GLIMPSES FROM LIFE & TIMES OF BABA BAKHORAN DASS (BBD) -Handling stone pelters Bihar istyle

During college days the generation of BBD was very much agitated- thanks to samajhwadi ideologies of Late JP which ultimately produced leaders like Lalu, Nitish, Subodh Kant Sahay, Sushil Modi, Shivanand Tiwari, Ravi Shankar Prasad and company. It was late seventies- but seed was sown a decade ago. BBD too was influenced initially by Late Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal, Jangal Santhal. For their underground operations Kanu Sanyal use to frequent Santhal Parganas area of the then Bihar state

Basudeb da, Prof. Bhattacharya and others were role models for people like BBD. BBD as a sentimentally stupid but with shaky feet and unstable mindset become one of their followers. The then leadership of ideology could realise soon that BBD may become liability for them, so within few months he was thrown out without any harm.

Late Siddharth Shankar Ray under the Iron Lady handled the situation wonderfully well, and rest is history.

BBD still feels that it was a gift of Bengal to UP by way of industrial growth of Sahibabad area of NCR by forced migration of investors like Dabur, Devidayal groups initially.

The younger generation particularly from Begusarai (now Kanhaiya Kumar – then Kameshwar Singh) Mokama, Bakhtiyarpur were true source of headache like present Kashmiri stone pelters of today.

Nothing has changed in MERA Bharat MAHAAN. Only thing that BBD feels complete void of leader like Indira Priyadarshini.

The then Bihar administrators innovated a wonderful idea to handle those youth. The worst target used to poor Bus Drivers and conductors of BSRTC – particularly coming from Raxaul. Brand new buses used to run between Patna and Raxaul/ Birganj via Mokama as Gandhisetu in Patna was non existent.

Patna Tata, Patna Ranchi, Patna Daltonganj route were another popular routes. Police force was ready to apprehend agitated youth – not legally – NO FIR – no case- No record. These youth force used to be dumped in a new Bus which used to follow main Bus.

The welcome step by Police was complete NON VIOLENCE – completely Gandhiwaadi Tarika – just shave head not fully but few inches, complete shave of one side of eye-brow (of course left or right was choice of the beneficiaries) take out every paise from possessions- move the Buses either towards Jamui area or Nawada area. After giving boys nice workable dinner, they used to be offloaded at Nawada ghati or in Danua Bhanua near Jamui.

This strategy worked with cent percent success.

Now, BBD wish to suggest that Let SARVE BHAWANTU SUKHINAH….. particularly MEHBOOBA – make a group of such pelters in 50s, do the same treatment – ie shave few patches of head- one side of eye-brow, feed them well, take out every paise from possessions, take out mobile and start dropping them fro Moradabad, Aligarh suburb.

BBD is damn sure the villagers will treat them well, and BBD is extremely positive of its result. GoI-HMO – particularly KADI NINDA WAALE RAJNATH JI is listening- please initiate before Winter falls.

Wish you all the Best Hon’ble PM sir HM Sir RM Madam

GLIMPSES FROM LIFE & TIMES OF BABA BAKHORAN DASS – remembering SATYAKAMA JABALA

Satyakama Jabala a boy, and later a Vedic sage, who first appears in Chapter IV of the ancient Hindu text, the Chandogya Upanishad – his story and background need be told and retold to our GEN-NEXT and beyond. It throws light on our culture and History.

As a boy, once he enquired about his father from his mother.

His mother Jabala, told him that she went about many places in her youth, and did not know who his father was.

As a boy, eager for knowledge, Satyakama went to the sage Haridrumata Gautama, requesting the sage’s permission to live in his school for Brahmacharya. The teacher asked “my dear child, what family do you come from?”

Satyakama replied that he is of uncertain parentage because his mother does not know who the father is. The sage declares that the boy’s honesty is the mark of a “Brāhmaṇa, true seeker of the knowledge of the Brahman“.

Sage Gautama accepted him as a student in his school.

The sage sends Satyakama to tend four hundred cows, and come back when they multiply into a thousand.The symbolic legend then presents conversation of Satyakama with a bull, a fire, a swan (Hamsa, हंस) and a diver bird (Madgu, मद्गु), which respectively are symbolism for Vayu, Agni, Āditya and Prāṇa.

Satyakama then learns from these creatures that forms of Brahman is in all cardinal directions (north, south, east, west), world-bodies (earth, atmosphere, sky and ocean), sources of light (fire, sun, moon, lightning), and in man (breath, eye, ear and mind).

Satyakama returns to his teacher with a thousand cows, and humbly learns the rest, the nature of Brahman (metaphysical, ultimate reality).

Satyakama graduates and becomes a celebrated sage, according to the Hindu tradition, and a Vedic school is named after him, as is the influential ancient text Jabala Upanishad – a treatise on Sannyasa (Hindu monk, monastic life).

Upakosala Kamalayana was a student of Satyakama Jabala, whose story is also presented in the Chandogya Upanishad.

On 5th anniversary of CBI raid at Nadini Layout and CO Bangalore, BBD remembers as to how his non biological mother charged him on various charges of criminal conspiracy; and commitment of offences of serious criminal in nature.

Haunted and hunted BBD was sent to gallows and the carcass was thrown without proper burial. A tar on his face a day before EOD.

GLIMPSES from Life & Times of Baba Bakhoran Dass

Village Pathakbigha

Village Pathakbigha a tiny hamlet of revenue village Barheta, off Arwal – Jehanabad Highway, Development block Ratni, PS Parasbigha in Jehanabad district of Bihar state has got unique feature and curse of being geopolitical neglect due to its political geography being situated bordering districts of Jehanabad, Patna (Paliganj Subdivision) and Arwal. This village is still known by Pandit Harinath Pathak (probable period 1840-1904) a saint a poet and author of many books like Lalit Ramayan, Lalit Bhagwat, Satyanarayan Vinod etc.
Late Pandit ji established a shiva temple which was renovated first during 1952 and subsequently during 2017-18. Now this village has got unique distinction of housing complete shiva pariwar as Lord Kartikeya is excluded in sanctum sanctorum in this part of our country. The author of these lines could not find any rationale behind it. But shiva temple of this village has got entire shiva pariwar in sanctum sanctorum.
This temple also houses the idols of navagrahas at an appropriate place along with Lord Hanuman and pindies of seven sisters and bhairon baaba is situated in the temple complex.

Temple@Pathakbigha

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS (BBD) Judicial activism or vultureism

Very recent unfortunate episode of our very senior custodians of the judicial system sought better to seek public opinion and chose as per their wisdom better option to vent out their feelings wide open among highly sentimental WE THE PEOPLE – who are expert in liking licking the self inflicted wounds, and surrounded by section of vultures disguised as politicians. These vultures have time and again proved to be ready to sell what so ever they have or even those which are in their sight.

 

BBD had his own experience of this type of incident about 25 years back. He was on deputation to an organization as Director. The institute/organization was in its budding stage of experiment. Its management team consisted of 3 different entities  – two of them were adversaries. Hence as Director, it was great challenge to take along your competitor/adversary outside the four walls, but thanks to 3rd stake holder, all had to fall in line as per direction.

 

The Joint Director was from different background all together officially, but personally he was admirer of BBD – rather he was the instrumental in bringing BBD as Head of the unit.

 

But, unfortunately BBD was of different. He believed in RULES of the LAW in true spirit. Due to obvious reasons, the JD those the path of falsehood, deceit by poisoning the minds of secretarial staff. Incidentally all subordinates, although financially not adequately compensated, had the greatest quality – honest to the highest grade. This trait is very rare. But BBD was lucky that their trait of honesty was directed towards organization and not towards individuals.

 

BBD, was highly disturbed to find such negative developments, and was finding the challenge extremely difficult, as during the tenure of his predecessor Director such unfortunate incident created a situation unceremonious exit of the then Joint Director. So, if reported by BBD, right now to the Top Management Team might have emitted wrong signals.

 

BBD thought appropriate to keep quite as if nothing had happened and pretended to be ignorant. The JD was fully active in his mission and agenda.

 

Ultimately, on the date of next meeting of the Local Board of Governors – he used the last point of agenda – “any other issue by permission of the Chair” and offered immediate investigation against himself. The JD was also a member of the Local Board of Governors, while BBD was the Member Secretary and convener.

 

Ultimately, all honorable members agreed, and the investigation was completed fast track. The JD was found guilty and shifted immediately. BBD remained Director (so far, no body till date had honor to head the unit on deputation, wherein permission from RBI had to be obtained as special case to continue BBD as Director)

 

Now, BBD feels that a very strong and tough message is to be conveyed, wherein out of 25 members – ventilating views/feelings of 4 members can be tolerated just like that?

 

Let truth prevail. Appropriate decision must be taken by the Competent Authority and suitable action be taken very fast. The episode is greatest blow to faith of common man and severe blow to the image of NATION.

 

 

 

 

 

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – Warning Signal

 

Thanks Ms Deepika Arora for your views which I am simply reproducing as under:

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There was a country…………..

There was a country. People of the country happily leaving under a good government and a leader. 13% of minorities in the country is happy with no harassment from the majority. The larger coast of country is a trade benefit and economy of the country is moderately active. Country has just emerged out of a long draught situation, lasted for almost three years.

One day few students from a ‘University’ in its ‘Capital’ city started protests against the government. The government forces detained some of the protesters. In reaction to that the protesters burned headquarter of the ruling party. The emphasis in demonstration & slogans shifted slowly towards a call to overthrow the government. The violence has started simultaneously in several cities of the country. The protesters, by now, get some unprecedented ‘Funding’ in terms of arms, ammunition, automatic weapons. Within a month from the start of protest in ‘University’, 1000s of people died in clashed with forces. The protestors formed an ‘Army’ to counter government forces.

The armed battle has started on various city and ‘Army’ captured various cities from government. They formed their own government in the victorious cities. The ‘Funding’ increased and the area of ‘Protestor’s Government’ increase day by day.
By the end of a year, some more ‘Dissident Groups’ in the country, also started armed battles with government forces. Taking advantage of the situation two of the ‘Neighboring Countries’ started open support to the ‘Protestor’s Army’ and ‘Dissident Groups’ and started infilling own ‘Terrorists’.

By the end of three years from the start of protest in ‘University’, the ‘Terrorists’ are now dominant in the Quadrilateral battle i.e. ‘Government Forces’, ‘Protestor’s Army’, ‘Dissident Groups’ and ‘Terrorists’. The infighting is so intense that no one understand who is fighting against whom !!!!

By the end of six years, there are cities with no human life. The largest city of country has not standing building. This ‘Protest’ is now one of the longest Civil War fought in human habitat.
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The Country is Syria, University is Damascus, Protestor’s Army is FSA, Dissident Groups are Kurdish Forces and Terrorists are ISIS.
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This has nothing to do with current affairs of India, but who knows as according to the leaked classified report concluded that the overthrown of Assad was priority for USA and the ‘Funding’ is well organized……………

 

Glimpses from Life & Times of Baba Bakhoran Dass

– We the people of Mera Bhaarat Mahaan

 
Thanks to Mr. Sundar Sarukkai Professor of Philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru for inputs.

BBD is experiencing a new INDIA of NaMo era in his own birth place at Tola Pathak Bigha, Village Barheta, Block Ratni, P S Paras Bigha, District Jehanabad in Bihar state. This a tiny hamlet comprising of original closely knit 14 families hailing from different caste structure with complete cohesion during childhood of BBD. For all practical purposes, BBD is in his roots after 1969 when he left the place for further education and acquiring skill for better livelihood etc. The birth place is now ruined and identified by only fallen walls and left as such since decades. Passing night with cracks in walls and roof which can fall any time is a new experience, but the complexity of society and behavior of people is rather more troublesome than the challenge of sleeping near scorpions/snakes of all kinds. Now, there is electricity for more than 20 hours in the villages, lanes are being made of all weather connectivity within, but still at least a year away from connecting with all weather motor-able roads. Right the moment, one is forced to walk down from Nagla which is situated on road.

Only a few people from a generation ahead of BBD are left, and 3rd generation after BBD has arrived. Perhaps, only BBD from his biological family is left out to be called as SARKAR (my lord – as per the then traditional word used for his family during childhood).

BBD is experiencing the challenge that belongingness is missing among all, and is being challenged even in the very nuclear family. Father is living with elder son while mother is living with younger son and elder son and mother are not in talking terms since months together. Family pension of INR 1,500 is divided in 3 parts, so the piece of land – whether it is cultivable land or dwelling unit. My faith that being a rural Indian was a simple matter is shattered within few hours. It appears to me that residents of my village are losing their autonomy to define themselves as to who are they and who they want to be seen as.

Sometimes, it seems that to understand our complex society, all that we need to do is to understand our behavior at traffic lights at almost all places in Mera Bhaarat Mahaan (MBM). During morning hours you may find a father taking his ward for school and the traffic police has raised his hand to give pass to vehicles coming from another side – the moment his eyes are shifted to other corner, this man carrying his ward, without waiting for green signal will find way to speed up to his destination, breaking all rules. He does not understand the mindset of a small kid, which is polluted at the very beginning but such stupid and avoidable haste. Resultant effect is seen in subsequent hours. You will find countless people on all short of transport driving through red lights. One does not get a sense of guilt by flouting rules that create inconvenience and annoyance to many who are following the rules. It becomes unbearable more so when they do it right beneath the nose of indifferent traffic police. Such situation makes you realize that while it might be just an another example of rule breaking that seems to be essential definition of being Indian, at a deeper level it is also reflective of a far greater problem confronting our society.

Following rules is very easy, and at the same time very difficult. Class example of traffic regulation observed by we the people during CWG in Delhi, and more so during emergency era of Mrs. G. If you prefer 1st part, it has at least two components: one, the action corresponding to the rules, and the other our interpretation of intention of that rule. So, to follow the simple rules, STOP AT RED LIGHT, is to follow the physical action of stopping the vehicle but it is also to accept the intention or reason behind the rule. Typically, we are expected to follow the action corresponding to a rule and not worry about the intention. Most times, when a driver jumps a signal, he is not breaking a rule per se as much as interpreting it in terms of its original intention. He understands that there is no traffic in front of him and then acts based on his decision that red lights are not meant to be followed when there is no traffic. He acts as independent decision maker who feels that his judgment of situation overrides rules set by a society or to say government. But, there are also some who jump signals because they feel they are not bound by any social norms – more so if his skins are covered by special yarn called white KHADI.

Such ambiguity of what it is to follow a rule is really the fountain head of many conflicts in our society of the day. Should we blindly follow existing social norms or should we be independent interpreters of the rules of society? Sometimes it is comprehended that our individual decision is better than the existing social norms. You may infer that it is useless to wait for two minutes at signal when there is no traffic at all on the roads. How one should act in such case? Does the social norm, even when no appropriate in a particular context, always supersede rational individual decision? Or is it better to have a thinking citizenship, one that refuses to blindly follow rules without interpreting them to see what really suits the context? But the chaos that results when each of us interprets social rules is what leads to traffic jams every single day in every corner of MBM.

It is also this same attitude of individual interpretations of accepted norms that drives much of the conflicts in India of the day, including the issues of governance. The latest conflict of COW Slaughter or EVM or Triple Talaque the debate on such issue and the action/reaction of self appointed protectors of religion, tradition, democracy and the nation is really not that different from the problem of dealing with traffic jams.

Identity is primarily about rules and how we follow. Identities such as gender, caste and religion are largely decided by the norms of larger society, and most times, socialization is nothing but learning as to how to follow those. So how we behave is influenced by the set of social rules, some explicit and many implicit. Living in society is then largely a matter of following these rules, stopping at the SOCIAL RED LIGHTS (SRL) as required. But, since identity is intensely personal, we also repeatedly intend to jump the SRL. We break social rules constantly and in doing so assert our own individual decision making capacity. Choosing our own identity – as to how we see ourselves – is one of the most cherished autonomies that we have. However, this autonomy is what is being challenged today by individuals in small groups who take on authority of defining what our identities should be. Unfortunately, the tendency in defining the rules of what any identity is, role of social media is taking alarming space. Instead of the state or the larger society which was done by people of initial phase of life of BBD, it is increasingly smaller but vocal and arrogant group that have anointed themselves as judge and enforcers of identity. This is exactly like having a group of people standing at signal lights waiting to catch those who jump the signal.

This pathetic situation has arrived because those who are supposed to do the job of creating meaningful social rules have abdicated their responsibilities – just like the attitude of traffic police. In such situation it is but natural that this space is occupied by individuals who suddenly decide to regulate traffic, so too the lack of political leaders leads to small groups taking over the task of regulating the society.

Is not an example of consequence of the natures of our democratic politics? Representative politics is a system where we the people voluntarily give away our autonomy to politicians. Voting for somebody is to voluntarily give a POWER OF ATTORNEY to that individual to speak and govern on our behalf. We gift the politicians the right to govern us in the hope that they will do the right things. But, the behaviors of latest entry of fresh air politicians of DELHI are showing that there is no longer possible in democracy of MBM.

If any individual or a small group start dictating the society with their definition of what social rules mean, instead of a loyal and responsible person negotiating such rules. They then run through society like they run through signal lights while the rest of us sit and watch helplessly waiting for for the lights to change. JAAGO RE.

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS (BBD) – Close encounters with leftwing believers – a writer’s fantasy or hard fact?

This is an established fact that once upon a time the civilization of Mera Bhaarat Mahaan was a leading ideology because of our thinking and practicing unity in diversity. Now, a section of people who represent fused and confused ideology and believe that whatever the past legacy we had are useless discriminative and feel that only imported communism can solve all evils of the socio-political situation – although, author of these lines have entirely different opinion. The author may be branded as disgruntled mind, as once upon a time he himself was having love affairs with such ideology when he was young college going student with slightly above average IQ during late sixties and upto late eighties. It was 1968, when BBD moved from a very close traditional Brahmin atmosphere of a remote village in the then Gaya district of Bihar to a more liberal, clean, semiurban atmosphere with international repute as abode of Lord Shiva – one among 12 jyotirlingam – Baidyanathdham Deoghar (now in Jharkhand) – sizeable number of population was migrants. Majority of them were Bengalies with upper middle class tag, but residents only for few days and were called locally as “changers” and ridiculed as ‘damm cheaps’. Not far from the place a new movement had taken place called Naxalism. The place was nice for a hideout for few leaders. They were getting good support and all logistics from the local Bengali intelligentsia. The place was frequented by Com. Kanu Sanyal and Com. Jangal Santhal. But BBD never saw presence of Com. Charu Majumdar. Basudeo da a first class student was his neighbor and Dr. Bhattacharjee who was the professor at Deoghar College were guiding force for BBD to develop romance with the leftist ideology. Strong hate was infused for Vidyasagar and Mahatma Gandhi. Incidentally the birthplace of Vidyasagar was not far off. From crow fly point of view village Naxalbari was not more than 100 KM away from the place and local people were mostly santhals. The santhals were so simple and honest people that cannot be described. It can only be felts to be believed. Santhals were truly Good men and God men. Siddhu, Kanhu were their established leaders and Birsa had already acquired the position of Bhagwan. BBD was physically 14 years old only, so the readers may infer the mentality of a boy who was borne under influence of Gemini and a borne rebel. BBD was borne with a manufacturing defect of reactionary, inviting irritating argument, and nagging having problems with all and sundry. The path of naxalism was a blind tunnel. If you have witnessed a Bangla movie SAGINA remade as SAGINA MAHTO (Dilip Kumar Sairabano starrer) you may get a glimpse of harsh reality. BBD was lucky to get out of this tunnel by the end of 1971 – say roughly 30-35 months. Again, this period provided a laboratory for political churning in Bihar and strong political leader in Bengal. Mahamaya baboo represented a weak government while SS Ray was just opposite. Under the leadership of Indira Priyadarshini Siddharth baboo had made a comprehensive roadmap to crush the naxal movement, which was successfully implanted by the entire team. BBD, experienced and witnessed those actions, inactions, decisions and after effects from both the angles. Friends like Jiwan, Durga, Arbind, Rajshekhar Richards, Dilip maamu (Dilip Sinha and Dileep Richards) were the source of inspiration, information etc. Then there was lull from 1973 to end of 1978 due to quest for livelihood. BBD acquired double graduation, got married; and blessed with two sons (both were products of unemployed graduates) During last days of 1978, BBD was posted as a development Banker. The place was further closer to the village Naxalbari – this time less than 50 KM geographical distance. The entire working situation was an example of blatant and nauseating explicit exploitation of adivasis – the most pious but highly exploited common men. We, as a banker too had become a part of the team to take benefit of the situation. BBD finds no word to share the height and depth of level of inhuman behavior of WE THE PEOPLE. On the date of joining the Bank, that was 30.12.1978, BBD was strong follower of leftwing ideology. BBD was supported by Com. Sengupta, Com. Baraik under the influence of great Com. Tarkeshwar Chakraborty. But, as BBD was having very strong liking or disliking character as manufacturing defect – argued with Com. Tarkeshwar Chakraborty as his associate in travel in major part of Punea Division of the Bank, and found that Shri N.C. Mitra (a senior level development Banker (may call him management representative) was doing better service than Comrade (by the time dada was one among the Directors) while one Shri Diwan another Director of the Bank had innovative idea for development in Vaishali area of the Bank, which was implemented under his direct supervision. The love of the left wing ideology when tested from ground reality, even in the area very close to the place of birth of the extreme left wing was vanishing in thin air. Ultimately, BBD became a member of Junior Management Scale I with few months. First reaction was from Yadav ji – the Branch Head. He advised that as now I am part of management – ensure that whatever you were having grievances from management, will not allow happening wherever you are in the decision taking position. Destiny brought BBD at another place where leftwing ideology had great impact and it was Dhanbad – now in Jharkhand. BBD was the branch head of a fairly large branch of public sector commercial bank. The unit was notoriously infamous for trade union activism. The area was notoriously infamous for Coal mafia – a bye product of trade union activism, and countless graveyards of industrial units – once again gift of trade union activism. By the time BBD had personal experience of trade union activism at Kolkata – thanks to Com. S.K. Bose, Com. S.C. Das, Com. P.K. Das, Com. Shyamal Mukherjee, Com. D.K Rakshit, Com. Ashis Sengupta. Comrades at Kolakata were my guru (teachers). BBD closely witnessed the episodes of N.S.Road Kolkata, meetings and dictates at G.C. Avenue, differences between HR and MR. Then at Dhanbad, my next in command was Com. Tapan Sarkar – a very hardcore leftwing ideology supporter with his own perception of Banking. During the last few legs of active service of the Bank, destiny put me to understand leftwing ideology in Wynad district of Kerala – again a laboratory for BBD to understand this issue. North India particularly Bihar and UP states are victim of selective thought process of sickulars and pseudo liberals. The discrimination between haves and have-nots in rural area of Wynad, as observed by BBD was the worst of its kind. Now, BBD is retired person with nearly 50 years (half a century) of close watch to the so called pro poor (or any adjective you can use) ideology, had no gainful fulltime employment, and have no better option other than wasting time on screen including social media. Had to bear great intellectuals like Raza, Yechuri, Karat, Kancha, John Dayal, Varshney, Suneet Chopra few brains of alumni of JNU. BBD is confused once again – are they truly reflect their view points or act as paid stage actors? Nearly 50 years of confusion dear readers. Kindly do mercy and suggest where BBD went wrong – if at all. Either he is right in his perception that they have got only NEGATIVITY, ANIMOSITY AND HATRED towards the established system and procedure and ultimately a bunch of fused & confused bulbs of Indian politics, or BBD is a bloody stupid idiot.