Friday, September 27, 2013

The Charade

Rahul Gandhi’s opposition to the ‘tainted’ ordinance is nothing but a charade. When the President of India himself questioned the credibility of the ordinance and sought for a clarification, this was the only option left for Gandhi to save some face. This was nothing but a desperate act of damage control (which happened because of the questions raised by the President), by sacrificing whatever little respect our dear PM had left of. I think Gandhi got this idea from some old Hindi movie wherein the hero is not really a hero until he comes from behind and sweeps the stage by doing something unexpected, thereby getting applause from the audience and the tag of ‘Angry Young Man’ from the critics. But believe me this is not going to happen in this case.
As for our PM, he must be uttering, “Et tu, Brute?”

Friday, September 13, 2013

मोदी बनाम आडवाणी - कौन जीतेगा?

आज भाजपा के प्रधानमंत्री पद के उम्मीदवार के तौर पर नरेंद्र मोदी के नाम की घोषणा होने की संभावना है। इस खबर से आडवाणी और उनके कुछ समर्थक बड़े व्याकुल हैं। ८५ पार आडवाणी, पार्टी हित और देश हित से आगे अपना हित साधने की कोशिश कर तो रहे हैं, पर उन्हें ये समझ लेना चाहिए कि उन्होंने ये हक उसी दिन खो दिया था, जिस दिन वे पाकिस्तान जाकर जिन्नाह की तारीफ़ों के पुल बाँध कर आए थे। उनकी भलाई इसी में है कि अब वे राजयोग की उम्मीद छोड़ दें, और उम्मीद करें कि २०१७ के राष्ट्रपति चुनाव (अगर तब तक वे जीवित रहे तो) के समय उनके नाम पर आम सहमति बन जाए। और जहां तक रही सुषमा स्वराज की बात, उन्हें आडवाणी की अंध भक्ति त्याग अब दिल्ली विधानसभा चुनावों की तैयारी में मन लगाना चाहिए।

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Teacher's Day

After all these years, I have realized one thing about teachers. In order for the student to be a better person in life, a teacher should be strict with him/her. This modern day nonsense of ignoring their mistakes in the name of American style of schooling is nothing but BS. Tough Love is what is required. The motto of my alma mater Hartmann College, Bareilly is 'He who loves knowledge, loves discipline', which, in the long run, is possible only if the student understands that if he/she knowingly does anything wrong, it will only make his/her teachers' head held low in shame. An element of respect should be there, and fear of letting your teachers down is required for all of us to do the right thing, all the time. And then, once you have achieved something in life, go back to them, greet them and seek their blessings, because they were the ones who actually felt bad for themselves when they scolded you for your misdoings, as they thought that they had failed as a teacher.

P.S: Nowhere here, I support corporal punishment. That is the worst thing which could happen to a child’s self-esteem.

P.P.S: Happy Teachers’ Day!