THE PARADISE LOST

The turquoise shimmering waters ,snow capped mountains ,dense forests and glorious flora and fauna of Kashmir –– the Paradise lost to Kashmiri Pandits, who were victims of ethnic cleansing from the valley by the Pakistani terrorists aided and abetted by pro Pakistani elements within the valley ,killing more than thousand of innocent Pandits way back in Dec 1989 and early 1990.

The phenomenon is repugnant of grave atrocities inflicting gruesome violence upon the women, thereby bruising and hurting the pride of the community .

The Kashmiri Pandits were left with no option than to flee the valley to become refugees in their own country.

In Jammu ,the Pandits were not welcome .

The locals feared that being upright and intelligent community ,they would usurp the jobs especially government ones of the locals.

When some migrant medical students ,numbering around85 , were re-admitted in the Jammu Medical college ,the locals grouped together and went on a flash strike supported by BJP. The strike lasted for two weeks.

The BJP local leaders declared that Kashmiri Pandits could live in Jammu as “Guests” only and issued a warning to the then Union Home Minister Mufti Sayeed and the Governor Mr G.C Saxena against the further influx of Kashmiri Pandits into Jammu.

Majority of Kashmiri pandits eventually settled in all Indian states .

However Maharashtra ,Karnataka were two states to welcome Kashmiri pandits offering admissions in professional colleges and with basic facilities for resettlement.

Delhi and other adjoining states followed the suite to receive and provide means to settle Pandits in large numbers.

 

Now after nearly 30 years of wilderness ,majority of     Pandits believe that their birthland ,Kashmir, a paradise , is lost for ever.

 

The National Political Parties are playing blame game and not paying any heed to the question of rehabilitation of Pandits in the valley.

The Parties like National Conference and PDP are in doldrums for their vacillating policy on the Kashmir impasse.

The move to boycott the Urban and Panchayat polls by both PDP and National Conference is defeat for both ,the centre and the main regional parties ,as the ultimate goal lies in fostering better relationship between Srinagar and New Delhi.

In absence of the main leaders ,Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti ,the centre hopes that new leaders may emerge from the grass roots to challenge the hegemony of these leaders.

A large number of Kashmiri Pandits in sheer desperation ,bitterness , and harbouring a feeling of being left out by the Congress in the hour of distress, inched towards BJP.

Reposing faith in the rheotrics of Prime Minister Narender Modi who addressed  a rally in Samba in December 2014,pledging to the settlement of Pandits in the valley.

 

There afterwards  Prime Minister Narender Modiji and his entourage Mr Amit Shah

maintained a stoic silence on the issue todate.

 

Consequently Pandits feel cheated and have no recourse to give vent to their feelings.

By now it must be clear  to all  that going back on the promises pledges made as hardly surprising.

The Pandits do not count a vote bank for any Political Party as such. The number is so minuscule to attract any attention.

 The question of rehabilitation was an easy trap to wean away Pandits from the strong fold of Congress.

It is foregone conclusion that BJP is going to use the same rhetoric for Pandits in the 2019 elections. as well.

The exodus Pandit Card is being used by the Central Govt to browbeat Pakistan in International forums like UN ,SAARC, Etc. and nothing else.

Conclusion;

 Pandit’s Dilemma

Much water has flown under the seven Jhelum bridges since 1989/90.

Apparently under the prevailing circumtances the situation is not conducive for the Pandits to go back to the valley.

All of us know that the situation is worse than what was in 1990.

The youth of Kashmir being radicalized by the masterminds of terrorism in Pakistan is posing a grave threat to the peace in the valley. The policy of repression followed by the Govt of India may have added more fuel to the rise of violence and need concrete  strategy to douse the fire of vengeance.

The lives of even reticent peace loving Kashmiri Muslim are  miserable who  otherwise are eager to seek peace and tranquility . They need to muster courage to stand up against the militants and help the Central authorities to thwart the   acts of violence.

 

Due to lack of definite policy,strategy The militants across the border have been killing both Army and the J&K police personnel in large numbers every day.

The recent gruesome killing of Policemen, Nissar Ahmad, and SPOs Firdous Ahmad, and Kulwant singh in Batagund and adjoining areas of Shopian

has shaken the 1.2 lakh strong contingent of Jammu and Kashmir police force, with six SPOs announcing their resignations on social media.

The abrogation of Article 370 may prompt Kashmiri Pandits to move to the valley for good.

But who has the courage and determination to do it.

The BJP, being in opposition hollered from the roof tops for doing away with the Article 370 ,but now in power for more than 4 years lacks the lion’s courage to implement it.

The muscular military policy persuaded by the Centre has yielded no positive results so far .

 

The truth stands only reconciliation on give and take basis between New Delhi and Srinagar can cement the relations permanently.

The wait for permanent settlement of Kashmiri Pandits seems long one, as very few acknowledge the pain suffered by them.

 

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MY STORY Journey Of challenges:

 

We live to die. A fact one cannot deny or decry.

Life moves on ineluctably thus cannot be arrested or released at will. Life is a journey of strife beset with challenges every now and then.

you need to cross over the boulders , overcome the hurdles and make it smoother by actions ,right ones, correct decisions ,and right attitude . Once faced boldly it becomes harbinger of happiness and prosperity.

A concerted effort making things to happen the way you would love to see your life moving with pleasure than pain.

Way back in early 1970’s I happened to work as Quality assurance Manager in a Glass company in Pimpri Pune .

One fine morning our M.D. Mr Agarwal called me in his office ,and after making me to sit comfortably, said softly

“ Kaul being my best man I need your help to straighten things in our glass plant at Rishikesh .”

After a pause for a second he continued “we are not getting good production there both quantity as well as quality .

Due to bad quality the consignments get rejected. With your expertise and experience I want you to proceed to Rishikesh immediately to set the things right.”

“ there is my Manager Mr Thadani he will give you all assistance .” He said with an air of finality.

“ I have some questions sir ” I said a bit nervously.

“Yes tell me” Mr Agarwal said firmly.

“Sir I have heard Mr Thadani is not a good man. Will he cooperate with me.” I asked timidly.

 

“He is my Manager .I have directed him to listen to you and your expertise.” He retorted angrily. “You will report to me directly and send me production quality reports daily through telegrams . I am giving you a letter and give it to Thadani. Do not worry. I trust you and God will guide you .”

“Meet Kane , Plant Manager in his office, he will do the needful for your travel etc” He concluded the meeting affectionately reassuring me about his support to me.

In a huff I went straight to see my friend Tapkir , Mould Manager and we discussed at length the pros and cons of my conversation with M.D MR Agarwal.

“ you cannot do much than to proceed quietly. It may open new vistas for your future. Who knows.” Mr Tapkir said confidently.

So mentally prepared I decided to move to Rishikesh .

On 16th july 1974 Pune looked gorgeous with drizzling all along and the green verdure on the hills surrounding the city, was really a delight to watch. I developed a strange close association with this beautiful city .Ipromised with myself if God wishes I would like to come again to reside in this city of love and compassion.

I boarded a Taxi for Mumbai with other three passengers from Taxi stand and we zoomed on in the wet rainy weather. The downpour was incessant since last night and the sky overcast with dark clouds. The Sun was seen nowhere .

The taxi driver was tall burly sikh , very affable but talkative. He was casting furtive glances intermittently, talking consistently .one of my fellow passenger warned him to drive carefully in this inclement weather.” Hello sardarji drive carefully as the roads are slippery” he said sounding scared and anxious.

“ no worry sir keep cool .” the sikh driver retorted back.

He drove off without caring a hoot for the aggrieved passenger.

The rains were profusely pouring and pouring ,the hill tops covered with green carpets exhibiting a bewitching spectacle all around. There were a number of waterfalls gushing water into deep ravines down.

No sooner we crossed the plains and moved into Ghat area the driver took a sharp turn to negotiate the bend ,lost control of the stirring wheels and inched down the ravine close by . The door flung open I somersaulted out on to the green patch some two three feet down from the highway.

I watched the taxi going down the ravine into the gorge deeper in a great awe.

As providence would have it I escaped unhurt not even a bruise anywhere.

The crowd came in twos threes ,helped me to safety on   the main road . one of them offered me water,the other a cup of tea, and said “ Thank God you are safe. Do you want to go to Mumbai.”

“ Yes I have to go to Mumbai to catch a train for Rishikesh”

I replied gasping for breath.

 

“My suitcase with clothes , bag etc gone . The ticket for onward journey was in my upper pocket ,lost somewhere ” I replied in a state of delirium.

I rummaged into my inner small pocket of my Pantaloon and found my money safe. “God is great” I murmurred to myself.

The good men arranged a lift for me to Mumbai in a private car and I reached safely Mumbai.

“ will you sir drop me near Railway station so that I could board the onward train.” I pleaded to the car owner.

“yes no problem. You also buy some new shirt as the one you are wearing is torn and dirty .” He said nonchalantly.

 

I went to the railway Manager explained the predicament I was in and he managed to issue me ticket to Hardwar , the nearest station to Rishikesh.

I boarded the Train finally for onward journey to my destination.

I had nightmares about the horrible accident ,woke up twice during the night ,crying. The other passengers looking surprised.

I closed my eyes determined to empty my mind of everything and went into a deep slumber at last.

Next morning the train chugged on to the Hardwar Railway station and I thanked God to be alive to live up to the expectations of my M.D Mr Agarwal.

Interestingly later on after a month or so  to my  surprise I received  an envelop containing letter from the Taxi driver  followed by M.O for Rs  65 / towards the  encashment of my ticket he managed to collect from the accident scene.

His  exemplary sincerity and honesty stunned me  but also felt proud to see India living  and thriving on due to the good deeds of  such noble unknown souls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CROWS ON THE SEA

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The  Crows on the  Kapaleeshwrar sea

 

The Crows not in twos or threes

but in scores

bustling   hustling     over

the limitless blues

of Kapleeshwrar seas.

       mingling

 with the myriad hues

  Of waves rising falling

 With

  every strong gale

    Lapping up the pungent shore

      The crows crying spontaneously

  Caw Caw  Caw

Flying low overhead people

ambling on the beach

in a flash of fright everyone

stoops down with

screech

And the crows speedily slantingly

move

over the mesmerizing blues.

Leaving everybody in bewilderment.

The crows crying simultaneously

Caw Caw Caw

bustling hustling around

Some

walking playfully in a stately gait

     while others

Swooping on theShored dustbin feast

        for a sumptuous treat.

The crows bustling hustling

crying

Caw Caw   Caw

Caressing

The tidal waves

vanishing in placid

muse

over deep distant

blues.

THE MISTY MORNING.

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I like the misty morning.

Dewy dusky

engulfing the prospectus all

around

groping my way in the dense waves

so profound

I stumble against a myrtle

twirl twist turn turtle

scramble ,squinting and crouch

to gather myself

   I   stride along slowly on to

my walk.

Crimson beams hover over the distant

 horizons

The Sun gleams through the

dense haze

tearing apart the mists

into

a dazzling myriad hues

Promising a clearer day.

The wind

Spinning the verdant leaves.

Shimmering words flow

Unintentionally

my lips move

to

sing a soulful song.

I like the misty morning

Dewy and dusky

Cool and creepy.

RAHUL GANDHI ; A FORCE TO RECKON WITH.

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From the stunning hug and cheeky wink it is as clear as summer’s sunny day that Rahul Gandhi is a force to reckon with and ready to take on Modi on an even keel in one to one fight in Lok Sabha elections of 2019.

Throwing off his ‘shehzada’ ‘Pappu’ mantle into political dustbin, Rahul Gandhi marches ahead from Hussar to General in his forays of India’s political leadership.

Rahul Gandhi ‘s soul stirring incisive speech with relentless attack on the Prime Minister Mr Modiji during the no- confidence motion debate sets the tone for the battle lines being drawn.

The aggressive pitch of his speech highlighting relevant Govt failures convinced the treasury benches apart from the opposition, that novice Rahul Gandhi is gone and a leader with confidence, conviction and compassion has finally arrived on Indian political scene.

Let us analyse the profile of Rahul

After making a scathing attack, Rahul Gandhi’s snuggle hugging Prime Minister Modiji ,demonstrated that political differences need not impair the relations and respect for one another in the vituperative political atmosphere.

A definitely good gesture on part of Rahul Gandhi but Modiji did not reciprocate the same, instead made butt of the joke in his speech and thus demonstrated his lack of political statesmanship essential for a leader of his stature.

But Rahul Gandhi has managed to rattle Modi and gave enough reason to everybody to define Rahul with more clarity and leadership acumen.

The fact is that both Modiji and Amit shah are constantly attacking ,browbeating Rahul demonstrates clearly that his stature has grown in their eyes and perceive him as a potent threat to them.

Also,whenever BJP gets an opportunity to belittle Rahul ,they do not leave anything to chance but vociferously assail him and malign him to their fill.

 

For instance an Urdu daily Inquilab reported that Rahul Gandhi saying that the congress was a party of Muslims, although a gross misrepresentation of his conversation with a group of intellectual Muslims, BJP demanded explanation from Rahul so much so taunting him for claiming a Shiv Bakht on one hand and simultaneously hobnobbing with Muslim intellectuals on the other hand.

These erratic actions on part of the ruling party has propelled Rahul Gandhi to the center stage and given him reason to imbibe confidence by asserting that he and his party ,the Congress, stand for all marginalized people irrespective of caste color and creed.

 Clearly the battle for 2019 elections are announced.

Modi recently flared up at an investment summit in Lucknow ,stating he was not afraid of aligning with businessmen, as the nation building requires “joint efforts of industralists,as well as farmers,workers,bankers and civil servants”

Lambasting at Congress UPA coalition in 2014 election as scam bunch and talked proudly of his success in cooking Congress’s goose then.

The million dollar question is ;Will BJP repeat the election success in 2019.?

Perhaps not. The Modi Govt has failed to live up to the expectations of deliverance of good governance in totality.

In fact has done little to tone up economic growth beyond 6% to 7% .

The promise of new India free from corruption and capital cronyism has not been eventually realized.

Instead mob lynchings in name of cow protection ,rape of women ,communal divide and victimization of Dalits have become almost order of the day.

.Demonetisation was bungled badly The good economic reform GST was badly implemented. The price rise of oils petrol and diesel has put people on the mat.

 

Rahul Gandhi has started mobilizing the opposition including Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati by upholding the democratic values and declared that Congress is willing to accept any non-RSS backed Prime Ministerial Candidate ,depending upon the outcome of elections in 2019.

He is fast imbibing the nuances of political manoeuvres  to project himself as a kind large hearted political opponent to Modi.

On Saturday ,August 4 in a bid to show unity Rahul Gandhi shared plateform and also spoke at the opposition congegration “opposition stands united” against BJP’s “assault” on India’s history and culture.

Taking on Nitish Rahul said “if Bihar chief Minister is actually ashamed of the sexual abuse on minor girls,it should be reflected in his actions.” “ we arehere to send a message we are with women and children ,we are not going backtrack.” He said.

With the sexual abuse cases at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur (Bihar),the event being organized by RJD at Jantar Mantar, Delhi , the protest venue .

Tejashwi  of RJD said “ the state govt has completely failed to maintain law and order. This dharna is not political one but only those who want perpetrators of the crime to be punished have come together.” He concluded

Thus the election in 2019 may not be easy cakewalk for Mr Modi as in 2014 as resurgent Rahul Gandhi poses a determined threat.

 

Conclusions


Rahul Gandhi ,a polite graceful leader is seen as a messiah , talisman by the downtrodden harassed ,traumatised Indians and more than that he is cleansing Congress of partisan thus a great solace to multitudes for perceiving a better India bereft of hate, violence in name of religion caste and divisive politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE COOL SUNSHINE

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The cool crimson Sunshine

beckons me

   to a bracing walk in the

verdant woods.

The rustling leaves listening to

the cacophony of singing birds

howling animals

purring waters of brooks

flowing across

The cool crimson Sunshine

Invigorating me

sway swirl and swish

                                                                                to

the curling landscapes

with determination and will

I climb up the hill

to a panoramic view

of

limitless blue sky.

The cool crimson Sunshine

Warms me

to

tread upon the untamed

Verdure forest deep

into realms of immense beauty.

A group of virgin belles

gaily giggling

Strode along

Twirling their skirts

coquettishly

revealing bare legs

taking my breath away

 standing gleefully on a big stone

I

Murmur in undertone

Love is lovely

and

is lovely.

TRUMP’S WORLD

Much awaited meeting

 The President Donald Trump’s much awaited crucial meeting with President Vladmir V. Putin in Helsinki ,Finland on July 16 ended with a note of assurance for building a better future relations amongst the two world powers .

The meeting began with President Trump a bit restive and President Putin putting on a stony look.

But Flamboyant President Trump took the lead to break the ice by congratulating President Putin on a really great Soccer world cup   “One of the best ever what everybody tells me. And for your team ,itself, doing so well.” And thereafter the meeting went on smoothly .

 

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Trump and Putin addressing News Conference. 16TH JULY 2018.

 

Afterward , the two leaders held press conference where both addressed to the accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Mr Putin said in response to a question at the news conference “ President Trump mentioned the so called interference of Russia in the American elections.I had to reiterate things I said several times that the Russian State

has never interfered and is not to interfere in the internal affairs of America including the election process.”

Mr Trump replied when asked whether he believed his American agencies ,which allege that Russia interfered in 2016 United States elections or Putin.

“ They think is Russia .I have President Putin – he just said it is not Russia ,I do not see any reason why it would be”

Mr Trump regarded it as ‘ misconduct of Democrats during the campaign.’

Mr Putin took more frontal approach “ As to who is to be believed ,as to who is not to be believed ,you can trust no one .

Where did you got this idea that President Trump trusts me or that I trust him. He defends the interests of United States of America and I defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests in common and we are looking for points of contact”

 

Trump said “ what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working as on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people .I think that is an incredible offer.”

 

In a later tweet Mr Trump wrote “ As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people’. However , I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future , we cannot focus on the past — as the world’s two ,largest powers , we must get along”.

On Monday in a couple of Tweets Mr Trump branded the special Counsel Investigation into Russia’s election interference “Rigged Witch Hunt . Many years of U.S foolishness and stupidity .”

He even clarified “ I hold both countries responsible . I think United States has been foolish . I think we all have been foolish”

He continued further ,” our relationship has never been worse than it is now .However that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that.”

 

But back home some Senators ,both Republican as well as Democrats echoed discontentment , remorse and a silent protest through Tweets.

 

Jeff Flake , a retiring Senator from Arizona said on a Twitter

“ I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful”.

 

Senator Ben Sasse, Republican from Nebraska said “This is bizarre and flat out wrong.”   “The United States not to be blamed.” he concluded.

Representative Justin Amash from Michigan put on Twitter “A person can be in favour of improving relations with Russia ,in favour of meeting with Putin and still think something is not right.”

Democrats spoke more brazenly.

Senator Edward .J. Markey of Massachusetts called Mr Trump’s performance as “national embarrassment”        

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on the press Conference that Moscow and Washington could cooperate to reduce volatility in the oil market thus making US a sort of silent partner in OPEC .

Sources NYT/WashingtonPost

 

 

Conclusions

President Tump ,however naive and egomaniac at times , deserves kudos for taking on one –on –one meeting with his counter part Mr Putin to improve relations and cooperation between two powerful Nations to foster much needed peace and thus ensure a better future and tackle global problems on hand with determination , despite areas of disagreement.

 

The annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by Russia and Trump’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal are some of the many areas of disagreement to address to.

However Mr Putin was glad to admit that the war in Syria could be “the first showcase example of successful joint work” between two countries.

In this era of strong man politics,fear ,resentment ,xenophobia and bigotry around the world ,Mr Trump took courage in his both hands to meet President Putin for well meaning meeting.

Mr Trump is a leader who believes in making things happen rather than beating about the bush.

Mr Putin must be equally glad to be in the club of global leaders.