Who will cry when women of our country will die ?

                          I was travelling from Jahangir Puri to Badali village on the north west side of Delhi in a government bus when a girl in her mid twenties asked to the conductor “Uncle a five rupee ticket?” the conductor pointed in the front side of the bus probably suggesting that another conductor is standing on the front side. The girl went in the front side and came back giving a confused look to the conductor that no one is in the front side. The conductor in a vicious manner said “you said uncle” and further raising his voice said “Do I look like a uncle?” He refused to give the ticket to the girl. His argument was that at least she should have said bhaiyya or bhai. 

                         While witnessing all this and looking at the stunned and shocked face of the girl the feminist in me came vigorously out and I objected to the very unmindful behavior of the conductor.  “People are already fed up with the city. No girl from outside Delhi is willing to come here. We should not show such an indecent behavior with a girl at any cost. It is a criminal wastage of our pride in being a male”  when he heard my comments he started arguing by giving that 1000 year old analogy which every politician and women oppressor is pursuing to subjugate the half of our population- that women keep us dominating, that they do wear wrong clothes, that they do not give their reserve seat to old men, that you don’t know about ‘how the women of Delhi are’, that in our Haryana women wear full clothes, that women of Delhi are viciously characterless and so on.

                          Interestingly, I was not surprised by his comments as I have heard these comments from some class of politician of the country.  More than the ethically absurd nature of his comment I was quite shocked by the deep belief he was showing in his ideology. He was defending his stand quite perfectly and without any hesitation. 

                          The behavior of the conductor was showing a deep rooted belief and ideology which segregates the women of this country. It shows parallel version of strong patriarch belief. I was not shocked when he said that he is from Haryana as the state is known for one of the highest screwed female sex ratio in the country. Here, the question was not of one state but overall thinking which refuses to vanish with the developing industrialization, urbanization and globalization.

                         If we try to find out where do this belief originates, we would certainly find the answers to these questions in our history.  Aryans were the first people who tried to reduce importance of women when they refused to allow participation of women in rituals. This segregation continued in the north India migrating via Manusmriti, Puranas to the Gupta period when the ill practice of Sati was started for the first time. With the advent of conservative Islam the practice trickled down in every corner of India. Thanks to British Raj in which some radical transformation was made to free women from the clutches of patriarchy. 

                        But the real question is as why the belief of women being inferior and should be dominated is still persistent in modern India. I think we can find answer to this question in our family system and education system. The awareness of the male about this world starts with the family first. And to believe it, no child is that much talented to research with his own intellect, theoretically, as why or how women are weak or inferior. What I want to say is that it is the behavior of the male members of family towards the female member confirms him that women are weak and he has every right to behave with them in inferior way.

                        The second place where he learns or rather do not learn to behave properly with a girl is the school. I do find the decision of every school to have a separate arrangement for the sitting of girls and boys very objectionable one. This is where a male misses a chance to understand the soft side of the woman. Though one may argue that what is the need to sit them together when the child has the wide scope of learning to interact properly as he interacts with his mother or sister on daily basis. But certainly interacting with mother or sister is different from interacting with other girl -friend, cousin or teacher. 

                    This way he will learn to dismantle differences between male and female. I have found that in most of the schools the main reason for hating girls is this segregation. The male is unable to explore the core principle of women’s world- their ambition, their problem, their belief, their sorrow and their happiness. He hardly interacts with a girl for one or two time in his learning year which totally builds a wall between his class of male and female. I do believe that a woman’s voice has that power which stops him from doing unethical activity. 

                    The principal of community dining has proved to be game changer to reduce caste segregation in south India.  In that context, there is no doubt that a simple step to allow men and women to seat on the same benches on the same side will bring a paradigm shift in the mindset of Indian men.

                    Time and again it has been proved that education has nothing to do while calculating their behavior against women. We have found that the most educated people have shown the most indecent behavior. In that context it is important to introduce the concept of ethical education in our school and colleges. The very fact that no school college or university has any course to sensitize about women’s issue shows failure of our system in realizing the root cause of these entire problems. 

                    In recent time, the issues of women’s security and their rights have come to forefront vigorously. It will definitely not easy for the societies, institutions and for people to save their women from the clutches of patriarchal behavior. In that context, women will need to empower themselves on their own parameter. In that case, a vigorous and profound movement from the women’s side is the need of hour. A political party exclusively for women’s right is not a bad idea. Nothing will give more satisfaction and pride if this movement will be led by women themselves. Until then whenever women will find themselves weaker it will be a responsibility of men to safeguard the interests of ‘their’ women. There is no doubt that India is also a land of some brave men who will always come forward to save their women.

Narendra Modi's communalism adventure

                 This is really a contentious time for our PM. The speed and vigor in which Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad are moving, it seems that they were waiting for this opportunity from very long time. BJP’s historical win has been interpreted as the festival of Diwali. Each local branch of Vishwa Hindu Parishad is busy bombarding crackers of communal-ism.

                 Narendra Modi’s voice of stern warning to his party members, though to some extent, has resisted his party member from making irrational comments but there seems to be no effect on other subsidiaries. In this situation when RSS is busy in reminding that it has major contribution in BJP’s win, it will be interesting to see what kind of stand Narendra Modi takes to entrench his image. 

                 Narendra Modi’s silence is been interpreted as big YES to Ghar wapasi program which is being carried out throughout the country. If this is true then it will hardly take another 6 months for people and media to turn wave against him. Our Prime minister should not support this hardcore Hinduism when he can easily rule for next ten years. What he needs to do is to take firm stand against these factions of society who are ruining not only his image but also of his brand.

               It will be difficult for him to control to Nagpur especially when independent minded Mohan Bhagavat is sitting on the thrown in central India. But if he can force veterans like Lalkrishna Advani to fall in line then Mohan Bhagavat will not be a big deal for him. But this should be done in the cautious manner because RSS still holds ground in major part of country.

                 But keeping silent and only watching the show will not be fruitful to Narendra Modi. He can at least give signal of dislike to RSS headquarter. There is really no need to do these silly things. This is a time when nation is looking at Modi with a great hope. The series of economic reforms initiative which are carried out in opening phase will itself be sufficient to gain dignity and respect in international world. The workaholic nature of our PM and his advertising strategies can establish his image as  Deng Xioping Of India. But only thing he needs to do is to explore that quality of himself which paved the way for authoritarian respect in the eyes of other parties. Time has come to tightened the ropes against RSS. The nation knows that he can do it.

Did Atal Bihari Vajpayee have a hand in the killing of Modi's guru Deendayal Upadhyay ?

                   Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech does not complete without taking his name. He is backbone of the philosophy of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Bharatiya Jana  Sangha and BJP. Lalkrishna Adwani considers him as his political guru. His philosophy of Integral humanism is seen in almost all the works of Narendra Modi. Whether it is 'Jan Dhan Yojana', 'Swachha Bharat Abhiyan', development of Gujarat or the 'Make in India' campaign, the philosophy of BJP’s political guru Deendayal Upadhyay is designing the future of India.

How could have Delhi proposal avoided the partition of India and Pakistan

         This question is always asked in the historical perimeter as why Mohammad Ali Jinnah turned to extreme communal-ism from his earlier position of secular politician. A lot of efforts have been done from both sides to find out the answers to this question.  Historians have tried to find the answer of this question in the series of negotiations including the Simon Commission, Rajgopalachari formula, Desi-Liqayat pact, Cripps Mission, Cabinet Mission plan and finally the Mountbatten plan which decided to carve out Pakistan from India. 

Who will cry when Raj Thackerey will die?

            I remember one of those mornings of 2005 when Raj Thackerey left Shivsena. Some four thousand supporters were surrounding him and his healthy and manly sound was answering the million dollar question ‘Why he left Shiv Sena?’ The answer and the period that followed until the election of 2009 was a mesmerizing one. As a college student, studying in Nagpur, I saw laptops of students flooded with the roaring and inspiring oratories of Raj Thackerey. He was their hero, one who had shown them the hope of modern and respected Maharashtra. 

This is what Congress party needs to do?

                 They are one of the greatest parties of India. Their leaders were not ordinary persons but were one of the greatest personalities of modern India. They have the politics in their genes. They have ruled almost 60 years in free India. Still their position now is no more than the sidelined, bigoted traumatized old man with no formal saying in any family matter. Certainly the Congress party has lost its confidence, they have no moral and the word called 'hope' on which entire leadership virtually ruled India for decades.

Why Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq should be considered as the greatest futurist?

              He is been famous for his experiments, denounced for his world famous acts and maligned for his brave but wrong gone steps. He is disliked by his own historian, defamed by almost all the novels and historical books and carried the tag for modern day politicians whose decisions often stand wrong. Whether it is transfer of capital, use of token currency, the expedition in Himalaya or agriculture reforms, he is been criticized for each and every step which he undertook as a supreme commander of medieval army. There would be very few who don’t know the name of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, India’s often tagged as a medieval king.

Life of a UPSC aspirant at Mukherjee Nagar New Delhi

                New Delhi as you call it, one of the finest places of India has become A home to UPSC aspirants. It is like a battle ground for around 40000 graduated young minds who join every year to crack the prestigious civil services exam. Over the last 20 or 30 years places like old Rajinder Nagar in Central Delhi and Mukherjee Nagar in North Delhi have evolved as a prominent places for UPSC preparation. My focus will be on Mukherjee Nagar as how this center behaves with fresher’s and off-course with old students.