We salute you Asha Bhonsle

Asha-Bhonsle

Asha-Bhonsle

Asha is made up of a different mettle. Today she rushed where the waxy giant like Amitabh Bachcan had feared to tread.

COURAGE IS grace under pressure, said Ernest Hemingway and the evergreen and ever gracious Asha Bhonsle stands testimony to this.

To speak against the Mantras of Shiva Sena and MNS in Maharshtra needs strength of character and courage. Asha Tai has proved irrevocably that is she not short of that. Politics is not her cup of tea. Not very long ago, at the age of 60-plus, Asha Bhonsle had dared to challenge the youngsters on the scene, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurty, Sadhana Sargam in evocative songs ‘Yai Re, Yai Re…’ and ‘Tanha Tanha…’ both from Rangeela or ‘Rang De…’ from Takshak.

She teamed with Adnan Sami and ‘Ghulam Ali’ with equal ease for private albums of songs or ghazals. That is her field. Today she rushed where the waxy giant like Amitabh Bachcan had feared to tread. He had put to shame his own wife and all Indians when he begged mercy from the MNS chief. Asha is made up of a different mettle.

In Pune, on the terra firma of the Sena Juggernaut, she challenged Bal Thackrey and remonstrated MNS founder Raj Thackrey indirectly to give up their nasty parochial approach of ‘Mumbai for Marathi Manoos only.’ She categorically reminded them that Mumbai belongs to every one. The veteran singer backed her argument with the appropriate logic.

“Mumbai belongs to all those who work tirelessly, day and night, in the city. Our people (Maharashtrians) should also do such hard work. I worked tirelessly and that is the reason why no one could snatch away what was due to me,” she said. Dwelling upon her own struggles, she said she had to undergo extreme hardship. Responding to a question in a public interview conducted by a TV channel, Bhonsle said she belonged to all of India as she has sung in various languages. At the same time, she was proud of being a Maharashtrian.

She could not have chosen a better occasion to deliver her message. Asha Bhonsle has been a glittering star of the Hindi film industry since the last four decades. Let us remember that she had to grow up in the shadow of her sister, Lata Mangeshkar. Asha has indeed done very well for herself. Initially she had to face the inevitable – unfair comparisons with her more popular sister. But she did not let that affect her. Perseverance paid off. In no time she overtook tough contenders like Geeta Dutt.

We salute you Asha Tai for the honesty, integrity and courage you have shown. We also salute you Sachin Tendulkar for being the real Maratha and our hats off for Shahrukh Khan who remained undaunted in the face of worst threats and anticipated adversities.

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 master-stroke by Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar

A smart boy from Gandhi clan made a mockery of the over-hyped Thackrey might in his own den; he gave a successful follow-on to the Cartoonist-turned-Regional Satrap.

INDIAN HISTORY reveals that Chanakya was a very brilliant intellectual. He was full of determination in achieving any objective. He was a master in the four methods: persuasion, enticement, sowing dissension, and punishment or war. None could realise what was going on his mind.

So secretive was he in his method, and far-sighted in any endeavor, that his calculations never went wrong and he never missed his aim. Sharad Pawar has some traces of this great tactician. But there is a major lacuna – Chanakya was given to strict renunciation apparently of a harsh nature. Pawar is a Material Boy. He wants to keep a lot for himself, his family and his team.

Chanakya had the other name of Kautilya also. Some say that he got the name Chanakya because he was born in China. Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar, born on December 12, 1940, has another identity also – Great Maratha – popularly known as Sharad Pawar.

He is the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. He has previously held the posts of Defence Minister of India and Chief Minister of Maharashtra and currently serves as Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. His adventurous journey to Matoshree will be a part of folklore. The story of David and Goliath doesn’t fit here. Here the roles seem to have reversed.

A smart boy from Gandhi clan made a mockery of the over-hyped Thackrey might in his own den; he gave a successful follow-on to the Cartoonist-turned-Regional Satrap. Now, this cunning NCP strategist couldn’t resist the temptation to take the wind out of the sails of Rahul and his Congress. It was the first time in the entire history of Maha Congress, in Mumbai and erstwhile Bombay, that it had shown it had some courage to call the shots. Sharad Pawar rushed out to undo all Rahul did. He has almost torpedoed the glorious sailing of Congress in the name of smooth sailing of IPL.

Pawar never does any thing without reason. He is the last of the breed of cold calculated politicians. Let me shed some light on the illustrious carrier of Mr. Pawar with the game of cricket. When he first became a state minister, way back in 1966, Pawar’s only connection to cricket was a tenuous one – his father-in-law, Sadu Shinde. He was a Test leg-spinner who toured England in 1946. Over the years Pawar’s involvement with the game and its administration deepened. In 2001 he defeated Ajit Wadekar, the former India Test captain, in a fractious election to take over the reins of the Mumbai Cricket Association. With his stunning victory over Jagmohan Dalmiya’s nominee Ranbir Singh Mahendra at the 76th AGM of the board, Pawar is now at the head of the country’s cricket administration and also the federal agriculture minister in a nation still prone to droughts and mass suicides by farmers.

He did hold several portfolios in Government and did some jobs efficiently also. However, his bag is full of issues of nepotism, favoritism and controversies. A huge dossier is needed to tackle all of them. For the moment it would be suffice to say that he has given a steroid shot to ailing Shiva Sena and its decaying leadership.

He has made a masterstroke and revived the sinking spirits of this fascist organisation. However, Pawar has straddled his leg far beyond the elastic limits. Only time will say how this disciple of Chanakya fails or succeeds in his acrobatics. Needless to tell Bala Saheb had clandestine support of many saffronized outfits and it the very name and success of Khans in film industry that they can’t swallow.

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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Attack on IBN office , freedom at a price

There are probably thousands of journalists at work today who are no less courageous than the fallen. Courage is not a quality we can assign only to those who have not survived their pursuit of a story.

TWO PERIODICALS were running my articles about Shiva Sena and its chief with some reference to Emergency when IBN7 office was ransacked. The moment these attacks took place, those articles were removed from the sites. I can understand that. I am glad that IBN’s journalists not only survived the heinous attack but they caught the goondas. As a member of journalistic community I know we have a long way to go. We have to pay the price to protect our freedoms.

There is an unending list of journalists who had sacrificed their lives in normal democracies, banana democracies and the world’s most murderous countries as well. Examples of unstoppable courage are not uncommon. In Latin America, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, many murdered journalists foresaw what awaited them.

There are probably thousands of journalists at work today who are no less courageous than the fallen. Courage is not a quality we can assign only to those who have not survived their pursuit of a story. They are living examples of the values for which their colleagues have died. They awake each morning knowing that at any moment they too could be killed for holding the powerful and corrupt accountable.

They go to work each morning with the conviction that the calling of journalism is to defend the defenseless. The men and women they investigated believed in the opposite principle: that the weak offered opportunities for the enrichment of the powerful. These predators dominate the societies in which the journalists live. I think anyone can identify with the deadly risks the journalists took if one recognizes that they are standing against the might of tyrants.

They did not arrive from somewhere else to seek adventure in their corrupt and violent lands. We should think of those the next time we hear about journalists who have been murdered in faraway places. They have followed in the footsteps of colleagues who pressed on, knowing the fate that awaited them. They refused to bow to threats, wrote their last expose, and would have written their next had not the expected assassin arrived to stop them.

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 double speak of BJP

BJP

BJP

The doublespeak of the BJP has come full circle. It has plumbed a new low in the politics of somersaults, contradiction and shifting sands. The party, whose principal plank was AKAHAND BHARAT had stooped low before MARATHI MANUS reservation agenda of Shiva Sena and now listen a clarion call, a latest diatribe by Shivraj Singh Chouhan – the roar of Lion Of Madhya Pradesh at Satna, “He would not allow Biharis to usurp jobs in the area. Karkhana lagega Satna mein aur naukri karne aayenge Bihar se, ye hum honey nahin denge. (Factories will be set up in Satna, but people from Bihar will get jobs in them, I wont allow this) .The chief minister said he had asked factories to employ local people. They will have to train local youths and employ them”. Article 16 says: Equality of opportunity in matters of public employment (1) There shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the State. Does he ever read it?

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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