To commemorate 10 years of the Kargil war, Abhishek Bachchan travelled to Drass and Kargil (where most of the war was fought), to Abhishek Bachchan visit the jawans.
Bachchan Junior was joined by many soldiers for an evening full of emotional turns and lilting poetry. Nearly 300 soldiers from far flung places around Drass, many having walked a treacherous distance from their remote outposts to be part of this special evening, were duly rewarded with a simple yet poignant gift. Abhishek presented his illustrious poet-grandfather late Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s soul-stirring poem, Agneepath, calligraphed by Amitabh Bachchan on a specially designed mount board to the jawans. He recited the poem to the rivetted audience that magical evening. The poem penned during India’s struggle for freedom is Abhishek’s personal favourite and echoes the spirit of sacrifice and valour that this gathering of jawans embodied.
I just finished another book on HINDU MASJIDS by one MR Prfull Goradia. Doesnt have anything to do with controversies but mere facts. There is a complete manuscript of the book online at the Janasangh website. Yeah but dont get judgemental about this for gods sake or heavens sake or wotever. Just read the book here
Hindu masjids personify the deep chasm, or the sharp conflict between the Hindu ethos and Muslim zealotry. The conflict must be resolved. Why are we anxious? For the simple reason that without resolution, India cannot acquire the spirit of collective honour. And without national pride, the country cannot leap forward.Individual citizens may flourish or shine, as they do even now, whether at home’ or overseas. But the collective performance of the country disappoints.Many a Samaritan has tried to bridge the Hindu/Muslim chasm. Perhaps no one tried more than Mahatma Gandhi who went to extraordinary lengths by leading the khilafat movement in 1919 whose logical conclusion was anti-national.Yet his mission failed and eventually India was partitioned. The reason, possibly was that well meaning bridge builders did not comprehend the mismatch between the Hindu psyche and Muslim mind. It is well known that the conceptual purposeof an average Hindu is self actualization. Or fulfill himself by the best of karma which should eventually lead to moksha, mukti or nirvana. The Hindu universe consists of all living beings including animals, birds, reptiles et al. Since souls transmigrate, ideally violence should not exist.
Well written and has an interesting illustrations with photographic evidence the author has personally visited and talked to people around. Although it seems that it is full of info and dumped but each word and reference is by itself a strong and historical evidence collected mostly from the western sources and islamic sources. (The author repeats every now and then that since the quote / archive mentioned is not Hindu it doesnt have to be judged and is right)
Another very interesting fact is the authors theory of British are good and not necessarily bad, they might have used the schisms and divisions between us for ruling us but otherwise they are gentlemen. I kind of tended to think and debate the issue.
Have been reading the book Between the lines by Kuldeep Nayar a well covered book and I have not come across any meaningful memoirs of another journalist / govt officer (b it the PRO MEA) detailed and yet to the point.
Borrowed the book long back from Srikanth’s father he is a good collector of books and a book reader. Its an awesome book that i have read in ages. Although I hated his recent articles mainly filthy and hypocratic and with a hangover of wanting to write a more middle way and indecissive rather than being journalsitic or anywhere near.
In the book mainly highlighted are two of the greatest and toughest times the National language issue / official language and the Indo-china border dispute and how Nehru’s shortsighted and dreamy idealistic philosophies bookish had taken over the Indian pride and practically left the ntion bankrupt and nude in the commity of nations.
I love the way he addressed and covered the issues in this book.
The monsoon in India has been late this year. Farmers and me are scarily looking at the skies for a drop of rain and atlast for the past 3 days it has been a relief. But the inflation has skyrocketed and scarily enough the prices have gone up up n up.
It is a sad and helpless state of affairs for the common man. While the Govt was expected to do SOMETHINg it presented a populist but vague budget with no sight of tangible results. The Indian budget with a million crore rupees (Rs10.21 trillion) expenditure is one of the biggest surpassing budgets of continents put together.
Subsidies up from Rs.71,431 crore in B.E. 2008-09 to Rs.1,11,276 crore in B.E. 2009-10.
In the budget, the Government yesterday provided massive outlay for social sector and rural development to the tune of over Rs 71,000 crore, including Rs 39,100 crore for its key employment scheme NREGA.
a new deficit figure of 6.8% of GDP, with a revenue deficit of 4.8%
Outlay for Defence up from Rs.1,05,600 crore in B.E. 2008-09 to Rs.1,41,703 crore in B.E. 2009-10.
Budget Estimates provide for a total expenditure of Rs.10,20,838 crore
India is planning to spend Rs 9 billion ($189 million) on education programs which will leverage IT and Communications network within the country to reach the poorest. The budget laid this out.
Although for India’s size this is paltry. If I take India’s population as 1.5 billion, then this amounts to Rs 6 per person. Which isn’t a whole lot to begin within. But given the other expenses of Government schools and NGO funding over the year, one would assume that some of this will benefit the poorest of the kids.
Was wondering what was the feel good thing about India and found enough of a soothing answer when I saw the pix