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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Open letter to all my ‘Netas’…

Dear Netajis (Respected Leaders),
Anna Hazare’s, the hero of ‘Jan Lokpal Bill’, struggle saved you all (temporarily) from the ire of the youth by constructively channelizing the bubbling energy of the Country’s youth into a most peaceful ever, way of protesting in the modern times…! Have you ever seen such a refined struggle or dharna in our nation in recent times? How will you know it? Because you always practiced to unleash your paid goons to destroy public property to show your strength and thought that you are a winner!! Even for a regional bandh, you make our youth (in general) throw stones at the public properties and burn buses and block the travel of the most common people, even if it is a pregnant woman going to hospital or a critically ill patient begging for emergency care!
After every bandh/ hartal, crores worth of public properties are looted, destroyed and vandalized with your support and here is a 72 year old man, who had shown (Once again, after another man had shown it to British Govt. 64 years back) that there’s no need of violence to achieve our rights! Instead we only need guts, conviction and determination on your demands and goals! Only cowards need to take the path of violence and I know you don’t want to be called cowards! Millions of youth across the country participated in the fight by supporting this old warrior to make the so called ‘elected’ representatives (you & your colleagues) bow your heads in shame!
In the recent past, you and your species made sure that the country witnesses many outbursts in the name of religions, regions and castes! Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujjar etc., are few examples of such incidents and the whole nation witnessed the impacts of each of such protests. Every Telangana Bandh had millions worth of loss of public property and indiscriminate violence unleashed by miscreants and it was frightening for common man to come out of his house during those days! Is this the right way of protesting or fighting for your rights? All of you from various political parties should introspect this at the earliest as the youth is becoming wiser to distinguish between the genuine struggles like Anna’s and other manipulated protests where violence is unleashed not by common people, but by the goons promoted by you and your colleagues?!!
I have been repeatedly stating every now and then that the youth power of India is becoming restless as they are marginalized in various aspects and if we don’t channelize their energy to constructive ways, it’s going to be disastrous for all of you, who are engaged in manipulative politics! Anna Hazare’s gesture is a wonderful example set in front of all of you to follow and mend your ways of abusing the power given to you by the electorate! Remember, the same electorate across the country had supported Anna’s noble fight against corruption! So, if you don’t learn the lesson this old warrior had attempted to teach you, you will have a disastrous end in the near future!
So, my dear leaders, it is time to wake up and concentrate on some nation building with no other strings attached! I understand that it will be a difficult task for you as you had never thought about doing anything constructive, but I request you to be practical to survive and serve the nation, because, I know without you and your species, we the citizens of India would become leaderless and direction-less!! Hence, help us by waking up to the reality and mending your ways by adopting transparent processes for the betterment of common man's life!
Just to conclude, let me request you to kindly not to under estimate this achievement of Anna and go back to your favourite divisive political games as usual, since what happened in Jantar Mantar in last few days was just a wakeup call and as I had already mentioned, you were lucky to have received this call from an old warrior who believes in true values of ‘Ahimsa’ and peaceful norms of protest. It need not be like this always; if you don’t change your ways…Beware!!
Anticipating a positive and matured reciprocation from you and your colleagues,
With Love & affection,
Me – Aam Aadmi (Common Man)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ostrich’s Attitude

We often tend to get into a mindset that we can escape from problems in life by keeping ourselves locked in a room and by not accepting, understanding or analyzing the signals of life around us. By doing this, we expect the problem to be resolved on its own or by somebody other than us and presume that we are safe, secure and insulated from any damages or consequences! This is like Ostrich’s belief of saving itself from scary situations by keeping its small head covered inside a hole, leaving its huge body outside!!

Most of the problems in our lives are created by us and we should realize the fact that it can be resolved only by us. We may or may not require external support to handle it, but reaching at a solution can only happen if we forefront the solution hunt. This is the primary principle I had learnt early in my life and I try to stick to this to the extent possible. The older generation used to blame the then younger generation (our generation) for their vulnerability to crumble under pressure. But most of us learnt hard way how to handle life challenges and pressures, but there were also people amongst us, who succumbed to the pressure and created a huge vacuum around them by unrealistic life practices and unnecessary burdens of ego and other baggage that comes with their artificial life styles. I know it is easier said than done, but then if you have a determined will, it is very simple to resolve.
Many of them from the Gen – X crib about the older generation about the restrictions they bring in their life and I’m sure that they’ll realize the meaning and purpose of those values later in life…! But by then, majority of them would have faced lots of brunt in life that it would have become irreversible for them to come back. Some of them fail miserably in life just because they ignored the warning signals in life at the right time…! I don’t say there is a well-defined formula or recipe for success or happiness in life, but then, there are multiple signals available from ‘Mother Nature’ to choose a better way of life. Our inner self or conscience is one of the smartest things available within, which will catch these normally invisible signals prompted by the nature around us and it actually keeps conveying everything to us, provided we listen to it. I had been interacting with various young people and could inspire many of them to do a self-analysis each day in life and most of them came up with exciting experiences and also some of them said me that it was horrible and made them sleepless…! The second group had impressed me a lot for their upright attitude and for the truthfulness in their self-introspection. If such an exercise left them sleepless, understand that it is a God given opportunity to correct themselves and move on…! Moreover, it is a signal of change the nature induces in them and it is definitely for their good! Expect the happier and more satisfactory times ahead and enjoy the freedom of feather lite mind and purified inner self which will depict your character and self-respect in the life ahead.
As I had mentioned on many occasions earlier, “Let’s not close our eyes and declare it is dark everywhere” like an ostrich feeling safe when its head is inside a hole leaving the whole body exposed..?! Let’s face the situation with enough precautions and guts and you’ll experience the problem gets dissolved like the dew drops in the rising sun! The prickling mind is the beginning of your purification process and like every creation process in this world, this will also be painful and one need to sense that it is for a beautiful time ahead.
When we talk about self-analysis, people mistake it for a scrutiny of materialistic transactions of a day and let me clarify that my perspective of self-analysis is never that and it is much beyond that. By Self-Analysis, I mean to listen to your inner self, which keeps interacting with you to guide you to be happy, content and right from your perspective. This is a natural phenomenon with every one of us and in this modern era of mad rush, we tend to ignore our conscience and that is where the trouble begins. Over a period of time, we become completely ignorant and this inner self/ conscience cease to respond to the situations and we end up making our lives a mess by just following our mind, which is like a monkey. Later we make another mistake of conveniently rationalizing everything by attaching it to various attributes of sensory organs and try to escape from the actual reality.
It is always better to come out of ostrich’s attitude on our own and face life as it comes and toughen ourselves to face this world with cool and pious attitude. However, if we don’t face it, the Life will present more shocking tremors to tackle!