Happy Deepawali 2017
शुभ दीपावली 2017.
Tryst with treachery in India is rather ancient. However at first, I will refer to two namely Jaichand and Mir Jafar. Have you ever met any person in India with identical name? No and never. Their treacherous conduct is too well known. However one name is not so notorious. He is Gulab Singh. People do name Gulab but reason is that his treachery is not too well known.
Jaichand is also spelled as Jai Chandra and has a wiki page devoted to him here. According to this page the betrayal of Jaichand is fictional. As if history is not fictional. As per another wiki page, Jaichand was king of Kannouj and there was no Prithviraj Chouhan.
As regards Mir Jafar, it is too recent to falsify. He is a character which is also part of French History. Mir Jafar, was the commander in the army of Nawab of Bengal Siraj-Ud-Daulah. He betrayed Siraj ud-Daulah to become the next Nawab. Thus after helping the British defeat Siraj ud-Daulah he became the new Nawab of Bengal in 1757 with military support from the British East India Company as a reward for his betrayal. Wiki page on Mir Jafar affirms this. Continue reading
Vijaydashami is another name for Dushahra Festival. It means the tenth day which marked victory. It is celebration of victory of good over evil and right over wrong. It is a day when we may find the wrongs within and set them right. There are many wrongs which PM Narendra Government has to fix in coming days. With opposition busy in finding emotional issues for its vote banks, constructive issue based opposition is the casualty. In democracy, opposition is a necessity but an ignorant opposition or the one which is merely rhetorical is a dis-service. Anyhow these are some of the topics which should attract the attention of the Government may not be in same order in which these are listed below:
Every one is crying hoarse that GST has devastated but without actually putting finger on the problem. Of course it is now admitted fact that GST Network suffers from incapacity. hope it shall be rectified and bandwidth of servers shall be increased. Mr. Jaitly needs to be explained by some technical expert, that capacity of 100 thousand users per hour is actually just 10 users per second or at any given time. Therefore the technical staff need to be dealt with and bandwidth need to be increased which is poor.
However the worse problem is B2B SME traders. Small traders with a turnover of less then 20 lacs need not pay GST. In business to business transaction the buyer will prefer to buy GST paid goods so that he may get credit of GST already paid. This has suddenly made traders supplying to big businesses, redundant. Business who are paying GST want to buy only GST paid goods. This is the biggest mess. Continue reading
Sufism has a special place in India. In fact Sufism is in a way native to India. Sufi from all over world (read middle east) found refuge in India. Most Sufi Tombs (burial places) are secular yet Islāmic places of worship. People of many faith visit and perform rituals for fulfillment of their desires. There is a long page on Sufism in Wikipedia according to which Sufism was later institutionalized which by itself contradiction of terms. Unfortunately the said page is a typical example of too much water but not a drop to drink? Too much details but very little practical information.
Names of rather famous Sufi are Rumi and Bulle Shah, who were also famous poets and who knows singers as well. This is a Sufi music sung by singer Richa Sharma from India. It is a live performance.
Sufi were rebels. They rebelled against the rituals. As can be under stood from the songs of Bulle Shah sung by two talented singers in the links given at the bottom, they criticized Holy dip in rivers and going for Haz in same breadth. Sufi believed in God or Allah but refused to follow any ritual. They worshiped Allah without any image. In fact some denied existence of self by calling that only God is in existence. One such Sufi was “Sai Baba” who is now worshiped as Hindu deity. The interesting journey of Sai Baba can be read here.
Hinduism is a misnomer rather a colloquial term given by outsiders mainly Turkish and Arabs. Bharat i.e. India as it originally stood was separated from rest of the land by river Indu (later called Indus by English speaking people) in the West and Brahamaputra in the East. India was called by the name of river Indu. However, the Turkish & Arabic languages have no vowels & therefore they chose to speak Indu as Hindu. Thus, the term Hindu was coined. As a matter of fact the so called Hindus call all creatures on Earth as ‘Jeev’ and human beings as ‘Manav Jati’(human cast). The law governing human cast is called Sanatam Dharam which means Eternal Law/Duty/Etiquettes. (Dharma means all the three together.)
According to Sanatam Dharam, the world exists between Pralay to Pralay. There are 4 yugyas called Satyug, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyug. Thereafter, the world destroys itself which is Pralay (a kind of cosmic catastrophe which destroys everything ) and the cycle starts again.
In a way it is similar to the views of Stephen Hawking’s views on “Beginning of time.”Click to read his lecture on the subject.
When there was/is nothing, there existed a sound pronounced as Om. Continue reading