City of Peace by Brij kaul

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City of Peace

 

Pune

city of peace and promises

people of large hearts

overflowing with milk

of human kindness

A

 city  agog with lively crowds

young springing youths,

giggling frolicking ones

exhibiting libido, elegance of

dress, design fashion

with

aspirations dreams   desires

of touching skies .

Old citizens on early walking tours

dangling staffs while sprinting

for awhile at a leisure

to their great pleasure.

A

city of love and liberty

with no rancor or remorse

towards one and all

The enthralling environs

with green spectacle all over

distant rolling hills beckoning

one and all into its bracing breezy

embrace.

the

breeze a lilting soothing one

but

sensuous intoxicating caressing

the mind and body for a

yearning longing to merge

                                                               in its eternal beauty.

WHY NEHRU CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN ___ by Brijkaul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD AT A GLANCE by Brij Kaul

CHILE

 According to the World Bank Report Chile has been one of South America’s fastest-growing economies in recent decades. Following neo –liberal reforms in 1980s and 1990s — lowering Taxes ,cutting public benefits and taking a host of other reforms   setting stage for economic renaissance, enabled the country to reduce the population living in poverty (on US$ 5.5 per day) from 30 percent in 2000 to 6.4 percent in 2017. with a brief sluggish growth (1.3%)in 2017,the economy bounced back in 2018 to 4percent.The lower interest rates and higher copper prices revitalized mining production and gave great impetus to the economy.

The central government debt declined for the first time in six years, from 2.7 percent of GDP in 2017 to 1.7 percent in 2018 due to increased revenue.

Despite facing various challenges in different forms Chile Government is making efforts to rationalize the tax system, facilitate employment mobility, improve the pension system , facilitating the linkage between education and lobour market, and strengthening the financial system to maintain growth and any vulnerability to external risks..

On the social front the Governmentt is enhancing the quality of health and education to women for their participation in labour market to alleviate poverty amongst the middle class.

The World Bank helps the Chile Government in implementing a technical and financial assistance programme in areas with a strong impact on development.

For instance in last four years The World Bank has done nearly 30 studies in areas of higher education, health, water, institutional development and land development.

The Financial assistance to the tune of USD50 million dollars to strengthen Public universities and thus put a heavy thrust on higher education.

The number of full-time faculty members who hold PhDs has increased from 5,109 in 2011 to 7,883 in March 2016. Additionally, studies by World Bank experts provided input for key changes in legislation to improve the accreditation quality assurance system and the accountability of institutions,

Additionally, the World Bank is providing USD500million as financial protection for natural disasters like earthquake risks.

The Bank has funded project supported the design of over 45 regional plans, 250 infrastructure projects like roads, water and sanitation, energy and other productive activities in different regions of the country. Approximately 320,000 people benefited from improved infrastructure, land planning and implementation of development programmes.

International Finance Corporation has also helped the country in focussing on the activities with a strong potential for development with reference to small and medium-sized industries, energy, education and agribusiness.

Around 80 ,000 teachers went on strike seeking reform in the education system,as the Chilean law does not ensure education as public right ,hence the private sector exploits the admissions etc through voucher system thus depriving the poor ones from acquiring the rightful education.

Despite all such social drawbacks Chile is on the economic upswing.

 Germany

Descendants from Nazis

The Germany Interior minister Horse Seehofer in.” a statement said “Germany must live up to its historical responsibilities, He wanted to help people whose parents or grandparents had to flee.”   “with the legal degrees which come into force from Friday we will create a swift ruling that is immediately valid for these people to get German Citizenship.” He continued.

Germany will enforce two decrees to make it easier for people, mainly Jews, who fled ,between 1933 and 1945, to Britain, the Nazi regime because of persecution, as well as their descendents to have their German citizenship restored.

The Brexit decision fuelled the campaign by the descendents whose applications for German citizenship have been rejected despite constitutional guarantees provided by the law.

Article 116 (2) of Germany’s Basic Law denotes that former German citizens and their descendents between 1933 and 1945 deprived of their citizenship on political, racial or religious grounds can have their citizenship restored.

Germany currently received more than 1,500 applications from Britain under Article 116 in both 2017 and 2018 and are keen to give their assent to the same thus make amends for the historical mishap.

THE FOREST OF PINES. BY BRIJKAUL

I walk up the ascending twisting road high

with

merciless Sun laughing a pitiless laugh

overhead the blue sky.

no breeze a close day

moving on at a leisurely pace

in no hurry or race

unmindful of the ascent ahead the way

eager

to be in company of my love

the love of my childhood.

gorgeous glistening glittering

Sangeeta my Sangeeta

 a bewitching beauty

hollering

from the bend of the road

‘come my smarty be my love’

rolling down to catch me, hug me

enroute

to the dense forest of pines.

enticing me more than

rivers temples and shrines

the sloping verdures the environs

Sombre

lull me to a sweet slumber

Sangeeta delightfully delightful

in the shimmering attire

singing love satire

holding

my hands pulling me up the hill

oh my gosh she is so pretty

such a pril.

THE MOUNTAINOUS LASS BY BRIJ KAUL

The mountainous lass

             tumbled down from nowhere

                   with fragile frame and radiant face

           attired in dazzling bright

could

be spotted even in starless

night

 Cupid played its game of midsummer’s

love

I fell for her sensual style

for a while.

 I live by love

just only love

love and love

 love

pervades my mind body

 The sun sliding down hills

ripple of gold and azure

streaks in the waters flowing

by the side of creek.

The moutainous lass

playing hide and seek

crossing the wooden bridge

hid somewhere behind the ridge.

cautiously

I crawl to pounce bounce

upon to frighten her

 

Alas

she was seen no where

trudging along for miles or so

feet swollen soggy sore

could not trace her anymore

Her angel bewitching looks

her coquettish winks

flirtatious smiles

flashed before my eyes

I bemoan looking

up in the skies

 understandably

Cupid playing prank upon me

 I ambled back to my

solitude.

 I live by love

just only love

love and love

 

LIFE A BLIZZARD

BY BRIJKAUL

Life is a blizzard

of

love and laughter

the  peals  of laughter

could be heard and echoed

all along.

Life is a bubbling youth

sensuous serene like hyacinth

emitting scintillating

smile

Do not look behind

the fog and smoke may

engulf  you a captive

of  past repugnant

memories

Even donot look  sideways

you may

be  caught in the melee of past

 Cravings Crimes

Keep moving forward  with the

Present  pleasant times

Life  not a static one  instead moving

on a rapid pace

just to conquer and succeed

the race

to the  desired place..

                                                     Donot look behind

the dark clouds may

push you deep down

into the labyrinth  of

Oblivion.

Soar on to the blues of the

sky

along with the wind and birds

flying high

delving deep into the

  fathom of the universe

A RAVISHING RAGE

Even at this late stage

Ploughing through the long stretch of age

she is still a ravishing rage

I wonder surrender to her debonair delight.

with those fleshy downcast eyes

coquettish  sweet  demeanour

slim  sleek  shy sweet

the stunning glance

 enticing

me to  amble on for a

                    passionate  possessive  sizzling

dance

 to the rhythm of the

    whistling winds.

skidding

 the stone steps in the  small garden

on to the  seashore

holding

 my hand in her hand firmly

we  take a deep

 plunge into the expansive

waters

        the  frothy turbulent waves

            gushing  lapping up to our

             necks.

The tempestuous tides engulfing us

into

its  stormy bosom

and in a flash

toss us to the  distant

shores

tired and torpid

she

dozed off to sweet slumber

resting

her head on my shoulder

I

stare at her flushy

cheeks

the water dripping  profusely

down

her delightfully beautiful

face

glistening in the  intense  sunlight

 I   caressed  her  passionately

  in warm embrace

         ploughing through the long stretch of

age

she is  really a ravishing rage.