Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Till the last breath Kalam Sir was thinking for India's development - Srijan Pal Singh

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's demise which shook the entire nation and is seen as the greatest loss in recent times.
Best quotes of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Best quotes of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have better tomorrow
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have better tomorrow - Abdul Kalam

Quotes from Wings of fire by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Quotes from Wings of fire by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Who can describe the last day of Abdul Kalam Sir, but Srijan Pal Singh, consultant to the Bharat Ratna & Missile man; who was with him on his last journey. From the flight he boarded on 27th July 2015 to Guhawati, to IIM-Shilong, where Kalam gave his last lecture, Srijan recollects his last memories, the last words he spoke before he collapsed into the podium.

What I will be remembered for, my memory of the last day with great Kalam sir. It has been eight hours since we last talked – sleep eludes me and memories keep flushing down, sometimes as tears.
Our day, 27th July, began at 12 noon, when we took our seats in the flight to Guhawati. Dr. Kalam was 1A and I was IC. He was wearing a dark colored “Kalam suit”, and I started off complimenting, “Nice color!” Little did I know this was going to be the last color I will see on him. Long, 2.5 hours of flying in the monsoon weather. I hate turbulence, and he had mastered over them. Whenever he would see me go cold in shaking plane, he would just pull down the window pane and say, “Now you don’t see any fear!”.
That was followed by another 2.5 hours of car drive to IIM-Shillong. For these two legged trip of five hours we talked, discussed and debated. These were among hundreds of the long flights and longer drives we have been together over the last six years.
As with each one of them, this was as special too. Three incidents/discussions in particular will be “lasting memories of our last trip”. First, Dr. Kalam was absolutely worried about the attacks in Punjab. The loss of innocent lives left him filled with sorrow. The topic of lecture at IIM-Shillong was Creating a Livable Planet Earth. He related the incident to the topic and said, “It seems the man made forces are as big a threat to the livability of earth as pollution.” We discussed on how, if this trend of violence, pollution and reckless human action continues we will forced to leave earth. “Thirty years, at this rate, maybe”, he said. “You guys must do something about it…it is going to be your future world.”
Our second discussion was more national. For the past two days, Dr. Kalam was worried that time and again Parliament, the supreme institution of democracy, was dysfunctional. He said, “I have seen two different governments in my tenure. I have seen more after that. This disruption just keeps happening. It is not right. I really need to find out a way to ensure that the parliament works on developmental politics.” He then asked me to prepare a surprise assignment question for the students at IIM-Shillong, which he would give them only at the end of the lecture. He wanted to them to suggest three innovative ways to make the Parliament more productive and vibrant. Then, after a while he returned on it. “But how can ask them to give solutions if I don’t have any myself.” For the next one hour, we thwarted options after options, who come up with his recommendation over the issue. We wanted to include this discussion in our upcoming book, Advantage India.
Third, was an experience from the beauty of his humility. We were in a convoy of 6-7 cars. Dr. Kalam and I were in the second car. Ahead us was an open gypsy with three soldiers in it. Two of them were sitting on either side and one lean guy was standing atop, holding his gun. One hour into the road journey, Dr. Kalam said, “Why is he standing? He will get tired. This is like punishment. Can you ask a wireless message to given that he may sit?” I had to convince him, he has been probably instructed to keep standing for better security. He did not relent. We tried radio messaging, that did not work. For the next 1.5 hours of the journey, he reminded me thrice to see if I can hand signal him to sit down. Finally, realizing there is little we can do – he told me, “I want to meet him and thank him.” Later, when we landed in IIM-Shillong, I went inquiring through security people and got hold of the standing guy. I took him inside and Dr. Kalam greeted him. He shook his hand, said “Thank you buddy. Are you tired? Would you like something to eat? I am sorry you had to stand so long because of me”. The young lean guard, draped in black cloth, was surprised at the treatment. He lost words, just said, “Sir, aapke liye to 6 ghante bhi khade rahenge.”
After this, we went to the lecture hall. He did not want to be late for the lecture. “Students should never be made to wait,” he always said. I quickly set up his mike, briefed on final lecture and took position on the computers. As I pinned his mike, he smiled and said, “Funny guy! Are you doing well?” ‘Funny guy’, when said by Kalam could mean a variety of things, depending on the tone and your own assessment. It could mean, you have done well, you have messed up something, you should listen to him or just that you have been plain naïve or he was just being jovial. Over six years I had learnt to interpret Funny Guy like the back of my palm. This time it was the last case.
“Funny guy! Are you doing well?” he said. I smiled back, “Yes”. Those were the last words he said.
Two minutes into the speech, sitting behind him, I heard a long pause after completing one sentence. I looked at him, he fell down.
We picked him up. As the doctor rushed, we tried whatever we could. I will never forget the look in his three-quarter closed eyes and I held his head with one hand and tried reviving with whatever I could. His hands clenched, curled onto my finger. There was stillness on his face and those wise eyes were motionlessly radiating wisdom. He never said a word. He did not show pain, only purpose was visible.
In five minutes we were in the nearest hospital. In another few minutes the they indicated the missile man had flown away, forever.
I touched his feet, one last time. Adieu old friend! Grand mentor! See you in my thoughts and meet in the next birth.
As turned back, a closet of thoughts opened.
Often he would ask me, “You are young, decide what will like to be remembered for?” I kept thinking of new impressive answers, till one day I gave up and resorted to tit-for-tat. I asked him back, “First you tell me, what will you like to be remembered for? President, Scientist, Writer, Missile man, India 2020, Target 3 billion…. What?” I thought I had made the question easier by giving options, but he sprang on me a surprise. “Teacher,” he said.
Then something he said two weeks back when we were discussing about his missile time friends. He said, “Children need to take care of their parents. It is sad that sometimes this is not happening.” He paused and said, “Two things. Elders must also do. Never leave wealth at your deathbed – that leaves a fighting family. Second, one is blessed is one can die working, standing tall without any long drawn ailing. Goodbyes should be short, really short.”
Today, I look back – he took the final journey, teaching, what he always wanted to be remembered doing. And, till his final moment he was standing, working and lecturing. He left us, as a great teacher, standing tall. He leaves the world with nothing accumulated in his account but loads of wishes and love of people. He was a successful, even in his end.
Will miss all the lunches and dinners we had together, will miss all the times you surprised me with your humility and startled me with your curiosity, will miss the lessons of life you taught in action and words, will miss our struggles to race to make into flights, our trips, our long debates. You gave me dreams, you showed me dreams need to be impossible, for anything else is a compromise to my own ability. The man is gone, the mission lives on. Long live Kalam.
Your indebted student,
Srijan Pal Singh

“For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India

“Don't take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

"Dream, dream, dream... Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action."

-Ignited Minds, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Abdul Kalam's quotes in Hindi
Abdul Kalam's quotes in Hindi

Quotes on success by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Quotes on success by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Quotes on Failure by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Quotes on Failure by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Indomitable Spirit

“Learning gives creativity
Creativity leads to thinking
Thinking provides knowledge
Knowledge makes you great.”
― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A great loss to mankind, his igniting words shall never be forgotten. He shall live in our thoughts and through our actions forever. Thank you Sir, for being an inspiration to us all. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ex Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju on Yakub Memon hanging

After RAW official B Raman, Asaduddin Owaisi and Salman Khan; Ex Supreme court judge Markandey Katju defending hanging of 12th March 1993 Bombay blast convict Yakub Memon.
Here below is his opinion over Yakub Memon's hanging.

Markandey Katju shared his opinion over his official account of Facebook, below is the post he posted today 26th July 2015.

"My opinion :Yakub Memon has been convicted on very weak evidence.
Begunahon ka lahu piyo, izn-e-aam hai
I believe there has been gross travesty of justice in the case of Yakub Memon.
I have carefully studied the judgment of the Court. The evidence on which he has been found guilty is very weak. This evidence is (1) retracted confession of the co-accused, and (2) alleged recoveries.
As regards the first, everyone knows how 'confessions' are obtained by the police in our country--by torture. And torture is such a terrible thing that one will confess to anything under torture. Joan of Arc confessed to be a witch under torture. Morever, in Yakub Memon's case the 'çonfession' was retracted.
As regards 'recoveries', anyone having even the slighted knowledge of the working of the police knows that such alleged recoveries are often planted. The truth is that our police usually cannot nab the real culprits because it is not trained in scientific investigation, and yet it has to solve the crime. So the best thing to do in terrorist cases is to implicate half a dozen Muslims, since it is well known that Muslims have nothing else to do except throw bombs.
As regards the judiciary, I fear it is becoming increasingly populist. Many judges want to show to the public that they are 'tough on terror', never mind if innocent people are convicted and hanged...
Both Owaisi and I want that Yakub Memon should not be hanged. But the difference between Owaisi and me is that he is in politics while I am not. He is looking after his Muslim constituency. I have no constituency. In a way, the whole of India is my constituency.
I believe that no one should be oppressed---whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian. Owaisi is only bothered about Muslims"
Beside this leaders of various parties including BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha and its expelled MP Ram Jethmalani, eminent jurists and persons from different walks of life today submitted a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to waive the death sentence of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon.
In the new petition urging stay against imminent execution of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the signatories claimed that there are substantive and fresh grounds that can be considered on merits.
Memon is scheduled to be executed on July 30 as per the execution warrant issued by TADA Court.
Besides Sinha and Jethmalani, those, who have signed the petition include MPs like Mani Shankar Aiyar of Congress, Majeed Memon of NCP, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, D Raja of CPI and filmmakers and actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Mahesh Bhatt, M K Raina and Tushar Gandhi.
Retired judges like Justice Panachand Jain, Justice H S Bedi, Justice P B Sawant, noted lawyer Indira Jaising have signed the petition while others include academicians like Irfan Habib, Arjun Dev, DN Jha, and social activists Aruna Roy, Jean Dreze and JohnDayal.

Read here Salman Khan defends Yakub Memon
B Raman's point of view on hanging of Yakub Menon 

Salman Khan defends Yakub Memon's hanging

In my last article, my concern was, if Yakub Memon deserves to be hanged as we all Indian agrees to it, we also agree to some other's execution.

I had suggested Babu Bajrangi's name, prime accused of Naroda Patiya Massacre, Swami Aseemanand's name, prime accused in Ajmer Sharif Blast, Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid blast and Samjhauta Express bombings.

Today Bollywood actor Salman Khan came out defending Yakub Memon's hanging and in turn urging parading and hanging of Tiger Memon, who actually was directly involved in execution of 12th March 1993 blast in Bombay.

Salman Khan tweeted his stand on Yakub:
Salman Khan also urged Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif to handover Tiger Memon who actually deserves the fate, Yakub Memon is designed to face.

Prime accused of Bombay blasts were Dawood Ibrahim, his brother Anees Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, they all are hiding in Pakistan and what Indian govt doing is, hanging the man who was not directly involved in the blast but had helped financially and had helped some escape to Dubai and Pakistan after bombing.
Yakub was coming back to India to surrender along with his family for his indirect involvement in the Bombay blast and to put his stand in front of the judiciary as per the key investigating officer of CBI and R&AW B. Raman. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Of course, Yakub Memon deserves to be hanged - Every Indian Muslim agree to this.

And, you say why some radicals raising there voice for an anti-national Yakub Memon's hanging?

Of course, Yakub Memon deserves to be hanged - Every Indian Muslim agree to this.

But how many also believe and agree to the point of hanging Babubhai patel aka Babu Bajrangi, for his inhuman and barbaric killings of 97 people by throwing them on a large pit and burning them all.

May be few, But our judiciary who believes he was not that merciless, that he cannot be granted mercy and that too 6th time bail (Read here) to his sufferings of course, he was so keenly showing mercy to the Naroda Patiya massacre. (Read Here).

He along with his other charras (mobs) rammed into each and every minority houses he could enter, fired at the cylinders, burned whole of families alive all together while some of his other Bajrang Dal members raping the young girls and then killing instantly after they suffice their thirst of raping minors. Slit a pregnant woman's womb, snatch the fetus out and hanged the fetus on the Trishul, he carrying. How merciful act he did, which deserves to be bailed out and that too for 6 times. Amazing!! isn't it.

Still if you don't feel him so brutal?, that three judges got replaced who were hearing his case (Read here). What not, rammed a fully diesel loaded truck to a mosque and burned the whole of Mosque, felt like "Maharana Pratap" after vandalizing crores and crores of public property and butchering, raping and killing hundreds of innocents.

What do you want minorities to forget? This incident. Trust me, if you can, not all but most of us had forgotten the deadly and ferocious day of (28th February) Naroda Patiya and Godhra massacre. But what hurts is at one side you say Judiciary is equal for everyone and on the other side we don't see any one going to be hanged from majority group. Why NOT?

Criminals are from all backgrounds, treat them just like criminals and not categorically basing on the ideology to which he/she belongs to.

Now, you may say it takes time to hang someone, just in the case of Yakub Memon who informally got picked up from Kathmandu, while he was all prepared coming to India and surrender himself as per the key officer of the investigating team of counter terrorist and member of R&AW (Research & analysis wing). (Read here).

If it takes time why none of the Kar Sevaks who allegedly demolished the 16th century Babri Masjid on 6th December 1992 are serving life times at least (Read here), this would have given a strong message to others who would have planned any such similar activities. Only Yakub Menon's hanging can give a strong signal to the world that how India deals with the accused of terrorizing acts.

Why still Swami Aseemanand accused of planning Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid, 2006 Malegaon blast and 2007 Samjhauta Express Bombings not being hanged yet?

Just listing many other names including criminals of all ideologies won't help and is not going to change any one's mind, but for certainly this will change your thinking about fair trials of judiciary in India.










Harshaali Malhotra as Shahida and Munni in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

So, you have known the little girl from Pakistan of "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" - Harshaali Malhotra (read here). And if you have watched the movie, you must have believed the charismatic prowess and incredible talent this little girl Harshaali has. Harshaali was selected for the movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan in an audition of young girls of age 6 -7 years old. Harshaali was among 1000+ other young girls who were called for audition.
Harshaali Malhotra as Munni and Shahida in Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Harshaali Malhotra as Munni and Shahida in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Harshaali is from Mumbai and is currently studying in Std. V in Seven Square Academy School.

What the perfectionist actor Aamir Khan had to say about #HarshaaliMalhotra
 Almost unanimously whole of Bollywood industry praises the actor Harshaali Malhotra for her astounding act in Bajrangi Bhaijaan as Shahida in Pakistan and Munni in India.
Harshaali Malhotra as Munni in Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Harshaali Malhotra as Munni in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jammu-Katra trip from Delhi

I bet, you won’t need any other help for your Jammu-Katra trip after reading this complete trip detail here.
Our trip started from Delhi. So, let’s start it from New Delhi Railway station only. We reached New Delhi station by 1PM, had our lunch there near the station’s restaurant and then boarded for Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. Since, we had ample time to board our bus from Maharana Pratap ISBT, Kashmere Gate which was scheduled to depart by 9:30PM; we decided to move Connaught place, central park, Palika Bazar had some shopping there. We then directly moved back to Rajiv Chowk Metro Station by 7PM. boarded the metro for Kashmere Gate Metro station by 7:10PM and reached Kashmere Gate metro station in around 15 minutes.
ISBT is in walking distance from Kashmere Gate Metro station. We first searched for Bus tickets, bought the bus tickets and then went straight to Mac Donald’s, had our light dinner there and boarded the bus by 9:45PM which got late by 15 minutes.
Bus took almost 12 hours to Jammu, we reached Jammu by 10 AM freshened there in a nearby hotel, had our breakfast and then went for Governor’s house near Hari Palace. Hari Palace is a beautiful Palace to visit in Jammu. Why Hari Palace? Is because it’s very near to Jammu Tawi Railway station and we could afford to go there and come back by 3PM from there.
Jammu-Katra trip by bus
Jammu-Katra trip by bus

Jammu-Katra trip by bus
Jammu-Katra trip by bus 2

Jammu-Katra trip by bus
Jammu-Katra trip by bus 3

We then took a bus from Jammu bus stand. Jammu bus stand is bit far from Jammu Railway Station so, better have around 1 hour in hand to reach there, as traffic may take its toll.
Gold throne in Jammu Hari Palace
Gold throne in  Hari Palace, Jammu

Hari niwas palace in Jammu
Hari Singh statue, Hari niwas palace in Jammu

Hari Niwas palace on the banks of Tawi river
Hari Niwas palace on the banks of Tawi river

Then we took the bus by 4:30PM from Jammu and bus took around 1:30 hours to reach Katra.
We had to trek the mountain same night, so first thing we had to do was to get the pass for Mata Vaishno Devi Mountain, that day we first thought we were unfortunate to reach there, as we reached there by 6PM and counter for pass tickets were closed by 5PM.
So, we tried some other ways and found that there were some internet cyber cafes which were making pass for the treks in minutes. We asked them and they made 4 passes for us.
Hurray!!
We have now the pass with us, we then deposited our heavy luggage at the cloak room, had our dinner and directly went ahead for the trek. Reached the checking gate checked our belongings, do not carry any explosives, knives, laptops or tabs/iPads, Cameras with you, they don’t allow these kind of belongings to pass from the check Gate.
So, the trek for holiest mountain had started with the “Jai Mata Di” roar.
It took around 7 hours for us to reach the top at the temple, had the Mata Darshan.
We then went to Bhairavnath temple and returned back from there to the cloak room where we had kept our luggage. We took some rest there in Katra and boarded the bus back to Jammu in evening. We reached Jammu, stayed there for one night as we had planned to board train from Jammu for Delhi next day by around 11:45AM.
Everything went as per the plan and we again had shopping in Jammu near Jammu Tawi railway station, boarded the train and then reached Delhi same night.
And thus our trip for Jammu-Katra ends from Delhi to Jammu-Katra-Delhi.

Wishing you all a happy journey.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Delivering the waterwheel to rural India - Inspirational story

Read this inspirational story below and if you feel yourself indebted towards this backdrop/destitute of rural India, who are dying of thirst. Please, Please, Please CONTRIBUTE.

At the end, the whole process to contribute something to this cause is given, if anyhow you can't afford contributing your part, please do share so that some others can.

Excerpts from the cause listed on Ketto Organisation's site.

In 2011 Max Chandra embarked on a journey of a lifetime. An ambitious 12,000km walk through India. It challenged him physically and emotionally and tested his resolve and passion in showing that one person can make a difference no matter what obstacles they may face. On the 1st November 2011 Max took the first step of his epic walk through each of India’s 29 states to learn of the country that he loves and to service some of the India’s underprivileged people that live from hand to mouth in abject poverty. During his walk Max initiated 6 humanitarian projects in 5 states of India that served over 3,000 individuals. In early 2013 his efforts gianed recognition from 'Real Icons of Change', a lecture series conceived by 'Social Access' and the Times Now TV show, 'Amazing Indians'. After walking 6,186km through 15 states Max’s walk came to an abrupt halt. In September 2013 he was struck by a heart attack thatt has taken him the best part of 18months to recover from . And, having now recovered, he is ready to continue his service to India's underprivilage with his new project - The Waterwheel.


The Project : The Waterwheel
delivering the waterwheel to rural India
delivering the waterwheel to rural India

This is a waterwheel. Its purpose, as its name suggests, is to be filled with water and wheeled from the water source to where the water is needed. Simple. And in its simplicity it has two other huge benefits. First, it eliminates the physical strain and the risk of serious injury for the water carrier from carrying a jug or pot filled with water on the head, day after day, year after year – as tradition dictates. Secondly, it carries 45litres of water at a time, that’s four times more than a traditional pot or jug. This translates to the water carrier also gaining the gift of time. Time to perform other tasks within his/her community, at work, in education or to follow another dream that would otherwise remain just that, a dream. The waterwheel is a life changer for millions of people. And some traditions are meant to be broken. Right here and Right now.


How to contribute to the cause?

Go to this link Max Chandra Page.

Waterwheel to rural India
Waterwheel to rural India

Click on Contribute now button, A window with the amount you wish to contribute will appear.
Enter the amount there.
Delivering waterwheel contribution page
Delivering waterwheel contribution page

Click Contribute Now after entering the amount.
You will be redirected to the payment page, enter the payment details and you are done.
Please do share this cause of delivering water to thirsty rural Indians.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

An open letter to Narendra Modi by TV actress Shruti Seth

Shruti Seth, an Indian television, VJ and film actress, best known for her role as Fatima "Fatty" in Fanaa (2006) with Aamir Khan and Kajol. She starred in Tara Rum Pum, produced by Yash Raj Films and made an appearance in Prakash Jha's film Raajneeti in 2010. 
As a model she did several commercials including Clean and Clear moisturiser, TATA Home Finance, Ponds Talc, Frooti, Lifebuoy Soap, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, LG, Airtel, Mrs. Marino Hair Softener, Stayfree Secure, Dominos etc.

But what made her trend across social media is her tweet Hashtag #selfieobsessed. Most probably referring to Prime Minister and for this she had been challenged and been questioned by social media all around the world. To which she later tweeted

I had made an unsavoury comment about our Prime Minister by calling him - gasp - ‪#‎selfieobsessed‬ and asking him to choose reform over gimmickry. Was I wrong? Was I too harsh?.

This led to furious outrage against her by the Narendra Modi's Followers who like always started abusing her on the social network platform twitter.
To which Shruti Seth wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is now regarded as the first tight slap to the #AndhBhakts or #BlindFollowers of Modi.

A little note to India,
I write this to an entire nation because no one individual can be held responsible for bringing about change in the mindset of a billion odd people. Change can only happen if there is awareness at an individual level.
On the morning of 28th June, I made the grave mistake of expressing my views on an initiative called #selfiewithdaughter which had been blessed by our PM. Most people found it to be a sweet gesture and a means to create awareness about female infanticide. I, sadly, didn’t find the idea very palatable. Keep in mind that I have an eleven-month daughter of my own. But I expect more from the man who’s supposed to usher in a new era of change, not just tenuous surface-level initiatives.
I then made a graver mistake of posting this opinion on Twitter. So not only did I dare to think, I also dared to place my thoughts in the public domain.
And then, at the risk of sounding overly-Shakespearean, the floodgates of hell opened. I was subjected to a tsunami of hate tweets. 48 hours of non stop trolling. The tweets were targeted at me, my family, my ‘Muslim’ husband, my 11 month old daughter and, of course, my non-existent, dwindling, no-good career as an actor.
I had made an unsavoury comment about our Prime Minister by calling him – *gasp* – #selfieobsessed and asking him to choose reform over gimmickry. Was I wrong? Was I too harsh? Apparently, for those who support him and the ruling government, unquestioningly so. I, as a member of the tax-paying electorate of India, did not have the right to comment on his policy. I had dared to challenge his authority. I had abused the highest office of the country (which is the President, by the way).
And so I deserved to be punished. And punished In a manner commensurate with the vitriol that the anonymity & access of Twitter so easily provide.
Men and women alike said the most vile things about me, stripping me of all my dignity as someone’s daughter, wife and mother and most importantly a woman. Men who were busy hash-tagging their selfies with their daughters one minute called me slanderous names the next. Asked me if I knew who my real father was. Questioned if I had been sexually abused as a child and hence was opposed to the idea of a selfie with my father. And these are the relatively polite ones. Well done, gentlemen. Your daughters must be so proud.
Women, who are meant to empower each other, asked me if I was a prostitute and if I was planning on doing the same with my daughter. Whether I was trying to gain some fame and resurrect my failed career by using the prime minister’s name. I shudder to think of the deep respect your sons will have for the opposite sex.
So here’s the thing. What is the point of taking selfies with your girls when you’re also responsible for creating the most toxic environment for them to grow up in? How will taking a photograph nullify the misogyny and patriarchy that is so deeply entrenched in our society? Why bother to increase the number of girls being born when you choose to treat them with such indignity and disrespect?
All those who trolled me incessantly for forty eight hours, did you for once stop and think that I, too, am someone’s daughter? Did you ever ask yourselves how you’d feel if it were your daughter at the receiving end of all that hate? I’m guessing the answer is a big, resounding “No”. Because, you know, you were too busy pouting for the camera & getting ‘likes’ and ‘RT’s to your #selfiewithdaughter.
As for our esteemed PM, I have this to say to him:
Dear Sir,
If you truly wish to empower women I urge you to condemn this kind of hatred being spread in your name.
Regretfully, I deleted my initial tweet because of the backlash. But I stand by what I said and I’ll reiterate it here: “Selfies don’t bring about change, reform does. So please try and be bigger than a photograph. Come on!”
And as for my initial reservation about the initiative being nothing more than eyewash, I am deeply saddened to see that, in the end, I was proved right.
Touché!

One day symbolic fast during Ramadan by Ex SC Judge Markandey Katju and other non muslims

An initiative by Ex Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju to keep one day symbolic fast to bring communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims, during the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims keeps fast for whole month of Ramadan.

Here is what Markandey Katju had to say on his sysmbolic 'roza' and 'vrat' initiative.
Why do I keep one day roza ?
4.7.2015, Fremont, California
It is 3.40 a.m. and I am about to do my sehri ( breakfast during Ramzan ).
Why do I, a confirmed atheist, keep one day symbolic roza during every Ramzan, and appeal to non Muslims to do the same, while also appealing to non Hindus to keep one day Navratri fast ?
My answer : It is one dose of the antidote to the communal poison which was injected into us since 1857.
I have already mentioned that communalism was injected into us by the British since 1857. after the Great Mutiny.
By 1857 communalism had almost entirely disppeared in India. Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully like brothers, and helped each other in times of distress.The letters of Mirza Ghalib to his Hindu friends Hargopal Tofta, Shiv Narain Aram, etc attest to the great affection between the two communities upto 1857.
In 1857 the Great Mutiny broke out, in which Hindus and Muslims jointly fought against the British. After suppressing the Mutiny the British decided that the only way to control India was divide and rule ( see online ' History in the Service of Imperialism ' by B.N. Pandey, and my article ' The Truth about Pakistan ' online and on justicekatju.blogspot.in ).
After 1857 the British policy of divide and rule came from the British Govt. in London to the British authorities in India. B.N. Pande's speech refers to many of such letters.
All communal riots start after 1857. The British Collector would secretly call the Hindu Pandit, give him some money, and tell him to start speaking against Muslims, and similarly, he would call the Muslim Maulvi, give him money, and tell him to start speaking against Hindus.
Agent provocateurs were hired to incite communal hatred e.g. by playing loud music before mosques during namaz time, and throwing carcasses of cows at night in Hindu temples, and writing on the wall 'Allaho Akbar '..
This poison was injected into our body politic year after year, decade after decade. In 1909 the Minto Morley 'Reforms' provided for separate electorates for Hindus and Muslims.
These, and many other steps, aggravated by Gandhi and Jinnah, loyal stooges of the British, led inevitably to Partition in 1947.
Even after 1947 certain wicked vested interests have been inciting communal hatred. among us.
Now the time has come to administer the antidote.
This antidote cannot be administered in one single injection. Several doses will be required, and over several years. The poison which has been systematically injected into us for 158 years will not be neutralized by a single shot. The antidote has to be administered again and again for over a decade.
This symbolic one day roza by non Muslims, just like one day vrat by non Hindus, will be a dose of that antidote, though, as I have said, many doses will be required to get rid of the poison completely
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