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

The People who pack your Parachute !

Air Commodore Vishal was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appr71NIxu0qQ9L._SL1500_eciations  from many. 

After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said “You’re Captain Vishal ! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Vishal.

“I packed your parachute,” the man smiled and replied.

Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Vishal couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker”

So friends, who is packing your parachute?  Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes– we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, and the spiritual parachute.

We call on all these supports before reaching safety.  Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important.

We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this moment , this day , this week, and this month recognize the people who pack your parachute.

 

Mathematics and Ethics

I have an interesting question to put forward to you all.

A person wants to buy an article which costs only Rs 100. The shopkeeper tells him that he will give 20 percent discount and charge 10 percent tax.  The shopkeeper leaves it entirely on the person to ask for either discount first followed by tax or tax first and discount later.

The calculation goes as under

Case A: If discount is first the cost gets reduced to 80 Rs and @ 10 % tax rates its net Rs 88.

Case B: If tax is applied first the cost goes to Rs 110 as @10% tax rate tax will be Rs 10. Now apply discount of 20 %   the net cost is 110 – 20 % of 110 = Rs 88

So in both cases the net cost is same. But the question is what option the customer should go for?

If one carefully observes in Case A the tax going to government is Rs 8 and shopkeeper keeps Rs 80

But in case B the tax going to government is Rs 10 and shopkeeper keep Rs 78.

So ethically in support of government one should chose option B.

A Good teacher must teach students such practical aspects and also value added to the topic.

New India: Yet another Goal Post !

 

new india As per the latest figures released by RBI the GDP for the last quarter fell from 7.9 to 5.7 % as exactly predicted by former PM Dr Manmohan Singh even while he along with highly acclaimed economists had to face rhetoric of “Hard work Vs Harvard”. We spent 8000 crores to print new currency and got only 16000 crores in terms of no deposits. Besides this lost 35000 crores which RBI would have given as dividend to the central government. 104 People died in long queues. Unorganized Economy suffered as for many weeks, millions of small traders struggled to find working capital and many of them may have gone out of business permanently. RBI autonomy and credit ability took a down slide. Real Estate suffered as they could not pay wages to the laborers.

The claim that counterfeit currency would be exposed also fell flat as it’s less than 0.0007 percent of the cash taken in. It was told that demonetization would “break the back of terrorism” by cutting off sources of funding. Though the stone pelting in Kashmir stopped but still this has been among the bloodiest summers for Indian security forces in Kashmir.

Within days of the demonetization  a dozen methods to launder piles of cash had been devised in connivance with few corrupt bank officials   and the government was taken off guard and was  forced to change policies every day to such an extent that there were around 50 rules were changed.

Out of 18 lakh people questioned by the tax officials almost 9 lakh have already replied and rest could be many big small business groups which may have deposited huge cash which was all accounted for and was legitimate money.

India’s government has learned no lessons from this disastrous move. In fact it need not learn any lessons as voters easily bought the idea and ensured success at the ballot box. Government misled people. No one knows the purpose, the objective. No one took responsibility. None knows whose decision it was. And we live in a democracy. In any other country, this would have been treated as treason and those responsible jailed for life. Under constant pressure by media and opposition parties the government kept on changing goal posts from eradication of black money, counterfeit currency and death blow to terrorism to cash less economy to less cash economy and now the latest master move is New India By 2022. The idea is being floated and tested to be sold. Wait and watch how many of us buy it

Demonetization : The ill conceived move

downloadAs per the annual report by RBI only 8.9 crores notes of Rs 1000 rupee currency have not come back to the system out of a total of 670 crores notes that were in the circulation as on November 8, 2016. It is barely 1.3 percent of Rs total currency notes that didn’t return after the demonetization exercise. Only 16000 crores did not return to the system though our PM during his speech on Independence Day had put this figure at 300000 crores. Our finance Minister always talked about huge gains in the tune of lakh of crores as the government initially hoped that only about 11 lakh crores will be back to the system and rest of the money will be gain given to the government by RBI

This had given credence to the allegation of the opposition parties that the alleged black money has been deposited back to the banks using different routes in connivance with the bank officials and also using Jan Dhan accounts. For apparent reasons the RBI has so far shied away from disclosing the actual numbers quoting reasons that counting is still going on. Even a layman knows that the bank officers keep on counting the currency when it is deposited and making the bundles simultaneously so the delay by RBI in releasing the figures was only to give electoral benefits to BJP. By just riding on DeMo wave BJP ensured the landslide victory in UP and Uttaranchal. The government was successful in getting the support of masses as the people were made to believe that supporting DeMo is the only way to show true nationalistic spirit.

Our honorable PM rebuked the mass international intelligentsia by a rhetorical comparison between Harvard and “Hard work”. The poor were made to believe that rich people black money is being taken out and the long term benefits will be huge.

Our former PM Dr Manmohan Singh an internationally acclaimed economist predicted a slowdown in economy which actually did. Besides that large number of people lost job in unorganized sector, millions suffered in long queues and more than 100 died. The lack of planning in implementation was soon seen as on every day basis new guidelines were issued to the banks and the impression was given that it is only to ensure that people do not use unfair means to put black money back into the system. The latest figures belie the claims. Even the calibration of ATMs was not done and technical glitch was realized only later causing huge embarrassment to the government and also inconvenience to the gullible public. Where to spend Rs 2000 note was also a difficulty.

But the claims of government that DeMo will eradicate the black money, end terror and counterfeit currency have all fallen flat. The Kashmir is still on the boil and situation has only aggravated, soldiers are dying every day and economy has also gone down. It is high time that government should apologies on the ill conceived move.

4 Principles of Spirituality

It is not important whether you believe in spirituality or not, the four principles of spirituality apply to all from the moment one is born and will remain there till the end!
Four principles of spirituality

The First Principle states:

“Whomsoever you encounter is the right one”

This means that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone who is around us, anyone with whom we interact, represents something, whether to teach us something or to help us improve a current situation.

The Second Principle states:

“Whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened”

Nothing, absolutely nothing of that which we experienced could have been any other way.

The Third Principle states:

“Each moment in which something begins is the right moment”

Everything begins at exactly the right moment.

The Fourth Principle states:

“What is over, is over”

It is that simple. When something in our life ends, it helps our evolution.

Think it is no coincidence that you’re here reading this.

If these words strike a chord, it’s because you meet the requirements and understand that not one single snowflake falls accidentally in the wrong place!

Be good to yourself.

Love with your whole being.

Always be happy
Love like there’s no tomorrow.
And if tomorrow comes, well…
Love again

Sardar Sampuran Singh kalra “Gulzar”

guljarIn 1963 during the making of  “Bandini”  by Bimal Roy Shailendra who was writing the lyrics for the songs had an  altercation with music director SD Burman. The great Burman Dada then refused to work with Shailendra.  All songs except one were already penned down by Shailendra.   A worried Bimal Roy was told about a Sikh gentleman Sampuran Singh Kalra, a motor car mechanic who had migrated from Pakistan & was looking for a chance to write lyrics. Reluctantly and with much less to expect desperate Bimal Roy agreed to meet him.

So Sampuran Singh was entertained and given the scene and story line. He then wrote his first film song which was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and the lyrics were “Mora Gora rang layle,” With chance to write Just one song the gentleman had put all his mind and soul into it. The song was a mega hit and is still appreciated by music lovers.

Thus a living legend was born!!  Later  Sampuran Singh Kalra changed his name and became Gulzar Deenvi whom we know as the legend “Gulzar”!

For his immense contribution to Indian Cinema Gulzar was awarded with Padma Bhushan , the third-highest civilian award in India, and Dadasaheb Phalke award,the highest award in Indian cinema. He has won several Indian National film awards and at International level  Academy Award  and one Grammy Award for best song  for his original composition  song Jai Ho !