Friday, 6 March 2015

Most Pakistanis are good by nature
It is reported that in Karachi a human shield was formed to protect Hindus celebrating Holi. Obviously the people in the human shield were mostly Muslim youth.
 Such acts restore our faith in the essential goodness of most human beings, of every community, sect, caste, race, region or language.
 As I have said several times before, I am a humble disciple of the great French thinker Rousseau, who taught that most human beings are good by nature. However, he also taught that being simple people, they may be corrupted or misguided and befooled by the system and/or by some wicked people.
 That is why I have often said that 99% Pakistanis ( like 99% Indians ) are good by nature. I will never deviate from this opinion.
Cincinnatus ( 519-430 B.C.) and George Washington ( 1732-1799 )
 Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus is a legendary figure in Roman history, a model of Roman virtue and simplicity. Having been twice granted dictatorial power by the Roman Senate in emergencies, he retained it not a day longer than absolutely necessary to deal with the emergency, and then returned to his farm and his plow.
  Cincinnatus had been an army commander and Roman consul, but after his term was over he returned to his 4 acre farm in Italy.
 While he was there, the Aequians, who were enemies of Rome, attacked and trapped the Roman army. In desperation. the Roman Senate appointed Cincinnatus as dictator to deal with the emergency.
 A group of Senators were sent to Cincinnatus' farm, where they found him plowing his field. On knowing of his appointment, he immediately set aside his plow, left for Rome, took command of the army, and in 15 days defeated the enemy. The very next day after the battle he resigned his command and his dictatorial powers, and went back to his small farm and his plow.
 Cincinnatus was again appointed dictator to suppress a conspiracy, but having done so immediately resigned and again retired to his farm.
 Cincinnatus became a symbol of patriotism, simplicity, self sacrifice and refusal to misuse office.
 George Washington, the first President of U.S.A. is known as the American Cincinnatus. He was an army officer who had retired to his farm on Mount Vernon, but when the American War of Independence broke out in 1775 the Continental Congress which met in Philadelphia appointed him Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, with immense powers. When the war was over after the defeat of the British at Yorktown ( 1781 ), some people expected that Washington would be declared King of the new country. But Washington refused.
. . He went to Congress, took out his sword ( which was a symbol of his command ) and laid it before Congress. He then sought and obtained  permission from Congress to resign his commission, and then retired to his farm at Mount Vernon
Chamche nearey raakhiye
Arvind Kejriwal got a fantastic opportunity, but has blown it.
 After AAP got 67 seats in the Delhi election, Kejriwal had such an excellent opportunity of doing many things. But the way he has behaved recently shows he is a small man, and people should not expect anything from him except some stunts regarding water and electricity.
Prashant Bhushan raised some valid issues, and if he had any statesman like qualities Kejriwal should have addressed those issues and corrected his weaknesses, particularly his desire to over centralize. But, as I have repeatedly said, there is nothing in the man, except his ego, and he cannot take criticism
 Kejriwal has done a drama by not attending the AAP meeting in Delhi on the pretext of health treatment at Bangalore. However, it is apparent that he had instructed his Sancho Panzas ( chamchas  ) to get Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav removed from the P.A.C..
Che Guevara
Read a book on Che Guevara by Jon Lee Anderson. I had many decades back read Che's ' Guerilla Warfare '.
 In my opinion Che Guevara was no doubt a brave and honest man, but he was an impatient adventurist, a petty bourgeois revolutionary. Just because the revolution in Cuba took only 2 years or so to be successful, Che thought the same strategy could succeed everywhere, forgetting that the objective conditions were different in other countries.
 His foco theory of revolution ( see online ) was a product of his impatience and immaturity, and led to the fiasco in which he was killed.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Simon Bolivar ( 1783-1830 )
 Read the biography of Bolivar by Robert Harvey
 Bolivar is a legendary, heroic figure, known as El Liberatador ( The Liberator ) in Latin America, for his struggles to liberate Latin America from Spanish rule.
 Bolivar was a child of the Enlightenment, a student of Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu and Adam Smith, and a champion of liberty and human rights. He was a romantic hero of the early 19th century who on horseback, with sword in hand, slashed his way 20,000 miles across jungle, swamp, desert,and the liberate the South American people from the tyrannical Spanish rule.  Though born in a very rich family, Bolivar was an idealist, and sacrificed his all for freedom.
At that time, most of South America, except Brazil and a few small countries,were under Spanish rule. Bolivar liberated no less than 6 countries--Venezuela ( his native country ), Columbia, Peru, Equador, Bolivia and Panama--in a series of astonishing marches that led his army across Amazonian rainforests, marshes, mountains, deserts, etc He commanded his troops in hundreds of engagements in a dozen major campaigns across thousands of miles.. His continent spanning campaigns rival those of Alexander the Great, Changez Khan, Timur and Napoleon. He conquered a land of more than 1 million square miles, but then refused to put a crown on his head when he could have.
 Bolivar's fight for freedom and independence began when Napoleon deposed the Spanish King, installed his brother.Joseph as King of Spain, and demanded the South American countries under Spanish rule to accept his rule. Bolivar and others refused , and began their struggle for independence from Spain.
 This long struggle, marked by many ups and downs, culminated in his victories at Carabobo ( 1821 ) and Junin  ( 1824 ).
 Having achieved his objective of liberating the Latin American countries from Spanish rule,, Bolivar voluntarily surrendered his dictatorship and command, like the ancient Roman general, Cincinnatus, or like George Washington, and was preparing to go to Europe when he died of tuberculosis in 1830.
 Bolivar is a revered figure in Latin Americas, and indeed in the whole world, for his fight for freedom and liberty.
Holi played on Moharram
 It is 4th March evening in California, so it must be the morning of 5th March in India.
 Tomorrow is Holi, and I send you all my Holi greetings on this occasion from across half the globe.
 On many a Holi day I would go to Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna, where Lord Krishna would play Holi with his gopis. I wish I were in India. If I were there I would have gone to Mathura, and spent a few days there amidst all the colour and festivity, but I am stuck here in California.
 Now let me tell you a historical account which happened in Avadh  ( whose capital was Lucknow ) in the reign of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, who reigned from 1846 to 1856.
 The Nawabs of Avadh were totally secular. They celebrated Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Dussehra, etc regularly.
 It so happened that in a particular year Holi and Muharram coincidentally fell on the same day. Now Holi is a festival of joy, but Muharram is an occasion of sorrow. The Hindus of Lucknow got together and decided that that year they would not celebrate Holi out of respect for the religious sentiments of their Muslim brethren.
 In the morning the Nawab took out the Tazia procession from Bada Imambara to Karbala ( in Lucknow ) and buried it there. He then enquired why Holi was not being played. He was told the reason.
 The Nawab then declared that since Hindus had respected the sentiments of their Muslim brethren, it was also the duty of Muslims to respect the sentiments of their Hindu brethren. Hence he declared that Holi would be played the same day, and he himself was the first to start  playing Holi, and then it was played all over Avadh, though it was Muharram day.
Where I differ from Beena Sarwar
Beena Sarwar, though a Pakistani, is like a sister to me, because although she was born in Karachi, her parents were from Allahabad ( they lived in Katra ), which is my hometown.
 Beena is one of the most highly respected journalists in Pakistan She spends half her time in Boston, U.S.A. with her husband..
 Beena is a very brave person and is totally secular. Where we differ, however, is that she wants good relations between India and Pakistan, whereas I believe that this is living in a fool's paradise because there can never be good relations between India and Pakistan since the very purpose of creating Pakistan as a theocratic state was to ensure that there is no peace and instead Hindus and Muslims keep fighting each other.
 In fact Pakistan, is a fake, artificial entity ( I refuse to call it a country ), which was created by the British on the basis of the bogus 2 nation theory, to ensure that Hindus and Muslims keep fighting each other and there are never good relations or peace ( see my article ' The Truth about Pakistan '.online and on my blog It was also published in the Pakistani newspaper 'The Nation ' ).
This serves two purposes (1) It ensures that India remains backward, and does not emerge as a modern industrial, giant, like China, of which it has now all the potential with its huge pool of technical talent and immense natural resources (2) the foreign arms purchases by India and Pakistan continue. India presently buys over 40 billion dollars arms from foreign countries every year, and Pakistan also buys a huge amount. Much of this huge amount of money could go to the public welfare, but then what would happen to the profits of the foreign arms industry which live on wars or war tensions. ?
   What is Pakistan ? It is Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan , and NWFP. These were all part of India from Mughal times. So Pakistan is really no country.
 When I meet my Pakistani friends I feel no different from them. We look like each other, speak the same language Hindustani, and share the same culture.( love for Urdu poetry, Hindustani music, etc ), the same food habits, etc. In fact we are one, and have been artificially divided. In foreign countries Indians and Pakistanis meet and socialize as if there never was any Partition. Partition is only in our sub continent.
 We were befooled by the Britishers into thinking we are enemies, but how much longer must we remain befooled ? How much longer must blood flow ( and it will keep flowing until we are reunited ).
Some people say that Partition took place in 1947 and we cannot put the clock back. But Germany was reunited after 45 years. China has still not recognized Taiwan, and regards it as part of China ( which indeed it is ).
 So I keep telling Beena, who will remain my sister whatever happens ( because Allahabad unites us; she may not have drunk the water of the Sangam but her parents have ) : Don't live in a fool's paradise. By saying that there should be good relations between India and Pakistan no doubt your intentions are good. But in reality you are befooling the people by turning a Nelson's eye to the truth, which is that the two nation theory on the basis of which Pakistan was created was bogus, Pakistan is a fake entity, and if there are really good relations the very purpose of creating Pakistan, which was to ensure hostility, will disappear.
 The only solution to the problem is , as I have been repeatedly saying, reunificatioin of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh under a strong, secular modern minded government which will not tolerate religious extremism of any kind, whether Hindu or Muslim,, and crush it with an iron hand, a government which will rapidly industrialize our country and provide prosperity and a high standard of living for our masses, that is, providing everyone a decent life by abolishing poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, etc and giving everyone  good healthcare and education. and ending discrimination against any section of society

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Don Quixote
When I wrote my article ' The Reality about Arvingd Kejriwal ' some time back( see my blog ) I was furiously attacked by many people. But now what I predicted is gradually coming true.
 My fellow Indians, I sometimes say things which may at first blush appear very harsh, but I regard it my duty to say the truth to you, however harsh it may be, so that you may avoid pitfalls. You are good people, but mostly emotional, and get carried away by your emotions and sentiments, as happened after the sweeping victory of AAP in the recent Delhi elections.
 I had said therein that corruption is so deeply entrenched in India at almost every level ( see my article ' India in transition and corrupt ' on my blog ) that it will take 15-20 years to eliminate it.
 Kejriwal is not a fool. He knows that if he seriously and genuinely tries to eliminate corruption, corruption will not be eliminated but he will certainly be eliminated, because the powerful corrupt people will gang up against him and destroy him. Knowing this, he will pay only lip service to eliminating corruption, he will only make some cosmetic moves in this connection, like suspending a few babus, while not touching the big sharks. In other words, he will make compromises to his professed principles.
 And Prashant Bhushan's recent statement bears this out.
 I have repeatedly said that there is nothing in Arvind Kejriwal. There is nothing in his head. Being an I.I.T. graduate does not make one an expert in solving the country's massive problems of poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, healthcare, education, etc., and Kejriwal has no inkling as to how to solve them.
 So I have called Kejriwal the modern Don Quixote, and his associate buffoons and chamchas like Ashutosh as his Sancho Panzas. They pretend to be fighting giants, but are only fighting windmills.
Libraries in America
Just returned from the Alameda Fremont library. This country is really fantastic. Every town has a reasonably good library. Fremont is a small town in north California with a population of about 220,000,  but today I got books from there on Surdas, Mirabai, etc , which perhaps may not be available even in India anywhere. In big cities of U.S.A. of course there are much bigger libraries.
 Apart from those two books, I have also borrowed books on the lives of Thomas Jefferson, Bolivar and Harper Lee ( who wrote the novel ' To Kill a Mocking Bird '). I also got books on the Second World War and the Cold War.
 Now my stock for a week or so is with me.
This is a message I received recently on fb ( I have deleted the name of the sender ) :
" Sir, many people who are "acting" as admiring you, appreciating you and following you on fb may not be as it appears. I was invited by one of my college friends to like your page. I guess they are enjoying, acting as if they are your ardent admirers and having a good time laughing. All of them warned me that you are a paid source. Sad but true. "
 Well, this is interesting news. But, seriously speaking, who would pay me.? And what is my rate ?
 Some time back I criticized a senior politician of a particular political party, and some people of that party announced that I had been gifted some land and a house by a rival party. I immediately requested that I should be informed the plot number of the land and details of the house so that I may take possession, but no one responded.
 As a Judge I was regarded such a hopeless case that no one even offered me a bribe, far from my accepting it.  I used to say in open Court to lawyers and others that they should at least offer me a bribe, may be I would succumb to the temptation, but no one did.