Those who do great things are usually silent!

The history of Hindi poetry is extended over a period of almost one thousand years. Hindi verse literature as a whole can be divided into four yugas (kal or stages) – Adi Kal, Bhagti Kal, Ritee Kal and Adhunik Kal.

Adikal or Veergatha Kal (the Early Period) The Literature of this period belongs between 10th to 14th centuries. The poetry either highlights certain religious ideologies or praises the heroic deeds of the Rajput rulers and warriors in the form of verse-narrative (Kavya Rass). 

In the Veer Gatha Kal, our popular culture was saturated with themes of conflict, combat, and conquest. In the popular write-ups or folk traditions our heroes in that era were warriors. Even in Adhunik Kal, as a society, we like our celebrities to be cheeky, self-important, and even a bit narcissistic. Fortunately, our beloved prime minister Shri Naredra Modi is blessed to the brim with all these virtues.

As a chief minister of Gujarat he used to address directly to President of Pakistan as Miyan Musharraf. While many thought he was hitting above that weight, there were many who admired his delivery. It is another matter that he landed in Pakistan to celebrate some happy occasion with the family of then prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharief uninvited. It was a master stroke of courtesy and politics if you want to agree,

The young new prime minister of Pakistan was not unmindful of NaMo’s gesture to his predecessor. Imran Khan had recently remarked that BJP is the Party that is better placed to do business with Pakistan. He didn’t name Shri Narndra Modi Ji but it was all between the lines to read as everyone knows who wears the breaches in Indian power politics today.

However, the latest statement of Prime Minister Modi is clear indication that NaMo didn’t relish the compliments from across the border at least in this elections season.

Our prime minister announced with all conviction that India is no more afraid of nuclear threats from Pakistan. “Otherwise, Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for Diwali (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai. Ye Diwali ke liye rakha hai kya)?” Mr. Modi said. He said Indian forces killed terrorists across the border without engaging in a war. “This is called a strong government. We have created fear among terrorist.” Modi made these remarks at an election rally in Barmer in Rajasthan on Sunday.

These kind of statements are not taken in positive spirit in comity of modern nations. I don’t recall if US President Truman had ever used such kind of expression before he bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki to dust and smithereens. The whole world knows that Pakistan is no match to India might is any equation of power and strength. We don’t need to remind Pakistan, a state that is crumbling under its own contradictions of failing economy, Martial Law and puppet politicians.

Mr. Modi said his government crushed the ego of Pakistan and “forced the neighbouring country to roam in world with begging bowl”.

One can always admire the combination of confidence and bravado but let us not forget that humility is among the most powerful trait of a leader. Humility of a powerful leader can’t be interpreted as a weakness or inadequacy, The humility of a real leader is always lauded as freedom from arrogance and pride. It is this absence of ego and inflated pride that imparts the weight in his words before deeds and actions.

The loud silence of our ex-prime minister Sardar Manmohan Singh was a wonderful example of that virtue.

For the intelligent masses, healthy confidence of their leader flows from genuine competence and self-worth or self-assurance. It can spring from a passionate point of view about finding a better way and being a tireless pioneer in finding that way.

On the contrary, the unhealthy confidence flows from a position of being pampered as expert/guru with the leadership-zapping trait of arrogance. The arrogant expert typically conveys sentiments like, “I said that; I did that” and “I am more than you.”

Reacting to the statement made by Shri Modi, the leaders of the Congress and regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir hit out at Narendra Modi calling it “boastful” and “irresponsible”. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh criticised Modi’s remark as “irresponsible”.

“PM Narendra Modi’s election speeches and irresponsible statements point to the growing desperation in the BJP. Prime Minister’s boastful claims of being ready for a nuclear missile attack on Pakistan and US intervention are uncalled for and not in interest of national security,” Sharma tweeted.

Sharma’s reaction was also in reference to Modi’s comments in Patan in Gujarat that after Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was held by Pakistan, a senior American official on the second day said that “Modi has kept 12 missiles ready and might attack and the situation will deteriorate”. “Pakistan announced return of the pilot or else it was going to be a ‘qatal ki raat'(a night of bloodshed),” the prime minister had said. 

Sharma also said the Congress would like to remind Modi that these elections are about unemployment, farm distress and the betrayal of the voters on electoral promises.

Every Indian is proud of the valour of our forces and our nuclear capabilities, but the government cannot hide behind this, he said, adding, “India needs answers.”

Reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi that ‘Rashtrapita’ is Mahatma Gandhi and India is celebrated as the world’s largest democracy. It will be a sad moment that India is globally judged & you are equated with Kim Jong-un for making threatening statements of nuclear strike,” Sharma added.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti hit out at Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept it for Eid.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, also a former chief minister, said threat of nuclear annihilation was not a ‘PUBG’ game where one can hit the reset button to restore normal life.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Our Prime Minister Modi wins ‘Seoul Peace Prize 2018’

Our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 in recognition of his efforts in promoting global peace and harmony through inclusive economic growth and improving quality of life. The award was presented to PM Modi by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony. A short film on the life and achievements of Modi Ji was also screened at the event. “The Seoul Peace Prize is dedicated to the people of India & our country’s culture of peace and harmony,” PM Modi said after taking the award.

The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea, an event in which 160 nations from across the world took part, creating harmony and friendship. The significance of the Seoul Olympic Games rests in the fact that the games heralded the termination of age-old political and ideological conflict between the East and the West, fostering a worldwide atmosphere of peace and reconciliation. It also served as an occasion to confirm the possibility of achieving world peace through mutual understanding and cooperation.

The internal committee that decide the winner includes over 1,300 nominators, including internationally renowned Korean and foreign figures in political, economic, social, cultural, athletic, academic and other fields. The nominators should send back the forms after filling in the name of their candidates and their achievements three months before the advised date for the award giving ceremony. The final recipient is selected through a vote by members of the committee.

Here are the details of some of the winners of Seoul Peace Prize:

In 2014, it was given to Angela Merkel of Germany in recognition of her outstanding contribution to protecting human rights, promoting peace, and preventing war and terrorism through international cooperation

In 2010, it was given to José Antonio Abreu for saving juveniles from violence and crime and contributing to building a peaceful society by promoting harmony, cooperation and fellowship through the organization of orchestras. José Antonio Abreu Anselmi was a Venezuelan orchestra conductor, pianist, economist, educator, activist, and politician. He was also honoured with the 2009 Latin Grammy Trustees Award, an honour given to people who have contributed to music by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

In 2008, it was given to Abdus Sattar Eidhi of Pakistan for serving the humanity.

In 2006, it was given to Mohammed Yunus of Bangla Desh for being the foremost leader in the global fight to combat poverty.

It is a great achievement of Shri Narendra Modi Ji and we the Indians are proud of his achievements.

Other awards received by Shri Narendra Modi include:
King Abdul Azis Sash Award (Saudi Arabia 2016)
Amir Amanullah Khan Award (Afghanistan 2016)
Palestine Grand Collar Award (Palestine 2018)
Champion of Earth 2018 Award (UNO 2018)

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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When someone you value ignores you!

An old acquaintance shared a photograph of a senior NRI associate / relative / friend’s family that used to call umpteen times while they were in the foreign land. However, they did totally ignore my existence this time since they landed in the motherland recently.

Being associated with the creative fields of journalism and fine arts, I ‘m used to brickbats and accolades of my readers. It is not easy to accept to go into oblivion.

It happens that people come close, closer, still closer and when their illusions shatter they drift away. With years of swim and trim, the ambience and temp of water affect me no more. However, a human can be apathetic but not senseless. The relationships pass through various stages. Human nature is complex and our behaviour doesn’t always reflect what we’re or we want to be.

It could be very difficult at times to tell what makes the people act the way they do. Why the sudden changes creep into their  behaviour without a clearly identifiable cause. This is especially hard when it comes from your once affectionate associates. The pertinent question remains – `Why is someone ignoring you and why the change? Does this question sound familiar? Are you also often puzzled by this kind of distant behaviour?
Before exploring the reasons, I put some interesting observations based on introspection:

When we’re dynamic, we lose balance; when we’re still we turn stagnant; when we’re intense, we’re tense and when we’re relax, we go lax. So, before searching the holes in others, we should first always look inwards. But blaming oneself is not a healthy option always.

Again the pertinent question needs to be tackled: “Why someone is ignoring you?”

First spontaneous reaction as Mirza Ghalib had said, “Dil ke bahlaney ko Ghalib yeh khyal achcha hai?” (A thought more to palliate your wounded ego).

Before we immediately imagine the worst possible scenario – your associate does think that you’re no longer worth to be in the inner circle, here are some of the most common reasons for someone giving the cold shoulder:

He / she needs to breathe. Too much of your existence has lately occupied their mental spaces.

Upset and doesn’t want to talk about it.
You, yourself might been acting different lately.
Some old or new friends are affecting their decisions.
They are just busy.
They are jealous of your status.

They are thinking of ending things
They have got cold feet or lost the loving feeling – Sometimes, when some guys start to become emotionally attached they just sort of freak out for a bit and get cold feet. They try to push you away, they hesitate and question their own feelings.

Then all one can do is to give some space and time to himself / herself to accept the new reality.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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1o % Reservation for Economically Backwards – a Catch 22

So, finally the BJP has played its trump card! The announcement of 10 per cent reservation for economically backward groups in the upper castes is a masterstroke that has caught every political party off its guard.

These outfits seem to lose their bearing. They don’t know whether they should oppose it of fall in line. To a serious observer of the country’s realities, it is another leap into the dark. There are hardly new jobs and they are ready to dispense something that scantily exists.

In reality it is confession by the regime that it’s a failure at every front. Indian economy has not generated enough jobs in the last almost five years. The government has done nothing on the education front to create a system that could help the youth enter into the economic stream.

We know that the public sector jobs are scarce and private sector is almost stagnant owing to questionable economic blunders made by this government like demonetization, GST etc. Indian economy is no longer as buoyant as it was the need of the hour. We are now back to distributing crumbs.

From Mandal saga to today’s reservation for Swarnas, it is all appeasement – one form or another. Today every other group that can bring the crowd on the road and tilt the balance of vote for one party or another is ready to don the mantle of victimhood.

The original idea of reservation has been stretched beyond combating discrimination and empowering the truly marginalised. Reservation was never an anti-poverty measure in word and spirit. Reservation is too weak an engine to pull the train out of poverty. You can’t address the problem of economic deprivation through reservation. It is preposterous.

Before the general election, as the new regional parties are uniting against the NDA / BJP, it’s as measure to thwart the opposition unity. This is the true backdrop of this act. But both the timing and content of this announcement reflect BJP’s desperation.

Like all previous reservation measures or tactics it is not going to do any good to the society in its entirety. Apart from its acceptance, there will be other constitutional questions to be qualified.

Will a breaching of the 50 per cent ceiling, or the inclusion of groups that are economically behind is going to deepen the crisis of the judiciary? If it caves in, it will be seen as pliant; if it overturns its own previous settlement, it has to set a new precedent. If it does go against the euphoria, the clamour will be to portray the Indian judiciary as an obstacle to greater social justice. Catch 22!

The least we can say –  the government is taking a bet that all conventional legal precedent can go for toss and it can get its way. That is new reality of Indian politics.

It will be fascinating to see if any political party has the guts to speak the truth.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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A former Member of National Assembly of Pakistan Raza Ali Abidi has been gunned down in Pakistan

A former Member of National Assembly of Pakistan Raza Ali Abidi has been gunned down outside his residence in Khayaban-i-Ghazi neighbourhood of the Defense Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday.

I’d no idea who Raza Ali Abidi of Pakistan was till I saw the news of his brutal murder. The police official said firing took place after the gate of Ali Raza Abidi’ house had been opened. After launching investigation, police have acquired CCTV footage of the attack. The footage showed two men riding a motorcycle chasing Abidi and one of them spraying the bullets.

The footage run by TV channels showed that a man who was riding pillion getting off the two-wheeler and running away after targeting. Raza was associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – a political outfit of Indian migrants in Pakistan. He had earlier contested election from Karachi against Prime Minister Imran Khan in the July 2018 general election.

As expected Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed profound grief over the murder of the former lawmaker and expressed condolence to the bereaved family.  ANP leader Bushra Gohar termed Mr Abidi’s death “a huge loss” and said that he “was one of the sanest politicians in Pakistan”.

“Shocked!!! Gone too soon…#RazaAliAbidi was one of the sanest politicians in #Pakistan – his death is a huge loss. Security failure has become an accepted norm. There will be no accountability-so continue with positive reporting as ordered by DGISPR.”

His name has confused me about another journalist and broadcasting giant of BBC Urdu – the old Raza Ali Abidi who was born in 1936 in undivided India. He had moved to Karachi with his family in 1950. He is best known for his radio documentaries and the finest among his works was ‘Grand Trunk Road’ or ‘Jernaili Sadak’ also known as ‘Sher Shah Suri Road.’ It was a bus travel travelogue from Peshawar to Calcutta.

Though we have our own share of violence when we remember the brutal murder of Mahatma Gandhi by fanatic ideologue Nathuram Godsey but there is nothing compared to the string of high stake murders in Pakistan history.

The founder of Pakistan Mohammed Ali Jinnah had died on the road without any immediate medical support a year after the creation of the new nation. In 1951, the first prime minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated in Rawalpindi’s Company Bagh while making a public speech. His assassin was immediately shot dead but the mystery is still unresolved who ordered the killing.

Another Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was murdered or executed in the fake judicial process by Gen Zia ul Haque. Bhutto was born on January 5, 1928, in Larkana, Sindh of undivided India. He was president of Pakistan 1971–1973 and prime minister 1973–1977. On April 4, 1979, he was got into the rope.

Fifty years after the death of Liaquat Ali Khan, Benazir Bhutto – the daughter of Zulfiqar, wife of ex- President Asif Ali Zardari and herself ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan was assassinated in the same garden – Company Bagh.

It was only yesterday that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was claiming that his government would make it sure that the minorities feel safe, protected and have equal rights in ‘New Pakistan’. “We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are unsafe and not being treated as equal citizens.”

I’m not sure but the very name Raza Ali Abidi sounds a name of a minority Muslim community of Pakistan.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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The Tragedy King Dilip Kumar in trouble in the twilight of his life

When it comes to Dilip Kumar, the image of a Tragedy King eclipses all the vicissitudes and faculties of his life. He is endowed with the marvellous features, superb delivery and wonderful expressions. There has been no match to Yusuf Khan in Indian Film Industry. As an actor he is the towering figure that loomed large over the middle decades of 20th century of Indian film industry. Respect, devotion, excellence and awe, all these words can’t do justice when we talk of LOVE that Dilip Saheb has earned in his life. Of course, he has shown his feet of clay and there were many instances of that. However, that doesn’t take away his importance as the Greatest Actor of silver screen.

Dilip Saheb hasn’t been in the pink of health for quite some time now. He was detected with ‘bronchial pneumonia’ and is on medication. He has stopped work long long ago but people all over the world remember him as if he was there yesterday. In most of the gatherings when the people discuss about his health, they always urge to pray for his speedy recovery. For many of us, just his presence is blessing.

He had started his career in 1944 and worked in some of the biggest commercially successful films in the period 1949-1961. He was the first actor to receive a Filmfare Best Actor Award and holds the record for most number of Filmfare Awards won for that category.

Though he has done films of other genres occasionally and balanced out with roles such as the intense Andaz (1949) with the swashbuckling Aan (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955) with the comical Azaad (1955) and the historical romance Mughal E Azam (1960) with the social Ganga Jamuna (1961), he pre-dominantly specialized in doing love stories or tragic roles from 1944-1961. From late 1960s roles dried up for Kumar as films starring Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar and Shammi Kapoor were more successful from 1961-1969 and also Dilip’s films from 1966 to 1976 were box office flops like Dil Diya Dard Liya, Sunghursh, Aadmi, Dastaan, Gopi, Sagina and Bairaag and after 1976 he left films for a five year break.

After Rajesh Khanna became first superstar of Indian Cinema in 1969, most of the author backed lead roles from 1969-1991, went to Rajesh Khanna.

In 1981 Dilip returned with a character role at insistence of Manoj Kumar in the blockbuster film Kranti and continued his career playing central character roles in multi-hero films such as Shakti (1982), Karma (1986), Vidhaata, Mazdoor, Mashaal, Duniya, Dharm Adhikari, Kanoon Apna Apna, Izzatdaar, Saudagar (1991), Qila. But his only films to be successful from 1981 at box office were Kranti, Vidhaata, Karma, Dharm Adhikari, Kanoon Apna Apna and Saudagar. He has retired from the Indian Film Industry in 1998.

Dilip Saheb was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar now in Pakistan in a Hindko speaking Awan family of twelve children. His father Ghulam Sarwar was a fruit merchant and owned large orchards in Peshawar and Devlali in Maharashtra near Mumbai.

The family had relocated to Mumbai in 1930s. In the early 1940s Yusuf Khan moved to Pune and started off with his canteen business and supplying dry fruits. He was spotted by the leading actress Devika Rani who was the wife of the founder of Bombay Talkies Himanshu Rai.

She had helped Yusuf Khan’s entry into the Bollywood film industry. She also gave him the screen name of Dilip Kumar. His first film Jwar Bhata that was released in 1944.

Dilip Saheb successfully played tragic love story roles in hit films such as Nadiya Ke Paar (1948), Mela (1948), Andaz (1949), Jogan (1950), Babul (1950), Arzoo (1950), Deedar (1951), Tarana (1951), Deedar (1951), Daag (1952), Shikast (1953) which earned him the title of “Tragedy King”. Some of his most famous films in tragic roles were box office flops like Amar (1954), Devdas (1955), Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) and Aadmi (1968). Madhumati (1958) gave him Filmfare Award for Best Actor. In 1960 he starred in the historical film Mughal-e-Azam opposite Madhubala, which is as of 2008, the third highest grossing film in Hindi film history in which he played the role of the Mughal (crown-prince) Jehangir the son of Akbar.

In 1961 he produced and starred in the hit Ganga Jamuna in which he and his real Life brother Nasir Khan played the title roles. Despite the film success he did not produce any film after this. Dilip Kumar married actress and “beauty queen” Saira Banu in 1966 when he was aged 44 and she was 22. At the time, gossip columnists predicted doom for the high-profile couple, but the marriage survived all the storms.

According to reliable reports, Dilip Kumar was engaged to be married to Madhubala. However, it was rumoured that the two broke up due to Dilip’s ego issues. Apparently, Madhubala wasn’t being allowed to shoot at a particular location and the producer of the film had asked Dilip to convince her father. He tried to do so but failed and the actress refused to disobey her father. When it came to their marriage, Madhubala asked him to apologise to her father but Dilip refused to so and the two broke up. Madhubala was reportedly madly in love with Dilip Kumar and was apparently very sad when he got married to someone else.

How tragic it is that the man who thrilled the audiences for 5 decades is compelled today to beg the Prime Minister of India for protection in the twilight of his life???

Saira Banu, his wife, said on Tuesday that she was yet to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the release of builder Samir Bhojwani, who had falsely claimed ownership of two plots on which Dilip Kumar’s bungalow was built. On Sunday via Dilip Kumar’s official Twitter account, Ms Banu has requested a meeting with the prime minister in the wake of Samir Bhojwani’s release.

The former actor said she was unable to meet the prime minister when he was on a one-day visit to Maharashtra on Tuesday but she plans to follow up with the matter.

“I did not meet the prime minister here as he has been busy. But I have learnt that his office has asked people here to look into the matter. I have tweeted about it.

“I will meet him in Delhi if needed. I have no idea how I will follow this up. But I will follow it up,” Ms Banu, 74, told PTI.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Iran flexes the muscles to show its capabilities

‘Enough is enough’ was the message. And Iran is now flexing its muscles in the face of USA, Israel and their Middle East’s Arab puppets UAE and Saudi Arabia’s belligerent policies against Iran.

On 22 Sep, 2018, a military parade of the Islamic Republic of Iran was attacked in Ahvaz by ISIS in which at least 25 people were killed, including 12 members of the elite unit plus civilian spectators and one young child.

Initially, the main suspects in the Iranian’s view were a combination of ISIS and the Arab separatist groups. In response to their attack Iran fired six medium-range ballistic missiles across Iraq and into Syria early last Monday at what it said was an terrorist Islamic State base, according to Iranian news agencies.

It was a clear signal to the world in general and specifically to US and Israel that it would similarly retaliate on anyone else carrying out attacks against Iran. These missiles were aimed at Islamic State group in the eastern Euphrates River valley, close to Syria’s border with Iraq which is one of the last strongholds of the Islamic State, also called ISIS and Daesh, after its Arabic acronym, and has also been the site of recent American military activity.

A spokesman for the United States military in Syria and Iraq, Col. Sean Ryan, confirmed that a missile strike had taken place. “At this time, the coalition is still assessing if any damage occurred, and no coalition forces were in danger,” he said. “The Iranian forces did not do any prior notice last night, and we are still assessing if there is any damage.”

The missile launch, at least the second time Iran has fired ballistic missiles into Syria demonstrating the Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities. The Revolutionary Guards of Iran released video of a missile being launched and said in a statement that “many takfiris and Daesh leaders who were behind the Ahvaz attack were killed and wounded by the missiles,” according to a report by the Lebanese news agency Al Manar, which is run by Hezbollah, an Iranian ally.

Takfiri is an epithet that refers to the extremist, anti-Shiite views of the Islamic State. Social media was awash with mobile phone footage from those areas, showing the missiles rise in an orange glow before heading toward their targets. The recent retaliatory action by Iran marked an extremely rare direct attack from the Islamic Republic amid its support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The launch of surface-to-surface medium range missiles into Syria’s Deir el-Zour province comes as ISIS militants fleeing a U.S.-led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there. The Revolutionary Guards, the hardliner military unit of Iran  warned ISIS militants and their “regional and international supporters” that similar retaliatory attacks would target them as well if another assault in Iran occurs.

In past, the Trump administration had re-imposed sanctions after withdrawing from the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, which Washington saw as inadequate for curbing Tehran’s activities in neighbouring Middle East countries and denying it the means to make an atomic bomb.

However, EU bosses have threatened not to follow US sanctions and Mr Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton fired a warning to Brussels saying: ”We expect that Europeans will see, as businesses all over Europe are seeing, that the choice between doing business with Iran or doing business with the United States is very clear to them. European countries have refused to break off the deal, and Iran has said it will still abide by it.

Part of the agreement, under which Iran disavows a nuclear weapons program, puts some limits on new ballistic missile technology.

India has always had a cordial, cultural, religious and historical relationship with Iran that reflects the India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit to Iran on 26 September to participate in a first of its kind of meeting, of regional players, focussing on the rising threat posed by terrorism, including Daesh / ISIS, to regional and global peace, security and stability.

Iran has described the attackers of Ahvaz as being “long affiliated with the Wahhabi,” an ultraconservative form of a new Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran’s regional rival had a hand in the attack.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Karbala – a symbol of resistance against tyranny

The Islamic calendar corresponds to AD 622. During that year, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and his followers had migrated from Mecca to Yathrib (now Medina) and established the first Muslim State.  The Islamic, Muslim, or Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. The first month of Hijri Calendar begins with Muharram, and in a few days, the moon of Muharram is upon us.

The Muslims, especially the Shia Muslims mourn in this month and recall the Message of Karbala, the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as) and his family members and companions. Despite all the channels of information available today, non-Muslims particularly those living in the West generally have very little knowledge of the tragedy of Karbala.

It was deserted place in Iraq that was the site of the battle on 10 Moḥarram 61/10 October 680 between Imam Ḥussain (as) and the Omayyad army. Imam Hussain (as) with a party of seventy-two armed men and some women and children, was on his way from Medina to Kufa, whose inhabitants had invited him to lead the Islamic community there.

Before reaching Kufa, the caravan of Imam was intercepted by an Omayyad forces, On 2 Moḥarram his party reached the plain of Karbala, where they were surrounded by another 40,000-strong Omayyad force sent by ʿObayd-Allāh b. Ziād, the governor of Kufa, and led by ʿOmar b. Saʿd b. Abi Waqqāṣ, who had been instructed not to allow Imam Hussain (as) to proceed unless he would sign a pledge of allegiance to the caliph Yazid b. Moʿāwia. On 10 Moḥarram, known as ʿAshurah, the uneven battle took place in which all of Imam’s able male companions were slaughtered.

The Ommayad army looted Imam Hussain’s camp, decapitated the bodies of all his companions, and took prisoners all the women and children. Among them was Imam Hussain (as) surviving son ʿAlī, who became the fourth Shiʿite Imam, Zayn-al-ʿAbedin. The Karbala tragedy became the constitutive event of Shiʿism as a religion and the symbol of the victory of the righteous few over an oppressive majority. It was the backdrop of whatever went wrong in Islamic history.

Going in to the backdrop of this tragedy, let us recall that Imam Hasan (as), the older grandson of Prophet (PBUH) was earlier poisoned at the instance of Amir Muawiya – the ruler of Syria who had rebelled against the fourth Caliph of Islam Hazrat Ali (as). Imam Hussain (as) was the younger brother of Imam Hasan (as). Imam Hasan (as) had succeeded his father Imam Ali (as) as caliph.

The wily governor of Syria, Amir Muawiyah had eyed the caliphate for a long time. At one point, he went to battle with Imam Ali (as) and upon his death, persuaded his son Imam Hasan to abdicate in his favour.  Short of another war and the blood-letting that goes with it, Imam Hasan (as) saw no alternative.  He abdicated on condition that Amir Muawiyah would not appoint anyone as caliph after him.

But Amir Muawiyah reneged on his promise and appointed his hard-drinking son  Yazeed as caliph. Yazeed was the complete opposite of what a religious leader should be – fond of the pleasures of the world. Imam Husain declared “A man like me would never pay his allegiance to a man like Yazeed.

Imam Hussain (as) kept his pledge and sacrificed all that he had in the battle field of Karbala. As the tragedy of Karbala took place in the month of Muharrum, the Muslims recall his sacrifice in this period to revive the spirit of Islam. Karbala was the battle between justice and falsehood, the battle between freedom and slavery, the battle between humanity and oppression.

It is found in traditions that when the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] informed Lady Fatima [a] of the martyrdom of his son, she burst into tears and asked “O my father! when would my son be martyred?” “At such a critical moment,” replied the Holy Prophet, “when neither I nor you, nor Ali would be alive.”

This accentuated her grief and she inquired again, “Who then, O my father, would commemorate Hussain’s martyrdom?” The Holy Prophet said, “The men and the women of a particular group of my followers, who will befriend my Ahlul-bayt, will mourn for Husayn and commemorate his martyrdom each year in every century.”

What is the lesson of Karbala? Apart from the physical suffering in martyrdom, and all sorrow and suffering that claim our sympathy, it give strength to withstand against tyranny – of any kind, It inspires the humanity to resists against all odds. It gives us courage to oppose the criminal prosecution; it gives us strength to set a bold front against injustice whether committed by Law of the Time, the State and the ruler or by our own people.

In Karbala we see a valiant soul standing against the power; when the noblest motives are reviled and mocked; when truth seems to suffer an eclipse.

Karbala reveals that “Truth after all can never die.” As Moulana Mohammed Ali Johar has said:

“Qatl-e-Hussain asal men marg-e-Yazid hai, Islam zinda hota hai har Karbala ke baad.”

The murder of Imam Hussain, in reality, is the death and defeat of Yazid. Islam is revived after every recurrence of the tragedy of Karbala.

The whole battle Karbala is for keeping hold of truth and righteousness. Imam Hussain (as) demonstrated in Karbala how the conduct – spiritual striving and suffering enduring firmness of faith and purpose. His act beacons that patience and courage goes a long way where ordinary mortals would give in or be cowed down.

Karbala gave the deathblow to the politics of Damascus and Yazid and all it stood for. The month of Muharram has the power to unite the different schools of thought in Islam, and make a powerful appeal to non-Muslims also.

On the eve before the massacre, the Imam Hussain (as) had asked everyone to leave – “The enemy is only after my blood. I would plead with you to leave “. But far from leaving, they exclaim in chorus ” even if we were to be killed 70 times, brought to life and killed again, we would still not leave you”.

Imam Husain (as) has been honoured by non-Muslims all over the world, especially in countries with a sizeable Shia population.

A Hindu poet Jai Singh has paid his tribute to Imam Hussain (as) in the following poem:

Hai  Aaj bhi Zamaay  Maeyn charcha Husain ka
Chlata hai kayenaat maeyn sikka Hussain ka
Bharat maeyn gar wo atay Bhagwan kahtay hum
Harr Hindu naam pooja maeyn japta Hussain ka

Sarr apna peet-ti hai jo pyason ki yaad maeyn
Layti hai naam Gunga o Jumna Husain ka
Is maeyn naheen kalam ke hum but parast haeyn
Ankhon se apni chhomeyn gay rauza Husain ka

Hum Paapion ke wastay Hurr ki mithaal hai
Chamkata hai naseeb ishara Husain ka
Jai Singh panaah manay gee mujh se narad ki aag
Maeyn Hindu hoon magar hoon maeyn Shaida Husain ka

Translation:

Husain’s name lives on to this day
Husain’s currency is valid the world over
Had he but come to India
Every Hindu would have worshipped him in his devotions

There s no doubt that we (Hindus) worship idols
We will kiss his grave and rub our eyes lovingly on it
For us sinners is the example of Husain
Husain’s call can change man’s destiny

Jai Singh, the fire of hell will not touch me
I am a Hindu but I love Husain

Sikh poet Kunwar Mahinder Singh Bedi ‘Sahar’ said:

Lubb pay jab Shah-e-Shaheedaan tera naam aata hai
Saamnay Saqi-e-Kauthar liay jaam ata hai
Mujh ko bhi apni ghulami ka sharaf day dijio
Kota sikka bhi to aaqa kabhi kaam ata hai

Translation:

O Prince of Martyrs, when your name comes upon my lips
I can see the Saqi-e-Kauthar (Imam Ali) offering me the drink of Paradise
Take me into your service as your slave
Surely a fake coin can also be useful

Zinda islam ko kiya too nay
Haq o batil dikha diya too nay
Jee ke marna to sabko aata tha
Mar ke jeena sikha diya too nay

Translation:

You gave a new lease of life to Islam
You showed the difference between the truth and falsehood
Everyone must see death after life
But you taught us how to live after death

In fact, it is not just Hindus & Sikhs who have lavished their praises on our Imams. As just one example, the Christian scholar George Jordach says about lmam Ali as follows:-

“All the treasures of the world cannot match the strap of his shoes”.   [source : The Voice of Human Justice]

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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From Hussain Sagar to Lake Mansarovar – Let us watch Rahul Gandhi

It is the latest from the cultural centre of South – Hyderabad where soon after recommending the dissolution of the Telangana assembly, the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, on Thursday, launched a blistering attack on the Congress. Describing AICC president Rahul Gandhi as the country’s ‘biggest buffoon,’ Telangana caretaker CM said the Congress party was the “biggest enemy and villain number one” of the state.

Let us recall that it was during the Congress rule when the State of Telangana was created. That a language of sophisticated city of Hyderabad could be so foul and excruciating, it reflects of levels of depravity our politics and politicians have fallen upon.

I hope and pray the scion of Nehru dynasty won’t respond to the un-parliamentary howler as the Persian quote – “Jawab-e-Jahilan bashad khamoshi.” The best response to an ignorant is silence.

Congress Party had been wiped out in the last general election of 2014. Following the same track as RSS / BJP, the tired horses of Congress Party are experimenting the ‘Soft-Hindutva’ approach which is evident from the visits of temples of Rahul Gandhi all over the country. And now, you can see him at the farthest frontier of “Lake Mansarovar” now in China.

There is an incessant propaganda of Bhagats that it was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had surrendered this holy place to China. It’s all moonshine – propaganda gimmick. We all know that Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar situated in Tibet is now under the control of Chinese regime.

For Hindus, it’s known as Abode of Lord Shiva and revered place for us. It has mentioned in almost every sacred Hindu scripture. If we look at history of both places, none of Indian kingdom had controlled Kailash Mansarovar for recent past history and always fall under the Tibetan authorities of the time.

Lets us assume for a moment that last 500 year or even 1000 years  some Hindu ruler occupied  it but it does not mean that Indians occupied it. The fact is that Lord Shiva had a balck  skin while the Tibetian and Chinese belong to yellow race. It’s also mindboggling that a symbol of such a big mountain named after Hindu Lord can be in a Chinese territory.

A wild guess could be that there must have been Hindu followers in that area that were either pushed back to plains of India or converted to Buddhism. Of course, one time the whole India was a Buddhist country. So with that logic, it was a Indian territory occupied by black skinned people even before Chinese were Chinese.

We are talking about 5000–10000 years back. So blaming Pandit Nehru for Chinese control of both places is not the right thing. Even British Empire used Tibet as buffer state between China and India and never controlled the territory directly.

We may debate on Nehru’s policies towards Tibet and his role in Sino-Indo conflict but even different outcomes out of both the incidents would not change the fact on Kailash-Mansarovar. Rahul is there for real reasons and for some apparent reasons. Let us hope his prayers are answered and India is saved from previous and new cataclysms.

ut the story doesn’t end here. And Congress is expected to join hands with political opportunist Chandra Naidu of Andhra and now care-taker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is going to fall, possibly, in the lap of RSS / BJP like a ripe mango before the assembly election in Telengana this year and at centre in 2019.

Now, let us travel from Hyderabad to China and Lake Manasarovar that lies at 15,060 ft above mean sea level. It is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88 km. Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 300 ft and its surface area is 320 km2. It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel.

Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the River Sutlej, which is the easternmost large tributary of the River Sindhu. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River and the Ghaghra, an important tributary of the River Ganges.

It is believed that Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death.

Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and neighboring countries. Bathing in Manasarovar and drinking its water is believed by Hindus to cleanse all sins. The region was closed to pilgrims from the outside following the Battle of Chamdo; no foreigners were allowed between 1951 and 1980. After the 1980s it has again become a part of the Indian pilgrim trail.

The followers of Buddhism associate the lake with the legendary lake Anavatapa (Sanskrit; Pali Anotatta) where Lady Maya is believed to have conceived Lord Buddha. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most notable of which is the ancient Chiu Monastery built on a steep hill, looking as if it has been carved right out of the rock.

It is believed that Lord Buddha stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Lake Manasarovar is also the subject of the meditative Tibetan tradition also, “The Jewel of Tibet”. A modern narration and description of the meditation was made popular by Robert Thurman.

In Jainism, Lake Manasarovar is associated with the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. As per Jain scriptures, the first Tirthankar, Bhagwan Rushabhdev, had attained nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain. The son of Bhagwan Rishabhdev, Chakravati Bharat, had built a palace adorned with gems on the Ashtapad Mountain located in the serene Himalayas.

There are many stories related to Ashtapad Maha Tirth like Kumar and Sagar’s sons, Tapas Kher Parna, Ravan and Mandodri Bhakti, among many others.

So, Shri Rahul Gandhi had been to a nice place and hope it will do some good for him even if for not the country.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Peace on Earth

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;

“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

…………………..H W Longfellow

Gimmicks can’t untie the complex knots. Very serious thinking, homework and often sacrifices are to be made to solve the complications created by history, geography, demography, false egos and vanity. Navjot Singh Sidhu has tried to enter into a territory where angels fear to tread.

However, for him, there is no way to retreat. He has made a silly mistake of embracing Bajwa. I still believe it was an innocent mistake of judgement that has harmed to no one and would harm to no one.

My feelings have been echoed in the article in ‘Hindustan Times’ by the well-known sport journalist Ayaz Memon.

He says: “Brouhaha over former cricketer and current politician Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging Pakistan’s army chief at Imran Khan’s swearing in ceremony as Prime Minister is not just manufactured and funny but senseless. The rancorous coverage that has followed shows immense silliness in section of media (and even more on social media) about foreign affairs and human interaction.”…..End of the quote.

Nobody is talking about the fine sensibility the Government of India has shown in directing its High Commissioner in Islamabad to present Imran a bat signed by the current Indian cricket players. There is so much between optics and politics of this gesture.

It should be taken with more sincerity and realism on both sides of the border. It is in the background of what Imran had said about “Taking two steps if India takes one.”

As the famous Eric Margolis, the American journalist has once described:

“A full century after World War I we still cannot understand how generals sent so many soldiers to be slaughtered. Ten million soldiers died on all sides; millions more were left maimed or shell shocked. Seven million civilians died. 20 million horses died.

The image we have of hapless soldiers being forced to climb out of their sodden trenches and attack across a hellish no-man’s land pock-marked by water-filled shell holes, deep mud, thickets of barbed wire and rotten bodies is quite accurate for the Western Front. Waiting for them were quick-firing guns, heavy artillery, the greatest killer or all – machine guns – and, later, poison or burning gases, and flamethrowers.

Ironically, though this big war was covered by very experienced war correspondents and military attachés from many nations, the dire message of the war was ignored by Western military establishments.”

In August 2006, Dr Manmohan Singh had said that peace talks between India and Pakistan can’t proceed unless the latter shows its commitment to dismantle terrorist camps on its soil.

On a question whether he would meet Pakistan president Perverz Musharraf at coming Havana summit, the ex-PM had said, “We can choose our friends but not our neighbours. ‘Batchit karne ke liye kisiko koi itraj nahin hona chaiye.’ (There should be no problem in talking with someone). But if Pakistan does not take effective steps to ‘control’ terrorist activities, peace process cannot simply progress”.

There is no such thing as bad peace and good war. Peace begins with a smile, so said Mother Teresa. This may seem overly sentimental but it is actually a pragmatic and powerful piece of advice.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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