A Salute to the Underdogs

A note on the achievements of a Pakistani lad who brought laurels with his work on Electric Honeycomb.

Mr Niazis success is truly remarkable, not for discovering the electric honeycomb but for the innovation that comes in the absence of a milieu. Dr Ambedkar’s success is far more than Pandit Nehru’s from this same perspective. Driving innovation or achievements far different especially in the absence of milieu is a rare landmark.

We never realize how our milieu defines and shapes not alone our fate and destiny but it also modulates and rewrites our own thinking. The milieu has such a global footprint and impact that we as a cohort think the way we think, never realizing that two way cross talk with our milieu. So many amongst us are achievers and those achievements can be handsomely credited to one unique aspect – that milieu. Of course, you all may argue that individual human efforts and fate too has a place. However, amongst these confounding factors, despite our best efforts, I weigh in favor of milieu.

The success is starkly driven by him rather than the milieu offering the ripe environment for achieving those laurels. In fact, the milieu was a great distractant but despite, he achieved with a singular focus. That’s the differentiator. Milieu drags and offers fertile ground. In his case, despite the drag, he achieved this which makes it several times commendable. Salute to those unique souls who achieve despite this odds.

Please note, i transcend nationality, religion, ethnicity, culture and material factors while I appreciate these iconic class.


Should We Question Our Guru?

Science, Arts or Spirituality would cease to grow if we don’t oppose our Guru. That opposition has an element of obeisance and regards of highest kind, since the Guru is the one who has provided that eternal milieu for growth and realization.


All religions are deeply embedded with humane perspective, ethical values and principles. We follow religion what is told to us and as followers, we come up with questions. Often, religious practices or preachers forbid us from asking questions. In fact, in the interest of your faith, you should question your tenets or those who impart those principles of religion and at times, we should oppose something that does not appeal to our morals or sense of judgment. Science, Arts or Spirituality would cease to grow if we don’t oppose our Guru. That opposition has an element of obeisance and regards of highest kind, since the Guru is the one who provides us that eternal milieu for growth and realization. More on the importance of asking questions to understand your faith.

The Importance of Guru

Guru or a teacher is a must in every aspect of life and living. When we are born, the one who holds us, our Parents, are our Guru. When we learn to walk and run, and play in the field, we need a Guru or alternately, we are continuously guided by someone in the form of Guru. As we graduate through different levels of learning, we realize, several learned folks have contributed in making us what we are at that snapshot of time. At no point in our individual journey of life can we claim that we are on our own. We develop as an amalgamation of outside forces, the learning and our own ability to comprehend internally what emerges from within the milieu we exist. Be it science, arts, technology, business, politics or spiritual. Selected few are beneficiaries of dedicated didactics whereas, most are imbibing the radiance emanated from these folks, through books, discourse, artifacts analysis, on the ground lessons, hands-on learning etc. and as time progresses, we transition into Guru. In fact, we should consider that as one of our most noble social responsibility while build that continuity. There is no invitations, you simply offer yourself to the devotion of dissipating and spreading that wisdom, knowledge being one aspect of it. Do we need Guru to interpret religion? Obviously yes, this journey would not be a journey without a Guru and life would have no meaning without the presence of Guru.

Should Guru Charge for the knowledge?

Some do it selflessly, while others do it with collateral. However, irrespective of an exchange is occurring or not, it is pertinent that the transfer of wisdom should transition from generation to generation as does the genomic material. As is clear from the foregoing, the day you destroy that genomic transcription, the world will cease to exist and time will come to standstill.

What are the essential traits of Guru?

I strongly believe, we need Guru to interpret religion. We need a Guru to interpret religion. Please correct me if I am wrong but I presume, Guru is at a level sufficiently evolved that the disciple, second Guru is above material attachments and third, Guru is above biases. If all of these qualify, I presume, we still have occasionally people born with precocious intelligence and they interpret life beyond the box, those are the same folks who expand that envelop, that’s how Buddha came into being and I presume, the entire edifice of Sanatan dharma was built upon.

Should we be restricted within the confines of Guru?

No one helped Einstein with his quantum physics or theory of relativity. History of science is adorned with several such examples. In fact, when a disciple takes it beyond the confines of imparted knowledge, the disciple honors his Guru and the stature of their Guru too rises beyond an act of deliverance of knowledge to the one of evolving the tenets, a supreme contribution to the cause of mankind.

Do we question Guru?

Definitely Yes! You may notice that ‘definite’, and if we don’t, we will initiate the degradation and degeneration.

Why Spiritual Guru’s should be above material attachment? Knowledge is so pristine and supremely inspiring and awakening, that it often lures the acquirer into installing the beholder onto higher pedestals. During such times, it makes sense to not be attached or be minimalist in his/her attachment to the material world. If the Guru’s are not, disciples land up encountering Guru Ram Rahim. Power corrupts and religious power corrupts absolutely. That is how we got Guru Rajneesh.

Only if Lord Shiva would have registered an IP or Patented Yog

Our Age Old Yog (So called Yoga) is a case in point. Yog are taught, not in the comfort of conditioned environment but in the temple precincts and after paying due obeisance to Lord Shiva. Western world has corrupted it to Yoga, followed with a liturgy of similar distortions from Rama, Krishna, Arjuna. Our original words is Yog, Ram, Krishna etc.

Let me come to the point – Yog originated from Lord Shiva as a primeval knowledge and mechanism for the uplifting of human living and existence. Lord Shiva initially transferred the understanding to Lord Parvati and upon her insistence to the Seven Sages, after they went through severe penance, devotion and commitment. Yog was thus born not as a religious preaching or kinesthetic principles but as a spiritual science. Yog does not adhere to any particular religion, belief or community but as a mechanism for inner wellbeing.

What’s wrong with today’s Guru’s?

We see the likes of Ramdev, SadhGuru and others, who through their Siddhi bestowed on them, are prophesying Yog but indulging in material gain. If only Lord Shiva patented Yog. They specially fall out since they are acclaimed Siddha Purush (enlightened). Other lesser mortals can definitely do business but I don’t consider them enlightened.

Guru Shishya Vyavastha in Prachin Bharat Varsha

It is important to understand the origin of Guru, Disciple and Gurukul tradition. In ancient India Guru held their own learning institutes called Gurukul. Disciples stayed with their Guru and imbibed the learning as it was imparted. These Gurukul were supported by Bhiksha and the ruling kings. It is wrong to say Gurus were Brahmins. Disciples often served the Gurukul with day to day activities. Gurus were the learned class and a Brahmin was considered learned class devoid of any material attachments as they were supported by alms and the state. Guru Dakshina was part of the tradition and it never meant material repayment to the teacher. It meant a respect that may have included some material form, irrespective of the value.

Guru GuruKul

If you notice, the entire edifice of Guru and his learning ecosystem are based on the percept of selfless dedication, irrespective of the players – Teacher, Disciple, Institute or the Community that benefitted from the posterity.

Science, Arts or Spirituality would cease to grow if we don’t oppose our Guru. That opposition has an element of obeisance and regards of highest kind, since the Guru is the one who has provided that eternal milieu for growth and realization.

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Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development


Sanatan Dharma – a journey through time

Sanatan Dharma

Sanatan Dharma is an evolution and a confluence of several spiritual streams and the process itself has gone through significant innovation and evolution, by a steady stream of religious reformers or social scientist (we call them Rushi Muni Tapasvi). Those were not gifted folks but they had thorough understanding of the existing tenets and the different facets of life, evolving the ideology of religion to the form it existed or that we know about Sanatan Dharma.

Of course, such deep realization cannot be understood by common man and it required state support plus ritualization through artifact generation.  As with every religion, these were relevant to the life scenario of those times and a system was formed that achieved homeostasis.  It’s pretty much akin to blockchain technology or to simply say, one brick over the other to build a beautiful castle.

Sanatan Dharma and Offshoots

It was in this milieu that Buddhism, Jainism and other deviation of practices emerged. It was this character of Sanatan dharma that provided the ripe environment for other offshoots. If I am not wrong, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc. had very few or occasional opposition in erstwhile Bharat, the prime reason being Sahishnuta and acceptance of difference of ideology. It’s not a timid concept, its way up in ladder of evolution. It is a reflection of deep respect and freedom and the practice of individual practices and ideology. Such is the deep seated respect for individualism in Sanatan Dharma.

Amidst the cauldron of these evolutionary changes within the religious ideology, (barring few examples), we notice that state craft, despite its support, interfered very little to influence ideology and religious ideology interfered little with state craft. That fine balance was maintained, possibly because those ethos’s were absorbed as a character of the milieu. Over a period of time, we forgot those principles and clung to those artifacts and as we see today, we have become artifact worshipers. That’s not with us alone. Many religions show similar transformation.

Distortion and Exploitation of Justice

Sometimes, I strongly realize, except our genomic and ethnic composition, ideologically we are not the true legacy of our Sanatan Dharma. Those who call themselves the true followers are in fact far off from the true concept propounded by religion. It’s an irony that those deviating from this truth are in fact guardian of the religion. State craft is synonymous with faith and ideology. That’s the degradation and degeneration we witness today, that edifice is crumbling, every day, since the times we froze the ideology and started worshiping the artifacts, the time we fossilized ‘Varna Paddhat’ and exploited masses, the time we eschewed patriarchal society and diluted the importance of women. Unless we correct our fundamental fallacies, we cannot rise as a nation and if at all we see few metric or KPIs (like GDP) improving, those are but material reflection and not our true state of spiritual mental evolution.

Of all the atrocities, ‘Varna Paddhati’ and nebular organization into ‘Patriachial System’ are the ones which have inflicted the most deep seated grave insult to our society. This is despite the individual freedom respect for individualism. These two aspects limit the respect for individuality and individualism. (Please read my blog on Varnapadhati…)

Our Idols in Sanctum Sanctorum

In our daily lives, we often see a dichotomous hierarchy wherein women are often second in command, be it home, offices, social or polity. However, followers of Sanatan Dharma will notice that is a deviation from the original preaching. We never see Lord Sita outside the Sanctum Sanctorum, whereas Lord Ram is inside. Lord Shiva takes it several steps above this. He considers himself incomplete without Lord Parvati. Lord Parvati being the other half of Lord Shiva, a devotion so sublime that it transcends science, philosophy and imagination and a preaching that lays the foundation for humanity for eons.

Women, that feminine aspect of continuity is a completely different creature. Rudimentary cultures often see her as a fertile ground for sowing seeds, as a homemaker and one who rears the siblings. However, in true philosophical sense, she is the Janani and the bearer of this Mother Earth, the continuity of time and the essence of life. Emancipating and enabling women is our prime responsibility as is our responsibility to rear the next generation.

Lesser offsprings of Sanatan Dharma

One of the most lurid exploits of times – I find the imagination, creation and subsequent fossilization of the lesser classes created by guardians Sanatan Dharma as one of the most gory acts of tribulation. It is repugnant to see how in the best of the senses can mankind create such a deed? How in the best of senses and justice could this find continuity across ages and how the system froze it to the best of individual advantage? That is so repulsive, heinous so barbaric and so inhumane. That we let this act to continue despite the system of social justice, is truly a unique blemish on our evolved system. The injustice is so deeply rooted, that all other Varnas should be tried similar to the Nazis for War Crime. I find it repulsive when we oppose ‘Equal Opportunities’ or ‘Reservation’ as those are labeled depending upon the country of origin. However, time has come to overthrow and dismantle that system and usher into a new era of justice for all. We all will have to make sacrifices and offering our rightful meritorious place and finding an alternative spot should be part of our struggle, if we truly believe in this heinous crime committed over eons.

Excerpts from ‘Varna Vyavastha: Class System Of Vedic Society’

“In the beginning, there was only one varna in the ancient Indian society. “We were all brahmins or all sudras,” says Brhadaranyaka Upanisad (1.4, 11-5, 1.31) and also Mahabharata (12.188). A smrti text says that one is born a sudra, and through purification he becomes a brahmin. According to Bhagavada Gita, varna is conferred on the basis of the intrinsic nature of an individual, which is a combination of three gunas (qualities): sattva, rajas, and tamas. In the Mahabharata SantiParva, Yudhisthira defines a brahmin as one who is truthful, forgiving, and kind. He clearly points out that a brahmin is not a brahmin just because he is born in a brahmin family, nor is a sudra a sudra because his parents are sudras. The same concept is mentioned in Manu Smrti. Another scripture Apastamba Dharmasutra states that by birth every human being is a sudra. It is by education and upbringing that one becomes `twice born’, that is, a dvija. Link here.

Lord Krishna, in Bhagvad Gita Chapter 4, Verse 13, said:-

“Chatur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah,
Tasya kartaram api mam viddhy akartaram avyayam”

Lord Krishna said, the four categories of occupations were created by me according to people’s three qualities and activities (guna and karma). Although I am the creator of this system, know me to be the non-doer and eternal.This verse from Gita clearly states that caste is assigned to people not on the basis of their birth but on the three attributes and profession carried by them. No child is automatically bound to the same caste as his parent. The purpose of allotting caste is to enable the person to do his specific karma and reach towards ‘Moksha’ i.e. Liberation. Arjun asked Lord Krishna if mixiing of the caste creates a progeny that does not help with salvation of the pitrus. To this Lord Krishna said,

“klaibyam ma sma gamaḥ partha naitat tvayyupapadyate
kṣhudram hṛidaya-daurbalyam tyaktvottiṣhṭha parantapa”

To translate, it meant, “O Parth, it does not befit you to yield to this unmanliness. Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O vanquisher of enemies.” Lord Krishna clearly denounced caste system, the way mankind has interpreted and frozen it to their benefit. Lord Krishna has not alone denounced it but also, supported intercaste marriages as it does not support his view of establishing varna padathi.

Is Sanatan Dharma under threat?

Religions grow and prosper under uncertainty. In the Western World, the numbers of atheist have grown due to existential stability with high economic, political, education and access to technology.

However, Sanatan Dharma (the one that never ends), as the name indicates, got even deep rooted with prosperity and stabilization of erst while society in Bharat Varsha as it revealed greater meaning of life and living. If we revisit Maslow’s Self Actualization pyramid, we realize, as human being rises through those hierarchies, the needs change too. Sanatan Dharma offers that foundation for change through various phases and elevations of life.

An argument often made by politicians and religious hegemonist, that our religion is under threat. That is an easy ploy to garner the undecided votes (an indirect booth capturing mechanism). We may lose few folks due to proselytization but Dharma will never lose. Dharma may lose, due to its intrinsic weaknesses, not due to an external threat or attack as long as we are strong nation.

With deep reverence and adoration, I respect those who hold the cause of Sanatan Dharma. However, I humbly urge that they understand the nature of this Dharma and protect its ethos (atma). To be a true believer, let us go beyond artifacts; let us drive towards the principles. Until then, it is all muddled with politics and selfish gains. I truly believe, protection of one’s faith is with the believer.

(The blog below reflect my thoughts as I discussed those with my college batchmates).

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Specific Citations:

Sanatan Dharma – The Eternal Way of Being

Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development

Humanity – A Universal Religion

General Citations on religion:

Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not By Robert McCauley

 “Nones” on the Rise Pew Research Foundation

Will religion ever disappear? BBC, an interesting read

Politics and Hero Worship

I am surprised by the Modi Gandhi fixation in India.

We all recognize the contributions made by previous generation of Gandhi family but this is not oligarchy and even if we consider oligarchy as a tenet to our political dispensation, we definitely want competent and capable folks, Rahul not being one of those. It’s a national waste of time to discuss Rahul. In fact, imposing a legacy has stymied organic growth (for finding new leader) for a major secular political party. In imposing their clan who has lost ground appeal, they have decimated a major centrist force. That’s a great de-service to the nation. Congress is not Nehru-Gandhi, it was a mass movement with strong grass root leaning. This family has captured it as their own with eventual decay, that started from Indira. Circulating Rahul parodies is diluting the core issues. Obviously if you are discussing mundane things, your bandwidth for core issues is consumed.

We need fresh perspective to address our issues. While BJP dismantles that tenaciously, we have to understand if they are hurting the fundamental nature and ethos of this country, or else, they are bound to be booted. Few boisterous and overzealous policies may not help, but an adequate understanding of key issues, prioritizing those and efficiently executing those while establishing a right and balanced governance for continuity is critical for progress.

Similarly, it a central tendency in a demagogue leaning democracy to criticize even the best achieved by the mainstream government, Modi and BJP being a scapegoat. I presume, this has to stop for a healthy and true constructive democracy.

Implosions in Pakistan

Terrorism is Pakistan is fast spreading and engulfing the nation as never before. The worst part is innocents – kids, ladies and elderly fatalities that often leave brutal consequences of exponentially rising orphans and no caretakers and humungous misery lasting for generations.

Often, it brings a moot point to the fore, ‘Pakistan is Imploding’, from its home grown radicalism and fanning terrorism. It is time, this menace be stopped with a multipronged approach. It is a nation in turmoil and the global community need to help and guide the destiny of those innocents.

Its truly sad to see innocents die. As a phenomenon, I feel concerned how long this implosions will last. Sincerely speaking, we ought to help Pak stymie terrorism and usher into an era of prosperity, since that’s one major way to stifle internal strife. However, simply providing economic opportunities won’t suffice to contain this phenomenon, religious leaders ought to drive towards more openness and rational resolution rather than aggressive suppression. While doing so, Pakistan itself has to distance religion from military establishment. This is a classic example where religion and military make an ideal milieu for aggression and ruthlessness. We still have Turkey with its brand of Islam. They are not aggressive like Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia?



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… a broken promise or a grand deception?

I have appended a 4 minutes video from the BBC archives along with my comments. After listening to this video, a question came to my mind, even though posthumously, why should Jinnah not be tried for war crimes?

The broken promise has a reference to the history that caused a deep impact with implications reverberating for centuries in the lives of the people within the South Asian Continent comprising of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who envisioned a Muslim state, carved out a country on seemingly unrealistic and perfunctory ideology of artificially bringing people under the guise of nation, exploiting the religious and cultural sentiments amongst the Muslim population of United India.

Readers are advised to listen to the attached recorded video clip by Jinnah on the creation of Pakistan. This clip was sent to me by a Pakistani friend, and the accompanying blog is the discussion I had with him. This friend has deep roots with India and I often exchange secular opinions about Muslims (aggression) and Hindu backlash and rightwing consolidation.

Little background

Pro-Independence Movement in India was dominated by two polar political alignments, those representing the grass roots, irrespective of religions, such as secular pan British-India based Indian National Congress, represented mostly by leaders from Hindus, Muslims and Other Religions. These were supported by regional independence movements such as Khudai Khidmatgar and Khaskars, geopolitically located in the north and northwest British India. Though the latter two were led by Muslims, they were secular and had a vision for undivided India under the rule of Hindu-Muslims.


Muslim League, collectively represented by Nawabs and Mullah’s, was formed to mainly protect the interests of smaller pockets of Muslim sultanates and religious Mullahs. It is noteworthy that Muslim League was not formed or represented by common man amongst Muslims. Muslim League exploited the sentiments of the Muslim common man, without whom they could not conceptualize the idea of Muslim nation. Jinnah and his predecessors spearheaded this ‘Two Nation’ Theory at the costs of poor and middle class Muslim. It should be noted that Muslim League is not synonymous with Muslims, and not all Muslims were in support of ‘Two Nation’ ideology. Common Muslims were misguided into this trap and Jinnah was responsible for eliminating other Muslim dominated Pro United India movements. Had the Khudai Khidmatgars (Frontier Gandhi aka Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan) or Khaskar’s dominated the Muslim community and their perspectives, Muslims would have never been misinterpreted and we possibly would have not seen today’s radical polarization dominating our contemporary national and international politics.

Understanding Muslim League

In Pakistan, many consider Mohammed Ali Jinnah a visionary and father of Muslim state. Like scores of Indians, I share a very contradictory opinion about his legacy. However, I go a step further and propose Jinnah should be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Despite knowing that such separation would inflict immensely deep wounds on those directly affected and the future generations living under the shadows of such mass amputation and exodus. Despite being aware of the catastrophic proportion of human problem both materially, psychologically and ideologically, he pushed his agenda of separation from India, deceptively eliminating pro united India Muslims organizations such as Khudai Khidmatgar, Khaskars (to establish Hindu-Muslim government after defeating British ) and carved out a land for Muslim based on the religious precepts. Contemporary history speaks volumes about Pakistan as a failed state and many may know that Bangladesh, once a part of Pakistan, separated from West Pakistan after a bitter subcontinental fight secondary to exploitation and ideological differences.

A tale of two brothers

I often compare the history of India and Pakistan to two brother separating and starting on an entirely different journey. India and Pakistan, both were equally impoverished in every other way after independence. Today, India is leading in every sphere, right from human rights, vital parameters of health, industry and other spheres of influence. It dominates space technology, medicine, information technology, agriculture, engineering, including theatre, arts, culture and cinema. Pakistan, on the contrary, has become a hotbed of terrorism, crime, radicalized bigotry and regression to fundamentalism. There is no Industry, little Agriculture or Science, no place for industry or commerce to anchor and flourish.

Artificial Nationhood

The ideology of artificially building a nation based on religion was flawed from the inception and it has proven itself wrong after seventy years of its existence. Unfortunately, even if we presume his intent was sincere, Jinnah’s vision exists in shambles and in a failed state. First, India has more Muslims than Pakistan; Second, Indian Muslims are far more successful than those in Pakistan. Muslims in India are far better educated, socially mobile, financially rising; women are enjoying more freedom and liberty in achieving self-actualization. As a community, they are enjoying better quality of life. Third, Indian Muslims enjoy equal rights and freedom of expression as any Indian. In fact, had they been in Pakistan, many would have been subjugated for suppression.

Opponents argue citing the Hindu-Muslim riots in contemporary India. However, Pakistan too has its own Shia-Sunni riots, violence against Muhajir (MQM) migrated from British India. Time and again, Human Rights Watch has reported grave conditions and sectarian violence, targeting specific religious group as a norm in Pakistan. Shia-Sunni riots, riots and violence against Ahmadi, Hindu and Christian are a regular event, so are the attacks on Sufi shrines by Salafis and the rampant killing of Human Rights Activists. Violence here is a severe repression of the expression of human choice, irrespective of religion, faith or way of living. If there is an objective indicator to gauge Jinnah’s dream, this would be a dismal performer.

Neglected Logistics

Jinnah was a highly acclaimed barrister. History can’t absolve him for the ignorance and the inaptitude of working out the logistics of moving and relocating millions of Muslims across remote pockets of British India. Of course, he showed scant consideration for the Hindus and people of other faith, who moved out of today’s Pakistan. He knew the pain from this body severing act. He ignored even his own Muslim brothers whom he so avowed to protect. He had all this analysis and was aware of the human loss. It was willful subjugation of people to this avoidable human tragedy. Despite knowing, he persisted with his plan for separation. People of this subcontinent, irrespective of religion suffered immensely. Several thousand lost their kin, livelihood, property, women lost their honor, Kids were orphaned and families lost their social milieu. With impunity, he went ahead executing the ‘Two Nation’ theory despite the several consultations with Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and several other leaders.

False Pretext of Muslim Nationhood

For Jinnah staying with united India meant losing Muslim identity under a majority Hindu population. It’s an unfortunate event in the history but Indian Muslims (India and Pakistan included) share a common ethnic stock with the rest of Indians, their culture is significantly interweaved with the fabric of India. Muslim, as a religion and culture, had a significant impact on every aspect of the life and living in India. It provided a dimension and vibrancy, so unique that became an inseparable part of our destiny and future. There is so little that can be called purely Hindu India. His ‘Two Nation’ theory was like dismembering right arm from left, like separating mother from father. Despite the differences, none can operate independent of the other. A common man like us should ask ourselves, haven’t Muslims lived with dignity and dominated social or a Muslim Indian should ask, would I have got better life in Pakistan than what I am living and enjoying here in India? The later question would be a better reflection and gauge to Jinnah’s vision.

Muslims always had a place in India

Currently, India has more successful Muslims than Pakistan and if India were a subversive nation, we would have not seen them succeed. I can name several successful Muslims just because of their merit and their individual enterprise, vision and hard work. In social life, Non-Muslim Indian don’t transact business with Muslims based on their religions but exclusive on the attributes mentioned before. This notion of having a different identity from Hindu India has had deeply flawed with repercussions. If these argument were to be true, Jinnah should have carved out pockets (comprising of smaller stated) within Pakistan. This same logic of creating nation on the basis of religious identity could have been eventually applicable to most ethnic grouping even more specifically within Pakistan. Just because one is Muslim, so they should coalesce to form a country provides how perfunctory or defunct logic was used for the creation of a nation such as Pakistan. Imagine a nation being created from Afghan Muslims and Indonesian Muslims coming together simply because they are Muslims.

A radical Hindu perspective

Had India been a (united) kingdom, as against the small princely states, India could have opposed those thirteenth invaders and not let them corrupt or debase its Vedic culture. Even historians have incomplete visibility over history and even if complete, we can’t revert time back to its original place. We know this better than anyone, that time cannot be relived and we respect the verdict of time and in that spirit, we accommodated and internalized a lot of cultures, Muslims being one of them.

In fact, reflecting deeply, Hindus should have complaint what Jinnah insisted, that Hindus should have a country to practice their own religion. And here we have Jinnah, whose ancestry runs from Rajputana, saying we don’t want to live under Hindu domination. It is one thing to carve out a country based on vexed philosophy and another to usher it into a successful society. In India, secularist think Jinnah is a greedy despicable, whose lust for power and hatred of Hindus destroyed this continent and changed the history of mankind forever. Yes, I repeat mankind since his vision created a cauldron of aggressive radicals. Jinnah should be tried for war crimes, hate crimes, for intently and willfully subjugating scores of people to misery and pain. In retrospect, he should be tried for the injustice he unleashed and inflicted upon the wider Indian community and his own comprising of Muslims.

The Grand Deception

Jinnah was well aware of all the consequences though varied parley with leaders, his own expertise and knowledge (and analysis) from the annals of history. He did this despite knowing that history was replete with enough evidence and he was sufficiently advised and appraised on the consequences. It wasn’t ignorance or cognitive dissonance but a cool calculated emotional hatred of Hindus and willful commission to be the founder of a nation. I insist, he did this knowing the suffering and the anguish.

He knew that this was set for failure, but he went ahead experimenting, to satisfy his greed and lust for power and the dream of being the founder and father of Muslim nation. Even today, the ramifications of that greed and lust are re-lived as a nightmare by the 1.6 billion populations of these three countries. As Pierce Brown said in his novel Golden Son, ‘Liars make the best promises’ and when those come from whom we consider father of our nation, it is purposeful deception or let us call it ‘Grand Deception’.

Read blog on Quora to understand the contribution of Muslims in Independence Struggle


Read my blog on Oil and Christian Crusaders – http://wp.me/p7XEWW-1m

Pro Hindu-Muslim Independence Movements

Pro Partition Independence Movement – Muslim League

Human Rights Watch – Pakistan

Sectarian Violence in Pakistan

Read Human Rights Report – Dreams Turned into Nightmares

Historical Map of Asia

‘Black Eye’- Once More? How Often?

‘The Black Eye’, belongs to a doctor, who works not in Afghanistan but in a civilized society, somewhere in Maharashtra, who was violently assaulted for perceived wrong treatment. This is not an isolated incidence. Lately, it has become a trend; reflecting fast degrading standards, somewhat similar to Afghanistan, reflecting an inclination towards adopting barbaric practices. It is a shame on a society when they resort to violence especially against the medical community for ill-conceived and misperceived wrong. It is unfortunate and a disgrace on the society when the system stands still with blissful ignorance. No doubt, it is social decay and a reflection of social malice.

However, it is time to reflect, introspect, remodel and re-engineer social engagement focused on regaining trust. These are challenging times and medical profession, being cognitively driven, should find a way to understand this phenomenon and resolve this attitude. Let us accept, we lost trust, we take the initiative to regain it.

Dr. Naphade

Willful Political Ignorance

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It is a disgrace for a civilized society when its constituents resort to violence and its government ignores, reflecting a tacit support for violence that dilutes the statutes and legal stipulations. Politicians, irrespective of ideological lineage, have always been scared of taking action against such outburst, supporting popular voter base, at the cost of a small percentage of doctor population, which offers them no volume leverage. Not addressing such violent acts is likely to reinforce or reward violent aggression, which may eventually consolidate into a mainstream barbaric norm of resolving disputes. Supporting aggression is tantamount to accepting barbaric norms, at least in a civil society, an initial signs of emerging lawlessness, something similar to Talibanization of our society.

Physical violence is a clear sign that reflects lack of intelligence or trust to resolve disputes. The perpetrators are no less lunatic or rabid then those religious fanatics, who decide to adopt violence to eschew spiritual cause. Any blissful ignoring is simply encouraging the tendencies of violent aggression. In addition, adopting such crude measures reflects regression from civilized functioning.

Even under worst war torn conditions, doctors never had to carry weapons. Irrespective of civilizations and cultures across the globe, they have never been harmed physically even under the most trying circumstances of war and extreme brutality. Just imagine, doctors carrying guns while practicing or having patrol to protect themselves. Violence is one step lesser than that extreme degradation, that drastically liquidates and devalues us when we fashion ourselves as one of the most evolved societies. Having said this, trust me, there is zero tolerance towards violence against doctors. Somewhere, politicians are wrong if they presume that to avoid larger revolts, it is better to let these small revolts.

Dual System and Ethical dissonance

We all live in an ever degrading milieu where politicians, officers, business, spiritual leaders all manipulate  for personal material benefits. It is an existential dilemma, we support corruption and we aspire ethical interaction. We live a dual life, while personally interacting, we are worldly (practically) wise and while discussing norms we take an archaic puritanical stand. When the child within us interacts with the realities of the society, we expect the best ethical treatment. Eventually, that ambiguity becomes a way of living. Materialism and Commercialization has only fanned these further. Just imagine a doctor graduating from a donation college, imagine, a hospital investing crores. What do you expect them to meet to returns on investments (ROI). This profession is at the crossroads of balancing between ethos and an equation dominated by TCO (total cost of ownership) and ROI (return on investment). There is a sizeable proportion of practitioners who have made commerce out of practice.This commercialization of medicine started way back, now has mushroomed into distrust. Denial is no option. Let us accept this fact.

Murky milieu and a ‘way of living’

Of course, there is no support to the ideology or practice and ‘way of living’ of corruption. Irrespective of the circumstances, expectations from this profession are singularly unique. However, those considered to uphold highest values on ethos are found to rampantly practice ‘cut practice’, promote ‘nepotism’ in practice, solicit products and push wrong products are to be blamed as well. Neither can we deny this nor can we support this. Doctors are supposed to be the bearers of values; no one is expecting them to be selfless. There can’t be any justification to support any of these practices. I call this an evolving social phenomenon that is intertwined with the overall values and materialization, that is so rampant within the society. Medicine cannot be isolated from society as it is thoroughly grounded with the society. Is this a recent phenomenon? Is that a sudden transition?

However, when the trust disappears general tolerance crosses threshold and reflects as attacks against doctors, as an expression of that frustration. It is not about ‘Doctor versus Them’, but it is about ‘Doctors versus Ethos’.

Moments of Introspection

Let us take another stride and admit that this is a moment of introspection. Those who have seen two to three decades of medical profession, will recollect how this profession has steadily lost its grace and ethos to material and monetary artifacts. They have been a testimony of how values and trust have mellowed and melted?

Contemporary Challenge

Unfortunate though, doctors are taking a beating for a social phenomenon, a general angst and a societal malice. We have to work out a solution against this steady decay that started over several decades. It is trust deficit that is being reflected, it’s syndromic and we need to accept and bridge that trust deficit.

Character is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Let me add, right now, everyone is watching us silently though. It is a complex problem that needs a comprehensive system wide solution. It is moment for reflection and introspection. But as a cognitively driven committed profession, together we will find a way. It is time to introspect and remodel and re-engineer social engagement.