GLIMPSES from the 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 – A LOLLY-POP TO OUR ANNADAATA wrapped as Loan Waiver

The then dispensation in New Delhi understood the importance of Great Nicobar group of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and planned to use the services of Indian Army personnel after their retirement – as FARMERS. Jai Jawan Jai Kissan slogan was very much in the air. Nearly 200 such jawan hailing from Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh were given status of settlers. Few acres of leveled land, a plot for construction of dwelling units and some non-refundable monetary support to construct the dwelling units were given and a branch of very recently nationalized commercial Bank was established to cater their banking needs. All decisions were taken sitting in New Delhi without knowing the ground realities.

The branch was advised to extend credit support for a pair of bullock, a pair of milch animal (cows) and crop loans to all. Few lucky could get loan for transport lorry and a power tiller. Distance between Campbell bay (the jetty which liked them from rest of the world) and Portblair was nearly 600 KM. Other inputs like animals, service support etc was available at nearly 1,600 KM away involving travel of nearly a month, whoever was willing to support those brave jawans now settlers.

All were producers, and no one was buyer. Vagaries of nature also played a role, and ultimately almost all loans become NPA (although this word had not seen the light).

BBD was deputed to this great place to handle this unique situation, as a decision was taken in New Delhi that the Government of India will reimburse the Principal amount of such defaulters (those who paid the loan with all miseries and vagaries were forced to find themselves as stupid idiots); and the interest portion will be absorbed by the Bank as it was a nationalized bank. The scene at the branch was so pathetic that the branch was finding it difficult to even find factual position of Principal and Interest forget reconciliation.

PERHAPS THIS WAS FIRST SUCH EXPERIMENT OF FARM LOAN WAIVER BY Government of India.

Ms. Nandini Satpathy of Orissa wanted to experiment first in her state but was not allowed by the Iron Lady, but A.R. Antule in Maharashtra took the risk and earned ire. It may not be out of context to reproduce his feelings as a politician, which he shared latter as Hon’ble M.P in following words, “Sir, you will be surprised to know what though under the scheme it is laid down that for the first two years, nothing need be paid/returned, thereafter within ten years, the amount that is given by way of loan is to be returned in suitable instalments without interest.” But he added: “Within a year these cobblers, artisans and smaller people did repay and the recovery is 95 to 97 per cent within the period when nothing need be repaid. Contrast it with Bank scams. How many thousands of crores were given to the big and the rich and the multimillionaires? How much money has been frittered away and wasted? I do not know what has happened to that? I only heard about Bank scam, a Committee and thereafter some sort of inquiry. But where the matter stands, if at all, at the moment, I do not know. How many thousands of crores have gone down the drain like this? If the same money was paid – poor man does not want more – if you give him one lakh of rupees in his hand, he will be flabbergasted, frightened. He even does not know what to do with it because he has not heard of one lakh of rupees. What he needs is Rs.1500 or Rs.2000 or Rs.2500. Why can this Government not have a scheme?……..”

Incidentally, today the nation is celebrating CHAMPARAN DAY – a political celebration; and MODI THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPER HAS TURNED MODI THE POPULIST.
BBD is busy in exhibiting his wail as a war widow who lost everything.
To conclude the story of Campbellbay, on his return when a note was put up to his immediate boss – an intelligent lady officer of the Bank, borne and brought up educated and served only in Kolkata and New Delhi and had no interaction with any farmer so far – turned down recommendation of BBD as the decision if taken was highly risky.
Now, the issue of Loan waiver to farmers in the light of Chamapran, let us discuss, as the issue has become more political and views of Late Antule as available in proceedings of Parliament is not read by even his own party men. The nature of history is such that whenever exploitation crosses all limits, a few of those exploited begin to raise their voice. Raj Kumar Shukla was part of this endangered species. He jumped into battle but it was beyond his capabilities to take it past the finishing line. Around the same time, at the Lucknow session of the Congress, he met Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He convinced Gandhi that he had to visit Champaran at least once to witness the farmers’ oppression first-hand. The barrister accepted his invitation.
On 10 April 1917, when Gandhi alighted at the Motihari railway station, he was unaware that his destiny was about to be transformed. Hundreds of people had converged on the station to meet him. After Natal in South Africa, this was the second occasion when the oppressed were seeing a glimpse of their messiah in this diminutive man. The English collector of Champaran heard about this and predictably got a whiff of a popular uprising. He was arrested on suspicion of disturbing public order. This just fanned the passions further. To ensure that the anger of his supporters doesn’t cross all limits, the district administration gave him a bail proposal. But Gandhi refused to comply and carry out the documentation needed for the bail application. This made him an overnight hero and during the hearing that followed, thousands of people began gathering outside the court room.

A stunned district administration had no option but to release him. Those few hours of detention paved the way for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s transformation into a Mahatma. Gandhi fought this war not with outrage but with tact. He got a survey conducted of 8,000 indigo farmers in 2,841 villages of Champaran.

Presently, television personalities begin holding forth on the mood of a country of 1.25 billion people after speaking to just 500-1,000 people. Just imagine the credibility of such a comprehensive survey conducted 100 years ago.
Still, it may be unfair to perceive the Champaran rebellion as a part of the struggle for Independence. The farmers of Champaran dreamt of freedom from exploitation in 1917.

Has their dream been realized? The bitter truth is that the administrators of Independent India haven’t treated them any better. Even today their farm earnings are not enough to fill their stomach. The indigo tyrants may have gone away, but their place has been taken by moneylenders who are free to suck the blood out of the farmers.
How will we get freedom from them? This question needs an honest answer; before it is too late.
Let us return to Bihar on this day atleast. The initiative of land reforms has not yet borne fruit here. The directives of the judiciary in this regard haven’t proved useful either. Till a few months back, Bihar had a law under which even the Supreme Court’s rulings could be sent for review to the revenue minister. Capitalizing on this, the politicians in the state were sitting over the reforms. This was the condition when parties with a socialist philosophy had been in power in the state for nearly 30 years.
Like Champaran, farmers in other parts of the country are also in a sorry state. Several thousand of farmers commit suicide in India every year. Villages are being deserted owing to lack of employment opportunities. And because of these migrants the infrastructure of the cities is crumbling. But there was some relief on this front last week. The UP government waived the loans of up to Rs1 lakh for close to 8.7 million farmers. The Madras high court has directed the government in Tamil Nadu to waive farm loans. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed a similar desire. A few other poll-bound states may soon follow suit. It will be nice if, after this populist decision, politicians make some arrangements that ensure that the sons of soil need not get trapped in the quagmire of farm loans again.
This is required because earlier there was just one Champaran and today there are hundreds of Champarans in India. This is Independent India’s tragic gift to Independent India.

But, before that let us go back to some history:

• The historic All India Rural Credit Survey (AIRCS) carried out in 1954 confirmed that formal credit institutions provided less than 9% of rural credit needs in India. Moneylenders, traders and rich landlords accounted for more than 75% of rural credit. Cooperative credit societies had already been in existence for 50 years but their share in rural credit was still less than 5 percent. What is honest present status?
• The 1945 Cooperative Planning Committee had discerned early signs of sickness in India’s cooperative movement, finding that a large number of cooperatives were “saddled with the problem of frozen assets, because of heavy overdues in repayment”. Even so, in the 1950s and 1960s, the way forward was seen to lie in cooperative credit societies. These cooperatives were to take the lead in the Integrated Scheme of Rural Credit suggested by the AIRCS. The share of cooperatives in rural credit did rise to cross 20% in 1971. Today, India’s cooperative credit structure (CCS),with over 15 crore members (including nearly 10 crore borrowers), constitutes one of the largest rural financial systems in the world. The over 1 lakh Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) can, in many ways, be regarded as the veritable bedrock of India’s rural economy. The CCS has 50 percent more clients than commercial banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) put together. Directly or indirectly, it covers nearly half of India’s total population. The CCS are expected to provide services of farm input distribution, crop production, processing and marketing as also dairying, weaving and textiles. However, the CCS has never realised the enormous potential opened up by its vast outreach. According to the Task Force on Revival of Rural Cooperative Credit Institutions, this owes mainly to a “deep impairment of governance”. While they were originally visualised as member-driven, democratic, self-governing, self-reliant institutions, cooperatives have over the years, constantly looked up to the state for several basic functions. The Task Force describes in detail how state governments have become the dominant shareholders, managers, regulators, supervisors and auditors of the CCS. The concept of mutuality (with savings and credit functions going together), that provided strength to cooperatives all over the world, has been missing in India. This “borrower driven” system is beset with conflict of interest and has led to regulatory arbitrage, recurrent losses, deposit erosion, poor portfolio quality and a loss of competitive edge for the cooperatives. Domination by richer elements in the rural elite that characterised cooperatives in the colonial period continues to be an abiding feature of these institutions even after independence.
• In 1951, the AIRCS found that the share of banks in rural credit was less than 1 percent.
• Even through the 1950s and 1960s, the role of private commercial banks in rural credit remained minimal and indirect. The AIRCS itself had wanted involvement of these banks in agricultural marketing and processing but not directly in farm output. Rural branches of commercial banks were few and far between despite a 1954 RBI directive for them to open at least one branch in unbanked rural and semi-rural areas for every branch opened in previously banked areas. The Imperial Bank of India was nationalised in 1955 and the new State Bank of India was asked to open 400 branches in semi-urban areas and start agricultural lending, even if at a loss. Now, even SBI has taken its subsidiaries in their fold.
• Even so right up to 1971, the share of banks in rural credit was no more than 2.4 percent and most of these loans were made to plantations. Their main activity was to finance agro-processing firms and purchase of bonds floated by land development banks. Until the end of the 1960s, the overwhelming share in commercial bank credit was that of industry (62 percent) and trade and commerce (26 percent). Within industry, the distribution of credit was skewed in favour of large borrowers It has also been alleged that “advances by private banks were diverted to sister companies of the banks or to companies in which their directors had an interest”
• Thus, cooperatives remained dominated by the rural elite and banks continued to have an urban bias throughout the twenty years after independence.
• Indian banks in the colonial period ignored rural credit and specialised in short-term credit for trade against conventional collateral.
• Set up in 1921 by merging the Presidency Banks of Bombay, Bengal and Madras.
• In 1959, eight major state associated banks were made subsidiaries of the SBI. (Since now merged).
• A similar phenomenon was observed by Keynes in the British context in the 1920s decades after the First World War. Similar state-led rural finance programmes spread across the developing world in the post-colonial period. State control over banking to act as an engine of structural change and the attack on poverty was part of the orthodoxy of development economics at that time.
• Even though they lament it, assemble data on government ownership of banks around the world, which show that such ownership is large and pervasive. In the average country, more than 40 percent of the equity of 10 largest banks remained in government hands even as recently as 1995.
• Theoretical Case in Development Economics Perhaps the first intellectual case for nationalisation of commercial banks in India was made in a public lecture delivered by KN Raj in 1965. Raj felt “there are important reasons why banking enterprises seeking to maximise their profits would not venture out into areas and sectors of activity to which high priority needs to be attached from a larger social and economic point of view”.
• Thus, rural credit was not merely a commodity that needed to reach the poor to free them from usurious money lenders; it could also be seen as a public good critical to the development of a backward agrarian economy like India. Especially as Indian agriculture moved decisively into the Green Revolution phase, where private investments by richer farmers needed massive credit support. Private Banks operating in an imperfect credit market would only aggravate already existing imperfections. As some economist has put it, “the most important prerequisite for becoming an entrepreneur is the ownership of capital . . . firms below a certain size have no access whatever to the capital market . . . a state of business democracy where anybody endowed with entrepreneurial ability can obtain capital for starting a business venture is, to put it mildly, unrealistic”.
• In the General Theory, economist have expressed that the problem may be examined a little differently. Distinction between “two types of risk that affect the volume of investment”. The borrower’s risk arises because he is unsure whether his business venture will provide the expected yield. He would want a low rate of interest, which is but natural. Even in the United States, the Community Reinvestment Act, 1977 entails that banks meet credit needs of low-income neighbourhoods especially if the venture is a risky one. But the same situation creates the “lender’s risk” of default by the borrower (voluntary, terms “moral hazard” or involuntary, due to poor returns on investment). This necessitates that the lender charges a rate of interest high enough to induce him to lend. Bankers express the resulting social dilemma somewhat poetically: “the hope of a very favourable outcome, which may balance the risk in the mind of the borrower, is not available to solace the lender”.
• Applying the insights of Bankers to a deeply unequal agrarian economy like India, it is argued “the very basis of profit-making in banking activity sets limits in underdeveloped economies to the enterprise it can display” There are high information and transaction costs of dealing with many small borrowers that acts as a major disincentive.
• Also because profitability of banks is greater, the higher “the proportion of their earning assets to the idle cash reserves they have to hold” servicing illiterate customers, who insist on payments in cash on the spot, means higher idle cash reserves of banks and lower profitability.
• Nationalisation of large banks was the only forward. Bankers were aware that “the bureaucratic element in decision making may introduce considerable rigidity” but in “large private banks the element of impersonality, with all the rigidity it introduces, is almost as great as in the case of State-owned banks, except in case of favoured customers known to the bank. . .The larger private banks are no less impervious to the needs of small customers who have no security to offer”
• The 1969 law sought to dramatically change course. After nationalisation, branch expansion was deliberately skewed towards previously unbanked or under-banked rural and semi-urban areas. Reaching out to Unbanked Areas The RBI created a comprehensive list of unbanked locations in India that it circulated every few years to all banks.
• In 1970, the RBI formulated its first “socially coercive” licensing criterion based on this data. For every new branch in an already banked area (with one or more branches), each bank would have to open at least 3 branches in unbanked rural or semi-urban areas.17 The RBI directed that all semi-urban locations would 14 There was a stated thrust towards reducing income inequalities and the concentration of economic power in a few hands. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi unleashed a package of socialist policy initiatives, including the abolition of privy purses, culminating in the winning Garibi Hatao campaign of the 1971 elections. The RBI was set up in 1935 and nationalised in 1949 16 647 banks failed between 1937 and 1947. RBI intervention brought this down to 242 between 1947 and1951.

Now, having examined history, records, statistics, experiences of global meltdown, banking reform, technology and so many other changes, let us find some vision for future. Let us be realistic, because bad economics with populist politics will ruin the NATION. Giveaways can come only ON THE COST OF DEVELOPMENT. Surprisingly after thrashing Congress-style populism in the polls, NaMo is has taken that very failed strategy. Such steps corrupt the minds of all its stakeholders. NaMo had promised rapid economic development and good governance, not loan waivers. He said sorry to Chandrababu Naidu. Earlier Shri I G Patel had said sorry to Shri Antule, now Urjit Patel says same thing. And both were right as RBI Governor. It erodes loan discipline and encourages wilfull defaulters. Those who repay look like fools and those that renege on loans are rewarded handsomely. The huge NPAs of the banking system has already threaten macroeconomic stability and future economic growth. Encouraging a climate of default at this stage is highly irresponsible. Let us find answers of following questions:

o Why benefit only those who have borrowed and not others who did not?
o Why benefit only defaulters and not those who repaid their loans despite many difficulties?
o Why only farmers? What about landless labors, artisans, weavers?
o What has happened to Education Loan NPAs?
o What is the status of investments in infrastructure ventures?

Will it not be more prudent that the government should step us infrastructure spending, as shown by Nitish Kumar in Bihar?

Just for lighter moment – whether politicians, and aam aadmi at R K Nagar constituency have inadvertently exhibited jointly and severally that HUM KO TO YE PASAND HAI…

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – SLAUGHTER HOUSE

This is without any prejudice or ill will or malice or any animosity against anybody/individual/group/society/faith etc. and not intended to hurt or hit the sentiments/faith/feeling/habits etc.

BBD find a fashion among certain members of Mera Bhaarat Mahaan to invent, nurture and allow growing like Bhashmasura to divide our society in general and those having faith in Hinduism in particular. Since 2014, a sizeable number of educated Zaahils find that NaMo is responsible for all the evils in the society. Earlier, it was a section of people incidentally borne in Brahmin surname were responsible for all the evils in the society.

Incidentally, or to say unfortunately BBD is also borne with a tag of Brahmin, although he does not possess any quality which are expected from a Brahmin as per internationally accepted records.

Now, coming to brass-tacks, that is – issue of Gau-hatya or slaughter of cows/heifers. Let us examine the issue in the light of law of the land, without branding BBD a manuwaadi.

Article 48 in the Constitution of India 1949, says: “The state shall endeavor to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of COWS and CALVES and other milch and draught cattle.

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India while dealing Case No. Appeal (Civil) 4937-4940 of 1998 – State of Gujarat VS Mirzapur Moti Kureshi Kasab Jamat & Others, disposed it on 26.10.2005, with findings inter-alia, in following lines, “…….. The utility of cow cannot be doubted at all. A total ban on cow slaughter has been upheld……”

Then The Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955 governs the slaughter of cattle in the state. Slaughter of cow (includes a heifer and calf) is totally prohibited. Transport of cow outside the State for slaughter is not permitted. The sale of beef is prohibited. The law defines “beef” as the flesh of cow and of such bull or bullock whose slaughter is prohibited under the Act, but does not include such flesh contained in sealed containers and imported into Uttar Pradesh. Anyone violating the Act can be punished with rigorous imprisonment of up to 2 years or fine up to ₹1,000 or both. The crime is treated as a cognizable and non-bailable offence. The Act permitted the slaughter of bull or bullock on obtaining a “fit-for-slaughter” certificate provided it was over the age of 15 years or had become permanently unfit for breeding, draught and any agricultural operations. However, the Government of Uttar Pradesh issued an ordinance in 2001, prohibiting the slaughter of cow and its progeny

Besides, various stories of Bhagwan Shri Krishna on Cows, which is not restricted to only those who have got faith in Hinduism, we are taought by historians that Chola King Manu Needhi Cholan even killed his own son Veedhi Vidnagan to provide justice to a cow.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji had banned Cow slaughter. Now, let us discuss the word “ban”. The points may not be palatable to those who are not offended by supression by invaders. Views expressed by author of these lines are his personal and is based on his feeling NATION FIRST. This is a fact that any invader simply ruins the existing system, procedure, rituals, tradition of the place, so that it can establish its might to rule. If we the people feel proud in being subjected to such humiliation by invaders and accept them as Bharat Bhagyavidhata, this article is not meant for them.

Invaders by various Islamic rulers of Arab and Central Asian Turkic origin brought the custom of slaughter of cows to this country. This is what history tells us. We have experienced in Kuwait and even in our home in Kashmir.

Now, BBD is amused and confused – if somebody wants to undo wrong or not implementing rules of law deserves appreciation or condemnation or should we the people praise those having audacity to reverse judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India (Shahbano). It is we the people to decide. But let us also keep in mind – IGNORE BAMYAN then be ready for 09/11.

BBD also thanks Ms Deepika Arora for her r views which is simply reproduced 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.
The Country is Syria, University is Damascus, Protestor’s Army is FSA, Dissident Groups are Kurdish Forces and Terrorists are ISIS.

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……………

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JAAGO RE

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – Traitors within

Thanks to Major General Mrinal Suman for the inputs
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The His-Story writers of Mera Bharat Mahaan taught us during our school days that the invaders who became subsequently our Bhagyavidhataas, resorted to “Divide and rule” policy to decide our destiny. Now, it is time to examine the situation as to whether this is the truth or myth.

BBD has observed that there is no dearth of Bibhishans or Jaichands or Mir Zaafars and Co. amongst us. Every victory of such divisive forces was facilitated by few amongst WE-THE PEOPLE, who betrayed the general mass or to say we, the people for some devious reward or to settle personal scores. No fort was ever conquered without the infidelity of a trusted insider.

Unfortunately slavery of more than 2,500 years has inculcated amongst most of us to develop the habit of liking licking the self inflicted wounds. We carry on spawning throngs of people who can stoop down to any level for our very personal petty gains.

Our own leaders, a good number of prestitues; and SICKULARS appear to have single point agenda as to how to generate innovative issues to keep the nation divided and embroiled in petty bickering and internal dissentions; and thus impede growth and progress and bring a bad name and grace to the nation.

Kindly correct BBD, if his observations on such great Sons of Soil are irrelevant or not a factual proposition:

The Bhagyavidhatas: They are fountainhead of all fissiparous tendencies. For the Vote Bank politics take precedence over everything else. One does not have to be a BBD to predict the danger of allowing illegal migration from Bangladesh for garnering votes in the states of NE, WB or even to NCR. But, unscrupulous political leaders are not disturbed at all. It was shocking to find views of well educated political leaders extending their support to a delinquent student leader who seeks destruction of Mere Bharat Mahaan; and comparing him with Sardar Bhagat Singh. Is it not a most perfidious act?

Hopefully, we are the only nation that has an ignominious track record of producing HMs who were engaged in naming and shaming the nation by concocted theories of Saffron terrorism to please the party BOSS. But, he blissfully ignored that by doing so, he is presenting a convenient propaganda to our unfriendly neighbors. One among them did even unthinkable to an aam aadmi (not the political party) even declared a terrorist to be innocent in an affidavit to the designated court. The aim was to ensnare the opposition leaders in a false case. Sadly, our “eyes and ears” suffered immense damage in the process. When a leader declares “it is safer to be cow than to be a Muslim in India today’, he conveniently forgets that he has put the whole country to shame. The world media flashes such headlines with sinister pleasure. Image of the nation takes a terrible beating. Just to score a brownie point against the present day dispensation, he presents a very convenient propaganda handle to the hostile foreces, so shameful and sinister mind! Very recently, a millionaire Vakil Saheb very famous Bhagyavidhata too, told to an anchor of a renowned TV channel that shouting slogans for destruction of the country is not debarred in the constitution. According to him, freedom of expression was of paramount importance. Even demand for secession was justified. As his oral dysentery progressed, BBD was not only amazed by his perverted reasoning but also stunned to find his brazenness with which he was arguing. Survival of MBM appeared to be of no concern to him. BBD was wondering whether he watching an Indian channel or a Pakistani Channel.

The Prestitute: While regretting such harsh and not so palatable word, it is less said the better for such educated but mindless people. From their conduct, it appears that many of them are foreign plants and the nation means little to them. When a leading media house invited a vicious and remorseless enemy like MUSH and groveled before him, it marked the rock bottom depth of shamelessness to which the yellow journalism could sink. Instead of castigating him for the KARGIL, he was treated as a peace loving guest. Such great SoS feel sadist pleasure and feel happy in explicitly displaying “Slumdog Millionaire Syndrome” all the time. Remember how a great TV reporter exhibited his inability o digest the popularity of NaMo in the US and even tried to incite the crowd with enough provocation. But, such people get paid to demean India, and not to extol it.

More than sufficient damage is also being inflicted on the unity of the country by certain section of the media through its Machiavellian and skewed reporting. Even news items are deliberately reported with a religious, caste, creed slant – ‘a Dalit girl molested in Delhi Bus’ – as if other women are not molested in Delhi buses, or ‘church guard killed’ – in reality an argument between two security guards had turned violent, or ‘ a Muslim driver runs over a boy’ – as if his being a Muslim is of any relevance. Very recently, in case of cattle stealing, a leading newspaper could not resist the temptation to add that ‘one of the five thieves is learnt to have had connection with a Gau Rakshak Dal in the past. How cunningly, a simple petty crime was given a different but volatile communal taint.

Stupid idiot petty vandals are given the coverage befitting a mass leader. So obnoxious was to see efforts of two TV anchors airing their interviews with a student leader charged with sedition. The worst was the indulgent demeanor of those great SoS; as if a national hero was being eulogized. The interviews were repeatedly telecast at prime time. A simple question from BBD, did these great SoS thought of interviewing war heroes or martyrs’ families? Forget it: that would have been a pro-India act and that is an act of sacrilege for them.

SICKULAR intelligentsia: This group of great SoS have done the maximum damage to the nation’s pride, prestige and standing. Some of them appear to be fifth columnists masquerading as progressive intellectuals. BBD does not recall any parallel instance in the world, where the intelligentsia writes to the US government not to receive their Prime Minister?
It is simply nauseating to find that duly elected representative of 1.30 billion Indians being subjected to indignities by bunch of shameless foreign educated and foreign sponsored anti-national elements. Unfortunately, their protests/views get huge publicity across the border, thereby undermining all efforts to boost our standing at the global forum. Now, it can be told with certainty that well orchestrated campaign of intolerance was totally malicious in intent. The sole objective was to stall all progressive reforms by tarnishing the image of the government. The sole objective was to stall progressive reforms by tarnishing the image of Government, and negative mandate of Bihar.

Few months back, hundreds of Christians, led by the church leaders, marched in protest on the roads of Delhi against the alleged vandalism of churches and a theft in a school managed by them. Routine cases of petty crimes were cited to suggest an anti-minority conspiracy. It was ensured extensive coverage of their protests by the foreign and Indian media their by damaging India’s secular image. Forign media are only too eager to shame India.

History is nothing but testimony to the fact that a nation infested with the virus of treachery, deceitfulness and perfidy has always been an easy prey for foreign subjugation. No one knows this bitter truth better than India. Yet our leaders, media and intelligentsia keep discrediting and harming the country through their seditious utterances and activities. Under the garb of freedom of speech, they support those felonious speakers who vow not to rest till MBM is destroyed.

Recently, when Paris was hit, the whole country gave a unified – but just compare with Batla House or Burhan Bani or surgical strike, many seditious elements had the impudence to term to be ‘fake’.

Now, the moot question – the mystery remains unsolved and BBD remains confused as to why does India continue to produce so many Jaichands and Mir Zaafars? Are we a cursed nation or is treachery a part of our DNA? JAAGO RE.

GLIMPSES FROM LIFE & TIMES OF BABA BAKHORAN DASS – BHASHMASURA FERU AAYIL (Bhashmasura reincarnated)

During upbringing of BBD, his grand father used to teach him moral science through shlokas and stories culled from various religious books. Once he narrated the plight of Bhagwan Shiva – God of destruction due to Bhashmasura his own creation.

BBD has got a gut feeling that still he is alive in different shape and size. Just scan the media. Behaviour of a Shivsainik and tectonic silence of THE BOSS  – action, reaction, inaction of the stake holders will make you proud of your great Indian heritage.

Another episode which started during 2012 created another Dhoomketu Bhashmasura – now it is UP to the reader to decide who is who – Anna, AK or Arnab?

As usual BBD is confused – but is sure – asuras are AMAR.

GLIMPSES from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS – YA vs AY

Surprise selection of YA to lead Uttam Pradesh politically as administrative head of the hindi heartland has stirred the hornet’s nest. The entire political opposition is yet to reconcile with the outcome of the latest mandate by we – the people. Those who hate NaMo and brand him intolerant, Feku and other blah blah are really and visibly upset. This expression is further escalated through media.

During the outburst by one spokesperson of a typical political party notoriously infamous for uttering KALAM, TARAJU, aur TALWAR – inko maaro joote chaar, when confronted by the anchor of TIMESNOW justified the statement/views of the party, because as per their views this particular section of the society was exploited since 2500 years, hence time for the people borne with the tag of the caste be suitably and adequately punished for the ’sin’ created by their forefathers. Very ironically, they believe in Gandhian philosophy of secularism and secularism – which says that “an eye for an eye will make the world blind”. Their core committee also believes that the”first right on resources need be reserved for minorities”.

Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) enjoys the hilarious verbal dysentery which are exhibited by great spokespersons like Jha bothers (who represent two different parties), Bhai M Singh, MST, Lomad Singh Hariyanawale, MK, VM, SSB, GT, Prof Singh, Bhadauria and Co. The views expressed by them and ironically appreciated by good number of WE-THE people of India and well educated urban illiterate media representatives makes chaats. BBD feels that if you watch such comedy shows before sleep, then better have HAZMOLA.

Now, YA – a mathematician is put to test by the leadership. YA has got wonderful mandate like his immediate predecessor AY – an engineer. Let us wait and watch. BBD feels that his motherland is in the process of another churning – mera desh shaayad badal raha hai. BBD prays GOD to be with we – the people of India, that is Bharat.

Glimpses from LIFE & TIMES of BABA BAKHORAN DASS (BBD)

This is now 2nd anniversary of getting all support guidance – to be very precise – lease of life extended by Shri Ravi Chatterjee ex ED of Syndicate Bank – to BBD.

Such relationships are possible only in India. The testing time in the life of BBD brought him to his knees and made him feel like a cucumber.

It was very difficult for BBD to live with the same dignity and respect in society once the organisation to which he treated like mother labelled him a criminal suspect.

Shri Ravi Chatterjee played the role  of legendary Dadhichi reincarnated; and gave all which were requied to bring back all needed to be a normal human being in the life of BBD. Thanks is a too small a word for him.