THE CITY OF THE SUN.

Srinagar

 Dal  lake  in  Morning Sun rays      THE CITY OF THE SUN                                                    

 I love my city immensely

The city of the Sun.

Swathed

In the morning Sunshine

Crimson cool but sublime

Sprakling the snow capped cliffs

of the faraway mountains

The river

Refracts the sunrays falling

on to the shimmering placid

waters.

The quietness is broken by the leap splash

Of the roaming frisking birds

A growling leopard

The village folks singing songs

While

rowing rickety boats

With their daily wares.

To sell..

I love my city so adorable

The city of the Sun.

adorned by the Natural beauty

Of

Turquoise waterfalls ,lakes with

Green pastures carpeted

all over with glorious

Fruit, flora and fauna

I love my city so immensely

The city of the Sun

Waking up

To the agog of its early risers

Leaping up on to their regular

chores.

Peddling off their bike

 listening

to the Tongas’ honking horns

Cars fleeting with a screech

And the scores of peddlers humming

Melodies of  the taste

getting

melted into the city crowds.

for the love of their

Lovables

I love my city immensely

The city of the Sun.

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ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS AND AFTERMATH

The recent five Assembly state elections have brought big discernible gains to the Congress Party , winning three main Hindi speaking states , thus breaking up BJP’s aura of invincibility significantly.

The Congress is back with a bang under its leader Rahul Gandhi ,hitherto an object of derision and mockery, has demonstrated his leadership acumen and established his political claim as a serious credible alternative face in Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Starting with Gujrat by fighting fierce election battle visa vis Mr Narender Modi and Amit shah on their home turf ,Rahul Gandhi strategized skillfully to regain power in Karnataka.

And now won with pride the three Hindi heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

 

Contrary to BJP Rahul Gandhi has struck a right chord by maintaining an appreciable balance between old Congress stalwarts and the new emerging leaders giving thereby adequate roles to one and all to forge ahead in strengthening the Party from the grass roots.

He has been digging new popular leaders from the lower strata of the party to be groomed for bigger roles in the near future. These leaders are chosen from every state ,an important step in the direction of making Congress Party self reliant one.

The reasons for the BJP losing election in all the five state assemblies could be to some extent attributed to the pursuit of its divisive agenda ,but also largely to not providing jobs to the restless educated youths of the country.

The youths have been important vehicle for motivating voters in 2014 elections for supporting Narender Modi who had promised abundance of   jobs and “Ache Din” for the Nation .

The other reason could be constant acrimonious personalized attacks on Rahul Gandhi and Nehru Gandhi family by no other leader than Prime Minister Narender Modi himself.

These invectives made Rahul combative one but did not speak the language of hatred ,instead addressed himself  to the problems of farmers, unemployed and the other underdogs of economic disparity,  thus winning hearts and votes both.

The hateful chastisement unleashed on Rahul has in realty invoked sympathy for him in the public eye.And more so ever the public in general cannot dismiss , forget the great sacrifices and positive contributions made to the growth of the Nation by the great leaders like Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

Prime Minister Modi has not ,perhaps, understood the real psyche of the Indian voter who primarily supported him and aligned with BJP for its development commitment but were dismayed to find nothing concrete happening even after being in office for four and half years .

The large number of voters have no affinity for the Hindutva politics of Modiji. They have definitely shifted their support as their hopes of economical revival have been belied .and not adhered to .

Also promises made at the time of 2014 elections for bringing major positive transformation in the country administration have not been fulfilled.

For a large section of people the issues of good livelihood ,good governance ,affordable housing, good roads form the electoral decisions rather than religion or culture.

Democracy provides options to change and thus people choose the best from the alternatives to suit to the demands of the time and society.

 

Conclusions

To base the current results as any indication for 2019 elections may be overrated but it does open up new vistas for the Congress and opposition to pride upon to work for better results in  the coming Lok Sabha elections .

For BJP it is  dire need to save the 2014 support base rather than resting on Mr Modi’s popularity which in any case has been dented largely.

What it needs to do is to shun the war of attrition and rework on its Hindutva plank .

BJP needs to make leadership of Modiji as dominant issue and forge alliance with diverse political interests.

 

 

 

 

THE INDIAN PRINCESS WHO SPIED FOR BRITAIN

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Noor –un-Nisa Inayat Khan, suggested as a strong contender for the face of new British pound 50 note, among others like Margatte Thather , Mathematician Alan Turing , physicist Stephen Hawk ,was Indian princess who spied for Britain in the world war 11 successfully.

Born on New Year’s Day in 1914 into royalty to an Indian father and American mother.

A direct descendant of Tipu Sultan ,the Muslim ruler of Mysore India.

She was musician playing piano , and a writer of short stories especially children stories.

She wrote the book “ twenty Jataka tales” in 1939 which established her as a writer.

Jataka Tales relate to the incarnations of lord Budha.

Her father Inayat khan was living in Baroda but left country to teach Sufism in the west. Sufism emphasizes the renunciation of worldly things, purification of the soul and the mystical contemplation of God’s nature.

He married an American lady Ora Ray Baker who changed her name to Begum Amina Sharda .after marriage. During world war 1 Inayat khan moved to Paris and eventually settled there.

Inayat khan died while on pilgrimage in India .

Noor with her mother had to look after the family and her three siblings.

Noor Inayat’s family moved to England in 1939 to volunteer for the war services. At the age of 25 in 1940 she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force    (WA A F) and became radio operator.

She spoke French very fluently and thus was chosen in 1942 to join the special operations Executive(SOE) ,a secret British organization set up to offer resistance to Germany through “espionage and sabotage”.

She was flown to Gemany occupied France to work for the ‘prosper’ with code name ‘Madelina’.Many of her colleagues in the network were arrested soon after but she managed to move from place to place avoiding her detection and capture .

Despite Noor Inayat Khan had worked hard assiduously to master the art of translating Morse codes during combat training but some of colleagues in her intelligence network had second thoughts about her efficacy to do the job efficiently.

Her superior officer , Col.Frank Spooner wrote in her personal file

“Not overburdened with brains but has worked hard and shown keenness, apart from some dislike of the security side of the course. She has an unstable and temperamental personality and it is very doubtful whether she is really suited to work in the field.”

But her excellent radio skills compelled the special operations unit in June 1943 to send her to France under assumed name Jeanne Marie Renier, as a children’s nurse.   Though SOE wanted her to return to Britain but she rebuilt the network on her own. and made great success of her espionage job. She often changed her guise to evade detection .

She sent transmissions from Paris to London constantly and carried her work with great success and conviction conterary to the expections of London superiors.

Her work had assumed greater importance for war efforts to help safe deliveries to come in.

Her work had become crucial to the war effort, helping airmen escape and allowing important deliveries to come in.

In October 1943 Noor Khan was tricked into by a Frenchwoman and arrested by the Gestapo.

She had carelessly, rather unwisely, left the copies of of her secret signals and Germans used her radio to send these straight to the waiting agents in Gestapo. She escaped from the prison but was rearrested a few hours later. And sent to Pforzheim prison in Germany , keeping her chained in solitary confinement .She was tortured to reveal information but she did not yield to any physical torture. On September12, 1944 Noor Inayat along with three other SOE agents were transferred to Dachau concentration camp and on 13th September they were shot dead.

NOOR INAYAT KHAN was just 30 years old .

Noor Khan was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949.by Britain and the Croix de Guerre, with gold star, by France.

English Heritage ,a British group is planning to create a blue plaque in her name as a mark of respect.

In France, a primary school in Suresnes has been named after her. In 2014, a documentary, “Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story.” Has been made. The writer Arthur Magida is working on her biography .

In Gordon Square in London, where Khan once lived, there is a statue of her in a quiet corner. It is engraved with the last word she reportedly said before being executed at Dachau — “Liberté.”

Noor Inayat khan lived and died in the dedication of her Duty to the last of her breath.

 

 

 

 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREXIT. BY BRIJ KAUL

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THERESA MAY ADDRESSING  BRUSSEL SUMMIT

The British Prime Minister Theresa May had a turbulent time in unveiling  her Brexit deal compromise to the public last week.

Theresa May had to fight the political storm amidst the calls for her ouster from the members of her own party , facing the wrath of resignations of two of her cabinet Ministers as well.

The Union European leaders approved a landmark agreement on Britain’s exit from European union on Sunday .

British Prime Minister Theresa May will find it hard to sell the deal to her recalcitrant parliamentarians over the next two weeks — a huge responsibility to dispense off with , considering the intense opposition from her Conservative lawmakers having voiced towards the Brexit deal.

Looking to the vexed deal the new Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is urging earnestly the colleagues to support the deal as May Theresa, British Prime Minister  fears “more division and uncertainty” in case law makers reject the hard fought deal.

Concluding the special summit in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Sunday a “sad day.”

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker further said “I don’t think that Britain will be a third country like other third countries.”

“There is, between us — something — which are the remainings of love,” he continued.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said with a regret  “the deal — the product of a year and a half of often grueling negotiations between Britain and the EU — was regrettable, but acceptable. I believe that nobody is winning. We are all losing because of the U.K. leaving,” Rutte said. “But given that context, this is a balanced outcome with no political winners.”

 

It took minutes for the leaders at Sunday’s summit in Brussels to endorse the  withdrawal ,  a withdrawal agreement that settled the divorce of Britain from the European Union. However the bill protects the rights of U.K and EU citizens affected by Brexit and ensures that the Irish border to be open.

Speaking at the Brussels Summit May said “ the British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing for Brexit.”

When asked to explain if she shared the sentiment, May said, “No: but I recognize that others do; I recognize that some European leaders are sad at this moment.”

The most difficult task to get her deal passed by the House of Commons , striking a defiant note she expressed “one of the most significant votes for many years”

She further clarified that despite knowing the fact that the MPs hold the key of her fate but she would “directly talk to the people of Britain” and would most likely start the campaign of selling deal to the public at large in a few day’s time.

The campaign would essentially revolve round explaining the merits of deal ,halting “vast annual payments roughly 350m Pounds a week“ to the EU, diverting the same to the health services. ,and also ending jurisdiction of the European Court of justice some of the many other advantages of the Brexit deal. May stressed the government’s keenness to address to domestic priorities .

She refused to rule out resigning if the deal was rejected by parliament next month concluding “it is not about me”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the odds ends of the deal itself for smooth sailing are “ looking challenging “and could even collapse the government in case MPs reject it in the Parliament.

He told BBC : “It’s not possible to rule out anything, and that’s why all of us have to do is say, what do your constituents actually want in this situation, and we have to work out what’s in the national interest, and it’s all about the balance of risks. This isn’t a perfect deal for everyone, but does have a lot of what everyone wants.”

May insisted she would leave no stone unturned to see the Brexit deal through the Parliament and in an open “letter to the nation” released Sunday, May said she would be “campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”.

Conclusions

May is doing her best to sell the Brexit deal to the recalcitrant House of Commons with a choice to back the deal or face the economic crunch of crashing out of Europe without an adequate plan.

However pro Europeans argue if the European court confirms that Britain has right to stop the countdown and return to European Union.

Under the   Article 50 of the European Treaty any member state can declare its intention to quit the union , and follow Britain to quit the EU on 29th March 2018, after the voters backed the Brexit in Nationwide referendum on 29th March 2017.

So the dice is cast. Theresa May is on tenterhooks awaiting the results  anxiously next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRUE LOVE


You may buy everything

from pin to car

but

alas cannot buy anywhere.

True Love

not a commodity

to

Share or tear

unavailable even on auction

at the highest

bid.

Not a princess or gorgeous beauty

for sale on a price

either.

 True Love

is

call of one soul

to

another soul

from

the inner recesses of unknown

infinity..

True Love

is

lovely and

is

lovely.

Struck by the Cupid

Rousing flames of irrepressible

Desire

Intoxicating body and mind

into the sweetness of

Madeira

Tossing up the lovers’ hearts

into

the fantasies of romance

and charm

True Love

   is

lovely and

  is

      Lovely .

THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP IN DEMOCRACY.

The power of right leadership in democracy is of paramount importance to entrench the roots deep down and propel the democratic principles into the body politics of a Nation.

India was fortunate having an array of dedicated visionary leaders ,the stellar ones like Mahatma Gandhi ,Jawaharlal Nehru ,Subhash Chander Bose, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel   among many others in both the pre and post Independent era.

Mahatma Gandhi knew well Pt Nehru was highly educated, young dynamic tallest political leader of India and made no bones about it by electing him as the Prime Minister on 15th August 1947,when India became independent from British yoke .

In 1946 When Britain was contemplating to give Independence to India ,the Congress and Muslim league jointly formed interim government with Nehru as Prime Minister . Patel was home minister and Liaquat Ali Khan was Finance Minister.

So Nehru was undisputed leader of Nation even before Independence.

 

The Congress Party was vehemently opposed to the idea of Partition of India . But Jinnah’s Direct Action Day in 1946 sparked communal killings across the country and some of the Congress leaders thought that giving Muslims the Pakistan they wanted might finally bring communal peace .

Thus the seed of Partition got germinated in the Congress leaders across the Nation and all top Congress leaders including the stalwarts like Patel, Mahatma Gandhi agreed for the Partition of the Country .

The myth that only Nehru wanted Partition is not correct at all.

The current vested interest political leaders are deliberatively spreading tirade against Nehru in singling out him solely responsible for the inevitable Partition to meet their personal ends.

Whereas Subash Bose laid foundation of Indian Army, Nehru and Patel worked assiduously both individually and collectively to unite India ,in view of its diverse structure cultural and a plethora of languages , by laying a firm democratic foundation.to work with.

Jawaharlal Nehru strengthened it by winning the first three General Elections of independent India decisively and put India on the road of progress and prosperity.

Nehru , though undisputed leader, was a true democrat and gave full freedom to his cabinet ministers and treated them with respect and equality. He even went further to work with Opposition leaders taking their cognizance on the issues of mutual interest and concerning the future of the country.

India’s most powerful leader Indira Gandhi earning the epithet of Goddess Durga following great victory of 1971 war with Pakistan . She dismembered Pakistan into two Nations Bangladesh and Pakistan. bruising further its pride by surrendering 90,000 soldiers to Indian Army.

However she became autocratic .

In democracy it is always dangerous to eulogize a person to deific stature, thereby allowing him to wield power leading ultimately to the authoritarian rule, harmful to the pluralism inclusive society .

She in turn imposed Emergency thereby breaking the Constitutional norms.

 

PM Narender Modi is probably only one popular leader to win with clear massive majority in 2014 from BJP Party and thus assert himself as Prominent and promising one to lead the Nation .

But the massive popular support has propelled Mr Modi to follow the leader syndrome and thus converted the cabinet ministers into ‘yes minister ‘ cheer leaders.

The ministers in strict sense have become subordinates and the Central Govt currently veered to Modi .and he is decrying deriding the opponents using all fair and foul means to cling to power.

Instead of using massive support and mandate of 2014, to ensure good governance ,he lost the impetus to forge ahead with concrete Programmes that could have made difference to the national economic Growth resulting in providing jobs to the youth of the country.

The ambitious programmes like Digital India ,Make in India ,Skill India ,start up India ,stand up India , have been started with great fanfare with a hope to leverage the power of technology to benefit the lives of ordinary Indians.

 But in reality except Digital India becoming a mass movement to a great extent , all other programmes have been a mere slogans with nobody hearing much about them any more.

The other good talking programmes are Swatch Bharat , C 7.5 crore toilets constructed across the country, 3.5 crores Ujjwala LPG gas connections, globally recognized JAM trinity ( 31 crore Jan Dhan Bank accounts ,121 crore mobile phones and 120 crore Aadhar IDs).

People feel disenchanted with promises made not fulfilled and democracy provides people to look for other options.

By concentrating powers into his hands PM Modi has become the story, theme, and subject matter of Indian politics , thereby giving ample opportunity and reason to Rahul Gandhi to attack Modi singularly.

This one point attack has been successful to tear apart the Govt policies as the BJP with all ministers attacking Rahul personally .This works well for the congress president to be in news all the time.

Rahul’s noise on Rafale has finally made the Govt to submit documents to the Court.

The opposition has started getting to forge an alliance with Telgu Desam leader CM Chander Babu Naidu ,taking the initiative to make disperate leaders of different political parties join hands to defeat BJP in 2019 General elections.

Conclusions

For sustenance of healthy stable Democracy the leaders require to be true democrats pledged to the welfare of all citizens irrespective of caste creed and colour. Only such leaders can propel and instil the democratic principles and forge ahead towards prosperity of the Nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MAGICAL SMILE

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THE MAGICAL  SMILE

 

The magical smile on her face

Sets my nerves and heart to race

With

passion and love

The furtive seductive glances

entices me to corny dances

                                                                           with

passion and love.

Her bewitching smile

Lunges me to her charms

holding the lithe lissom

Contours of the surging body

In my arms

my sensuous lips intoxicated

with

passion and love.

lap up enormous nudity

Of

The enchanting beauty.

Her sweet Smile

Lures and entices me to ensnare

with

passion and love.

for a blissful pleasure.

The gorgeous smile

With giggles and coquettish moves

finds

me clung to be wrapped

up

around only her