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Monday, 21 July 2014

Never Ending war in Afghanistan 2014

The power of ballot was established in Afghanistan when the war torn country decided to defy the terror of death and vote for their new President. In the battle of ballot and bullet, the latter has always overridden the former by consolidating the fragile political condition of the country.

Post the withdrawal of Soviet Union in 1989, civil war was unleashed. With NATO forces preparing to leave the country by the end of 2014, many fear that the country might slide into instability and war.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

What do you want? Should I kill him? : Mamta Banerjee

What do you want? Should I kill him?
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee described Paul's 'hate speech' as blunder; a blunder that required no action but a dialogue that every Bollywood scriptwriter will vouch for - "What do you want? Should I kill him?"

No Madam Banrejee, how can the helpless common man ask you to commit such a heinous crime? How can he even imagine saying such a thing to his 'didi', who had accused a student on a TV talk show of being a moist, when he dared to ask her what she was doing for the security of women. 

Your reaction to the death of a 16 year old rape victim in Kolkata is still afresh in our minds. You accused the media and CPI(M) of "conspiring to impede development work by your government." Oh! The insensitive media.  

You asked the local woman, pleading you to punish the rape accused in the Barasat case to "shut up." Well, Madam Banerjee, humanity just died several deaths upon hearing your senseless reaction to a sensitive request. Yet, no hands were raised, lest the hands end up being handcuffed with no logic offered. 

The media, which until now was busy searching for the definition of "news pollution", dares to ask you questions. Do you have an answer Madam Banerjee. Well, yes, how did i miss it- "The media is glorifying rape", your classic comment on the increasing rape cases in the city (2012). 

Poor '24-year-old' TMC worker was in for a shock when he heard his idol's speech. What was meant to be an inspirational speech turned out to be a warning to mothers and daughters of CPI(M) workers. While Tapas Pal's intention behind the speech was understood, his usage of words insults the very gender that gave him life.   

Had it not been for the young TMC worker who handed over the clip to the reporters because of his conscience, the case would have never come into light. It isn't about the speech, the question is till when will women be considered as a tool to quench somebody's desire of revenge.  

Madam Banerjee, we do not ask you to kill him, we just demand an action to be taken against a leader of your party for his insensitive comments. An unconditional apology isn't an answer to his undignified statements. 

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Mr. Giriraj, will Pakistan approve my citizenship ?

As somebody who has written many anti-modi articles, this piece doesn’t come as a surprise. When i read about Giriraj Singh’s opinion on people not supporting Modi, i was stunned. Surprisingly not by his statement but the fact that i was a Hindu. While i am not somebody who considers her religion her dignity, i was quite confused. Hours of thinking made me realize that Pakistan would possibly deny my entry. 

Considering my concern over my religion, i would like to ask for Mr.Giriraj’s help in seeking permission for my stay in Pakistan. I have always wanted to visit Pakistan for its cultural and geographical connection with India, his demand has now given me a chance to fulfil my wish.Now that i am mentally prepared for my tour, i wonder how my fellow beings must be taking it. A mascot of Hinduism, i would also expect Mr.Giriraj to have a word with Pakistan government and make sure that i am not forced to change my religion.

Now that i have established my wish and made my request, another question seems to have made way into my mind. Is the option available to Muslims only? I hope not because that would strip me from our right to choose.

When i told my friends about my decision, they were furious. Disappointed  by their reaction, i decided to write this article to finish the hullabaloo over my change of citizenship. While i have received many reactions over my decision to move, neither of the political parties cared to contact me. Though i expected a call from Mr.Modi, my heart yearned to hear the voice of Rahul Gandhi, sadly neither of that happened.

India-the five letter word has defined my existence since time immemorial. While i might be leaving my country in few days, i would always remember it as my birth place and not as a place of maniacs like Mr.Girija Raj who mistake freedom of speech to freedom of blabbering.
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Evolution of the word idiot and its NOTA Connection

India has delivered many intellectuals in the veil of idiots. Politics is one area where the statement applies most accurately, the other being bureaucracy. For a country which warrants individual freedom and diversity, definition of the word idiot become even more important. 

While the fifth phase of 2014 general elections saw high voter turnout , there were few who found their dining halls more comforting than the voting booths. The word 'idiot', here concerns them.

In ancient Greece any person not found voting would be publicly marked and labelled an idiot. It might be a myth as claimed by many but it also describes the word idiot in the most liberal sense. Elections are the essence of democracy, any person denying his right to vote doesn’t just insult democracy but also undermines the importance of rights he possess as a result of it.

Considering the importance of vote and issues citizens have with voting, the Election commission came out with the "none of the other option", NOTA which gives them the right to register a negative opinion. While NOTA doesn’t give you the right to reject all the candidates it enables you to establish your dislike for them.

The connection between idiot and NOTA seems absurd but so does the existence of India which had been ticked off by Englishmen who considered Indians infants in terms of governance.Reflecting upon the nature of Indian political system and its impact , it is time we realise the importance of voting. It might not give us an alternative but it does provide us with a choice.  

Note : The writer isn't crazy
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Gum ka fasana

PC :
dil-e-khwahish yeh thi ki unse guftagu kare 
kuch hum kahe kuch unki sune 
li karwat aisi vaqt ne ki sabh kho gaya 
yaadon ki bheed mein dil akela reh gaya
ab toh voh mausam bhi na raha
jisne hume unse milaya tha 
bachi toh bas kadwahat jo aaj bhi panapti hai 
jab yaad aate hai voh lamhe , voh jazbat 
jiski fariyaad kar yeh lab muskurate the 
ab aankhe nam ho jate hai 
khamosh raatein ab unki raah dekhte hai 
aise gae voh ki khawaab bhi soone lagte hai 

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Is it only about Modi vs Kejriwal for AAP ?

A party conscious of its pitfalls, Aam Aadmi Party's page 49 chapter finished long back. Rediscovering the importance of a reasonable spectator, 'the party of aam' has attempted to strike a chord with the least approached set of population-the middle class. 

Corresponding to celebrating the political revolution in India, Aam Aadmi Party has set a new standard for political celebrities. The party's journey from a need of the middle class to the demand of the elite is not just surprising but also riveting.

Aam Aadmi Party's decision to field a Bollywood actor against BJP President Rajnath Singh has raised many eyebrows. For a party which is as sweeping as its rivals, an experiment like this seems quite intriguing.

Not ruling out the question of 'comprehensive reasoning’, one can't help but wonder why AAP chose an inexperienced; non political face against a veteran. Not one of those to consider their oppositions only 'rivals', this decision of Aam Aadmi Party might downplay its role as the opposition.
The party was crafted to empower the common man, influence the moderate voices to nullify the odds of a democracy then why such a premature decision? At a time when the party is churning out to be a wave by beating various election statistical analyses, any decision of AAP can become a cause for its diminution.
Conceivable that sympathies may arise in particular set of population, Aam Aadmi Party has been on an experimenting spree since the beginning. Refusing to address the ambiguities emerging among the population, is the 2014 elections for AAP only about Modi vs Kejriwal ?

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Monday, 17 March 2014

When Benaras became VAR-NASI

The kaaba of Hind has fiddled with many secrets before, architected many arrivals but never did the city witness such attention over administration. Untouched by political sympathies, Varanasi, the city of idols has become the centre of scrutiny for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Rediscovering the cultural diversity of the city, Arvind Kejriwal agreed to contest from Varanasi, embarking the Modi V/s Kejriwal battle.

The antiquity of Varanasi is a witness of BJP’s bastion in the city. Known as the favorite city of Lord Shiva, the ‘shiv nagari’ plays more on religion than on progress. Taking into account the demographic audience of the city, victory of Naredra Modi seems intuitive. What appears to be a confrontment of past with the future is just an ephemera of the magic of democracy. And yet the hope of survival makes the battle more terrible.

Arvind Kejriwal

With BJP announcing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its candidate from Varanasi, there isn’t much for other parties to do. Annunciating his willingness to fight from Varanasi, Arvind Kejriwal said that he was ready for the “big challenge”. Unfazed by the challenges ahead, Aam Aadmi party leader Arvind Kejriwal will hold a rally in the city on 23rd March.

As Kejriwal and Modi immerse themselves in the battle of Benaras, chances of a third party taking away the crown is huge.  With Muslims constituting 16% of the population, dismissing Mukhtar  Ansari, a candidate of Quami Ekta Dal would be a great mistake. Known for his Robin Hood style, Ansari is extremely popular among Muslims of the city. Earlier Ansari’s wife was supposed to contest from Varanasi but on learning that Modi will be fighting from the city, Mukhtar Ansari stood in the race. Undermining a candidate with such political record would be an extensive mistake for BJP and AAP. 

Mocking its survival, Congress announced that it would give a good fight to Modi. At a time when the focus of the entire country is on Modi vs Kejriwal, Congress’s claim of giving a tough fight is ridiculing. While there are questions over Narendra Modi fleeing from his own state, fighting from a safe seat; it cannot be denied that the fate of BJP depends on this constituency.

It was Kanshi Ram’s lost battle in Allahabad that brought Bahujan Samaj party into light, chances of Varanasi doing the same for AAP is huge. While Benaras is a battle already won, it will get Aam Aadmi Party the required attention. As a party which has a huge base in metros, Varanasi would provide AAP with an opportunity to establish itself in inner cities and towns.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

This means war

PC :

The time has come and the song has begun
people cheer while women fear 
it is war time , oh dear 
barrels are ready and so are swords 
the guns seem busy and so do guards 

eyes see no life as blood spill with little mercy
children wail but men , oh they don't fear 
come what may, they will march ahead 
as its time and dare can anybody stop them 

bows and arrows are a thing of past 
bullets and tanks buzz with command 
let the bravery veil upon
for there would be no peace 

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Not a Nayak,he is a 'Baazigar'

"Themselves they are still infants as regards governing or statesman. And their so called leaders are the worst of the lot" 

Cricketer and tea planter by profession, this anonymous British man knew India too well. India has come a long way since its days of incongruity and divisions, yet it continues to a country deep rooted in historical blunders. As leaders turned into politicians, three major problems of governance fell into a single category, politics. 

"Choose your love, love your choice." As a country which doesn't have too many national parties to fall in love with, the arrival of Aam Aadmi party was a breath of fresh air. While they couldn't sustain for long, Arvind Kejrival's stint as a Chief Minister for 49 days of winter did manage to persue politicians to reflect upon their party expenditure. Kejriwal might have failed to do a Nayak but his broom lived up to his image by unraveling left over drugs in a rally in Haryana which was supposedly held by its Chief Minister, Bhupendra Singh Hooda. From giving ticket to Jarnail Singh, the man who hurled a shoe at Chidambaram to taking out jhadu yaatra, AAP is doing it all. 

With AAP’s decision to go national, the thrust of reaching beyond the urban population increases. While the party seems quite enthusiastic about the elections likely to begin from April second week, the silence of its leader Arvind Kejriwal has a lot to say. His refusal to speak on the appeal of his members to contest from Varanasi as there is a buzz that the BJP PM candidate will be fielded from the constituency arises a sense of curiosity among people awaiting to hear from their leader who believes in transparency. 

PC :

Anna Hazare’s decision of backing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee came as a surprise to people who had once supported Anna’s Jan Lokpal Movement. Taking into account Anna’s earlier statements on politics and politicians, chances of many of his supporters drifting to Arvind Kejriwal are huge. As they say “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend,” Anna’s saga of ‘logo ka saath’ is almost over. At a time when everything was going according to an animated by destiny plan, General VK Singh’s decision to join BJP added a twist to the tale. Whether this move of the former supporter of Anna joining a party as corrupt as Congress would turn out to be blessing for AAP remains a question only time could answer. 

Unlike other parties who believe in LRC (Language, Religion and Caste) as the only trump card for winning elections, AAP’s objective is the 'mudda of Aam Aadmi'. By giving ticket to Dr Raja Muzaffar, the most prominent RTI activist and journalist in Jammu and Kashmir, AAP has reconciled for the apolitical statement given by Manish Sisodia on Kashmir.

While AAP might not be as controversial as Congress or BJP, they sure a subject of interest among the youth. With opinion polls predicting BJP to lead the 2014 elections, chances of AAP coming anywhere close to victory is marginal. Kejriwal might not be the ultimate Nayak but his will to sustain and take his party ahead makes him a real Baazigar and why not, “haar ke jeetne wale ko hi toh baazigar kehte hai.”

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Monday, 24 February 2014

The silence between us

The silence between us has silenced me 
dates that had once been special are now just days
the thought of coming closer tingles me
only to be reminded of the decision we made 
of not being together as it is love that brings pain 


time has passed and so have days 
but that one touch still influences me 
our story might not be as beautiful as harry and sally
nor as painful as romeo and Juliet
but its our story , our surreal love story 

100 days of summer might not have got over 
but the pain of being together yet apart is much greater 
i now hesitate to lie on your shoulders 
to hold your hand and wipe your tears 

how much do i wish to be with you again 
to disappoint the courage that holds me back 
painful it is but i wish to be that one unlucky star
who brightens your life and engulfs all the dark

PC  : 

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