India and Pakistan clash again. In peoples' psyche, not on the battelfield. The boys are face to face to send the ball all over the way to the rooftop. To raise their pitch of the voice, not in hatred; but in an attempt to pack the batsman back to the pavillion, got out after a collective LBW appeal. Cricket is not like tennis or badminton. Where the ball keeps moving from one court to the other. Tennis ends the spectators up in awe, as they pursue the ball from one court to the another. With every shot that sends the ball to the 'another' court players think loudly in their mind "the ball is now in your court". So play cricket. It helps thwart any attempt to find excuses.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The talk of the judicial activism seems to have died down. These are the times of peoples' movements. Any attempt on government's part to suppress the voices probably proves to be suicidal. Recently the temples in Maharashtra were at the receiving end. The state sees the distribution of prasad to devotees as a 'taxable asset'. So yet another attempt to commercialise a spiritual entity known as faith. Indian populace lives with a serious religious attachment in its every sphere. The reason why the cricket has become almost a prayer is obvious. Every year the governments formulate the budgets. Incorporating and picking hosts of things up to bring them under the tax umbrella. Seems the taxable things have ended. Revision of the prices of crucial commodities lies at the front at the end of every financial year. The two per cent educational cess has already put extra burden on the wallets, though the concerned government brought it with an eye to improve the public health; luckily or unluckily the move attracted a warm welcome from a specif stratum of society. Social activities and the day-to-day proceedings at the law making bodies hardly have anything in common. Men, women and children are the bunch who leave no stone unturned to find a day away from the hustle and bustle. So keep spirituality aside. And, don't contaminate it with the government activism...
Friday, March 18, 2011
There shold be a Ministry of Denials too. Why not? Another portfolio, for sure, is not going to be a burden on the ex-chequer; given the back to back scam exposures. Prime Minister defends again. This time he talks about the compulsions. In a coalition politics the ruling party has to give in the demands. But why subject the government to the uncalled for 'blackmails'. It puts a big question mark on the motives of a PM known for his true administrative ethics. Legitimate or whatever, the demands should be put under litmus test. The Wikileaks exposures have turned out to be more dangerous than a nuclear war. Its impacts have stirred the hornet's nest. The diplomatic repurcussions could trigger severed ties. But why the UPA struggles to cosy up to the unrelenting opposition? The answer maybe in the ongoing 2G probe. After every crisis a series of denials and censures arrives. In the era of coalition politics the PM no longer acts as the head of the government. He serves as the head of the parties. Pacifying their anger. Gone are the days when India had robust governments and suo moto government heads. The need of the hour is to give more space to the PM. He already has the teeth. But he lacks the bite. So let the PM have the bite. Make the country climb up.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
It has been ten years. Since the desire to assist the poor stirred Professor Kazi. An erstwhile Bombay Municipal Corporation member and veteran philanthropist. His stint as a dean of Arts at Bombay University earned him the repute of an astute academician. Not satisfied with his works and activities, he took upon himself, the responsibility to reach out to the needy. Professor Kazi, far removed from other sicio-economic activists, started on an unending journey. To aid and assist the cancer patients. His dream to to help the poor cancer patients turned out to be a reality on June 20, 2001. And, the Cancer Aid and Research Foundation (CARF) was born. Since then the CARF and its pioneer did not look back. In a decade old journey CARF has assited many a poor cancer patiens without partiality. The CARF has since been the proved to be refuge for the homeless, the needful and the underprivileged who cannot afford the treatment. Apart from assisting financially, CARF also distributes medicines from its own pharma company. The CARF owing to its larger interests has drawn veterans from differnt walk of life to its threshold. Many celebrities promnote CARF in terms of money and helping through other means. In the tenth year, CARF has developed a great network of people who always like to aid, assist and empathise with the poor. The journey goes on. Professor Kazi has not looked back. CARF goes on to see places. Let's pray the primary goal to assist the poor is met.