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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Ayodhya Verdict, in my eyes

Today a new leaf has been turned over in the pages of Indian Judiciary. With the Allahabad High Court finally giving its judgement to the longest running suit in India’s judicial history, the “Ayodhya Land Title Suit”. A 60 year old case which, interestingly, was based more on faith than on facts. A case which had the entire country bound in its clutches, raising basic questions of religious tolerance and secularism among all and sundry.

Before I either appreciate or adjudge the verdict by the Hon’ble High Court, I must say that this verdict is perhaps one of the most unique in the world’s judicial history. In a judicial system where judgements are passed with only reference to credible, reliable and viable evidences and arguments around them, having a verdict which was, if not entirely, based on faith and history long unrecorded, is perhaps a great achievement in itself by the 3 member bench of Justices SU Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and DV Sharma. So first of all my hearty congratulations to them for getting the honour of being remembered in history for delivering such a landmark ruling, in a case which involved years of courtroom tussle between the litigants, destruction of the Mosque in question and bloodshed which claimed almost 2000 lives.

Coming to the judgement, I should put the fact on table that I wasn’t confused at all regarding what judgement it would be in the hours leading up to the same. And upon hearing the Hon’ble court’s decision, I was rather happy with myself for predicting it so rightly. Dividing the entire land between the Hindu Mahasabha, the Sunni Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhada was a middle path which the court simply had to take to ensure the verdict didn’t end up in something violent, humiliating and embarrassing for the country and the Hon’ble Bench. With the eyes of the entire country and even a sizeable section of the world on it, I believe that the Hon’ble High Court has done justice to all 3 plaintiffs. I hence welcome this decision by the Allahabad High Court.

Although I won’t be seconded by many in my outright support to the ruling, and also the Mahasabha and the Waqf deciding to move to the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India to challenge today’s historic verdict, I still maintain that there isn’t any better way to solve this entire issue. Giving up the entire land to any one of the above mentioned parties would have resulted in strong and antagonistically aggressive response by the losing party, thereby threatening to tilt the balance of peace in the community in favour of anarchy and hatred, even taking it away from both would have resulted in same by both of them, things which today’s landmark verdict has been successful in evading. As they say, its better you have a piece of cake instead of losing it altogether.

But yes, I do agree that there are some concerns related to this judgement today. The amount of land Hindus get won’t be enough to build a majestic and profound Temple to worship Lord Ram on the land which we consider to have had the divine honour of bearing his very first holy steps into this sinned world. And neither it would be enough to satisfy the immaculate aspirations of our Muslim brothers for building a pious Mosque in it. But, I stress it once again, there isn’t any other way to solve this issue in my eyes.

Not ironically though, this case is far from over with the parties pondering over an appeal in the Country’s highest judicial podium, but in my honest belief, time has come for a makeover in the way Ayodhya can now be projected and perceived. Instead of prolonging this fight, which has clearly lost its importance among the younger Indian intelligentsia, if the litigants and our Central Government is wise enough and mature enough, they should now project this very verdict and this very pronounced settlement as a symbol of Hindu-Muslim Unity, and by building the Ram Temple and the Babri Masjid side by side, bearing all challenges, they should symbolise Ayodhya not any more a wedge between the two largest religions in the country, rather as a bond that binds them. Ayodhya is on the verge of becoming a shining light of inter-religious acceptance, tolerance and harmony in the world, but if and only if the concerned parties are broad minded and long sighted enough to view and embrace it. I sincerely hope that Ayodhya is no longer brought up as a subject of division, dominance and bloodshed in this country, whose Father of the Nation believed and lived according to the ideals of the Hindu Deity born in this holy land.

Time has come for division, hatred and superiority complex existent among these two religions to become lucifugous and that brotherhood, acceptance, peace, harmony and tolerance take reins of the society and drive India to the greatness it is today poised to achieve.

India is no more the country it was when Lord Ram came to this world, or when General Mir Baqi built the Babri Masjid, or when the first title suits were filed in the Indian courts in 1950, or even when the unfortunate demolition of Babri Masjid and the subsequent horrifying bloodshed occurred in the country. Today’s India is much more than “just another” South Asian Democracy. Today our Republic is a resurgent economic superpower, diplomatic bully and an example of exemplary all round development in the midst of belittling political aspirations by the leaders at the top. Its now much more in the eyes of the entire world map observers. This is much proved by the fact that the Ayodhya dispute news were on the front pages of BBC and CNN websites for days leading up to the verdict. Today’s India must ensure, that by using any means possible it upholds its status and respect in the entire world, and I believe that by projecting Ayodhya as an example of Hindu-Muslim unity, we will go a long way in earning much respect of the Muslim world and of the secular in whole.

To conclude, I am really satisfied with this verdict, and would be keeping a very curious eye on how, now, the Ayodhya land is viewed by people in and around the country.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Government of Life

I was sitting outside the balcony of my BFF's home trying to explain her the general political structure of any country, and somehow our thoughts strayed into how to manage life as a Government manages a country.

I am writing down what I believe should be done to ideally Govern your life. I might be wrong in thinking in this way, but nevertheless I believe its a viewpoint worth debating and pondering.

Consider life as a country and you (i.e. the soul) are its Leader (read as Prime Minister, President, King, Emperor, Fuehrer as per your political views). You (hopefully) enjoy absolute majority in your Senate which have your friends in your side, your enemies in the opposition and few neutrals and peers who sometimes lend you “outside support” when needed or when they have to drive their agenda home.

As the sole controller of your life, on one hand you are entrusted the task of placating every single aspect of it, while on the other you are expected to drive it ahead into greatness (for those of us who want it). Aspects of life such as Friends, Love, Family, Spirituality, balance the effects of modernity with the sanctity of traditions, to name a few; just as a country’s administration has various “ministries”. Each ministry of your Life’s Government should be given to a Minister (read friend or relative inc. Family) who is fit enough to manage it, and capable enough to advise You on it. In an ideal Life’s Government, someone who never had friends cannot be your Minister on the same, no matter how much important he or she is to you. Not only your friends and family, but even your heart, your mind and even your “gut feeling” are your Ministers in the Government. Efficiently, cautiously and judiciously choosing each one of them, and assigning them befitting ministries will ensure that you give maximum to you life, while ensuring you keep that absolute control on it. While there are some ministries which you have to directly take control of. Draw the line between where your Heart should work, and where your Brain should take over; where your Gut should advice you and where your Best Friends. Also where should you bend towards your family and where you should take a decision entirely on your own. Also where to consult the entire Senate in your life.

Every Government has a Preamble, a Constitution and an agenda, same is with the Government of Life. Have an agenda, a target (both short terms and long ones) and a budget (of your finance and energy (physical and spiritual)). Sometimes, we have to compromise on our agenda and budget, to achieve a certain target. The decision regarding those should lie with you, but you should be sufficiently well advised regarding the same by your Core Group of Ministers (yes, you should have one). But always have a clear idea about where you have come from, where you stand and where you should go ahead. Also regarding which path should you follow.

Also a Penal Code to ensure no one, who tries to mess with your life with ill intentions and/or actions is spared. Just like a country jails someone or hangs someone, you should either reprimand or, if situation demands, cut loose someone when you believe he or she is acting contrary or even against your broader ideals of life. Have few special advisors as judges, who can analyse the situation and explain you in the way you can understand, while you deliver the final judgement.

We all know life is a war, and it has to be fought with much valour and resilience. Your actions and reactions are your Armed Forces, who will protect you, and even harm anyone for the same. Ideally, Your Brain should have the complete control over your Ministry of Defence and External affairs,  among others. Have a sharp eye, and a strategic contingency plan and have few of your Mansabdars whose control over “precious reinforcements” you can use as backup, to ensure that no matter what it takes, no matter who is sacrificed, at the end You win any battle you fight in the War of the World. Remember, if you losing too many wars, you risk abdication of your control of your life, throwing it into anarchy and letting nonsense prevail over years of efforts and good Governance.

When it comes to Internal affairs of Friendship, Love (I mean to point to Relationships altogether), have a Group of Ministers headed by the heart to ensure subjects like “Relationships”, “Celebrations” and “Festivities” are dealt with a wide range viewpoints and beliefs, for they require extensive thoughts and efficient, careful and sensitive Management.

An ideal Government of Life has no place for corruption and petty politics, as ultimately, it will lead to the instability of the entire Governing structure itself. Choose wise advisors, and train yourself to be able to take tough decisions, as and when required. The Weak have no place place in this world, as it follows the principle of “Survival of the Fittest”.

I hope my thinking makes sense to you, dear Reader. Live long and prosper.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Love and Survival

It is always easy when you have to choose between something you want and something you don’t. But the real test is where you have to choose between two things which you really want.

People say “We live once, we die once, we also fall in love once, we marry once too”. When our first love leaves us, no matter what circumstances may have forced it to happen, it leaves behind a void which conquers our once lively heart. We fall down in front of our own eyes and all softness in us vanishes away. Some turn stoic while some just are unable to handle it and go astray. Only a few are capable enough to fall in love for the second time.

A rather curious situation comes up when we see someone who seems to be, in every single way, “perfect” for us to say the least. Someone who complements our weaknesses and enhances our strengths. Someone who gives us inspiration. Someone who gives us a vision, a dream, dream of a better future, of a comfortable and understanding life. Our mind says “You need that person in your life”. However, our heart doesn’t feel for that person they same way it had felt for our First Love.

There, we ask the difficult question, “Shall we stay alone, this way, or shall we try to get that person in our life, apprehensive about the amount of love we can give and skeptical about what fate this thing may lead us and our lives into?”

Paulo Coelho once famously said, “When you want to achieve something, the universe conspires with you to achieve that”. But what if you are not absolutely certain whether you want to achieve that person’s love and commitment? The question, now, is that of living, rather I should more precisely say “surviving”. Answering the questions “What should I do?”, “Where should I go?”, “Will I do justice to that person?” becomes vital before taking any further steps. And questions like these plague our heart, stalling every logical and reasonable thinking we are capable of doing.

“Whether we should go ahead and get that person, just because that person is “perfect”, although we are unsure about everything, or should we subscribe to the age old theory of “if its meant to be then it shall be” and be passive?”, I leave this question open to you, for I have found myself incapable of finding a self-satisfactory answer to this question, even after lots of introspection, interrogation and observation……..