Understanding Article 370

Honest View

Article 370 was and is about providing space, in matters of governance, to the people of a State who felt deeply vulnerable about their identity and insecure about the future.

At the Bharatiya Janata Party’s recent Lalkar rally in Jammu, its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, called for a debate on Article 370. This is encouraging and suggests that the BJP may be willing to review its absolutist stance on the Article that defines the provisions of the Constitution of India with respect to Jammu and Kashmir. Any meaningful debate on Article 370 must, however, separate myth from reality and fact from fiction. My purpose here is to respond to the five main questions that have already been raised in the incipient debate.

Why it was incorporated

First, why was Article 370 inserted in the Constitution? Or as the great poet and thinker, Maulana Hasrat Mohini, asked in the Constituent…

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In the recent past, someone had remarked- Modi is probably the last gamble by Indian public. And the citizens left no stone unturned in order not to have any regret left for not giving a majority to Modi sarkar. Riding on a Modi wave, full support from media and a whirlwind of expectations, BJP got a thumping majority and NaMo became the PM, to the delight of millions.

But there lies the glitch. The lured public clearly wants results as the wait for good days or ‘Achhe Din’ has been in suspension for more than 60 years. It was visible through daily scrutiny of the Aam Aadmi Party government at Delhi. Continuing with the same, the public would keep the NaMo sarkar under scanner till it is relieved of its daily tensions, from workplace to home, from social development to economic strengthening. The public is, but losing its patience in an exasperated hope of reviving the situation.

In such a situation, every move of the government would be introspected as per merit and it won’t be easy for the new government which already knows that governing India during the present situation is the crown of thorns marred by acute inflation, chronic poverty, mounting unemployment, snail pace development, fractured economy and beleaguered finances. Hence massive reforms are needed to counter the problems. The honeymoon period with media already seems to be jolted with hash tags of ‘achhe din delayed’ and ‘bitter rail pill”. Price regulation for petroleum is not my forte but the government will have to bear the brunt with every increment. Though minor hiccups were felt during Iraq problem and the ‘Hindi circular’, the first tremor has come with the rail fare . There seems to be huge disappointment among people, especially the daily and regular commuters of railways. The cost of Mumbai sub-urban passes have gone up with 200-300% increase, not to mention the first and second AC fare is already giving stiff competition to the low-cost airlines. No doubt many people will prefer to spend a few bucks more to save 10-20 hours, through air journey. However, the sleeper and general class  passengers have a compulsion to remain loyal to their railways, even though it means shelling out extra bucks from their savings.  Well, Jaitleyji, the rail makeover to world class can’t be achieved through fare hike. There is a limit to it. Price hike could be a necessity with the continuing inflation and that may be a reason good enough. Is there a need to issue such statements?

No doubt it is difficult to stand up to the public expectations as it has almost lost all the hopes on the traditional politicians, most of them christened with murder/rape and baptized with criminal cases. The level of saturation is dangerously close as was evident during Anna’s India against corruption movement with mass participation of public, swarming to the call against the prevailing issues. It was in full public glare when huge protests erupted against the heinously barbaric Nirbhaya incident. It has been clearly visible among the angry Delhi people since Arvind Kejriwal resigned. The frustration that has been building up since 60 years is something which shouldn’t be exploited otherwise. This is the time to perform or perish, in a reasonable time, without unreasonable arguments and statements. Because, Janata maaf nahi karegi!!

The Light of Courage!


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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher (http://www.rajivbajaj.net)

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
― August Wilson (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/courage)

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Scouting for some tranquility….

Rambling around the town passing nearby the scruffy buildings in Saharanpur at about 6 am with that snotty nose and chapped lips in that benighted morning trying to commence my early morning exercise of reviving my old self in that beautiful mild weather  I tried to scout for something called peace.

Saw some swanky shops ,some scraggy girls ,some hunched up languished boys  and blokes who appeared as if they  shared a very close camaraderie with each other, with spittle plopping out of their mouths because of their running around on the  streets. Stooped beggars  almost made me flinch not because I commiserated with their condition  but because they weren’t doing anything to earn their  bread , most of them being perfectly well . Then I came across a ruckus of vivacious guys in their opulent shirts with each one of them biding their time to plunge into the discussion of recent accolades given to our honourable newly made PM Modi .Many  of them were remarkably sanguine that Modi will excel as the PM with others concurring. Probably 10 years of economic purgatory made the ruckus of young men discuss this ceaseless topic early in the morning.

I increased my jogging speed ,comported myself in modesty,grinned and moved on. After a brief hiatus they kept on chattering with each other.Little did i anticipate what was to befall next and i ended up landing myself into a big pothole of mud but within a fraction of seconds , I decided to beat a hasty retreat because that was quite an embarrassing situation for me. Some of the people passing by tutted ,but  I flared my nostrils ,grinned and moved on.

With my almost broken leg , sat down on someone’s vehicle kept nearby watched some birds swooping and soaring around .Finally I decided that i should stop dawdling around scouting for some peace .Fagged out I  came back home and dropped off to sleep again .

That was my 1st attempt to go for a walk in my most awaited holidays ..though it did mess up a little 😉

transforming we

From a long time i wondered as in what to write in my first blog post .But it comes from inside ,if you have many thoughts coming into your mind you cannot stop yourself from writing a blog…

when you live in a hostel you encounter many type of personalities some  really enjoying each and every part of their  life ,some really serious ,some having a bad temper and some really pissed off …

But all these kind of people can be beautifully dealt with by being humble. Many of us think that dealing life in a different way is  too difficult task to do .But trust me it is not . What we all need is to put aside our ego and live for others. Education makes us humble . We just need to be a little selfless .

I Follow the great egalitarian philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in that man is naturally good but becomes corrupted by the pernicious influence of human society and institutions.

Many may think that being selfless these days is not a practical thing to implement as it won’t work . But this is not the case i believe . What you receive from others is the result of your own behaviour .

Even the most egoistic people become yours by being good to them . Even if someone is bad to you be good to them ,someday they may improve albeit  I will not say i am a humble and selfless girl but i will just say i am learning from the people around me .

Maybe our life is about bringing light into our darkest places. Maybe it’s about increasing our awareness of our true essence.

Summing up i’ll just say try to live for others and others would live for you . World would be then a better place to live in then ..Just give it a short . It won’t cost much just your little effort to improve who you are or probably i can say a better version of yours 😉37506609366216999_QBxljISq_f