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Rejoinder to Mani Shankar Aiyar ‘Wisdom unbound’(NIE-dated 25th July)

It seems ridiculous for Mani Shankar Aiyer to claim that the Congress party is the biggest gainer from Pranab Mukherjee leaving the Rashtrapati Bhavan.What is the logic for such a statement and thinking ?He wants the former President to be ‘the Congress’s principal counselor and help guide it back from its present nadir closer to the zenith’-(wistful thinking.)The problem is Aiyar is no more relevant in politics and to survive he is thinking out of his hat. Imagine claiming Pranab Mukherjee’s unbounded wisdom his unbending adherence to constitutional limits etc as useful for the Congress party to get back its right to rule. The Congress does not believe in probity in public life. Throughout its long years in power it had shown scant respect for constitutional institutions. One cannot imagine the former President ‘honored’ by the invitation of Aiyar’s offer to be the honorary counselor of the Congress party,or willing to get back to his party which had no respect for him when he was very much in it.Why did Sonia Gandhi not chose him as the PM instead picked up Manmohan Singh as her choice to be the PM.There are many reasons-one which stands out is that MMSingh will be malleable and a lame duck PM while Pranab Mukherjee will adhere to constitutional limits.He will never allow democratic institutions to be overlooked-as the Congress did when it overrode Parliament and created an NAC .He would never have allowed his PS to carry the files to Sonia Gandhi nor would the PM’s Office be an open corridor for Rahul Gandhi to walk in and dictate terms and spread of the MGREGP.MSI pretends that he does not know why Pranab Mukherjee left the Congress along with Shukla.He could not stand the dictatorial style of functioning of Indira Gandhi. He is a patriot who will not dream of touching the likes of Aiyar who requested Pakistan to come and drive out the Modi government and who cozied with separatist and sipped tea with them. With the Congress having such netas how can Pranab Mukherjee return to a home which is no longer a home for him because he does not recognize or feel comfortable in a home which breeds anti-patriotic people like Aiyer. Pranab Mukherjee has grown out of all petty politics and is above party politics. He was the President of India and left his august position-unsullied to be a leader to be remembered and loved by all. He cannot and will not be a partisan to the Congress’ netas petty politics and become partisan in their outlook. One simple example how the Congress holds him is the fact that in spite of his advice and plea that Parliament should not be disrupted and that it will hurt more the Opposition if Parliament is blocked the Congress MPs the very next day disrupted the Parliament and rushed to the well.

Right from the time of Indira Gandhi and then Rajiv Gandhi the Congress had scant respect for democratic and constitutional institutions (MSI will recollect the ‘shouting brigade’ of which he was a member to shout down the PM and bring down the government on Action taking report.)The Emergence is a permanent blot in the constitutional history of our country-that belongs to Indira Gandhi who thought that Indira is India. Is it to this fascists and treacherous den that Mani Shankar Aiyar invites the former President as home coming and wants him to be the counselor. What disregard and disrespect to the man who was the first citizen of India to be cast among such schemers. Surely Pranab Mukerjee the incisive man that he is, with his ability to read the Congress party and its netas today better than others knows what it stands for. It is no compliment to the former President from Mani Shankar Aiyar to be invited back to the Congress den. My humble request to Aiyar is- do not debase and insult the Office of the President and those who held it.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara.

July 25, 2017 at 8:29 am 1 comment


Rejoinder to David Curry

It was shocking to read in the IE (26the June-2017) the screaming headlines : ‘Crackdown on NGOs:Delhi may face tough questions’. The crackdown on NGOs should have been done long ago. What are the NGOs indulging in? Nothing short of proseltyzation.I have been in the field of Social work and after my retirement been consultant of several NGOs.All(except  a hand full –that too non- Christian NGOs)to my knowledge were -covertly and overtly indulging in conversion. Once one of the chamchas of the Congress party-Mani Shankar Aiyer proclaimed that he did not know or see any such conversion activity. This he stated in particular reference to World Vision. Many of my students are employed in WV. At the outset already in the interview the questions are directed not to skills and knowledge of upliftment but on Evangelization. For heaven sake why not these NGOs go to China-Pakistan and the Middle East and try their luck with conversion under the guise of feeding the poor-charity Compassion International etc. After all if really these NGOs are interested in charity-why INDIA-is the world poor all congregated in India only. Go to where the poor are –leave India alone. Do not indulge in deception and under the guise of charity convert. Tens of thousands of children throughout India losing access to medical care ,meals and tuition, according to David Curry ,president and CEO of Open Doors USA, why are the doors exclusively open only for Indian poor Look at the past and present foreign policy of the USA Citing weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein the USA imposed sanctions on medical aid, medicines and other critical emergent necessities including food. What was the result-thousands of children died. Did Compassion International shed a drop of tear? And when it was discovered that there was no weapons of mass destruction –did the kind hearted and compassionate NGOs and the International Community demand the hauling up of the USA.

Do not sit in glass house and try to throw stones on India. Why is India the TAREGT FOR THE COMPASSION? Should compassion not be directed to all those who are in dire need? David Curry states that there is rise in brutal persecution of Christians, Muslims and other religious minorities in India. I am a Christian –20 years lived in Kerala-50 years  lived in Chennai-Tamilnadu and now for the past ten years am in Gujarat. Now as  an ordinary house wife I LIKE TO CHALLENGE David Curry-and tell him to get his  statistics straight-Where is the rise of brutal persecution? David Curry does not recognize brutal persecution in any of the Middle East countries-neither in Pakistan nor anywhere else. It is all vested interests. India has been victim of brutal persecution down the ages from foreign invaders including the Mughals. All came as traders and ended up by indulging in forced conversions. Are the hands of the USA clean? Why the brutality discrimination directed against the Blacks? They are easy targets for killing torture and social boycott. Do not lie and use deception for spreading Christianity-which you think is the god given command to you and the Christian NGOs. Let us live in peace –it said in the Bible that Jesus had advised his disciples to shake off the dust from your feet in the place where you are not wanted and go elsewhere. I remind David Curry of that. Do not force yourself and your compassion on us. Let us dialogue which means we are on the same plane as equals.

Dr. Mrs Hilda Raja


June 26, 2017 at 11:58 am 3 comments

on tavleen singh’s -a new india rises

Tavleen Singh’s “A new India rises”(Sunday Express-June 18th)has triggered within me the following reactions and thoughts. She seems to have been taken aback by the flood of Twitter messages she received. I think she did well by offering her apologies to those who felt offended. It is clear that she had not meant nor realized that cow urine has a religious significance. It is not easy to understand and comprehend how the ancients related to nature and to all that brought them relief and cure.

I was reminded of an incident: in 1958 when my son was an infant I stood holding him in my arms and watching the milkwoman milking the cow.Those days the cow used to be brought to the gate and milked.She noticed that the babe’s face was puffed and eyes swollen and he was feverish. I was thinking of taking him later to the doctor. She asked me to   bring a vessel and after some time she held it out to me with cow urine.She suggested that I wash his face with the urine twice a day and watched the result.She assured me that the babe will be fine.I followed her suggestion more out of curiosity and also then being ‘raw’ and anxious to somehow relief my babe of his discomfort.I did this twice that day and the next day she gave me again fresh cow urine.I am not exaggerating when I recall that already with one wash the face swollenness had considerably diminished by the evening the face and the eyes had cleared and the next day when she came there was hardly any need for fresh cow urine because the face was just normal and cherubic. Those days the house front yards used to be sprinkled with a cow dung mixed with water–the floors of the houses which had no cement flooring were smeared with a thick paste of cow dung.It looked neat and tidy.The chula and the hearth was also smeared and nicely covered with cow dung paste.On Fridays and feasts days this place was decorated with rangoli(we call it ‘koolam’)Apart from the financial aspect there was no pests, no cockroaches and no snakes coming into the house because the courtyard was cow dung smeared.Today we have HIT to flit and a warning ‘Keep out of the reach  of children’, for these pesticides are poisonous.But we all- children and adults now breathe these poisonous vapours.Another usage of cowdung –straw is cut into small bits mixed with the dung and rolled into balls and then flattened and dried.These made good fuel.All these hardly cost anything.Look at the amounts spend on cooking gas-the accidents and the subsidies all put together costs money as well as lives.All that is ancient need not necessarily be retained-all that is cheap is not to be swept aside.It is not to be laughed at and neither is it below one’s ‘status’ to abide by some of the ancients good sense and good remedies.Now all that is good and judicious-all that is purifying and wholesome is attributed to God .So what is the problem in considering the cow holy.

I am supposed to be a Christian and brought up as a conservative one.I find it abdominal to think that during a religious rite blood is drunk.Yes  the common drink in those times of Jesus wine was the common drink.But on that pretext to continue drinking wine and mentioning ‘This is my body,this is my blood’ makes it rather distasteful.Are we cannibals.Had Jesus lived in Kerala he would have used ‘toddy’ perhaps as the common drink and ‘puttu’ to be shared by him and the disciple.I have done a theology course and in that I had written about this in my test paper!!Somehow it seems to be fashionable and intellectual to bash the Hindus but not say a word against the Muslims and the Christians. This is one of the reasons why the pent up agony and the anger is like an erupting volcano pouring forth.Regarding Tavleen Singh’s  point to note that no renaissance has bloomed as a result of hatred.I disagree with that premise because renaissance is new life-a change over to the new-this calls for vigour,power and energy. The world saw and got democracy only after the blood flowed like rives in France.Had there been no guillotine there would have been no freedom. New life, new birth can come only after pain and must go through the throe of sufferings and hardships.No more the showing of the other  cheek when one is slapped.Hatred is not what I find today but an resurgent Hinduism,renergised people proud of their culture, their religion and prepared to uphold that patriotism and culture at all cost.Can this be called hatred.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara


June 18, 2017 at 6:44 am 1 comment


The Congress’ double speak

Is it not a deep rooted ailment in Rahul Gandhi to jump into troubled waters? Any patriotic Indian will want to quell the unrest but Rahul Gandhi and the Congress only want to instigate and ferment trouble. Can a party allow one of its old members to invited Nawaz Sharif to come and drive away Modi government. Is that not treason? I am referring to that old Congress man-Mani Shankar Aiyer who has become irrelevant in politics and has nowhere to go-But to keep himself in N Delhi he mouths nothing but treacherous utterances to please the Congress High Command. He cannot go to Tamilnadu-in Mayiladuthurai when he stood for elections on the ‘bell”(mani) symbol he lost his deposit. Now he goes to J&K to sip tea and embrace the separatists. The Congress only distanced itself but had no guts to throw him out of the party. This is because the Congress has the same mindset. Has always thought and believed that it alone has the right to rule India. Now what kind of solution (not soap) do we need to clean this treacherous mind set of the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi perhaps is unaware that he is the laughing stock of the people. His utterances reveal a mindset not only treacherous but imbecile. He has refused to grow-in spite of his mother’s nepotism.His super ego is missing-hence he has only the ID and the Ego. Any place of unrest he rushes.The latest he had his media coverage in Saharanpur.And his repetitive chant is, “The government only listens to the rich and the suited and booted and works only for them”. For heaven sake RG please learn another couple of lines. We are fed up with your repetitive slogans and your hollow words. You are so quick to say, “Dalits are being trampled and oppressed. This is happening not only in Saharanpur .This is happening across India.Everyday crores are being oppressed.”.He gives the example of Rohit Vemula- forgetting that Rohit Vemula was not a dalit.It suited the likes of RG to anoint him as a dalit for their own vested interest.RG has nothing positive to offer to the people as a leader of the Opposition.Only negative acts and utterances. Only faulting and blaming and blocking.

Oh yes RG you claim , “we worked for ten years and brought peace to J&K.And today Narendra Modi is giving a foothold to ant-inationals.”Is that really true-Do you believe in your own words are or you lost in the woods. Who created the J&K problem?If only your grandfather had heeded the advice of Sardar Patel we would not have had the J&k problem.No,  the Nehruand his  clan is too proud to listen to others. You have a habit of always faulting Modi that he does not listen to others.Find out how the Congress Party was run. Why did Pranab Mukerjee and Shukla leave the Congress party? And now is all power not centralized with the High Command? You talk of democracy but does the Congress party have democracy and is it run on those lines. What you do not have you cannot give. What did you work on and work at?

You and your party demand the achievements of the three years rule of Modi and find nothing positive. This again is the conditioning of your mindset and your party’s myopic perception. But we want to ask you the report card of 60 years of the Congress rule. The UPA rule of ten years was an utter failure. The looting in which your leaders and those chamchas of yours were busy at left no time for governance. There was complete paralysis of governance. Is it not simple to realize that after the 60 years of the Congress all that we have is scams and loot and more poverty. Communalism and parochialism your party sowed, the rich became richer and the Luytens was just a conclave of the rich and the mighty-all your family members and connections. The various Trusts and Councils you filled with your chamchas. while the people reeled under hunger and poverty. What does the Italian mindset known with its pasta filled head .Your mother and her relations were given a free run of India and its resources. Towards this we the taxpayers had to provide security too. Can you not even understand the simple logic that when you talk of poverty and the trampling and oppression of the dalits and poor –that it is your party which created and put them in ghettos. With your great grandmother’s Garbi Hatao and then the 20 Point Program which came to naught. Today you are demanding from Modi what he has done. Can I tell you a plain fact -he is cleaning the cess pools of avarice and loot that you and your party created. That itself needs not mere soap and water (no matter what special soap you have)but strong detergent and anti-septic to sanitize the stinking political cess pools which your party had created. Kept the poor in their poverty  so that you could garner the votes. They remained starved and with empty stomachs attended your rallies and listened in a stupor the false claims and promises you made. They were with their hands out stretched-then and now.To redeem this situation the people will and must see that the Congress does not come back to power.That is the one and only remedy to clean up your anti-people mindset.

You demand of Modi: ‘bring the black money’,Where is the black money etc.But why did you create a situation where Black money will be harvested? Why do you not co-operate with the government to bring back the Black money.The looters and scamsters  are with you and they know the ways and means to get it back. The looters like V Mallay did not acquire all that amassed ill-gotten wealth in the last three years.You blame Modi for allowing him to flee India.But why did you allow him to rob India first.This is just one example. With your leaders and their families there is amassed and accumulated wealth in the form of properties across the globe-benami lands etc.What was your Government doing? Now you demand Modi to get it back after you allowing them to loot the poor and to fleece the nation. What rights have you to pretend to be concerned of the poor and downtrodden?

You want Modi to perform a miracle-remember as your dummy lame duck of the former PM Manmohan Singh said, ‘Money does not grow on trees.’ Yes he was right for once. But he allowed the money which did flow from the sweat and blood of the poor to be amassed by the netas-He did not apply his mind he stated once-was it for this that he was handpicked by your Italian born mother-a man who would not and could not apply his mind in governance. Hence the looting was allowed-nay abetted.

Tell me if you are so broken hearted at the poverty why are you and your family members using the hard earned money of the poor. The first thing to prove that your heart is bleeding is to tell your mother to quit No 10 Janpath. First she is not entitled to it- She is only an MP and is entitled to an MP’s quarters. Why is she living in a palatial residence-bigger than that of the PM’s.Have you seen in any country such a dichotomy? Second, we cannot afford  to spend such huge sums towards its maintenance when her son runs around shedding crocodile tears and blaming Modi for the suit and the booted  and promising the poor that he stands with them. Why the same must be said also for Priyanka Vadra. Can her husband not afford to provide her with security and a mansion? Why then through the backdoor are you fleecing the poor while preaching to them that you stand with them? Stop exploiting them .Why and how can you then claim such luxury and luxurious living. Where does the money come from? Is this too much to ask from you? Prove your words and just don’t go around being a coward and a hypocrite. Stop fermenting and instigating unrest. This is nothing but treachery. To question the government is democracy but to instigate is cowardliness.

The Congress is the root cause of all the problems-the nation faces. And now the treacherous mindset is being exposed. The latest being beef fest .Please let those who want to eat beef –let them go ahead and eat to their stomachs fill but why are you making a ‘beef fest’ –Is that not to arouse communal feelings? Stop this double hypocritical role that you are playing. Remember that you are cutting the branch on which you are sitting. The minimum the nation expects is that you and your Party be patriotic and not sell the nation for your own vested interest and power. As a first step to prove this dismiss Mani Shankar Aiyer from the party. If Rijil Makkutty of Kannur-youth Congress leader can be suspended (and rightly so) for calf killing should you not use the same yardstick to throw out Mani Shankar Aiyer for his treason.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara

May 30, 2017 at 7:42 am 2 comments

Hindutva -Development-two sides of the same coin

Hindutva and Development-two sides of the same coin

The IE dated 14th April ((2017) carried two articles of interest-‘Developmental Hindutva’ by Sanjaya Baru was a good expose .Unlike the hue and cry that netas of the  Congress BSP,RJD,CPM,TNC,SP et al raise  when they hear the word Hindutva this article placed the Hindutva in the right perspective .During the UP election campaign many of the Opposition netas faulted Modi for his visit to the temple and for citing facets of Hindutva. In fact many wanted Modi’s government to strictly abide only with Development. It is ridiculous because Development without Hindutva is meaningless and is a parched dry balance sheet of paper with figures, numbers and faceless economics. What about the social, religious and patriotic nationalism of the millions who have borne the brunt of keeping these alive through centuries old civilizations. And this cannot happen-for man does not live on bread alone. Where do culture and its norms fit in? How can upholding the Constitution not include the singing of the Vande Mataram, the National Anthem? Of course when one brings in the  ban of slaughtering of cows the Northeast, and Kerala and those who are beef eaters get agitated and want India not to interfere in their eating habits and impose laws which according to them are tyrannical and outside and above government control. One should remind them that the cow is worshipped by millions and held sacred and hence their religious sensibilities are hurt. Should not the so called minorities show concern and sensitivity to a people whose religious tolerance showed no bounds-whose religious tolerance allowed all religions to find a home in India and allowed these to spread and grow? It was because Hindu religion was and is the most tolerant religion in the world. Its belief is based on the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam-the whole world is one family. This immense tolerance inbuilt in Hinduism was taken as a weakness and exploited making the Hindus second class citizens in their own country. It even allowed an ethnic cleansing of the Hindus in Kashmir . One would blame the netas for this state of affairs – a closer look will reveal that upholding the Constitution means more than appeasement of the minorities. In which country will its citizens refuse singing the national anthem-hoisting the national flag? Why has India become a soft target? Does this not mean that Hinduism has already lost its essence? How can one go to court and argue that singing of the national anthem is against one’s religion petitioning the judiciary to allow them to follow their own consciences? What if the consciences of others make different kinds of pleas-will the judiciary permit it? There are some essentials in binding nationhood and the national anthem is one such. If one hoists the flag of an enemy country he/she will be shot down immediately-not here in India because this is what is Hindu tolerance and this is what the netas expect from the government. To shout azadi and instigate the youth. For this the taxpayers must shell out their hard earned money. Are we not misusing Freedom of speech?

In the same issue of the TIE(17th April) there was an article titled  ‘Crisis of Hinduism’ by Apoorvanand.In this the author warns that marginalizing the minorities  will result in Hinduism losing its essence. Of course the author has run amuck when he writes that “Hindus take pleasure in humiliation of Muslims and also relish the deception and duplicity with which all this is done….”In all my years of living –working with the marginalized I have never come across this kind of ‘pleasure’ the Hindus take in humiliating etc the Muslims. On the other hand I have only recognized and seen the demand, the arrogance and the duplicity of the other side. They cannot be touched. He further adds that “Indian Muslims have often been lauded patronizing for having rejected the call of Islamic State .They have invested heavily in the idea of secular India and stood by it.” One need not enter into a debate with the author on this point because it is far from true and because the Muslims stood to gain when they opted to stay in India but the same cannot be said of the Hindus. What is more telling is the fact that the author refers to Gandhi who warned Hindus that if destroyed in India and Pakistan Islam has other lands to realize its spiritual potential but if Hinduism is destroyed in India ,it has no hope”. It is precisely this which has made Hindus vigilant now and in a way aggressive. Too long they have been complacent and yielding. Let us first take the simple fact on why was Pakistan created-why was my motherland pieced? Jinnah’s one and only reason was that the Muslims will not be able to integrate with the Hindus.Jinnah was right then and now. Hence he demanded Pakistan.If Pakistan was created for the Muslims who could not integrate with Hindus is it not fair and just that they leave this country and go to a land where they can as Gandhi noted realize their spiritual potential. Gandhi was outdated and did not have a vision. He would not have known that not a single Islamic country is prepared to open its doors to the Syrian Muslim refugees. He did not foresee that Muslims will chase the Muslims out of their own countries and sent then as refugees all over the world.

It is often pointed out that the Muslims are citizens of this country and hence one should not arouse conflicts. But reminding them that they go to fulfill their spiritual potential to any other country  should not be taken amiss as arousing conflict.It is simply stating the truth. And truth cannot be hidden too long .If they are citizens of this country then they have to uphold the Constitution, they cannot refuse to sing the national anthem, and Vande Mataram because it was Vande Mataram which was the bugle call given by the freedom fighters to arouse their national spirit- shouting Vande Mataram and upholding the tricolor flag these common poor Indians marched fearlessly-many fell to the bullets of the British. If one is a citizen of this country how can one refuse the singing of these two patriotic songs?

The Constitution must be upheld is the demand made by all the political parties. Nobody denies this but then the Constitution within its binds has Articles which are not secular and which lends to appeasement. For example how can the Minority Rights be upheld when it is based on religion. Even Ambedkar had wanted reservation to have a fixed period. Now it seems that it is never ending and is becoming merely a tool to appeasement. That even after 67 years it had not uplifted the SCs and not reached them reveals that Reservation had failed and to continue netting in more and more castes under the policy is not going to make the cake bigger and bigger  but will diminish the size of the portion of the cake. Look at what Chandrasekharan –chief minister of Telangana has done-increased the quota of reservation to 12 percent for the Muslims.The argument is that is not based on religion but on region.Are we such fools?Every neta wants to go in for appeasement be it illogical and blatantly anti- Constitutional. There have been so many amendments to the Constitution –so why not amend the Constitution. I dare the netas like Mamata Banerjee,Lalu Prasad, Mayawati,Mulyam Yadav, Rahul Gandhi Sitaram Yechury to put a ceiling to this appeasement policy of the Muslims. To get back to Apoorvanand’s  warning that Hinduism will lose its essence I think it has already lost its essence with the netas  and their appeasement policy. Hence to retain at least what remains the Hindus must unite and the party which is in power must do its best to assist in this process.Gandhi was worried that Hindus will have no place to go-that is true and that is precisely why the Hindus must no longer be at the receiving end. They have a right to preserve their culture, their religious aspirations and uphold just not the Constitution but the honor and the sovereignty of Bharat Mata.

Let it be known that the Hindus will not let themselves become second class citizens in their own land. The Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of Kashmir-there was ethnic cleansing-On what grounds  was  this allowed. Old men were tied to the vehicles on either sides and the vehicles were driven till their bodies were dismembered. Why was this not questioned and those involved not booked. And punished? Why was the media silent? Today when one stone pelting boy  was tied to the jeep and driven there is a hue and cry .I cannot comprehend how the Constitution can be upheld in an upside down manner. I am a citizen of this country and I cannot buy an inch of land in Kashmir. Why?Is this the freedom enshrined in the Constitution. Today the Bangladeshis and the Rohingas have been allowed to settle in Kashmir.Is that going to be another Pakistan? How can the Kashmiris be allowed freely to go where they want and settle anywhere in India. Why this double standard .Is that upholding the Constitution. Their youth can go anywhere for their studies-nay they even shout ‘azadi’ in certain universities and ferment unrest. What is the contribution that State makes todays towards development? All the taxpayers’ monies are pumped into Kashmir-why? Who is in POK? It has become a ground for training of militants. Why is the GOI reluctant to send its army and just clean up POK and put an end to such a state of affairs? All this and more thanks to Nehru and his family. Today we are paying for their follies and their betrayal and yet the family wants us to think that they won us the Freedom. Now RG says it is not Hindus-christians Parsis Muslims who fought for freedom-it is the Indians who fought for freedom what a great enlightenment. How many Parses were there then and how many Muslims took party in the freedom struggle. Why does RG think that we are like him lost in the woods?

The joke of the century was when all the parties except the BJP led by the Italian born Mrs Sonia-tagging along Manmohan Singh   met the President last week to place before him their petition-to uphold democracy and to inform him that under the Modi government democracy is muzzled. Imagine these parties want democracy when they do not have such in their own parties while they do not follow democratic ideology in their parties and in their party systems. You cannot give what you do not have. They believe in dynasty which is just the opposite of democracy. So Sonia has Rahul waiting for the PM’s chair-the fact that he became the VP of the Congress itself is proof that it did not follow any democratic norms. Lalu with his sons all in political power-his wife succeeds him when he had to relinquish the CM’s chair-and he is still on bail-that does not matter that he cheated the dumb cattle of its fodder. It does not matter that lands and houses he owns on benami names. Mulayam Yadav and his sons-his daughters-in-law are all holding power and immense wealth. Not to be left behind Mayawati has nominated her brother for her the crores of money she holds. What baffles me is how did they all acquire such immense wealth-in the form of land-houses and monies-while mouthing that they are working for the poor and are with the poor ?Are these leaders not duping the people of India and how will the world acknowledge the real fact that India is a poor country? Sonia Gandhi of Italian origin was only an au pair-Recently Forbes magazine had named her as one of the six richest women in the world. It is not for India to prove how she acquired it. It is for her to explain to the people how she became so rich .She who came with nothing to India-had a modest house in Italy-has today immense wealth and a mansion in Italy. Her son Rahul Gandhi always utters the hypocritical statement that he stands by the poor-they who betrayed the poor. How and why she is in No 10 Janpath-She is eligible only for an MP’s bungalow. It will take pages to expose the amount of money that is spend in the upkeep of No 10 Janpath-.Whose money is all that-the blood and sweat of the poor. If they have an iota of justice then she and Priyanka should vacate their bungalows. Priyanka has enough of money power to get the best security. Why should that be a plea for her to get a government bungalow in Luytens.

It is not as though the President is unaware of all this. He must have had the last laugh at the hypocrisy of these political parties which represented to him the lack and muzzling of democracy by Modi’s government. Is he not aware of the fact that the NAC functioned as a mini Parliament with Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson? And Manmohan Singh accompanies her to the President with this sob story. What a shame. ‘No freedom under Modi’ is their  accusation .I do not think Indian history had such freedom as under Modi-which country will allow its netas to call the PM a goon, a devil, a merchant of death a Hitler, a koon ka Dalali ,a psychopath. Yet not one of them was booked for their atrocious misuse of freedom of speech.

It is time to search our souls and uphold the spirit of the Constitution. It is also time to amend some of the Articles and delete a few. It takes us nowhere. It is time to stop this appeasement policy-The political leaders who for their vested interest and for power are selling the country-this will only aggravate the polarization. It is time to stop the subsidies for Haj-it is time to either control the monies and land of the churches and the mosques or release the temples of such control. It is time to realize that national policies and programs need to be followed for development of all. Family planning is one such. Or else there should be a ceiling on family size to distribute subsidies. One cannot go on begetting children and ask the taxpayer to pay for their upliftment. This is unfair. It is time to call a spade a spade and those who cannot abide by a uniform Civil code must then also follow their own religious penal code-eye for an eye, hand for a hand-stoning to death etc. you cannot eat the cake and have it too. This is what the Muslims have been doing. They want the best of both. I sincerely and honestly want the poor to be given the maximum benefit-but then the economic criterion must be the yard stick. The religion I follow is my business and that need not indicate whether I can claim the quota and or the subsidy. It is time to restrict public places from crowd worship-it is time for the GOI to stop putting aside working time for prayer for the Muslims. Then allow the others also that time to do what they want. I must have the freedom to settle in Kashmir –otherwise the Kashmiris must not be allowed to settle where they want. You cannot talk of equality and in every act and function only follows inequality norms. If those who cannot abide by such norms they are free to go to countries where they will get more freedom and as Gandhi stated realize their full spiritual potentiality. As far as this country is concerned Hindutva will be the essence and the ethos giving development the inner strength and ‘start up’ towards the economic welfare of the people- The two sides of the same coin- Bharat Mata ki Hai

Dr. Mrs Hilda Raja, Vadodara

April 20, 2017 at 6:27 am Leave a comment

My take on-Lest we crawl(IE dated 25th March 2017

Subject: My take on’ Lest we crawl’

My take on- ‘Lest we crawl’-TIE dated 25th March by Fali Nariman
There are some contradictions in the article because on one side the legal luminary cautions us that the
‘task of preserving our non-sectarian Constitution is too important to be left to courts’.
While agreeing to this I have a problem on accepting the Constitution as ‘non-sectarian’,
We have glibly often fallen upon the Constitution –to uphold is-as the bulwark of democracy.
In the same paper there is a front line heading, ‘SC puts its foot down, rejects Govt plan to veto postings on security grounds’. So shall we entrust the country’s internal security to the judiciary though we can’t entrust them with the task of preserving our non-sectarian Constitution?
Nariman has succinctly placed before the readers why we cannot leave the task of preserving our ‘non-sectarian Constitution’ to the courts by citing two instances-During the internal Emergency while nine of the High courts saved the day in protecting citizens freedom-only to be over ruled by bench of the highest court, (the majority 4-1) through Chief Justice A.N.Ray had glibly said that liberty was the gift of the law, and by the law it could be taken away. Hence we should be grateful to the judiciary who has gifted us with liberty and at whose fancy that gift can be taken away.Where does the Constitution and the non-sectarian constitution come. Liberty is conditioned to the rule of the judiciary that is how I understand Chief Justice Ray’s pronouncement. I fully agree with Fali Nariman in this context that we can’t entrust the judiciary with the task of preserving the ‘non-sectarian’ Constitution. The other instance which Nariman cites is how when the municipal councilors of Bombay were detained under MISA .A writ petition was filed in the Bombay High Court which found it reasonable and allowed the detainees to vote. This was reported in the newspapers. The following day the Solicitor General of India appeared in the SC and orally asked the judges for a stay. This was granted which resulted in the Congress nominee for mayor elected. Had the detainees been permitted the Congress would have lost the mayoral election. This reminds one of Indira Gandhi’s call for a ‘committed judiciary’. And there it was.(What strikes me is the fact that the Congress which now cries of Constitutional breakdown in the recent  Manipur and Goa election has had its ‘Hand’ dirtied right from the beginning. Its history of breaking and bending the Constitution and the Judiciary to serve its own vested interest was not only habitual but even a way of functioning for that party. I wish Rahul Gandhi and his chelas would read, recollect their deceptive sordid history and stop throwing stones at others.)Again I fully endorse the stand of Fali Nariman-that the ‘non-sectarian constitution cannot be entrusted to the judiciary.
My problem arises with the word ‘non-sectarian Constitution’ which the learned legal luminary had used. To me an ordinary citizen with no legal background except some knowledge of social legislations this is far from correct. The Constitution has not fallen from heaven. It was scripted by the leaders of those days whose perspective was different-whose experience was different and whose future world was limited -the ethos of the country- the aspirations were totally different. Their perspective too was limited-After all they were not all knowing and all seeing politicians. Sabbath is made for man and man is not made for Sabbath. The Constitution is not something that should not be changed-amended-it has been amended hundreds of times to suit the politicians. For example does the Constitution allow salaries and perks to the elected representatives of the people- MPs and MLAs. If the Constitution is secular what kind of secularism do we follow when we swear by it? First the constitution drafters did not include the word ‘Secular’ it was injected by Indira Gandhi with a purpose.
I fail to understand and comprehend the kind of secularism the so called secularists preach and practise. If I am a good Christian I am a secularist-if one is a good Hindu then one is communal. No matter what kind of secularism one adopts one cannot overlook the other Fundamental Rights which calls for Equality. A glaring example -How can the inclusion of Minority Rights made the Constitution secular? Are the Minorities not Indian citizens-why should they be given special rights to manage and administer their institutions in the name of religion? And in today’s world education institutions are just money spinning business enterprises. Do you need to use religion to confer such Rights? Is it not discriminatory? Then again why are the Imams given salaries for performing their religious duties? Why the Muslims should be allowed to be governed by the shariat and their personal laws. Is this secularism? How can there be meaningful and valid secularism when there is no acceptance of a Common Civil Code. The bias of the media and so called secularists are unjust and discriminatory- negating Fundamental Rights- this cannot be over looked. For example after the UP elections there seem to be a kind of heat generation by the ‘secularists’. What is going to become of India if at this rate the Hindus are going to sweep the country into power-this was their fear? It seems to me that the ‘secularists’ want the people to believe that only in their hands the country is safe. This has been proved otherwise. The secularists had only taken the country down the drain-looted and swindled, cheated and betrayed the people. They had only their own vested interest and towards that they craved for power. On the other hand it is clear that the BJP one and only aim is to preserve the unity of the country-bring in development and enrich the prestige and glory of Bharat Mata.It is strange that all the Opposition parties think only they are capable of preserving the ‘secularism’ of the country. And one needs no explanation of the kind of secularism they have preached and upheld. Towards this they all unite. But what a low level of politics these secularists practise–and their leaders indulge in. Look how they abuse the PM a constitutional elected leader of the nation.Mamata Begum calls the PM a devil-the upstart Kejriwal called him a psychopath -Mulayam Yadav said he is a goon-and of course the abuse and denigrating of the PM started with Sonia Gandhi who called him merchant of death, the buffoon Rahul Gandhi accused him as khoon ka dalali-not to be left out the convict who is on bail-Lalu Prasad Yadav had the use of a helicopter only to abuse the PM. What kind of secularists are these? What kind of secularism are they promising the nation that they will uphold? Stooping to this level can the country be safe in their hands. The problem with them is that they are terribly afraid of Modiji and hence resort to third degree hitting below the belt. But in all these Modiji rose like a sphinx. He showed that though he was only a chai wallah he has class-The country is fed up of these secularists and non-sectarians and see through their dirty games. Hence the cry that only they can uphold secularism  and be non-sectarians and non-communalists is a mirage-a farce and a deception. People are aware of this. On the whole using secularism makes no sense-Why this bias against saffron –when there is no bias against green and blue? Saffron is a rich color and manifest energy and glory. Look at the way Yogi Adhityanath has been dissected when he was elected CM of UP.-will he or will he not-was the litany. How his earlier utterances were analyzed. What about the Muslim hardliners-for example Owaissi. The TV channels call him for airing his opinion. Will the country be safe under persons like him? Will they uphold secularism?
What struck me was even the jurist and senior advocate- Fali Nariman has brought this aspect. ‘We are on the threshold of a Hindu state…We are moving –not towards the soft  Hindutva…… but the hard Hindutva of VD Savarkar and Hindu Rashtra,(state)Hindu Jati(race),and Hindu Sanskirti(culture)’.My stumbling block is in this. Yes the majority of the citizens are Hindus and thanks to their tolerance which is inbuilt in Hindutva all world religions flourished here. So I cannot comprehend the ‘soft’ and the ‘hard’ Hindutva divide which jurist Nariman depicts. Apart from it one must be also concede that the Constitution is no longer secular and non-sectarian-There is deep rooted bias and prejudice against the Hindus with rules and restrictions for them and none for the others. This is apparent when huge open spaces are used by the Muslims to congregate and to worship. The roads are blocked-the air is polluted and daily thrice the loud speakers blast the prayer and namaz. What if the Hindus all their temples follow the same? Can you imagine the ruckus and the confusion it will create? Office time they can be exempted for prayers. This is the kind of secularism and non-sectarianism do we follow. It is really laughable. No country proclaims its secularism and non-sectarianism nor has any country enshrined it in their respective constitutions. But we carry it on our sleeves. Is it not a historical fact that this country had only Hinduism? That is the religion-rather a way of life – which sprung from the soil and the inspirations of the ancients? It has no one and only God-your god and my God. It has only God. It is not an imported religion-it has no book and it has no rules and regulations. It is definitely a way of life-there is no religion as tolerant as the Hindu religion. It is inbuilt within its ethos. This allowed its followers to embrace all people of different religions. Can this be said of other religions-Islam and Christianity.
Which country will tolerate its citizens’ refusal to sing the national anthem and go to court where the Courts give them the freedom to sing or not to sing the National anthem? Which country will tolerate its citizens to hoist other flags-Does Hindu religion impose fatwas? The Hindus have realized that they have been taken for a ride. They are no longer safe in their own country. Their freedom and liberties are restricted under the garb of ‘secularism ‘and non-sectarianism. Why should the Hindu pandits be driven away from their own homes and become refugees in their own homeland-while now even the Rohingas have been allowed refuge in Kashmir.Why has the SC’s order to push out all the illegal Bangladeshis not been implemented? On the other hand they are given ration cards and allowed to remain because they become a vote bank.
It seems to have become a fashion for the so called secularists –artists, film persons and politicians to deride Hinduism and pamper the Muslims. It is only a vote catching gimmick but it does hurt. Tax money of the Hindus are being poured in for development in Kashmir-in subsidizing Haj,(though it is un-Islamic) funding madrasas, salaries for the imams ,for poverty alleviating programs (but FP is not adhered to by the Muslims)–these and more. But not a pie will be touched from the mosques and churches-Is this secularism? The monies of the temples are managed by the Government-Is this secularism and non-sectarianism? How much can one bend and certainly the Hindus cannot be crawling any more. This is the only country in the globe which is the birthplace of Hinduism-.Nobody objects if countries are referred to as Christian countries and Muslim countries but the moment one says this is a Hindu country all hell breaks loose.  Look how the Ramjanmabhommi is being viewed and fought over. It is a historical fact nay truth that this country had only temples from time immemorial- before the Muslim invasions and the Christians entry. Babri Masjid was a much later construction. Hundreds and thousands of temples were destroyed and in its place mosques were built. Mecca and Jerusalem are sacred to the Muslims and Christians similarly Ramjanmabhomi is sacred to the Hindus. Why is it so contentious for the Muslims to give it up and allow a temple to be built? After all is this not a Hindu rastra?
So there should be no problem for true secularists for accepting the fact that this is a Hindu Rastra and there will be Hindu jati and Hindu sanskriti. How does it hurt others? Where can these then be followed- in Pakistan, in the Middle East countries, in Vatican and Italy? Tell me one single country where these can be upheld-it can be only one country and that is India; why then grudge the Hindus and the people of this country their rights. My take is that the Constitution is neither secular nor nonsectarian. Finally there is no ‘soft’ Hindutva and ‘hard’ Hindutva-as Fali Nariman has cautioned.National patriotism cannot be sliced or diced, halved or pieced- kneaded ‘soft’ or ‘hard’. National Patriotism and Liberty-are our birthrights- inherent within every true Indian citizen. We shall not crawl henceforth to uphold this kind of non-sectarianism and secularism.
Dr Mrs Hilda Raja-Vadodara

March 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm 2 comments



On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 7:13 AM, hilda raja <> wrote:

Open letter to Rahul Gandhi
I do not think you will even understand the Indian psyche. You have no substance in attacking Modiji.It is only slogans and cheap gimmicks. You also suffer from some kind of obsession-his 57 inches chest. Are you envious of it? You who visit the gym thrice a day give me the impression that you suffer from narcissism. Hence your focus on body .You advice (!) Modiji  to listen to people but when people come to you it seems you are more interested to play with your dogs than give them a patient hearing. Of course you are strutting across the political arena especially when there is dissent, dissatisfaction and problems. You like to fish in troubled waters and foment the agitated people to gain votes and create a mirage. That is pure vested interest .Is no sign of a mature wholesome personality. You cannot look beyond that. Let me tell you that you and the netas like you are such foul mouthed that we are ashamed that you are projected as a leader. You have been repeatedly mentioning the 57 inches chest of Modiji. And think that you are uttering something political relevant and valid. Are you going about with a measuring tape? You threatened to make it 54 inches in Parliament. Who are you to make such a threat? You who cannot even utter some sense seem to make me think that you have  pasta instead of some grey matter in your head act and talk like one lost in the woods. People are shocked that you make such a remark of the PM. You talked of Modiji’s ‘suit boot ka sarkar’.How was your great grandfather dressed with that rose in his button hole. I think you are envious of Modi’s sense of dress and hence stoop to such comments. You and the likes of you cannot tolerate a poor man coming to that level well groomed with a perfect sense of dress – making the country proud. The pity is you think you are a ‘hit’ because of these slogans. Even ordinary high school boys can talk better than you. Take for instance your crocodile tears-standing with the fishermen-When your country cousins shot at the Kerala fishermen where were you? Why had you not shown your solidarity to those grieving? Your father allowed Warren Anderson to flee this country-provided him with a plane and saw to his safe exit from Bhopal after the terrible Bhopal gas leak which left hundreds and hundreds dead and maimed and affected with respiratory diseases. The unborn babies too were affected. So now what right have you to blame Modiji when you carry such a parampara and the sins of your party is on your head. Do not pretend to act innocent.
Check during the UPA regime how many communal riots took place and how many farmers committed suicide. Did your mother or her handpicked puppet of a PM visit them? So what are you now blaming Modiji for? Now you say that Indians are being killed in the US and blame Modi for it.What do you want him to do? On one hand you accuse him as being a dictator who wants to centralize everything. He has his efficient ministers for Home and Foreign Affairs to look into these. The alleged hate killings in the US are not the first of its kind. You need to look into the archives of the media and list out the killings that took place in Australia and the US during your mother unconstitutional regime What did the lame duck of the PM do? You know that you are bereft of any knowledge even of recent happenings. You remarked that Modiji  allowed Vijaya Mallya to loot and run away with the loot. In fact VM looted the country during the UPA government’s non governance. His millions and crores were not made in a two year period and the banks are all nationalized banks so what had the UPA done? Are you ignorant that the country cousin Quottrocchi was allowed to run away with his kickbacks. If you want firsthand information ask Hans Raj Bhardwaj.He will give you the exact details. What a shame for you to have all this and act so brazenly as though the UPA was a model government. If you are ignorant then what rights have you to be a leader? Should you not update yourself. This is not hoary history but recent happenings under your Congress government and the UPA.I suggest that when you periodically take off to your hideouts in foreign countries you can spend time in updating the history of the country-You speak of polarization and poverty .Tell me what is your report card? Your mother and the Congress   have abetted and polarized the people into castes and religious ghettos- for your own vested interest. Look at the number of scams under the UPA and the PM allowed these under his very eyes. when Modij made an apt simile that one should learn the art of bathing with a rain coat without getting wet you could not see the fine-tuned reference to MMSingh not being corrupt but allowing others under him to be. This you turned into a psychological jibe by twisting it into the ‘peeping tom’ category. Are you sick and now Lalu Prasad – one who has been convicted and is on bail repeats the same? Are  you not aware that you make yourself  a laughing stock .Having no substance and nothing to fault Modiji so you resort  on reeling out that he is a liar-you have accused him of taking crores when he was the CM of Gujarat.Why can’t you  produce some evidence ?You should be hauled up for perjury. When you abuse-and debase the PM you are abusing the people of India .It is only when something is said against the Nehru-Gandhi family then its hollow netas demand an apology to the country, Why- is India your fiefdom? You must learn the basics of public probity to be a leader. Respect and get respect-Respect the people of this country who elected Modiji.That is the minimum you can do. You recently stated that Modiji is old and tired and hence must retire. Your mother is old and sick why not advise her to return to Italy and rest. Leave us in peace. When she handpicked Manmohan Singh to be the proxy PM what was his age?
You had the cheek to accuse Modiji of Khoon ka Dalali after the surgical strikes.You and our party and your family has blood in their hands. Look how your leaders massacred, rampaged and brutalized the Sikh community. The Congress leaders were rewarded for this. Have you forgotten that your father also justified it. If one is to analyze your utterances and behavior one would conclude that you suffer from a deep psychological aberration. The sooner you attend to it the better. You who blame Modiji of being an utter failure and you escape periodically to your foreign hideouts. What for to rejuvenate yourself and return to mouth such low based accusations. Tell me where in the world will a PM be called eunuch, merchant of death, devil,liar,et al. Does it not reveal the low third rate mentality of those who utter such abuses? Remember that the lower you hit the higher Modiji will rise. It is a fact that for the first time India has a PM who works –who has a vision and who has a focus. I advise you to read O P Mathai’s book on your great grandfather-you will realize how the Nehru Gandhi family thrived on the poverty and ignorance of the people while they walloped in a life style which shames even the hardhearted. This is your parampara.You are half an Italian and hence you have no sense of Indian history.You and your mother are only anxious to capture the PM’s gaddi. But find Modiji an obstacle – anchorage because he knows much-he is strong and he will bring to book your deceptions. Naturally the fear-the jealousy the anxiety that Modiji is doing well-is acclaimed as a world leader and respected globally you and your party are unable to digest. I think it is time for you to grow. You are 47 years old and behave like a spoilt teenager. You have no respect for democracy that hence parachuted to be the VP of the party. It is good news for the BJP because under you the Congress will be decimated. Look how you are going and begging for a few seats to the regional State party leaders. You cannot win a single seat on your own unless you piggy ride on the regional parties. Shame on you. It is never too late to reform –to learn and to update. The minimum one would expect from you is ordinary courtesy to the PM-respect the people of this country who elected him. Every time you hit and make personal remarks you betray your lack of character and values. Stop being a hypocrite and do not shed crocodile tears. You are born with a sliver spoon in your mouth. You did not work to earn a livelihood-you did not sweat it out to climb the hierarchy and be what you are. Hence you will not appreciate the hardships of others-what you exhibit (love for the poor) is only a vote catching gimmick. Modiji has come the hard way-respect that-He has proved that no matter how small you are in a democracy one can reach the highest position with hard work and determination-credit that. These are things which will shape one’s character and make a person worthy to be a son of India-Bharat Mata.
Now that the results of the five States have been declared you must realize where you stand and what leadership qualities you have.Apart from this you must realize that India is no longer enamored by the Nehru-Gandhi name and has reckoned with the damage it had wrought. The poverty alleviation schemes were a mere eye wash and poverty only rapidly spread and deepened. You still went about posing yourself as a man for the poor. Now it is clear to the poor who is pro-poor and who will be the t savior of the poor. I only hope that you will give up your hypocrisy and pretense and start being realistic. No more can you and your party fool the people. But above all the minimum one would expect from you and your party is respect the Prime Minister. Do not indulge in personal attacks because these will only boomerang as you see. From the time Modiji became the Prime Minister your party-you-your mother and the Opposition just indulged in Modi bashing. Your cheap slogans only revealed the superficial façade .You need to apologize to the people of India for having demeaned-debased and directed cheap jibes at the PM-one whom the people elected and who is the only HOPE for the nation. I hope you remember how one of your party leaders-Mani Shankar Aiyer vehemently stated that Modi cannot dream of ever hoisting the national flag at the Red Fort-let him come and serve tea to the AICC.he stated What arrogance and nobody objected to this man’s third rate utterance-who continued to be the Congress spokesperson. This is the man who could not win a single election. I am repeating this to show the low level of the mindset of the Congress leaders. And what happened-MODI MARCH…started.Not only did he unfurl the national flag at the Red Fort once –twice and will continue to do so for years to come. Seasoned politicians will respect the will of the people. They will be able to gauge the mood of the nation-not the Congress leaders –your mother and you. Pride goes before a fall. What a fall for the Congress party –calling itself a national party but goes a begging to the regional parties to give it a piggy ride to continue its presence in the political scenario. You-your mother and your party have become irrelevant –the sooner you realize this better.
I really feel sorry for you-your family and think that it is not late to grow. To respect democracy and the people’s will. It takes good astute leaders of the Opposition to make a democracy vibrant. This is what the people expect from the Opposition parties. Blocking Parliament is a sign of defeat. Parliament is the forum where one would expect the Opposition to discuss debate and offer positive suggestions. Sure it can dissent and keep the ruling party on its toes. But not indulge in blocking –rushing to the well of the House-refusing to debate and discuss-holding placards in Parliament sends out a sign that the Opposition parties are not for good governance and are ill equipped to face the Treasury benches with valid, reasoning and critical thinking. The nation watching the Opposition function irresponsible will only make the people reject the Opposition and its unruly behavior. Opposing for the sake of opposing makes no sense. How can this be make democracy vibrant? It is never too late to learn-to grow and to be humble.To realize that people are no longer passive beneficiaries of your patronage. This is their country-their azadi and their right to look to good governance in which the Opposition must and should play a meaning role. Stooping to cheap jibes-playing to the gallery and trying to be smart by indulging in personal attacks will not be tolerated. You, your party, your mother and a few of the Opposition leaders by indulging in attacking the Prime minister has hurt the nation and people will not tolerate this. Can you point out at any one country in the world where the Opposition has derided and insulted its PM as  in India? Is it not a shame-Probity in public life is a must for any leader. When you insult the PM you are insulting the people who elected him-you are demeaning the position he holds and that has boomeranged.I hope your eyes will open and your learning process through the bitter experiences will enable you to grow…..
Dr Hilda Raja ,Vadodara

Mohan Ramanan

March 13, 2017 at 5:53 am 1 comment

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