Saturday, June 4, 2016

Allow a Tree grow on your House or Over-shadow your Field?... Doiwala, Dehradun

Written by ABisht
Coming straight to the point, Who among us will allow a Peepal tree or for that matter any tree germinate into a full grown tree on our houses? ... Who among us will allow a tree over-shadow (cast a shadow) our fields?

The answer is easy.

Majority of us Will NOT.

So what is the big deal in a farmer cutting those branches of a peepal tree which cast shadow over his field?

It's easy to make everything a question of faith, but making anything and everything a question of faith is wrong.

Even where Law stops us from cutting trees, trees are already being cut to widen roads and make space for concrete. Many of these trees were majestic peepal groves, which were being worshiped for decades. But still no one stopped the mighty axe there... Why? For the sake of development.

The harmony between human beings is much more important than widened roads and sky-scrapers. Lets not risk that harmony. Religions are just the outer clothing. Beyond religion, we all are the same... mortals made up of same flesh and blood.

Lets forget, whether a tree is worshiped or not.

The simple question to ask is: Who among us will allow a Tree grow on his/her House; or a tree on his/her neighbour's field, courtyard or public road Over-shadow his/her Field or courtyard?

The answer is obvious.

Thus, before fighting on the name of faith, try to be in that person's position...

Yes, I'm referring to what took place in Doiwala, Dehradun, day before yesterday.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Death of Horse Shaktimaan and a moment of Introspection

Written by ABisht
Finally, the horse Shaktimaan in Uttarakhand police Service met its end yesterday.

It is being reported that while undergoing a minor surgical procedure, the horse died because of anesthesia over-dose.

Whatever be the reason, it may not the most suitable end to an animal meant to ride on the winds, but still an end is an end. A horse not able to pace up with the World can't survive either. So whether Shaktimaan is deliberately put to eternal peace, or was it the case as reported, doesn't matter now.

So lets leave the horse there.

But it's surely a time of introspection for anyone, who keeps swearing by the tenet of non-violence. Especially swears by non-violence during peaceful protests.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Posters showing Amit Shah buying MLAs in Uttarakhand reminds one of Aseem Trivedi

Written by ABisht
At the peak of India Against Corruption campaign(I will not call it a movement) the cartoons of Aseem Trivedi became the talk of India. Suddenly the Nation catapulted him to the status of a cartoonist. To I, Aseem Trivedi was just a poster maker, who managed to create something which went in line with a certain political ideology(anti-Congress and pro-BJP wave). They were eager to hail and spread anything which Aseem Trevedi was creating at that time. Only condition being : The creation would had been in-line with that certain political ideology.

Hence, there's wrong to read much into these posters. They are simply a quick mash-up of some prevailing political situation, with the aim of supporting one political ideology and provoking the other. They may be able to cause some unrest among the rival political ideology; but beyond that they don't mean anything. In short, such creations are simply posters and not cartoons; as cartooning is a fine art.

That said, all through Yesterday, the TV News Channels in Uttarakhand remained bustling with the reports of certain posters surfacing in Dehradun early Saturday morning that showed BJP chief Amit Shah in search of "three MLAs who could be purchased,".

The poster shows a caricaturised Shah carrying a bag full of currency notes and holding nine ropes to which nine goats are tied. The nine Congress MLAs - Vijay Bahuguna, Harak Singh Rawat, Pradeep Batra, Shailendra Mohan Singhal, Subodh Uniyal, Shaila Rani Rawat, Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, Amrita Rawat and Umesh Sharma Kau - are represented as the goats whose ropes Shah is shown as holding. The tag line of the poster says, "BJP ko zarurat hai 3 bikau vidhayakon ki" (BJP needs 3 MLAs who can be purchased).

The posters were pasted on walls in major areas of the city like the Parade ground, Suvery chowk, Tehsil chowk and Kanvali road ares of Dehradun city. The moment the information reached the Police, teams of policemen were seen removing the posters from the walls.

While the BJP termed it as the "cheap tactics" of Congress to target the party, the Congress categorically denied any association with the poster. Nevertheless, the party did not refrain from saying that "the sentiments expressed in the poster indeed reflected the feelings of the common man of Uttarakhand."

As expected, while the BJP blaimed the Congress for the posters; the latter denied any association with them, although quickly added that the posters do depict the true feelings of people of Uttarakhand. If the spokespersons of both the parties, Munna Singh Chauhan of BJP and Kishore Upadhyay of Congress, were allowed to speak all day on the issue, they would easily do so.

But the point is, such posters seldom portray the feelings of the common people of Uttarakhand. If that would have been the reality, then the Friday posters surfacing in Varanasi that showed the BJP's new UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya as Krishna and Rahul, Akhilesh and Mayawati as Kauravas disrobing 'Draupadi' (UP), would surely be portraying the true feelings of common man of Uttar Pradesh. In that case 90 percent vote share would go to BJP. Which we know can never happen.

The posters in Dehradun can't be termed as "an undercover exercise of the Congress"; as if that be so, then the posters in Varanasi, might be the undercover exercise of BJP.

So lets not get swayed by such posters. They are instruments of short term political propaganda.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Abandoned Cattle on Roads don't fall from Sky !

Written by ABisht
It has been reported that yesterday a roaming bull attacked a woman in Triveni Ghat Rishikesh, and ripped open her stomach. She had to be hospitalized and got more than a dozen stitched.

After the incident, the locals demanded the Rishikesh Municipality to take care of homeless cattle.

Obviously, the municipality will do no more than assuring the public of the appropriate action.


As it is not possible to take care of all the cattle left on roads by their owners.

Or is it possible?

You answer.

That said, by mixing religion with politics; many among us have turned a blind eye to the reality.

The reality that:

It's the people themselves who leave their unproductive bovines (old cows and male calves) on the roads.

This may look offending to some, but we do need to answer one question honestly :

What is the right way of disposing off non-productive bovines (belonging to cow and similar species)?

Simply saying "Gau Mata Ki Jai" or hot iron branding a just born male calf with a trident sign to roam on roads will not work.

We will have to rethink our philosophy of any other method of disposing off just born male calfs as well; as that is neither sensitive nor effective management.

This is essential, as India can't have productive Dairy Business, unless it manages to take care of its non-productive cattle.

Remember, just like humans, cattle will keep begetting male calves.

Remember, just like humans, animals will keep getting old.

Remember, we humans will keep wearing leather shoes, belts etc... and carry leather bags.

Hence why double standards?

If all those who are giving 'Gyan' in Gau Kathas, had any desire to better the lot of such cattle on streets; then we wouldn't be seeing them on roads.

The number of abandoned cattle on roads is only increasing. We must think about it logically!

To conclude, look at any food derived from an animal. You will find that there is always a degree of cruelty involved.

For instance, the milk we get from cow, is actually for the calf.

The honey which we collect from a bee hive, is collected by the bees for their own consumption.

But still we tolerate that. Why? As we see it as food. And that's quite logical.

This applies to food derived from any animal, in any form.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

BJP defense Weak | Ganesh Joshi and Horse incident

Written by ABisht
Hope that you would be aware of 'Ganesh Joshi and the assault on the horse issue'.

His party, the BJP, is defending him on the ground that the horse got its leg fractured by stumbling on its own weight.

It may be true.

Mr.s Joshi's assault on the horse, might have rattled the animal, and in the resulting chaos it got its leg fractured.

Butt there's a point here.

If the sole purpose of BJP's "From Parliament to the Road" protest was to register their disappointment with the Uttarakhand Government in a non-violent peaceful manner, then the moment the protesters were intercepted by the police, they must have peacefully surrendered and offered themselves for arrest. This is how, peaceful non-violent protests take place.

In simple, if you call your protest peaceful non-violent protest, then you don't go after the police with a cane. In the video clippings, Mr. Ganesh Joshi is seen doing exactly that. He's seen assaulting (in Hindi 'मारने को जाना ') the Police and the Horse.

That is why it's difficult to believe his party's defense.

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