Loyal Descendants – Part 1

There is a mind-boggling web of interconnectedness that relates one journalist-historian-writer-politician-bureaucrat with another journalist-historian-writer-politician-bureaucrat.

Almost every high-profile person in the Congress-Communist establishment related to each other whether it is in politics or bureaucracy or journalism. Recent books by Kuldip Nayar, Tavleen Singh, and Sanjaya Baru also tells the same. Here is one set of sample:

THE THAPARS:

Remember the brutal Jaliyanwallah Bagh massacre, the monstrous act of General Dyer? Even the arch-imperialist Winston Churchill condemned it as a “monstrous event, an event which stood in singular and sinister isolation”.

General Reginald Dyer and his actions were backed by Punjab Governor Sir Michael O’Dwyer and the colonial government of India headed by Lord Chelmsford. Not a surprise.

But, General Dyer and Michael O’Dwyer (who was subsequently shot by Udham Singh) had admirers in India as well. The prominent name in the list was none other than Dewan Bahadur Kunj Behari Thapar of Lahore. In fact, the Golden Temple management (the predecessor of the SGPC) presented Dyer a Kirpan (sword) and a Siropa (turban) along with Rs. 1.75 Lakhs contributed by Kunj Bihari Thapar, Umar Hayat Khan, Chaudhary Gajjan Singh and Rai Bahadur Lal Chand. (Report).

Thapar’s family was newly wealthy, having made their fortune in trade during the first world war, as commission agents for the colonial British Indian Army. Kunj Behari Thapar did everything necessary to please his colonial masters to keep his hold in the British Indian Army. For loyalty during Jallianwala crisis, Kunj Behari Thapar was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1920. (Copy of the Edinburgh Gazette).

Kunj Behari Thapar had 3 sons 1) Daya Ram Thapar, 2) Prem Nath Thapar and 3) Pran Nath Thapar and 5 daughters.

1) Daya Ram Thapar: Daya Ram Thapar worked in the Military Medical Services of India with the influence of his father and retired as Director General of Indian Armed Forces Medical Services. He has a son Romesh Thapar and two daughters Bimla Thapar and Romila Thapar.

RomeshRomesh Thapar: Born in Lahore, Romesh Thapar was therefore sent to England for his education. Starting as a fashionable socialist, Thapar developed into a Marxist ideologue over the years, and remained a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) until his death.

Romesh Thapar started Seminar, as a monthly journal, and established a stable revenue model predictably, nearly all the advertising revenue comes from the government, and a large proportion of the sales are also to government institutions and libraries. Thapar also shifted base to Delhi from Mumbai in order to leverage their growing political clout in the socialist and “socially progressive” Nehru-led dispensation. They were duly allotted prime property at a low rate by the government.

Thapar and his wife grew especially close to Indira Gandhi through the 1960s and 1970s. Although he had known her earlier, it was after Nehru’s death that Thapar became a part of the inner circle of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This connection brought Thapar significant clout in society and government, and numerous sinecures were showered on him as patronage. Thapar served at various times as director of the India International Centre, of the National Books Development Board, of the ITDC, and as vice-chairperson of the National Bal Bhavan, Delhi, all of which are government sinecures conferred on him by successive Congress Party governments.

Romila ThaparRomila Thapar: A famous “top” typical JNU Nehruvian communist ideologue historian, who gets to  write our textbooks and pollute them with pro-Congress Marxist  propaganda. Thapar’s appointment to the Library of Congress’s Kluge Chair in 2003 was opposed in an online petition bearing more than 2,000 signatures, on the grounds that she was a “Marxist and anti-Hindu”. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) supported her appointment by calling her “a liberal with a scientific outlook”. To Know more about the great historian, you may check this piece: (Eminent Historian’s continuing fraud)

2) Pran Nath Thapar: General Pran Nath Thapar was the youngest son of Diwan Bahadur Kunj Behari Thapar of Lahore. In March 1936, Thapar married Bimla Bashiram Sehgal, sister of Gautam Sahgal, whose wife Nayantara Sahgal (recently famed for her award wapasi) was a daughter of Vijayalaxmi Pandit and niece of Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Pran Nath ThaparGen. Pran Nath Thapar was the only Indian Army Chief to have lost a war (Against China in 1962). However, on his retirement, Gen. K.S. Thimayya recommended Lt. Gen. S. P. P. Thorat as his successor, was however overruled and Pran Nath Thapar was selected. It’s amazing how Pran Nath Thapar’s role in 1962 debacle is left out of history books. Anyway, he was forced to and resigned in disgrace after the debacle.

General Thapar and Smt. Bimla Thapar had four children, of whom the youngest is the prominent journalist Karan Thapar.

Karan Thapar

Karan Thapar: A famous media personality who also  writes columns frequently for Hindustan Times. The Nehru family itself is related, through blood  and marriages, to the high-profile Thapar family. To know more about his journalism, you may refer this piece: (Karan Thapar‘s advice to Narendra Modi)

THE SINGHS:

Son of Sujan Singh of village Hudali in Khushab, Shahpur District (Now Pakistan), Sobha Singh was a witness in the assembly bomb explosion incident on April 8, 1929. He identified Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt and subsequently on Sobha Singh’s testimony, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were sent to gallows.

Sobha SinghSujan Singh & Sobha Singh were accepted as senior-grade contractors and building contracts of Lutyen’s Delhi were being given out to them when Hardinge, the Viceroy of India, announced the plan to move the British Indian Capital City to Delhi. For the South Block, and War Memorial Arch (now India Gate), the uneducated Sobha Singh was the sole builder. Sobha Singh bought as much land in Delhi as he could. He bought several extensive sites at as little as Rs 2 per square yard, freehold. There were few other takers, and he came to be described as adhi dilli da malik (the owner of half of Delhi). He was knighted in the 1944 Birthday Honors. The younger brother of Sir Sobha Singh, Sardar Ujjal Singh later became a parliamentarian, and also Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Sir Sobha had four sons: Bhagwant Singh, Khushwant Singh (prominent journalist, and author), Major Gurbakash and Daljit, and a daughter,  Mohinder Kaur.

KhushwantSinghKhushwant Singh was a vocal Indira Gandhi supporter and known to be the most open Emergency apologist. Sir Sobha’s daughter Mohinder Kaur is known for being accommodative with her daughter-in-law Rukhsana Sultana, wife of son and Army Officer, Shivendar Singh. Rukhsana was famous for being a close friend and accomplice of Sanjay Gandhi during the emergency and also later known for being the mother of actress, Amrita Singh.

Khushwant Singh’s son Rahul Singh can easily be found on NDTV or some other news channels defending the serious sexual/criminal offenders, the likes of Tarun Tejpal, Testa Setalwad and R.K. Pachauri.

MalvikaIt is indeed interesting that grand-daughter of Kunj Behari Thapar (Jaliyanwallah Bagh massacre apologist), Malvika Singh  married Tejbir Singh the grandson of Sir Sobha Singh whose testimony sent Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru to gallows. Some reunion this.

The circuit of loyal descendants completes and running in the name of SEMINAR Magazine. Started by Romesh Thapar, Seminar continues to be published from Delhi, brought out by Thapar’s daughter Malavika Singh and her husband Tejbir Singh and is a LOYAL platform for the Congress ecosystem.

To know about more, here is the link to one of its issues of Seminar

It’s a common ploy among the liberal chatting class to hound their Hindu interlocutors as intellectual descendants of Godse. The Late Khushwant Singh, Romesh Thapar, Romila Thapar and now Tejbir and Malvika Singh along with Karan Thapar used this insinuation effectively. Someone must tell them – We may or may not be intellectuals, but you are direct descendants of the British collaborator Dewan Kunj Behari Thapar and Sir Sobha Singh and still enjoying the lifestyle on money earned by betraying India and as being an accomplice to the Congress’s brazen corruption.

 

 

 

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#Budget2016 – Snapshots !!

Union Budget 2016 aimed at the rural population. The Govt had no choice after 2 failed monsoons, have been causing acute rural distress. It will still be called a political budget saying that that rural India is where the power lies, so the budget is targeted there. Bud rural India is where the crux of our country lies. There is a clear and much-needed emphasis on infrastructure. The biggest disappointment till now has been a lack of willingness to unleash risky and high-impact reforms. But the intent seems to be good and ambitious, but as again, it’s the delivery and execution that will matter. Let’s have a snapshot of the budget speech.

Economic Survey 2015 -16: Prices are lowering, inflation is falling.

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Budget – 2016 -17 Inlay and outlay.

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Increased Fiscal Prudence:

Fiscal prudence

Co-operative federalism: More power to the states

Federalism

Min Govt – Max Governance: Companies can now incorporate in a day through amendment of Companies Act. Incentive for ease of doing business. New law for targeted delivery of financial & subsidies etc. using Aadhar framework will be enacted. Reforming passenger traffic by abolishing permit raj will vastly improve urban transport & solve related issues.

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Push to social sector: Govt to provide health insurance of up to Rs.1 lakh per family. 300 generic drug stores to be opened

Social Sector

Stress on the Rural Sector. Interests of farmers, poor and vulnerable have been given due consideration. The aim to double the farmer’s income in 5 years is a revolutionary step. Quantum jump of 228% in grants to gram panchayats and urban local bodies in accordance with FFC recommendations.100% rural electrification to be achieved and whole nation targeted to be lit up by 2018 May.

100% rural electrification to be achieved and whole nation targeted to be lit up by 2018 May.

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Towards transforming villages to transform life. 

Village transformation

Infrastructure: Massive increase in public spending on infrastructure; an increase of 22.5% over the previous year. Rs 55,000 crore allocated for roads and highways; total investment in road sector would be Rs 97,000 core. Including Railways, the total outlay in 2016-17 is planned to be transportation development is 228,000 Crores.

Education, Skills & Job Creation: National Skill Development Mission has imparted training to 76 lakh youth. 1500 Multi-skill training institutes to be set up. Stress on better skills, more opportunities, more jobs.

Education

Skill

Taxation: Nothing much for salaried middle class. But they should be happy if their tax money is spent efficiently and for creating assets for the nation.Limit of deduction of rent paid increased from 24,000 p.a. to Rs 60,000 p. a.

NoTax on profits for STARTUPS for 3 years will encourage business mentality & will support them to focus on their business.

Amnesty for tax-evaders on payment of 45% flat on declared income. Blood boils hearing this but the  curse of previous Govt. we have to carry keeping in mind that it will bring money outside the system into the system.

Then a “cess” for everything is utterly annoying.

Initiatives for better delivery of public services and enhancing efficiency and quality of life:

initiatives

Steps towards strengthening the lackluster financial sector: The biggest reform in this sector would be if they fulfill what they promised -> “Govt is willing to go below 51% in PSU banks”. 

Fin sector

At the outset, this looks like a budget targeted to the poor and is absolutely not a ‘suit-boot sarkar’s” budget. It has always been Mr. Modi philosophy to be centered around building small, rural, entrepreneurial India to power the economic engine. The biggest achievement of this Modi govt is the adherence to a “rule-based policy decision making” without giving space to crony-capitalism! Hope they stick to it.

 

 

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Uncle Pai – The Master Storyteller

If I say that the majority of us Indian children since the late 1960s have learned the majority of our religion, mythology and history from the comic book called the Amar Chitra Katha (Immortal Illustrated Stories), it won’t be an overstatement.

The creator of these hugely popular comics, a master storyteller, Uncle Pai, was an Indian educationist.

Early Life and education:

Anant Pai was born in Karkala, the erstwhile Madras Presidency of British India rule on 17 September 1929 to a Konkani-speaking Brahmin couple, Venkataraya and Susheela Pai. He lost both his parents at the age of two. He was then brought up by his maternal grandfather till his death in 1944 when Anant Pai was only 15 after which he moved to Bombay, where he studied in Orient School, Mahim.  He pursued his higher education in chemistry, physics, and chemical technology at the University of Bombay and was a dual degree holder.

Professional Career:

From his early life, he was passionate about publishing comic books but failed in his first attempt at creating a children’s magazine (Manav, 1954). After this failure, he Joined Times of India’s books division as a junior Executive. Putting him in the thick of affairs, The Indrajal Comics, which was famous for publishing comic book series like Mandrake, The Phantom (Vetal) and Bahadur, was launched by the Times Group.

In 1961, at the age of 31, Anant Pai married Lalita and the couple was childless.

The idea behind starting a comic book series devoted to Indian culture and history came to Pai from a quiz contest aired on Doordarshan in February 1967, in which participants could easily answer questions pertaining to Greek mythology, but were unable to reply to the questions like “In the Ramayana, who was Rama’s mother? It upset him and he set out to correct it by creating comics based on Indian stories.

Amar Chitra Katha:

In 1967, Uncle Pai  left the job of Times of India and started publishing Amar Chitra Katha, a comic-book series which retold traditional Indian folk tales, Hindu mythology, and biographies of historical persons, with the help of late G. L. Mirchandani of India Book House. Most other publishers had rejected the concept. He took on the role of writer, editor, and publisher.

AP KThe first Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) in 1967 was the story of God Krishna (Mirabai). He did not know that he was starting something that would become a phenomenon.

The stories were simply told and easy to read and understand. And they were beautifully illustrated. There were gods and warriors with rippling muscles, beautiful goddesses, and queens dressed in colorful robes and exquisite jewels and demons and scheming villains with their scary rages. And in the battle between the good and the evil, the former almost always triumphed.

ACK comics were so interesting and fun to read. And the sheer volume of information they provided in a fun way really attracted all of us. Even for Indian kids growing outside India, ACK became their “only way to connect with the Indian culture in a foreign land”.

Mr. Pai, also known as the ‘Walt Disney of India’, was involved in the entire creative process, from the beginning to the end. He would look at the script and the sketches and suggest changes. He was a walking encyclopedia who had a story for every occasion.

Mr. Kadam, the artist behind more than 100 Amar Chitra Kathas, including the 42-part best-selling series on the mythological epic, Mahabharat, worked with Mr. Pai over many years.

The series went on to become a publishing milestone for the Indian comic book scene, selling over 100 million copies of about 600 titles. Despite competition from 24-hour television, video games, and international comics, ACK still sells more than three million copies a year. 

Other Works:

AP TIn 1969, Mr. Pai founded Rang Rekha Features, India’s first comic and cartoon syndicate. In November 1980, he started Tinkle, a children’s anthology of short stories, jokes and educational articles in comic-book format. Tinkle too replicated the success of ACK.

In 1989, Rang Rekha launched Chimpu Comics, which included his own works like Ramu and ShamuKapishLittle Raji and Fact Fantasy. This venture failed to repeat the success of ACK and Tinkle and eventually its publication was stopped though most of these characters continue to appear in newspapers and magazines. Anant Pai remained managing director of Rang Rekha Features till 2000 when he sold it to a Hyderabad-based animation studio named Color Chips.

Besides comics, Pai was also a specialist in personality development. He founded the Partha Institute of Personality Development in August 1978, which conducted personality development classes through correspondence for children and teenagers.

Mr. Pai has written and produced two video films, Ekam Sat (the Vedic Concept of God) and The Secret of Success, in both English and Hindi.

The Amar Chitra Kathas cemented Uncle Pai’s connection with his young fans. The publishers would receive 5,000 letters every month and during school vacations, the numbers would go up to 10,000. Pai’s involvement and the personal rapport he shared with his readers earned him the title “Uncle Pai“.

In 1994, the ACK office caught fire and all the artwork and books were destroyed. They were devastated. But then they published an appeal in the latest issue of Tinkle – asking children to send them any spare copies they had of the comics.

The response they received was overwhelming. They recovered every single copy of Amar Chitra Katha!

 Biography:

What can be the best way to pay tribute to a storyteller? Tell his story! – Reena Puri, Amar Chitra Katha editor. And to honor the master storyteller, On 18 February 2012, the publishers ACK Media, which had been managing Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle since 2007, released an Amar Chitra Katha title on Anant Pai, which was scripted by Gayathri Chandrasekaran, assistant editor of Tinkle, and illustrated by Dilip Kadam, who had illustrated many of Amar Chitra Katha’s most famous titles.

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The creator of India’s most loved comic books, Anant Pai, was immortalized in a comic-biography – ‘Anant Pai: Master Storyteller’.

 Awards and recognitions:

He won Maharashtra Rajya Hindi Sahitya Academy Award, Dr. T. M. A. Pai Memorial Award, Millennium Konkani Sammelan Award and Priyadarshni Academy Award. He was also felicitated with Karpoorchand Puraskar of Uttar Pradesh Bal Kalyan Sansthan, Yudhvir Memorial Award in Hyderabad, University of Bombay Department of Chemical Technology’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation’s Award and Vishwa Saraswat Sammaan.

On 19 February 2011, he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award — at the First Indian Comic Convention.
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Google Doodle: Google’s international and India search pages honored Pai with a comic-style doodle of him on 17 September 2011, the 82nd birth anniversary of Pai. The doodle featured Mr. Pai sitting in his office, surrounded by shelves full of his own creations.

Death:

Anant Pai died of a massive heart attack on the evening of 24 February 2011. He had been recovering from hip surgery which was necessitated following his falling down from the stairs a week prior to his death. His last rites were performed later that night at the Shivaji Park crematorium, Mumbai.

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The Left-Lib mask falling apart

3 years back on 9th February 2012, the mastermind terrorist of the attack on Indian Parliament (Dec 13, 2001), AFZAL GURU was hanged to his death.

In the Jihadi Nurturing University (JNU), Leftist students called for a ‘Cultural Evening” to commemorate the “judicial killing” of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat. Whole of the campus was covered with posters and leaflets that described: “against the Brahmanical collective conscience, against the Judicial Killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat”

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Hear from the mouth of the organizer of the ‘Cultural Evening”, Umar Khalid: “This program is basically about “against the occupation of Kashmir by the Indian State and I make it very apparent here. I am not from Kashmir but I believe what is happening in Kashmir, is an Indian occupation of Kashmir.” WatchHere (11 Secs)n Jammu & Kashmir, no less than the J & K High Court Bar Association, held an

The Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association held an extra-ordinary general meeting to pay “glorious tributes” to “Shaheed Maqbool Bhat” and “Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru” who according to the Bar Association, were hanged in “most barbaric, inhuman and brutal” manner for fighting for Kashmir’s freedom. This is a resolution passed by them in J & K:

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“तुम कितने अफ़ज़ल मारोगे .. हर घर से अफ़ज़ल निकलेंगे

तुम कितने अफ़ज़ल मरोगे.. हर घर में अफ़ज़ल रहता है”Watch Here (45 Secs)

It did not end there. The Anti-National elements were chanting slogans for freedom of Kashmir from India and also fight until destruction of India.

“कश्मीर की आज़ादी तक  – जंग रहेगी जंग रहेगी

भारत की बर्बादी तक – जंग रहेगी जंग रहेगी” Watch Here: (45 Secs)

Are these fringe elements? Is the J & K Bar Association fringe? Are these misguided youth with poor education who have been misled? Watching the above clips and posters, there is no doubt that these so-called students are high rated anti-national elements who are spreading anti-India sentiments in the hub of the Capital, in a central University funded by the taxpayer’s money. Hundreds of crores of our money spent every year on these swines.

The average age of JNU’s masters degree and Phd attendees is 28 years. Of course, these are not ‘students’ in any shape or form but agents of imperial forces, and at worst, the anti-India soldiers. Dissent is surely not disloyalty in a democracy. But disloyalty surely is treason, even in a democracy.

Now the question is, why is this not labeled as treason? Why should the government not intervene?

Soon the perpetrators realized that the slogans are out in public and can effect a backlash. They tried to spin the matter and blame ABVP (BJP’s student wing) for doctoring the slogans. ABVP, in both Hyderabad University and JNU, only reacted to what the Leftists-Naxals did in support of Yakub and Afzal respectively. What they said in support of Yakub and Afzal is on record and is reported by MSM, so no question of ABVP having doctored it. And slogan like India go back, or “Bharat ki barbadi tak jung” are clear that Afzal is only an alibi, the real issue is hate for India.

The Leftists lied that secessionist slogans, agenda an aberration by outsiders (ABVP). Here is the wall poster from the library for breaking India.

ABVP

The MHA rightly cracked down on anti-nationals. Hours after HM Rajnath Singh denounced the raising of alleged anti-India slogans in JNU, Delhi Police on Friday arrested the university’s students union president, Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy.

Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest evoked strong reactions from the regular suspects, the bleeding hearts for anti-nationals.

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Soon the whole nexus of Leftists- Secualrs, Congress, CPI, CPI(M), AAP, JD(U) condemned the Union Govt for a crack down on JNU/poor students. They nicely twisted the fact that it was a crack down on anti-national elements and not on the whole campus. The leftists joining the protest in left bastion JNU is natural. Also for the fact that among the lead was D Raja’s daughter Aparajita.

D Raja is the National Secretary of CPI. His wife Annie Raja is the General Secretary of CPI’s women wing NFIW, and Daughter Aparajita is the leader of CPI student wing AISF at JNU.

The whole protest against the arrest was now being led by the king of morons, Rahul Gandhi. So now Rahul Gandhi, D Raja, Sitaram Yechury, Anand Sharma of Congress, Arvind Kejriwal, Nitish Kumar are all standing with people who support “Bharat ki barbadi”, “kashmir ki azadi” & oppose Afazal Guru hanging. The most astounding thing is, no one would ever guess Afzal Guru was actually hanged by Rahul’s mother Sonia’s Govt.

Now all left parties from AISF to AISA to SFI lying that they have nothing to do with the organisers. It’s they who support RCF, DSU in such events and make the numbers. Such slogans are nothing new, march for Afzal Guru or Yakub happening for years and all left parties always joined. The only change is the Govt at the center which is taking cognizance for the first time.

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SECULARISM in India = Anti-National

Today I will tell you all why do I say SECULARISM in India = Anti-National.

Ishrat 6Today David Headley deposed to Mumbai Court and confirmed Nitish Kumar’s Bihar Ki Beti, ISHRAT JAHAN was a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and a suicide bomber. A very inconvenient truth which was there in the public domain for long and was used by the Secular-jamat.

Every Congressi stooge, Liberal, Leftist, Secular-Politico, Journos who wanted to fix Narendra Modi through Ishrat Jahan, intentionally or un-intentionally are hand in glove with Pakistan’s Terror outfits. That’s why SECULARISM in India = Anti-National.

I wonder how many votes did ‘JDU+RJD-Mahagathbandhan’ win in Bihar in the name of “Bihar’s daughter Ishrat Jahan”? Nitish’s Bihar Police tried to scuttle the operation, later refused to file even an F.I.R. or take custody of the dreaded IM operative Yasin Bhatkal.

Narendra Modi is No. 1 target of Indian Mujahideen, says Bhatkal (Report). N. Modi is not only No 1 target of IM but also of all Secular Jamaat. That is why Nitish treated Bhatkal as ‘Bihar ka Beta’?

“Has Yasin Bhatkal been arrested because he is a Muslim” – immediate response of Samajwadi Party leader Kamal Farooqi. You know why? Because SECULARISM in India = Anti-National.

Read here how a few good men put their life on the line, spent their money to catch Bhatkal just to keep us safe and how India is a thankless nation. Congress-led UPA sent the likes of Vanzara to jail in reward.

None in Congress blinked once while using an anti-India suicide bomber for political means. Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram, Digvijay Singh, Manish Tewari… all these shameless secularists, who wanted to screw the nation just to fix one man.

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Leftists are known to be crooks who work 24×7 towards their agenda of Breaking-India. But imagine how vile this is: Brinda Karat (with a soup bowl sized Bindi) inaugurated ‘Shaheed Ishrat Jahan Ambulance Service’ as a tribute.

No wonder her comrades were yesterday paying tribute to anti-India terrorists Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt in JNU Campus (funded by Govt of India) chanting “Bharat Ki Barbadi Tak … Jung Rahegi, Jung Rahegi“. Soon a “Shaheed Azmal Kassab Ambulance Services” too would be seen as 2019 General Elections near.

And all this is achieved by traitorization of the media & a flawed system of encouraging nepotism. Our superstar “journos” literally went all out to glorify a suicide bomber just to attack a politician they didn’t like. Incredible.

Sharing two of 100s of articles by our celebrated ‘Indian Secular Intellectual Sisters‘ (ISIS), portraying a dreaded suicide bomber as a “moon-faced innocent teenager”.

Sagarika Ghose in CNN-IBN: The tipping point

Rana Ayyub in Tehelka: CBI Acts On Tehelka Evidence Against Top Gujarat Cops

There are two types of Indians:

  1. Those who cried & lied for Ishrat Jahan, won awards only to be returned later, the Adarsh Liberals. These ‘Liberals’ who were so concerned about the rights of Ishrat Jahan, wish they had some if not the same concern for the rights of innocent Indians killed by the terrorists.
  2. People who kept fighting for the truth normally termed as Sanghis or Bhakts.

Thanks to Asif Ibrahim for standing firm, if not for him UPA would have had it easy. Would have easily fixed IB officers and informers. An upright Muslim officer stopped a criminal Govt (Sonia’s UPA) & complicit media from creating a fake “Muslim victim-hood” story.

Soon we shall witness a Shane Warne level spin, from “Ishrat Jahan wasn’t a terrorist’ to ‘her terror links don’t matter, the ‘fake’ encounter is the problem’. Also waiting for ‘Ishrat’ sympathizers to say, “How can you believe a Terrorist like David Headley?”. or term him a Sanghi.

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Forgotten Liberators: Masterda Surya Sen

Surya Sen, also known as Masterda, was a prominent revolutionary and was the chief architect of the anti-British freedom movement in Chittagong, Bengal (now in Bangladesh).

masterdaOn January 12, 1934, the British officials entered the cell of their captured revolutionary and brutally tortured him by breaking all his teeth, limbs, and joints with a hammer. The torture was so cruel and painful that the revolutionary couldn’t even scream. Then he was hanged unconsciously and later his dead body was put in a metallic cage and was thrown into the sea. What was such fear in minds of British that they had to brutally hang a revolutionary? He was none other than Masterda Surya Sen, the valiant revolutionary who shook the British Empire by simultaneously attacking British cantonment, European club, Telegraph office, railway line and armory in Chittagong. Through this revolt, Surya Sen had created a strong awakening in minds of Indians to lift up weapons against the tyrant British supremacy.

Early life:

Surya Sen was born on March 22, 1894, his father, Ramaniranjan, was a resident of Noapara in Chittagong. Surya Sen was initiated into revolutionary ideas in 1916 by one of his teachers while he was a student of Intermediate Class in the Chittagong College and joined the renowned revolutionary group Anushilan Samiti. But when he went to Behrampur College for BA course, came to know about a sister revolutionary organization, Jugantar and became more inspired with their ideas.

Revolutionary Activities:

On his return to Chittagong in 1918, he organized Jugantar there. Every revolutionary group was using Indian National Congress as an umbrella to work. Consequently in 1929, Surya Sen became the president of the Chittagong district committee of the Indian National Congress. He continued to organize the hard-line patriotic organizations and first became a teacher of the National school in Nandan-Kanan and then joined the Umatara School at Chandanpura. Hence, he was known as Mastarda (teacher and elderly brother).

He inspired and motivated students by narrating the stories of famous revolutionaries like Khudiram Bose. The famous Chauri Chaura Incident not only hurt Gandhiji, but also compelled him to withdraw the non-co-operation movement. But with the coming times, Surya Sen realized and was convinced that revolutionary action is only the way to resist the British force.After the death of

After the death of Bagha Jatin in 1915, the revolutionary movement of Bengal had stopped for nearly a decade. After that, with the appearance of Surya Sen, a new wake in the revolutionary movement was noticed. During the Civil Disobedience Movement organized by Gandhiji, Chittagong in East Bengal became a hot place of the revolutionary movement with the effort of Surya Sen.

Anushilan SamitiBy 1923, Surya Sen had spread Jugantar & Anushilan Samiti in different parts of Chittagong district. Aware of the limited equipment and other resources of the freedom fighters, he was convinced of the need for secret guerrilla warfare against the colonial Government. Surya Sen’s only dream was to make his nation free from the grip of British and his first initiative was to attack the British resources and make Chittagong Independent. One of his early successful undertakings was a broad day robbery at the treasury office of the Assam-Bengal Railway at Chittagong on December 23, 1923.Arrested and imprisoned for two years, from 1926 to 1928, for revolutionary activities, he continued to work in the Congress. In 1929,

Arrested and imprisoned for two years, from 1926 to 1928, for revolutionary activities, he continued to work in the Congress. In 1929, Masterda was a Secretary and five of his associates were members of the Chittagong District Congress Committee. Masterda was a brilliant and inspiring organizer, was an unpretentious, soft-spoken and transparently sincere person. He was fond of saying: ‘Humanism is a special virtue of a revolutionary‘. He was a great admirer of Rabindra Nath Tagore, and Kazi Nazrul Islam.His major success in the anti-British revolutionary violence was the Chittagong Armory Raid on April 18, 1930.

Surya Sen made ‘Indian Republican Army (1930). His initiative and action plan was supported by his fellow members and colleagues – Ganesh Ghosh, Ambika Chakravarti, Anant Singh, Lokenath Bal, Nirmal Sen and prominent women revolutionaries like Kalpana Dutta and Pritilata Waddedar. With help of bunch of teenagers, Surya Sen devised a strategy to raid the British armory, cantonment, telegraph office, railway line and European club on the same day – 18 April 1930.

The Chittagong Armory Raid:

A group of six revolutionaries led by Ganesh Ghosh, captured the Police Armory, shouting slogans such as ‘Inqualab Zindabad’. Another group of ten, led by Lokenath Baul, took over the Auxiliary Force Armory along with its Lewis guns and 303 army rifles. Unfortunately, they could not locate the ammunition which proved a setback to the revolutionaries plans. They also succeeded in dislocating telephone and telegraph communications and disrupting movement by train. In all, sixty-five were involved in the raid, which was undertaken in the name of the ‘Indian Republican Army’, Chittagong Branch.All the revolutionary groups gathered outside the Police Armory where Surya Sen, dressed in immaculate white khadi dhoti and a long coat, took a military salute, hoisted the National Flag among shouts of

All the revolutionary groups gathered outside the Police Armory where Surya Sen, dressed in immaculate white khadi dhoti and a long coat, took a military salute, hoisted the National Flag among shouts of Bande Mataram and Inquilab Zindabad and proclaimed a Provisional Revolutionary Government. Surya Sen and about 60 of his fellow revolutionaries liberated Chittagong on 18th April, 1930.

It was not possible for the band of revolutionaries to put up a fight in the town against the army which was expected. They, therefore, left Chittagong town before dawn and marched towards the Jalalabad Hill, looking for a safe place.

While hiding in the Jalalabad Hills near Chittagong a great gun battle took place between the armed revolutionaries & British army. This was such a war that possibly the world had never seen before. Only a handful of men armed with Musketry rifles repulsed a major attack by British army armed with the machine gun & .303 rifles. This is the glorious story of those indomitable revolutionaries who dared to challenge their destiny.

22nd APRIL, 1930, 5:00 PM

The members of Chittagong liberation army were taking rest sitting in small groups over the small Jalalabad Hill. All were tired, they hardly got any food to eat or water to drink in past three days. Yet their determination were rock solid. Everyone was thinking  when the town would be liberated again, capturing the jail, Imperial bank, District court…….everything. They were not ready to give in, everyone had taken a vow to fight till death.

The revolutionaries were sitting in separate small groups. They all were eager to know the current situation of Chittagong Town. To get that information some people members were sent to the town who hadn’t returned yet. At the hill, there was a rail line. Suddenly a train was seen coming through that line. It stopped beside the Jalalabad Hills. The eyes of Probhash Pal (assigned as the guard) suddenly sparked, as it was very unnatural to stop a train without a station. From the train, numerous Infantrymen came out. The news spread among the revolutionaries.

Be ready, battle is imminent. Surya Sen decided to give the honor of being the “Sarbadhinayaka”  (Chief  to Staff) to Gen Lokhnath Bol. From now even Masterda had to carry on Gen Bol’s orders in the battlefield.

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GENERAL LOKHNATH BOL

Gen Bol roared: “Get ready. Everyone go to your own section & take lying position. Remember- winning is our destiny. We are revolutionaries. We never gave in to imperialist power & we will not today. By any means, we must win.” All took lying position with loaded musketry rifles ready to carry out any order given by their general.

The British army was approaching towards the Hill. At that time they were in the middle of the paddy-field, without any cover. All Musketry rifles roared at once. most of the infantrymen were hit, rest managed to run away. British army leaders Captain Tait, Colonel Dallas Smith, DIG Farmer, all were anxious. They then decided to charge the revolutionaries with bayonets. But the result was same as before. The infantrymen managed to run away with their lives in front of Musketry rifle fire.

British officers changed their tactics. Suddenly, Vicker machinegun fire started from a hill southeast of Jalalabad. Gen Bol Immediately ordered the members on that side of the hill, to aim and return 10 rounds of rapid fire.

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VICKER MACHINE GUN

In the meantime darkness of evening was slowly falling over the place but machine gun showed no sign of taking rest. No side was ready to withdraw.

Suddenly a new kind of problem started. Due to rapid firing, the rifle barrels were getting over-heated. They could not even hold it with handkerchiefs & couldn’t load it properly. To solve this problem, Masterda himself & his friend Nirmal Sen crawled around to all & cleaned their barrels with lubricating oil. The battle was fierce. Soon some revolutionaries succumbed to bullets fired by Vicker machinegun and embraced martyrdom.

Things were becoming difficult for the revolutionaries. Rifle chambers were getting jam. There were not enough lubricating oil. They started using blood of their friends as lubricating oil to clear the muzzle & chamber. Now Gen Bol shouted like a wounded tiger- “Fire until the enemy machine guns were completely silenced.” All started to fire with double enthusiasm. At day’s end the British Machine guns had to ultimately lose against the might of old Musketry rifles in the hand of those indomitable youths. Darkness fell. British couldn’t dare to stay there. They were afraid of surprise attacks by the revolutionaries under cover of darkness. So they fled away without any hesitation. At night after the enemies fled, the revolutionaries came down from the hill. They were winners in the battle. But their hearts were heavy, their eyes were wet. They lost some of their best fighters & friends in the battle. None of them would come back again. Total 12 revolutionaries died in the battle.

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Pic 1: TEGRA & MOTI KANUNGO Pic 2: NARESH ROY, TRIPURA SEN & BIDHU BHATTACHARJEE Pic 3: PROBHAS BOL, SASHANKA DUTTA & NIRMAL LALA Pic 4: JITENDRA DASGUPTA, MADHUSUDAN DUTTA & PULIN BIKASH GHOSH

They showed Guard of honour to their dead comrades. The whole Jalalabad Hill shook when they shouted together, “INQUILAB  ZINDABAD! BANDE MATARAM!” Then they were divided in small groups & left the hill for other hiding places.

Police & military returned to Jalalabad in next morning with much larger force & arms. They discovered the body of revolutionaries & wasting no time burnt them with petrol. After Sepoy Mutiny this was possibly the most glorious event when a handful of men defeated a much larger & well armed British army in an open battle.

Capture and Death Sentence:

Surya Sen, being constantly followed up by the police, had to hide at the house of Sabitri Devi, a widow, near Patiya. A police and military force under Captain Cameron surrounded the house on 13 June 1932. Cameron was shot dead while ascending the staircase and Surya Sen along with Pritilata Waddedar and Kalpana Dutta escaped to safety.But unfortunately, either because of money, or out of jealousy, or because of both,

But unfortunately, either because of money, or out of jealousy, or because of both, Netra Sen told the British Government that Surya Sen was at his house. As a result, the police came and captured him on February 16, 1933. This is how India’s supreme hero was arrested. But before Netra Sen was able to get his 10,000-rupee reward he was killed by the revolutionaries.Netra Sen’s wife adored Masterda, and she was horrified by her husband’s deed. One evening she was serving her husband food when a great admirer of Surya Sen came into the house and chopped off the head of Netra Sen in the presence of his wife and went away. When the police arrived to investigate, Netra Sen’s wife said, “I saw with my own eyes, but my heart will not permit me to tell you his name. I am sorry. I feel miserable that I was the wife of such a treacherous man, as Netra Sen. My husband betrayed the greatest hero of Chittagong, a great son of Mother India. You can do anything with me, punish me, kill me, but I shall never tell the name of the person who killed my husband. Our Master-da will be hanged, I know, but his name will forever be synonymous with India’s immortal freedom-cry.”

Netra Sen’s wife adored Masterda, and she was horrified by her husband’s deed. One evening she was serving her husband food when a great admirer of Surya Sen came into the house and chopped off the head of Netra Sen in the presence of his wife and went away. When the police arrived to investigate, Netra Sen’s wife said, “I saw with my own eyes, but my heart will not permit me to tell you his name. I am sorry. I feel miserable that I was the wife of such a treacherous man, as Netra Sen. My husband betrayed the greatest hero of Chittagong, a great son of Mother India. You can do anything with me, punish me, kill me, but I shall never tell the name of the person who killed my husband. Our Master-da will be hanged, I know, but his name will forever be synonymous with India’s immortal freedom-cry.”

Tarakeswar Dastidar, the new president of the Chittagong Branch Jugantar Party, made a preparation to rescue Masterda from the Chittagong Jail. But the plot was unearthed and consequently Tarakeswar and Kalpana along with others were arrested. Special tribunals tried Surya Sen, Tarakeswar Dastidar, and Kalpana Datta in 1933.

Surya Sen along with his comrade Tarekeshwar Dastidar was hanged by the British rulers on January 12, 1934.

His last letter to his friend Arindam Ray comrades, written on 11th January, will remain enshrined in history as the most eloquent testimony of the excellence of his manhood.

“Death is knocking at my door. My mind is flying away towards infinity. This is the moment to myself to embrace death as the dearest of friends. In this happy, sacred and crucial moment, what am I leaving for you all? Only one thing, my dream, a golden dream, the dream of a Free India. Dear comrades, march ahead; never retrace your step. Days of servitude are receding. Freedom’s illuminating ray is visible over there. Arise and never give way to despair. Success is sure to come.”

[Arindam Ray, Ami amar bhogoban ke dekhini, kintu tar somporke jotota jani ta likhlam.]

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Hindi Movie – Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se

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Amar Chitra Katha issue on Surya Sen

Masterda’s dream to free India finally came true on 15thAugust, 1947. It is very sad that the effort of the Chittagong martyrs hasn’t been told to young generation in detail. Though, the Chittagong armory raid was been retold into a novel called – Do or Die : The Chittagong Uprising, written by Manini Chatterjee. Even India Book House published a graphical story book on life, the struggle and martyrdom of Surya Sen. Recently a Hindi movie “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se”, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker was based on life and martyrdom of Masterda.

 

 

 

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Albert Ekka – Galantry personified !!

Not many people know him but he was a brave gallantry personified soldier of Mother India. This Adivasi hero single-handedly changed the course of the Indo-Pak battle in Gangasagar in 1971. Lance Naik Albert Ekka was born in Gumla, Bihar (now Jharkhand) on 27th December 1942.

Albert Ekka was the son of Julius and Mariam Ekka. Born and brought up in a poor family, he came from an Adivasi tribe in and was a devout Christian. From the time when he was a little boy, Albert was fond of hunting and like all Adivasis, he too was an expert at tracking and hunting animals, often using his bow and arrow. He was also good at games. His love for adventure and his hunting skills made him an excellent soldier. When Albert grew up he was very keen to join the army since it appealed to his sense of adventure. He was enrolled in the 14 Guards in 1962.

In 1971 Pakistan and East Pakistan (Bangladesh) were in a state of war. India joined the war to help Bangladesh. On December 3, Pakistan launched an aerial attack on India. Pakistani bombers strafed the airfields of Pathankot, Amritsar, Ambala, Agra, Jodhpur, Srinagar, Faridkot, Avanitpur, Uttarlai, Jamnagar. Time was 5.47 P.M. That was the beginning of the formal war between the two countries. But soon after the formal war broke, one of the major operations was to preempt Pakistani attack on this bordering Indian state capital Agartala from Akhaura (East Pakistan). It was on this night itself from Tripura also India launched a wholesome attack on East Pakistan.

Albert EkkaDuring the war, Albert Ekka was posted on the eastern front in Agartala. Albert’s troop 14 Guards were ordered to capture a Pakistani position at Gangasagar 6 km west of Agartala. The position was well fortified by the enemy; they were in good strength and in a strong position. The reduction of this position was considered necessary, as it was the key to the capture of Akhaura. Soldiers belonging to 14 Guards led by Lance Nayik Albert Ekka set off from Agartala and slipped into East Pakstan. The Alpha and Bravo Companies were told to attack Gangasagar railway station, which the enemy had converted into a virtual fortress by establishing bunkers all around. The C Company was moved out to create a diversion while the D Company stayed with the battalion headquarters. The artillery was kept on call but not brought into action since the aim was to surprise the enemy by moving into their defense silently and the big guns would have alerted them.

The Alpha and Bravo Companies were told to attack Gangasagar railway station, which the enemy had converted into a virtual fortress by establishing bunkers all around. The C Company was moved out to create a diversion while the D Company stayed with the battalion headquarters. The artillery was kept on call but not brought into action since the aim was to surprise the enemy by moving into their defense silently and the big guns would have alerted them.

It was 2 am when the men of Alpha and Bravo Companies started their march into enemy territory. Enemy soldiers had been observed walking along the track so the guards knew that the area was not mined. To maintain coordination between the two marching companies, Lance Naik Gulab Singh and Lance Naik Albert Ekka were appointed as guides to march on top of the embankment, one on either side guiding their respective companies from the height.

It was 2 A.M. when the men of Alpha and Bravo Companies started their march into enemy territory. Enemy soldiers had been observed walking along the track so the guards knew that the area was not mined. To maintain coordination between the two marching companies, Lance Naik Gulab Singh and Lance Naik Albert Ekka were appointed as guides to march on top of the embankment, one on either side guiding their respective companies from the height.

All was going well till one of the guides walked into a trip flare wire that the enemy soldiers had laid out across the railway line. The moment the device went off, it sent a bouquet of fireworks into the air, illuminating the area like daylight. The two men on top stood exposed. Just 40 yards away from where Ekka was standing was an enemy bunker with a sentry on duty outside.

Startled by the noise and light, the soldier on sentry duty shouted: ‘Kaun hai wahan? (Who is there?)’ It was 2.30 am and he was still trying to figure out if the trip wire had been set off by a man or an animal. ‘Tera baap (your father)’ replied Ekka and charging ferociously with his gun he bayoneted the enemy soldier.But Indian Army judged the enemies wrong and in

But Indian Army judged the enemies wrong and in backfire by Pakistani force, Indian troops were getting killed. This caused a very heavy causality to Albert and his company. He saw that one enemy bunker with light machine gun (LMG) is making the big damage from the bunker. Unmindful about his safety he charged the enemy bunker by firing on them from a close position. His brave act killed two Pakistani soldiers and silenced the LMG from the bunker.

Ekka with raw spirit and resolve could not only save his other injured comrades in arms but also single-handedly destroyed at least two major posts, he was severely injured. He was hit by Pakistani MMG and then LMG, profusely bleeding, limbs riddled with bullets, innards almost coming out, he managed to crawl and crawl and reach the posts one after another.

Despite the bullet in his arm, Ekka was charging like a lion. He was walking alongside Major Kohli when another bullet hit him in the neck. Kohli watched him stagger and fall. ‘But then, he quickly picked himself up, stood tall and kept walking,’ he recounts.

Albert Ekka kept fighting and motivating his company. But enemies opened a serious assault on the Indian force. This serious assault killed few more Indian soldiers. Albert was fatally injured but the safety of his men was his duty. He ran towards the enemy bunker and threw a grenade into the bunker. This killed few Pakistani but the assault was still on. He then crawled to another bunker and stabbed the Pakistani soldier to death. This saved his company from more casualties and gave time to reach at the enemy position.Then he scaled a two storied post (in

Then he scaled a two storied post (in ground floor he killed one and silenced his MMG with grenade) in Akhaura (the last one) and in the first floor bayoneted the LMG holding Pak soldier and then slept by the side of his enemy, forever. But before he died, this Adivasi Hero insured the Indian victory.Albert and his company in this process destroyed several

Albert and his company in this process destroyed several well-fortified Pakistani military posts on their way to Akhaura and ultimately forced the Pak military to retreat from Akhaura in a show of unprecedented and unbelievable valor, especially by Ekka.

But by this time he had achieved his target. He saved Agartala. Had Agartala fallen, it would have not only caused massive civilian causalities but also been a huge success for Pakistanis at least for propaganda as this city would have been the first state capital to go under the Pakistanis in 1971. Unfortunately, in Agartala we do not have anything in his name, not even many people are aware of him and his extraordinary acts that saved the city.

Albert Ekka Stamp

For his conspicuous bravery and determination, he was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest award for valour in the face of the enemy. Albert Ekka is the only Paramvir Chakra in 1971 Eastern Frontier. India government had released a Postal Stamp on him too. There is also chowk (round-about) in his name in Ranchi, his hometown.

 

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CITATION
LANCE NAIK ALBERT EKKA
14 GUARDS (NO 4239746)

Lance Naik Albert Ekka was in the left forward company of a battalion of the Brigade of Guards during their attack on the enemy defences at Gangasagar on the Eastern front. This was a well-fortified position held in strength by the enemy. The assaulting troops were subjected to intense shelling and heavy small-arms fire, but they charged onto the objective and were locked in bitter hand-to-hand combat. Lance Naik Albert Ekka noticed an enemy light machine-gun (LMG) inflicting heavy casualties on his company. With complete disregard fo his personal safety, he charged the enemy bunker, bayoneted two enemy soldiers and silenced the LMG. Though seriously wounded in this encounter, he continued to fight alongside his comrades through the mile deep objective, clearing bunker after bunker with undaunted courage. Towards the northern end of the objective one enemy medium machine-gun (MMG) opened up from the second storey of a well-fortified building inflicting heavy casualties and holding up the attack. Once again this gallant soldier, without a thought for his personal safety, despite his serious injury and the heavy volume of enemy fire, crawled forward till he reached the building and lobbed a grenade into the bunker killing one enemy soldier and injuring the other. The MMG however continued to fire. With outstanding courage and determination Lance Naik Albert Ekka scaled a side wall and entering the bunker, bayoneted the enemy soldier who was still firing and thus silenced the machine-gun, saving further casualties to his company and ensuring the success of the attack. In this process however, he received serious injuries and succumbed to them after the capture of the objective. In this action, Lance Naik Albert Ekka displayed the most conspicuous valour and determination and made the supreme sacrifice in the best traditions of the Army.

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Chhath (छठ-पर्व) – the symbol of piety and reverence !!

The very first thought of छठ-पर्व (Chhath Parv) makes me nostalgic. Reminds me of my mother (Maa) who had been observing “Chhath” for last three decades. Maa resides in Jamshedpur (part of erstwhile Bihar, now in Jharkhand) and after much persuasion she has now stopped performing it since last year because she is not in the best of her health.

Writing what you have lived all life is much harder than writing a one-off experience. Recalling Maa‘s Chhath Vrat observance primarily for those who are not aware of this most revered and pious festival.

It tells highly of our deep-rooted culture and heritage. Although it is observed mostly in Bihar, Jharkhand, Eastern UP and the Tarai regions of Nepal in today’s times, and is more prevalent in areas where migrants from those areas have a presence.

Chhath (छठ-पर्व) is an ancient Hindu festival and the only Vedic Festival dedicated to the Hindu God Sun, Surya. It is believed that the ritual of Chhath Puja may even predate the ancient Vedic texts as the Rigveda contains hymns worshiping the Sun God and describes similar rituals. The rituals also find a reference in the epic of Mahabharata in which Draupadi is depicted as observing similar rites. The Chhath-Vrat is performed to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth. The Sun considered the God of energy and the life-force, is worshiped to promote well-being, prosperity and progress.

Chhath is a festival of worshipping both the setting sun as well as the rising sun. As per legend, ‘Usha‘ and ‘Pratyusha‘ are both considered to be Sun God’s wives. Usha (literally the first sun-ray of the morning) is worshiped on the final day. Whereas the Pratyusha (the last sunray of the day) is worshiped in the previous evening to the rising and setting sun respectively. It is the only holy festival that has no involvement of any ‘Pandit‘ (priest).

Chhath is performed on Kartika Shukla Shashthi, which is the sixth day of the month Kartika of the Lunar (Nepali Calender) also known as Vikram Sambat. It follows Deepawali by six days. Chhatth word is derived from the sixth day of the month. Some also call it a combination of Chhah (six) and Hatth (abbreviated version of Hathyoga), Chhah + Hath = Chhath.

I can believe that. Chhath is probably the toughest festive ritual in all of India. It is an extreme display of religious fervor of the devout. Chhath-Vrat is generally observed by the eldest in the family, and it could be any, a male or a female. Let me brief you how “extreme” this extreme is!

Nahaye-Kha ( नहा-खा ): The 3rd day from Deepawali is observed as holy bathing, the Parvaitin (one who observes the parv/puja) takes a holy bath in the morning and then eats rice, gram pulses, and pumpkin vegetables sans onion and garlic. After eating the food sometime mid-noon, the Parvatin (worshipper) starts the waterless-fast (निर्जला-व्रत) which is broken only the next day evening. During this period of three nights and four days, the worshiper observes purity and sleeps on the floor. Since it falls in winter, a bed on rice straws is made by putting a blanket on it.

It would be the hot-bed of all activities for the Chhatth puja. Maa’s unstoppable instructions would flow, despite our reminder to take some rest. All the kids of the family would offer massage to the ‘Chhatthi Maiyya“, the Parvatin, and the time would fly singing folk songs.

Kharna (खरना ): The next day (Fourth Day) fast is observed whole day without water till late evening when the Prasada is prepared just after the worship of Sun and Moon. This day is called, “Kharna or Lohanda.” I still remember Maa coughing away over the smoky Chulha (cooker) on this day as she tries to stoke the chulha in the Pooja area cooking her repast of Roti and Rasiyaa (Kheer made of rice, cow milk, and jaggery). First the Parvatin eats the Prasada ending the first round of fast of almost 24-30 hours. Then the Prasada is distributed among all family, friends and neighbors.

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This day the festival preparations would simultaneously start. The “Daura” (big-basket) and several “Soop” (sieve) would be bought. The abundant amount of different types of fruits and rooted vegetables will be obtained, the chief among them being the whole bunch of bananas (Ghawadh), long sticks of sugar cane, coconuts along with their casings, and lots of other items of Pooja. And the separately and freshly ground “atta” (wheat flour) to make the main Pooja offering of “drenched in ghee, Thekua”, kilos and kilos of it.

Sandhya Arghya (सांध्य-अरघ्य ): After this again the rigorous ‘nirjala-fast’ starts for next 36 hours. On the fifth day, for the evening offerings or Sandhya Araghya to the setting sun, all the pooja-samaagri and the Prasada arranged in the sieves, would be piled onto the ‘Daura‘ (big-basket). Then all, family, friends and neighbors would be swarming towards the nearby river/pond to pay reverence to the Sun God.

The lead ‘walker’, the cynosure of all eyes would be the person carrying the ‘Daura‘ on his head. But it is open to all, and many would eagerly wait for their turn, to do the service. Maa and other Parvatins would walk a little behind them with an amazingly spirited walk despite the hours of fasting. The grown-ups would walk with either the heavy sugar-cane sticks or the banana bunch.

What sticks in my mind even now, and still manages to bring a lump to my throat was the soulful rendition of the favorite folk songs. The folk song “काँचही बाँस के बहँगिया, बहँगी लचकत जाए” (Kaanchahin baans key bahangiya, bahangi lachakat jai) sung by Maa and accompanying devotees and other women. As we would approach the river ghat, several other groups would merge for an even more throaty rendition of many other folk songs. Maa’s voice always sounded the strongest and as honeyed as ever! Listen this one by Anuradha Paudwal:

At the ghat, the larger groups would split into their small family group, and occupy their patch of the sand-bed. This patch would be zealously marked out to be able to occupy the same spot for the next morning’s rituals. The occasion is almost a carnival. Besides the Parvatins, there are family and friends, onlookers and also numerous other participants, all willing to help.

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The evening offerings comprised of Maa stepping into the water above knee-deep while others would help her to offer the Arghya. The Arghya is an offering of Gangajal and Cow-Milk and is considered to be nectar (Amrit). She would turn around in the water with the multi-decker ‘Soops’ (sieve) held in her hands. When I say that the rituals of Chhath are arduous, I do not mean only the extreme fasts. As we know Chhath falls in winters, it is tough for the worshipper and other devotees to stand in the chilly waters for hours and offer Araghya.

Now the time to return home on our wearied feet. All Parvatins including Maa would show no signs of discomfort, at all.

The primary concern for all the kids at home and neighborhood was how to wake up early in the morning! We will be promised, that elders would wake us up, but we were never sure. We would pledge not to sleep and lie down on our beds lest we miss the morning Arghya. But sleep we did!

Usha-Araghya (उषा-अरघ्य ): Miraculously, we would wake up just in time to join the morning march to the Ghat. On the final day of Chhath-Puja, the devotees, along with family and friends, go back again to the Ghat much before the dawn for the morning offerings.

Occasionally there would be small altercations among the younger people from different families disputing the exact location of the previous evening’s spot. But with prompt intervention from the elders, these were solved without any fuss. Crackers saved from Diwali just a week ago would be burst just as the dawn broke. Some images that remain in my mind are the shooting rockets on the water surface, hoping it will cross the river skiing on it. The sky would still be dark, and millions of Diyaas and fireworks enlighten the ghat. The sight is beyond magical.

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After the morning Arghya, the fasting for Maa would end with Pitaji giving her ginger, lemon, and water. Prasada is then distributed to all. Normally the Prasada is “Thekua“, different fruits, and among all and my favorite, the long sugar cane. There won’t be a single person on the way back home on the road, who would not be munching ‘Thekua‘.

Once a family starts performing Chhatt-Puja, it is their duty to perform it every year and to pass it on to the following generations. The festival is skipped only if there happens to be a death in the family that year.

One can read many stories and write-ups, but to understand and feel the piety and elaborated beauty of this festival, one must witness it. Truly, Chhath is the symbol of reverence!!

Bibliography:

Legends: Wikipedia

Photos: Google Search

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#BeefRaid issue is plain drama.

This outrage over Kerala House over #BeefRaid issue is plain drama. Let me debunk this drama thoroughly but before proceeding on facts, let me constitutionally define Secularism to all secular brigade as the basic premise.

“A Secular state does not mean equal respect for all religions rather it is equally indifferent to all religions. Secularism means separation of state and religion. A secular state does not allow a religion or all religions to influence policy and law.”

Now let us do a chronological analysis:

Delhi Police received a call from some ‘Vishnu Gupta’ (later found to be Hindu-Sena Activist) that beef are being served in the Kerela House and if not intervened, they are going to protest.

Given the recent history, Full marks to Delhi police for Kerala House response in investigating beef compliant, take action against complainant if false. Why can’t people understand that law applies to everyone. All who break it must be tried, convicted & punished by the State. No ifs, No buts.

Delhi PC clarity

Delhi PC clarity

Delhi Police simply followed the mandate of Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994 enacted by previous Delhi Govt. of Congress.

But no. Our outrage industry got a chance to blabber on #BeefBan and growing intolerance. In no time they were joined by the chief of all Nautanki Mr Kejriwal with his abominable behavior. Kejriwal Increasingly proving it evry passing day that he has zero responsibility, no conviction & stands for nothing, but all drama.

If the Chief Minister of the State has no clue about the law of the state he is governing, God save Delhi. Before blaming PM Modi for Kerala House raid, Arvind Kejriwal should read DACP ACT, 1994 of Delhi.

Read the facts about ban on slaughter, sale, possession of agricultural cattle in Delhi. Read the definition of Agricultural Cattle under DACP Act, 1994 which includes cows & calves, bulls and bullocks of all ages. DACP Act, 1994 also bans transport and export of agricultural cattle in NCT of Delhi for the purposes of slaughter. DACP Act, 1994 also bans sale, purchase, disposal & even possession of flesh of agricultural cattle in NCT of Delhi.

The DACP Act, 1994:
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In view of Sec. 7, 8 & 9 of DACP Act 1994, the alleged activities at Kerala House appear to be patently illegal. Contravention of Sec. 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9 of DACP Act, 1994 amounts to a crime, that attracts imprisonment & fine.

I had no clue that the Kerala Bhawan is Embassy of Kerala in Delhi, with full diplomatic immunity and out of bounds for police enforcing the Law.

I don’t support a selective application of Law with reference to any group or community, for or against. That is the law of the land, the basic premise of secularism suggests exactly the same. How is one group identity of a victim or criminal relevant? We can’t have a special law & special approach to law, for every group we, (dis)favor. If we don’t have laws against “hate crimes” or the laws are inadequate, then work for legal reform & support their uniform application.

But the ‘Constitution’ can go to hell, Modi is fascist and since he became PM, the intolerance temperature is growing and this is our last attempt to come back to power. Huh! In India today, principles are subjective.

Had this happened under BJP rule, “Radical Hindu forces shame India internationally” would have been the headline.

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I thought Shashi Tharoor’s home state, the Kingdom of Mallu-Land is most liberal and they will fully support Pork Festival. But look at the level of intolerance in Congress-ruled state, that they booked 50 activists for eating a dirty animals meat.

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That is not the only case. When an IAS officer & a teacher were painted black by KSU & SFI gangsters – no hue & cry in #Kerala. Thus, ink on Kulkarni is intolerance. Ink on others democratic dissent. Increasing selectivity and subjectivity of a certain section is a good thing in my opinion. It exposes them for who they are & their hollowness rings loud.

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In my opinion, there is No point in creating noise by blaming cops for implementing a legal rule. Put your money where your mouth is. Push for the right to eat beef including agricultural cattle. There has to be a limit to deception.

I urge Arvind Kejriwal, Brinda Karat, CPI, Indian National Congress, Main Stream Media, Social activists, and ” intellectuals” to push for a change of law & allow cow slaughter. Go, dear Delhi CM, you have all the power, the unprecedented mandate of 67 out of 70 MLAS in Delhi. Repeal the #Beefban law brought by Congress and Walk the talk!

The jokers would run away.

Now some bad news for the outrage industry who were trying to link this to BJP and Modi. Senior journalist Veena Venugopal used someone else’s picture to link Vishnu Gupta, the Ram Sena radical who called cops to Kerela House, to Modi & Shah. They didn’t know that this guy is a proven BJP hater and has been detained now by Delhi Police.

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I conclude with my $00.02 to all the Adarsh Liberals. Friends, this is not working, please try something else.

Disclaimer:

I thank my friend @smitabarooah for some clarity through her tweets and @BhateKetan as the source of some pictures posted here.

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