Mahabharata interpreted in modern context (Organiser, 26.8.2012); ‘Mahabharata interpreted in modern context’, a review of the book Parva: A Tale of War, Peace, Love, Death, God and Man by Shri MV Kamath in Organiser, leaves me, a believer in Sri Krishna non plussed and hurt. I have not read the book in the original in Kannada nor the translation into English. The reviewer says— “When the battle of Kurukshetra starts and Arjuna declines to fight, the conversation between him and Krishna is down to earth and almost vulgar; Krishna had an ‘insatiable appetite for women’.” The above remarks are from Parva perhaps and the reviewer has brought it out in his article. An ordinary person like me and there are many more will consider this as blasphemy. Gita the invaluable jewel in Mahabharata shows the path to overcome the travails and tribulations we human beings have to fight, our own battle of Kurukshetra for being born in this world. When emotionally upset, perturbed and frightened one turns to these verses in the Gita for they have the power to make us strong minded and overcome nameless fears. An energising lesson for an ordinary person like me to meet life’s ups and downs in this mundane world. Arjuna needs clarification and enlightenment and Sri Krishna amply clears his doubts and to interpret this samvada as “down to earth and almost vulgar” is beyond the perception of an ordinary person like me. “Krishna had an insatiable appetite for women”—This remark leaves one “bewildered” and shows to what extent one can take liberties and in the process hurt the sentiments of the believer.
SHANTA DYUTHIKAR, 39, 15th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru
Assam riots were between Indian citizens and foreigners, not ethnic clashes (Organiser, 26.8.2012); The article by Shri Shyam Khosla, ‘Assam riots were between Indian citizens and foreigners’ is an eye opener. But the tragedy is that our present UPA Government at the Centre and Assam seems to encourage the influx of Bangladeshi infiltrators because they constitute as Congress Party’s natural vote-bank. That is why the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi has no shame and hesitation to declare that there is no Bangladeshi infiltrator in Assam. Is it not a slap on the face of the Congress Party whose leader and former PM late Rajiv Gandhi, who had signed an accord with Shri Prafulla Mohanta and promised to identify and deport all the Bangladeshi infiltrators who entered Assam after 1971? Moreover in 1998, the Governor of Assam in a confidential report to the President of India had also confirmed the Bangladeshi infiltrators in Assam. In spite of all these facts, the docile behaviour of the Hindus all over the country is solely and mainly responsible, because they seem unperturbed with the possibility of yet another Partition of our Motherland. They seem to behave in such a manner that they shall be content as before (1st Partition) with whatever little will be lift for them after Partition instead of showing any concern for any adverse development in any part of our country. This peculiar nature of the Hindus in our country needs to be rectified. The stoppage of adverse development in any part of our country shall follow the suit, if the Hindus are brought to their proper senses, even if it is needed, by adopting the method of ‘Mock Drill’, as it is being practiced regularly in our Army to keep their personnel always alert and vigilant for any situation what so ever. Another major problem of the Hindus of our country is this that though they are 100 crore in number but everybody feels that he is quite alone and he is not confident of any help from anybody in case of distress. Let us find out the solution of this problem, before it becomes too late.
PS REDDY, D/19 Sector-1, Devendranagar,
Raipur (CG) 492 009
Pak Hindu Repression (Organiser, 26.8.2012); We are very sad and anxious about Pakistani Hindus. They are living in a very miserable condition. They are trapped between Islamic mullas and Pak government and are alive only due to the grace of God. We all should help them. I feel,Pakistan government should constitute a separate cell to listen to the grievances of Hindus in Pakistan.
Dr ANAND BHARTIYA, Basantpur, Bihar
Massive rally at Jantar Mantar by BMS against price rise (Organiser, 30.9.2012); The diesel price hike and the cap on LPG supply comes as a terrible blow to the aam aadmi already struggling to make both the ends meet. Once again, the Congress-led UPA government has proved that its economic policies are titled against the people. Infact I would say that the UPA government has slapped the common man with the same haath (hand) that it claims to be with aam aadmi ke saath (i.e. the hand to help people) These moves will only flare up inflation. The hike in diesel price will increase the transportation cost of essential commodities and transport cost. Further the UPA must demonstrate as to how an average family of five can survive on just six LPG cylinders in a year. This will just add to black marketing.
PANKAJ KAPUR, Moti Bagh, Delhi
Government pleads ignorance on Sonia family’s foreign jaunts (Organiser, 23.9.2012); What can be more shameful than some politicians going on foreign trips on taxpayer’s money while the common man faces the heat of price rise and economic slowdown? By doing so they not only squander taxpayers’ money but also embarrass the country in the international arena. The government should be selective in granting permission for these so-called tours which are funded by tax payers money. Also those going on these tours should account for what they have learnt from these tours. In the past, kings and queens used to visit foreign lands, learn about various styles of governance and implement the policies they like in their own kingdoms. But the present day politicians don’t care about learning from other countries. Here I would like to add that though Opposition parties whether in states or at the Centre, usually criticise the government for misusing public funds but when it comes to grabbing foreign trips all parties unite and loot the common man.
SHALINI SINGH, Mumbai
Pak jehadism makes life hell for Hindus (Organiser, 26.8.2012); This refers to ‘Pak jehadism makes life hell for Hindus’ by Ashish Joshi in Organiser. He has stated that Hindus constituted 22 per cent of Pakistan’s population in 1951, and now they are less than 1.7 per cent. The fact is that Hindus and Sikhs were 25 per cent in 1947 in West Pakistan, now called Pakistan. They were completely liquidated in 1947 itself, due to mass slaughter by Muslim mobs, helped and directly involved by Pakistan military, police, civil administration, and political leadership. It was due to this reason, that Master Tara Singh, an undisputed Sikh leader, forced the government for complete exchange of population between East Punjab (present Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh) and West Punjab & NWFP and an agreement between the two government was signed at Lahore on September 2012, and it was implemented also. Master Tara Singh wanted western districts of Uttar Pradesh also to be included for exchange of population as East Punjab is smaller than West Punjab & NWFP, but could not get it. It is absolutely wrong that there were 22 per cent Hindus in Pakistan in 1951. Secondly, there is no use of protests or talks with Pakistan on this issue. India should ask for complete exchange of population with Pakistan and Bangladesh, to end all the problems for ever. If Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Congress leadership had agreed to exchange of population while accepting creation of Pakistan, as demanded by Jinnah several times, and advised by Dr BR Ambedkar in the interest of the Hindus, Pakistan would not have slaughtered ten lakh Hindus and Sikhs, and exchange of population would have been in planned and peaceful manner. And Pakistani army would not have slaughtered another 30 lakh Hindus during Bangladesh War of 1970-71. Certainly Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, etc. are responsible for slaughter of 40 lakh Hindus and Sikhs. The writer has befooled Hindus by telling that “Mohammed Ali Jinnah had dreamt of a secular Pakistan”. He gave such statement only once in his life, only to befool others, including the writer of the article. Why Jinnah did not condemn slaughter of Hindus and Sikhs, and why he did not prevent it? Did Jinnah punish any one after the slaughter of 10 lakh Hindus under his very nose?
ANAND PRAKASH, 72/Sector-8, Panchkula-134 109
MIM provokes a riot (Organiser, 24.4.2012);This is with reference to a report in Organiser, ‘Tension prevails in Hyderabad areas: MIM provokes a riot’ by GLM Murthy. Hyderabad was once a very peaceful city and Hindus used to celebrate their festivals on a grand scale. This pained the Pan Islamic forces, their agents MIM and DJS and also the Congress Party that lives and survives on Islamic forces. To relieve Islam, i.e. anti-national and diehard communal forces the Congress Party hatched and executed a conspiracy leading to riots in the city. Actually Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and all the MIM leader should be arrested under non-bailable warrant and sent to jail and an impartial CBI enquiry should be conducted and if these people found guilty (they are really guilty) should be stripped off their political power. Hyderabad has become a heaven for infiltrators from Bangladesh and Pakistan. There are even Islamic terrorists training camps in Hyderabad, which is a know fact to the intelligence sleuths. But they are helpless because Congress is promoting Islamic culture to appease ‘Muslim vote-bank’. As on today those who provokes riots move scot free while Hindus languish in jails. Shame on Congress.
Smt SUHASINI PRAMOD VALSANGKAR, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad-60
Congressman: Modern day buccaneers Union Minister for Home Affairs Sushil Kumar Sinde’s statement that the ‘Coalgate Scandal’ will be forgotten much like the Bofors Scandal is deplorable and irresponsible. It also exposes the true mentality of the UPA-2 regime. Indeed it will not be wrong to call many members of the Congress led regime at the Centre as the modern day buccaneers of India. They openly indulge in national loot and if exposed simply laugh it off. If ever the culprit is caught in the face of mounting evidence against him he just resign from his office and often without a slightest regrets worse still, little effort is made to recover the national loot. This is true for the 2G Spectrum Scam, the Commonwealth Games loot feast and now Coalgate. The ruling party is not bothered at all. The question then is: How long can UPA-2 survive? As a matter of fact, this government is standing on weak crutches and has multiple fractures. Then there are the allies of UPA-2 who like Shylock, are forever demanding their pound of flesh in return for political support. They threaten but they never actually withdraw support as they do not wish to lose power. But a day is not far off when they will have to pay a very heavy price for supporting the corrupt UPA government.
MAHESH CHANDRA SHARMA, E-198, Panki, Kanpur
We don’t want Fukushima incident in India The widespread protest against the setting up of a nuclear plant in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, is quite justified. After the Fukushima incident in Japan last year in which hundreds of people were killed, concern over the safety of nuclear plants is growing over the globe. Many countries have even decided to do away with nuclear energy and instead switch to safer and natural sources of energy like wind, solar and water. But unfortunately India is going in the opposite direction. In fact nuclear plants are not the answer for growing power needs. When other countries are busy exploring safer and cleaner alternatives why we are so keen on nuclear power.
ARCHANA SHARMA, Flat No 5, Deep Vatika, Ratanlal Nagar, Kanpur
UPA is apathetic towards aam aadmi Going by the Congress’s reaction to the recent protest march by the members of the India Against Corruption, it is clear that the government is apathetic towards people’s concerns over corruption in India. Thanks to the media and social activists like Arvind Kejriwal, Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev, we now know that many UPA ministers are involved in various corruption cases, which have cost the exchequer billions of rupees. But the government is unsympathetic towards the plight of the common man. That’s why we need more protest marches, which will makes the UPA realise that it can’t take people for granted.
PUNEET JAIN, Civil Lines, Madhya Pradesh