Letters can be a great instrument to showcase the socio-political landscape of any society and culture and many people have used this as a great tool to express their feelings – both sorrow and happiness.
Recently, I had a discussion with some young students in Patna who were preparing for the civil service examinations. This seems an interesting time for the students. They tend to be optimistic and idealistic in equal measures as they are on the verge of, conditional on passing the examination, changing the system for the better for their countrymen.
I have spent my best days in Patna (1953-1970). To me, Patna was the only place I loved to live.
I am sure I won't be too incorrect if I say that in today's political process within the country; it's the political party that plays a bigger role than the candidate himself. Most of the voters don't necessarily vote for an individual rather the banner under which he is fighting.
"Aanchal mein hai doodh aur aankhon mein paani." I detest this quote now, although I must confess it was one of my favorite ones during school days, likely because it sounded "rich" from a literary perspective, and because I did not understand the meaning well. Regardless, my write up here is not about this quote. It is in some ways related and in other ways different from it.
Humanity dug its own grave, the day it named its God. With this naming, like that of any human child, the God was restricted and confined to one religion; and in some cases to a book. These books in turn were hand-written by men themselves; although, several justifications have been given for the sources of the divine information, one cannot disapprove that men are prone to err and most importantly be biased.
"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country."
The quote above was said nearly 50 years ago in 1961 by former U.S. President John F. Kennedy during his inaugural speech when he was being sworn in as the next leader of the United States of America.
Union Minister Jairam Ramesh speaks to his heart and he has mastered the art of calling spade a spade. He even invites some controversy unwillingly because of his nature. Recently, while addressing a gathering of bishops, fathers, catholic nuns in a golden jubilee celebration of Caritas India, an organization which claims to work for the rehabilitation of people affected from natural calamities.
We are diverse and naturally we find our unity in the existing diversity, at least we attempt to. Being diversified is not wrong but then managing it is definitely a challenge when it comes to the law and order as well as Education. Let's take Law and order first.
A Tribute to our founding fathers is actually a tribute to our nation and the biggest assurance of assuring that we will never forget what our nation stands for at its core.
Surprisingly, Anna Hazare abruptly ended his fast under the garb of bad health condition. He has also canceled his programme of "jail bharo". His team’s next move may be to boycott Congress in forthcoming states polls. Has Anna Movement been a success or a failure? This is left to the readers to decide.
Seems like Bihar has progressed a lot in the last 6-7 years. People say, it could be possible only because of the incumbent chief minister.
The debate related to the status of Christians in India is going on. There are two points to this wide ranging debate. Firstly, social, economic and political status of converted Christians and second is growing tension in different parts of the country due to conversion related activities. The second has more to do with the way Church adopt to function in the country.