I would conclude the instant part of my work quoting Shri Kuldip Nayar from his autobiographical work “Beyond the Lines” – “I did not know Rajiv Gandhi well but felt that India had lost him just at a time when he had matured as a leader. … Jawaharlal Nehru, his great grandfather, dreamt of a scientific temper enveloping India. Rajiv, to a degree, brought that dream to life.”
As I said, I’ll be recalling certain events which had taken place during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure as Prime Minister that had far reaching consequences on Indian polity. Like many others, I too believe that some of the decisions taken by the government during his regime had sown seeds for the country we are seeing today.
Rajiv Gandhi had a very charming personality with a disarming smile. A symbol of modernity, he was credited with providing the basis for telecommunications and Information Technology in India. In his speeches, Rajiv Gandhi often spoke about his dream of taking a strong, self-reliant and technologically sound India to the 21st Century.
Knowingly or unknowingly, people were grossly indulged in spreading all sorts of misinformation and inflammatory statements by sharing them further without verifying their authenticity or trying to understand the evil intentions behind them. Just about the same thing we are witnessing today; only the means have changed, which are more sophisticated and lethal now.
I would like to quote Billy Graham here – “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost”. So, more than the chaotic economic condition, which could be overcome and rebuilt with the passage of time, it’s the ‘character’ of the nation we must all be concerned about; because, once lost, we will never be able to regain it.
A large number of people had gathered on both side of the road to watch the Jhanki which was about to approach from the Red Fort side. Burkha-clad women could be seen sitting on the edge of the side-walkways with small children by their side, eagerly waiting for the Jhanki to turn up. It was really heartening to see such large number of people from a community perceived to be the most orthodox in their religious beliefs participating in a Hindu festival.
Here I must clarify that I do not have the slightest intention to promote drinking; though, I do believe that taking it in a limited quantity, following the 3Ds of Drinking, i.e., Duration, Dilution & Diet, will never really harm anybody in any manner unless and until one makes it a habit. Wish you all a very happy New Year. Cheers..
So, it was the realization and not the knowledge, which made the difference. I always knew that ‘fishing’ means to kill a fish, which I never realized until I saw it with my own eyes and felt the pain the fish might have gone through before it finally died. Same was about meat eating, I always knew that the animal needs to be killed before its flesh is processed to satiate our palate, but the realization came only when we as a child lost the goat we used to play with and felt the pain out of the compassion for the animal.
Does the fact that the victim was a bar-dancer or, for that matter, a woman of immoral character, as alleged in the 1997 gang-rape case, in any manner, gives right to the accused to rape her? Then, why did I feel relieved?
Once an old friend of mine bumped into me at a shopping mall who I was not in touch with for over a decade or so, ever since he got transferred out of Delhi. Having exchanged inquiries about each others' well-being and whereabouts, it was time to share our...
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