To Arvind Kejriwal,
After thousands of memes and folklore of your idiocies, I finally arrive to break my silence over the shame you have brought to this only little thing we have in common: our surname. Surnames, as I see, are a matter of pride because every surname carries with it a lineage rich in culture and respect. It is an element of identity; the identity which will continue to persist while everything else may fall down. So yes, in spite of all your fatuousness and absurdities, this surname will not always be looked down upon but I must tell you that you have really tried hard.
Being a Kejriwal, also, is an indicator of being a Marwari which further tells about my natural orientation towards Bhartiya Janta Party. (I admit this openly because this blog, by its very nature, must be blamed on to Modiji!) Though, your entry into the political playfield via India Against Corruption was one where I took pride in having this small little connection with you. It definitely did seem that there are some people who really care for the country and have the calibre to show it, that politically independent activists haven’t really died and that all that Bollywood shows isn’t all that is fake.
The opening stand with Anna Hazare was an amazing innings to watch but like all Delhi Daredevils, the middle order never really clicked. Running Anna Hazare out, you chose to set hefty political targets for yourself but little did we know then, that there were more googlies to follow. Your promise to never participate in dirty politics was something we all looked up to but we never stopped pinning hopes on to you even when you broke that promise. It seemed, for once, that you would redefine democracy with Aam Aadmi Party.
The first signs that you have caught on to political lust was when you joined hands with Congress to win the Delhi seat. To abstain from VIP culture after becoming CM is the last good thing I know of, that you might have done and I believe, you have already undone it. Even on becoming CM, you couldn’t resist sitting on a dharna which was enough of an evidence that you lacked political brains. Everytime we thought that this would be the lowest you could fall, you told us that you were unstoppable. You quit from the post of a CM? Was that all the responsibility you could take behind all that hullabaloo? While I do not understand the Brexit Vote and the American Vote bank for Trump, it takes me an equal effort to understand for what reasons have Delhiites supported you time and again. You have always seen the post of a Chief Minister as a stepping stone to achieve bigger feats which is complete injustice to the capital of India. Cheap is the only term I can attach you with, after seeing you during the Central Elections. A work of a leader is to lead and strategize and not to elicit proof and draw out long list of names whenever an opportunity calls.
In all your absurdities and oh-so-honest behaviour, you were still distinct from Rahul Gandhi or Mamata Banerjee but the unfolding of recent events have suggested that you cover an entire spectrum of hypocrisy, senseless debates, foolishness and political insanity. From online sites to streets to Sabhas, you have left no stone unturned in proving to us this. This move of yours against demonetization policy has completed a full circle of your double faced nature; from being against corruption to being inconsiderate about it.
This letter of mine isn’t as great but nothing related to you ever can be. Delhi is still as much plagued with smog, choked by traffic, and shamed by rapes, crimes and malpractices. Some or the other Kejriwal will bring pride eventually, but you can do your bit by not bringing shame.
Next up: To Chetan from Another Chetan? Well, Chetan Bhagat’s shenanigans are relatively in control. Here was one for Mamata, though.
“If God wanted an Indian CM as His guest, he could’ve spared Amma of Tamil Nadu and could’ve rather taken Nik-Amma of Delhi.” – Whatsapp Forward.
People find icons in actors, sportspersons and politicians, but I have always found you as my icon. Please accept the following write-up, which, I believe, will forever fall short in explaining the respect I have for you. People might be waiting for the Gambhirs and Yuvrajs to comeback to the international side, but only one comeback is awaited on this end – yours. I have wrote this multiple times as a comment on your facebook posts, and I will write this again, “I will not die without meeting you!” Here, goes the write up.
“Excellence never seeks excuses,” says a man who has lent a voice to countless abiding memories from the game of cricket. Over the years, he has become an inspiration to thousands of cricket enthusiasts, sans his physical appearance on screen. His voice has always done justice to the sport we all love and follow as one of our religions. “Open the textbook, turn to page 32” are the words which will forever label a Tendulkar’s cover drive in IPL. Kumble’s maiden test hundred could not have been immortalized without, “This is most romantic moment in the history of cricket.” There was no other fitting tribute to one of the greatest cricketers of this era other than, “Is there a more calming sight in the world than Rahul Dravid taking guard?” Myriads of such examples exist.
Mr. Harsha Bhogle; just as you say his name, you are reminded of the most rational and sensational voice you might have ever heard in cricket, or in any sport for that matter. But, it is not only his commentary that makes him an inspiration for me. It is his entire innings, up till here, that he has crafted so well and all the fearless shots that he played to reach the commentary box. Mr. Bhogle has come from being a chemical engineer to pursuing a masters in business administration to eventually being a cricket journalist and a cricket commentator. Being a cricket enthusiast and MBA aspirant myself, no other person serves as a better aspiration for me. Though, there is something beyond his education and work profiles that has been my guiding light.
It is the very feature of doing what you love in that very moment, that will always be one of the most inspiring things about him. Having gained distinction in Science, Commerce and Media – Mr. Bhogle has left no stone unturned; something we all aspire to undertake. It also is a highlight of his willingness to learn. At every turning point in his life, in my belief, he chose to take the path which had not been trodden as much. Otherwise, who would abandon the various job offers, one can expect on getting for doing an MBA from IIM-A, and instead start writing for newspapers? I have always wanted to make a career based on similar lines as him – doing what you love and being where you like. He inspires me to have enough courage to break conventions, detach myself from the frantic race and make a path of my own.
I think one would rarely find any example of people who have not participated in a particular sport professionally but still have the prowess to showcase their knowledge about that sport on national television, and rather do it better than the others. Youngsters of our age are always skeptical about things we have not tried or learnt earlier but we can overcome our fears, I believe, if people like Mr. Harsha Bhogle wrote the preamble. During his speech at IIM-A, he said that excellence is a series of 100% because we never know when we find our calling. He said, “Can you fill 2 liters in a 1 liter Pepsi bottle? So you can never give anything more than 100%. But you can give 100% for every moment.” These were words out of the commentary box, which made me draw even near to his works, and I hope such words draw me near to my goal someday.
He once said, “I learnt this very early in my childhood: Remember the good, Forget the bad.” Well, I can most certainly say that when I will look back on how Mr. Harsha Bhogle has inspired me, there will only be good to remember and no bad to forget. For making me listen cricket, for showing me ‘the winning ways’ in life and for sundry other inspiring moments – Thank you Mr. Harsha Bhogle.
It’s been quite a few days since the surgical strikes were undertaken by Indian National Army and the Modi-led cavalry. In the capacity of an average Indian, who would love any sort of victory over Pakistan, I was happy and content about this brave step taken by India. Speed reading through Anti-Pakistan posts on social media was an icing over that ecstasy.
There was sarcasm and jingoism all around. Then there were posts who sought to analyse the incidents in a situation where even the media did not have much information. I chose to participate in a few comments and was more of the opinion that such display of patriotism is ephemeral in nature. However, today I do want to state my opinion having read through editorial pages of newspapers dated 7th October, 2016, in demand more so because of’James Bond’ endorsing Pan Bahaar. Today, I can distinguish myself from some who have gone lunatic at the very news of India attacking Pakistan. They have the maximum retweets, forwards and shares on their social media accounts. We can safely say that the problem with war-mongering and jingoism can be sorted if the abundant information could anyway reach their brains. This brings me to the first critical area needing re calibration – the people of our country.
As rightly pointed out in this article, “The worst possible result is a war that no one wants. Relentless hysteria in the public discourse could create a situation in which the government is pressured to act not in the nation’s best interest but to live up to bloodthirsty expectations.”
We need to start understanding first and reserve our actions for later. The platforms we are on today are enough dynamic to turn our ‘united’ fights against Pakistan into a ‘diverse’ one within our own clan between different castes and cultures. By such re calibration, I do not imply that we must stop giving opinions, but I preach that we must do so responsibly. It is always said that debates and discussions enrich the society with profound knowledge and greater comprehension, but I am finding it difficult to make sense out of debates based on the location of the strikes, the contribution of our army personnel, the future of Pakistani artists, and so on. As rightly pointed out by Akshay Kumar, “A soldier on the war-front will not care about whether a particular Pakistani artist should leave India or not.” By virtue re-calibration, let us grow mature and grow out the lack of patience and savoir faire.
The next set needing re-calibration is surely the Opposition in general and Congress in particular. From blaming the prime minister for not showing enough courage against Pakistan to showcasing him as a war-monger in the country, Congress have reduced their standards further down, if it was not negative or cipher already. The opposition claims to have made three surgical strikes in their term saying that they did not want to publicize it, while asking for conclusive evidence of the recent surgical strikes. If anyone has shown disrespect for our army, it is them and no one else. It is not the BJP government that they questioned but it was the efforts and martyrdom of our army that they rallied against. As for Arvind Kejriwal, it has always been hard to understand his calibration which is why we cannot conclude about the reforms he needs to undergo. We all know how Congress can switch their games to extract the maximum possible support out of Muslim minority while balancing the national interests.
Unfortunately, for Pakistan, the Muslim minority card doesn’t feature in Narendra Modi’s deck which certainly gives the current government “greater elbow room than his Congress predecessors.” This might have not been a worry for Nawaz Shareef if they would have reciprocated Narendra Modi’s effort for friendship and bi-lateral ties between the two countries. But having bluffed the whole pact, the particular factor comes back in the picture to haunt Pakistan for any step they plan to take against India. India and Pakistan are on the cusp of a new phase – the phase which might feature undeclared wars between the two nations. While Pakistan were always consistent with their malpractices, India has rather been inconsistent in their approach but not any further. Pakistan will need a re-calibration in their strategy to deal with India because, regardless of the validity of surgical strikes, they can now expect India to be consistent in their retaliations as long as Modi is in control of the reins. Their valiant efforts to save their face against the surgical strikes is out in the open and has been subtly rebuked by major powers around the globe. Although, I doubt if, alike all other products associated with China, this re-calibration also proves to be faulty and short-lived.
Not only the Indus Water Treaty, but on so many other fronts it will be as bad for India as for Pakistan in an event of war. “Modi began his innings with a belief that he could do business with Nawaz Sharif. That optimism suffered a reality check with Pathankot, Uri and the Kashmir troubles. Consequently, he has recalibrated India’s response to a difficult neighbour.” If anyone needs a reality check and re-calibration the most, it will be the media and influential people on both sides of the border.
“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” Because of our belief in this very principle, have we lost out on so many things in these 70 odd years but it may have won us peace and tranquility on the other hand. Difficult neighbour, but still a neighbour. Re-calibrate.