standards.”still holds good for all practical purposes.

Lee Kuan Yew’s gospel has proved right mantra for propelling Singapore from third to first world status .

Low taxes with minimal regulation have made Singapore a dream for foreign investors, contributing to one of the world’s highest standards of living. The government has made it mandatory to provide equal opportunity for every ethnic group in sectors like housing and political representation. A unique feature in the parameters of economic growth in the region and the world as well.

The racial harmony is maintained strictly by adhering to strict quotas.

The government excercises constraints on free speech. Speaking against the government’s racial policies can land a person in jail with heavy fines.

Apart from the developing nations western rich world

too tries to emulate some of successful policies of Singapore model.

“let us copy Singapore health care miracle,” echoed an opinion piece on the website of Fox News ,American broadcaster to replace Obamacare effectively.

It broadly argued on its two features “empowering consumers and fostering competition.”—-  Source Economist.

American conservatives believe that Singapore’s health system yielded results because of Singaporeans’ sharing personal responsibilities of to pay around 2%of their health care from their pockets. The government spends total 5% of GDP on healthcare thus enjoying highest life expectancy with lower infant mortality.

America spends nearly 17%of GDP on health care with people much less healthy.

Also some of the Brexiteers enthusiasts would like Britain to be “Singapore-on-Thames”.

A low regulated tax heaven for business eager to trade with Europe.

But Britain being already light taxed as per European standards and thus cannot shrink further to reshape its national health services. Also Singapore system envisages coercion in making people to pay from their pockets .

Hence both Americans and Britishers would not accept any such thing. The voters would thrash any party attempting to do anything of the sort.

Presidential election

Coming back to the presidential election Malays are totally dissatisfied with prospective presidential candidates.

Abdullah Tarmugi, Halimah Yacob and Yaacob Ibrahim will be eligible for the elected presidency.

The candidates are not very popular with the Community and are reported to be very partisan as well.

Former member of Parliament Tan Cheng Bock is still a favourite for many to run for the Presidency.

He is highly critical of PAP ( the people’s Action Party)

which has ruled Singapore from its founding.

All Singaporeans eagerly wait for the right man to be their beloved President.

IRAN

United Nations confirms that Iran is complying with the provisions of the deal it inked with the US and the world body . The results obtained as per United Nation report undermines the Trump’s claims that Iran does not comply with the provisions of the pact.

Under the pact Iran is allowed to produce 130 metric tons of heavy water used in reactors producing plutonium and to maintain 208 kilograms of non enriched uranium. Iran is said to comply with above provisions without fail .

Trump however stressed that IAEA(International Atomic Energy Agency) to ensure as well that Iran complies with the tenets of the pact to be doubly sure.

POLAND

Strategy Cry.

Poland stirs its hot issue of demanding reparations to stir up nationalist mood as and when required.

Poland has demanded reparations from Germany to the tune of billions and trillions of dollars for the mass killing of its people during world war 11 – warsaw’s strategy cry whenever its relation gets soared with Germany and Europe.   Associated Press reports.

This time Warsaw brings up bill following strong criticism by Germany at the ruling Law and Justice Party over its new laws

giving enormous powers over the judicial system.

However Germany dismissed the financial claims as compensated long ago ,hence Poland having no claims whatsoever.

For Warsaw it is hot issue to stir nationalist mood to appease their people.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

SOMEWHERE SOMEONE

Somewhere someone is

always beautiful

The little bewitching Tuwashi

clinging and frisking

like a duck on to the

bosom of her Mum

      babbling sweet

      notes

             Little chirpy Yukti

             Sizzling Zitni

               Hovering over little

               Angel

                      Giggling folding

                      Arms in leisure

                  to

                        Wrap her

                              In  pleasure

                                         somewhere someone is

                                        Always beautiful

                                                     Faraway in Deodar forests

                                                       The chirping sparrows

                                                                Cuckoo birds cooing gleefully

                                                       To

                                                     Dancing peacocks 

                                                              Somewhere someone is

                                                               Always beautiful

                                                                     The brimming lass

                                                                          With stunning look

                                                                               Waiting

                                                                              By the sideof

                                                                                       Gurgling brook

                                                                                                   For someone handsome

                                                                                                 To

                                                                                             hold her hands

                                                                                                    and

                                                                                                     Sing a song of

                                                                                                           love

                                                                                                                Somewhere someone is

                                                                                                                 Always beautiful

                                                                                                                    Somewhere something is

                                                                                                                     Always beautiful

 

 

 

 

PM MODI AND NEW INDIA

In his Independence Day address on 15th August from the famous ramparts of Red Fort , Prime Minister Narender Modi talked about New India free of casteism,nepotism ,terrorism and corruption by 2022. Thus selling his vision to his countrymen beyond his term in his office.

Rather dwelling upon his achievements in his now three and plus years, PM Modi was largely focussed on vision of India for the future. .

However PM Modi convincingly spoke about his Govt’s achievements like Demonetisation, GST, Swatch Bharat , Digital economy as major reforms leading towards corruption- free, transparent India.

While speaking at length regarding these achievements he quoted exact figures under each headings.

The figures given are being taken correct at their face value by the people leaving experts to confirm  for its veracity.

Interestingly Mr Modi pitched for love and unity message as the only possible solution to militants’ problem in Kashmir and sectarian violence elsewhere in the country.

He went to the extent of offering terrorists to join the mainstream .

He dwelt at length that the evil effects of violence in name of faith as unacceptable.

This positive emphatic statement by PM was largely admired but some critics greeted it with a pinch of salt in contrast to the earlier hardline drawn against the militancy in Kashmir.

The change is being attributed for drawing a flak for an incident for tying a young man to the front of an Army Geep as a human shield and Mr Modi’s wish—washy condemnation of the lynchings and other violence inflicted by Hindu fanatics in name of cow protection.

Mr Modi spoke about the world support in its fight against terrorism .He skillfully did not made any reference to either Pakistan or China in wake of Doklam stand off either .

The speech largely veered around the development and technology driven solutions to transform the country in the near future.

In fact Mr Modi is clearly looking for a second term

And quite possible he would win the second term.

Development on Backseat

 By now we know the Govt under Prime Minister Narender Modi is known to break the tradition.

For instance it has done away with Railways Budget, winding down of planning commission,re-naming it as NITI AaYOG and many other things .

Mr Modi and his dynamic associate Amit shah are more interesting in winning elections ,State Assembly ,Panchayat, Municipal and finally the General elections in 2019 and are whole heartedly in this pursuit.

And obviously in this rat race, the development plank has taken a back seat.

 Conclusion

 Though large section of people have still unflinching faith in his leadership but equally true , a good number of Indian population are disgruntled and the downfall cannot be a foregone conclusion in a vibrant democracy like India.

The economic growth plummeting by 1.2% ,industrial production in negative (June 2017 data IIP negative) growth the first in four years. The contraction of index is widespread in manufacturing sector .

On the job front the picture is not rosy either.

It is reported that nearly 1.2 crore Indians enter workforce for jobs every year.

As per the report Fifth Annual Employment –unemployment survey 2016 points out “ at the all India level ,46.6 percent of the workers were found to be self employed.—followed by 32.8 percent as casual labour.Only 17 percent of the employed persons were wage/salary earners and rest 3.7 percent were contract workers”.

The Modi Govt needs to pull up its socks, clean Augustin stables by sheddingoff arrogance ,providing jobs, addressing earnestly to the welfare of the people at large.

The sincere implementation of schemes pronounced already Could give him possibly a clear majority for second term as well.