Stop hating politics, instead encourage our children join politics.

Most of us except a few, hate politics yet we have endless expectations from our politicians. But we want they care for our education, health, Housing, law and order, and solve any social problems that we face. Whenever Politicians as minister in the Govt, fail to satisfy us, we use choicest expletives against them.

As of now our prime minister, Modi, is blamed for demonetization, GST, terrorism and many others. Before this, earlier Govts  were also blamed for 2G scam, coal scam and Bofors, it is almost sure that latter Govts also will be blamed in the same way. Yes, it is true that Govts are responsible for any action under the sun but who makes this Govt? Govt is formed by the politicians from amongst us whom we elect. Politicians have their own ideals and thoughts which combine to form a philosophy, to set the direction for making policy, and later, its implementation. Thus directly we voters and common citizens are responsible for the actions of the Govt. Then why do we blame the Govt?

It’s true that voters normally do not have a choice, they vote for the available best, and in most of the cases right person is not available because they are not in politics. There is dearth of right candidates in the fray most of the time because when our children join politics, we think that they have gone astray, never think that these are the people who make policies/ procedure  to defend the country from enemies, give healthcare to the people, makes foreign policies etc etc all of which have far reaching consequences in determining every citizen’s life. This is height of stupidity which we must change. But what we see around? as good people do not go to politics, bad people fill the vacuum. A sizeable percentage of our political leaders are from gutter, they are illiterate and have criminal background. Naturally, with their background, they hardly understand good things in life, their actions are all negative.

But we can very easily change our political environment and the performance of our Govt , by inviting good people into politics. There are many bright students coming out from IITs, IISc , and many other leading institutes. They are working with reputation in reputed educational institutes and multinational firms all over the world. They may instead join politics of the country, become ministers to work for the welfare of countrymen.

In above context, my mind turns to  Bertolt Brecht , an artist , play right and philosopher. He said “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.

The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
― Bertolt Brecht

The trend has to be changed. Govt may think to introduce professional courses of duration 5/10 years like our medical, engineering , law  courses with very high income potential. Our bright students will see these new courses as the mother of all professional courses. Only then, we shall get the most talented students  to become politician and come in the Govt. I can quote some fitting examples to show that when right talent goes into politics, how things changes. Our ex-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was a highly talented person, ruled India with a strong hand, and liberated Bangladesh. Singapore was a marshy little known place. After its independence in 1965, Lee Kuan Yew was the prime minister, and he was a highly educated disciplined man. With a strong hand he ruled Singapore to make it a highly developed industrialised country by employing his talent. Winston Churchill was a highly educated and talented man, by taking recourse to his talent he saved England from losing to Germany during second world war. There are numerous examples. It is high time that we encouraged our children to respect politics as a profession, and join it to give us better administration.

Young man joining politics, will make a complete man. Politics will teach the young ones in their most formative part of life, about our society and its problems, and what solutions are required. They can feel every cell of the society through interacting with common people. All these are real ingredients to make a perfect leader. A man who has passed through every stages of life starting with youth, will make a powerful  honest political leader to lead the country.

Country is in a bad state. At the moment there is no minimum educational qualification for our MLAs and MPs, naturally, people rejected from or failed at other professions, join politics, soon they make access to form Govt and rule us. They rule as per their capacity, being not mostly good students themselves, they rule us bad, because they are incapable to deliver better.  By changing our attitude to politics, we will have only good people in politics which will make the country a very developed one.

 

 

 

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[ from Times of India] Indian man declares unclaimed 2000 sq km area in Africa his ‘ Kingdom ‘

Yeshika Budhwar| TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 07:07 IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Suyash Dixit has proclaimed himself “king” of world’s largest unclaimed habitable territory.
  • His online petition to the United Nations seeking recognition of his claim has found 800 supporters, and counting.
  • Dixit has designed a flag for the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’.

Dixit has even designed a flag for the 'Kingdom of Dixit', and planted it at Bir Tawil.Dixit has even designed a flag for the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’, and planted it at Bir Tawil.

DEHRADUN: Suyash Dixit, a 24-year-old businessman from Indore, has proclaimed himself “king” of a 2,000 sq km area between Egypt and Sudan, which is the largest unclaimed habitable territory in the world. What is more, his online petition to the United Nations seeking recognition of his claim has found 800 supporters, and counting.

Dixit, CEO of a tech firm, was travelling to Cairo for a software developers’ conference at the beginning of November when he read about Bir Tawil, a large stretch of territory between the two countries. Because of a complicated colonial-era border demarcation history, the swathe, which has no permanent residents, is both arid and remote. It has therefore not been claimed by either country since 1902. This has led to several adventurers and explorers staking ownership of it, although international recognition for such claims has not been forthcoming.

“While in Cairo, I decided to travel to the place. I took a connecting flight from Cairo to Abu Simbel on November 4 after the conference, and travelled in a rented car for six hours through the desert to reach Bir Tawil. There is no road, but it was not a difficult trip, although I was afraid of being abducted by terrorists. There, I realized nobody was bothered about it, so I decided to claim it for myself. I planted sunflower seeds there, which is a traditional way to claim ownership of land,” Dixit, who returned home on November 9, told TOI on Tuesday.

Dixit has even designed a flag for the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’, and planted it at Bir Tawil. “After returning, I wrote an online petition to the UN informing them about my claim, and requesting recognition, although I am not very optimistic that they will reply. However, in just a day’s time, I have received support from more than 800 people for my claim, so it might just happen,” he said.

As far as his family is concerned, Dixit said while his brother supported his idea, his parents were “furious” at first after he told them of his claim. “However, it did not last long as I made my father the president of the kingdom. Now everybody in my family is following the petition’s progress and coverage of it online. I will try to secure more support on social media platforms,” he added.

A Tour with Jajabar Group to Murud .

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After returning from Mahabaleswar,  me and my wife were getting bored with daily life at home, suddenly found an opportunity to make a short travel with ‘ Jajabar Group’ led by a senior technical person  working with Mumbai port trust.  Sri Mangal is living in Mumbai for last thirty years, knows Marathi culture and language thoroughly–it is a minimum must for any man to know local culture and language. His simplicity, lack of ego and selfless nature commands a lot of respect from local people. As for me, I am not a very active person to handle such journeys, so next best thing I could do is to hitch myself to Sri Mangal and his family. Thus my family hitched to his family, and many others. He has the ability to arrange things in connection with travelling, at a minimum cost without creating any fuss.

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With this backgraound details, we started our journey from Naigaon in the morning, met him and others at RKBY fort. Caught the ferry service of 7.00am in the morning. Boarded the ferry, and  the journey  was so nice and I was repenting why I missed this scenes for last 8 years. For better view of  beautiful sea we went to upper deck of the launch, and took seats at  the front near the seat of the captain. Scenery was stunning !  all around blue and clean water, people here are so disciplined that none I found throwing any garbage / litter in the sea . Apart from our launch, there were many other launches, catamarans, speed boats on the water, sailing in the sea.

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Divinely white Sea-gulls were following our boat, we were throwing eatables in the air which sea-gulls caught in their flight. Several oil rigs were standing around very near to us, our Mangal da explained  us  what, why and how those rigs function, and also how they are carried from one place to other for oil drilling purpose. Journey was so pleasant that I did not want the journey to end ever; left to me, I would hire one and live permanently on this water. After nearly half an hour we reached Mandwa jetty, and had to de-board the launch. This part of journey and the next part of journey to Alibag,  cost us only Rs 105/- per head. Going by the Mumbai standard , it is really cheap.

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At right hand side, we saw a tourist spot is being raised in the sea. All of us walked on the newly built jetty to catch the bus for Alibag. Our leader, Mangal da, ran ahead of us and faster than the co-passengers to occupy the seats beforehand and reserve those for all of us  , for the next part of journey. We boarded the bus, after 50 minutes travel through narrow winding neat and clean roads through small yet developed modern villages we reached Alibag. Hear we must stop to thank those devoted workers who are working 24×7 behind the scene to keep the places scenic and beautiful for the enjoyment of tourists. Those of us coming from other places have a lot to learn.

Our main job was to eat a heavy breakfast to sustain us till evening, and of course the essential course of medicine for Blood pressure, Diabetes etc etc from which at our age very few are free from. At this age basket of drug is no less important than basket of food. We ate our breakfast in the ‘ Sarita Bihar’ near the Bus depot. At this point we boarded a private car which was booked in advance for us by our team leader Sri Mangal.

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Not far off from Sarita Bihar. We reached within a few minutes Alibag beach. For the first time in my life I saw this beach, and a historical fort near the sea shore. Alibaug is the headquarters of the Raigad district. Raigad’s first name was “Kulaba”. It was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre , the naval chief of King Shivaji‘s Kingdom. A  naval battle was fought at Varsoli between Kanhoji Aangre and Siddi of Janjira in 1706. In 1722 English and Portuguese jointly attacked Kulaba fort, and they lost this war. At Chaul there was a battle between the English and Sakhoji in 1730. Sakhoji won and brought down the losing party along with their captain at Kulaba. Alibaug and its surrounding villages are the historic hinterland of Bene Israeli Jews.

When I kept my hand on the walls of the fort, I imagined a direct and unsevered communion with that 350 years old period, I could feel that hundreds of soldiers marching, shouting, crying and firing cannon balls with loud  noises. I closed my eyes and transported myself to actually live those days—who knows I was not  a soldier in the confines of this fort, in that distant past, in my earlier birth, perhaps that is particularly the reason my inner self leapt up in joy.

I was in ecstasy. It was getting late , my co-tourist persuaded me to board the car for our next place. Our driver was young Muslim boy , who was telling us the historical connections of the places around, he knows mythological stories of our Hindu Gods and Goddesses with authority.He took us to Birla Ganesh Mandir, located 20 Kms away in a small village named ‘Salav’ on the alibaug – roha route. The temple is  on a hill top. Vikram Ispat company, a part of Birla udyog group has built this temple. It is a temple built in milky white marble, and its dome can be seen from a long distance . While climbing the temple 135 steps, one is  mesmerized by the surrounding landscape. On both sides of the steps is green velvet carpet of grass . In my personal view, working on a huge no. of steps before seeing the idol of God, designed generally to  tests our depth of sacrifice/ devotion to God.

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The temple has marble floors and the hall of the temple is open from all sides. The ceiling of the temple is transparent which allows free flow of air and light . On entering the temple there is a square shaped nave. The nave is also made of marble and is very beautifully carved. The beautifully carved idol of ‘Ganapati’ is placed in the central area. The idols of ‘Riddhi and Siddhi’ are placed on both sides of idol. Around the the central area are small temples of ‘Radha-Krishna’, ‘Shiv-Parvati’, ‘Bhavanidevi’ and ‘Suryadeva’. In the garden next to the temple there is a statue of “Late Aditya Birla”. Worship and Aarti is done at 9.00 a. m. and 7.00 p. m. everyday.The temple is open for the public from 6.00 a. m. to 11.30 a. m. and 4.30 p. m. to 9.00 p. m.

I have seen many other Birla Mandirs but here is a stark difference that I noticed, no construction work was going on here. Actually, as I have learnt from a heresy that oldest member of Birla family, had divine instruction that construction work in Birla Mandir should never stop, and my experience of seeing of ongoing actual construction in every Birla Mandir has only reinforced my idea of existence of such divine instruction. Anybody with Birla connection can answer my curiosity.

Our next stop was another holy place. He took us to Siddhi Vinayak temple at Nandgaon, it was a temple 350 years old and well maintained by the trustee members. Temple was neat, clean and well maintained that arouse devotion to God. I prayed to God Vinayak for our family’s well beings. Human mind and ideas constantly changes; what is absolutely right or wrong  in this universe, no one knows. I have seen many communists are proud to proclaim themselves as atheists, but surreptitiously pray to God, as they publicly cannot do it by themselves as public demonstration of their faith in God would be interpreted by public as their weakness, and may doom their political career. Actually, I  believe no human being can ever live without the faith in God, because in childhood every human being has to be looked after by their parents and dependent upon them, and that father-figure is always in their mind, even when they grow old.  When they go beyond childhood, God fills the void  of parents, every moment we need HIM, that’s the reason we have faith in God . All human being will admit this provided they are honest and truthful.

Jyoti Basu was the chief Minister of WB, and a great leader of communist party, was publicly known as an atheist. He would not believe in God, but his wife was an ardent devotee of Goddess Kali Of Dakshineswar. Jyoti Basu never stopped her from doing puja, perhaps believing that excesses on her part was a compensation for himself. Communists are number one hypocrites, although Jyoti Basu proclaimed himself as the saviour of the half fed /ill fed poor masses, he himself would live a posh life, educated in England, drank high class costly wines, visited posh hotels in London and his language of conversation at home was English ( my source is ‘ no full stop in India’ by Mark Tully)

Everybody needs God. Amitave Bachhan and most of the film stars who are super successful in life, sought the blessings of Siddi Vinayak through their penance, devotees walk all night in bare foot to reach the temple at dawn to offer puja. I personally believe in this great universe we are small pecks, but for the blessings and kindness of God we cannot live a successful life for ourselves, in this world. The practice of high and mighty, are burning examples, in support of my assertions. With this faith and belief I sought the blessings of Sidhhi Vinayak at Nandgaon, for  safety and security for my family.

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We started for our next destination—Kasid Beach. Kashid is located 30 km from Alibag  on the Alibag-Murud road. It is one of the best beaches in the Konkan region, Kashid Beach draws visitors for its white sand and scenic background of mountains and paddy fields.  Water here tends to be rough, with waves reaching several feet high, creating conditions perfect for surfing but difficult for swimming. You can enjoy here in other beach activities, such as parasailing and horseback riding. We stayed here almost an hour, relaxed in the swing tied to the trunk of coconut tree. There are plenty of betel nut and coconut trees, in the coconut grooves picnic parties were enjoying cooking and eating foods, and drinks. We stayed here for one hour. Next we started for Murud.

After half an hour we reached in Murud. It’s important is due to the Janjira fort, tourists come to see it  and feel the history associated with the Janjira fort. The fort of Janjira on the sea is the only one of its kind. Janjira Jal-Durg (“sea fort”) was constructed by Malik Ambar, an Abssynian minister in the service of the Sultan of Ahmednagar, who belonged to the Nizamshahi dynasty. The fort, built at the end of the 17th century, is almost entirely intact today. During its heyday the island fort boasted having 572 cannons.Visitors can gain access to the Janjira fort from Rajapuri, a small village on the coast. After a short ride in a small boat, one can enter the fort through the main entrance. The fort is oval shaped instead of the usual oblong or square shape. The fort wall is about 40 feet high and has 19 rounded porches or arches, some of which still have cannons mounted on them, including the famous cannon Kalaal Baangadi.

 

These cannons were largely responsible for repelling oncoming enemies from the sea. Inside the fort walls are the ruins of a mosque, a palace and bath with water channelled from streams, an evidence that royal ladies occupied the quarters. A deep well, still functional, provides fresh water despite the fort being surrounded by salt water.

On shore is a luxurious cliff-top mansion, the Palace of the Nawab. Built by the former Nawab of Janjira, it commands a panoramic view of the Arabian sea and the Janjira sea fort

According to another record that the Abyssinian Sidis established the Janjira and Jafarabad state in early 1100.

The island fortress was under control of Adil Shahi dynasty until the reign of Ibrahim II where Janjira fort was lost to the Siddis.

Major historical figures from Murud-Janjira include men such as Sidi Hilal, Yahya Saleh and Sidi Yaqub. During the rule of Sultan Aurangzeb, Sidi Yaqut received a subsidy of 400.000 rupees. He also owned large ships which weighed 300–400 tons. According to the record these ships were unsuitable for fighting on the open sea against European warships, but their size allowed for transporting soldiers for amphibious operations.

Despite their repeated attempts, the Portuguese, the British and the Marathas failed to subdue the power of the Siddis, who were themselves allied with the Mughal Empire. For example, 10,000 soldiers from Moro Pandit were repulsed by Janjira’s army in 1676. The Marathas led by Shivaji attempted to scale the 12-meter-high (39 ft) granite walls; he failed in all his attempts. His son Sambhaji even attempted to tunnel his way into the fort but was unsuccessful in all his attempts. He built another sea fort in 1676, known as Padmadurg or Kasa fort, to challenge Janjira. It is located northeast of Janjira. Padmadurg took 22 years to build and is constructed on 22 acres of land.

In the year 1736, Siddis of Murud-Janjira set out in a battle with the forces of Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao. On 19 April 1736, Maratha warrior Chimaji Appa attacked the gathered forces in the encampments of the Siddis near Rewas. When the confrontation ended, 1,500 Siddis, including their leader Siddi Sat, were killed. Peace was concluded in September 1736, but the Siddis were confined to only JanjiraGowalkot, and Anjanwel, thus their power greatly reduced. However, Janjira remained unconquered until it became part of Indian territory after independence from the British in 1947.

Reaching such a historic place, all of us were elated. Our resourceful leader Mangal da booked room in the HOTEL SEA FACE well in advance. As soon as we were there they welcomed in the hotel, and served tea and cold drinks. View of sea from the first floor justify the name of hotel. Because of our hectic rush of sight seeing we could not have our lunch so far, after half an hour we sat down to take our lunch in the groove of coconut trees. In our happy mood food tasty food of hotel was tastier to us. Went back to room, and exchanged our experiences, shared many past personal stories. Mangal da’s old acquiesces started working. Some known family of his, could come to know that we have come here, soon they found us out in the hotel, took us to their home and entertained us with their lavish hospitality. After an hour we came back to the hotel.

 

In the evening walked in groups on the beach, enjoyed the rise and fall of waves, dancing boat at distances, paragliders and horse riders on the beach. We visited lanes and by lanes of Murud. People are gentle, place is calm and quite. The narrow streets, trees , houses looks at you and eager to tell stories of last 500 years. We were mesmerised by the beauty of the place and people living here.

At around 10 pm we took our meals, again visited beach. Then we came back to the hotel, and enjoyed a good night’s sleep. Visited beach in the next morning, enjoyed cool breeze. Took random photographs and posted to face book there itself, by our beloved Mangal da. At ten in the morning left the hotel. Had our sumptuous breakfast which could sustain us till evening. Next we boarded the car for our journey back  home. The scenery of hills, forests, sea at Mandwa on the way back were equally enchanting, sometimes I found words can not rise equal to those. Reached home at 7 pm in the evening.This memorable tour would not be possible without the active role played by Mangal da. He is so gentle, cooperative, and bore all the strain on himself.

LONG LIVE MANGAL DA, AND GIVE US MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT PLACES UNDER YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP. YOU HAVE LEARNT THE ART OF ADOPTING THE WISE MAN’S ADVICE TO STOOP TO WIN THE WORLD. WE ARE YOUR FANS, DON’T FORGET US.

 

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“Milon Mancha” is in the process of making a  database for interested Travellers eager to Travel in India,  and Abroad .

Milon Mancha is a Platform where distinguished people from all walks of life have come together to satisfy their cultural needs. Here we have accomplished singers, voice over artists, actors, writers, playwrights, models, photographers etc. Coming here gives a feeling of having an opportunity to mingle with those greats, and possibly for younger people with luck, have found a way into a bigger and wider world.

Among its many other activities, Milon Mancha conducts tours and travel for its travel loving people. Account of its travelling activities are well documented in the albums of Milon Mancha available in the facebook. You may see those for your sheer pleasure. I am sure photographs there will leave an indelible mark in your mind.

So far we have conducted normal tours, that is commonly known as leisure trips, but we are exploring to extend to cover expensive tourist spots where luxury options are also available for willing people who can afford. Milon Mancha , unlike the commercial tour operators, is in constant search for finding economic-trips in all sense of the term, that is to visit maximum no. of places in minimum money, time and energy, with particular emphasis on avoiding repition of places.
Towards the end of December 2017, we will travel to Karnataka to
see the UNESCO heritage site of Hampi and Badami. This short trip is
already full, and there is no more room in our bus for further accomodation.  Now  some more
people are requesting us to accommodate them in this very Karnataka tour but they are already late. Hence we have put them in waiting list, so that if any of our team member drop out at the
last moment, person in the waiting list will be accomodated.  Wait-listed travellers have to purchase their Rail Tickets themselves, and get ready physically
and mentally. Last minute requests for inclusion are common for all our
tours. Every time we become sorry for them who cannot be accommodated even at the end.

Milon Mancha has a whats app group exclusively for Travellers. If you are
interested in travelling with Milon Mancha, you may request to include your
name here in this group . For the purpose, you may send your request to rudrapmandal@rediffmail.com,
mentioning following points, in the attatchment—

1-Name, age, gender, address, phone nos, mail id, facebook id etc etc.
2-Describe your preference, taste and choices elaborately—details is important.
3- Suitability. – Duration of Travelling period for example –preference for 1/2/3 days,
1week, fortnight or longer?
4- Places you want to visit, and also your preferred time of the year to go
out for tour/ travel.
5- Number of places you already have visited, and why you have liked or
disliked those places, and those Travel Agents.
6- As you know, even if planned properly some uncertainty cannot be ruled
out. In view of this please mention how much uncertainty you can bear
without any grudge.
7- Mention a few tour itineraries with day-wise details which you enjoyed
very much in the past..
8- If you ever took part in  tours conducted by  tour operators,/ travel Agents /
Travel Groups, please mention in details of what were good and bad about those
tour operators.
9.-Last but not least don’t forget to mention whether you are at heart a
tourist or a traveller.

The above information will be compiled for the purpose of making a data base of Travellers for our future Trips.

This exercise has become necessary, for, many travellers have many tastes and choices, their physical ,
mental and economic capacity are different. We wish to make  groups
of likeminded people who have similar capacity and taste.


We also wish to know from our present and future members about who are interested to help in conducting these  trips
voluntarily, by collecting and providing all sorts of useful information about
tourist places, and making systematic design of tour itineraries. They may also provide information about   accommodations with best scenic views and amenities,
vehicles with very responsible drivers which can be hired, good Food Joints in tourist places , best
shopping stores etc etc in respective tourist places.  We also wish to know from our members of their special skills like their being a physician, influencial Govt. official, Good
photographer, Writer, singer, entertainer, great communicator and public
relationship expert etc etc. All this will help us conduct tours and travels for you which can bring the best value for your money.

Remember it is a collective effort towards exploration for finding a systematic, economic and effective tour plan for all. Drops of water makes a big ocean, similarly all your ideas can come together to come out bigger and bigger on travelling with Milon Mancha.
Interested people are requested to forward the desired information to the appended address by mail, within a
week for our processing the information towards making systematic tour
program and records for the whole year . Thanks.

Rudra Mandal
MILON MANCHA,
D-102, Juhu Abhishek Apartment,
Juhu Versova Link Road,
Andheri West,
Mumbai-400 053,
Maharashtra
India.

 

DE REGISTRATION OF 35,000 COMPANIES, CLANDESTINE WITHDRAWAL OF RS. 17,000 CRORES ONLY PROVES THE PM’S POINT–By Amitava Roy

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[ Article writer is Amitava Roy.  Primarily he is a musician, living in Mumbai for last 50 years. He is a pioneer in providing home tuition to the learners of music in all its deptt, he runs a music school of his own, and a reputed man in the field]

While politics, economic experts, armchair analysts and politicians are having a field day pillorying the Narendra Modi government over the disruptions caused by demonetization and its aftermath, the effect on the ground is beginning to show. The systemic change that promises to be of gargantuan proportions is only now beginning to emerge.
Cash deposits worth over Rs. 17,000 crore were made and later withdrawn post demonetisation by as many as 35,000 companies, which are now de-registered, the government said on Sunday, 5th November. Names of around 2.24 lakh companies that have been inactive for long have been struck off from the official records and 3.09 lakh directors have been disqualified.
“Preliminary enquiry on the basis of information received from 56 banks in respect of 35,000 companies involving 58,000 accounts has revealed that an amount of over Rs. 17,000 crore was deposited and withdrawn post demonetisation,” the release said. In one case, a company which had a negative opening balance on November 8, 2016, deposited and withdrew Rs. 2,484 crore post demonetisation, it added.
Last November, the government cancelled old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes as legal tenders as part of larger efforts to fight the black money problem and corruption. According to the government, one company was having as many as 2,134 accounts.The information regarding such firms have been shared with enforcement authorities for further action.

Don’t miss your wife, tomorrow she may not be anymore—-Written by Joshi Sanjay.

I and my dear wife overheard an argument of a young couple in a supermarket recently.
The young man angrily told his wife to do shopping on her own and sat down in one of the chairs that were placed outside of the supermarket.
He was still upset when I approached and asked him for the reason of his behaviour, only if he do not mind sharing it with an old man of 60 years (myself).
“Nothing uncle”, he told me. Then, he continued,
“My wife wanted me to do shopping with her but I am dead tired today after my work. I was so upset when she insisted to come along with her inside the shop”
I smiled and told this young man that I always go out with my wife whenever possible until she left me 5 months ago.
My wife had passed away and I am left alone in this world now.
We both were of the same age. We were teachers by profession and after our retirement we went around India visiting ancient temples and other spiritual places of interest.
Our children were married already and living separately on their own with their individual families. Unfortunately, my wife’s health was poor.
She had diabetes and high blood pressure so I was taking care of her because she had to take medicines promptly on time.
Now, she is no more.
I feel very lonely now.
My days are longer and my nights are emptier.
When I see her belongings, it all reminds me of her.
The medicines that she did not consume and are now remaining as leftover also makes me feel very sad and depressed.
I still keep her mobile number but she will not pick it up if I call her now.
My Whatsapp messages will not be read by her.

I prepare my own food in the name of cooking.
I do not have my wife with me to cook delicious food for me now.
She is no more to accompany me to the temple visits.
Suddenly, I started seeing the tears welling upon the young man’s eyes.
I told him to love his wife when they are together now. “Praise her whenever you get a chance to do it”
I told him.
I am going to the cemetery to see my wife today.
She had left me earlier to do preparation so that she can welcome me soon there.
I am counting my days so that I can join her anytime.
I said goodbye to the young man who was looking completely stunned and struck with emotions.
He soon got back to his senses and rushed inside the supermarket.
Yes, men should start accepting their wives as they are and women should tolerate harsh words of their husbands at times for an overall improvement and fulfillment in their married life.
We are so polite to strangers and greet people well when we get to know them.
We excuse nicely when we have to cough or attend a phone call while engaging in conversation with others. But, are we doing the same to our wives?
Are we really respecting them?
90% of the families does miss the daily happy moments.
It was a mutual neglect that both husband and wife are not staying together happily. The husband gets back home and the wife does not enquire about his day in office.
Similarly, the husband does not tell his wife that he missed her very much today. We must start sharing our feelings so that we can have a sweet life and live happily when we are still together.

( From Times Of India) Court acquits rape accused, says no one discusses men’s dignity and honour.

First my observation–It is really a burning issue, yet goes neglected in drawing public attention. There are laws to protect women from harassment. It is good as with this we can protect half of mankind to protect our home and hearth. But in real practice, the opposite is happening.
The real powerless women living in far off places, continue to suffer as they do not know of these legal provision, even if they know, they are  powerless to make access to justice when needed. Even in this unjust society, all women are not powerless, some of them on the contrary are exploitative by taking advantage of liberal laws made for women protection—that’s why I appended the court observation. The net result is that those who need the laws can’t use it, those who don’t need use it to exploit. Lack of laws to protect women is bad, misusing the law is worse.
I quote an example. In our Housing society, we have a woman of dubious character. She is a nuisance for the whole locality. All know she is bad but none dares to confront her because she threats that she will use women protection laws against them. In fear, people keep a long distance from her, and she rules in the vacuum. She is uneducated, does not allow to happen any development work in our housing society. There are many recorded complaints against her requesting the police to restrain her, but police says they are unable to take action as the offender is a woman. There are many such cases.
If anybody do not believe me, I am willing to hand over the documents to be proved otherwise………in this context, TOI report attracted me, so that you may read and scratch your head. Please read on—
 [Remember public fashion  does not always lead to GOD. In the thirties and forties in England, no Englishman was considered to be intellectual unless they supported Russia and communists, and disparaged English Govt. Everything English was bad and anything Russian was good to them. Similarly, in our Indian state of West Bengal, in my college days, you would not pass for an intellectual, unless you were a communist and a confirmed/sworn atheist, praised china and abused India fiercely.   we had to use words like FASCIST, REVISIONIST, REVOLUTIONARY, BOURGEOISIE, PROLETARIAT etc etc difficult jargon, without understanding their meaning…….similarly, our intellectuals behave in women’s  issues, without going into the merit of it, just because supporting a women is progressive !!!!!!!!!!!!!. Time has come to stop this hypocrisy]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A court commented that no one discusses the “dignity and honour” of men, given that everyone is fighting for the rights, honour and dignity of women.
  • The argument came up during while the court was acquitting a rape accused recently.

NEW DELHI: While acquitting a rape accused recently, a court commented that no one discusses the “dignity and honour” of men, given that everyone is fighting for the rights, honour and dignity of women. Besides, it said, laws meant to protect women might be misused by women.

“Perhaps, now it’s the time to take a stand for men,” Nivedita Anil Sharma, special judge of POCSO Act court, said. She found several contradictions in the testimony of the complainant and her parents, pointing out the prosecution’s “miserable failure”.

Noting that victims were now being called “survivors”, the court asked: “An acquitted accused, who has remained in custody for a considerable period during inquiry, investigation and trial, and who has been acquitted honourably, should he now be addressed as a rape case survivor?”

It added: “He may also file any case for damages against the prosecutrix, if advised.”

The 20-year-old rape case had seen anomalies and improvements in statements of its main witnesses, including the complainant. The prosecution had claimed that a minor girl, residing with her parents, was abducted and raped on September 18, 1997.

The complainant had said that the accused would visit her house. On the day of the incident, she claimed to be alone when the accused threatened her and abducted her, only to rape her later.

But the court pointed out that if the girl was being abducted in broad daylight and, that too, in a residential area, why did she not raise an alarm. Additionally, three important aspects — forensic evidence, age of the complainant and day of the incident — were held against the prosecution.
In the absence of medical evidence, coupled with the fact that the victim’s statement had serious inconsistencies, the court could not place trust on her evidence. And when it came to establishing the motive of the accused, the police’s version appeared to be untrue. The court said: “No reason is shown as to why the accused would jeopardise his future.”

 Without mincing words, it opined that no man, accused of rape, could be convicted if the witnesses had not supported the prosecution case, or given quality evidence. “It should not be ignored that the court has to confine itself to the ambit of law and contents of the file as well as testimonies of the witnesses and is not to be swayed by emotions or reporting in the media,” the court said.
In the court’s view, the man’s ordeal could continue even after his acquittal as it must have caused an uproar in society and his acquittal might not even be noticed.