India Pakistan Friendship…is it at all possible?


 

I had a very different opinion regarding this until few days back the word cup started.I used to think that basically Indian people and Pakistan people have the same culture and hence it makes sense for the country to be friends.I know there are ample reasons to hate Pakistan ,but still there was a possibility that someday we could achieve the so called “Friendship” .

So what was it that changed my opinion ?.It’s the Indian Pakistan Match during the world cup.The 5 or 7 days before the match ….I received hundreds of Hate messages about Pakistan and innumerable number of posts in which Pakistani people and cricketers has been called dogs and terrorists.I understand “Cricket”-ing emotions run high in the country,but that is no reason to insult another Cricket team or the common people of Pakistan.This emotions were not a result of Pakistan being just a Cricketing opponent.It was because of the long standing hatred towards Pakistanis.It was because of the cricketing event that the real emotions came out.

The Pakistani cricket team was abused in all possible ways by the Indians.They were called “Dogs” and branded as “terrorists”

Though IMHO ,it isn’t correct to “abhor” and “hate” Pakistanis for what their Government has been doing.But the post is not about my opinion about what Indians should be doing.It is about whether there is any hope that the two states can have any sort of positive relation.

Here ,I must point out that it wasn’t only India,Pakistan too was passing derogatory comments towards India.Similar to India ,they criticize Indian Government as well.There is nothing on being done (in either of the country) to ease the tension between the “common man”

Just to get the feel about what the general population is thinking ….. here are some of the responses.

I have asked one question “Is any sort of friendship or positive relations possible,not from the diplomatic point of view but  from the Common man’s point of view ?”

Priyanko Das,Age 22

I don’t think we will able to consider people from Pakistan the same way we consider people from Srilanka or Bangladesh.Though this may not be right,but the atrocities committed by Pakistan,has been the main hindrance.Another thing I must mention is the negativity that is being spread by the Media (On both sides of the border) and the surroundings.

Kaustav Mittra,Age 26

My personal opinion is “No” ,we can never be friends with Pakistan.Pakistan reminds us of the terrorism that has been crippling India for quite sometime.It has been a safe haven for terrorists including Osama Bin Laden.One could definitely say that the ways of the government does not reflect the mentality of people.But then again it is the people that choose the government,and in the end of the day we must admit they do “Hate” India .Pakistan has had their share of derogatory comments towards India too.

Like any Indian I also feel that “good relations” are not possible in the immediate future.But I really hope that someday this comes true ,for the best interests of both the countries.

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GOD of small things……..


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Sathya Sai Baba (Telugu: సత్య సాయిబాబా) born as Sathyanarayana Raju (23 November 1926 – 24 April 2011[4][5]) was an Indian guru, spiritual figure, philanthropist and educator.

     This is what Wikipedia describes Shri Sathya Sai Baba as.Recently I saw an article in Times Of India that questions Baba’s powers (do read that article to understand my post better).As a non-spiritual and logical guy I definitely cannot refute the writer’s claim.That is probably the exact reason why Wikipedia describes him as just a “spiritual figure”.Baba was known to conjure “small” things from thin air,and that is why I have named this post as such.

     In spite of all these,I really don’t understand why should we at all question his abilities.If he was called “God” by his followers ,then it was not only for his miracles…It was for his virtues…for his philanthropic work ,his ideals and teachings.His miracles were just a a minor part in the big picture.If his “miracles” were the only reason ,then a lot of magician could have had millions of followers.

    Obviously the next question you would ask is that then if he is just a magician then why such “pretense”.To understand this we need to understand the Indian culture.A culture that can be united by only three things.

  • Politics
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Sports

The type of philanthropic work can only be done if he can get mass followers by the first two methods.Out of which politics is overcrowded with such people that,it is impossible for a single spoke to turn in the opposite direction and help the masses.Moreover surviving in todays political movement is not at all easy unless you are from a political family.

Baba chose the second way,he united people through faith and spirituality.The faith of people cannot come in a day.There needs to be something which will make people notice you.This is where the “miracles” came handy.But before we start shouting ,we must realize that it is not possible for a single common man to build hospitals/villages around the world,without anyone’s support.He had founded healthcare facilities,schools,universities and water projects .

The Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital was opened in Whitefield, Bangalore, in 1977 and provides complex surgeries, food and medicines free of cost. The hospital has treated over 2 million patients.

If he is called God,then its because he chose to help people……Its because he chose to actually do something and not sit and criticize ….Its because he had the ability to inspire faith in millions of people…..its because he could unite people from different race and religion.These are the things that make him a God…and these are things that everybody should respect him for.

The Two Contrasting Faces of India


 

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Pictures speaks a thousand words.That is exactly the reason why I have started the post with two pictures.One depicts Siddharth Malya son of the liquor baron Vijay Malya kissing his girl friend Deepika Padukone in front of the entire stadium.The second depicts an act of moral policing where couples were being arrested for just sitting in the parks.

This is the face of Indian hypocrisy.People criticize “Public Display of Affection” but when the same is done by a business Magnate no one seems to oppose.The point is if people think kissing publicly is a problem ,then it should be the same for all people.I fail to understand why the discrimination.

Recently I came across a Bengali cross over film called “Gandu”.

The Bengali Cross Over Film called Gandu

This film depicts the true society.But alas!this film that has won awards all over the globe wont be releasing in India.We have a problem with its name.We have a problem with the “true face” of the society.

These days “GANDU” is a word that is used here more often than the word “democracy”

If our police were as vigilant to crimes as our censor boards are then probably India would have been a better place.Another classic example of moral policing is  “Fahrenheit 9/11”.This film that depicts how the politicians in US used the tragic 9/11 event to push forward their own agendas. This film which was released in US, was not released in India!

The way we have been brought up makes us overlook the Hypocrisy we are staying in.A recent example would be “Sheila Ki Jawani “.The song with its catchy name and sexy dance sequences has enthralled us all.But when it comes to “Mumbai Dance bars”/”Night Clubs” the society is quick to brand it as “immoral”.We have no problem with watching “Sheila ki Jawani“ on screen ,but when some  girl dances to its tune in a Mumbai dance bar,we get offended.

It is about time we start erasing preconceived ideas about what is “Good” and what is “Bad”.The society is no one to decide whether “Live Together” is good or Bad.It is you and solely you ,that should decide on your morality.

It is time we start giving a damn to the society and change the face of India.

IPL vs Saurav Ganguly


With the IPL going on and “No Dada – No IPL” slogans at its peak,I couldn’t help myself but write about this.

We,Bengalis are always looking for an “ICON” .After Rabindranath Tagore’s demise no one could become a mass icon as “Saurav Ganguly” did.Saurav Ganguly was Bengal’s pride.With Ganguly being belittled,entire Bengal was angry.But the fact was that Bengal was not merely angry because a “good cricketer” was gone,but because Ganguly was the sole and only icon of this “Star-starved” state.

This feeling was justified 3 years ago,but now I really don think there is any need for such things.This only goes to prove how pathetic we Bengalis are.

Let me give you an example,Eden Gardens did not get the world cup match between India and England.A lot had been said how the “Bengal” was again ignored.But I think we did not deserve a match at eden ,here’s why.

  • Eden is probably the only place which has insulted the Indian cricket team.I still don’t find why the Indian cricket team needs to be insulted just because Saurav Ganguly did not get selected.People are so narrow minded that they do not even think twice about insulting their own country for regional differences.
  • Few days ago,I saw this facebook group ” No dada…..No eden ” http://www.facebook.com/NoDada.NoEden .Maybe this attitude is the reason why Eden was ignored.May be BCCI thought that some narrow minded people would visit the stadium with “No DADA…No WORLD CUP” flags and pray for India’s defeat.

Unfortunately,the majority people in Bengal are actually not “India”-haters.It is these handful of lowly people with their facebook groups..media attention has succeeded in giving a wrong impression about “Kolkata”.

These so called “Dada” supporters had lost their steam when India won the world cup.But their back again,now their opponent being “IPL” . They burn SRK’s effigy and call him a “villain”.

Firstly ,IMHO

SRK was kind enough to buy the Kolkata Team.

We should be thankful to him for that.There was no one from Bengal to even buy our team!!Not even “Mr.Subrata Roy,Chairman Sahara” who is a bengali too!

Look at the “Deccan Chargers”.They have the local press sponsoring them.But here in Bengal we have the local press supporting such narrow minded campaigns.I want to say to the local press “Anandabazar patrika”,If you guys know so much about the team why don’t you “sponsor” KKR if not buy it!

Kolkata being a cosmopolitan metro is still looked down because of these narrow minded campaigns,that makes us look like a fool.I have interviewed 3 people from my age group . (18-22)

This what they had to say .I asked 2 questions

  • What do you think about this campaign “No Dada ..no IPl”
  • How do you think this is affecting Kolkata’s impression to other outsiders.

Somdeb Mittra,Engineering Student, Age :22

I think it is a very disgusting campaign.Its normal to like a player and have emotions but there is no point in making it public through fb pages ,effigy burning and hence ruining Kolkata’s image.If each state tries to disrupt IPL since their favorite player did not get selected,then IPL altogether has to be stopped.

I think these people are indeed ruining Kolkata’s image.For an outsider this campaign would give an impression that Kolkata is a city of beauty without brains.

Arka Bhattacharyya,Engineering Student,Age 20

Basically this campaign is the work of people with a low mentality who have nothing good to do in life.It is because of this people that Kolkata is still considered as a “backward city” among Mumbai,Bangalore ,etc.These people have no moral ethics and do not think twice before going against their own country.

Kolkata in spite of being a cosmoplitan metro still does not have the modern image that new metros like Pune or Bangalore possess.A part of this can be attributed to these people who have tried their best to keep the “backward” image of Kolkata alive.

Sukrit Mukherjee,Engineering Student,Age 21

No Individual is higher than the team or the tournament.Its true that injustice had been done,but there is no point in bringing it here.IPL is not a committee to check injustice it is tournament where cricketers show their skills.All the teams did not select Saurav in the first round.There must be some reason why they thought Saurav was not fit for their team.Bengalis need to accept the fact that IPL was not made only for Saurav nor Saurav was made only for IPL.

Kolkata’s impression as a sports loving city is being marred by such stupid campaigns.It may seem that Kolkata isnt at all passionate about cricket ,and they only visited the stadium to watch Saurav,which is totally wrong. still don’t understand the hue and cry over KKR not choosing Saurav.Punjab has not chosen Yuvraj.Its about time these peole act like grown –ups.

My post is a testament of the fact that all Bengalis do not think the way they are generally portrayed as.We are actually a part of the  modern culture  and we are a truly sports loving state Smile