Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An Appeal to Rev जगद्गुरू शंकराचार्य श्री स्वरूपानन्द जी महाराज


परम पूज्य जगद्गुरू शंकराचार्य श्री स्वरूपानन्द जी महाराज,
सादर नमस्ते,

श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के नेतृत्व में देश का भविष्य सौंपने के लिए आतुर जनता के जोशीले नारे (हर हर मोदी...) पर आपकी प्रतिक्रिया TV पर देखी एवं फटकार भी सुनी which, instead of showing me a way forward. has left me - and perhaps many other Indians - confused. Hereby, my Lord, I p...ray to you to show us the right way by explaining and dispelling misgivings, if any, in adhering to the rich heritage of Indian/Hindu traditions of which all Indians have forever been so proud.

Kindly enlighten the Indian Society by commenting on the following traditions and practices that have been in vogue since
आदि काल:-
1.      In a society where we have traditionally likened virtuous persons with God/gods and goddesses (eg, अतिथि देवो भव) and have no issues with individuals named after God/gods (ईश्वर. राम, भगवान सिंह, महादेव; लक्ष्मी. दुर्गा, पार्वती...), why is a harmlessly inspiring slogan like 'हर हर मोदी....' singularly so sinful as to invite Rev Jagadguru Shankaracharya's ire?

2.      और, पूज्य जगद्गुरू शंकराचार्य जी महाराज, गुस्ताखी माफ करें, वेदान्त के मतवाले तो 'अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि' के सूक्त को सदियों से गाये जा रहे हैं। Swami Vivekanand went around the world proudly singing: ‘अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि' thereby highlighting the philosophy of अद्वैतवाद - the divine oneness/closeness of Soul and the Creator (आत्मा-परमात्मा ).   

3.      It is an established practice in the Judiciary to address judges by halloing them in virtual divine beings (My Lord/MeLord).   आप जैसे महापुरुषों को भी तो हम हे प्रभु/हे प्रभो’ के ईश्वरीय सम्बोधन से बुलाते हैं |इन सब प्रंपराओं से आप अच्छी तरह परिचित हैं ।

4.      आप स्वयं एक ओर तो कहते हैं कि "हमारे धर्म में व्यक्ति-पूजा धर्म विरुध्द है"। तदापि, दूसरी ओर आपकी तो प्रतिदिन विधि-वत पूजा होती ही है । हम सब तो आप जैसे महापुरुषों को सदा से 'पूजनीय' मानते आए हैं और धर्म गुरुओं की पूजा भी करते आए हैं।
Therefore, भगवन् आप तो जगद्गुरू हैं; जग के मार्ग दर्शक हैं, ईशवरीय आस्था के प्रतीक हैं; ज़रा सोचिये, राष्ट्रव्यापी जनभावना का अवलोकन कीजिये। नरेन्द्र मोदी जैसे मेधावी, कर्मठ, लोकसेवा में समर्पित, भविष्यद्रष्टा, ईमानदार नेता को अगर आज भारत देव तुल्य मानकर एक उज्ज्वल भविष्य के निर्माण का प्रयास करे तो क्या हर्ज़ है? इन्हें आशीर्वाद देकर सम्पूर्ण भारत का कल्याण करें, भगवन्।
India is changing but there are forces at work trying to hold it back.  We are struggling to come out of the quagmire of a self-serving polity, rampant corruption, callous administration and communal rivalry that has always been used by Congress and its allies to arouse passions that destroy the cohesion in the society, impede development, impair security, retard economy and worst of all - perpetuate poverty under the guise of subsidies food and freebies. The more they clamour for welfare of the poor and minorities, the more they pull these very beneficiaries away from self-reliance and prosperity. Perpetuating poverty serves their vested interests better than eradication of poverty.  Election to election, they invest in poverty to maintain the status quo of their vote bank!   
Modi has a proven record of great accomplishments.  He is a doer. He is coming with a resolve to alter this status quo.  Bless him, my Lord! Maybe his shift from the communally emotive agenda of ‘Ram Mandir’ has angered the Hindu bigots who, rather than admiring his agenda of ‘holistic development’ - सम्पूर्ण राष्ट्र् का सामुहिक विकास – are unnecessarily irate.  It is time all Indians rose together as a united Nation – irrespective of caste, creed, religion or region to accomplish a common goal for universal good under the able leadership of a visionary – Narendra Modi.
Beware of the anti-Modi propaganda whipping communal mistrust by raising issues already settled and buried in history. Congress and Modi-detractors are driving looking into the rear view mirror because their front view is obscured by Family promotion posters and coal scams. Their crash is imminent.  May they rest in peace!   
सामुहिक विकास:-
सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः, सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु, मा कश्चिद् दुःख भाग्भवेत्

 With best regards,

कर्ण खर्ब

(Karan Kharb)

Friday, March 07, 2014

Beware of Kejri's Vagaries!

Kejri’s Vagaries

Karan Kharb

He's nothing but a Bhaand from Haryana - one who'll spit on you and run away. If caught he'd pull down his pants and shit on your clothes. What he relishes most is his Nanga-lafanga conduct. As can be seen by everyone, he is a blot on India’s Aam Admi who is hygienically cleaner and socially more humble than his self-appointed mentor – Arvind Kejriwal who dresses like a riff-raff and flaunts his unkempt, unwashed profile clumsily wrapped in a muffler as if he were an intruder in a civilised society. His chronic coughing without covering his mouth and nose-picking in public will put you off from shaking hands with him. He is capable of walking naked; and would then dare others to bare their bodies like him.  If you felt shy and drove away, he would hurl stones at you, giggle at you, ridicule you and abuse you.  Warn him and he would shamelessly retort, मेरा क्या ले लोगे? मेरे पास तो एक रुमाल भी नहीं है । पर मैं आपकी पतलून ज़रूर ले लूंगा |” (I wear nothing, not even a  hankie on me. What will you take away from me? I will surely rob you of your robes.). No doubt, ethics in Indian politics have been steadily dropping in the face of rising corruption. It this phenomenon of Indian politics – felled Ethics and rampant Corruption – where cunning Arvind Kejriwal found an arena of risk-free duels with lots of opportunities through cheap theatrics likened to the unsuspecting common man (Aam Admi) of India.  
I have known some of his wheeling-dealing from pre-Anna days. Here are some facts that portray his true picture:- 

1.                An uncouth and opportunist of the worst order although, he has used his benefactors like Anna Hazare, Aruna Roy, Justice Hegde and many other noble souls as stepping stones. 

2.                First, he had vowed in public that he would never enter politics. He now turns out to be the most cunning politician bereft of all scruples!

3.                He is indeed an 'anarchist' as he himself has been candid and arrogant in admitting it.  Kejriwal was stopped and allowed after a harmless meeting with the police officers in Gujarat on 05 Mar 2014.  Activists of the ‘touch-me-not’ AAP felt so furious that they engaged themselves in stone-pelting with the BJP staff at the latter’s headquarters at Ashok Road in New Delhi.    

4.                He is guilty of filing false Affidavit (Form 26) in which he dishonestly hid information about his assets etc during Delhi elections.  

5.                He had all along declared most eloquently and even swore on his children that he would never have any truck with Cong or BJP, which, he had called 'thoroughly corrupt' and 'two sides of the same coin'. Yet, he greedily jumped into the Congress cradle to become CM despite having fewer seats than the single largest Party in the Vidhan Sabha (BJP). 

6.                He had sought people's 'permission' to form the Govt but later, drooling to become PM, he simply disregarded people's opinion and quit in a huff betraying people's faith and aspirations.

7.                Having tasted blood in Delhi elections, he now dreams to be India's PM. Corruption and Jan Lokpal are now merely tools of convenience that help him pursue his ambitions and hidden agenda. 

8.                Intriguingly, while he has been gunning for Ambani, he has remained faithfully quiet on TATAs (remember Niira Radia tapes), Subrata Roy of Sahara, Jindal, Robert Vadra, Kalmadi and other Congress cronies. Why? 

9.                He spews venom against Modi on whose honesty and Spartan credentials not even his avowed enemies have ever raised a finger. At the same time, he again faithfully avoids raising a finger at RahulG's credentials! Beware of him and his slimy gang who are out to destroy whatever is left of Democracy in the country.

10.             Shifting his stance from his Delhi experience, ‘Mr Clean - Kejri’ now says, “In the post-poll scenario no Coalition will be strong enough to form Government without the support of AAP.” More than the merit of his analysis, the statement exposes his greed to be a power broker – ‘PM’, if possible – by allying with anyone. Lately, his softness towards Congress is a pointer in that direction.   

11.             He claims himself to be a follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s ethics like Ahimsa but lives a life far removed from his idol. Lying beneath his overt smile and simplistic appearance is a bitter, cruel revengeful maniac who hurls humiliating expletives, name-calling and baseless accusations upon his opponents. Ahimsa in practice is a much higher virtue than mere avoidance of violence. Its three-fold practice must be lived in thought, word and action. No other politician – howsoever unethical or corrupt – has chosen to be so violent and vulgar in words as Arvind Kejriwal.     

12.             "If he were to make money, he could have made crores as an Income Tax Commissioner", his supporters say. Others say, "He's a smart Baniya boy sharpened further by his experience in Income Tax department.  He aims high and wanted to grab thousands of crores which, in today's environment, is possible if you could ramp up your political value in India." 

13.             Kejriwal follows three codes of ‘truth verification’ – one for himself, 2nd for the Aap Admi Party and the 3rd one for others. For his complaints against himself, he shall adjudicate; for complaints against members of his Party, (like the Sting Operation expose or Bharti’s misdeeds), the Party shall decide internally; for complaints or suspicion against other Parties, SIT/CBI should investigate and report. How blatant and funny!

I do not belong to any Political Party; nor do I have any political ambitions.  I do not chant for Hindus; nor do I decry Muslims. I look for neither reservation quota nor subsidies. Well, I might accept election-time freebies but shall NEVER vote for those who offer me such temptations. Having been an infantry soldier and having fought to keep the country safe and intact against external aggression, internal disturbance, terrorism, calamities or epidemics, today I feel cheated and betrayed by these politicians some of whom are hell bent to divide India along caste/communal/regional lines. They have devised dubious strategies to deepen and widen these cleavages with ruthless alacrity – only to perpetuate their hold on the vote banks.   

Consider some time proven realities to realise how politicians have been systematically exploiting us. If reservations and subsidies were a cure for poverty eradication, nobody would be poor today. If tools of appeasement doled out by Parties like Congress and Samajwadi Party had helped Muslims, they would have been far more advanced in all occupations. On the contrary, despite more than five decades of Congress rule and a lot of pampering by Samajwadi Party, Muslims have slid downwards socially, economically and educationally. They gave bread but not the skills to earn. Popular sloganeering whipped up aspirations but kept capacities closed. Remember – when give fish to a hungry man, you help him live for the day. But if you teach him how to catch fish, you give him and his family a living for life!

In Gujarat, I was witness to this phenomenon in the post-quake, post-Godhra rehabilitation period. Muslims, like any other community, found their messiah in Narendra Modi who, despite his detractors, has all through steered clear off the Hindu Vs Muslim humbug concentrating on holistic development. This unbiased approach has fostered trust and goodwill among all communities. Holistic development, good governance, transparency and equal opportunities to all are the open secrets of Modi’s success in Gujarat.  Even today, while others are still lost in raising slogans of the same old communal bogey, Narendra Modi is talking of holistic development, infrastructure, national security, job creation, education, health, trade, agriculture, industry, technology, and harmony. Who will not agree with him?  He has the vision, capacity and other leadership qualities that India has been craving for long.    

While the clown in Kejriwal can continue entertaining us, let us care for the future of the country and not give in to anarchy. With the UPA, sunk deep under rampant corruption and unending deluge of scams, and the Third Front remaining stillborn, the only bright hope is Modi. Let’s rise above party-politics, communal passions, to vote for the Future of India – Narndera Modi. 

We may not agree with every idea of Modi. But then don't we often disagree even with God's ideas? May your conscience guide you.