On To My Last Journey

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NO. THIS IS NOT A SEQUEL (RATHER  A PREQUEL – AS OBIT COMES AFTER FINAL DEPARTURE) TO MY POST ‘THANKS FOR MY OBIT‘ (OCTOBER 16, 2016 )

This is not about my ‘kicking the bucket’ nor was that about my real obituary -which would never be written anyway as I am not important enough for it. It is about a trip I am planning to the ‘Char Dham’ (four centres of pilgrimage) – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri – next month.

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Uzma, India’s Daughter, Returns

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Uzma saluting Indian soil

THE RETURN OF UZMA AHMED, A MARRIED INDIAN WOMAN IN HER 20s, who says she was forced at gunpoint to marry a Pakistani in the remote Buner district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan is a milestone in the history of diplomacy.

She was escorted to the Wagha border by Pakistani police on the orders of an Islamabad court and staff of the Indian High Commission, where she took refuge for several days. It was a touching scene to see the young lady,bowing down to touch Indian soil and apply it to her forehead in a gesture of reverence to her motherland

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Non-Profits or Fake NGOs?

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Funds always come for good causes

YEARS AGO, WHEN I MENTIONED I WAS with some N.G.O.s, someone remarked with a smirk on his face, “Oh, then you must have made a lot of money”.

That symbolizes what  many people think of Non-Governmental Organisations or NGOs.

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Eliminate the weeds to nurture real trees

They are more appropriately called non-profits in the USA as not all government bodies need be without profit motive and private organisations include even firms working solely for profit. The UN prefers to call them voluntary organisations and an annual Day of Volunteerism is observed

The Supreme Court of India has recently Continue reading “Non-Profits or Fake NGOs?”

The Uncrowned Queen of India

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Maharaja Chamarajendra

INDIA, LIKE ALL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, had its days of monarchy. The memories of kings and autocratic rulers are still in the  of minds people.  Some seniors alive today were born in the days of  ‘Maharajas’ and ;Nawabs’.  But by then these were mere titles devoid of real power.

Power they did not have, as the British were the real rulers, but even after Independence the Constitution of India bestowed on them  privileges and privy purses  till 1972  as The Constitution (26th amendment) Act  was passed only at the fag end of 1971.

Diwan Jarmani Dass, who was a Minister  (Diwan) of Kapurthala and

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PVG Raju

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Patiala kingdoms, wrote a book in the ’70s, The Maharajas, which gave a graphic picture of the lavish life of perversion, orgies, debauchery and pursuit of pleasure these ‘kings’ enjoyed , especially in Punjab and the North, in return for allowing the British to rule the country.

There were also very good and  progressive kings – mostly in the South. Within days of ascending  Continue reading “The Uncrowned Queen of India”

Jim Reeves or K.L. Saigal?

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Kundan Lal Saigal and Jim Reeves

A   SPIRITUALLY  INCLINED   FRIEND  WHO   had an excellent music system installed in his NGO office  created a WhatsApp ground called’Jim Reeves Club‘ and added all his friends to the group, whether they had any interest in music or not.

I had none. Never heard of Jim Reeves.

I was about to write to him that I had not heard of him and am not apologetic about it, just Continue reading “Jim Reeves or K.L. Saigal?”

Lenseman: Witness to History

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The photograph of napalm bomb victim in Vietnam, which made history in the US, and below, the photographer  Nick Ut of Associated Press

Nick UtSOME  NEWS  PHOTOS  CHANGE  HISTORY;  MANY OTHERS  record the making of history.

Having done photography along with reporting in my early days,  I was always interested in news photography.  Journalism books say a picture  is equal to 1000 words. That was why  in my  book, ‘A Town Called Penury – the Changing Culture of Indian Journalism’, I had a chapter on photojournalists.

As I mentioned there,  a photograph that played a major role in making most Americans oppose the Vietnam war and  forced the US  to abandon it,  was of a 9-year old Vietnamese running naked  Continue reading “Lenseman: Witness to History”

Ignored by Congress, not by India

FOUND THIS POST IN A BLOG BY SOUMAYAN DUTTA  SO INJTERESTING AND EXCELLENT THAT I AM REPRODUCING IT HERE IT ITS ENTIRITY-B Someswar Rao

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The Course of Modern Indian Politics : ‘President Netaji’

by   Soumayan Dutta

In this final installment about Netaji exclusively, I will try to briefly cover the deeds, failures and dreams that Netaji had dreamt only to see them never coming true in his lifetime as the President of Indian National Congress. And of course, I shall try to touch all possible consecutive situations that led to his forceful resignation.

Consolidating Party base :

Here he was, back from a long exile. The first stint of Subhas Chandra Bose’s Presidency was spanned across 1938-1939. It certainly was not very happy time for the world. Europe, the epicenter of modern culture and civilization was being threatened of its very existence Continue reading “Ignored by Congress, not by India”