A nation awaits

Source : Google photo of the statue of Netaji Bose unveiled by PM Modi in front of the India Gate in New Delhi on September 8th, 2022

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Synopsis : As India celebrates the newly established statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the most prominent place in New Delhi ,it also gives a clear message to the world that a new India is rising and rising fast. With it’s Central Vista project in which a part of the completed section was opened by the Prime Minister , it clearly shows what a beautiful capital city Delhi has become that is befitting to a rising star.

As the glowing Sun set behind the President’s palace in New Delhi on September 8, 2022, a reporter asked her cameraman to focus on the setting Sun and said that the Sun will set on the scene today for the last time because tomorrow it will shine on a completely different vista that the country will see for the first time.

Source : Google photo of Netaji Bose and his statue in New Delhi

On this 8th day of September of 2022 the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi will unveil the 28 ft tall statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose carved in black granite for the first time under the canopy where the white marble statue of King George V used to stay. The stone weighing over 300 tons was cut from a quarry in Telangana from where it was brought to Delhi on a specially made truck with 100 wheels that had to travel slowly to cover the distance of over 1650 kms. It was then carved by a group of sculptors and polished to perfection. It is the first such massive hand carved statue in India that inspires awe and admiration.

The British ruled India for over 250 years and left behind their signs of rule everywhere when they left India in 1947 that included numerous statues of their kings and queens, lords and viceroys, roads and public buildings named after their royalty to remind their enslaved subjects who was their master.

In 1911 they decided to move their capital from Kolkata to Delhi so they brought in an architect called Edwin Landseer Lutyens who was tasked to lay out a grandiose plan for their new capital called New Delhi which was to be right next to the Old City of Delhi of the Moghul Empire. So Lutyens made plans for the Viceroy’s palace , North block, South block to house various government ministries, the parliament building to be circular in shape and a grand boulevard in the front called King’s Way with wide canals on both side. They built a massive monument called The India gate at the end of the King’s Way and numerous temporary shelters for the armed services as their office and nothing more.

It took many years to complete the buildings but they did not complete the entire plan of Lutyens due to perhaps shortage of funds or the apathy of the British at that point.

They placed the white marble statue of their king George V under the stone canopy from where the cold eyes of the king gazed at his Empire and the new secretariat, the President’s palace that was then called the Viceroy’s palace, the round shaped parliament building and all other buildings built of red sand stone and grandiose in character in line with their arrogance and ambition. ( Read my blog here called A broken nose )

They left India in 1947 but not willingly. In fact they were forced out by a great freedom fighter named Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who organized the Indian National Army ( INA ) that he headed and fought the British forces tooth and nail to gain freedom for all Indians. Most of the INA soldiers were the well trained ex-soldiers of the British Army who knew how to fight their erstwhile masters. Then came the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Americans so Japan surrendered and the World War II ended thus the Japanese support of the INA and Netaji waned and finally ended resulting in the disbanding of the INA.

The British then arrested the key leaders of the INA and put them on trial in the Red Fort in Delhi and charged them with treason that was punishable with death. This was the fuse that lit the nationwide anger of the people who took to the streets for violent protests. They could not tolerate their freedom fighters to be treated like common criminals and demanded their immediate release. This protest took the lives of over 450 British officers before it spread to the British Navy where the Indian officers raised the Indian flag on all their ships and tore down the British flags.

This put tremendous fear into the British authorities who realized that the protests everywhere had taken a very nasty turn for them so they made complete evacuation plans for all the British from India from two ports of Bombay and Karachi .They knew that their rule in India was over because of Netaji Bose and his army of dedicated patriots who had already liberated parts of North East and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Bose had formed his government in exile and marched on to Delhi. When the war in Japan ended, Bose vanished but claims were made that he had died in a plane crash in Taiwan.

The British left India in a hurry but made sure to leave behind a sycophant Congress Party and their leaders who promised to continue to look after the British interest after 1947. They also made sure that India is divided into three parts creating Pakistan so that India could never rise as a nation due to its enemies on both sides. This was the revenge they took for their humiliation and exit from India in a shameful manner because of a patriot like Bose who made sure that the British Sun did set never to rise again. It also started the collapse of the British colonial rule elsewhere in the World.

The sycophants of the British had no intention of honoring the national hero Bose in any shape or form and banned the now disbanded soldiers of the INA to include them in the New Indian Army and Netaji Bose was declared a war criminal to be caught and handed over to the British for trial. But Bose had simply vanished and could never be found.

This bit of history is important to know how Netaji became such a national hero who brought Independence to India but the Congress Party denied him a place in the history and any importance so their paid historians said that all credit for Independence goes to Gandhi and Nehru. This was the propaganda the Congress Party continued to spread around the world and named numerous roads and buildings in their name in order to glorify them but the Indians knew better and grieved for this neglect of their hero.

Then came a change in India in 2014 when a nationalist leader called Narendra Modi emerged and won massive support of the voters who wanted a change that Mr. Modi had promised. He promised to end the family and dynastic rule forever and end the corruption. He promised that the true heroes of the Independence movement will be recognized and honored.

He recognized the INA and its contribution in the freedom struggle so the remaining soldiers were given pension and their sons and daughters were given jobs. They were included in the parade on January 26th Republic day in Delhi for the first time and the floats of the INA were included. Netaji was remembered and eulogized as the great hero of India who brought freedom to all.

It did not sit well with the sycophants of the British but they were out of power and have steadily lost elections in most states of the country because people have realized how corrupt they are and how much money they have stolen since 1947. Most of them are charged with corruption and are on bail awaiting trial.

Modi also inaugurated the INA museum in the Red Fort that shows how INA fought the British and how it liberated parts of India. It shows how Netaji escaped from his house arrest in Kolkata to reach Berlin where he met with Adolf Hitler and asked for his help in defeating their mutual enemy England.

But his dream of setting up a grand statue in the heart of New Delhi of Bose came true yesterday when he unveiled a 28 ft. tall granite statue of Netaji and offered flowers after taking off his shoes as a profound show of respect to the national hero. It was a poetic justice to see Netaji statue at the same spot where King George V statue was seen until 1968. It had remained empty since then until yesterday because the previous attempts to glorify Nehru or Gandhi there had resulted in massive protest from all who love Netaji.

Perhaps King George V is squirming in his grave somewhere to know that his enemy now occupies the place from where he used to look down on his Empire so heartlessly. If Gandhi and Nehru had been buried, they too would have squirmed in their graves to see such a majestic statue of the hero they had scorned in the name of their own personal ambitions.

I am sure the invited guests of the diplomatic corps listening to the Prime Minister’s speech also included the British who probably felt uneasy to witness such a ceremony to honor a man whom they wanted to prosecute as war criminal and who forced them out of India in great humiliation. How the times have changed!

Here is a video that will show you with English narration the unveiling of the Netaji statue and the inauguration of the Central Vista project by the Prime Minister yesterday. The parliament house is nearly complete but the rest of the buildings that will house all the ministries and numerous other buildings to house the officers of the armed forces are under construction. The project is supposed to be completed by the end of 2023.

Only Washington D.C. and Paris have the Central Vista but I have seen both of them. None are as impressive and as beautiful as the Central Vista of New Delhi. With its acres of garden, trees and lakes, it sparkles with lights in the evening as a wonderland.

Source : U Tube video of the inauguration of the statue of Netaji Bose

Then Modi did something else. He had promised that all vestige of the British rule in India must end so that the people can feel that they are indeed free and can decide their own future without outside interference. So he changed the name of Raaj Path ( King’s Way ) to Kartavya Path meaning Duty so that all who tread on it will know that they have a duty toward the country be they high or lowly officials. No one henceforth will rule over the people but will have a duty to serve them.

He then inaugurated the splendid Central Vista project that starts at the President’s palace and ends in the India gate covering a distance of 3 kms or more. This entire length of the road has been widened and with red stone sidewalks. It is now well lit with hundreds of modern street lamp posts, has improved underground drainage system, acres of green lawns and hundreds of trees planted on both side of the majestic canals.

There are 66 public toilets, hundreds of red sand stone benches for the people to sit on and boating facilities in the 3 km long rectangular lakes on both sides. There are parking spaces and dedicated stalls for vendors of ice creams and other foods for those who may now enjoy the Central Vista as never before. When Modi vowed to remove all symbols of the British occupation of India in his Red Fort speech a few days ago, he meant it.

When Modi inducted into the Indian Navy the most modern aircraft carrier INS- Vikrant built entirely in the Kochi shipyard, it ushered in the new era of self-reliance in the production of all its defense needs so that India will become self-sufficient. While India still imports Rafale fighter jets from France and S-400 missile system from Russia, the dependence on foreign weapons will decrease as the country speeds up the Make in India process. ( Read my blog here called INS Vikrant )

He proudly displayed the Naval flag fluttering on the mighty INS –Vikrant bearing the Indian flag and the 0ctagonal symbol of the navy of Shivaji who had fought the Moghuls in the 15th century with his mighty navy of over 500 ships. The symbol of King’s Cross has been removed from the Navy flag.

I used to pass by the empty canopy near the India Gate and always wished it to be a place for a grand statue of Netaji Bose someday but I never said anything to anyone. May be Mr. Modi heard this wish in the heart of millions of Indians like me and decided that this honor to Bose was long overdue. It has gladdened the hearts of all who loved Netaji Bose including myself.

Modi did not create new history yesterday. Rather he rewrote the history that had denied the honor deserved by the hero called Bose. From his pedestal he now looks at the new India rising to its full glory in the rising sun behind the Presidential palace and knows that the country he loved and sacrificed his life for now grows steadily to take its rightful place as a mighty and modern nation.

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INS Vikrant


Source : Google photo of INS Vikrant of the Indian Navy

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Synopsis : All countries need to have the ability to protect itself from its enemies so India is no exception. With its 7000 kms of shore line, its navy faces special challenges to safeguard the country from sea invaders . Now a modern warship INS Vikrant designed and made in India joins the Navy to bolster its ability in projecting it’s power anywhere.

On September 2, 2022, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kochi to induct the most powerful war ship called the beast of the sea INS Vikrant into the Indian Navy that was built at the Kochi shipyard and equipped there with the latest state of the art defensive and offensive weaponry. The launching of the air craft carrier INS Vikrant in the Arabian Sea has made the world news because of its sheer size and its modern weaponry that has greatly disturbed India’s enemies.

India is now in the elite group of few nations that can build aircraft carriers and put it to sea with their formidable defensive and offensive abilities. It can project the might of the Indian Navy anywhere in the world when needed with the ability to put fear into its enemies. Often this fear alone of such an immense warship that can cause terrible damage to the enemy morale in the sea or land prevents war. Its utter destructive power persuades them to leave the battle field.

India has over 7000 kms of shore line that face the Arabian Sea in the West, the Indian Ocean in the South and the Bay of Bengal in the East that need to be protected at all times so India needed a second carrier like Vikrant to give the Indian Navy more power and capability to protect the country.

What the world saw for the first time was the ability of India to build a complex war ship like INS Vikrant that was designed by the Indian naval engineers and architects and built by the workers of the Kochi shipyard. It is the largest of the ships in the navy and proudly shows the flag of India and the emblem resembling the war ships of Shivaji that fought and repelled the enemies in the 15th century.

The Cross of St. George was removed from the flag that was a relic of the British Navy to usher in the new era of the dominance of the seas by India now and announcing to the world of the arrival of India with its powerful Navy, Army and the Air force to protect the country all the time. The Indian navy is now a strong navy with its frigates, destroyers, air craft carriers, helicopter carriers and most lethal of them all the nuclear submarines that are equipped with nuclear tipped missiles. This armada is unbelievably powerful that the enemies of India are mortally afraid of. China and Pakistan have plenty of reasons to be very worried.

The keel of the carrier Vikrant was laid a long time ago but it suffered the hurdles the bureaucracy placed on its construction, poor will of the previous governments that failed to allocate the funding necessary to build such a mammoth ship so the skeleton of the ship languished in the ship yard for years until Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister of the country in 2014.

From then on the work on the ship was speeded up, all hurdles removed and the completion was prioritized by his government. It became one of Mr. Modi’s dream projects when he determined that such a warship must be built as soon as possible to give the Navy the ships it needs. Now many new ships and submarines are under construction that will soon augment the power of the Indian Navy to fight any war in the seas that surround India on its three sides.

An air craft carrier is not just a war ship that carries fighter jets, helicopters and other types of aircrafts for surveillance. It is a floating city that generates its own power and carries all the things its soldiers need like food, water, weapons, ammunitions, fuel for its massive engines etc. that allows it to remain at sea for a prolonged time and travel to any part of the world where it is needed. It has a very modern very well equipped hospital that can treat any kind of injury during an actual conflict.

Source : U Tube video of INS Vikrant ,the pride of Indian navy

It carries surface to air missiles, powerful guns that can bombard a target 40 kms away with pin point accuracy, track and target any underwater enemy submarine or other enemy ships and communicates with the Naval Command via satellite based system through encryption. In short a carrier like Vikrant is built to put fear into the heart of India’s enemies because it is a fearful floating war machine.

Source : U Tube video on INS Vikrant inside look

This type of carrier is equipped with the latest naval technology for self-defense and damage control in case of accidental fire on board during a sea battle. It is always flanked by several destroyers and a very lethal nuclear powered submarine below that is equipped with ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear weapons. So it is called a Carrier Group that projects power wherever it goes.

During the war with Pakistan in 1971, such a group of war ships effectively blockaded the Karachi port so no Pakistani war ships could venture out to fight with the Indian army that had sent its army, navy and air force to liberate East Pakistan that later came to be known as Bangladesh. Indian navy destroyed the Pakistani submarine en route to East Pakistan near Vishkhapatnam that sank with all its crews.

Recently the Indian navy placed its nuclear capable submarine with its lethal ballistic missiles near Karachi to put pressure on the Pakistan Army to release Wing Commander Avinandan within 24 hours of his capture after his MiG 21 fighter plane was shot down over Pakistan. This is the power of the Indian Navy and its carriers and destroyers. Mr. Modi demanded his release without any pre conditions so Commander Avinandan was released fearing the consequences of not releasing him.

Only a few countries can project such power anywhere in the world. USA. China, France , Russia ,England and Italy have aircraft carriers and now it is India that has joined this elite group of nations that can build carriers and equip them with the latest weapons .

Narendra Modi has declared that India will develop and build its fighter planes, missiles, tanks and carriers with the help of the finest engineers and scientists so that the country will not import such hardware. The made in India Tejas fighter plane is already in service. Many countries want to include it in their air force. The hypersonic missiles, the Brahmos missile and numerous other types of short and long range missiles are being made in India that have won world acclaim.

This will make India independent of other arms producing countries and save the money it used to spend on such purchases in the past. India still buys some fighter planes like Rafale from France and the powerful S-400 missile system from Russia but aims to reduce such imports in the future by developing its own offensive and defensive weapons.

India has developed its own GPS system and placed a number of communication satellites in space to meet its military communication needs with complete encryptions. Its satellites keep an eye on the enemy countries 24 hours a day to know their movements. Now all the services like Army, Navy, Air Force and other arms of the military work in complete sync with maximum coordination during conflict so a Chief of the Defense Staff ( CDS ) will now be responsible for it.

What Mr. Narendra Modi has achieved in only 8 years to modernize the defense forces is unprecedented. Now women are integrated into all branches of armed services for the first time in Independent India although it was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who formed the first female brigade in his Indian national Army ( INA ) that fought the British tooth and nail to make the British leave India in 1947. It was called Rani Laksmibai brigade.

Source : U Tube video of the awesome INS Vikrant

With the INS Vikrant in the Navy, a demand for more carriers like Vikrant will rise so that the Navy becomes more powerful to protect the country better. The confidence the ship builders have now achieved by building Vikrant will surely make it easy for the construction of the next carrier. I wish that the next carrier will be named Netaji Bose who is a national hero.

To achieve it they will need the total support of the Modi government that has to remain in power by winning the next election due in 2024.

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Tricksters and fraudsters

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Synopsis : There have always been tricksters and fraudulent people who took advantage of the gullible and greedy people but now they have become more sophisticated because they now use computers in call centers to scam people around the world. It has become a multibillion dollar industry that shows no sign of abating. The blog looks at their modus operandi and warns you to stay away from them.

As we see the development of the computer technology that has made it easy for anyone to send e mail messages, photos and videos or talk for free on Skype or Zoom to anyone anywhere anytime , we also notice a phenomenal rise in Cyber crime . It affects the older generation more than anyone else because they tend to be less computer savvy and have no idea how the computer works and how some bad people get hold of them and cajole them to reveal their credit card numbers or other sensitive bank data. They are called the cyber criminals who are mostly young meaning less than 30 years of age and who speak English fluently although with an accent.

It works like this. Just suppose you are an old woman in California and you have a glitch with your computer so you click on a link for the technical service of the manufacturer of your hardware and ask for their help in resolving your problems. What you do not know is that clicking the link will bring you to a website the cyber criminals operate somewhere in the world and promise to solve your technical issues.

They will talk to you in a soothing and smart voice and assure you that your problems will be solved if you answer a few questions and provide some information about your credit card number or bank account number. These criminals can see your screen and what you are typing so nothing is hidden from them. They will also say that the service to solve your particular problem will cost you 350 dollars and 99 cents or some such figure and ask if you are willing to proceed. If you agree then they will deduct this amount from your account within seconds. The USD 350.99 is the red flag so turn off your PC immediately although it may be too late.

If you have doubts about them because of their Un-American accent and ask them who they are and from where they are calling, they will tell you that they are located somewhere in California and they represent the company that sold you the hardware.

What they will never tell you is that they are calling you from a call center in India or the Philippines or some other location and they are scammers who will empty your account as soon as you call them for their service and they will vanish leaving no trace like a phantom. They are very computer savvy people who know how to bait an old person who does not understand how the Internet works and how they can see your screen, what you are typing and what you look like. They do not represent any company that sold you your computer but are experts in guiding you to their trap and gently cajole you to reveal your sensitive information.

This type of cybercrime is committed daily to victimize millions of people all over the world and has become a multibillion dollar industry that keeps on growing but the authorities have a very difficult time to catch them, arrest them and prosecute them because the policemen are not well educated to understand the complexity of the technology so these fake call centers are sprouting like mushrooms in big cities of India and the Philippines.

The policemen often say that the crime was committed in another country so it is outside their jurisdiction or some such lame excuse. Believe it or not, most people still do not understand how the Internet works and how it connects to computers in other countries with blazing speed so these criminals take advantage of the technology ignorance of their victims and openly brag that the police will never catch them and prosecute them.

This crime is so lucrative for them that they say that just in 24 hours they can earn enough money to last a month so now you can understand why young people of both sexes are attracted to work in these spurious call centers where they can make so much money just by making some calls.

Many cyber criminals start out as legitimate technical experts working for some big companies where they learn all the intricacies of how to work the computer and its various programs. Later they open up their own call centers to work fulltime because they know that they cannot be caught easily or sent to jail. With the money earned they move into posh residences, buy fancy cars and other things but their greed for more money is insatiable.

There is a modern multistory glass and steel building in the posh business district of Gurugram that is just near Delhi where the ground and a few floors are occupied by the big technology companies who operate their legitimate business but all the rest of the floors are filled with these fake call centers reaping millions of dollars from their illegal activities. Such call centers have sprouted in most of the big cities like Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai just to name a few. They are very busy making calls in the middle of the night when it is the daytime somewhere else in the world and use late model computers and peripherals like cameras, high speed computers , modems and super sensitive microphones etc.

These call centers have also become vice centers where young men and women come in close contact with each other day after day so the biology starts to kick in when they are alone during the night. You can imagine the rest. It is inevitable that at some point drugs and alcohol start flowing as well.

Here is a video that explains it all in vivid details :

Source : U tube video

Now the smart phones serve the same purpose as a personal computer so you can use your phone to connect to the Internet, call someone on skype or send e mails, photos and videos to anyone anytime. The smart phones come with high definition camera that can take still or video photos even in dim light.

These smart phones have become so popular that the scammers in rural areas use them to lure in their victims and promise them the delivery of a new car or something to their doors if they simply pay the reservation fee of few thousand Rupees. Once they receive the money in their account, they vanish while the victim waits for his car that never arrives. When they see the police vans are approaching their village, they scatter like birds. They even fill the dirt roads with water so that the police vehicles bog down in the mud while the criminals escape.

They say that they are retired army men because people trust Army people more than others. These scams are mostly local so the scammers need only know fluent Hindi. They destroy their SIM cards every three days so that their phones cannot be traced by the police.

Now the Indian government is hiring young people who are experts in IT ( Information technology ) and have rich experience to fight Cyber crimes . They infiltrate the call centers by posing as their customers and can remotely see their computer screen to see what they are typing to expose them. The data thus obtained are then used by the police to shut them down but they sprout up somewhere else within days. Rarely these types of criminals are prosecuted so they carry on just like before. They are also very good in hiding their identity because they know how.

It is like the FBI in the United States that often hires ex-cons and ex cyber criminals who have served their time and now teach the FBI how to catch the scammers. There was a movie made on the subject but I have forgotten the title.

So if you are over 50, living alone and have technical glitches with your PC , please do not click on these toll free numbers. Turn off your PC immediately before the scammers download your data. You should see a red flag as soon as the scammer in a foreign accent asks for your credit card number or your bank account number. A reputed company that sells the hardware will never ask you for these data so the safest way is to go to a reliable store where a trained technician will easily solve your problem for a small fee. These technicians are trained by the big companies in problem solving so you should ask the companies where their legitimate service centers are.

Unfortunately our world is full of con people who pose as door to door salesmen or insurance sellers, property sellers etc. They are found in every country who take advantage of old and vulnerable people.

Once I started receiving e mails that said that I had won a huge amount in a lottery that I had never participated in and asked for a big amount as a service fee before they will send me the money. I knew it was a scam so I answered in big red letters … You have been notified to the Interpol that will soon arrest you no matter where you live.  It was a bluff but the scammer did not know that.

The emails stopped coming because it put fear in them. Then I started receiving e mails from a Nigerian scammer who claimed that she is the daughter of a general who is in prison somewhere but she had access to his loot. Now she needs me to give her my bank account number so that she can transfer this loot to my account for a 10 percent fee that she will pay me. Again I warned this con person that he or she will be prosecuted soon because I have alerted the authorities and have given them his e mail address. The e mails stopped. I do not know why there are so many scammers in Nigeria in particular.

I know a city in India called Jalandhar in Punjab state that is well known for all sorts of scammers. They are so bold that they advertise their racket in Newspapers and find some suckers who are greedy so easily fall into their trap. We all know about the pyramid scammers so beware. There was one pyramid scammer in the United States who was called Madoff who is now serving time for all the money he stole.

If his name alone did not raise a red flag then you need some serious counseling my friend. If something is too good to be true then you can be sure it never is.

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Bane of negative programming

Source : Google photo of a religious school called madrasa in India

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Synopsis : The spread of radicalism in some religions has brought upon the humanity the curse of hatred, intolerance of others and outright violence that the whole world suffers from. Now people are demanding reforms that will eliminate radical thinking and promote peace and harmony among all people. This can only be achieved through a holistic approach to education of a child that opens his mind to the world of knowledge that prepares him better to cope with the challenges of the modern world.

We are conditioned to think and act in a certain way that starts to define who we are at a certain age. This conditioning starts at an early stage of our life when a child comes under pressure to conform to the strict rules and regulations as spelled out for him by his elders. While it may be necessary for a child to learn what he can do or cannot do so that he can easily conform, often the methods used by his elders to make him conform can and should be questioned.

We should ask if a child must be subjected to harsh training to conform at an age when he needs the freedom of expression and to choose what he or she wants to do that should be his or her fundamental right. The elders who are his parents , school teachers or relatives may feel that it is their duty to teach the kids what is right and what is wrong so that he acts accordingly later in his life. The methods used to imprint their ideas of right or wrong on the child varies from country to country, from one religion to other and from one set of parents to another within a given community. ( read my blog here called Imprinting https://aumolc.wordpress.com/2021/03/20/imprinting/  )

Some families teach tolerance of other faiths and set of beliefs to the child while others take a more radical approach where a child is taught to believe and practice a belief system that borders on fundamentalism that later may have a very negative impact on the development of a child making him unfit to live in harmony with others who are not like him. This is called negative programming that is the subject of this blog today.

A child is born innocent and is free from any belief or guidelines at first but it does not last long because the negative programing of his brain starts early meaning as soon as he or she learns to understand words and their impact on him or her. If the parents, his teachers and his elders try to teach him good moral values, good habits and manners then it may have a positive impact on his development. The teachers play a crucial role in the development of a child when they teach him how to read and write and provide books to read to gain knowledge.

Later the child develops the habit of reading books on various subjects because he is naturally curious to learn about zillion things so a good teacher provides him with the opportunity to do so. The parents may provide him with books other than what is prescribed in his school so that he may gain wider knowledge of history, geography, social science or technical matters depending on his interest so that he can develop a healthy personality with keen interest in reading and learning about subjects that are not covered in his school.

But some people think that it is their duty to imprint on their kids their belief system early so that they become their clones in order to perpetuate their religious beliefs generation after generation. This action on their part is motivated by their belief system that they learned from their parents who often use harsh methods like physical punishment for a recalcitrant kid who shows signs of rebellion against strict learning regimes.

We have heard of young girls or boys raised by their parents with strict rules running away from their suffocating conditions so that they can breathe the free air of liberty of choice but we also know that such kids often run into trouble by running away and joining a group that leads them into more trouble.

The hippie movement of the 1960 that grew out of the protest against war and persecution of others in the United States spread to many countries that made millions of young people join. It led to street protest, jail terms for many and an exodus of young people to other countries to avoid mandatory draft into the army.

But this sort of protest nationwide and even worldwide had a positive impact on their governments to end the war in Vietnam and other wars. The massive protest in France against the colonial rule in Algeria and the torture of a teen age girl Djamila Boupacha led to the independence of Algeria. This protest was based on moral grounds because they fought for justice.

But when the negative programming starts in a child’s life, it has a far sinister consequence for him that at first he fails to understand but later begins to realize that he has painted himself into a corner that he finds difficult to come out of. The rise of worldwide terrorism in every continent is one such outcome due to this harsh negative programming they were subjected to in their religious schools where they were taught intolerance of other faiths and hatred for people who are not like them.

The question to ask here is why some people feel that it is their duty to teach their kids intolerance and dislike for others who are not like them. There was a child who sought me out every Sunday in our college cafeteria where I worked to ask me why I was not following Jesus. She always said “my mom says…’ I could not make her understand that people have a right to be different and have a choice to believe or not to believe in something but she always said that “her mom said… etc.

Obviously she was an innocent child who was curious and wanted to know more on the subject of belief system but was being negatively programmed by her mother who was an avid church goer and a Bible thumper to boot. So I consider the children to be the innocent victims of those who try to make them clones like them who in their own childhood were made clones of their parents.

It is logical to think that the parents who were harshly raised by their parents when young would consider for their children the freedom of choice and be more supportive of them in their all-round development but the opposite happens.  

The solution as being introduced in India for the first time is to give children of certain communities access to modern education that can wean them away from the fundamentalist schools that only teach intolerance and hatred for other faiths. The modern education provides them with the knowledge of numerous subjects, the use of computers and access to the worldwide pool of knowledge on any subject. Such modern schools are opening up in numerous states in India where the government provides the funding, qualified teachers and the computers for the children. It is wildly popular with the children who were previously taught by their religious teachers the fundamentalism of their religion and nothing else.

Source : Google photo of a modern school for children in India

Children who attend madrassas in both India and Pakistan are from backward, poor, underprivileged and financially impoverished families. These families however are also unfortunately large. In essence poverty and ignorance at work simultaneously results in the inability of parents to fully provide for their children resulting in madrassa enrollments. So children are sent to madrassas as a result of this poverty. There, children are taught not just religious education, but are clothed, fed and raised – something these families simply cannot manage.

There is a dire need to revisit madrassa curriculum. There are loud voices in Pakistan demanding this reform; to include sciences, mathematics and general sciences along with religion to be imparted to these students, to eliminate the threat of nefarious forces using these innocent children for their nefarious designs.

Madrasas teach kids to become radical Islamist but such teachings have no real life value in modern times. That’s the same reason why the Father of the nation of Turkey Kemal Ataturk banned Madrasa education from Turkey to make it a modern country. Hence, Turkish culture is the most forward and modern culture in the Islamic world.

On the other hand we have countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan etc where Madrasa culture has deteriorated the social fabric of those countries and has made them epicenter of radical Islam. Madrasas work by depriving a person of his critical thinking regimen. Once a person is deprived of critical thinking by age 16, it’s safe to assume he can easily be radicalized.

So while most madrasas directly don’t encourage radicalism, they indirectly end up contributing to radicalism by making their students more vulnerable to it by depriving them of critical thinking.

In a typical madrasa, the most glaring difference with a public school is how the teacher handles a cross questioning student. In a public school, the cross question will either be entertained or at worst ignored. In a madrasa asking a cross question to the teacher results in severe thrashing. So the student just becomes an instruction taking tool like a hard disc. He can only digest info, not process it.

The hard core fundamentalism is not unique to Islam. It exists in many religions but with the spread of education, people have started to realize the value of education that prepares the young people to meet the challenges in their life better than their parents. The study of numerous subjects including religion makes them more knowledgeable and tolerant of people of other faiths, ethnicity, race and beliefs. This leads to better social harmony in any country.

In Europe, people have started to move away from the fundamentalist practices of the previous generation by rejecting it and not attending churches and not joining convents or religious schools that train the future priests and nuns. As a result the church attendance has drastically fallen in many countries. Many countries face a shortage of priests and nuns so one priest is required to service many churches by turn. In other countries the churches employ foreign priests and nuns.

The only way to discourage the spread of radicalism is to give the young people the tools that they can use to meet all their challenges in life .It means giving them all the opportunities to get the kind of education and skills that prepares them better in the modern world. This is how each individual becomes a better person who contributes to the development of his country. Such a person becomes an asset and not a liability to any community and country because he is an educated person who is tolerant and respectful of others who are not like him.

Shouldn’t your child be one of them?  

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Where are they now?

Source : Google photo

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Synopsis : We all have the tendency to remember good people who are our friends or mentored us when we needed them but we tend to forget those who were only acquaintances and never our friends. A real friend who remains steadfast and loyal is hard to find so they must be cherished.

When I was seven or eight years old, I used to go to the park nearby where I played with a few youngsters like myself who gathered there to play. We were not supervised by our parents or elders like in some countries so we were free to do whatever we wanted like climbing trees to pluck a few forbidden fruits or jump over the neatly cut hedges only to fall flat on the flower beds.

There were girls of our age also but mostly they were not a part of our group because we at that age were not really interested in girls in ways boys look at girls or vice versa because our hormones had not started to kick in because we were just children. We did what other children did that mostly included having fun without having to pay for it. We did not have pocket money or fancy toys to play with so we improvised a lot that included many types of mischief making like grabbing nasty hornets to attach a string in it and make it fly like a kite. There were other mischiefs that I will not write about here because the list is long.

In the process of growing up, I got to know some kids better than others like Nantu who never told me his real name nor did I to him because everyone had a nick name like Nantu. The formal introduction was not needed. Nantu came from a prosperous family of 2 more brothers older than him but his father was a well-known doctor who was also a very religious man so his three sons were also given good training at home to be religious.

How religious they were was hard to tell but Nantu was often required to do the evening Lakhsmi Pooja at home that he did well. He memorized all the chants and hymns and knew all the rituals by heart while I waited patiently for him to finish so that we could go to the park to play.

Nantu went to an expensive English medium school like his brothers and proudly showed off his dark blue shorts and light blue shirt uniform while I went to a poor school with leaking class rooms and worn out desks and stools so there was a big gap between us but it did not stop us to become friends. Our parents knew his parents and we went to their house on special occasions like Durga Pooja.

Nantu and I were inseparable. We talked of many things children talk about and we played together. At that age we did not have big dreams and a solid plan for our future but we did make plans to steal a few fruits from the garden and risked the wrath of the gardeners who were always on the lookout for the naughty kids like us. Sometimes we quarreled over petty things but were also quick to make up and be friends again.

We exchanged small gifts like marbles or a colored glass bead so it was simple. I often kept the nasty hornets in a match box in my pocket that too served as a prize gift Nantu loved. I made many kites land on our roof with the help of a stone attached to a string so that too I shared with Nantu and taught him how to bring down a kite while the kite fliers never guessed who the kids were and where.

Thus a few more years passed and we started to grow up and move up to the next level in our school where eventually we reached 10th grade that meant taking the Board exam. But by this time we had moved into our new home quite far from the neighborhood where we had lived so I did not see Nantu again until one day many years later when he suddenly showed up. He had grown taller and more handsome but essentially the same old childish Nantu I had known so long ago.

I was delighted to see him again and asked him what he was doing all these years. He said that he had run away from his home and joined the Army by faking his real age and slowly rose in ranks to become a captain in the signal corps. While we were thus talking, a postman came to deliver a brown envelop to me that contained my passport. Nantu was excited and asked me why I needed a passport and where I was going. He showed great delight to know that I was going to Vietnam so he said that it needed a celebration of sorts. We spent the rest of the day eating and talking together.

Then Nantu said goodbye and disappeared from my life forever leaving a void that only a dear friend like him could. Nantu took his life one day but I will not get into the why and how but I do miss him and cherish all the time we spent together as children.

In our life we meet many people while growing up, later in school and college. After graduation we get a job somewhere so we meet new people in our work place. We settle down at a certain age with a wife and have children so we get to meet new people in our new community so in each phase of our life we get to meet new people who may or may not become our friends.

I too knew many people but they did not become my friends like my classmate in high school who was my seatmate for 7 years and I often played with him in his house but when I met him again after some 20 years , he simply said Hi and then disappeared claiming that he had an appointment to keep somewhere. Many of my playmates of yesteryears are aloof and do not even ask what am I doing or where in the world I live. I could have told them many things but they showed no interest except superficiality. One guy showed fake excitement and promised to come to our house later for a longer talk but he never showed up.

Another fellow who was passing by our gate showed no emotions on seeing me some 30 years later and disappeared saying that he was in a hurry. This was the same fellow who I used to walk with every evening and who went to the airport to see me off when I was leaving for Vietnam but now he had no time.

So in life we get to meet all sorts of people. It starts from our childhood and continues until we die but how many of them we consider our friends? I can now say that most people we get to meet and know fall into the category of mere acquaintances because they remain aloof and show no interest in you as a person unless they want something from you.

Many of them said that I should bring them a camera or something from abroad. One even asked me to buy French perfume for his wife but backed off when I said that a small vial of Poison can cost over 60 dollars. Poison is a very famous and expensive perfume.

So when a friendship solely depends on what gifts you can bring for them then a true friendship does not develop. One of my classmates in college who now lives in Delhi said to me that I must bring him a bottle of Blue label Johnny Walker whiskey the next time and derided the Red label Johnny Walker I gifted him.

We used to study whole night together to prepare for our final year exams and he was supposed to be my friend but he let me down big time when he promised to do something very important but failed to do so and gave the job to someone who ran away with my money. It had to do with the renewal of my wife’s passport. All he had to do was to deposit the money at the Embassy.

My sweet wife often says that friends are for a reason and a season. When the reasons and seasons pass, they too disappear leaving no trace. A fake friendship falls apart quickly when jealousy is involved as it happened in my case. My classmate in high school got less marks than me in our Sanskrit class so he got very jealous of me because I got distinction in the Board exam. I never saw him again which was good.

This sort of thing can and does happen in schools, colleges and in work places where your school mates, college mates or your work mates may get jealous of you if you excel in what you do and get the attention of your teacher or your boss who may promote you to a higher level position because they notice your intelligence and better creative abilities.

I had to contend with classmate jealousy because our professors always singled me out for any assignment because I did it well and always asked me questions in the class that I was usually well prepared to answer. I did my homework well.

This feeling of jealousy starts early in high school and may continue in college so a smart girl is often bullied by those girls who are not smart but villainous in nature because of arrogance of rich parents, fine clothes or latest gadgets they bring to the school. They do not even try to understand the qualities of a smart girl or a boy so who do you think ends up being a top scientist or a doctor or a great engineer later in life? Vain and jealous people do not become friends to anyone because they think that they are superior to others so they cannot accept someone better than them.

Basically a friendship starts because of shared values, shared ideas, shared toys or books. When we do things together like playing, it brings others closer to you but not all of them become your friends no matter how many years you have played with them. So what brings two persons together who become friends like Nantu and I and why others have disappeared?

I think true friendship develops like a sapling at first that later can grow into a tree given a chance. So a friendship must be nurtured like a frail sapling at first and maintained until well established. I still wonder what great length Nantu and I would have gone to maintain and grow our friendship given half a chance. Sadly I was not given that chance so I still miss my childhood friend who was so innocent and loyal.

There are a few who have left an impression on me whom I miss today because I know that I will never get to see them again. There are those whom I never wish to see again because they were not my friends so have disappeared from my memory. My brain thankfully deletes their memories and keeps only the memory of those who were my friends and who left an impression on me.

You are lucky if you just have one true friend you can count on. Most people are not so lucky so in their old age they become alone. The email, facebook or numerous social media can bring you in contact with a lot of people but only very superficially. They tend to disappear just like a photo or a message at the press of a button so remember that people become friends for a reason or for a season.

I remember some very good people like Eberhard from Hamburg, Monique from Domremy aux bois, Marie Françoise from Compiegne, Pierre, Catherine Leguier of Paris, Mechell and Russell, my mentors like Drs.Ghosh and De Datta, my friend and mentor Dr.Kennedy, my professor Mr.Dey, Prof. Leighty, my friend and librarian Miss Thomas. Many are dead while others have disappeared leaving no trace.

I often wonder where are they now who are still living. Do they still have a tiny space in their heart for me? Do they still remember me as much as I remember them and miss them? I guess I will never know.

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The idea of Indian union

Source: Google photo of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia

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Synopsis: The idea of an Indian Union just like the EU does not seem too far-fetched but it has many hurdles to overcome. Great visionaries like Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay put forth this idea long ago but said that it could be more of a union of shared cultural values and traditions making physical and political boundaries less important between nations. The blog looks at the benefits of such Union.

I am not a political person so normally I do not like to write about the politics of any country nor do I support any political party or its agenda but I watched a video where a gentleman was talking about how an Indian Union could be created that would be similar to the European Union. It made me think about the idea so I wanted to explain this idea to you in plain words because the author of the video was speaking in Hindi that you may not understand.

It was not his original idea. He was simply explaining it on behalf of the persons who wrote about it, talked about it and encouraged everyone to promulgate it so that one day in the future their ideas could turn into a reality for the benefit of the human kind that is hell bent on harming each other in the name of ideology, religion and hard core fundamentalism that has taken millions of lives and continues to divide the people in the Indian sub-continent.

These visionary men are no longer alive but they have left the seed in the minds of progressive people who think about the idea of an Indian Union that does not seem so far-fetched. They were some of the most fertile minds in the recent Indian history who left their huge footprints that no one seems to measure up to.

Such a man was Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia who openly challenged the so called visionary Prime Minister Nehru in the Parliament on his faulty policies that Nehru could not counter and kept mum. Lohia was a firebrand politician and a member of the parliament who never hesitated to speak his mind openly but he was respected and listened to. He was fearless as an opposition member of the Parliament.

Another leader and a man of great wisdom was Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay . Deendayal Upadhyaya (25 September 1916 – 11 February 1968) was an Indian politician, proponent of Hindutva ideology espoused by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and leader of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the forerunner of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sadly he was murdered by the opposition political party people who saw him as a threat to their existence.

There was a time long ago when India stretched from Afghanistan to Burma that included Afghanistan, Pakistan, present India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ruled by Hindu Kings before the advent of Islam in the sub-continent called South Asia. Later the Buddhist religion spread to many part of this empire including Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Much later the Moslems spread to all the countries where they tried to suppress the Hindus and people of other faith like in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Sadly this process still continues. We all know how Buddhism was eliminated in Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to declare Islamic Republics so Buddhist and Hindu statues and relics were systematically destroyed like in Bamiyan.

Here I would like to first mention how the European Union came into being and how many treaties were signed, where and how many countries in Europe joined so I will quote this paragraph from Wikipedia that explains it better than I.

“The European Union is a geo-political entity covering a large portion of the European continent. It is founded upon numerous treaties and has undergone expansions and secessions that have taken it from 6 member states to 27, a majority of the states in Europe.

Apart from the ideas of federationconfederation, or customs union such as Winston Churchill‘s 1946 call for a “United States of Europe“, the original development of the European Union was based on a supranational foundation that would “make war unthinkable and materially impossible”[1][2] and reinforce democracy amongst its members[3] as laid out by Robert Schuman and other leaders in the Schuman Declaration (1950) and the Europe Declaration (1951). This principle was at the heart of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) (1951), the Treaty of Paris (1951), and later the Treaty of Rome (1958) which established the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC). The ECSC expired in 2002, while the EAEC maintains a distinct legal identity despite sharing members and institutions.

The Maastricht Treaty (1992) created the European Union with its pillars system, including foreign and home affairs alongside the European Community. This in turn led to the creation of the single European currency, the euro (launched 1999). The Maastricht Treaty has been amended by the treaties of Amsterdam (1997), Nice (2001) and Lisbon (2007).   ( Source : Wikipedia )”

Now 27 countries in Europe have become part of the European Union making it the single most important economic block where all members retain their sovereignty, their cultural identities, their religions, their integrity of their national territories, their food, their distinct languages etc. yet they have all become a part of the European Union.

All their national currencies have disappeared that have been replaced by a single currency called Euro so you can travel anywhere in Europe and use the same Euro. Their national borders remain but now all members can freely travel to any country in Europe without visas or other restrictions, can choose to stay and work in another country without any problem and even buy properties. They can marry in another country and their children can go to a school there.

The trade rules within the Union have been simplified so a farmer can sell his products anywhere in Europe easily. The manufactured goods are traded freely without any fuss within the Union. So you can imagine the benefits of such a Union.

Perhaps the Indian visionaries like Dr. Lohia and Pandit Upadhyay could be called the fathers of the idea long before the EU came into being and thought that it could be possible to create an Indian Union just like EU. I will explain now why there are some people who do not like this idea so they oppose vehemently. Dr. Lohia died in 1967 and Pandit Upadhyay died in 1968. India misses these two great men and their profound wisdom.

To understand their disagreement one has to understand the bloody history of the past 75 years when India fought 4 wars with its neighbor Pakistan and beat them each time but they are preparing for a 5th war over Kashmir with the threat of using their atomic weapons. India counters by saying that its nuclear arsenals are not just for show and deploys S 400 missile system near the border with Pakistan and China that gives India a complete air superiority over the enemy weaponry.

Both India and Pakistan spend huge amount of money on defensive and offensive weapons and maintain huge army, navy and air force that keep an eye on the enemies all the time to take appropriate measures when necessary. India is a rich country of multi trillion dollar economy so it has a huge budget and a very large defense industry that manufactures most of what the country needs for its defense but Pakistan is not in the same league so it carries a heavy burden of its defense expenses with difficulties.

Bangladesh became free after the 1971 war with Pakistan and has made progress in developing its economy by improving its agriculture and industries that earns them revenue from its exports of manufactured goods. But it too suffers like Pakistan from poverty, malnutrition and communal violence from time to time instigated by the hard core fundamentalists who are intolerant of those who are not like them.

Afghanistan is another failed state that has seen nothing but war that has lasted over 40 years and has practically decimated the country, its economy and its infrastructure so people starve, beg on the streets and live in a state of hopelessness. There is a high rate of drug addiction among them because they see the bleak future so take to drugs  while their government earns money from the export of illegal drugs like opium, cocaine and hashish to many countries. The fundamentalists who are in power there insist on archaic Stone Age rules to govern their country that brings more misery to the people there.

Now Sri Lanka finds itself in dire straits because the country is bankrupt and cannot pay back its huge external debt to China. People are fighting for a loaf of bread in the streets so the army is trying to maintain peace and order. India has sent them thousands of tons of wheat and millions of liters of gasoline but it can only go so far. They also suffer from communal violence because of the fundamentalism that divides the people there.

Now let us just think for a minute what could happen if an Indian Union just like the European Union could be created bringing all these desperate countries into one Union under the same rules like in EU.

There could be just one currency, easy trade between them, easy travel without visa, no customs or heavy import tariffs, no restrictions on buying properties or on investment. There would be no war between them because there will be no reason for it so they could all unite to fight a common enemy like China that has aggressive policy of grabbing land outside its borders. Instead of spending a huge amount of money on their defense, they could spend it on development of agriculture and industries. They could make education for everyone possible and give everyone good medical care.

The benefits are easy to see but the hard core fundamentalists will find such an idea very hard to digest given their history of intolerance of India and the 75 year old animosity that does not seem to die down.

The idea of bringing together Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India under one Union can work if people of these countries want it and give their full support to the idea through plebiscite but it is not easy because people are afraid of losing their cultural, religious or ethnic identity.

But this fear is not based on hard reality on the ground that suggests such a union but on emotions that are stirred up by those who oppose modernization, progress through development, education and healthcare for all. In fact there are more things that can unite them than divide them if they are willing. To live in a failed state in dire poverty and uncertain future with the constant fear of war with neighbors makes people lose their hopes and aspirations.

When two countries that have common culture, language and the same ethnicity are separated by force then a time will come when they will reunite. It has happened when East and West Germany reunited but North and South Korea remain separated and wait for the day when they too will be reunited like Germany. Similarly Burundi and Rwanda are separated by politics but they have more in common than their differences.

What Dr. Lohia and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay were talking about was not just a physical union of various countries under one umbrella but rather the cultural union of them because after all they all have something in common that can bring them together. All Moslems were Hindus who were forcefully converted but they still share a common heritage and culture with their neighbors and still carry Hindu family names. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains all share a common heritage and culture. They have the same DNA no matter what their religion says.

No country in Europe that is a member of the EU has lost its identity, culture, language, food or traditions, its ethnicity or religious values. They remain sovereign within the Union that has given them a freedom they never had before like the freedom of movement, the freedom of trade, owning property or marriage etc. It has given them choices they never had because all Europeans remember the horror of the past wars and the enormity of their sufferings.

What such a Union gives them all is better governance under the democratically elected governments using free and fair election but working together with other countries under one umbrella of a Union that drastically reduces the possibility of war between them through dialogue and arbitration. Thus disputes between the countries can be amicably and justly resolved. One currency for all strengthens the Central Bank that can loan huge amount of money to member states for development.

Now imagine how much prosperity can be brought to the poor people in such a Union? Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay believed it could.

Source : Google photo of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay

Many Indians today think of the Greater India as it used to be so the idea of something similar to European Union mentioned by Dr.Lohia and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay long ago is again seriously discussed. Some say that it is not just a dream but will happen some day when people realize that everybody will benefit from it.

I am a diehard optimist so I too believe that Lohia and Pandit Upadhyay were both right but only the time will tell if their vision will someday become a reality. Their souls will be appeased.

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Telangana rises like phoenix

Source : Google photo of Char Minar in Hyderabad

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Synopsis : How an honest leader who is fierce in his determination and resolve to bring development to his people succeeds through hard work gives an example to the whole nation to follow and gives inspiration to others as is evident in Telangana in India.

How many of you have even heard of Telangana outside India? This blog is about a state in India that came into being only in 2014 after dividing the state of Andhra Pradesh but rose like phoenix in just 8 years to become a prosperous state that has set itself up as the model of development to inspire the whole country.

It is true that India is fast rising as the country of surplus food, rapid infrastructure development and high level of investment in practically all sectors of the economy that grows year after year at a rate that other developed nations look at with envy. But today you will watch a video here on Telangana that will show you what a leader with vision, determination and hard work achieved in just short 8 years that will surprise you and completely change your view of India from negative to highly positive.

It is also true that what is happening in Telangana is also happening elsewhere in India although may not be at the same scale that is transforming the whole nation of over 1.4 billion people.

Source : U Tube video on Telangana state in India

Source : Google photo of the Chief Minister of Telangana KCR who transformed his state in only 8 years.

All of it happened due to its Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao popularly known as KCR who was born Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao (born 17 February 1954), often referred to by his initials KCR, is an Indian politician serving as the first and current Chief Minister of Telangana since 2 June 2014. He is the founder and leader of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, a regional party in Telangana, India.[3] He is known for leading the Telangana movement to achieve statehood for Telangana. Previously, he served as the Union Minister of Labour and Employment from 2004 to 2006. He represents Gajwel constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Telangana. Rao took oath as the first Chief Minister of Telangana in 2014 and was re-elected for the second term in 2018.[4]Source : Wikipedia. )

Source : Google photo of Telangana State in India

Telangana as a state is a relatively new state of India that broke away from the State of Andhra Pradesh only in 2014 but grows rapidly to bring growth and development to all its citizens living in rural and its urban centers at a speed that boggles the mind.

It broke away from Andhra Pradesh that was ruled by the Nizam who being one of the richest persons in the world lived in opulent palaces and ate from pure gold plates while his subject mired in poverty, unemployment and misery lived in destitution shows the contrast between its past and the present. Farmers committed suicide who could not pay their debts and the young people left the state in large numbers to try their luck elsewhere in India and abroad. The sick and old people had nowhere to seek help while children died of malnutrition.

Their education and their future was neglected by the narcissistic Nizam who dreamed of joining Pakistan in 1947 being a Fundamentalist Moslem. But Sardar Patel, the Home Minister of the newly independent India in 1947 foiled the dream of Nizam when he ordered the state to be surrounded by the army to make Nizam capitulate and join the Indian Union. ( Read my blog here called A man of steel )

KCR was a leader who struggled very hard to achieve the separate state called Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital. Hyderabad International airport is believed to be the most modern and beautiful not only in India but also abroad.

He did not neglect any aspect of the development in his state but he gave special emphasis to the rural development to bring free electricity and water to all farmers and built the infrastructure to support them so the villages look modern and with all amenities that one finds in urban areas.

He forgave their loans and encouraged modern ways of farming with massive help from the agriculture scientists and experts, subsidies from the government and made it easier for them to sell their farm products because of newly developed farm to market roads all over the state.

Millions of hectares of dry and parched land was brought under cultivation through massive lift irrigation projects that brought water for the first time to the dry areas that are now lush with all kinds of crops. The scale of the irrigation project in Telangana is astounding.The speed at which such big projects were completed is a record.

Poor people in Telangana state are given free 2 bed room housing, free education including uniform,school supplies and food, free water and electricity, free ambulance service 24 hours a day, free health and medical care, free pre and post natal care and nutrition for women among numerous such gifts from their government. It is in sharp contrast to the Capitalist system in some countries where a poor woman has to give birth in the parking lot of the hospital because she cannot afford the medical insurance.

While India is undergoing a development in all sectors, different states of the country are ruled by different Chief Ministers who may belong to different political parties who may have their own agenda like in Telangana so their success depends upon the will, honesty and integrity of their leaders. The success of the Telangana state is linked directly to its popular Chief Minister KCR who is known for his honesty and integrity and his hands on approach while many other states are ruled by corrupt ministers who only enrich themselves while people suffer.

If true leaders like KCR emerge in all the states, the whole country will shine like Telangana but the political parties are corrupt, their elected leaders are corrupt in many parts so the development in their states are patchy except where the Central Government in Delhi plans and executes big projects like national roads, rail and power networks.

Source : U Tube videos of Hyderabad in Telangana state

When you watch these two videos on Hyderabad, you will see why people are talking about Hyderabad with such excitement.

Source : U tube video of Hyderabad International airport

When you visit India and land in Hyderabad, you will be landing in the most beautiful and modern airport in India but you will be constantly surprised at the development of not only in Hyderabad but the entire state of Telangana that will take your breath away. The twin city of Secunderabad will impress you with its modernity, elegance and beauty and you will think that you are in Switzerland but you will later know that Hyderabad and Secunderabad have more world heritage sites than other countries. Sardar Patel would have been impressed but he died soon after independence. His legacy is preserved in his statue in Gujarat that is the tallest in the world but it should have been placed in Hyderabad if you ask me.

Source : Google photo of the Husain Sagar lake with Buddha statue in Secunderabad , the twin city of Hyderabad, India

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Mental acuity

Source: Google photo of a thinking man  

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Synopsis: Old age does not mean that a person loses his mental acuity. It remains intact in many people but they do deserve to be recognized, loved and cared for.

As we age, we notice that we lose some of our mental acuity in the process of ageing. We forget what day it is, what time of the day it is or whether or not we took our prescribed medicine for the day. We forget the names of people we had known in the past or the dates of important events in our life.

This happens to most people if not all that is a natural process. It makes people lose their mental acuity that is supposed to keep our brain sharp all the time. While it affects most people, there are many old people who retain this acuity until they die so how do they do it?

Some old people have done their best work at an age when others start babbling like children because they never lost their mental acuity. Their brain remain as sharp as the edge of a razor blade. They instantly recall scientific details of the papers they had written and published long ago. They remember complicated mathematical formulae or complex details of chemistry. They put forth new scientific ideas at an age when they are supposed to be old and senile but they prove that they are far from it.

Leo Tolstoy wrote War and Peace at an age when most old people cannot think beyond their present medical needs or the morning cup of tea. Pablo Picasso made his masterpiece paintings that sold for millions when he was very old not to mention a virile old man. Once he was having dinner with his friends in a restaurant where he was served a fish that he ate with relish and kept the fish bones intact and clean so his friends wondered what he will do with it. He then got some molding clay that he pasted on the side of his plate and made a deep impression of the fish bones on it. His artistic mind had no limits to its imaginative power. His mental acuity was at its peak even then that made him create a piece of art just with his fish bones.

Some of the greatest scientists, artists, writers, film makers, philosophers, teachers, sculptors, violin makers, performing artists, singers, mathematicians and others did their best work when they were old because they reached their pinnacle using all the knowledge they had acquired in their life time and put it to create their masterpieces.

The loss of mental acuity is a process where the brain gradually starts to lose the ability to remember with the age in most people that leads to forgetfulness. Most governments have a mandatory age of retirement of 65 in most countries because they think that such people are no longer able to fulfill their duties or obligations in the most efficient way so they recruit young people to replace them. But many old people after their retirement do remain alert and are able to function well so the Japanese companies value them and their life long experience so their employment is extended.

Similarly many retired medical doctors remain very good doctors and treat their patients with their rich experience of a life time and are known for their excellent diagnostic skills that can only come from experience. Compare them with young doctors who have no diagnostic skills or experience so they search in google the remedies for illnesses or say that they have no knowledge of the disease of their patients so order numerous laboratory tests to find out what is wrong.

One doctor in the United States refused the medicine to his patient who had malaria and told his doctor that it is quinine that he needed to get well but his doctor did not know what malaria was and did not believe that his patient knew better than him. The result was tragic when the patient died of a curable disease just because the doctor was ignorant but self-righteous. I would call such doctors idiots.

The degeneration of the mental process that turns a human being into a vegetable state starts when the neurons in the brain do not connect to other neurons anymore or fail to make new connections but it is proven that such decline can be stopped or slowed down if the person keeps alert and uses his brain to read, absorb, analyze and draw conclusions from it that are valid. I can understand that some old people cannot read as much because of their poor eyesight but now there are computer programs that can read for you in any language.

Now using the computer anyone can connect with his colleagues, friends or associates anywhere in the world to exchange ideas or discuss issues that are important to them. There are very senior doctors who can see on line a surgery being performed on a patient in another part of the world and notice if the procedure is correct or not and give valuable advice to save the life of a patient such is the power of the technology now.

But millions of people who are over 70 and retired have no access to fancy computer technology or smart phones because of poverty. Many old people have never learned to type so one can understand their difficulties in using a keyboard or in understanding how a computer works. So how can they retain their mental acuity? They may have difficulty in reading due to their poor eye sights. So some people play chess or do crossword puzzles. Others who can still read depend on reading the scriptures that give them mental peace.

Another way is to engage them in topics they are passionate about and have great expertise on that someone can learn from.

World famous British scientist Stephen Hawking gives a lecture at the Bloomfield Museum of Science in Jerusalem on December 10, 2006. Hawking, the wheelchair-bound British physicist whose book “A Brief History Of Time” became an international best-seller, is “very ill” in hospital, Cambridge University said on April 20, 2009. Hawking, 67, achieved worldwide fame for his research, writing and television documentaries despite suffering from a form of motor neuron disease that left him disabled and dependent on a voice synthesizer to communicate. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

A severely physically disabled scientists like Stephen Hawking wrote his scientific treaties using the computer technology that won him worldwide acclaim before died in England. He could not speak or move his limbs but his brain remained at the peak of its efficiency because his mental acuity remained intact.

So I think that more you use your brain, the sharper it becomes like honing a rusty blade. The use of the brain helps remove the rust so the brain starts to wake up to its former glory but it is not as easy as it sounds. A renowned scientist like Stephen Hawking had all the technology at his disposal. People who recognized the quality of his thinking process made sure that he had the latest technology to write what he was thinking. Not all old people are so lucky. They may still have a lot to offer the world but their ability must be recognized and honored.

They become dependent on their relatives at a certain age who do not provide them with facilities to keep them active. The physical exercise helps a person stay fit but keeping mental acuity strong requires help as well. They need the love and care they deserve from the people around them. Chess players are known for their tremendous mental acuity at any age because they remember the moves, the strategy and their mistakes to improve their games. Serious thinking helps rejuvenate the brain by pumping new energy into it. I was told that meditation can help you focus sharply on a subject in your mind that can make you remember.

I used to draw and paint when I was young in Algeria a long time ago. When my lovely daughter saw the photos of my paintings, she sent me a very expensive water color set, brushes and high quality art paper from Australia so that I could start painting again. She sent me a Kindle where I can download any book I want from Amazon to read so I read Mein Kamph by Hitler that I could not afford to buy from a book store.

Nicola Tesla was a genius but all his hand written notes, sketches and drawings that could change the world was taken away and secretly stashed away by the US government because his scientific ideas were so revolutionary that the Capitalists got scared. They withdrew all their support for him so he could not get any backer of his ideas. He deserved 10 Nobel Prize but he died in a derelict New York hotel room in dire poverty with no one near him.

Source: Google photo of Nicola Tesla in his old age.

His brain remained as sharp as ever but he was neglected and was not given the honor and acclaim he richly deserved because of the politics of capitalism.

Source: Google photo of Rudolf Diesel

GERMANY – JUNE 06: In 1892 Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913) patented a design for a new type of internal combustion engine. In 1897 he produced a 25 horsepower, four-stroke, single vertical cylinder compression engine, the high efficiency of which, together with its comparative simplicity of design, made it an immediate commercial success. Subsequent royalty fees brought great wealth to its inventor. He was lost overboard from the mail steamer ‘Dresden’ during a trip to London in 1913 and was assumed to have drowned. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

Rudolf Diesel was another genius who invented the engine that drives the whole world but he fared better than Tesla because his invention became a commercial success.There are many such examples.

I strongly feel for the people who are old but still have a lot to offer the world but are ignored just because they are old. No one understands their frustrations in not being recognized for their brilliance anymore so they become introverts and shy away from people to retain their dignity. Many smart people like Nicola Tesla and Rudolf Diesel were sidelined by those who saw them as threats to their politico economic systems. Diesel proved them wrong but did not live to enjoy his success.

Many smart people are not promoted in their careers by those who are afraid of their brilliance that could outshine them. We have all heard of the professional jealousies among the scientists and professional career men and women who try to suppress people smarter than them. You all have seen this jealousy in college or in high school where a smart student is mocked by those who are not so smart out of jealousy. It stays with them even in their old age. Women are known to be vicious and nasty to others who are prettier and smarter than them but a smart person always shines. A diamond always glitters even when mixed with ordinary pebbles.

So pay respect to old people who are still brilliant and who can teach you a lot of things in life. Show them that you value their tremendous knowledge and experience and make an effort to let others know about them. Give them the acclaim they so richly deserve.

One day you will be old and feel the same way they feel when they are neglected. In the meantime try to keep your brain sharp through readings and discussions, through writings and engaging in productive works.

So if you have old parents or grandparents, share your love with them and talk to them because you will never know how great they were when young and how much they have achieved in their lifetime because such people are naturally self-effacing. They will share their rich experience in life only if you ask them and value them.

Ask them to write it all down in a biography that you can help write, print and keep it safe for the next generation. Nothing is worse than letting the old people leave this world with all their knowledge and rich experience that no one knew about or failed to share with others. If Nicola Tesla had lived in any other country where people valued his genius , we would be living in a very different world enriched by his knowledge.

Remember that just because people get old, it does not mean that they become useless. They just need your love, care and support. I do not mean supporting them with money or gifts but just showing that you care for them and love them will bring back the glint in their old eyes again.

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Appalling inhumanity

“Don’t suffer like me, get the vaccine immediately, it’s not only protecting yourself, its protecting people like me”- Joel Croxton. Croxton was fully vaccinated but the virus took his life September 14th due to his weakened immune system. (Alan Hawes, RN/MUSC)

Source : Google photo of high cost ICU care that could not save Joel

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Synopsis : It is heart wrenching to watch poor people taken advantage of by the doctors and hospitals that demand a high cost for the medical care they provide and often do not accept government sponsored insurance program so demand cash. Their inhumanity in insisting on monetary gains over care and concern for their patients shows the degeneration of our basic humanistic values.

I was walking with my wife in the neighborhood yesterday when we heard a horrible scream coming from a house nearby. It did not stop for a long time making us very nervous because we know them and wondered why there was such a commotion. Only this morning we came to know that their youngest and the prettiest daughter hung herself and was pronounced dead in the hospital. The shylocks in the hospital charged the grieving parents one hundred dollars just to give a death certificate which was so appalling that made me write this blog. Their sheer inhumanity boggles the mind but that is how they make money at the expense of the misery of others and feel no shame doing it.  

Hospitals especially the private ones are known for their greed and lack of compassion for their patients where they employ guards with strict orders not to let any patient check out unless their bills are fully paid dead or alive. It is the same hospital I had the misfortune to go to for some minor ailment and where I saw the filth and smelled the stink of cockroaches in the room but they charged me a huge amount for some Buscopan tablets that cost pennies outside.

The food they served me was a bowl of yellow water called soup and a 5 inch long boney fish with a bowl of poor quality rice I could not eat. The bill for this poor quality food was extraordinary but that is how they make money. The nurse counted and billed even a cue tip that she used. My wife was allowed to sleep in the room but they only provided her with a very narrow hard wooden bench less than two feet wide with no mattress or a pillow so she had to suffer a sleepless night as well.

This sort of poor quality hospital service is widespread here where they refuse the government insurance and say that they accept only cash that a patient must deposit before they let him stay there. Then a horde of doctors starts coming to check the patient and suggest numerous lab tests that the patient must pay for plus the fee for all the doctors who make use of the opportunity to make a lot of money quickly. They do not give the patient the right to choose his own doctor or the laboratory tests he wants. These doctors treat the patient as moron who must obey what he is told and just pay the cost.

I was so angry at their greed and poor service that I checked out after just one day but the nurse asked me to sign a form letter saying that the doctors are not responsible if anything happens to me later as if they really cared. I promised myself that I will never visit that hospital again even if I am very sick but all the hospitals here behave the same way. Before a patient is checked into a hospital, he is asked to sign a form that states that the doctors cannot be sued for malpractices.

In Haiti that is one of the poorest countries in the world, a doctor was found to be careless in operating on a patient leading to the death of the patient. So the enraged relatives came to kill the doctor who fled the town immediately and hid somewhere. This hospital was near my home and the careless nurse was my landlady who was also a very scandalous woman who stole all my kitchenware when I was leaving. May be the Haitians are right in taking the matter into their own hands. It certainly put fear into that doctor who botched up his operation so he fled with his tail between his legs.

I went to another hospital where an American woman was admitted but she was given a very dirty room with a stinky mattress and a filthy bed sheet on it so she sent me a message to rescue her. I brought her home and took care of her and her Haitian boyfriend who had a jeep accident. I then called their employer in Port au Prince to bring them to a better facility somewhere and brought them to a missionary run facility for x ray and other help. The hospitals in Haiti are dirty and not worth going to just like here because of poverty and lack of resources. It is hard to tell how well trained the doctors and nurses are there.

When my wife needed a surgery to remove her tumors, I had to bring her to a government hospital in Manila some 66 kms away where the doctor said that her fee must be paid in cash because she does not trust the hospital to pay her and she does not accept the government insurance program. At the time of leaving after her recovery, the anesthesiologist, the laboratory technician and even the guard stood in line to be paid in cash for their services that created a very bad impression in my mind about the hospitals here although the surgeon did her job and my wife recovered well later. It was good that our sweet daughter flew in from Australia to stay with her mother in her room and took care of all her needs. She is a jewel.

Recently a news came from India where a hospital charged a huge amount to the father of a small boy who had a minor accident on the road that needed a simple first aid in the outpatient clinic but hospital doctors performed a major and needless surgery on the poor boy that led to the death of the child on the operation table. Then they refused to let the grieving and heartbroken father have the body of his child on whom the greedy doctors had performed a totally unnecessary surgery and did not accept the responsibility for his death but insisted that the hospital had to be paid in full. They were so heartless that it is shocking.

They also refused to accept the government health Insurance program just like here so the poor father who had no money to pay the huge bill reported the matter to the government authorities who then started the investigation that led to the arrest of the doctors and the owner of the 14 story luxury hospital who had built the hospital illegally without permit and on land forcibly taken from the owner without any compensation.

His wife was also arrested on charges of massive fraud, graft and corruption that made the couple very rich but India is cracking down hard on criminals by arresting them. Other countries should follow the Indian example because the inhumanity of doctors in greedy hospitals worldwide is more common than one is led to believe.

We have all heard about the monster doctor who made his patient unconscious and removed illegally his kidney to sell to patients in the United States and other countries who paid thousands of dollars for it. He was eventually caught in India and prosecuted for his crime but how many more such doctors are operating elsewhere?

In the United States, a pregnant woman was refused admission in a hospital because she did not have an insurance so the poor woman suffering great pain and distress gave birth to her baby in the parking lot. Even then no hospital worker came out to help her. The war veterans stay in the filthy cockroach infested hospital rooms in government hospitals where they wait for days before a doctor or nurse comes.    

Only in Mexico City, I found a world class, neat and clean hospital where the doctors were excellent and full of concern for their patients. When our son fell from a swing one day in a Park, a social worker came immediately and called the ambulance that came soon to bring him to a hospital. We did not know anything or where to go so we took a taxi to the Cruz Roja Hospital that was suggested by the social worker where a doctor attended to our son immediately and took him to the operation theater to fix his broken bone.  

They fixed his elbow accurately and very professionally and put it in a cast that was removed a month later in Haiti. The best part was the hospital did not charge anything at all for their excellent services but we gave some donation nevertheless. The fact that my employer did not reimburse me for the expenses was another matter not worth writing about.

It fills me with great disappointment when I see the greed of people who are supposed to look after their patients to the best of their ability in any hospital but find them unfit for their job. They cannot recite the doctor’s oath if you ask them so perhaps do not take the Hippocratic oath seriously.

Source :  Google photo of doctors and nurses taking Hippocratic oath

We do get sick once in a while or may have an accident somewhere so we need immediate medical assistance. This misfortune then becomes a nightmare when you find out how bad the hospitals really are and how inhuman the doctors are so it is just the shame no matter where you live because you are forced to endure their inhumanity on top of your own medical issues.

Once I was doing some gardening when I felt something bit my hand. Soon it swelled up and became very itchy so I knew that it was a worm that had bit into my palm and had burrowed itself under the skin. A day later the itching became more intense and the worm could be seen under the skin getting longer and spreading a toxin that made my palm dark so I went to a hospital to seek help.

The emergency room staff refused to even look at my hand by saying that it happened yesterday so it is not an emergency. I must check into the hospital at a great cost but I refused because I knew that it was an outpatient issue. It had happened to me in Africa before. Another doctor also refused to treat the issue because she admitted that she did not know what the problem was so asked me to go to another hospital 35 kms away. There a doctor also refused and referred me to a skin specialist who was not available while the worm was getting to be more of a nuisance.

Finally I searched Google to find the right medication and was told that a simple worm killing tablet called Mintezol that is widely available over the counter in any pharmacy should do the trick but the pharmacist was in cahoots with the doctors so wanted a prescription that one has to pay for and wait for several hours for the inconsiderate doctor who always arrives late and demands a lot of lab tests and a second visit to write you the prescription that was not needed in the first place. By this time he has made you pay several thousands of Pesos and wasted your time.

So at this time my wife came to my aid and gave the pharmacist a tongue lashing by saying that Mintezol is an over the counter medicine that costs only 5 cents and given freely to children in most countries so the pharmacist reluctantly produced the tablet and charged a dollar apiece. We had also threatened to report to the Department of Health for them to know how the pharmacists are working in cahoots with the doctors to make money from you by asking you to produce prescription for over the counter medicines.

This is a serious problem worldwide. In some European countries and in Cuba, health care is funded by the government using tax money so you do not have to pay anything no matter what the cost but in other capitalistic countries they require a medical insurance from you that may cost you 5000 US dollars per person per year whether you are sick or not. It works in favor of Insurance companies if you are young and healthy because they like your money but do not like to pay out if you are sick so they do not like to insure old people who are sick and need medical help.

I know Cuba is one of the very few countries where they have free universal healthcare where no one needs to pay for it but gets excellent care. India is another country where poor people are given free medical insurance by the government that covers up to 500000 Rupees in expenses but those who are not poor must pay a lot of money to get well. The problem is that most people in this world are not rich so what happens to them when they get sick and cannot pay the high cost of hospitalization and medicine? This is an open question that begs an answer.

I know that we are not rich so maybe we will not get the medical help we may need someday when we are sick. May be staying home and dying in our bed with our dignity intact is the answer. I cannot imagine leaving a huge hospital bill for my wife to pay when I croak and put her financial health at risk. I just cannot do that because I love her.

Source : Google photo of death machine approved in Switzerland

I know that Switzerland allows euthanasia under certain circumstances when a patient decides to end his life for whatever reason but in most countries it is illegal to do so because they protect the healthcare industry run by very rich and heartless business people. They hate cheaper generic drugs because they want you to pay for their super expensive drugs so they do not allow the hospitals to buy generics. Death machine is a morbid and depressing topic I would rather not write about.

India is a leader in the manufacturing of generic drugs that are far cheaper so anyone can afford and get well. It also exports such drugs to other countries that want them mainly in Africa but also in developed countries where people ask for generics. But cheaper drugs or not, healthcare remains a serious issue in most countries where people struggle to pay for it and get into huge debt.

I have written about the wonderful Islamic hakims who treat their patients at low cost and with compassion because taking advantage of poor people and treating them at a high cost is unlawful in their religion but they are slowly disappearing under the onslaught of more organized money making and greedy hospitals and doctors.

I was treated by a kind hakim when I had a cut in my ankle that got badly infected. He cleaned my wound by cutting off the dead flesh and washing the wound with disinfectant soap that he made himself and then put an ointment he prepared. The ointment worked like magic and it healed soon leaving no trace. My father paid the hakim a dollar for it. (Read my blog here called Where are the Hakims ? )  

These greedy and selfish doctors influence the governments to ban doctors and healers who use traditional medicines because it hurts their money making business. They do not allow anyone to import certain medical equipment like mobile lithotripsy vans because they have a monopoly so that they can charge any rate they want. We have been a victim of such greedy doctors here when my wife needed her kidney stones removed. In India the same procedure costs only 10 % of what we paid here.

The Moslems do not spend a great deal of money to bury their dead in simple grave because even the rich are buried wrapped in plain linen in a simple shallow grave with a hand written epitaph but the burial and cremation are a huge and expensive industry elsewhere.

Do you ever wonder how come the funeral parlor people show up so quickly to grab a dead body from a hospital? It is because the hospitals make a great deal of money from them so they notify them as soon as a dead body is available for cremation or burial.

I am really sorry that a very young and beautiful child lost her life yesterday but I am also disappointed that the hospital did not show any care or concern and charged one hundred dollars for just a signature on a printed form to declare that she was dead. It was like heaping salt on the raw wound of her parents who are in shock. The Shylocks of the funeral parlors are already salivating at the prospect of another business opportunity.

What has happened to the humanity and how people have become so inhuman that they stopped caring for others and counted only money? There used to be a time when people cared for each other and shared their grief together by coming together to carry the bier, collect money to pay for some expenses and console the grieving relatives. How people have become so uncaring, un sharing and inhuman?

This is the sign that we as human beings are losing our basic values in the race for money and false status in our community although I should not use the word community here because a real friendly community does not exist anywhere anymore except perhaps in Kalahari. May be we should learn from the Bushmen there how to live in tune with the nature and share food and water with everyone and enjoy doing it.

Source : Google photo of Bushmen sharing their hunt with others.

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Amazing bush craft

Source : Google photo of amazing bush craft

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Synopsis : Some people mistakenly think that a tropical forest somewhere can make for a nice adventure for hunting, fishing and making shelter to enjoy nature. A forest can be a dreadful place unless you have the skills to survive there. This skill is learned from the practical experience under the guidance of a bush craft master. So do not try it on your own thinking that it is easy because it is not.

I admire the people who are born with an indomitable spirit of independence. This trait manifests itself at a certain stage of the development of a child because at first the child is totally dependent on his mother or someone who feeds him regularly and takes care of him.

But as he starts to grow up, the built in spirit of independence starts to show that later develops the kid into a remarkable, self-confident and self-assured individual who is eager to learn the skills from his elders so that he can survive anywhere under any set of circumstances.

This spirit is more praiseworthy when found in a young girl who can hardly be more than 18 years of age. We usually form a stereotype opinion of females in a macho society where boys are preferred over girls and the females are considered to be the weaker sex who are either exploited by the males or at worst condescended about.

I have lived in many parts of Africa where women become self-reliant at an early age and do most of the hard work to help men build mud homes, gather firewood from the forest, get shea nuts to make shea butter, plant and harvest crops, till the plots to remove the weeds, plant vegetable garden near their village, prepare meals that require pounding of corn or millets every day and do this while carrying a baby on their back.

Source : Google photo of a hard working African woman

They fetch water from the well, sweep and clean their homes and yard every morning and do numerous other chores like making baskets or weave cotton to make beautiful rugs or clothes for men and children. They milk their cows and goats and take care of their chicken and ducks. They hardly ever sit still so you may say that they are very hard working women.

I have noted this hard working nature in Asian women as well notably in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia. The mountain people in these countries work extra hard to remain self-reliant and produce some of the most exquisite handicraft like potteries, shawls or blankets using their primitive tools and looms. Their bamboo homes are a work of art. They are so well made and sturdy that it will certainly impress you.

The mountain people belong to certain tribes who live close to the forested areas from where they get their building materials like bamboo and wood not to mention source of food they hunt for there. They become excellent hunters at an early age and learn to build traps to catch fish from the streams or small animals in the forest. They gather honey in the forest as well as numerous medicinal plants and roots they learn to use to heal wounds and treat sick people.

This strong spirit of independence born of necessity in the Montagnards or the mountain people of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and other countries makes them survive in areas where the city people cannot. When these mountain people move to cities for reasons of their own, they gradually lose the knowledge of survival that is passed on from one generation to the next. The war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia displaced thousands of tribal people that made life very difficult for them.

The Vietnamese girl I am about to show you in a video below is a very young woman who could hardly be over 18 or 20 years in age and highly skilled in the bush craft she has no doubt learned from her elders. She does not look like a mountain girl that makes her more remarkable. She goes to the forest somewhere in Vietnam and carries some very basic tools like a saw, a machete, a digging tool, a shovel or a spade, ropes, cords, a starter kit for making fire, some plastic sheets and two adorable pets. The baby monkey and the dog are inseparable as best friends.

There alone, she selects three trees that are close to each other. She first makes a tall ladder, climbs to the top of it and cuts grooves on the trees. Then she cuts strong logs that she ties to the trees in the notch she cut and gradually builds a beautiful and sturdy platform high off the ground on which she gradually builds a tree house. I will not preempt the story here so you should watch the video below to admire her extraordinary skill in making the tree house, catch animals using traps and sets up traps to catch fish, crabs, shrimps etc. in the stream in the second video.

She finds a huge a monitor lizard trapped in a fishnet that she rescues and lovingly frees the animal and sets it loose. She rescues her dog that was attacked by a large snake and kills the snake that provides her a lot of meat. She rescues her pet monkey that had wandered off into the forest and attacked by a wild animal and cares for its wounds on the head using medicinal plants she has a lot of knowledge of.

In short this girl is adorable and will impress you if you just watch her videos and know how extraordinary she is. It is hard to believe that there are young girls like her so skilled in the bush craft. She is also very lucky to live in Vietnam where she can go to a forest and make her home there and grow her own food without any government official bothering her.

Can you imagine doing it anywhere in the United States or Europe? An armed forest ranger will suddenly appear out of nowhere and ask you haughtily for a permit that you must provide. Failing to do so will entail a big fine. You need permit for everything worth doing like fishing, hunting or building a tree house in these countries that in my opinion are over regulated. That is why people like the Native Americans no longer live in forests so they are herded like animals into the so called reservations where they are pitiful and unhappy.

Their proud ancestor lived freely wherever they wanted and maintained their freedom but not anymore. In most countries of South East Asia and India, the tribal people are mostly left alone to live the way they have always lived so no one bothers them. No forest ranger with a gun in his holster shows up to ask for permits although illegal hunting of tigers and other endangered animals is banned by the authorities.

Another point is the geographic location that counts as well. The Asian forests are rich in diverse type of plants, trees, bamboos and vines that the tribals can cut to build their homes. The forests are full of wild animals like pigs, wild chicken, small deer etc. The streams are a rich source of fish, crabs and shrimps. There are wild fruits and berries that anyone can harvest. The two videos will show how the young girl gets her food.

Once I had an adventure when I slept in a forest in California near a stream when I heard a growl of a wild animal during the night. It could have been a mountain lion that is very dangerous. I was so scared that I covered myself up completely in my sleeping bag and stayed absolutely still and controlling my breathing. I was very lucky that the animal went away and did not investigate the sleeping bag so I learned my lesson and never ventured into a forest alone. I had no tools or anything to defend myself with so it was a very foolhardy thing to do. I blamed it on my young age when people sometimes do foolish and dangerous things.

One has to be trained in bush craft to survive alone in the forest. You have to be trained to know which fruit or mushroom is edible and which one is poisonous, which plants have medicinal properties and what they can be used for. You must have training on how to build a house with bamboo and how to make the roof with leaves or bamboo.

There was a TV show where a few men and women were given a week or ten days to survive on their own in a dense forest somewhere and were given some basic tools. They had to be naked but that was just to spice up the show because there was no need for them to be naked in the forest.

So some men and women accepted the challenge because of prize money but it was a pitiful show because they were city people who had absolutely no training on how to survive in a dense forest. They did not know how to make traps to catch fish so they tried spear fishing and failed. They could not catch any wild animal either so most of them starved and became weak. They cried most of the time and wanted to go back but they had to stay the required 10 days so they were desperate. When they caught a tiny fish, it was not enough for one mouthful. They did not know how to make shelter with wood or bamboo so they shivered in the rain and got bitten by mosquitos. A forest can be a dreadful place if you are not trained to survive there.

But this girl was absolutely fearless and handled all situations very well because she was well trained. She was very resourceful and provided for her pets and herself using her skills. How did she learn so much at such a young age? Who taught her how to make traps, make baskets, make bow and arrow with a trigger and identify the medicinal plants?

There are a large number of books that identify plants and animals or how to make a shelter but nothing beats the practical training under the supervision of someone who knows who has long experience in bush craft. Such knowledge is usually passed on from one generation to the next.

The secret to survival alone in the forest is in improvisation. One has to work with what is available there. In the video the girl finds a lot of porcupine quills and instantly knows that they make wonderful arrow heads. She knew that a lot of crabs hide in holes in muddy areas of the forest so she fearlessly reached out deep in the holes to grabs the crabs.

She knew that banana trees have a lot of water stored in them so she made a bamboo pipe to thrust into the stem and sweet water flowed into her mouth. One cannot survive anywhere without water so she always selected a site close to the stream.

These videos will show you what is bush craft and how these very young women make it look easy to put up a shelter and find food. You can learn a lot about bush craft just by watching them. I am not suggesting that you should go to a tropical rain forest in South East Asia to try your luck but it should not stop you from admiring these hard working girls.

Should you ever be in a forest on your own, at least you should be well prepared with some tools, mosquito repellants, water and food plus a good sleeping bag. I was foolish enough to think that I could just spread my sleeping bag near a stream and sleep but I was lucky. Nocturnal animals come out to drink from the streams so please do not make such mistakes.

Source : U Tube videos on bush craft

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