Life is cheap in our country Hindustan..

By; Asalu Verma

A salute to our armed forces

As the daughter of a soldier, and 15 years after the Kargil war, I can’t help but the raise the question that to my mind has never been answered. Why did Kargil happen and how did we let Pakistan and Musharraf get away with it?

The fact that we were caught off guard is disturbing but what is worse is while the government of India was making peace overtures with Pakistan, the Pakistani Army under Musharraf had surreptiously entrenched itself in strategic points on Indian territory in order to sever the link between Kashmir and Ladakh and cause India to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier.

It took 522 lives to win the Kargil War. And can one ever forget the fact that Pakistan had the gall to hand over mutilated bodies of Captain Kalia and the brave soldiers who had gone on a recce when they got to know that there had been a serious infiltration.

Why has Pakistan been allowed to get away with going against the very essence of the Geneva Convention?

Is it because we have no value for our soldiers’ lives?

Don’t we owe it to the memory of those who have given their lives for our country to honour them and their families in every possible way?

So why has nothing happened to right the terrible wrong that happened to Captain Kalia, Sepoys Arjum Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh?

Where was the outrage when their mutilated bodies were handed over?

What signal does this give to soldiers who go into battle willing to sacrifice their lives?

Life is cheap in this country. Sadder still we expect our young men to go into battle and play political ping pong with their lives. Inquiries are perfunctory, heads never roll, lessons are never learnt and the same mistakes happen again and again. We are good at brushing things under the carpet–whether it is the Henderson Brooks/Bhagat Report on why we lost to China or why Kargill happened almost 40 years later.

No one is accountable and we forgive the aggressor because it suits us too.

The aggressor thinks India is a soft state and they are right.

The list of hits is endless: Hijackings, serial bombings, the attack on our parliament, Mumbai 26/11, beheading our soldiers, constant infiltration—bodies pile up and yet we wait for more.

Politicians never truly understand the staggering loss of parents losing sons or a young wife left behind with young children.

This was brought home to me when after my father died my mother worked for rehabilitation of army widows and after one of her trips to a village she said, “How can I feel sorry for myself—I had 33 wonderful years with my husband.

These young widows with small children were married just a few years and their husbands were taken away from them.

They looked so bereft and alone. They have no future.”

Yes, we have the highest number of war widows in the world – 25,000! Our culture does not make it easy for them to marry again.

So theirs is a life of endless sacrifice, living with in-laws or alone and often being the brunt of resentment.

We can never do enough for our soldiers.

But let us at least admire their dedication, spirit and sacrifices and promise ourselves that we will not let our politicians or bureaucrats play with their lives.

We owe them that much – so let us make our voices count.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.


Make Sanskrit a Compulsory to Learn..

I am not surprised reading the comments from some readers here.

Problem with Indian is that they do not want to believe their heritage as they can not understated the scriptures leave alone reading them as they are written in Sanskrit which is supposedly dead language but read whatever white skin masters wrote in English whose primary goal was to malign India, belittle India and demean whatever was Indian.

Mayo, Mcalay, Max Muller successfully had done this.

After reading about India in English these elite Indians think they know everything and got gospel right to ridicule Indian scriptures.

My humble request to these elites who are knowledge hungry to genuinely try to understand these scripture as these also have knowledge only need is a genuine try.

We appreciate Israel for their development courage but we forget when Israel was made from ashes by vision .

they declared Hebrew their national language which was also dead language then made RABIs as the compulsory routine of their religious education.

They cared for their heritage. Europeans / US all are saving their cultural heritage only we willingly are destroying it.

India , Israel, foreign policy Blunder.

Bjp is digging its own grave, and if it will keep all those congress policy continue and will start wooing minority its gonna loose even the new found turf of majority voter.

why BJP forget this fact that in 2014 election no muslim had voted this party.

we had voted for a change a strong leadership, not to be a like a man mohan singh .

very disappointing national interest must be above religion and appeasement.

I was baffled by India\’s voting against Israel.

I am still to figure out what made India suddenly come out of its stated policy of neutrality and equidistance from both?

What was the necessity of pleasing Muslims?

They did not or will not vote for BJP.

Finally it is all the more baffling why RSS allowed this govt to vote against our trusted friend Israel?

If India has a war with Pakistan Palestine will not help India but Israel will.

Truth about Roti Kand..

 We all know our elected representatives misbehave, think they are above law and can get away with anything, including murder, at times. But the way this particular episode has been given a twist is unfortunate.

I made my own enquiries with friends in IRCTC and MPs across parties and what came out was that the quality of food inside Maharashtra Sadan, where the agitated MPs were staying, is indeed pathetic and that visitors and resident guests have complained often.

In this instance then what happened was that already agitated MPs, upon getting food that they thought was inedible, asked the supervisor why the quality was bad, and upon receiving some response, threw a fit and tried to feed him the same chapatti, saying: You think it’s good enough for us, then show us if you can eat it.

It was the reaction of an upset and agitated individual/group, that in any case believes that being an MP gives them the right to be God’s gift to mankind. But if this is bad, the twist given to the whole act is worse.

First, it has been given a religious colour, which is bad and to make it worse, it has been linked to a highly emotive issue of fasting during Ramzan. The whole episode has been twisted to make it seem as if the poor guy was on his religious fast and the cruel MP forced him with the deliberate intent of making him break his fast.

If that were the case, it would be unpardonable and the MP needed to be necessarily hauled over coals, but since it seems that was not the case, for the sundry politicians, and even some in the media, to make it seem so is not just irresponsible, but something dangerous.

The elected MPs of our nation already think they are above it all, as the MP’s action of shoving a chapatti in the hapless IRCTC employee shows. However, to turn a boorish behaviour, which is reprehensible no doubt, and link it to an issue that is bound to raise religious tempers is sad, dangerous and playing with fire.

Wish there were some ways of controlling such irresponsible jokers.

“Well? How did I get here?”

Some Times; By Santosh Bhatt

As for me, I have shed a few tears over the course of my life, searching for the boy I was. There aren’t that many people alive now who remember him, besides me, and that makes me a little sad. Like a lot of people, I sometimes ask myself the question posed by me, myself and I 

“Well? How did I get here?”

Finding the answer, a sense of peace between past and future, is one measure of wholeness and well-being.

Out of my mind: History wars Meghnad Desai 


Out of my mind: History wars

Meghnad Desai 

British historians cannot agree about the civil war after four centuries of debate.

Dr James Ussher was a very famous Bible scholar. Counting the generations listed in the chapter of Genesis, he calculated that God created the world in 4004 BC. He was accurate in his calculations with the Bible, but wrong about history. Even to this day, those Christians who deny Darwin cite Dr Ussher.

The Bible is a religious text which combines history and mythology. There are excavations which unravel history within the text of the Bible. The Iliad and The Odyssey have also been used to trace the history of the early centuries of ancient Greek civilisation. Some elements of those epics are history and others mythology.

The new chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, Dr Y S Rao, is interested in exploring the Mahabharata as a historical text. There is professional outrage from secular historians about anyone being serious about such a project. They feel that Rao has been imposed upon historians as an agent of Hindutva by the new government.

There are quarrels and controversies among historians everywhere across the world. British historians cannot agree about the civil war after four centuries of debate. But they agree on the documents, the artefacts recovered and the chronology. American historians are no more agreed upon the causes of their civil war.

In India, there used to be diversity among historians. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan sponsored a six-volume history of India from a Hindu point of view. But that was during the liberal days of Jawaharlal Nehru. It was Indira Gandhi who began the Manichean practice of us and them. The good historians were secular and socialist. They were to be given patronage. Anyone who disagreed with the dominant point of view was right wing and perhaps communalist as well. I speak with some experience, having played a small part in the Cambridge Economic History of India project. Dr Dharma Kumar, whose assistant I was, was forever denounced as an imperialist lackey because she had not signed up to the Left version of modern Indian history. She did not believe the two centuries of British rule had been a story of unmitigated disaster. She was robust enough to laugh her critics off.

It is this uniformity of political ideology, despite much diversity among the secular historians, which has now come to surface. Why can a historian not take up the Mahabharata as a serious subject of history? Of course, the epic is a story and mythology and it has many versions. Yet, at the core is a bloody battle which has the character of a holocaust. If you take the description of the war seriously, 18 aukshahinis fought for 18 days and out of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers, horses and elephants who fought, only 10 people were left alive.

If the war depicted in the Mahabharata killed every adult Kshatriya in North India, we should ask whether this was a true event. D D Kosambi, the polymath historian, thought that the ancient Indian civilisation of those days (vaguely anytime between three and four thousand years ago) lacked the mineral resources, technology and population to be able to have such a large war where, by his reckoning, five million people died.

But suppose only 50,000 died. Is it not still an interesting question for historians or just one historian to investigate? Should there not be excavations on the site to see whether any old bones can be retrieved? If there seems to be a Ramachandra palace under the Babri Masjid, as some people believe, there is obviously no hindrance in finding ancient artefacts and remains if you dig deep enough.

The real objection is not that Rao wishes to investigate the Mahabharata as a work of history. Historians are angry because he is chairman of the ICHR. After all, he has been carrying on his research for a while. The issue to me is the presence of the government of any party in choosing who should chair the ICHR. Why can the historians themselves not elect their chairman? Of course, the government gives research grants and so he who pays the piper calls the tune. The historians who are complaining enjoyed the patronage while they were politically the favourites.

What would have been much healthier is to have privately endowed research foundations on the lines of Ford to fund research without imposing a political agenda. It is time Indian businesses began to take research funding seriously.

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