Kasab executed – Finally…

I don’t have to start with “Remember 26/11?” because the day is etched on the memories of every Indian. So finally, after 4 years of “delayed justice”, the sentence has been served and Kasab is hanged till death today (21 November 2012) at 07:30 in Yerwada jail, Pune.

Though “justice delayed is justice denied” (4 years delay is not a small thing), in the end, the culprit is punished, or rather “capital” punished. After feeding him biryanis (that’s what the news channels claimed continuously over a period of time) for all these years, giving him “fair” trials for proving himself “not guilty” (I don’t know how he or his lawyer would have achieved this, proving him not guilty, especially when he was caught red handed on CCTVs) and providing him lavish prison life (again claimed by news channels, indirectly may be), Indian Govt. finally decided to end this “worthless spending common man’s tax money” on a criminal, rather a terrorist.

I have seen some people, on social networking sites, argue that capital punishment is an uncalled for action. They might be observing a rather extreme humanitarian aspect on this issue. I would say, that extreme humanitarian aspect is also uncalled for.

In Mahabharata, Bhishma preached to Yudhishthira as to what should be his approach after the later won a rather murky and gory war against Kauravas. Bhishma told him, exercising a certain amount of danda aka punishment is absolutely necessary to keep the culprits in check. The nature and intensity of the punishment should be proportional to the sin or crime committed by the person.

Considering the sins of Kasab, capital punishment isn’t uncalled for. I would say, it is the apt punishment to a sinner like him.

One other thing which came into light after this completely “secret” and sudden hanging of Kasab. That too just 4-5 days before the 4th anniversary of 26/11. Home Minister of center and state both came out with statements, but that was after the action was carried out. The details of all the proceedings were kept completely secret and there was not a single mention of this anywhere.

Frankly speaking I am partly glad and partly suspicious about the act. Glad because the murky past has come to an end with this act. And suspicious because considering this much secrecy and no coverage anywhere of the news, this might as well be a farce to make people believe that Kasab is actually dead. Well, let me make myself clear here – I am in no way trying to say that Kasab is not dead. I too am believing that he is dead and I want him dead, so no question about that. But as I said earlier, it’s just a suspicion.

Another point is, it is stunning to see Indian government carrying out such missions/acts with such secrecy. It is good that secrecy was maintained, otherwise the media frenzy would have been difficult to contain. Forget media frenzy, there could have been obstacles of pro “Human Rights” people asking all sorts of wrong questions at wrong time.

Now coming to the last point, I don’t know whether this all was done keeping Winter Sessions in mind or not. It might be so, it might not be so, but whatever the case Congress has surely scored a brownie point by executing Kasab.

But this in no way should stop the Government of India to keep searching and punishing the real culprits of the terrorism. Because Kasab was just a pawn in all this games of Terrorism. Let’s rejoice a little over his execution and concentrate on the further task of bringing justice to such heinous acts as quickly as possible. Next time when another Kasab is born, we should not take 4 years to bring justice to the victims.

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Her First Flight…

It was 22nd August 2011 and a day of achievement for me, the achievement of making my mother proud of me. It isn’t that she was not proud of me previously, but the pride was visible in her eyes this time.

It was the day when my mother took a flight for the first time in her life. She was to accompany me to Delhi as we were relocating there.

She knew almost everything of the procedures we have to do once we enter airport. She got to know about them from me, when I took flight for first time. But the anxiety of doing all the things on her own revitalized her. She enthusiastically moved ahead and asked me what needs to be done and mesmerized by the grandeur and the fact that she will be flying for first time. I won’t be able to forget her glittering eyes when we just entered the plane.

While finding our way to our seats, she kept on asking me how the flight moves, about air hostesses and their job, food in flight and whether we get weird feeling in stomach while we are taking off and landing. I was very much happy to answer all the questions. I told her the feeling in stomach is little exaggerated and nothing of that sort happens much.

We took off from Pune towards Delhi. After 15-20 minutes of flight we were in clouds. I asked mom to look out of window and she was amazed to see “cotton spun” all over the sky. She kept on telling my sisters and relatives that the clouds from the window were quite a sight, how beautiful they look and all. And while saying this all, her eyes got moist and broad smile on her face.

I guess that is achievement for me. After all the hard work she has done for me over the years, I was able to bring those emotions of pride in her and I guess that’s the thing I would like to do more and more often 🙂

I have achieved a lot of things, both academically and extra-curricular. Going a little further I would also say I have garnered some good opinions about me from outsiders also, but this is the kind of feeling, this is the kind of emotion, the emotion of pride in me is something worth a world to me.

“Contradiction”…

Swine Flu.

Swine Flu - Mask

Swine Flu has been making news since almost two months now. After various news flashes all over the world of this disease taking lives, the disease has been declared as “Pandemic” Disease. Born in Mexico and affecting whole of the world through a virus born in swine, has made India its home now.

 

First death from Swine flu has happened in Pune, and Pune has become more of a birth place than Mexico. Pune and Bangalore being worst hit, Mumbai and other metropolitan cities with some other small cities are also making news with this virus.

 

But I have spotted some contradictions in its spread. When Swine flu virus first came in India, nobody was prepared for it and that itself was the very big mistake. I met with an Ayurvedic Doctor just after 3-4 days of introduction of Swine Flu in India. I wanted to know the spreading pattern and some indications of Swine Flu. The discussion moved to another level with me asking him, how can we stop this or rather whom this virus will not affect. He replied,"Those who are having good immune system and resistance power will not get affected by this kind of virus or rather any virus. We have so many virus flying in front of our nose daily, but do we get sick everyday?" So there is no need to panic and just follow some rules in day to day life. Use a mask with Camphor or Eucalyptus oil spread in it. Such strong odours keep these viruses away.

 

I further asked him, how to make our immune system strong and gain more resistance power? He replied “Eat lots of fruits, drink distilled water, wash your hands regularly with soap and avoid going in crowded places” etc etc.

 

But I sighted a contradiction there. Slum dwellers don’t follow such rules, moreover they don’t get to eat proper food forget about fruits and all healthy diets. On the other hand, apartment dwellers get all those costly fruits and dietary foods. But still Swine flu has NOT affected the slum dwellers but the rich ones. Why is that?

 

This might be due to the fact that slum dwellers have strong resistance to such mean things plus their immune system is pretty strong as compared to rich people. This point can be proved by following example. If both rich person and slum dweller get drenched in the rain, apartment dweller catches cold quickly but a slum dweller withstands it. So I guess its about immunity and a mental thing too. If you fear of something, you will feel that you have caught that thing. Also the slum dwellers face these flu and cold every now and then, and have to withstand it as medical assistance is rejected because of no money. So by facing such things regularly their body also becomes impervious to such things. And that might be the reason why these people are spared.

 

But let me clear one thing, whatever I have said above is not full proof. I mean it is not guaranteed that slum dwellers won’t catch Swine Flu ever. They can also catch the disease but surely in a lower percentage.

 

My main point of writing all this here is, “Don’t panic to this swine flu, take due care and you will be spared. Adding to this, I will also tell that do Yoga, Pranayam and keep yourself fit. Increase your immunity by any means and may God keep you away from this pandemic.”

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

Destiny…

Some days back I was in Pune. I was happy those days, actually when I am in Pune, I fell content and serene. Sometimes just staying at home watching TV, reading some book or having a chat with my aunt on various subjects brings me pleasure. And sometimes, I feel the urge to go out, explore different places and drink the nature’s beauty with eyes, meet my friends there.

 

On one such days I was thinking of meeting my friends scattered all over the city. One friend lives at one end and the other one reaching to the farther end. So meeting all friends at one place is really a rare moment. One day I was having the pleasure to enjoy that rare moment. That day a friend of mine, Satya was describing his recent encounter with a receptionist from some coaching class he used to go while preparing for MBA entrance exam. He was so juicy in describing the incident, a chat rather; to Mayur that Mayur had his eyes popped out of their place and mouth wide open in ecstasy. Satya was telling Mayur that they both have planned a coffee date in Barista and was planning what to say and what not to say in mind, and was explaining to Mayur.

 

I always out myself into listening position and never put forward my views unless asked for in such situations. That situation was also not exceptional. I kept mum and listened to all their conversation. But to tell the truth, I was getting bored with the portrayal. This is quite natural to get bored with such stories as they are not related to you. Satya was describing his 10th such encounters and I was not interested in it but stayed there and showed as if I was interested.

 

If anybody else would have been present there, he would have definitely thought that, “Satya is having so much fun man, and look at me, I’m not” with a sad face. But I am certainly not that type. I will never hurry into such things just because somebody else is doing this. I won’t think I am missing the fun. Because I believe in my destiny. And I know things happen when they are supposed to and when right time comes. I have experienced the “Destiny” thing in my life earlier also on various fronts. I know someone will come in my life when she is supposed to come. There is no point in hurrying into things, when those things are not meant to carry any significance in your future life.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni.

Aurangabad

 

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Comparison between ancient leaders and current ones…

Today king or emperor is replaced by President, Prime Minister or Leader. But that’s not the only difference. A king used to see that his public, people seek utmost comfort in his/her regime. He used to personally see what is amiss in his society or state. But today politicians are busy in getting their pockets drenched with money. They don’t care about public anymore. The only time they care about public is election time.

 

In ancient days, a King used to change his get up, appearance and mix into public, unknown to public, and see what is going on in his society. This move of his was meant to find out what are the problems people need to face, what are the intricacies and hardships which they face in day-to-day life. But today we don’t find a single politician or leader (as they call themselves) irrespective of which party he or she belongs to.

 

Why this is so???

 

Because, today politicians are busy in travelling abroad for some reason or the other, irrespective of whether it is needed or not. One example I can cite here is of Pune Municipal Corporation members. PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) members had gone to Simla for their annual meeting. Isn’t this pathetic? Why someone from Pune need to go to Simla for annual meeting? Can’t they solve the problems of Pune city by staying in Pune itself?

 

Today if a politician from any party wants to get himself called as True Leader he needs to go into public without any luxury he or she currently seeks. My challenge to all politicians is:

1)      Go into public without security, as a common man, and feel and see how insecure a common man’s life is.

2)      Go into public by changing get up and understand the problems. This is the best way to get to the root of the problems.

3)      Think of betterment of general public not yourself.

 

If any politician acts on above stated points and works for betterment of public, I will or rather public will salute to him/her and will willingly call him/her “A true leader”.