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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Inclining perspectives-1

History a stimulus to present and future; History of today is reflected in tomorrow. But, History is influenced by the rulers. Historians write what their dictators (or prevailing leaders) want. How can a writer, in those times when there was no freedom of speech and expression go against his authorities? Even in today’s world where media is said to be enjoying this above mentioned freedom; is it confident enough to say that they are not influenced? Take Kashmir issue as an example; Indian and Pakistani media are contradicting to themselves, even the neutral observers are biased depending on their interests to the sub-continent.




To any event comprising of two parties there are three views, each of former, latter and the Truth (better to say neutral). Why to say neutral? In the “own perspective” no one is undeniable. Things are very much justified; be it LTTE, ULFA, SIMI, or Al-Queda, their damn acts are justified in their “own perspectives”. 9/11 was justified by Osama, Iraq and Afganistan was justified by America, Israel is justified, even America was justified after the biggest ever massacre of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Someday India will resolve its inner conflicts by virtue of prevailing demographic amalgamationswhen our beurocracy (and of course historians) would prove the much required justification to our “own perspective”. So “own perspective” can not be condemned by individuals. Truth in this case is “own perspective” of a neutral observer. This is an ideal in this very relative/perpetual political world.




This is why histories are contradicting by respective nationalism and their “own perspective”. Revision of NCERT textbooks is also a reflection of the historian’s way of pleasing their prevailing leaders, which is an indication of their ballot bank biasness. What if.. the Kauravas had been able to win the battle of Mahabharata? Duryodhana might have been retained his name Suyodhana, Shakuni was observed as a great well wisher of hastinapur, there had been temples of Bhism Pitamah and so on. If the written history is biased and histories to be written will be influenced, then what would be the probable significance of knowing the unknowns?




Your response carries a significant value.


RajeevSrivastava

Sunday, July 16, 2006

my personal experience

MUMBAI after 7/11



Such a lovely place; defined by a versatile mumbaikar way of living. My two month stay to this metro is about to over, in between I experienced so many new things! Two of them I will never forget are unlimited rains and local trains. None of them stops when they get going.



“Insignificant contributions added together achieves a significant goal”



This is what I experienced in Mumbai, when we got a robust recovery from those massive blasts. I witnessed one of those blasts (Khar); the black smoke of that massive impact of sound was appalling. There were bodies dumped on both side of the track, I was in a harbor line local, when I heard explosion. Both trains stopped, I saw people running away from Virar Fast local, towards the east side. Even people in our local got consternate to get away from danger. It was a run for life situation, and none of us knew that it was one of 8 serial blasts. Next to do thing was to inform at home that I was safe and keep updating me till I reach back safe. That was a beginning of a long ordeal. Me and my friend decided to avoid local. We had to go Kharghar in Navi Mumbai; from Khar we took auto for Bandra to get BEST bus for Vashi. But, there had been a blast in Bandra too. There were police vehicles, fire brigades and ambulances in action. Station area was sealed and buses over crowded. We decided to get a cab for our destination. This was the slowest journey I ever had, vehicles were just rushing away for home. Because of police checking on eastern express highway, we got much delayed.



Another inconvenience in this ordeal was failure of network in our mobiles. I was not able to know even my account balance. Calls were not connected unless we tried numerously, once connected got disconnected while talking. Even messages were undelivered. And a top up to that, there were uninterrupted heavy rains to make slower taxi ride more boring.



When I reached home after 3 hours of taxi ride I was shocked to see the close images on TV. I saw people helping others and later I decided to donate blood to give my insignificant contribution for a significant cause of mankind.


RajeevSrivastava


extracted from my dear diary

Friday, June 30, 2006

SPIRITUAL BLISS

illuminant rays of dawn,
the cosmic energy;
entered my heart,
kindled the light of wisdom;
omni present spiritual bliss,
"i felt significance
of my insignificance"

when i felt REI-KI
flow through my hand.



RajeevSrivastva

significance of my insignificance

Once I woke up in my dream,
a traveler of enormous universe,
I saw planets and our sun,
bypassed him for farther run,
saw numerous stars of our galaxy!
moving ahead I witnessed that much galaxy.
they were created preserved and also destroyed,
in that unit of universe.
That much units I crossed further more,
I felt insignificant,
before I saw an enormous pair of hands,
playing with the balloon
through the core of which,
I traveled so far.
Yet again I saw an open sky,
with exactly that much number of stars
and similar depth of zenith.
I saw a reflection of ME in those hands,
where I ended my exploration,
when I knew significance of my insignificance.

RajeevSrivastava
rajeev_vri@yahoo.co.in