Tag: India

The faultless, the nationalist and the holier-than-thou.

Recently, I read in the social media about an Indian couple who beat up a wheelchair user in a theater for not standing during the national anthem in Goa. How sickening is this?

This is not an isolated incident in the country. These incidents, however, may not be called a trend, but has been increasingly reported in the last 10 years and very much in the media since past couple of years. It may be because these incidents have increased in past years or the media cover of these types of cases have increased. No matter whether it has increased or has been constant in the past 70 years of freedom, it definitely does not seem healthy for a free society.

People are openly beaten up or even lynched for eating certain kind of meat (beef). Couples are trashed in public parks for being together. Night parties have been attacked by a group of people who claim to be the makers of a better society (what an irony?). Some are even beaten up for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ (Hail mother India)  as few believe it is the way to prove patriotism. A few media channels have promoted themselves from being neutral reporters to the judges of highest courts (of their own standards) by making judgments and declaring people guilty and even pointing out the anti-nationals.

 Poor people are beaten up for transporting cattle in the name of stopping the slaughter and are seized unlawfully, but later the cattle is sold by the same people for profit. This is one of the few businesses which includes no hard work but returns both fame and money.

The driver of a bigger vehicle would most probably be beaten up by passersby if he hits a smaller vehicle on the road even if it is not his fault. Tragically enough, people are more bothered to beat up the driver than to call an ambulance or take the victim to a hospital.

People from Bihar and UP have been trashed in their own country (in Mumbai) because some believe that they have the highest form of lawless behavior in the country. One must find out how lawful it is to beat somebody up unlawfully. In my opinion, it is nothing less than the Nazis who believed that Jews were the destroyers of the civilizations, however, they never realized that they themselves were the uncivilized and the real destroyers of civilization.

Everyone thinks they are better than the other person. Self-righteous people of every religion portray others as inferior all the time. Self-declared patriots threaten others’ right to celebrate patriotism in their own ways. Many of us do not miss any opportunity to point fingers at a person with a fault and sometimes, even without any fault, people beat up others just because they can.

Every time I hear about such incidents, one thing that comes to my mind is the incident where a woman was brought to Jesus convicted of adultery by the preachers of the laws and some self-righteous people. They asked Jesus whether the woman should be stoned, as the laws says an adulterous woman must be stoned to death. I admire what Jesus replied to this. He said “If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her”. Hearing the reply, all of them who accused the woman left the place one after another and as the verse emphasizes ‘the older ones first’. 😉 John – 8: 3-10.

In the same way, are we all not guilty of any sin? Are we not humans who commit mistakes in our daily lives? In other words, when Men visit brothels, it is gratifying their sexual needs but women in the brothels are called whores and secluded from the society in a way that jeopardizes their health and well-being. In addition to this, rapists and people indulging in violence against women in their homes are teaching how women should dress and when they should go out, under the banner of culture, tradition and religion.

If we take a moment and look within and be empathetic before we judge and disgrace others for their mistakes or raise our fingers, the world would be a much better place.

Let the law of the state, which is intended to maintain order in the society take its course. Why are we becoming so judgemental and self-righteous and taking law into our own hands?

Let he who is free of sin throw the first stone…

Finally, one thing I have observed in my life is that the higher the level of hypocrisy in a person the more judgmental she/he tends to be and more the finger pointing. I may be wrong in my observations, scientific study needed. LOL.

“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. Jesus in Matthew 7:5

Thanks

God bless

Beyond beef, pork and BAN…

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Television, Newspaper and social media are filled with beef, pork and chicken since a few weeks in India. Eat Beef!!!Ban Beef!! Ban pork!! Ban Chicken!!! What’s happening?? Why have we been concentrating on what people should eat and not??? But there are no highlights on number of people who go to bed with no food or inadequate food every day in our country…

Is not life much more important than just eating? What will happen if one does or does not eat something? How far is it justified to hate someone for their eating habits? Is it not important for us to love one another? If we will love people on the basis of their behavior and attitude we can’t love…we can only hate…

Promoting hatred and fighting each other in the name of religion has become a trend in certain parts of the world including our country. Why are we fighting in the name of religion? If anyone believes that God promotes religion, then leave it to God to defend his cause. We are too small to defend God. Don’t defend God, he does not need you to defend him and kill one another in the name of religion.  How does that promote peace and harmony?

Talking about holiness. Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defiles a man – Matt-15:11. What a person eat does not make a person good or bad but how one speaks, behaves and his/her attitude makes him/her good or bad. That means we need to concentrate what comes out from us rather than what goes inside (other than in terms of health). It is good to stop eating something if that disturbs anyone, but how far is it right to kill a person who ate something in his house without causing harm to anyone?

There are more important things to worry, rather than someone’s eating habits. Unfortunately, our media focuses its attention on the sensational news rather than the harsh realities. All around, there are millions of Indians who do not have a square meal each day, a huge population lives in extreme poverty, children die of malnutrition, mothers in childbirth, access to a social life is a dream for majority of the People with Disabilities, millions of children have no access to proper education (we may be happy with the literacy rate in our census data). There are so many more important and pressing issues that need our attention and priority.

Come to our villages and see lives…”India lives in its village” – Mahatma Gandhi. If you don’t agree then experience it. Visits to many of the villages in Jharkhand, Odisha and few other states are very limited due to the fear of Maoist presence in the region. But reality cannot be understood unless one goes to the ground. Only when we step out will be able to see, think and experience something different. Right now all banning Beef does fulfill some political agenda and satisfies somebody’s greed while realities remain unchanged.

Looking at these realities might actually save lives.

Rather than focusing on what goes inside let’s think about what goes out. How we live our life and contribute to the society and behave to our fellow human beings are important than eating?

By saying this, I don’t mean I am perfect but all I am saying is to focus on the things that matter and we will grow together. Time to look beyond beef, pork and BAN….

Thank you

God Bless..

Pray for Nepal and India

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Nepal and some part of north India have been hit by several earth quakes. The massive one of 7.9 magnitude on 25th followed by some small tremors throughout the day. A 6.7 magnitude earth quake on 26th around 12.30 pm caused loss again. It has caused more than 2500 deaths so far.

Let’s pray for our dear fellow beings who have been suffering due to the disaster. Pray for the families who have lost their dear ones…And most importantly let’s pray that the uncertainty ends…and frequent quakes stop…

This is the time the world should stand for a nation which is in trouble…as it is written in Romans- 12:15,– “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn”.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all who have been suffering…..

You may support physically or may not but certainly your prayer will help….Thank you

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in Him. (Nahum 1:7)

Let’s hope and pray for the best…

God bless..

 

Bleed Blue…

It’s ICC World Cup 2015 semi-final.article-0-126DA003000005DC-545_634x377It is going to be a big day for all Indian cricket fans. Defending champion India is taking on mighty Australia. It’s going to be a big game and India has got everything to defeat the four time champions. They have been the best throughout the tournament and I hope they will continue it through next two big matches to become World Champions for the third time. Two more hurdles to repeat history.

Oh!!! the countdown has begun, and in some hours, two best teams will be at war….waiting for that and hoping for an exciting match… Where ever you live make it for this big match….Probably the best match of the tournament….

Bleed Blue…

May God be with our team…
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What does the Road speak…?

A road can say many things….

A road describes of a journey, a journey ahead and a journey completed.

A road reminds us of our choice: the choices of our past and the choices of our future.

A road reminds us of our walking together…and walking alone…

A road tells us to live every moment…

A road tells us how well we travelled not how fast we moved….

And road signifies life…..

Road brings us home…road takes us to our loved ones….

It can take us so close and can take us so far…but it says choice is ours…

It tells us so many things…

and the road talks a lot…just like my mom….!!!

 Listen to what it tells you….

Let’s see photographs of some beautiful roads and see what else does it speak….?

(These photographs were taken over the period of two years)

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This was taken near Latehar, Jharkhand
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This was taken near Satbarwa, where I work..
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This road goes to one of our target village
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This is also taken in Satbarwa
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This is the road of my native village
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This is Guwahati-Tezpur Road, Assam,India
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This is another photograph of my village road..
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Ranchi Road near our Hospital, Satbarwa
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This picture was taken near our hospital
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This was taken in Betla National park, Jharkhand, India
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Ranchi Road near Chandwa, Jharkhand
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Ranchi Road near Satbarwa
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This also goes to one of our target village
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Way to Netrahat, Jharkhand
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Way to Netrahat, Jharkhand
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Betla National Park, Jharkhand
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Way to Netrahat, Jharkhand
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Wagah border post….NH-1…..this goes till Lahore Pakistan….Delhi–Lahore Bus, officially known as Sada-e-Sarhad (translation: Call of the Frontier) runs through this gate.
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Mussoorie, India
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Way to Mussoorie
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Another Picture of NH-1 at Wagah border (India-Pakistan Border)
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Way to Mussoorie from Dehradun, India
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Way to Kempty fall Mussoorie, India
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Mussoorie, India
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Mussoorie, India
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Way to Mussoorie
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This was taken in the night near Satbarwa

God bless….

65th Republic Day

On 26th January, we celebrated our 65th Republic Day. This day our constitution; world’s longest written constitution came to force. The celebration happened almost in every places of our country, both in rural and urban area. Lot of speech, discussion, songs, music, feast, dance and many more things happened on the day. We discussed about people like Gandhi, Ambedkar, Nehru and many others. We all celebrated the day with cheerful hearts.

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(Photo: Republic Day celebration at our Hospital Campus)

 But the real question is, did we have enough reason to celebrate it cheerfully, with cheerful heart?

We all say India is shining…. India is developing rapidly etc….. We all talk about DEVELOPMENT but how many of us understand development & its complete picture?

Our Republic Day is not just to celebrate but think and rethink whether we have really moving forward towards the dreams of our great national heroes? What they thought while writing our constitution?

Its time, let us stop and think and then advance.

Where are we now?

I would not say anything on whether we are moving towards the great vision of our heroes or not? I would leave this on readers to decide where we are?

Can we be joyful, knowing that 25.7% of people in rural areas now live below poverty line?

Can we say we are doing justice, after knowing: 836 million Indians survive on less than Rs. 20 (less than half-a-dollar) a day?

Can we say there is equality, after knowing: 10 million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases?

Can we say we are proud on 65th Republic Day, knowing that:  Over 25 lakh Indians die of hunger every year?

Yes, there are many good things that have happened and our country has achieved success in various areas but I don’t have enough reason to be glad. Until everything happening is sustainable and everything happening is reaching to the last person of the country. Until we are able to give justice, equality, liberty and fraternity to all of our citizens I would not say we are doing good.

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(Photo: We were called to a village for the Republic Day celebration on the same day)

Our constitution was a dream of our ancestors and they gave us this to fulfill their dreams – the dream India. The heart and soul of our constitution ‘The Preamble’ : What it says?

“WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA,

having solemnly resolved to constitute INDIA into a

SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST, SECULAR,

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economics & political:

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith

and worship.

EQUALITY of status and opportunity: and to promote

among them all;

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and

the unity and integrity of the nation”

Can there be a better dream for a country?

This is the dream that our ancestors had seen of India and it is the responsibility of every one of us to fulfill this. But the question is how far we have fulfilled this wonderful dream? (And you know why am I saying it a dream – because it is not a reality still)

But we can change the world, we can change our country and we have ability to attain any heights.  We can promote justice, equality, liberty and fraternity and can make the whole world a better place to live.

The development which abides justice and equality and is sustainable

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem” – Mahatma Gandhi

Jai hind

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(Our SAO hoisting our National Flag on Republic Day at the Hospital campus)

God Bless You

Abinash Biswal