The Tragic Story Of Partition

7 min read | About History, India, Book, Politics, Pakistan, Review

Author: H V Seshadri/ Publisher: Sahitya Sindhu Prakashana/ ISBN: 9788186595077

The only reason for India-Pakistan partition was Congress - few Congress leaders who were old, tired, not ready to fight anymore and having a deep political desire of getting power at the earliest. All this made them accept partition without much protest and fight.

One of the most important chapters in the Indian history (and equally so for Pakistan) is the partition of the nation in 1947. This article is H V Sheshadri's book “The Tragic Story Of Partition” reviewed by Dr Bharat M Desai.

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A Class Analogy: Ant And Grasshopper

2 min read | About India, Politics, Economy

An Old Story:

  • The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
  • The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.
  • Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

The Indian Reality:

  • The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
  • The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.
  • Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
  • NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
  • The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
  • Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant's house.
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India Unbound - Gurcharan Das

1 min read | About India, Politics, Economy, Book

Author: Gurcharan Das/ Publisher: Penguin Books India/ ISBN: 9780143063018

This being the first review on this blog, I wanted to write something really interesting (and inviting enough that a reader feels like revisiting). Before I can write a ‘review’ of this book, there’s a fundamental condition to be fulfilled.

This new book was the one I had borrowed from Ravi Kakadia during one of my trips to Pune – it’s a 2001 publication from Mr Gurcharan Das. India Unbound talks mainly about effects of globalization, and the indirect/direct changes that have reflected by opening up the economy. The most interesting part being, he has covered all the concerns and aspects of India and has explained them in separate-explicit chapters. I’m yet to complete reading it (being the reason, I can’t write a ‘review’). I’ll update the article once I’m done with it.

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Discussion Between Rulers Of The Earth

1 min read | About Politics, Spiritual, Mythology

This is in regard to our discussion that day in Jehan Numa about what Ram said to Bharat when he came to meet him in forest. It’s a glimpse into what it takes to rule! It’s all common sense and high degree of self-discipline. (Link at the bottom)

There are many things which Rama refers to in his lecture, which suggests that their issues were not very different from what they are today.

He talks about:

  • Corruption in the army
  • Bogus spiritual preachers
  • Vagaries of monsoon (indirectly so, by saying "fields should not be fed exclusively by rains")
  • Smart-brains turned anti-social
  • Discrimination between rich and poor in imparting justice.- Atheism and "over-emphasis on religion"!
  • Preparedness of armies... etc.
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Rang De Basanti

2 min read | About Drama, History, India, Politics, Movie, Review, Bollywood, Satire

Director(s): Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra/ Acto(s): Aamir Khan, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, R. Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Alice Patten

Rang De Basanti!!
LOSE CONTROL!!!

Watching the 3rd consecutive movie which made me feel something to be proud about Bollywood. The Movie I would simply say is the BEST among the Hindi movies I have ever seen so far.

With an essence of patriotism the movie portrays the fact that no matter where we are, what we do and to where we belong, we still are a part of the community called Indians. The best part about the movie is that there isn’t a call for the youth to fight for the country or to devote their life for the nation, but the fact that how these characters who look to me among just like one of us, who have nothing to do with all the CRAP as we all consider it to be get inside the heart of National issues, which then affects their personal lives and then they get in to taking the initiative for something which they always considered as Crap!!

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When Opponents Cooperate

4 min read | About India, China, Economy, Politics

I'm not the greatest at management fundamentals, and describing this logic in my language will be tough (for the reader to digest). So like an established programmer, I will simply Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V this article from The Economic Times (New Delhi, January 25, 2006), Money Talk. I prefer reading ET regularly, however 'Editorial' is the only page I manage to read for sure. And that's where I came across this well-pondered article on Indo-Chinese trade-ties.

I am equally horrible at management jargon, and please correct me if by the end you realise I have completely killed the crux of the article. As far as I could see it, it’s about collaborating with your opponent and simply leaving the rest wondering! Though this particular article talks about probable Sino-Indian tie-ups in energy sector, the concept makes great sense to me. For that matter, any such initiative is more likely to solve many other political issues between the two human-resource giants. In fact, how about growing such a scenario between India-Pakistan too? Okay, maybe I am deforming the morale of this article. Back to the point, here is an interesting read from Mr. M K Venu, "It’s time for an Asian energy forum"!

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The Burning K-wor(l)d !!

Kashmir: Ever since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, India and Pakistan have been bitter rivals. What is Really bothering them?
  • Kashmir through CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/kashmir/index.html
  • Kashmir as BBC Sees: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/355280.stm
  • Kashmir of Pakistan Government: http://www.pak.gov.pk/public/kashmir/kashmir.htm
  • Kashmir India, Jammu & Kashmir Government Official Website: http://jammukashmir.nic.in/
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