Thursday, December 31, 2015

Comforts of Thar Desert, Rajasthan

Comforts of Thar Desert, Rajasthan

After visiting Jaisalmer fort in night, we have enjoyed the Dome of Nature lighted by the full Moon. Next day morning we took a journey of the Thar desert under the same Dome lighted by the Sun. 

The entire desert of Thar was vegetated by shrubs and arid trees, i.e., Kera, Aakda, Thor, Ber, lana, luni, Khejri, Israeli babool, etc.  Bhuyee, a small shrubs silver in colour, carry soft cotton type material. People use it for making pillows. There is human efforts in planting arid trees to stabilize the sand dunes. Good rains over past few years is giving a green cover to the desert. Global warming may be changing the geography of the desert.

After a drive of 57 kms, when we entered into the Desert National Park, a beautiful Tawny eagle took its royal flight in front of us. Larks (dholars), the birds I was searching from my school days (the story of lark and its chicks), were otherwise not seen due to its colour mix with the land, flying and welcoming us by the passing of the vehicle at both sides of the road. Goraiya..o..goraiya...the desert has preserved many house sparrows. They were settled like a bulb decoration on Khejri trees.

Finally we reached to village Sudasari, the maternity home of the Great Indian Bustard. The area rich in chaniyo, the golden grass, was fenced for protection of the bustard eggs. Protecting these invaluable eggs from desert dogs, lizards, cattle, crows, etc, the forest officials do celebrate the event of new chick born with joy and gratitude. Mother is the great protector of its chicks. Till the she bustard remains with the egg, no animal can dare to damage the egg. But when she fly away for food and water, the enemies eat the egg. The forest department has started planting of bajara etc, and created water holes to provide food and water to the mother within the maternity home, so that she save the egg till the birth of the chick.

The mother can give one bird per annum. It can lay 6-8 eggs (in case of damage of previous) but once it sat over one egg, it doesn't give another egg. Thereafter, she spends her entire time in protection and rearing of the egg. The chick become the size of the mother in 3 months. It has 20 years life.

To add to our luck, the forest staff located the birds. We travelled into the area. The route was flooded with tennis balls. Tennis balls? Plenty of Kateri fruits (medicine for bronchitis) look like truck loads of tennis balls spread over the desert.

After a twenty minutes drive, when we reached to the location, we saw the bird. Aha.. what a beautiful bird it was! We saw the Great Indian Bustard, first time in life. They were four walking in the grass land. Unnoticed of the near one, as soon as our vehicle reach near to it, all four took a flight like a jet plane with powerful humming sound. Watching the 14 kg weight Great Indian Bustards flying up in the sky, a memory of lifetime.

The Great Indian Bustard lives in this area of Thar, Kutch and Cholitan (Pakistan) desert. It is critically endangered as its population estimated in the area is 120, of which 32 in Thar, 22 in Kutch and rest in Cholistan. Poor bird may be facing enmity of people across the border due to its name, "Great INDIAN Bustard". Renewable energy poles of wind mills may not be their threats but the electricity greed line wires put their life in danger.

It's desert. You can see other animals too: spadfoot toad, sidewinder snake, desert snake, shovel snouted lizard, desert ants, pants, large ears rabbit, scorpios, wolf spider, etc. It has kangaroo rats (lifts front two legs like kangaroo) that live whole like without drinking water. The kidneys of desert animals concentrated urine, so that they excrete less water.

Like Kutch Bhunga, the people live in 
Jhonpa house of round shape. The round shape gives protection against wind and the temperature fall by 7 degrees inside the house in Summer. Obviously, people need heavy rajayee in winter.

While, we had our tea at the Jhonpa Duty House of the Forest Department, an Indian Roller came flying and sat on the top of the Jhonpa, greeting good luck to us.

The foresters caught 5 Spiny tailed lizards from the poachers. Their spines were broken by the poachers. It's a herbivorous reptile lives in burrow. It closes the bill from outside for the safety. Still the poachers manage to catch them. They are used for making "sandhe ka tail" the oil/fat is aphrodisiac, used for joints pain and other problems. Selfish humans play with the nature.

It's desert, without watching black bucks (Chinkara), sheeps, goats, cattle, the trip to desert can't be finished.

In the evening we had camel ride on the sand dunes of village Sam. The village was converted into a tent city, flooded with camels, cars and tourists. It was a good fun to walk, jog and taking selfy in the sand dunes.

There was a cultural programme in the tent area. Champe Khan of Magniar community and his team were entertaining the tourists. They started with Ganpati Stuti, "Maharaj gajanand aavoni...mari sabhama rang barsavoni". The organisers start serving pakoda and tea to the guests.

They welcomed the tourists with the song, "Kesaria balam padharo mare desh", followed by "Alida maro gorband (necklace of camel of the groom) nakhralo". When the groom go for marriage, riding a decorated camel, people mostly look at the gorband, the necklace of the camel, not much at the groom! 

Now the time for Holi song, "Holi khelan mai gayee..Holiya mai ude re gulal" with the holi dance of award winner artist Lila. A dance to keep the joints active and lubricated. 

Jogi.. jugal bandi on kartal of 4 wood pieces, nimbuda song to remind the king to carry lemon for the queen to save her beauty from the black magic. And at last, the famous Garaba dance, where the Gujarati tourists, the youngs, the olds, the children, start taking joyful rounds in the company of Champe Khan's team.

We had a delicious dinner of famous dal, bati churma of Rajasthan. Churma...unable to forget that sweet taste! 

We concluded the day with kadai milk and pan at Hanuman choraya before going to bed.

Tired of the day long joyful journey of the Thar desert, we didn't notice when we fell asleep at the Forest Guest House, Jaisalmer. 

Punamchand
26 December 2015

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Human sacrifice, a practice to repeal curse.

Human sacrifice, a practice to repeal curse.

The tradition of human sacrifices by the kings were recorded by falk songs, but the historians of the Kings failed to write them in history. I was searching for an evidence of human sacrifice of Megh Mayo in Saharshaling Lake in Patan Gujarat in the history of Gujarat. Except the derry of Maya on the bank of the lake and the remembrance of the event by his community for 1000 years, no other concrete evidence in any other form is available. 

As per the legend, Mayo, a young man of a backward community buried live (willingly) to repeal the curse of Jasma Odan. Jasma, a beautiful wife of Rooda Od (tank digger) cursed the Solanki King of Patan Siddhraj Jaisingh, who was captivated by her beauty and wanted to marry her. Due to the curse, the tank was not filled with water. To repeal the curse, a human sacrifice was needed. With Maya's sacrifice, the tank was filled with water. King Jaisingh, in return allowed his caste to stay with higher castes in the town.

The tradition of human sacrifice was further confirmed in Maherangarh Fort of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It was built by Rathore King Jodha around 1460. He had to displace Cheeriya Nathji, the lord of the birds on the hill to build the fort. Cheeria Nathji cursed Rao Jodha with scarcity of water. With the request from the crown, Raja Ram Meghwal came forward and was buried alive in the foundations as human sacrifice to repeal the curse. In return, the Rathore promised to look after his family. It is believed that Raja Ram was Mehra, meghwar. Therefore, Rao Jodha named the fort Mehrangarh in remembrance of his sacrifice. Another school of thoughts believe that it was Mihir (Sun) garh, changed to Maherangarh, as the Sun has been the chief deity of the Rathores. But the previous tale is more probable looking at the affections of the Kings with their people. 

Do you know the story of Rathore King Hanwant Singh (29)? 

His father King Umed Singh died of appendicitis in 1947. Hanwant Singh became the King of Jodhpur at 24 Y age. He married to Krishna Kumari from Dhrangadhra State of Gujarat and was blessed with a son (the present King Gaj Singh). 

As you know Hanwant Singh reluctantly signed the instrument of accession to India and when Mountbatten had left the room; he pointed a fountain pen over Mr. Menon which was a .22 Calibre pistol and cried with the voice, "I will kill you if you betray my people...' 

He pleaded in the communal tension period of 1947, that the Hindus and Muslims of his state are like his two eyes. And if anyone were to get hurt it would be like blinding him. No untoward incident happened. He personally led a peace march through the city and begged each one to stay. "You are my children! You cannot leave! You cannot insult me!" And they stayed.

He was very popular King. If instrument of accession terms continued, Rathores would have continued as popular King of Jodhpur kingdom even today. But the accession deed was converted into merger deed by Nehru and Sardar. Hanwant Singh participated in the general elections of 1952 through his party of independents. When Nehru had threatened to revoke the purses if the Princes entered politics; he, a mesmerizing orator campaigned. "I have you, my people. Raise your hands, my privy purse!" And they did. He campaigned for 14 hours a day.

26 January 1952, a day of counting of votes. He flew in his two seater air plane from constituency to constituency for the results. His love wife actress Zubaida (Vidhya Rani) was with him. And may be due to tiredness or overwhelmed with joy of sure victory, or may be due to technical faults, (or a sabotage?) the plane came down to a low height, hit with the wire and crash in the dusk of the day, 26/1/1952. The couple died. The results were announced. His party won all 4 parliament seats and 31 of 35 assembly seats. Jodhpur State cried that night losing their affectionate King Hanwant Singh Rathore. 

Human sacrifice was a practice followed in ancient period to repeal curse as well as for speedy completion and long life of the building/lake. 

The community which offer such sacrifices was later known as "Meghwal or Meghwar", those who have power to bring back the rain from the clouds through prayer. Megh in Sanskrit meaning clouds and rain, and war meaning descent or who bring back.

Drought was considered a curse of the innocent victim. And that was repealed by the sacrifice of another innocent! The mortal lives of the lower caste were sacrificed for the immortal prestige of the Kings. Tradition prevailed.

Punamchand
29 December 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

When I lost my "Mother" on 23 May 2001

When I lost my "Mother" on 23/5/2001

2001 AD was a painful year for our family. I was on earthquake relief duty to Bhuj-Kutch from 27/1/01.

We were living in Gandhinagar in one category below house since August 1995 and were unable to get a change of entitlement. But when the house was damaged due to earthquake on 26/1/2001, Laxmi, my wife met the then CM and with the help of the Secretary R&B and Finance ACS Shri G. Subbarao, a house was allotted in Sector-20, where she moved with luggage without any external help.

I could return home from Kutch duty in the first week of April 2001 to attend my brother-in-law who was seriously ill. Dhawal was writing his 12th science annual exam without our support. My father suddenly developed stomach pain and died in VHS on 12/4/01. We generally avoid VHS but due to the advice of Dr. Tejas Patel, the mistake was committed and we lost him untimely. Due to his death, my mother went into the shock, declared her departure date of 12th May 2001.

After completing father's rituals, we tried to stabilize her. She was a patient of chronic bronchitis. On 9th May morning, she had a complaint of uneasiness. Knowing her will power and declaration of death, fearful we admitted her in Kakadia hospital, Bapunagar. In the evening of 10th, she developed breathing problem. As there was no ventilator free at Civil Hospital, we moved her to Shreya hospital as per the advised of the visiting doctor, Pulmonologist Dr. Parthiv Mehta. At Shreya, he applied an American handy ventilator support for few hours which doesn't require tube insertion in nostrils. She was survived and crossed the date 12th May. On 13th morning, she equated me with Lord Shiva, who stopped her departure second time. But after two days she again had problem of breathing. The handy ventilator was applied but it stopped working after an hour. She was moved on regular ventilator. She was stabilized and started responding through eyes. But next day in the morning, Dr. Mukesh Patel, the assistant doctor removed her ventilator without our knowledge for a trial learning of the side effects of removing the ventilator. Within a minute, she starved for oxygen. The ventilator was applied again but she couldn't recover. She went into coma. The lady doctor hit her chest many times with force to bring her consciousness back, broke her ribs. She developed pneumonia through cross infection in the hospital.

All round exploitation by hospital business started with room rent, ventilator charge, medical reports, blood tests, costly prescription of expensive injections that were going into the pockets of the nurses who used to keep away the family members while attending the patient. It goes back to the store at the medical store on ground for resale. My wife caught them red handed with the theft of injections.

At last, when all the chances of her survival failed, we requested the doctors to remove her ventilator. She was discharged from the hospital with a heavy bill of Rs. 1.75 lakh. She was moved to home. And after 3 hours of life she left the world at 8.30 PM on 23 May 2001.

We lost both of our "Living Gods" on earth in 42 days.

Many of our relatives, friends, staff, officers shared our grief including 4-5 IAS colleagues of our cadre. The IAS association EC of that time was busy in cancellation of our house allotment as it was allotted as a special case!

Punamchand
28 December 2015

Sonar Killa, the Living Fort of India

Sonar Killa, the Living Fort of India. 

Famous film director Shri Satyajeet Ray made the fort popular in 70s with only 10 minutes shot of it in the film "Sonar Kella (The Fortress)". Boby Deol's film "Nanhe Jaisalmer" was also shot here. Made from golden yellow sand stone, the shining fort has been inhabited by the descendant families of the warriors, the brahmins and the Jain families as well as by the shop keepers, service providers, hoteliers, hawkers, etc. And the tourists in thousands. It's a world heritage site. It is one of the largest fortification on Trikuta Hill in Thar Desert. It attracts the tourists with its shiny look under the bright Sun rays, evening look of Sun set light. The display lights illuminate its spectacular golden look in night. 

Got it? It is the only living killa of India, the Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan. The Bhati Rajput King Jaisal laid its foundation stone during his rule in 1146-56 AD. His successors completed the construction of the fort. More than 800 years have been passed but the fort has maintained its shine, colour and newness. Sandstone is soft, therefore, the sculptors prefer it for beautiful carving, making window, archway, doors, balconies etc, in different shapes and make the buildings royal. 

There is a Well in the fort. It is said that when Lord Krishna and Arjuna were passing through, Arjuna become thirsty, therefore Lord Krishna made the well with his Sudarshana Chakra. The Bhati rajputs are yaduvanshis and known as descendants of Lord Krishna. 

The Raj Mahal (Royal Palace) of the King has many rooms. The Bed room of the King is probably 20'x15'. One can imagine the size of one of the kings through the size (length and width) of the robe hanged over the hanger. However, the cot has only 5.5' length. As the King had to live always under the tension of attacks by the enemies, he might had been sleeping by keeping half of his body on the cot and resting the legs on the floor!

The life of the Queen in the palace may be royal but it was like a house arrest. The poor lady couldn't move with the freedom of her mind. As she has to live her entire life in the fort, she had to pass her time playing some games of chopat.

The King, the warriors and the Brahmin families lived here. Brahmins were performing multiple roles. They were the teachers, advisors and well wishers of the King. The combination of Rajputs and Brahmins, one with a sword in the hand and another with a rule book in the hand was unique. A warrior and a guide working together to rule over people to protect the "Dharma"!!! And without finance, nothing moves, therefore, the jains, the financiers of the King, the merchants, also live inside the fort. 

Shak Dwip Mak Bhojak Brahmins do worship of Lord Vishnu in the Laxminath Temple. The idols of Lord Vishnu and Laxmi, decorated with Diamonds and Gold ornaments are very attractive. The atmosphere inside the temple is very peaceful. There is a beautiful Jain Temple in the fort. 

Havelis of merchants carry very  attractive carvings. There is a Haveli of Salam Singh. He was the divan of the King. During the draught period, he used to land money to Paliwals at high interest rates and when the Paliwals failed to repay, he used to exploit their girls and women. But when he demanded the wife of the Chief of the Paliwals, the Paliwals vacated all the 84 villages in one night and left the Kingdom.

We started our journey to Jaisalmer at 8AM from Gandhinagar, had our lunch of delicious Rajasthani Thali (Ker Sangri, gatta, dal tadka, raita, bajra rotala with labalab pure ghee, jaggery, curd, fried green chilli, salad, papad) at Brahman lodge Barmer at 2PM and reached Circuit House, Jaiselmer at 5.30 PM. 

The rooms were booked but it was cancelled due to HC judges visit and some guests of present and ex CM. The Collector was on HQ leave for 2 days. 

The manager opened a room for us for waiting like RAC. At the counter, one MLA from Haryana, a member of the Housing Committee, was fighting with the manager for settlement of his bill. He had Occupied 3 rooms and wanted to pay the rent of only 1 room. But the manager didn't surrender and took the payment of all 3 rooms.

At last our reservation issue was sorted out after two hours and we were given 2 rooms in Forest guest house, at Gajrup Sagar village, little away from the city. It has 4 rooms and support staff of Forest. But the mess up of booking helped us in liaison support of the Tehsildar during the tour. 

After dumping our luggage, we took a tour of the Fort in the night. Healthy and beautiful Children were playing in the streets. Some shops and restaurants were open for the customers. We saw the well made by Lord Krishna. There is open space in front of the Raj Mahal and Chamunda Devi temple. On Dashhara day, the King used to sit in public on the chair kept up on the right side stairs of the palace, the open space occupied by the people and the puja of Chamunda Devi was performed with the sacrifice of he buffalo. We took a round of babaji ka dhuna, laxminnath temple. We could see the city view and the Gadisar lake in dark from a corner of the fort. 

When we were on the way to the Jain Temple, heard a sad news of an accidental death of a Jain man. His dead body was coming. He went for a delivery of his wife to Jodhpur and met with an accident, collided with a truck. The pregnant lady survived but her loving husband died. The distance between Jaisalmer to Jodhpur is 270 kms. There is maternity services available in the city but some people prefer to go to Jodhpur for better care. Some corners of the fort were crying after this very sad demise. In another street, some people were cooking food for the "barma vidhi" of one decreased person of their family. The sadness of the family multiplied next day with one more death of another brother and the eldest brother went into shock was shifted to hospital by a Chhakda rickshaw (fort 108). 

After completing a walk of the fort, we had our dinner of vegetables, tandoori roti, khichadi-kari at Desert Bite Restaurant, and before closing the day, we had our dessert of kadhai milk at Prabhu Tea Stall and a Pan mithai of Vasu Pan Shop at Hanuman Choraya.

Tired of the day journey and visit of the fort we went into the deep sound sleep in a very peaceful night at Forest Guest House, where the only sound was of earth spinning! 

When we woke up on Christmas morning, the nature welcomed us with the dawn chorus and golden white spray of morning colours in the sky of the eastern horizon. 

Punamchand
25 December 2015
Jaisalmer

Monday, December 21, 2015

When I lost my "Father" on 12 April 2001

When I lost my "Father" on 12 April 2001.

Dr. Tejas Patel, Padmashri, delivered a speech in the function of HH Pramukh Swami's 95th birthday celebration at Sarangpur on 19 December 2015. His narration of pacemaker surgery on HH Pramukh Swami with local short timer anesthesia looking at the risk of sedation, once again opened a painful corner deep in my heart in which I lost my father due to the carelessness of the Doctors of VS Hospital, Ahmedabad in the afternoon on 12 April 2001.

My father Khemchand (80 Y) had complained of stomach pain in the left abdominal in the morning on 10/4/2001. Initially he thought, it may be a constipation problem, but when the pain didn't subside he contacted me in the afternoon. With the very high regards and trust we straight away went to the clinic of Dr. Tejas Patel at Paladi. After checking the problem of angina pain, he had advised me to admit my father in VS Hospital under the personal care of his assistant doctor visiting the hospital everyday. He gave courage to my father to not to worry and he will live for another 7 years. We were greatly relieved from the stress. My father always happy with the nature of Dr. Tejas Patel told me that he didn't offer tea to him this time.

We went straight to VS Hospital and took admission in ICCU as per his advice but against the will of my father. After the first aid and dopamine drip that night was passed well. Second day my father wanted to go to home because he wished to leave the world from our home. I met the HoD Dr. Bhupesh Shah in the afternoon for his discharge but he said no to us looking at his unstable and non movable condition. He advised me to wait for a day and trust the Doctors team for the care. I contacted the then Municipal Commissioner through phone for help in treatment attention but he was not available. I told his PS to bring the matter to his notice but nothing was heard from that side. I was there in the hospital till 11 PM that night. But severe back pain due to long standing of the day compelled me to return home. Keeping two nephews at the hospital, I left for Gandhinagar with a note to phone me in case of emergency.

Once my father knew that I have gone, he started a fight to return home. The nephew instead of calling me, called my elder brother from nearby house in Ahmedabad. The doctor on the duty wrote a prescription of drug and injected my father. It was a sedation drug. He went into the sedation. Next morning on 12/4/2001, he woke up at 7.30 AM, and again asked to return home, but the doctor on duty gave another injection of sedation. That was deadly.

Unaware of the events in the hospital, when I reached VSH at around 10 AM, my father was in Coma. The drip was removed. Morning dose of drugs remained as it is at the corner.  The doctor on duty Dr. Salim was reading a book. I asked him about his condition but he was least interested to talk. He told me that he is in a condition of a tired horse. When I asked him about the reversal treatment for the sedation, he replied no treatment except to wait. I tried to argue, why did the doctor injected sedation drug to the heart patient twice? There was no answer. I knew the seriousness because the doctor was very cautious in giving anesthesia dose to him while operating him for orchiodectomy few months ago.

I tried to approach the Head, Dr. Bhupesh Shah, but he was in OT. I contacted Dr. Tejas Patel and he advised me to wait for the sedation drugs recovery and also advised not to go for any surgery at this age with the condition of his heart. Helpless I was, praying God to bring my father in consciousness.

I got the discharge papers ready to leave the hospital as soon as my father come in consciousness.

At around 2.30 PM he became conscious little bit. His hands and legs were cold like ice. His head was feverish. He asked who we are and again went into unconsciousness. The doctors other than Salim who was reading book, were not available.

At around 3 PM couple of junior doctors came and saw the state of his condition. One lady doctor shouted she will not give sedation injection any more. A experience nurse looked at my father and told me that this is not sleep, he is dying. A tremor of fear passed through my body. My legs started stumbling. And within few minutes suddenly his body lifted little up, his left eye moved clockwise and he collapse in seconds. My father died. Suddenly two doctors came rushing and gave electric shocks but failed to recover.

He was in need of rest. He was in need of a cup of tea. He was in need of passing his urine and stool. He was in need of warmth from the family members. But the careless Doctors on duty killed my father through sedation drugs. He might have died after some hours, days, months or years, but that was not his natural departure moment, I believe.

We accepted the verdict as the will-act of God. But whenever I hear some discussion about the heart care, my heart goes into deep pain because the event has been recorded in my subconscious brain very sharply.

Punamchand
20 December 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Let Live and Live (जीने दो और जीओ)

Let Live and Live (जीने दो और जीओ)

Population exploitation has compelled the Indian farmers to move for hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides to produce more to feed them and generate GDP for the Nation. However, it's share in GDP is declining.

With population increase, the dispensaries and hospitals are increasing. Life style, environment, and longevity of age added many new diseases in the list. And the food generated through hybrid seeds with the use of chemical fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, etc, has played major role in killing pancreas and liver of humans at early age. In fact the food is affecting all the organs of the body.

Look, we are talking about humans only. The modern agriculture is killing the nature to feed the humans. It has changed the ecology and made the land poisonous.

What do we need for better cultivation? Good seeds, fertile earth, moisture and safety from insects and pests. And this is possible without the use of hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides.

Don't you believe this? Come and visit Sardar Patel Farm at Kathwada, Ahmedabad (20 kms from Gandhinagar), where a Cardiologist Dr. Dinesh Patel (+91 98 25 332814) and his wife are doing organic farming in 150 acres of land.

He has followed a simple principle, Let Live and Live (जीने दो और जीओ). We are known to the phrase Live and Let Live, keeping the human first in the Centre. But if we keep the other creatures in the centre allowing them to live first, human being a part of the eco system automatically survive with better food and better health.

His tolerance of other creatures of mother nature is paying him more dividends than his practice of cardiology. All are working in his farms. The 20 labourers work for 8 hours a day as daily wagers, but he has free workforce in plenty, working for more hours and some are working 24x7.

Who are they?

The cattle egrets start working from the morning to late evening eating insects of the farm. After taking the crops, the left out roots become the food for the microbes. Termites are happy enjoying dry stems, do not damage the crop. The earthworms are making natural manure in bulk using the earth, roots, dung-feces of animals and birds. The roots, leaves and left over maintain the moisture of the land. There is ample food for all living in the farm. As there stomachs are full, happy they are in turn make the land fertile and productive to generate enough organic food for the humans free from chemicals. The blue bulls understand the language of love and limit themselves to the assigned area for their needs.

He selects plants for seeds and use them. The production cost except the limited electricity bills for irrigation and wages to labourers, all most zero. He has developed a beautiful nursery with varieties of plants and dairy to produce organic milk and ghee. The organic products earn him higher price, all most double or triple compared to the normal stuff. Whatever they produce, that is consumed by the market. As a result he earns more from the farm than his practice of cardiology. And his life in a house in the farm living with nature is much better than a life of city of a jungle of concrete.

Tolerance promotes non violence.

Now his farms has population in billions: microbes termites, pests, insects, birds (egrets, peacocks, parrots, etc), animals (buffalos, blue bulls, dogs, rabbits, etc). His farms has organic food in terms of vegetables and cereals.

Can't we go back to the Indian original method of organic farming?

Save nature, save humans.

Punamchand
13/12/2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Are we heading towards WW-III

Are we heading towards World War III ?

With the terrorists attacks the world peace and harmony has been disturbed. The have nots are challenging the haves. The incidents of killing of innocent people are increasing. Religion has been used for brain washing of the younger generation.

Nostradamus predicted Third World War of 27 years of devastation, an Antichrist, the King of Terror will create the horror of deaths that the very earth will cry put of pain. Apart from conventional fights bacterial and nuclear weapons will be used. The Antichrist will take over Europe. Unlike Hitler's "rain of blood," he will use a "rain of blood and milk." A major nuclear confrontation will occur in the Middle East. Draught on earth and fire from sky. The times will be extremely violent and traumatic.

The death of a world leader in Middle East will coincide with the appearance of a comet. When the second Pope is assassinated, the Antichrist will begin his European campaign. The final pope (French) will be a tool of the Antichrist.

And like previous two world wars, Russia will its alliance (three brothers: Russia, Europe and America) diminish the power of the Antichrist.

Who was/is the Antichrist, the King of Terror? Osama Bin Laden, Sadam Hussain or the head of ISIS? Is the Antichrist yet to emerge and come to full power? He is from Middle East. He will be educated in Egypt. The Antichrist will be in action near the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Arabian Sea. The Antichrist will take Thursday as his day of reverence. He will study and emulate Hitler and his techniques avidly to try to surpass him. Before the Antichrist comes to full power, it will appear that other leaders are above him and in control of the power structure. In reality the Antichrist will be using them as stepping stones in his quest for world power.

What was/is the starting date of this 27 years of war? 9/11 (2001) or US attack on Iraq (2003)? Attack over New York city and US having democratic President predicted. Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Middle East, Russia, France, Greece, UK, US and Europe are predicted to be involved in the war. The Antichrist will rise from Syria/Iraq.

Surprisingly, the present fights are going on in that area predicted. Will the next President of US be from Democratic in January 2017? Are we progressing towards nuclear war? If September 11, 2001 is considered a starting date and the war to end in 2028, then we are yet to see the worst time on the earth.

Like his 50% predictions went wrong, let Nostradamus is proved wrong.

Let Peace prevail on earth.

Punamchand
5 December 2015

How to open path of Development?

How to open path of Development?

Make in India is a tiger leap of our present Prime Minister. If succeeds, it will transform the economy and will resolve many problems of India.

How could our entrepreneurs sustain with high production cost at home and against the dumping of cheap goods and machines by the Chinese and other countries?

People's expectations from governments are increasing. Govt spending is increasing, putting pressure to generate more revenue through taxing or borrowing. The stress of the governments mostly passed on to the tax payers.

Gross NPA of our banks will reach to 6% and the assets under stress will be around 12%. How could the banks take risk of landing? Informal sector is dying without funding and organised sector is drying up resources through NPA.

Some entrepreneurs instead of focusing on competitiveness by quality improvement and cost cutting, spend more wisdom on doing irregularities.

I remember one discussion on startup companies, the entrepreneur boy was questioning the space and money utilized by government functionaries. Not only the salary, but the per capita cost of building, furniture, transportation, communications, perks and facilities, etc, is very very high, compared to their output.

Corruption in the system add on to the cost of the products and services.The Elections are getting expensive. Party funds!

All put together make the products and services expensive that can't compete with the international competitors.

We can't become "make in India" through the "western style life in India".

India lives in villages and in urban slums. Unless we make all our BPL and little above BPL houses the centres for making goods and services of the local needs through informal sector development, our problem of poverty and unemployment will continue.

Rightly mentioned by one of the seniors that Agriculture sector needs focus through technological innovations, and making it attractive profession for the youngsters.

We copy more and innovate less. Our R&D spending is very low. Our machines are costlier than the machines of China. China under the stress of depression may dump loads in India. I have witnessed less attendance of Chamber representatives in Guangdong business delegation visit because they were afraid of the entry of Chinese companies in the products they manufacture.

Our electronics, electrical appliances, cosmetics and other goods are flooded with the make in foreign companies. It is ok till they are produced in India and the profit is reinvested in India. Otherwise, they are new forms for East India Companies, not political but will bring Economic Slavery to us. FDI for gambling in share market is not a good investment.

We need investments, need technology, but not the goods and services made by the foreigners. When shall we use all goods and services made in India? Made in by our demographic dividend, the young India. Just for 10 years, the whole economy will be transformed. Swadeshi has big power.

Punamchand
29 November 2015 

UV Light Treatment for Vitiligo

UV Light Treatment for Vitiligo.

I have a friend, Narendra. He met me first in 1994. He had no skin problem. But later after 10 years, he had developed white spots over his hands, that spread over to his face, chest and other parts. When he shifted to Mumbai in 2014, within 6 months, his whole body became white. 

He tried all therapies, allopathy, ayurved, homeopathy, etc, but the medicines used to aggravate his problem more. 

He had Leukoderma-Vitiligo the skin whitening disease. It is a gradual loss of pigment melanin from the skin layers resulting white patches on the surface of skin. It doesn’t make any organic harm as it is caused neither by germs nor due to bad blood but a distressing skin disease. Scientists believe that vitiligo may be an autoimmune process in which the body destroys its own pigment. Methods of establishing a complete cure of vitiligo or leukoderma have been insufficient in the modern science.

Tired of all treatments, at last, Narendra opted for the newly invented UV Light Treatment ( Rays A&B) recommended by his dermatologist. He had to visit the centre 3 times per week for this phototherapy treatment. It's like UV rays (a,b) bath of few minutes. Within a month his body started repigmenting and after the treatment of 6 months, except some patches on hand his whole body become normal. His vitiligo stopped spreading. The doctor considered it a permanent care and touch wood, he is going okay these days. However, home units are available in the market to continue the treatment at home. 

UV Light treatment is currently considered the "gold standard" when vitiligo covers 20% or more of the body. This process is slow, working from the outer edges of each patch inward, so regular vitiligo light therapy twice a week for a year or more. 

For information.

Regards,
Punamchand
10 December 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Swan City Vadhwana, Mansarovar at Home

Swan City Vadhwana, Mansarovar at Home

Vadhwana a medium size irrigation lake located some 25 km away from Vadodara on Chotpudepur road as well as on Dabhoi road. It has been found an ideal location for roosting by the Swans of Himachal Pradesh and Mansarovar. It's a paradise for migratory birds.

There are two types of swans here; Gaj Hans (Greylag Goose) and Raj Hans (Bar Headed Goose). Swans coming from Mansarovar are called Raj Hans and the others coming from HP are called Gaj Hans. When it become too cold at Manasasarovar (4,556 m above mean sea level), the highest fresh-water lake in the world, the swans migrate to the plains. And during this journey some have found their roosting place at Vadhwana, Gujarat.

Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although small numbers of aquatic animals may be eaten. There are paddy farms around that provides ample food to these migratory birds. Some of them are repeaters, come every year. Some come with the cygnets. The cygnets become visitor during their adulthood.

Swan is one of the metaphors most used by Indian mystics. It's a vehicle of Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Sometimes it happens, a swan forgets the way to go back. It forgets that it has a home somewhere, starts living by the side of dirty rivers, dirty ponds, muddy places. Similarly, Man is lost, has forgotten his home of God, living in the dirt of Maya. We are the Hansas of Mansarovar (Lake of Humans), in which we shall drink milk/pearl (good things) and leave the water (dirts) like the Hansa. Like it's feathers don't get wet in water, the saintly persons are not attached to the world of Maya. Those who attain this quality are called, Param Hansa.

हंसः श्वेतः बकः श्वेतः को भेदः बकहंसयोः
नीरक्षीरविवेके तु हंसो हंसः बको बकः।

(Meaning: A swan is white, a stork is white. What's the difference between the swan and the stork? When it comes to the knowledge of water and milk, a swan is a swan and a stork is a stork.)

Are you lost in thoughts?

Don't think much. Pick up the key and drive down to Vadhwana. There is an interpretation centre of Forest Department, three watch towers with binoculars facility, couple of rooms for freshening up and a small restaurant to refreshments serving pakoda, paratha, soft drinks, tea-coffee. If getting late, they will serve you lunch too. You may enjoy the picnic with family and friends.

There are 147 varieties identified at Vadhwana lake: goose, grebe, cormorant, shoveller, darter, spoonbill, stilt, teal, kingfisher, etc. In the last census 32372 migratory, 10086 resident migratory, 10692 resident, 2441 others (total 55591) birds have been counted at Vadhwana lake. Some are local, some are Indian migratory and some foreigners coming from Tajikistan and Europe.

Visit and enjoy the Swan City Vadhwana, watching Mansarovar Hansa at Home.

Punamchand
9 December 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Who divided India?

Who divided India?

The decision of partition was formally taken in the meeting of the leaders of major parties on 2/6/1947. Therefore one has to go through the major events from January '47 to 2/6/47.

Muslim League fought the General Elections in 1946 on the extreme demand of Pakistan and won total 425 Seats in provinces (it won 177 seats in 1937 elections), but could form Government only in two provinces Bengal and Sindh.

Punjab had 2.8 crore population; 1.6 Cr Muslims and 1.2 Cr non Muslims. No party won clear majority in 1946 elections, therefore a coalition Government of Unionist Party was formed (Unionists 16, Congress 48, Akalis 21, + independents) under Mr. Khizr Hayat as PM of Punjab. Muslim League with 77 members started disturbances to pull down the government.

In January the Punjab government imposed ban on Muslim League National Guards and the RSS. League launched intensive agitation against coalition government on 24/1/47. The ban was withdrawn on 26/1/47 but League continued its agitation.

Meantime, Muslim League nominee in Central Government Ghazanfar Ali Khan (Health) delivered a fiery speech in Lahore on 7/2/47 said: "Mohammed Bin Kassim and Mahommed of Ghazni invaded India with armies composed of only a few thousands and yet were able to overpower lakhs of Hindus; God willing, a few lakhs of Muslims will yet overwhelm crores of Hindus."

Liaquat Ali, the Finance Member of the Central Government issued a statement against Punjab government on 14/2/47.

On 15/2/47, Lord Mountbatten became Viceroy of India. He came with a mission to give freedom to India. The last attempt of uniting India under Cabinet Mission Plan had failed. Nehru was his Vice in the Viceroy Executive Council holding External Affairs and Commonwealth portfolio. Sardar Patel was in charge of Home, Information and Broadcasting portfolio. And Liaquat Ali Khan was holding Finance, was blocking all the decisions of the government. The government was not functioning smoothly.

On  February 20, 1947, the British government announced that it would withdraw from India by June 1948.

On Gandhi's front, he was in Kazirkhil-Haimchar, Noakhali. His yajna/sacrifice of brahmcharya for self purification, sleeping with Manuben created uproar in public and many of his dearest associates including Sardar Patel, Kishorlal Mashruvala, Kriplani, Rajgopalachari, his son Devdas, etc, were angry with him.

"Ever since my coming to Noakhali, I have been asking myself the question, 'What is it that is choking the action of my ahimsa? Why does not the spell work? May it not be because I have temporized in the matter of brahmacharya?'"-Gandhi's discussion with Thakkar Bapa, 24/2/47.

Under the pressure of colleagues, he had to postpone his yajna, but his dharma commands lost some weight. In fact Manu stopped sleeping with Bapu after a pathetic letter from Thakkar Bapa.

The boycotting of each other communities was serious in Bihar. It went into riots. Muslims were under threat. Their properties were looted and girls abducted. Gandhi moved from Noakhali on 3/3/47 and reached Patna, Bihar on 5/3/47. After a short stay in Patna, he visited the riot affected areas and villages. He wished to move to Punjab, but couldn't go before the fire of hatredness extinguish in Bihar. He returned to Delhi on 30/3/47. He called on the Viceroy at 9 am on 1/4/47.

Due to direct action force of ALML (77/175 seats) as single largest party, the Unionist Parties government under Sir Khizr Hayat had to resigned on 3/3/47 (the first day of budget session). Mandot of League made no serious efforts to form ministry. The province was put under Art.93.

After 34 days agitation of League, on 3/3/47 night a large non Muslims meeting was held at Lahore at which violent speeches were made. On 4/3/47 riots broke out in Lahore. On 5-6/3/47, riots broke out in Multan, Rawalpindi, Amritsar, Jullundhar. On 6-7/3/47, riots spread to rural areas.

Anti Pakistan statement by Master Tara Singh, procession of shikhs shouting slogans Jinnah Murdabad, scarcity of clothes and sugar and its black marketing by non muslims, rumors of impending attack by a large shikh army, etc, worsen the situation further.

In a fortnight, Punjab experienced widespread urban and rural outbreaks of violence resulting in an estimated 3,500 (overwhelmingly non-Muslim) deaths,  widespread abductions of non-Muslim women and forced conversions of non-Muslims, looting and arson and  more than 40,000+ non-Muslim refugees. There was no Gandhi in Punjab to extinguish the fire.

Within days the Congress demanded the partition of the Punjab (this demand in effect meant that even if India as a whole remained united, the Congress position was that Punjabi Hindus and Sikhs wanted the Punjab province partitioned).

On 1/4/47 Gandhi met Viceroy Lord Mountbatten and proposed to
invite Jinnah to form a government of his choice at the centre and to present his Pakistan plan for acceptance even before the transfer of power under Mountbatten’s umpireship, not as Viceroy but as man.

In the evening (1/4) prayer meeting, as soon as Manuben uttered a first word of Kalma a man stood up and raised objection. Thereafter, every prayer meeting in the evening there used to be objections on uttering kalma of Quran and questioning on atrocities of Muslims by refugees from Punjab.

A draft agreement was prepared on 4/4/47. League had launched large scale invasion of Assam using Muslim immigrants to alter the communal ratio of population. Lawlessness incidents were increasing in Noakhali. On 4/4, Congress Executive Committee of Bengal and Hindu Mahasabha has made a demand for partition of Bengal.

On 7/4/47 Gandhi proposed to the Viceroy go to Punjab for peace efforts.

On 11/4/47, Gandhi wrote to the Viceroy that he failed in convincing Nehru and the members of Congress Working Committee to execute the compromise formula. His last attempt to keep the Country united failed. He was no more a command in the Congress. He proposed to leave for Patna and left for it by train on 12/4/47 night.

On 14/4/47, Lord Ismay held a meeting of Governors to review situation and discuss Partition proposal.

Sir E Jenkins, Governor Punjab, had noted on 16/4/47:

"With two or three possible exceptions no British official intends to remain in the Punjab after the transfer of power. Six months ago the position was quite different; but we feel now that we are dealing with people who are out to destroy themselves, and that in the absence of some reasonable agreement between them the average official will have to spend his life in a communal civil war." -

The joint Statement of Gandhi and Jinah to establish peace in the country on 6/5/47, didn't work.

Mr. VP Menon played a key role. He had worked with 4 Viceroy and was known to the political problem in depth. Sardar Patel in charge of Home was monitoring Law and Order condition in Punjab, Bengal and rest of the Country.

The draft of partition scheme was seen by Sardar Patel some two months before Nehru saw it on 1/6/47. Therefore, the partition decision (informal) within Ministry(!) date may be considered around April 1947. Riots and Civil war type condition created through direct action by AIML had left no option except the partition, whether some one would have agreed or not. Finally, partition was agreed upon on 2/6/47 and was announced on 3/6/47.

India was divided to establish peace and to save lives and properties of the people. It was destined.

Punamchand
1 December 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

We are living in Satyug

We are living in Satyug

Religious people tell us that we are living in Kaliyug. Only 4300 years of Kaliyug have passed and more than 4.28 lakh years are yet to go.

But let us look at the change occurred in the life of common men in India in last 50 years.

Chandubhai Patel lives in Gandhinagar in a house of 135 sqm. When he constructed his house in 1995, he used all the space allowed for construction and didn't leave 2.5 metre space for a car parking. Owning a car was a dream for him in 1995. Now, he parks his car on the footpath. When he was in College in 1965, he used to wear one pent for 1.5 years and got it reversed paying Rs. 10 to the tailor to use it for another 1 year. He was studying in Vallabh Vidhyanagar. A train ticket from Anand to Bhavnagar was costing Rs. 12. Students had Rs. 5 concession. He was to stand in a queue of the College for 2 hours (for collection and depositing concession form) and had to go two hours early to the railway station to get the concessional ticket from the separate window. It was a hardship to save Rs.5 from the train ticket. After receiving two pay commissions from Mr. Chidambaram (1996, 2006), his life became happier. His standard of buying chevado from Bansi sweet shop in Sector-21 has raised to buying kajukatari from Radhe Sweets.

Purushottam Prajapati, a farmer was cultivating 80 bighas of land in 1950s. His father, grand father, generations were passed their life on that land sharing 1/6 of the produces. 5/6 was the owner's share. After the land reforms, he became owner of the land. He could educate his children and one of his sons retired as a high rank government officer. His children and grand children are happy, healthy and wealthy.

Shakariben is a tribal women living in a remote village. She wear a sari with similar print and look of the sari worn by the Queen of Bhavnagar by paying Rs. 200/- only from Surat. 

Individuals had only one pair of cloths and were to get new one on Diwali day. Now each one has many colourful pairs of cloths to wear. Before independence, people wearing chappal were few, now barefooted are few.

People have ease of life. Their quality of life has gone up. Facilities of education, health, house, water, transportation, communications, comforts, varieties of food, entertainment, properties, income, money to earn, money to spend, etc, are increasing and making the life of common happier particularly in last 2 decades. 

The new generation is smarter. Learn more, earn more and spend more. They have changed the entire economy and economics of India and revolutionized it. 

Who say that we are living in Kaliyug? We are living in Satyug. Common men who were suppressed and depressed for centuries are enjoying freedom and comforts of life that many Kings and Badshah didn't have.

Do you agree?

Punamchand
27 November 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Why are we not Hindustan?

Why are we not Hindustan?

Hindustan means the Country where the Hindus live. It's Ocean is named Hind Ocean, the rivers Sapt Sindhu are S/I/Hindu. Sindh is Hind. During British rule, the popular name of the Country was Hindustan.

The All India Muslim League (AIML) after losing the 1937 provincial elections badly against the Indian National Congress (INC), was revived under the patronage of British due to couple of political mistakes by the Congress. Fighting WW-II against Hitler was a very tough task for the British. And during that crisis period, INC started agitation raising the issue of participation of Indian troops to the war without their consent. They resigned from the provincial governments in 1939. Quit India movement (1942) during the war time was another unpleasant move of INC for the British rule. They put all the three major leaders Gandhi, Nehru and Sardar Patel behind the bars for nearly 3 years (1942-45). This distance of Congress with British during 1939-45 had created a room for Quid-e-Azam Jinnah and Muslim League to cultivate Pakistan under the patronage of British. First he advanced eleven demands, then
fourteen, then twenty-one and in the end he advanced the demand for
Pakistan. The Viceroy Lord Mountbatten was in hurry and the INC leaders were old, tired of fighting freedom struggle anymore, people were intolerant indulged in violence, therefore, the nation had not thought it possible even in dreams that Mr. Jinnah would manage to get it.

Under the Cabinet Mission Plan, in elections of 1946, Muslim League revived substantially winning most of the reserve seats (425) in provinces, compared to its defeat in the elections of 1937 (106). However it could form provincial governments only in two Prants; Bengal and Sindh. The loss of Punjab province (due to coalition government formation by Congress) made them aggressive and with Mr. Huseyn Shaheed Suharawardy (took over as PM of Bengal on 3/7/1946) behind, Mr. Jinnah launched Pakistan demand through "Direct Action Day" on 16/8/1946, that resulted into large scale communal violence in the Country. The British authorities failed to register case and initiate legal action against Mr. Jinnah or the PM of Bengal. The man who didn't spend a single day in jail for freedom movement of Hindustan was demanding Pakistan arguing "two nation" theory.

In the beginning of 11th Century, Al-Biruni (973-1048) observed the descent of native Hindus and the turk Muslims (Ashrafs) in all matters and habits. Mr. Jinnah argued the same difference for the Ajlafs (conversion from Hindus) and argued that the 'Religion' is the primary identity and unifying denominator for Muslims rather than their language or ethnicity or other commonalities with Hindus. He further argued that despite 1000 years of history, the relations between the Hindus and Muslims could not attain the level of cordiality. Two nation theory based on religion was the founding principle of Pakistan movement and that has divided Hindustan in 1947, a practical solution of India's political problem. Pakistan was created by an Ajlaf whose father (Jinabhai) was born as Hindu when Hindustan was preparing for its first war of independence in 1850s.

When the division was agreed upon, we could have continued with the name Hindustan. But idealistic people we, didn't endorse the two nation theory of Mr. Jinnah. Therefore, keeping name Hindustan, the land of Hindus, will be an indirect acceptance of Jinnah's two nation theory, Nehru proposed the new name, "Union of Indian Republic". In Gandhi's words: 

"Jawaharlal says that so long as Muslims were part of the country the name Hindustan was fine for the understanding was that anyone born in Hindustan belonged to Hindustan, whatever his religion. Now Hindustan will imply that the country belongs to Hindus. And who among the Hindus? Only the caste Hindus. But as I have said the caste Hindus—Brahmins,
Kshatriyas and Vaishyas—are a very small part of the population. The
vast majority consists of untouchables and Advivasis. Will they be ruled by the few caste Hindus? True, today it is they who rule the
roost. But if the untouchables and the Adivasis are allowed to fall under the domination of the caste Hindus, Mr. Jinnah will have been proved right in saying that a handful or caste Hindus want to keep all the rest under their heel. Could we be such fools? Could we accept the two-nation theory of Mr. Jinnah? It would mean that if my son becomes a Muslim he becomes a national of another country. If we
segregate three-quarters of our fellow country-men and keep them away from the governance of the country, our Hindustan will be just as Mr. Jinnah has pictured it. Then there will be a Parsistan, a Sikhistan, separate bits for the untouchables, the Adivasis and so forth and Hindustan will no longer remain Hindustan. It will undergo Balkanization. If this is what the English desire there will be no place left in the world for them.
So we must not weep over what has happened. Jawaharlal has suggested Union of Indian Republic as the name for the country. That is, all will live together here. If a part wants to secede we shall not force it to remain, but those that remain shall live as brothers. We shall so treat them that they will not want to break away, they will not feel that they are separate. All will be loyal to the Union and serve it." - Gandhi, Prayer meeting speech, New Delhi 12/6/47

It is therefore, we are not "Hindustan" but "India" in English and "Bharat" in Hindi as per the Constitution of India.

Punamchand
26 November 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Balance of Development

Balance of Development

Lord Buddha taught us Nobel truths. Life is suffering. Suffering is caused by craving. Suffering can be overcome and happiness attained when we give up useless craving by following eight fold path of Perfect Understanding, Perfect Thought, Perfect Speech, Perfect Action, Perfect Livelihood, Perfect Effort, Perfect Mindfulness and Perfect Concentration.

It is said that expectation reduces joy. But look at the people around, they are craving and are full of expectations. Their desires and demands are endless. The family head, village-town head, State head, Country head, all heads are getting mad in meeting with their unlimited desires. Development is the key agenda for all. And the world of advertisements is adding fuel into the fire, increasing their desires endlessly.

Advertisers spending will reach to $600 billion in 2015. US, China, Japan, Germany and UK are the lead countries and Brazil, Canada and Mexico are also growing its share. US dominate the world with 32% share. Mobile advertising is 10% of the total at present will account for 22% and its share in digital advertising will cross 50% in 2018. The list of country and companies following the path of advertise mania is increasing. Produce, market and get them consumed is the motto of all.

In the name of quality of life, the environment is pushing the people for spending more and more to fulfill their desires of physical comforts. It demands more income, requires more economic activities, and ultimately put more stress over the natural resources. We are exploiting natural resources without their rejuvenation. 

Living in poverty and craving for the minimum needs of food (Roti), health (Dava) and shelter (Makan) with limited and seasonal activities may be called "tamas", the under utilization of human and natural resources. 

And running the world like a machine to meet with the craving of people, by over exploitation of resources, creating stress all-around may be called "rajas". The run is for what? Who knows, the bauxite exported from our coast to China, make crafts, may be exported to our neighbour and may be a cause of worry to us at the border. East India Company made us dependent for 190 years. The multinationals at present has made the world a global village and making the people dependent of their products. The world is going into the trap of economic slavery.

The balance of life is in "Satva", the balance of both, providing basic quality of life to the people, with more than hypo active world of "Tamas" and less than the hyper active world of "Rajas".

Instead of driven by the forces of advertisements, or chasing the western life style, can't we make the balance in life with do's and don't and attend the reasonable desires of the people by using the treasure of natural resources to the level of rejuvenation and accordingly run the train of development in a right gear?

After all what is the purpose of life? 

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामया। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाग् भवेत्।।

(सभी सुखी होवें, सभी रोगमुक्त रहें, सभी मंगलमय घटनाओं के साक्षी बनें और किसी को भी दुःख का भागी न बनना पड़े।)

Punamchand
25 November 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A journey from Pirotan to Silicon Valley

A journey from Pirotan to Silicon Valley.

Have you been to Pirotan Island? 

An island on Gujarat coast, some 22 km (12 nautical mile) off the coast from Bedi port near Jamnagar. There is a shrine of Khwaja Khijer Pir. Pir jo than (place), therefore it is called Pirotan. Khwaja Khijer is called Jhulelal by Sindhi and Dariyalal by Hindus. His shrines are on all coasts of the world. All khalasis pray Dariyalal for their safety in the Sea. He is an immortal Pir, who comes riding a horse with a lantern in hand. When he comes, people smell incense and a sound of horses. Few people claim that they have seen and met Dariyalal! 

Pirotan island is a rich site to see marine life particularly the corals.  (Poshitra, another site is richer to watch more varieties of corals). The sand is white and apart from marine life one may watch 5000+ birds, mostly the Stiltes and Crab Provers. Sea Gulls and Pelicans also come. One may see corals during low tide but that area is mostly muddy. The sea beach is lovely, no less than Goa and Australia.

We understand that land mass can't be increased. 

But do you know that Corals make the earth? 

They are colonial animals, use sea water algae and secrete a calcium carbonate skeleton, shaped like a branching tree. Coralreefs protect and create land. The silica created by corals are used in making computer chips, the semiconductor that contains memories and millions of electronic components. It's a journey from Coral to Computer, a journey from Pirotan island to Silicon Valley.

Most coral reefs grow in shallow, sunny and agitated waters. Often called rainforests of the sea, shallow coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems. Corals feed fish and other marine animals that millions of humans eat. Coral reefs, a supply of natural medicines may be used in developing drugs for humans. 

Come and visit Pirotan and Poshitra and understand the journey of nature from Coral to Computer! You can see marine life in plenty.

There is a belief that Dariyalal fulfills our wishes if prayed. Hearing this my grand daughter Kavya (6Y), while returning from Pirotan, started saying, Dariyalal, mujhe Dolphin dikhado, Dariyalal mujhe Dolphin dikhado. And surprisingly, before we end our journey of the day in the evening watching turtles at Okhamedi Centre, the Sun was setting, the sky was coloured with pale tint of orange, we were in joyous mood and we saw a dozen of Dolphins in a pod, enjoying their life in Arabian Sea in front of Kavya! 

Beauty in Nature Indeed.

Punamchand
24 November 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

Temple Entrepreneurs

Temple Entrepreneurs

Do you know, Hanuman had a Son?

Brahmchari, who was celibate from the birth and had a son? 

There is a story in Valmiki Ramayana. Ram and Lakshman were taken away to Patal Lok by Ahiravan and Mahiravan, the step brothers of Ravan, during the war between Ram and Ravana. When Hanuman went to rescue them in Patal lok, he was challenged by his son, Makaradhwaj, a creature part reptile and part monkey. Hamuman was amazed with the warrior, had duel, defeated him, killed Ahiravan-Mahiravan with a trick, rescued Ram-Lakshman and established Makardhwaja as the King of Patal Lok. 

The story of Makardhwaj's birth is interesting. After burning the Lanka with his fire burning tail, when Hanuman took a dip in the waters of sea, a drop of his sweat fell into mouth of a crocodile. Out of this the Makardhwaja was born.

There is a temple of Hanuman and Makardhwaj at Hanuman Dandi, 5 kms east from Bet Dwarika, the residence of Bhagwan Shri Krishna. This is the place where Hanuman met his son Makardhwaj, first time. The idols of Hanuman and Makardhwaj (father and son) are in human form, father is on the right side of the son. Both are in joyous mood without holding any weapon. The idol of Makardhwaj is taller than Hanuman. The idol of Hanuman is going down in Patal lok by a sesame seed size every year and it will submerge when the Kaliyug ends.  

People come here and take mannat. The temple is famous for a mannat of getting a child. The couple take betel nut from the temple to worship it at home as Hanuman and return it with offering after fulfilling of their mannat.

Brahmanandji is the present Mahant of the trust managing the Hanuman Dandi temple and it's property. 

The story of Brahmanandji is very interesting. He is a Punjabi, born in Pakistan. His father was a trader in Burma. He had to leave Burma in 1942 due to WW-II. While returning, he had passed through hardships and died on the third day after reaching home in Pakistan. Due to local disturbances during partition time, the widow moved with her children to a relative's place in Jharkhand. She stitched cloths of people and took care of her children and provided them with education. 

Her son Brahmanand had serve in a company for many years, started with a salary of Rs.50, he voluntarily retired when he was earning Rs. 15000/month. He got married and has two daughters. After the death of his wife, he tried to stay with the daughters but as per Indian tradition, a father won't feel good staying at daughter's place. He started pilgrimages and one day left home forever taking his last savings of Rs. 50,000 in pocket. After staying in Shiradi for few months, he moved to this place, 25 years ago. 

He is a well read man of hindu dharmashastras. He understood the value of spiritual energy manifested in the  Ram naam mantra (Tarak Mantra) that regulates the nerves and kill animal passions. He believes that Ram Naam jap in Hanuman Dandi due to its location multiplies the benefits 1000 times. He decided to settle at Hanuman Dandi with the Mahant.

The property of the Hanuman Dandi is owned by the Bet Dwarika trust, but it has been given to the trust on 99 years lease at the rent of Rs. 25/month. When he came to this place before 25 years ago, it was not in a good condition. He has developed this place with ashram, dharmashala, and is able to feed 800 pilgrims everyday and serve food to 15000 people on festival day. The campus has accommodations, kitchen, under ground water storage tanks, public toilets, etc. He has developed the facilities with the donations and offerings coming from the people. The activities of constructions, serving pilgrims, etc are generating employment opportunities and income source to the local people. The visitors are getting facilities. He files IT returns every year.

Brahmanandji is a real entrepreneur, converted the temple into a employment and GDP generating unit. If we look at the temples and other religious organizations as units of economic activities on which many families survive, our approach to the religious organizations will change. It is better than some of the activities of modern world, those are harmful to the mental and physical health of humans.

Not only industries, trades and commerce; but temples are also the places of entrepreneurship development.

Punamchand
23 November 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday is important as working day.

Sunday is important as Working Day.

Sunday is a holiday for all the public servants in India. But it is not when there is a matter of public and national interest or to attend natural or manmade calamities.

Let us recollect the history from the letter with the Instrument of Accession to India, addressed to the Governor General of India Lord Mountbatten, written and signed by Maharaja Hari Singh at the Palace Jammu, on 26 October 1947.

Looking at J&K cultural and geographical links with both the nations and international border with Soviet Republic and China, the Maharaja wanted time to decide the option of acceding the domain of either of the Nations or to remain independent.

Eventually, Maharaja approached both the Governments for Standstill Agreement. India desired further discussions but Pakistan signed it on 14th August 1947 to maintain supply of goods and continuity in certain services like the post and telegraph.

But when Afridis, soldiers in plain clothes, and desperadose with modern weapons infiltrated in mass into the State; it was difficult to stop destruction of lives and properties, number of women were kidnapped and raped, Mahora power house was burnt, the mass infiltration of tribesmen traveling in truck with weapons through Manshera Muzaffarabad road from NWFP of Pakistan didn't stop; on the contrary, the Pakistan Radio put out a story that a Provincial Government had been set up in Kashmir; the Maharaja signed Instrument of Accession to Indian Domains to get the help to save the State from that grave emergency. (from the letter of the Maharaja)

26th October 1947, was a Sunday, a holiday for all but the most important working day for Maharaja Hari Singh and the Civil Servant Rav Bahadur VP Menon and of cource for India to have the most beautiful J&K in its Crown.

With the declaration of the package of Rs 80,000 crore for the development of Jammu and Kashmir by the Prime Minister, yesterday, the Sun will rise again for J&K to establish Jamuriyat, Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat.

Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year Vikram Samvat 2072 to all.

Important Sunday for Bihar Today.

Happy Sunday😀

Regards,

Punamchand
8 November 2015
Sunday

Friday, November 6, 2015

Great Gandhi no parallel

Great Gandhi no parallel

Gandhiji was tried for Sedition and sentenced to six years (Ahmedabad trial 1922). He was sent to jail. The family was allowed to meet once in a month. Kasturba came to meet Gandhiji. A big table with chair on both the sides (facing each other) were placed for their meeting. Both sat facing each other. The Jailer was present but he had very high regards for Gandhi. Therefore, he left the room to provide privacy to the couple to talk freely. After half an hour when he returned, he saw the couple was sitting in silence, in the same position without any talk.

Why didn't you talk? I had given you privacy. The Jailer asked Gandhi.

As per the jail manual, we can talk only in the presence of the Jailer. As you went away, we are waiting for you to come, so that we can talk in your presence. Gandhi replied.

He was a unique leader.

Punamchand
6 November 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Great India - 2

Great India - 2

Mahadev Desai, an Anavil Brahmin from Saras village of Surat district (Gujarat), was the Personal Secretary of Mahatma Gandhi from 13 November 1917 to 15 August 1942, till his death. He maintained a diary for all those days, chronicling his life with Gandhi. To live with Gandhi was never an easy task. Yet he became indispensable to Gandhi.

Gandhi was on visit to Puri (Orissa) in 1934. Kasturba, Durgabehn (wife of Mahadevbhai) and Mahadevbhai went to the famous temple of Lord Jagnnath of Puri, without the knowledge of Gandhiji. Mahadevbhai knew the anger of Gandhiji, therefore didn't go inside and sat on the steps of the temple. Kasturba and Durgabehn had darshana and puja of Lord Jagnnath. When Gandhi came to know, he fired them all. He sternly rebuked Mahadevbhai, that he could have at least convinced Durgabehn, that the temple which believed in segregation was not a worthy place for Darshan. Mahadev could have defended himself but he chose not to. Next day, at prayer time, Mahadev went to Gandhi, wept remorsefully and in a note addressed to him, offered to resign. Gandhi wrote back and hold him, it is better to die at the hands of a devotee…so there is no reason for you to go. Mahadev continued. Gandhiji sat on Dharana at Singh Dwar to mark his protest against the rule of the temple, not allowing the Harijans to enter.

The temple committee didn't allow Mrs Indira Gandhi (because of her marriage with a Parasi) to enter into the temple during her last visit in 1984, a day prior to her assassination. In past Saint Kabir and Guru Nanak were not allowed to enter into the temple but later permitted through the message of God to the pujari in dream.

After Quit India call by Gandhiji on 8/8/1942, he was arrested on 9/8/1942 and was sent to Agakhan Palace Jail, Pune. Mahadev Desai, Kasturba, Sarojini Naidu, Dr Sushila Nayar joined with him. 

Viceroy decision to join India in WW-II without the consent of the local provincial Government created a tug of war between Congress/Gandhi and the Viceroy Linlithgow. British were going closer to Jinnah and away from Congress/Gandhi. Gandhi started thinking to go on fast unto death. British, this time decided to counter Congress moves using Muslim League and Jinnah. 

Mahadevbhai knew that if Gandhi goes on fast, British may leave him to die. This was the worry of Mahadevbhai. He can't imagine death of Gandhiji. He couldn't sleep that week properly. He used to wake up at 1-2 AM and feeling uneasiness on bed for 2-3 hours that week. 

On 15th August 1942 morning, he woke up late and missed the morning prayer. When he was shaving in front of a mirror, Sarojini laughed at him. He was cheerful that morning but suddenly Sarojini started calling Dr Sushila Nayar to attend Mahadev.  Dr. Sushila Nayar tried some treatment but failed. Gandhi also came rushing and holding his hand and looking at his eyes shouted loudly, Mahadev utho (wake up), Mahadev..... Mahadevbhai  died of sudden cardiac arrest.

After some days, when Dr. Sushila Nayar asked Gandhiji, a person like you, completely detached, and knowing well that Mahadevbhai was no more, why did he call him, Mahadev utho? 

I was confident that if Mahadev looked at me at least for once, he would have woke up and stood up. He has never disobeyed my commands. If my words reached to his ears, he would have stood up fighting against the death, Gandhiji replied. 

Gandhiji performed holy bath to the dead body and used the same towel for drying himself after a bath. Mahadevbhai's body was cremated in Agakhan Palace itself. Gandhi used to go to the place and used the ash for tilak everyday. Gandhi didn't cry that day, but after 6 months, when Durgabehn (wife of Mahadevbhai) came to the jail and touched his feet, he broke down. He uttered "Mahadev", though he was on fasting and in silence. Gandhi's light, Mahadevbhai has gone out of his life. It was an irreparable loss.

Salute to the Great freedom fighters of our Great India.

Jai Hind.

Punamchand
5 November 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Great India-1

Great India-1

His name was Abdul Kadir Bawazeer, a Gujarati of Arab origin. He was popularly known as Imam Saheb, as he served as Imam in South Africa. Gandhiji was also addressing him as Imam Saheb. He was a trader by profession and had a good life of luxury. 

He used to accompany clients to Gandhi's office in Johannesburg. Gandhi initially found him obstinate, but liked him more and more as he came closer. He had no education but had complete confidence in his arguments and judgment. He proved himself as steadfast as a rock in Gandhi Satyagraha. 

When Gandhi moved to Phoenix, he left all his luxuries and went with Gandhi. His wife (Haji Saheba) and two daughters (Fatima and Amina) lived a simple and vegetarian life in Phoenix Ashram with Gandhi. They were great support to Gandhi in press work. He was Gandhi's best friend in South Africa. 

In 1914, when Gandhi decided to returned to India, Imam Saheb also moved to India, though South Africa had practically become his home. They built a house near Gandhi Ashram and settled in Ahmedabad. 

When his daughter Amina got  married, Gandhiji wrote the kankotris (invitation cards) as inviter, identifying him as Imam's "sahodar" (brother). Aminaben married to Shri Gulam Rasul Kureshi.

Under the influence of Gandhi, GRK also participated in freedom struggle. He was arrested and sent to jail in Visnagar. When Aminaben went to meet him with her two children, they were waiting outside the jail, standing under a banian tree. The family meeting was allowed once in a month. The door of the jail opened and GRK came out. His son, Hamid was only 5-6 years old. When he saw GRK with unshaven faced, with a beard, little boy hid behind his mother. 

"I want to join freedom struggle with you", Aminaben demanded before her husband. 

Yes, you can, GRK replied. 

Who will take care of our children, if I go to jail? Aminaben asked. 

Leave them under the banian tree, the society will look after them, he replied.

That was the spirit of our freedom fighters and their trust over the Indian Society during Gandhian days.

Hamidbhai and Pratimaben's son (Great grand son of Imam Saheb) Shri Akil Abdul Hamid Kureshi is the sitting judge of Gujarat High Court.

Our Salute to the great freedom fighters of Great India.

Jai Hind.

Punamchand
4 November 2015
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