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.

 

 

 

 

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 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

BOMB AND GUN POLITICS IN AMERICA:

US FEDERAL authorities made an arrest on Friday in connection with bombing campaign against the outspoken critics of President Trump.

The suspected person arrested is Cesar Sayoc .jr 56 resident of Aventura ,Florida.

Sayoc ,a registered Republican ,with a criminal record dating back to 1991that includes drug charges, felony theft apart from threatening to use a bomb.

As much as thirteen packages of pipe bombs were sent to the residences of the prominent Democratic figures including President Barack Obama ,vice president Joe Biden , former CIA director John Brennan and the offices of CNN.

His arrest did not end the threat unleashed on the leaders of the Democrats as per FBI director Christopher wray. He opined other packages with piped bombs could be “still in transit “.

Sayoc if convicted could be sentenced to 48 years in prison as per FBI officials.

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President Trump  addressing  the   Reporters  in Washington.

 

 PresidentTrump reacted casually through his tweet “ republicans are doing so well in the early voting (in mid term elections) ,and at the polls ,and now this ”bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows—news not talking politics” Trump said further “very unfortunate, what is going on .Republicans go out and vote”.

He further blamed the media for its “negative and often times false attacks and stories”.

But later on Friday just waking up from the voting delirium Trump said “ I have instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense to finding those responsible and bringing them to swift and certain justice”.

President Trump clarified he knows the pipe bomb suspect was one of his many supporters but said he did not bear “the blame’. Trump later pledged to prosecute those responsible for the pipe bomb scare “to the fullest extent of the law”

A travesty and tragedy that the prominent leaders of Democrats are facing grave threats from a registered liberal sycophant without any firm determined condemnation of the attack from the President Trump .

No doubt adversarial relationship with political opposition , a norm of present day democracies, but Donald Trump’s vitriol against his opponents is seemingly both vindictive and virulent . It is definitely not conducive for an oldest democracy of America standing as a model representative democracy.

The world looks to British and America as guide for the successful perpetuation of their fragile upcoming democracies.

But Trump has scant respect for the Institutions that stand for the will of the people in open and transparent manner.                                                                Source NYT,REUTER

Bombs Mailing history.

According to Beverly Gage ,a professor of History at Yale ,around May Day 1910 a spate of bombswere sent in identical packages to targets like John .D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan ,Attorney General A.Mitchell Palmer, Cout Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and a dozen others prominent figures.

Among the first to receive the bombs was Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson perceived as enemy to labour.

As per Gage “it was a a coordinated mail bomb campaign with a political intent ,as united states was caught in political turmoil” .

 

The people behind the bombs were left wing radicals. Though nobody was prosecuted at that time in 1919,but supposition was correct .

The followers of Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani were behind the more damaging bombings of june 2 1919,when explosive devices were placed in eight American cities simultaneously.

The June 1919 bombings, Palmer Raids , led to the mass arrests of radicals across America.

There are plenty of differences between this week’s attempted bombings and those of 1919. The event from a century ago was probably perpetrated by a group;

The present political rivalry is simply less of a problem now than it once was. There have certainly been major incidents of violence in recent American history, but in different connotation than in the past.                                                               Source Time

 

Guns of America

The guns of America boom all across at the whim and will of the shooter, killing innocents in large numbers .

The gun culture has made inroads at alarming proportions in the recent past.

With 265million guns under 227 year old constitutional rights, 35000 deaths a year, the guns boom boom and boom without any respite.

On October 27th at least 11 persons were killed ,six seriously injured in Pittsburgh synagogue ,the killer hollering “All Jews must die” at a Saturday services .

The public safety director Wendell Hissrich described the hate crime in these words “ it is a very horrific crime scene ,one of the worst I have seen, and I have been on plane crashes”.

The federal Bureau leading probe into this horrific crime.

The killer Robert Bower 46, who was taken into custody.

The synagogue was holding a Shabbat religious service at that time and the worshippers ran helter skelter as the killer shot with AR15rifle and hand guns.

The synagogue would have nearly 40/50worshippers at the time of shooting. The attack took place at the baby naming ceremony. As per Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

President Trump said that “Pittsburgh synagogue killing had nothing to do with gun law, the killings could have been prevented if there was an armed guard inside the building.” When people do such heinous crime they should get “death penalty”.He told reporters who asked about a possible link to US gun law.

CONCLUSIONS

October has been somewhat unlucky month of the year for USA for last couple of years.

Exactly the same time on Sunday 17th October 2017, a lone shooter Stephen Paddock fired a barrage of bullets on music lovers at Vas Lagos , a crowd of 22000 concertgoers killing 59 instantly and injuring nearly 500 in ghastly incident.

President Trump ,naive and egomaniac at times ,should  do a deep introspect of the events involving Bomb threat and arbitrary killings in the past and the recent one of Pittsburgh synagogue , understand the implications thereby and take steps to resolve the issues and not abjure responsibility of the security and safety of American people.

President Trump needs to shed off his vindictive approach towards the opposition and not caste aspersions on the integrity of their leaders in the interest of a homogenous united states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMPOWERMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO GIRLS OF THE WORLD.

11th October 2012 was declared and inaugurated as International Day of Girls by the United General Assembly and is being celebrated with great fervour to instil confidence and empower the Girls of the world with education and skills of employment .

The situation as on today we need to know and contribute our mite to improve the prospects of girls power to an independent respectable lives.

A / 98 million girls drop out of secondary schools.

B/ About 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 every year.

C/ Approximately 6,500 to 7000 adolescent girls (aged 15 to 24) get infected with HIV every week.

Hence looking at the above statistics available, suggests the grave situation, and needs concrete steps to   arrest the rot and improvise on continuous basis till the problem is completely eradicated.

According to the United Nations the day “ aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges the girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights.”

Global Girls Alliance

Yesterday on International Day of the Girl, Michelle Obama said “ I’m proud to announce the Obama Foundation’s launch of the Global Girls Alliance, an effort to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities, and countries.

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 Michille  Obama with Girls of the world

When adolescent girls around the world are educated, amazing things start to happen. Poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, babies are born healthier, and the world, by all accounts, gets better. But progress doesn’t happen overnight.

That is why the Obama Foundation’s Global Girls Alliance program is teaming up with GoFundMe to encourage people around the world to take action in support of girls education. We are providing a platform for grassroots leaders to seek funding for projects that can break down the physical, cultural, and financial walls that keep adolescent girls from getting an education and fulfilling their potential.”

A skilled Girl Force , one more Independant Organization,

is working hard to bring together partners and stakeholders together to absolve most pressing needs to train the girls for right skills to take up gainful employment .

This is stupendous task as 600 million adolescent girls will walk into the world’s workforce in the next 10 years. With 90% of those from the developing countries ,where low pay ,exploitation and human trafficking are some of the other challenges to be addressed to simultaneously.

The Govt Of India under illustrous PM Mr Nrender Modi has ,for instance ,started an ambitious campaign “Beti Bachao Beti Padav” a few years back to empower girls with education and safe environment to be economically independent and thus leading progressive lives to build a prosperous strong nation.

Girls are moving neck to neck to men in almost all walks of life to alleviate the poverty of the masses.

It is worth mentioning here that India as Country has been fighting the menace of conservative coercive social dogmatic male dominated society to enforce girls and boys both for free education through different Government Schemes since Independence itself resulting in the upliftment of vast educated women work force in all sections of society.

It is better to quote our great leader ISTPrime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru , who revered women power as essential to propel the society and Nation to great  heights.

Pt Nehru said ” the condition of Nation can be explained by looking at the status of women /girl.”

Conclusions

Every individual across the world can make a difference by associating one way or the other to embolden the spirit of Girls’ power to make a better beautiful world.

Some of the following actions could be thought of.

  1. With Social media on the upsurge one can easilyassociate with accounts of Girls saving organisations .

One prominent organization is Global Fund For Women    ,an organization investing in resources in women oriented movements. One can contribute monetarily or otherwise to work in different schemes for educatingskill improvement of Girls.

  1. .Relate the amazing great stories of your family women members to the next generation to induce and motivate them n for doing better in theirlives. . Quote their bright achievements as examples to excel. Grandmothers stories can be great tranquilisers.
  2. Yank out your old albums and frame some outstanding photos of your illustrious forefathers to apprise your girls boys of their valour stories.
  3. Be a philontropist.

Always be sporty to donate a small sum for the welfare of Girls and women organizations of world repute. Your small mite may contribute to the fortunes of many.

  1. Make a resolution to fight for the safety of Girls and women from sexual beasts. Rape is a great menace in the society of the world ,why not to address it seriously through by highlighting the causes at the national international forums.

According to the recent research from the university of Essex ,the more you nag your daughter the more successful she  will be in her life.

The nagging from primary parents, Father or Mother only can be more effective to achieve successful results .Expressing high expectations leads to more successful careers.

So be a positive Parent.