My greetings to all on 71st Independence Day 2017.
India is going through a Renaissance of a kind. A heated debate is going on on various subjects which were a kind of taboo as Main Stream Media (MSM) chose to ignore it. The result was that MSM not only lost TRP but also it’s status of fourth estate. Real debate shifted to the new fourth estate social media. News papers are now reporting what is already on facebook or twitter. Occasionally blogs also found mentioned.
For one section of society Nationalism is now hyper-nationalism for another it means a sectional agenda. Therefore it would be better to step back and reconsider.
What is right amount of nationalism?
Once a philosopher said rather wrote:
Elephants are found in Asia and Africa. Asia has three sub species of elephants. Scientific name of Indian elephant is Elephas Maximus Indicus. Indian female elephants do not have tusks.
I do not know about African Elephant but why elephants were not found everywhere? Why in India? Actually it has to do with food. Favorite food for elephants is leaves of sacred fig or peepal tree. This is how its leaves look like:
What it is to be a Lawyer?
To tell it in one word: ‘CONFLICT’.
A lawyer is always in conflict. Torn between courts, matters, clients and family. Extended work hours does not make it easy. No doubt as the lawyers grow old they become snappy.
Classes of lawyers:
But let’s us first be clear as to who is a lawyer. Under English Law, there are two classes of lawyers i.e. Barrister and Solicitor. Barrister is supposed to be expert in law, an expressionist, an orator and a court artist. Solicitor is a lawyer who is supposed to be expert in Procedure, Handling clients, Properties, accounts, and with fair working knowledge of law. It is a different matter that UK is moving toward unification of two classes. But the above distinction of proficiency in law or procedure always exists. The reason ? Well that is another story. In UK there is a sub class of Barrister called ‘Queen’s Counsel‘. Continue reading
Staying in forest.
To those who live in urban concrete jungle, spending time near nature is a dream come true. While New Delhi has it’s share of forest in the form of Ridge forest in central Delhi but being inside the forest and on the banks of a river or its tributary is a different experience. Watching nature from very near is a different experience. This is a Monitor Lizard, we met last month inside Jim Corbet National Park:
Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park.
We were at Jim Corbet Park a fortnight or so ago for a weekend. It is 130 Miles from Delhi. However it is not advisable to visit this place during rains. The main Park remains closed at this time. Check its official site for more details: http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/
We kind of wandered off on a whim without caring about planning. We stayed in a Government owned and maintained Guest house which was quite good and rather economical. Since Park was closed due to rains, the only animal we could see is the lizard above who has a habitat near the Tourist Lodge we were staying in. In fact the lizard parred through our steps on a hunting expedition. This tourist lodge is uniquely developed inside natural forest. Various huts have been built at a distance from each other maintaining privacy for all. Continue reading
Is China really furious with India?
Doklam is the recent point of flared tension between India and China. According to wikipedia: “Doklam, Zhoglam, Droklam or Donglang is a narrow plateau lying in the tri-junction region of Bhutan, China and India. Doklam lies close to the modern day Yadong county of Tibetan Autonomous Region and the Ha valley of Bhutan.” Use this Google earth link to see where China wants to build road on the territories of Bhutan.
China wants to build a road very near to the most vulnerable point in North-East India. India and China do not have agreed borderline or even line of control. Both country’s army knows it and respects each other’s sovereignty. Except in 1962, there has never been any armed conflict in past 200 years of recorded history and 2000 years perceived history. Before China became communist, both countries had strong cultural ties. Hinduism’s rebel Buddha’s teachings were and are most popular in China.
Both countries had and have a family centric culture but were divided by Himalaya (Mount Everest) and linguistic mountain. Both have 1.25 billion (approx) population.
What is China?
A person is known by company it keeps.