Friday, November 26, 2010

TWO YEARS SINCE 26/11 (26th November 2010, 2020 Hrs)

That fateful day I was supposed to meet a friend, who didn’t turned up even after an hour of our rendezvous... I left early from Yari Road and was at CST Mumbai at around 7.30 pm and finally took a train for Ambernath. Next day, I watched the horror on television being covered as if it was some international circus. The crazy senseless media was giving running commentary as if it was the world cup match going on... now how I wish I was there to kill the dreaded terrorist who was mercilessly killing innocent Indians with no remorse and no link... and since the last two years he has been ridiculing our law, officials and the whole nation to enjoy chicken biryani for killing our innocent countrymen... isn’t our nation really STUPID in capital letters... that bastard should be tied near the Gateway of India so each Indian can slap the bastard so hard for doing what he and his fellow terrorists did to our countrymen...that every terrorist will think twice before attacking our nation.

Nothing has really changed since the last two years... the red tape mechanism is intact and busy to gulp more crores. In fact, the situation in the country has even worsen to such an extent where in the Prime Minister is busy saving his corrupt ministers one after another and in turn now his seat is under fire... even after two years the so-called SPECIAL BLACK CATS COMMANDO or NSG for Mumbai are homeless without any training camp or location being given to them...(after all our former CM Chavan was more busy with Adarsh Scam till he was caught) the mystery of the faulty low quality bullet-proof vest is already forgotten by one (including the over-the-top media) and all in amchi Mumbai and the great nation called INDIA! The supplier surely has greased the palms of the former CM Ashok Chavan well to roam scot free without being named or interrogated by the CBI or government... all the chowkies that was built after the tragedy are lying empty with dogs and puppies living in there... metal detectors in CST are still not working and unmanned... police constables who are supposed to keep keen vigilance are more busy to make their money from the poor passengers to give them entry in general compartments... the advocates are still fighting to hang the bastard since the last two years while our corrupt politicians are busy licking Americans leaders to do something... WHAT IS THIS SHIT all about (I am extremely sorry for using such a language but one can understand how angry I am with all that is happening in my nation... and shame on all the Indians for allowing our corrupt government to sit and feed the man who killed hundreds of innocent...)

Yes, I am very-very angry with what is happening because does it take two long years to hang one killer? Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit flouts rule and law of nation to provide special bail to murderer Manu Sharma so he can once again go drink nicely to create ruckus in a bar to gain some more publicity... PM flouts rule and law of the nation to save one stupid corrupt minister Raja who has allowed the nation to lose 1.76 lakhs crore when he could have made this money for the nation... Yes, I am also angry that Mumbaikars are celebrating the 26/11 anniversary as if we have achieved gold medal in an Olympics and what everyone says – Athithi Devo Bhava!!! Totally bullshit!!! Shame on one and all for being so callous towards such a serious issue...

Ask the families of those hundred plus people who were killed for no fault of theirs... what they are going through and what those void means to each family... All we are worried is what the next Friday release is and where the next party is... just like our nation’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, we as the nation is still sleeping and not bothered who is looting us day and night... before 1947 it was the British and post 1947 it is our own Congress leaders... we really don’t need the Gandhis and Nehrus but we need more of Chandrashekhar Azads, Bhagat Singhs, Netaji Chandra Boses, Sukhdevs, Rajgurus... who really fought for the nation!!! Wake up and walk on the streets of Mumbai for one long month and don’t rest till the bastard is hanged at the earliest... otherwise keep celebrating the 26/11 every year burning candles and party for 364 days of the year!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


If the 26/11 tragedy had not taken place, UPA would have lost the election... but it happened and UPA – II came in power with the wave of sympathy... heads were rolled... CM Vilasrao Deshmukh and the Home Minister of India Shivraj Patil had to step down... and even after two years, nothing has really changed, courtesy UPA – II mis-governance.

Well, when Manmohan Singh came into power once again, the first biggest lie he uttered to the whole nation was:

Prices of food grains will be brought down within 100 days... days have changed into years and prices have been increasing and increasing with every passing month.

Second lie he declared was that no Indian will die of hunger because of drought situation in the nation. The fact, more than 40 % of children die due to malnutrition every year and more than 600 plus farmers (in Vidarbha) have committed suicide in this very year.

Then came the Fake Austerity Drive, where in Tharoor and Foreign Minister were made to vacate their Five-Star dwellings, which cost the nation lakhs of rupee... the drive lasted just for few months as lavish conferences etc continued after the media forgot the whole thing.

While the nation was suffering from drought situation, the audacity of nation’s government to allow the food grains worth 58,000 crores to rot in FCI open air godowns so that relatives of various politicians can buy those rotten grains to convert them into liquor for the rich & famous, while millions of poor Indians were and are eating tamarind leaves, rotis made of grass. When the Supreme Court ordered the Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to distribute the excess food grains to the poor instead of allowing it to rot, the Prime Minister admonished and warned the SC that they should not interfere with the policy making. Instead of sacking the Agriculture Minister for committing such a big wastage for the nation where millions die every year because of hunger, the Prime Minister supported the corrupt minister by shielding him. Is this what the nation expects from its PM?

While the nation was wasting 58,000 crores of food grains every year, poor farmers in villages of Bundelkhand were forced to sell their wives to feed their children. What happens? A 48-Hour Probe is ordered by NCW Chairperson but the Congress 48 Hours seems to be unending since the last September (2009)... way to go Mr. Prime Minister!!!

When the 2G Scam came into light, almost immediately Raja washed his hands by giving the first statement to the media – Everything happened in the knowledge of the Prime Minister and P Chidambaram and their consent. Yet, the PM once again supported his corrupt minister by protecting him to such an extent that today he and his party is afraid of JPC. Does it takes 16 long months for the Prime Minister of the nation to take action against his corrupt minister? And to further misled the nation has the audacity to say that “Guilty will be punished!” He is the one who should be punished first because under his able leadership everything has happened and is happening... still he trying to fool the whole nation by trying to escape the SC’s ruling and still supporting Raja... the nation lost 1.76 lakh crores... the nation wants answer Mr. Prime Minister... so please don’t complicate the issue to mislead the nation.

While the nation’s image was being tarnished worldwide by Kalmadis, Gills, Dikshits... the Prime Minister preferred to sleep or else he was busy counting his crores from the 1 lakh crores corruption to reconstruct the already existing stadium for CWG... The PM woke up just one week before the commencement of the games... Bravo Manmohanji... aapka jawab nahin!

Adarsh Scam may not involve him directly but then in the name of martyrs of Kargil... rules were bent by CM Ashok Chavan and the gang to cheat the heroes of Kargil... imagine a 31 storied building comes up in the CRZ and sensitive zone and everyone slept till the whistle was blown... Yes, nothing will happen to all those people who have helped such a big scam to take place...

While the PM took the pride to give away the first UID to few villagers of Tembhali village, where in the majority of tribal villagers survive eating tamarind leaves as daily food. Imagine what will they do with the UID? Why the PM didn’t give the UID to his corrupt ministers first so that the nation would know who all is gulping crores and crores to deposit in Swiss Banks?

Well... there are many more reasons why India’s Prime Minister is GUILTY in capital letters for all the corruption and scams and now he is afraid of JPC... if he is not guilty why should he be afraid of JPC?

Bravo Mr. Prime Minister for tarnishing the image of the nation to such an extent... at least you created a new record as India’s first Prime Minister to be summoned by the Supreme Court of India!!! Keep it up... we now know how adarsh you are...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I am extremely sorry readers for not been too regular in updating my blog since the start of the Navratri. Honestly, I must confess I am yet to recover fully from my depression and some of my personal problems have bogged me down a little. No, please don’t get me wrong but when you are in the real war zone, at times it can be really hard to fathom the harsh realities and wherever you look at, there are pains, sorrows and problems that one cannot just solve it in a day’s time. One thing is for sure but, my passion and zeal is as strong as before and I know it is a long-long way ahead before something concrete will be achieved in years to come.

The French girls – Perrine and Mathilde wanted to meet the widows I was working with, so on 19th October, we went to visit them. The first stop was Aruna Jivan Barade’s house. The harvesting season in Vidarbha starts from early October and hence she was not at home. Aruna has been working hard as a labourer in her own fields that she had leased to another farmer. How ironical it is that the land lady (of 2 acres) is working as a labourer in her own land from morning till evening to come home at 6 pm and earn her living... Sheetal, the eldest daughter welcomed us at home, made nice tea. The village children from nearby Sheetal’s house all came to see what these foreigners were up to. While Perrine and Mathilde expressed their desire to have a look at the house, Sheetal was kind enough to show them their small neat abode...

Perrine with Sheetal Ramji Barde

Perrine expressed her keen observation later to me by saying, “You can’t see miseries on people’s faces as such, however, there may be under current of pains connecting their lives. There is shortage of drinking water, hygiene and sanitation are missing in the village proper drainage system even though there is no space problem and we found villages were surprisingly cleaner than Bombay city. It was nice to see villagers were happy to see us but they were shy to interact... talked less but their curiosity and happiness were very real as compared to city folks. It was a moving moment for us to see how well we were served with water, tea and supari and spite of their pains, poverty and sorrows. Their hospitality was warm and full of love, something we have not experienced in city homes.”

Having spent a little time to look around the village ambience, we went to the next house in Salod. Vaishali Sagare, the youngest daughter welcomed us warmly and insisted we must have tea at least. She informed us that mother and elder sister were working at the fields and would be home later in the evening. The first year is surely my learning period to know what all the villagers do during which month... and how their life cycle revolves all year long. After spending some time at Sagare’s house, we drove to Khurjhadi (Fort) and when we knocked at Ujwala Prabhakar Petkar’s house, we found she was lying in bed with fever. In spite of her sick condition, she woke up and welcomed us. I spoke to her and asked if she had gone to the doctor and had taken medicine... she said yes! She was resting as she had been sick since last couple of days from hard work in the fields. She was happy to meet Perrine and Mathilde and felt sorry for not been able to welcome them because of her health condition.

Perrine and Mathilde was touched to see her condition. From there we returned home with a heavy heart. Perrine appreciated my small gesture of giving the villagers copies of their photographs that I had clicked during my last visit. In fact, she told me, “It is much better than giving the villagers sweets because these photographs will always remind them of you. The happiness that these photographs brought on their faces was so real and touching to see them enjoying the beauty of their own pictures. You have indeed touched the right chord and build a good bonding with these families. Keep up the good work Johnny.”

In fact, even I noticed how happy the children were to see their own pictures and to get copies of the photographs. Perrine and Mathilde were amazed how these widows were fighting life to work so hard to see their fatherless children grow into beautiful citizen. In the evening when we came home, I received a call from my friend Anupama, who invited us to visit their 37 acres Organic Farm at Naigaon – Bk! Tomorrow is another amazing experience... keep reading!

Wish to thank one and all for all your kind support and encouragement. It is what makes me strong to keep pursuing the goals of the world!!! Cuidate!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010


The excess rain in Vidarbha region this year surely has taken its toll in cotton production in many districts. Farmers have succumbed to suicide because of crop failure to save their soul from humiliation by the moneylenders and banks’ recovery agents for the debts... all this while the government agency declared the MSP of cotton as Rs. 3000/- for every quintal. The excessive rain meant excessive growing of weeds in the cotton fields, which means every single farmer has had to spend extra on labours to remove the excessive weeds... so but obvious the investment of cotton growing farmers escalated as compared to earlier times.

The harvesting season surely made majority of the farmers sceptical about their hard labour’s return. The global cotton market has seen a great loss of cotton because of various natural calamities in the region of China, Bangladesh and Pakistan, so but obvious the demand in the international market for the white gold has increased considerably this year. But the government is sitting pretty to announce the minimum support price to procure cotton at Rs. 3000/-, which is far low than what the private traders have been offering and buying the produce from the farmers in various districts of Vidarbha.

Farmers are satisfied and happy to sell their produce to private traders at rates that has ranged from Rs. 4000/- to Rs. 5111/- per quintal in the 11 districts of Vidarbha. Not surprisingly, all the government procurement centres have seen not even a single farmer selling their produce and so far have had a deserted look during the peak time of the year. The difference in goverment’s MSP and private traders’ offering shows how the market is controlled by the middlemen rather than either the farmer or the government. The devastation of crops in other cotton growing countries surely has made the traders to take the opportunity to make more money from the international market and they have not hesitated to give the farmers a better price this year. Also since the total production has reduced from 400 lakh quintals in 2008-2009 period to an estimated 375 lakh quintals this year, the demand for white gold would be higher and that the private traders are intelligent enough to read while the government prefers to sleep with their Rs. 3000/- offering.

While the traders are good market players and opportunist, the government should think of the benefits of the farmer’s community and offer a better MSP so that the farmers don’t get played by the traders’ lobby. Had there been a bumper crop this elsewhere, most of the Indian farmers would have lost on their hard labour. Thankfully, this year most of the cotton growers in Vidarbha are happy with the above Rs.4000/- per quintal procurement rates and their hard labour has paid dividends, thanks to the private traders.

The government has failed yet again in its policy! Hope it learns a good lesson for the next season...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I had lost interest in festival celebrations long time ago. Ever since I came to Vidarbha, the joy that a festival brings surely has made me think about how contrasting life can be, when farmers’ suicide grabs the headlines of newspapers while the world is celebrating with no worries at all. Splurging money, wearing new clothes, eating sweets and greeting each other of all the happiness seems to me so hollow... not that I am against any festival celebrations... but life can be so cruel when the loved ones are snatched away by God, silent tears grip the whole families and in their heartening ears the sound of celebration all around... well, pain is more powerful and reality of our lives while happiness lives for a very short while that is so-so illusionary.

Whether the world agrees to my perspective or not, really doesn’t matter at all as each individual is free to live one’s life the way one wants. But each time the year long festival in India is celebrated I really wonder, are we really happily celebrating these festivals? Can we really escape all the pains with this momentary happiness? During Navratri celebration as you all know I went into a hopeless state of depression because of farmers’ suicide all over Vidarbha... so when Diwali arrived I had decided to stay away from the celebration mood and also avoid the sound of crackers and pollution.

I headed to a remote village Naigaon (Bk) in Yavatmal, where my friend Anupama invited me to spend few days with her family in a peaceful ambience. When I headed from Wardha on the Diwali day, sound of crackers had already disturbed the serenity of the small town city. When I reached the village, the ambience was so-so contrasting as peace prevailed all over with really no sign of Diwali being celebrated. Yes, as a daily ritual every villager had made beautiful colourful rangoli in front of their homes. Naigaon (Bk) is one of the well-to-do villages of Vidarbha because alternative jobs opportunities are in plenty because of WCL and other industries in the vicinity.

A village woman making rangoli

What really appealed me about the village’s atmosphere was the sensibility of the villagers and especially the youth. Unlike city youth, the youth spend time in the evening with group discussions and have refrained not to burst crackers to pollute the atmosphere and disturb others with loud explosive noise. When I interacted with them during my stay in the village, they told me that since the last ten years, they prefer to spend good time eating sweets, do puja at home and spend the evening discussing and interacting with each other rather than waste their money on silly crackers. The 350 odd families of this village with an approximate population of 1500 to 1800 in majority are well-to-do and the unity in the village to make their village the cleanest in Yavatmal District was possible only because the women and youth joined hands to show to the world that villages in India are much cleaner than Mumbai city. The village also boast to be the first village in the state of Maharastra to have underground sewerage system because of one’s man’s vision and support of the whole villagers. Naigaon (Bk) village is also sans any illicit liquor shops because of women’s power, which made sure a healthy future for the young and old villagers without indulging in liquor addiction.

Very few houses used decorative lights in the villages, sound of crackers were heard in one’s and two’s, but yes, rangoli and earthen diyas made every small house look so-so beautiful in the serene ambience. Goddess Laxmi was worshipped in every house and it was more a family affair. Youth mostly who are studying in various cities pursuing higher education came home to spend a sweet and peaceful Diwali at home with family members was one of the major highlights of Naigaon (Bk). I was very impressed as I spend a peaceful Diwali at my friend’s home and interacting with various village farmers, youth and kids... my first Diwali in Vidarbha was just perfect, sound-free and so-so peaceful...

Yes if we want, we can and we will – that is what the small village in Vidarbha taught me! However, such beautiful realities will never be covered in the media... sad, isn’t it???

Thursday, November 4, 2010

IF WE WANT, WE CAN BUT WE WON’T (4th November 2010, 0930 Hrs)

That is exactly what we all have seen in the cases of the recent Adarsh Society scam, the CWG scam, the 3 crores spent on Madam Gandhi’s visit to Sewagram to plant a dying sapling on 15th Oct, the 2G Spectrum Scam, the 58,000 crores annual rotting of food grains scam, the failure of PDS, the BIG lie of the Prime Minister that no one will die of hunger since the nation had enough food grains’ stock (while the nation is losing its infants and children at the highest rate in the world due to malnutrition), bullet-proof jacket scam in 26/11 and God knows how many more there are... the list seems to be endless...

If we want, we can but we won’t! The problem starts from here...

When the corrupt politicians want, they can bend the rules and law of the nation to give shape to their dreams and wishes fulfilled at the fastest possible time... yes they can and they do achieve the lowest levels of selling the nation in bits and pieces to be in power at the expense of the poor!!! But when it comes to solving the problems of the poor, the majority of the population... they simply won’t! Things are made to look complicated and even though there are simple solutions, they will make it so complicated by using all the rules and laws of the nation... that things becomes bigger than they really are in reality!

All problems in the world can be solved by simple solutions but then we humans have loved and mastered the art to complicate things to feel vindicated by the BIG problem status to make it look grand! The Adarsh Society Scam where in almost all the bigwigs are involved are now passing the buck on their adversaries to save their skin... and yes they want it badly and they can, they will in front of the eyes of 1.25 billion and world’s population with gusto and shameless attitude. But will the Adarsh Society be handed over to the rightful owners of the Kargil War Heroes’ families? The simplest of the simple solutions that can make all these bigwigs look great by sacrificing just a few lakhs of their crores they have looted from the poor... but obviously, they won’t!

It is not only the Chavans, Deshmukhs, Ranes and Generals of the Indian Army and Navy... but all the departments, which start from the very bottom – the BMC, LAW Department, Ministries concerned to Army, Navy and all the Government offices to the corrupt shameless political leaders of the nation... each and every one is to be blamed, who have passed the file to play the part to perfection in the scam because each one of them has made money to allow such a BIG thing to happen right in front of our eyes... this also involves the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh trying to show its clean image... but the fact is because they are corrupt, they help to assist to allow scams after scam to happen! Now tell me, I am not an analyst or a reputed columnist who is showing how simple things are... but then... who will listen to me?

Surprisingly, these simple solutions will never be applied by using simple common sense... instead an ENQUIRY will be set up, CBI and what not will be asked to investigate life long, so even these officials will make some more crores from all the departments to save their respective asses... in legalities all the things will be made to look so complicated that the problem which is actually simple to solve will look BIG! And then after few months, a new scam will grab the hungry media’s headlines (who are fed every single juicy bits by the respective agencies) and the so-called intelligent 1.2 billion Indians will do the oohs, the aahs and forget about the Adarsh Society Scam and the poor martyrs’ families will still be running from pillars to post to get their rightful due and nothing will happen to all the political leaders and bigwigs!

Yes, it is WE as the nation who have allowed such things to happen and encourage such things to keep happening in future to come also... reality is simple and it is the illusionary world that is so complicated where all such things are happening... why all the irrigation water for the farmers are being diverted to the industries in the name of growth and development? Why the poor are being squeezed by the rich to the last drop of the blood? Why are the villages still in darkness while the nation claims to the world of its fastest growing economy status? Why are food grains allowed to rot when poor villagers of the nation are fighting hunger by feeding the nation? Why the corrupt leaders are allowed to come into power once again even after being caught red-handed? Why the nation is being split into bits and pieces and sold to MNCs knowing well they are feeding poison to the nation?

If we want, we can but we won’t!