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Category: LECTURE

LET US KEEP OUR FAITH PERSONAL

I had a very uncomfortable encounter this time when I went visiting my home town a few days back. I happened to attend a Christian Convention where various learned speakers of Theology come and share the word of God. Well, given a choice I would not like to attend such events as a personal preference. Considering the family issues like leaving me alone at home, I rather being the odd man out accompany them to such events. The speaker in the afternoon was tolerable as his story was interesting. However, the speaker in the evening was terrible. He had a captive audience of about 2000 and delivered the most hopeless sermon I ever heard in my life. I tolerated him for a little while but I gave up in between and had to walk out of the venue to breathe some fresh air.

What he spoke was immaterial; the content was irrelevant to the topic given to him. It was just out of courtesy and respect people tolerated him or they were helpless as they had already paid for the dinner coupons after the event. I am convinced that speakers like him are the very reason that people of other faiths detest Christians in India. He spoke in such a manner as if the audience was non believers in the Christian faith. I am convinced such people do not deserve to speak. It was a very sad state indeed that none of the senior priests and church elders had the guts and the gumption to tell this man to walk off. Was it the fear of being impolite or was it fear of God that brings bad times to anyone who opposes such a speaker. Well, I could only protest by walking off.

Be that as it may, I had another encounter with a person in the same convention, who I respect very much. We met during the social gathering after the service was over. I was proceeding for a cup of tea when I met him. The first thing was the praise of my writing skills; I felt really touched and thanked him. The next thing was he said why you don’t write for the church and about spirituality. I said sir give me a break, it doesn’t mean that if I can write I can write about anything. I am not interested in preaching nor am I interested in writing on something of which I have limited knowledge. Besides it won’t be prudent on my part to write about things that do not interest me as of now. The person still insisted and wanted to strike a deal that at least once a week I should write being a prolific writer. I really got uncomfortable and had to tell him that sir please let me have a cup of tea as this conversation is heading to a tense situation amongst us.

He backed off, I moved on and I sat down to think is there something wrong with me. The faith I have in my God is very personal and I don’t have to tom-tom it around. I being a military man, it is my faith that has seen me through the ups and down of life, in good times in bad times in happiness in sadness, in ill health, in fact every life and death situation. I can speak to my divine strength as and when required. I don’t care about the place I am in, I don’t care about the time of the day, I don’t care about the position I am in. I speak to him when I need him and believe you me he has always heard me and guided me. I shall leave it at that.

I don’t know why I get tense while attending any church functions when I go home. I am not sure if my upbringing is such. I do not like or support any religious fundamentalism either. This was evident when I did not appreciate the conduct of the speaker and there after being pushed to write on something which I have not studied to present my views. I would rather stay away from it. I felt pity actually for all those people who sat through the discourse and I feel sad for that learned person who assumed that if I can write on things such as Pakistan and Kashmir, I can write about religion too. May be that person had too many expectations from me.

There was once an officer once commissioned to our unit. We received him and left him alone to set up his room. It was a shock to find about 15-20 golden framed photos of Gods and Goddesses hanging around his charpoy instead of a nude posters from the latest issue of debonair.  We rushed to the senior subaltern to report it and immediate corrective action was taken. That night he was on the lawn and rum down his gullet through a funnel during his dining in. The next day being Sunday, most of us got up late. To our horror and surprise one man only in a dhoti, with a three finger smeared teeka of sandal wood on his fore head, a janeyu hanging, kharaau (wooden slippers) on his feet, came to give us Prasad. He had been told to attend mandir parade. Half of us almost died of shock. It took many counselling sessions to get him down to mother earth and told how to behave like an officer.

Well folks, for me religion and faith is very personal. I cannot stand anyone trying to force it on me. I am convinced I know my divine power and he speaks to me, guides me and blesses me. My faith in him ever grows. Same would be the case with you too. Let’s keep the harmony growing amongst us. Will my message be understood in the right spirit? I wonder!!!

JAI HIND

 

LECTURING PAKISTAN

Wow what a speech our Foreign Minister gave at the UNGA. Mesmerising to say the least! Standing ovations, desk thumping, leaving Paki’s puppy faced in front of the world audience. Madam I congratulate you on your oratory skills. I heard you many times over on as many channels where you were featuring. I heard almost every debate that rallied around your speech. I shall not get into the Indian politics of it and the comments made by various politicians. I want to get to the crux of it, that what you achieved at the end of it. I could not get hold of the Paki PMs speech but suffice to say except the usual rant there would be nothing much worth mentioning. I just want to understand that would your speech make any difference in Pakistan’s attitude towards India. Let’s begin here.

Lie and repeat the same lie again is the basic formula being followed by Pakistan. Deny and deny till cows come home about anything and everything is now in their blood for all allegations. So Madam how hard you try to win the hearts and minds of the world actually makes no difference to them. You were telling the world that what we do and how they reciprocate was only to gain some sympathy of the representatives. I can assure you Pakistan “ke kaan par juun tak nahi rengi” (it has had zero effect on Pakistan). I also fail to understand that whichever language you speak, it is the way the Paki’s want to assimilate and interpret it that matters. For the Pakistanis, you may tell them in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu or Pashto; it makes no Goddamn difference to them. A terrorist for India will remain a jehadi for Pakistan. These incorrigible people are not willing to understand it or should I say, it is like “Bhains ke age been bajana” (playing a flute in front of a buffalo).

I heard you saying that we are fighting “Gareebi” in India and Pakistan is fighting with us. My question is that are we really fighting gareebi? Today the common Indian doesn’t know how to run his household and enjoy two square meals. If Pakistan is fighting with us then why are we not fighting back and giving them back in the same coin. What are we waiting for? In this process we the citizens of India are getting more gareeb and Pakistan is getting more head strong. They have decided to bleed India with 10,000 cuts instead of 1000 now.

You talked about IIMs and IITs, yes madam we are producing the best of the products from these institutions. Do you think it makes any impact on Pakistan? Where are the jobs for products of such institutions? We should be bothered about our own economic system, banking system, industries and defence. Why is our growth rate slowing? Why are we continuously draining our economy to keep Pak at bay? Let us study and decide that are we to keep bleeding every day or get healed once for all. Now that the demonetising exercise is over and all money is accounted for why are we still delaying our decisions?  Pakistan will not let us live in peace should be clearly understood.

Madam, I suggest that firstly let’s sort out our western borders. In the bargain the army shall relax, Kashmir will return to peace, the jehadi factories will shut down and then only can we concentrate on Indian economy. Internally we have a lot to do. Everyday issues are compounding, from Rohingya’s, to Babas, to university students creating mayhem. List is too long to discuss.

Today I saw on a news channel the way people destroyed all facilities of a civil hospital in UP, from ambulances, to wards, to beds, to pharmacy, to anything and everything because the doctors demanded 1000 bucks for treatment of a child who unfortunately died. Do we realise that we do not need a Pakistan to destroy us. We ourselves are on a path of self destruction. One Baba can let lose his disciples who can create havoc as if a tsunami or a hurricane has passed by. Pakistan enjoys each live telecast and knows now how to rekindle such chaos whenever needed in India.

This is the state of a country which has the second largest population of the world. We are 125 crores, Pakistan is just 20 crores. We have world class educational institutions, they have international jehadi institutions, we have poverty, they don’t care about poverty, we care about world opinion, they care two hoots about world opinion and we react when they act rather than the other way around. We give moving speeches; they listen from one ear and let it pass through the other. We want peace, they have never heard of peace. Why do we have to keep gathering world opinion to isolate them still?

Well, Madam let me not steal your thunder. Talks and speeches are given to those who listen and care for humanity. If India is serious to tackle Pakistan then let us stop having debates on TV as those Paki clowns mock our Indian fabric. We now have to split that country to open four fronts that is Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Iran and India. Madam, we have world class institutions like NDA, IMA and OTAs also. All of us will definitely prove our mettle. Time has come to let the armed forces do some different kind talking with Pakistan to stop its nefarious designs to destabilise us. He scratches our face, he rubs salt in our wounds and we go around the world lecturing, doesn’t gel with me. Will someone explain this to the FM and PM? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAI HIND

 

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