Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Free Kashmir is a myth

Kashmir issue is getting renewed attention due to the recent conflicts between armed forces and the people of Kashmir. 24x7 media and Pakistan has been trying to cash in on it. However, does anyone understand what is it that Kashmiris are fighting for? Freedom for Kashmir? Will this ever be a reality? Let us imagine for some time that India decides to let go Kashmir and the people of Kashmir form an independent nation. How long will their independence last?

Pakistan is definitely not supporting the Kashmir struggle because of love for the people of Kashmir. The very reason Kashmir became part of India was that Pakistan tried to conquer it. If freedom of Kashmir would have been their aim, then there won't be talks of hosting Pakistan flag in Srinagar. The masked men protesting on the streets are swaying either Pakistan or ISIS flags. The freedom coming out of efforts by these people will never ensure a free Kashmir. They will only cause greater pain and agony to the people of Kashmir.

Keeping the Kashmir issue burning is also a ploy of the Pakistani army and their government for deflecting the focus from issues like poverty and poor economic conditions. The youth of the country could be easily lured for money and fake propaganda that fellow Muslims are being killed. People of Kashmir just need to peek into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to understand that “Azad Kashmir” is nothing but a myth. The people of Kashmir should understand that it is in their best interest to stay with India where they will get opportunities to prosper. A free Kashmir may be a reality for few days but in the long term it will always be facing a threat of being controlled by Pakistan if India chose to ignore Kashmir. If both Pakistan and India are considered as evil by the Kashmiris, then they will have to choose the lesser evil which happens to be India. One just has to re-visit history to understand this.

There will always be so called liberals trying to fight for freedom of Kashmir. Some will even defend terrorists just to ensure that they portray themselves as guys who keep a different opinion from that of the government. It does not matter whether they are stating the facts correctly or not. They will cry for freedom but at the expense of the nation’s integrity.

Let Kashmiris fight for better opportunities for education or jobs for the youth. They will get better support from fellow Indians than for a failed cause like freedom of Kashmir.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bad times are good

A dearth in posts on my blog are an indication that I am not enjoying the way life is going. I took an action today that made me feel liberated and resulted in a mind free to write a blog post.

Negativity especially the ones coming from family and friends or long time colleagues hit you where it hurts the most. Attacks coming from people whom you think would never cause harm to you leaves you wondering what wrong have I done to deserve this. Yet there is a voice within that tells you to move on with life. 

To confront or to walk away is a choice to be made. Confronting does not help when the people causing issues are those who know you like the back of their hand. Walking away from the people causing all the drama is the best option even though it may seem to be the hardest of decisions to take. You take such decisions knowing that there exists a supreme power that will see you through the difficulties and challenges. It may seem that everything is bad but in reality it is during bad times that you realize whom you should hold on to and whom you should let go.

Faith in Almighty is what it takes to keep moving and have the belief that everything will be alright.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Terrorists are martyrs now

India is great. There is no doubt about it. Ours is a country where even a terrorist who plays a role in attacking Parliament gets glorified as a martyr.

Since the anti-national event held on 9th of February, 2016, I was wondering whether political parties showing solidarity with students of JNU have any morality left. Questions have been raised about videos being doctored. However, why is not anyone questioning the students behind organizing an event to glorify a terrorist who played a role in attacking the Indian Parliament? Was Afzal Guru a martyr? If yes, were the fellow Indians who died protecting the Parliament, terrorists?

Just imagine a situation wherein the terrorists would have succeeded in entering the parliament and ended up killing some MPs of the Left parties. Would the organizers have put up Afzal Guru and those MPs photos at JNU and all would have been simultaneously hailed as martyrs? Or possibly they would have said Lal Salaam before the terrorists shot them so that they would not get killed.
The so called martyr received a fair trial. Afzal Guru in an interview admitted to have played a role in the Parliament attack. He even mentioned that the plan was to get as many MPs killed as possible. Still he gets glorified as martyr and the government that takes action is shown as intolerant.
I have my roots in Kannur district of Kerala. The communists are known to kill their political opponents brutally there. These are the same communists who are now talking about freedom of speech. What about freedom to live? Does the communist party guarantee freedom to live to their political opponents in Kerala? If not, then what moral authority do they have to cry for freedom of speech for students glorifying terrorists?

Kanhaiya Kumar is out of jail on bail. He is now being glorified and has given a wonderful speech hailed by many as a great one. The people glorifying his speech fail to realize that he could do that because there is freedom of expression. He was not gagged. I do condemn the attack on him in court premises. However, I also condemn his role in organizing and supporting an event to glorify a terrorist as martyr. He may be a great orator and coming from poor background. Yet I think he should choose his heroes and role models right. I know there are political parties queuing up to support him now. However, they will soon realize that people of the country very well understand what the intentions of these political outfits are and they will get a befitting reply in the elections. 

It is not people like Kanhaiya Kumar that need solidarity and support. It is our soldiers and their families who sacrifice so much to ensure that our Indian flag keeps flying high. In fact, a nobody like Kanhaiya Kumar got the opportunity to be somebody because our soldiers have ensured that our country is secure.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Connecting Dots

The first thing that came to my mind when thinking about connecting dots was the nursery assignment of my daughter where she would connect dots to create letters or to complete the image of an animal or some object. Connecting dots is kids’ stuff. Why should I give too much attention to it is what I thought for a moment? However, at the very next moment it struck upon me that, what my daughter does to get a final picture, is something that we as grown-ups can do to arrive at a conclusion about our life. We too can connect dots from our past with the dots in the present to get a clear picture about our future.

When should you connect the dots?

Whenever you feel lost and not sure where our life is heading, we should connect the dots. At times, just thinking about my journey from my childhood days until the present helped me to understand things from a different perspective. How I overcame challenges and obstacles in the past and reached where I am today helped me to look at today’s challenges from an observer or a witness perspective rather than someone who is involved. Whenever you reach a point in your life (personal or professional); where you are not sure about the next step, you should connect the dots.

Who is responsible to connect the dots?

The only person who can connect the dots for you is you. No one else can do this task for you. If anyone knows you better, it is only you.  Another person may be able to guide you in a certain direction only if you are able to communicate lucidly where you wish to go. I would like to use a famous quote from the book “Alice in Wonderland” to explain this:
“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Why is it necessary to connect the dots?

Knowing your life purpose is a good objective to achieve by connecting dots. To figure out why we are here on this planet and what role do we play in the game of life. We all are here in this world to play specific roles. If we are not playing that role, we get frustrated. We feel out of place. These are the times that we should connect the dots. Analyze the past, see what can be done in the present to identify and align with your life purpose so that the future is spent towards fulfilling your life goal.

How can one connect the dots?

Contemplation is what you can do to connect the dots. Spending some time alone every day without any worldly distractions is a good exercise one can take up. Especially at the very start of the day spending some time with yourself, devoid of any invasions to your privacy, at some peaceful location can help you to get clarity about your life and connect the dots.

So, when are you connecting the dots?

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Inspiration can come in small packages

I was wondering whether I would be writing any more blog this year when the inspiration for writing one came from unexpected quarters. This blog post is a result of my daughter's annual function which I had attended on Thursday.

Kids around 4 years of age performing on stage enacting stories from Panchtantra is a beautiful sight but expecting them to teach a thing or two about life is something that you cannot imagine. This is exactly what happened that day. The whole performance involved depicting 5 stories about imbibing 5 different values in life. One may think what is the big deal since teacher's must have trained them for it. However, I am not trying to summarize any of the stories here and values explained through them. My focus is on the story not told or enacted but the one that emerged out through the innocent little ones. 

The performers as I had said earlier were  4 year old kids. Getting kids of this age perform on stage by coordinating among themselves is a challenging task in itself. The teachers must have achieved this possibly with repetitive training provided to them. The thing that caught my attention was the things the kids were not trained for. There was one girl who during her performance while having to run on stage fell down. She was hurt and crying but still continued and finished the performance. There could be a possibility that teachers must have prompted her to do that. Even then for a 4 year old kid to continue performing despite being hurt is a big achievement. 

There was another boy whose head gear was slipping and blocking his view. It was a big distraction yet he kept performing. There were few other instances where kids did not stop but went on performing when there were situations which could have made them to stop. There were also situations where one kid did a cover up for another who forgot his step. I am not trying to say here that the kids had the show must go on attitude. They are too small to understand all that. It could have been instinctive. However, that is the important lesson these kids taught me.

I would end my blog by advising all parents to find time out of their busy schedule to attend such functions. You never know there might be some inspiration coming your way.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Destiny vs. Free Will

Destiny or Free will. Which of this makes you, YOU? This blog post of mine is an attempt to put across my view points based on my life experiences.

During my college days and school days, I would resist any thoughts of destiny having to play any role in one’s life. I would argue with anyone who would claim that destiny had a role to play in success or failure. However, after college, when I was struggling to find a job despite giving many interviews, I realized that there is a time for everything. Even now when I reflect on my life events, I do realize that there are different phases in a person’s life. There is a phase where despite best of planning and effort, the desired result is not achieved. There is another phase in life where things fall in place without you planning for it or putting little or no effort. So, my take is that there is definitely something called destiny which plays a role in everyone’s life.

So, is it that life is doomed for someone whom destiny does not favor? No, definitely not. Destiny may play a role in creating hurdles in your life. However, your strong and determined free will can help you jump over those hurdles.  Following is a nice quote on free will:

“We can be, what we will to be” - Anonymous

Destiny may make it too easy or too hard to achieve something in life. It is your free will though which will allow you to overcome the resistance of destiny and march towards your goal.  Destiny may have a say in what problems you encounter in life. Free will decides whether you choose to succumb to it or get over it. Visualization techniques if used right can actually help you create your own destiny. If you have identified your goals and can focus hard on achieving it, then destiny cannot prevent you from conquering your goals.

I have come to the end of my blog post and I am left wondering whether I was destined to write it or was it my free will? :-)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Inspirational Book I Read

Last Saturday, I was at my in-laws place and happened to catch hold of the book “Idli, Orchid and Will Power” authored by Vithal Kamat. The timing could not have been better because I had lot of questions in mind about my way forward in life and this book gave me some valuable insights.

Idli, Orchid and Will Power is a must read book for anyone who wishes to be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur especially in a country like India is not easy. Family and society in general dissuades individuals from taking risk. Risk taking ability is what an entrepreneur needs. The ability to fight and survive against all odds is what makes an entrepreneur successful. 

I feel that this book has all the ingredients for a good movie. The best part is that the book is not too elaborate. I managed to finish reading the book in two sessions on the same day. The chapters are short and to the point. You would never feel bored reading any of the chapters. The struggle that the author went through right from childhood to the point of fulfilling his dream project “The Orchid” will motivate you to chase your dream.

Following is a nice quote from the book:

“Success demands the presence of three Ds :-

Determination, Dedication and Discipline

If one is blessed with the three Ds then they will create the fourth D – Destiny

After that nothing is impossible”

 -Idli, Orchid and Will Power

The above quote summarizes the entire book. There is another incident in the life of the author that will give you strength to confront any grave situation in life. There was a point of time when the author thought of suicide as an option. A laborer painting a high rise building without any safety precaution is what made him turn his negative mindset to positive. 

Go for this book as I am pretty sure that almost every one could relate to some or the other incident narrated in this book. There may be scenarios where you will feel that you have been through this or are going through something similar in your life.

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