A Major Decision

Kashmir is boiling since ages and there has been constant insult meted out to the Indian Army on multiple occasions by the aavam, Separatists, terrorists, few Baluchi and by some people who get misled by the emotions. Army is not the first choice to stop small fights but when the police are unable to contain the situation the army is called in. By the time army is deployed the “Times of Talks” are already gone by. They are deployed to enforce law and order whether you like it or not.

The best course of action for the civilian is to Co-operate with them but if you are dumb enough to stone pelt them than you deserve what’s coming towards you.

Also a point to remember here is Army has its own courts. If an army man is found guilty to killing an innocent civilian or dishonoring him for no reason he is into deep shit.

Major Leetul Gogoi , who tied Mr Farooq Ahmed Dhar, a shawl weaver  to his Jeep’s bonnet and used him as a human shield to ward off the stonepelters, has been honoured with the Army Chiefs “ Commendation Card” ( Badges awarded for individual act of gallantry or distinguished service performed in either operational or non-operational areas. ) His service efforts as well his presence of mind are lauded by many in countering insurgency operations.

On 9th April 17 when by- election were been commissioned for Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency some hundreds of people gathered the area and attacked the polling stations and held the govt official hostages. At 10:30 am Major Gogoi received a distress call from the ITBP workers of Utligam that there were some 1200 people who had gathered near the polling booth and were pelting stones. They were attempting to burn down the polling station by hurling petrol bombs. On hearing the same he rushed to Utligam which stands at a distance of 1.5 kms from Gondi Pura where he was controlling a similar polling situation.

After reaching the spot and been unable to move from his jeep due to constant stone pelting Major Gogoi made announcement from his Mega phone that they were just there to rescue the polling staff but the crowd kept on pelting stones. Just then he happened to foresight a 30 something short man who Major believed to be a crowd instigator. He asked his team to catch hold of him. Sensing the situation the man identified as Farooq Ahmed Dhar a resident of Village Chill began running towards the crowd in order to protect himself. It is interesting to note that Chill is at a distance of 20 Kms from Utligam where Mr.  Dhar had come to cast his vote.

Farroq Ahmed Dhar

The army officials caught hold of him and tied him to the Jeep at the orders of Major Gogoi. They used him as a human shield against the stonepelters and paraded him on the jeep to get out of the tensed situation successfully. Noteworthy here is that the crowd subsequently stopped pelting stones on seeing a human shield on the jeep for a while.

Admittedly a hostile situation, Admittedly a protest going on, Admittedly Govt by poll official were held as hostages, Admittedly stone pelting done by 1200 people, Admittedly a poll been burnt down and still the media raises hue and cry on the above photo.

Major Leetul Gogoi had an option –he could have fired at the crowd resulting into casualities, made the pelters his hostages, created a stampeded like situation, run over people. Loss of life would have taken place and the same people in Media, Actors and Writers who are condemning his decision for tying a human to his jeep would have shouted slogans for the massacre which Major Leetul Gogoi could have avoided under his purview.

As long as Major Gogoi acted within bonafide and his action resulted into defusing a hostile situation, his efforts should be put to more credit than his orders of tying up of Mr Dhar to his jeep.

How military responds to a tensed situation in a warlike zone with a hostile crowd of 1200 people pelting stones at you should be best left to the judgement of an army officer who ensured that there was not a single loss of life.

A media columnist’s opinion or Actor Paresh Rawal’s comment’s  will not be fairly able to  review the judgement as you have to put yourself into that position to experience the warlike zone and taking charge to bring situation under control.

Think with an open 360 degree angle:

Did he act Bonafide?

Did his action result into defusing the situation without a single loss of life?

If the answer to the above is YES that we must zip up our mouths and put the controversy to rest.

A terrorist infested Kashmir cannot dream of good future. People there surrender to provocation as there seems to be very little education amongst the locals.  Kashmiris have locked their minds in the cupboard. It should be understood that major causalities are not by the army but because of the crowd and the terrorists. If army really wanted to kill Kashmiris, than all Kashmiris should have been dead by now.

Its right time as addressed by PM Modi that Kashmiris  needs to choose between Terrorism and Tourism.

Request you to go through the video uploaded and just see the restraint of the Indian Army patrolling in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The future belongs to the Children and if the Children are raised like this than even a so called Jannat can turn into Jahannum.

Video of Children Shouting Anti India Slogans in POK

Thoughtlessness…

Winston Churchill once said: “If you have 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law”.

In Today’s scenario we modify the same as: “If you have 1 funny/mindless regulation you destroy all respect for the law.”

The NH will be much safer for your drive with the recent law of the Govt to ban the liquor establishments within 500mtrs of the highways-220 meters for towns with a population of 20,000 or less.

It thus aims to curb the drunken driving that kills thousands of people each year. The aim seems fair but how it shall be driven to ensure implementation reducing the accidents is a question mark.

We all know people find out means to get away with it whenever a law is implemented based on specific facts and figures.  Prohibition till 500 meters can lead to selling of the liquor at a distance of further 600,650 or 700 meters in the interior of a village. The so called smart villages in India still lack the basic livelihood opportunities pushing the lives to dwell on liquor and forgetting  their worries. The government is thus enabling and ensuring the sale of this magnificent liquid closer home making it even more accessible to all the lives that do not have means to earn daily bread.

How shall the Govt control the nuisance this sale shall generate on the deserted village streets with the misbehavior with woman and robbery without any police protection?  These closures will result into job loss and shall translate into enormous losses to businesses that thrive on tourism revenues.

PM Modi talks of Growth but the growth should be sustainable in long term. Why an idea to promote more jobs is not advocated. Why you cannot deploy more Highway Policing thus guarantying jobs to curb drunken driving menace and rather employing some funny mindless law.

The Gujarat Govt has recently amended the States Animal Preservation Bill to entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment on cow slaughter and a minimum of 10 years of jail term. This bill was successfully passed in the assembly with the absence of the opposition with the visitors’ gallery packed with saffron clad Hindu priests. All Gau Matas are safe here in Gujarat.

This bill however does not frighten me. I can drive recklessly and hit a cow for the bill offers no measures under such offences made by the drivers.

COW

Along with the law the conditions by which the cows are reared in the cowsheds should be improvised. The cows stand in utter heat of 50 plus degree, in the rainy season the knees of the cows are splattered with cow dung and the rainy mud. Year on year numerous cattle dies due to Hand , Foot and mouth disease, Skin Ulcers and anthrax disease.

With no improvement in the condition we pass a bill to stop cow slaughter.

Aren’t they getting slaughtered each day in the pathetic cowsheds of Pinjrapoles ?

The aim of the bill is to protect the Cows.

I have my own doubts.

Is Khadi a big Deal ?

Had this question been asked to CEO Fabindia Mr  Viney Singh the simplest answer would have been “YES”.

The issue isn’t that simple when a BRAND and the PRODUCT CATEGORY gets mixed up.

“KHADI” Or “KHADR”

An ancient linen hand spun out of Charkha/Spinning Wheel by mixing cotton, wool and silk. It was hugely popularized by Mahatma Gandhi for necessitating the nation to use handwoven swadeshi cloth, and shun away foreign goods and clothing thus ensuring self-reliance amongst Indians. A versatile fabric which keeps you cool in summer and warm in winters. In order to improve the look the fabric is sometimes starched to give it a stiffer ironed look. In India Khadi is marketed by and autonomous body under Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises known as Khadi & Village Industries Commission of India ( KVIC ).

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KVIC has sent a legal notice to retail garment store Fabindia Overseas Pvt. Ltd. asking them to stop the usage of the word KHADI from all its cotton garments and remove the display banners from its showrooms propagating cotton garments as KHADI failing which KVIC will be constrained to proceed against for violating Khadi mark Regulation and payment or incidental damages for the losses caused to KVIC by Fabindia. It alleged Fabindia of “Indulging in unfair trade practices by using the word Khadi for selling its cotton garments. “

KVIC Commission Act, 1956  in order to regulate the production, sale and trading of khadi products in India stated that “no textile shall be sold or otherwise trade by any person or certified khadi institutions  as ‘Khadr’ or ‘Khadi Products’ in any form or manner without it bearing a ‘Khadi Mark’ tag or label issued by KVIC. This means KVIC is considering term KHADI as BRAND.

As per the above stated law people participating in various handicrafts fairs from across different states are authorized to sell there material as Khadi as many such events are promoted by Micro Small & Medium Enterprise. Than what about a person selling his material which is a combination of– Cotton, Wool and silk at local markets like Laldarwaja in Ahmedabad ? Can he sell his product as Khadi ?

For a moment imagine Mr X  is launching a toothpaste under the Brand name of Toothpaste. Now for him Toothpaste is a brand. Does that mean FMGC giants like Colgate, Dabur, Pepsodent should refrain from using the word toothpaste to define their product category ?

 

 

Women And Politics

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After the recent arrest of Sasikala and the whole palm slapping episode conducted on Ex CM’s grave, the world wonders that are woman carved out by the nature to rule the masses?

  • Can she undoubtedly carry forward a legacy putting her emotions, frustrations and anxiety behind?
  • Can she confidently lead a political party without showing her helplessness of been an Abla Nari caught in a net of politics?
  • Can she act as ruthless as– King Porus, King Sikander or closer home King Ashoka ?
  • Can she take individual decisions without consulting anyone or she needs to walk on the tight rope laid down by fellow party campers?

Woman by nature are carved to be soft spoken, kind, warm, caring, devoted living being who can provide comfort to the opposite sex who are often harsh, ruthless, dominative, carefree, distressed and frustrated by the world -read here as male.

When a woman performs dual characteristics of man and woman in one body —the world gets confused. Critics stand up from their positions to mince out every word possible to define a certain palm stamping behavior. Politics -a predominantly male dominated arena accepts woman only if they are quasi-men themselves. If a women in politics is exceptionally good looking and woman like – there are possibilities that she can be a butt of a WhatsApp joke and not taken that seriously for her work. I mean a work done by Mayawatiji is taken more seriously than Hina Rabbani Khar.

Women leaders need to be diplomatically talented equally if not more than her male counterparts to rule the roost. She has to choose either side to arrive on world politics podium. She cannot be emotional and ruthless together in a body.

A much poised and stoic Lt. Jayalalithaa would have twisted and turned in her grave at the showcase of such behavioral trait by her aide.  Had Sasikala not exhibit such behavior when the cameras were awaiting the fodder she might have come across, accepted as a more balanced candidate for the position of TN CM. She could have possibly evoked a strong feeling that she was framed and was a suitable suitor instead of Mr K Palaniswami. The talks are that this behavior of hers has also not gone down too well with her followers.

Maybe the world wants single identity wrapped in a body. It can possibly still remember with fondness and praise the great leadership of Shrimati Indira Gandhi who sacrificed her married life to single-mindedly focus on the wellbeing of the nation. If you are a woman leader you need to be hardcore strong- mentally and emotionally. Certain pinch of drama is welcomed but only within the confinement of four walls of house where the world cannot see you- to judge you and label you as weak or dramebaaz.

Every time you feel disabled, crippled under expectations feel free to cry and lash out at the world but only within the confinement of your home amongst your care takers and come out ever victorious and stronger.