Open Letter to All the Academicians and Intellectuals

Open Letter to All the Academicians and Intellectuals

In the last couple of years thousands of  farmers committed suicide, unemployment is high, economy is low, most of the jailed people are poor, income gap is increasing so is social inequality, regionalism and Casteism persists…..and none of them have got anything to do with any foreign agency. We are responsible for our situation not…with all due respect…the Muslim terrorist organizations listed and whatsapped to all of us under a set propaganda. Not to say that we shouldn’t pay attention to these and call them Muslim or Islamic but at the same time we must acknowledge the fact that our population is affected in infinitely worse ways because of our domestic socioeconomic policies which to some extent are dictated by international politics minus terrorism factor. We pay particular attention to the list of Muslim organizations provided on net and social media and accuse them of spreading Islamic Wahabi Terror and thoughts and radicalizing young minds because it’s simplistic and appeals to ingrained prejudices. Remember we have second largest Muslim population in the world and yet we never had civil war like situation post partition. I am writing this because blind and generalized categorization of any kind gives birth to yet another and so on. When the domestic unity you seek on the basis of demonizing others then that unity is short lived. So you have to keep finding groups to demonize. No one disrespects this country. I don’t. After working in Middle East and procuring Valid US Visa,  I had the opportunity to settle abroad but I didn’t because somewhere my Family  values and love for the Nation didn’t allow that. We import almost 100% of crude oil from the countries that are so to speak birth place of these so called Terrorists organizations. Like 370 millions of Hindus have gone, are going and will keep going there to earn money that makes a significant chunk of remittance economy. If the governments abroad especially middle East and Malaysia (whose PM has incidentally has sad so in a recent speech registering his reservations against CAA ) start turning away large Hindu population then where would they go?    My request to all of you is to read and analyze current situation and political digression. And don’t forget to read a bit of history too because that might help to form a better perspective.

Regards

Yogeshwar S Batyal

Love

Then said Almitra,  Speak to us of Love.

And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep.

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And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.  And when he speaks to you believe in him.  Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend   to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.  He threshes you to make you naked.

He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.  But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure.  Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing floor,

Into the season less world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;  For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, ‘God is in my heart, ‘but rather, ‘I am in the heart of God.’ And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude;  And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

As told in “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran