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Coalition Governments

For ordinary citizens, coalition governance has lead to non-governance in the country.  Most of the time Central Government remains busy in keeping its flock together through appeasement in the form of ministerial berths, revoking professed policies or deferring justifiable harsh action. Even the smallest group in the coalition can threaten the stability of the government. Many times Government had to waste public money on special aircrafts to ferry one MP to avoid collapse of the government on crucial issues.

The situation remains to be dim. Nobody wants to work.  Every institution appears to be infested with corruption and inefficiency.  They exist without performing their primary service. Examples are endless.  There are schools and colleges without teaching and hospitals without treatment. Police protection is not available to ordinary citizens since it remains preoccupied with protecting politicians or remains continuously engaged in ‘bandobast’ to face agitational activities of politicians. Even ordinary civic amenities like supply of water and electricity are becoming scarce or polluted in cities although citizens pay for such services. Condition of villages is worse.

Selfish Politicians

While politics has emerged as a lucrative profession, democracy is turning out to be a costly luxury for the taxpayers. In sharp contrast to government employees who earn a pension after putting in a long service, membership of a legislative house even for incomplete term entitles a life-long handsome pension with bag-full of other benefits. Over and above they have an unlimited authority to decide and enhance their own pay and perks.  The citizens have a right to demand that political parties must include proposed pay hikes in election manifesto to seek public mandate before enjoying the same. As a Constitutional safeguard, Supreme Court must review the self-bestowed benefits of legislatures.

Politics has become the past time of certain families and vested groups who frequently regroup under various pretexts to grab political power. Many of our so-called leaders are the creations of media and are sponsored by Mafias.  Most of them are dissidents on some personal grudges and lead factions based upon caste and region.  Switching parties is their survival. Regionalism is overshadowing the National priorities and unity of the Country.

Performance Audit

Candidates are elected to legislative forums to represent the voters during proceedings but the empty benches and thin attendance during sessions reflect their indifference to duty.  Their effort is spent to disrupt the business of the house. There is no one to question as to why elected members are absent during the proceedings of the house and do not discuss the issues in a democratic manner to justify the expenses the voters have to bear upon them? Equally pertinent is to ask why do chairpersons and speakers remain helpless towards unruly behavior of members.

Instable Non-performing Governments

Due to coalition politics issue of stability of the governments at the center is of highest priority. Some time ago, it was being suggested that the life of parliament and legislatures be fixed for five years to avoid mid-term polls. In case the Government is defeated the existing members may elect a new leader in the house. But if such a suggestion is accepted it will lead to more corruption. Members will be free to swap their alliance partners as frequently as beneficial to their person without any fear of facing the electorate. Effective method is that a defector should not be allowed to re-contest whatever be his justification for switching party.

Alliances must be pre-poll

For ensuring stability, alliances should be pre-poll and for full term of the house.  Assurance to this effect should be given to the President and the Governor, as the case may be, before any Government is formed. Changing of sides thereafter, singly or collectively should require the swappers to resign. The fear of re- election and rejection by public shall deter the defectors and provide stability.

Democracy without discipline, responsibility and awareness will lead to chaos. People want good governance and not an opportunity to vote every five years in the name of democracy.

Chand K Sharma

Media Mafia

Media was said to be the fourth pillar of state in democracy, but in India it has emerged as a mafia. It is no longer serving the public, ideals, democratic norms but own survival with profits. The objectivity in reporting has converged with corporate objectives of the owners. Most of the media in India is owned and controlled by foreigners. It is therefore more tuned to project India as global village to appear like a ‘no man’s land’ – a waste land, where might of numbers is the deciding factor of its ownership!

Confining oneself to narrow geographical limits is now a thing of the past. Advancement in information technology is the prime reason that has converted entire world into a global village. Today happenings in one corner of the globe affect the other corner also. The effect could be felt over several fields ranging from political, economic, cultural and emotional relationships. As we have, members of one family may be spread out in different continents of Earth in pursuit of studies, business, employment, entertainment and even matrimonial connections. They want to know about their dear ones scattered all over the globe. In the words of Wordsworth “the world is too much around us!” But we cannot overlook the reality that the world is still politically divided into countries, nationalities, currencies and many other factors. The implementation of the concept of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbkam’ is a mirage. Thus we need a media that has National outlook.

Another significant development directly affecting this scenario is the commercialization of media. In gone days media was an instrument of change in the society wedded to the value system of its operative environment. Today, media brings out that news, which can sell in its content and form. Time in electronic media and space in print media are costly. Therefore, time and space are being utilized to its optimum to recover the costs and earn profits for the owners. We are getting more of advertisements as compared to news items that can sell in public. News has to be gathered from all corners, since local coverage may not suffice to arouse and satisfy inquisitiveness of news edicts.

Electronic coverage has further shortened the freshness of news items. While life span of news in print media spreads between two publications, the same on electronic media is only between two telecasts. As news channels are telecasting round the clock, it is resulting in repetition every half an hour or even less.  To maintain interest and salability in competitive environment, channels are artificially generating and puffing the news by speculation, as well as, by way of adding views to the news. In the bargain, we get opinions and panel discussions interspersed between advertisements. The stage has come to take small ‘breaks’ to announce just one news item between commercials to meet the costs and profits. To cater for all this, a larger geographical territory has to be scanned.

In consequence, nothing new is available on home front than stories of some bomb blasts causing a dozen causalities, gang rapes, capsizing of overloaded boats, scams, indictment of politicians, reversal of government policies announced on the day before, bandhs calls and some comments from stale politicians on matters deserving expert opinion. That is perhaps one of the reasons that we getting paranoid about the world scenario in search for a change.

Our choice is restricted. We have to select out of the items projected by the media or whatever is available on the Internet to the select few, who can afford it. It is the media who has been exercising selectivity between world news and home coverage. The readers and viewers perforce pick out from that only, depending upon its presentation and credibility. They cannot do anything otherwise. We remember the event and person as long as media is covering them, and delete them from memory once media stops feeding inputs.

Our politicians today are the creations of media. Small and insignificant personalities have been projected as super natural heroes and thrust on the public as options for choice to rule in our democratic setup. Media can tarnish an innocent and honest person by painting him a satanic villain and vice versa. It is acting like a mafia.

The time has come when utility and privileges of media are reassessed. Media should be under the control of society through judiciary and accountable for false, sensational, and anti national reporting.  Publications and telecasts that are basically contrary to the objectives of the society and morality must be subjected to censorship.

Chand K Sharma

Preferential treatment (Sonia Gandhi) Sonia Vs Gandhi in Morality

Sonia Vs Gandhi in Morality

Except for surname Gandhi tag to promote herself in Indian political market, Sonia Gandhi, the present Congress President has nothing in common with MK Gandhi – the tallest leader of Congress.

The distinct differences are:

  • Gandhi patronized and wore Khadi – Sonia wears Khadi only to impress rural voters during elections.
  • Gandhi was committed to Ahimsa and was vegetarian – Sonia has not adopted even this basic and most relevant Gandhian thought in her life.
  • Gandhi did not amass wealth – about Sonia, the less said the better.
  • Gandhi resorted to mud packs, fasts and local remedies to cure his ailments, but Sonia has no faith and confidence even in India’s modern medical system. Therefore she preferred to enjoy health care abroad with family at public expense! She is determined to dismantle the India’s ancient infrastructure created by Swami Ram Dev and Acharya Balakrishnan in India by misusing brute authority of UPA Government.

Is it not a matter of Shame – utter shame, for Union Health Minister that despite six decades of their rule they have not created appropriate medical infrastructure upon which their own boss may have confidence? She was to be rushed abroad for her treatment while her voters struggle for their life in local Hospitals.

Sonia’s ailment is being kept a closely guarded secret. The country is entitled to know, for which serious disease the VIP was suffering and India had no facilities to cure her.

What steps the UPA Government is taking now at least, to ensure that VIPs like Sonia and other Congress ministers do not have to be rushed abroad in future. We cannot afford any risk as well as further expense for their life.

Last but not the least – Congressmen need to emulate Gandhian principles in private and public life rather misusing his name to fool voters.

Chand K Sharma

भारत की पढी लिखी महिलाओं को चुनौती

आज कल किसी भी शक्तिशाली देश का दूसरे देश पर सैनिक अधिकार बनाये रखना असम्भव हो गया है अतः दूसरे तरीके काम में लाये जाते हैं जैसे कि

  • आर्थिक प्रतिबन्ध लगाना,
  • देश के योग्य नेताओं को गुप्त ढंग से मरवा देना,
  • देश की युवाओं में उन्हीं  के देश के साँस्कृतिक मूल्यों के प्रति अनास्था जगा कर उन्हें अपनी संस्कृति की ओर आकर्षति करना
  • या युवाओं को व्यसनों दूआरा पथ भ्रष्ट कर देना
  • इस के अतिरिक्त उस देश के शासन तंत्र में अपना कोई प्रशिक्षत जासूस घुसा देना जो उपयुक्त समय पर उस देश की सत्ता को बाहरी देश के निर्देशानुसार चलाये।

ऐसी परिस्थति में भला भारत कैसे अनछुआ रह सकता है?  साम्यवादी, मुसलिम, ईसाई और साम्राज्यवादी शक्तियाँ अपने अपने ढंग से भारत को खण्डित कर के उस पर अधिकार जमाने के लिये प्रयत्नशील हैं। पोप ने तो साफ घोषणा कर रखी है कि इक्कीसवीं सदी में उन का लक्ष्य सम्पूर्ण ऐशिया वासियों को ईसाई धर्म में परिवर्तित करना है।

‘इन्टरनेट’ पर जानकारी के मुताबिक सोनियां मेनिओ का जन्म इटली के छोटे से शहर ट्यूरिन के लुसियानो या ऒरबेसानो नामक गांव में 9 दिसम्बर 1946 को हुआ था। उन की दो बहिनें और भी हैं। उन के पिता पहले तो इटली के कुख्यात् तानाशाह मोसोलिनी की सैना में ‘फासिस्ट’ सिपाही थे और बाद में ऐक साधारण निर्माण कार्य से जुडे हुए ठेकेदार बन गये।

सोनियां मेनिओ की प्राथमिक शिक्षा घर के पास ही रोमन कैथोलिक मिशनरियों के स्कूल में हुई और बाद में वह ‘अंग्रेज़ी पढने के लिये’ केमब्रिज इंगलैंड गई। केवल ‘अंग्रेज़ी पढने के लिये’ एक साधारण परिवार की लड़की का इंगलैंड जाना हैरानी की बात है क्यों कि इतना तो इटली में मिशनरियों के स्कूल भी कर सकते होंगे। केमब्रिज में  ही उन की मुलाकात राजीव गाँधी से ऐक ‘ग्रीक रेस्तोरां’ में हई और पहली मुलाकात में ही प्यार हो गया!

1968 में वसन्त पंचमी के दिन सोनियां मेनिओ राजीव गाँधी से विवाह कर के  सोनियां गाँधी बन गयी। उस समय इन्दिरा गाँधी भारत के राजनैतिक पटल पर पूरी तरह अधिकार जमा चुकीं थी, और उन के छोटे बेटे संजय गांधी उन के उत्तराधिकारी के रूप में उभर रहे थे। 1971 में इन्दिरा गाँधी अमेरिका तथा पशचिमी देशों की आंख की किरकिरी बन चुकीं थीं। उन को गद्दी से उतारने के लिये आन्दोलन चला, फिर ऐमरजैंसी लगी, और आखिरकार इन्दिरा को हटा कर जनता पार्टी की सरकार बनी। लेकिन तीन वर्षों के अन्तर्काल में ही इन्दिरा गाँधी अपने बेटे संजय गांधी के साथ पहले से भी अधिक लोकप्रिय हो कर दोबारा प्रधानमन्त्री पद पर आसीन हो गयीं। इस समय तक सोनियां गाँधी एक सजी-धजी, भारत की प्रधानमन्त्री की बहू बन कर परदे के पीछे रहीं। जब जनता पार्टी की सरकार तले इन्दिरा गाँधी और संजय गांधी राजनैतिक मुशकिलों में फंसे तब पता नहीं क्यों सोनियां घबरा कर अपने पति और दो बच्चों समेत इटली के दूतावास में रहने चली गयीं थी।

अचानक इन्दिरा गाँधी के उत्तराधिकारी संजय गांधी की विमान दुर्धटना में रहस्यमयी मृत्यु हो गयी। संजय गांधी की महत्वकांक्षा पत्नी मानेका गांधी तथा पुत्र वरुण को प्रधानमन्त्री निवास से निष्कास्ति होना पडा, यहां तक कि जाते समय सोनियां और उन के पति राजीव गांधी ने मानेका गांधी के सामान की तलाशी भी ले डाली। यह घटना क्रम तो तेज़ी से चला पर पता नहीं 14 वर्षों तक किस अज्ञात भय के कारण सोनियां ने भारत की नागरिकता क्यों नही ली। 1984 में यह काम पूरा हुआ। अगर कोई साधारण सरकारी पदाधिकारी किसी विदेशी से विवाह करता है तो विदेशी व्यक्ति की रिपोर्ट सरकार को दे कर सरकार से पूर्वतः स्वीकृति लेनी पड़ती है लेकिन प्रधानमन्त्री के परिवार में ही इतनी देर क्यों लगी ?

संजय के बाद राजीव गांधी का राजनैतिक क्षेत्र में प्रवेश हुआ। किसी भावी सम्भावना से प्रेरित हो कर सोनियां ने अंग्रेज़ी के अतिरिक्त थोड़ी बहुत हिन्दी भी सीखी और भारतीय वेशभूषा भी अपनानी शुरू कर दी थी। अचानक 31 अक्तूबर 1984 को प्रधानमन्त्री निवास के अन्दर ही इन्दिरा गाँधी की हत्या कर दी गयी। हत्या के तुरन्त बाद ही पकड़े गये निहत्थे हत्यारे बेअन्त सिहं को भी प्रधानमन्त्री निवास पर ही मार दिया गया। पूरे घटना क्रम की जांच रिपोर्ट में शक की सुई प्रधानमन्त्री निवास के परिचितों के आस पास तो घूमती रही लेकिन कई रहिस्य सामने नहीं खुल पाये।

प्रधान मंत्री पद के लिये ‘मिस्टिर क्लीन’ होना ही राजीव गांधी का राजनैतिक आधार था । भारत दर्शन पर जनता के बीच सोनियां ने भी जाना शुरू कर दिया लेकिन मंज़िल अभी दूर थी। राजीव गांधी की ‘मिस्टिर क्लीन’ छवि बिगाडने में सब से प्रमुख हाथ सोनियां के करीबी क्वात्रोची का रहा जो आज सभी झंझटों से मुक्त हो कर बोफर्स तोपों के सौदे की दलाली हज़म कर रहा है और भारत सरकार केवल दिखावे के तौर पर हाथ मलती रह गयी। ‘मिस्टिर क्लीन’ अपने मुंह पर कालिख पुतने के कारण सत्ता से बाहर हो गये। सत्ता में वापसी के लिये चुनाव प्रचार की जिस रैली में वह पहली बार सोनियां के बिना अकेले गये थे उसी रैली में 21 मई 1991 को उन की भी हत्या कर दी गयी। काश उस दिन सोनियां उन के समीप रही होतीं तो शायद विनाश से बच गये होते।

आसमान का छप्पर फट चुका था अतः आनन फानन ही राजीव गांधी की अंत्येष्टी होने से पहले ही कांग्रेसी चाटुकारों की टोली ने सौ वर्षों से अधिक पुरानी पार्टी की प्रधानता सोनियां गाँधी के कदमों में डाल दी जिस के लिये केवल साधारणतया अंग्रेजी-हिन्दी पढी सोनियां तैयार ही नहीं थी। नये नये वित्त मन्त्री बने मनमोहन सिहं ने तो राष्ट्रीय बजट से 200 करोड रुपये भी निकाल कर शोक संत्पत सोनियां की झोली में डाल दिये ताकि वह राजीव गांधी फाऊडेशन संस्था चला कर अपनी वेदना कम कर सकें, परन्तु जब विरोध हुआ तो सोनियां ने वह अनुदान अस्वीकार कर देना ही उचित समझा। उन को सक्रिय राजनीति में शामिल होने के न्योते मिलने लगे । उन का निवास स्थान प्रधान मन्त्री नरसिम्हा राव से रुष्ट नेताओं को सांत्वना देने का केन्द्र बनने लगा। कभी कभी सोनिया राय-बरेली और अमेठी जैसे पारिवारिक तीर्थ स्थलों के चक्कर भी लगाने लगीं जिस से उन के राजनीति में प्रविष्ट होने की अटकल पच्चू अफवाहें गर्म रहने से य़ोग्य एवं सक्ष्म प्रधान मन्त्री नरसिम्हा राव की कुर्सी डोलने लगी।

नये कांग्रेस प्रधान सीताराम केसरी बैंड मास्टर थे, तथा कांग्रेस का ढोल पीट कर चन्दा इकट्ठा करने का काम करते थे। उन्हों ने सोनियां के आगे घुटने टेक कर अद्यक्षता सोनियां को ही सौंप दी। शरद पवार, संगमा और तारिक अनवर ने सोनियां को विदेशी मूल की होने का बता कर विरोध करने की हिम्मत जुटायी तो वह तीनों दूध में से मक्खी की तरह कांग्रेस से एक ही झटके से निकाल दिये गये। गद्दी सम्भालते ही पहली बग़ावत को सोनियां ने क्रूरता से कुचल दिया ता कि दूसरा कोई हिम्मत ही ना कर सके। कुछ ही देर बाद शरद पवार की सारी हेकडी निकल गयी और वह सोनियां को भारतीय मान कर मन्त्री पद पा कर ही सन्तुष्ट हो गये और प्रधान मन्त्री बनने के सपने छोड कर क्रिकेट की राजनीति से ही अपना मन बहलाने लगे।

परदे के पीछे ही सोनियां ने कांग्रेसियों की गर्दन पकडनी सीख ली थी। साथ ही अपनी सासू जी के हाव-भाव भी अच्छी तरह से अपना लिये थे। जनता के सामने खादी की साडीयां पहनना, भीड को देख कर हाथ हिलाना, केमरे के सामने अधनंगे बच्चों के गाल थपथपाना तथा गरीबी हटाओ तरह के नारे लगवाना अब वह बहुत अच्छी तरह से सीख चुकीं थीं। इस लिये अब सरकार को आंखें दिखाने का वक्त आ गया था।

कांग्रेसियों में सिवाये गाँधी नेहरू नामों के कोई दूसरा आसरा ही नहीं था इसलिये सोनियां के साथ गांधी शब्द जुड जाने से सभी वरिष्ट कांग्रेसी नेता भी सोनियां जी से हाथ जोड कर मार्ग-दर्शन का अनुरोध करने लगे। जिस तरह शतरंज की बिसात पर कोई प्यादा चलते चलते वज़ीर बनने लगता है इसी तरह राजेश पायलट और माधव राव सिन्धिया भी शायद सोनियां को चुनौती दे पाते मगर वह दोनो अलग अलग दुर्घटनाओं का शिकार हो कर परलोक सिधार गये। ऐक तीसरे प्यादे जितेन्द्र प्रसाद ने सोनियां के सामने अध्यक्ष पद का चुनाव लडने का दुःसाहस तो किया लेकिन उस की इतनी दुर्गति हुयी कि चुनाव हारने के थोडे ही समय  पशचात वह भी सीने में दर्द ले कर स्वर्ग सिधार गये। सोनिया को चुनौती देने वाला अब कोई नही बचा था।

सब तरह से निशचिन्त हो कर सोनियां ने पहली बार जोड़ तोड़ कर के की सरकार तो ऐक वोट के अन्तर से गिरा दी लेकिन वह अपनी सरकार बनाने में सफल ना हो सकीं। निर्वाचन के बाद वाजपायी की सरकार पूरे कार्यकाल तक चली।

आखिरकार बिल्ली के भाग्य से छीका टूट ही गया। आम चुनाव के पशचात कहीं की ईंट कहीं का रोड़ा मिल जाने से कांग्रेस तले सरकार तो बन गयी लेकिन सोनियां प्रधान मन्त्री ना बन सकीं। खबरें निकली कि राष्ट्रपति भवन की ओर से कुछ आपत्ति हुयी थी। जब अंगूर खट्टे निकले और सोनियां स्वयं प्रधान मन्त्री न बन सकीं तो इसे कुर्बानी का रंग दे कर वाह-वाही समेटी गयी। समस्या विकट थी। प्रधान मन्त्री बनने के बाद अगर उसी व्यक्ति ने यदि सोनियां को ही आंखें दिखा दीं तो ? सब ऊंच-नीच सोच कर  सोनियां ने ऐक ऐसा अस्तीत्वहीन व्यक्ति ढूंड लिया। अस्तीत्वहीन की तरह केंचुए को कहीं से भी मोड लो और जब चाहो पैर से मसल डालो। परदे की ओट से शासन करने पर बिना किसी जिम्मेदारी के सम्पूर्ण अधिकार भी प्राप्त हो गये, और बोझ उठाने वाले  में कोई हड्डी ही नहीं थी।

मनमोहन सिंह के मंत्री मण्डल के सभी प्रमुख मंत्रालय आज उन कांग्रेसी नेतोओं के हाथ में रहै जिन की जनता में कोई निजी साख नहीं है। वह केवल सोनियां की मेहरबानी से राज्यसभा के रास्ते से केन्द्र सरकार में ला कर बैठा दिये गये थे। दूसरे प्रमुख मंत्रालय उन नेताओं के पास रहै जो सरकार के घटक दलों से हैं और उन्हों ने केन्द्रीय मंत्री-पद काँग्रेस के साथ सांठ गांठ करने के ऐवज़ में सोनियां की स्वीकृति से मिला था। अतःसरकार का असली निर्देशन सोनियां के हाथ में रखने के लिये ऐक अत्यन्त शक्तिशाली पद बनाया गया जिसे यू पी ऐ चेयरपरसन कहा जाता है। इस पद के पास केन्द्रीय सत्ता के वास्तविक अधिकार हैं लेकिन ज़िम्मेदारी का बोझ मनमोहन सिंह के सिर पर ही है।  सभी प्रदेशों में जहां कांग्रेसी सरकारें थीं वहां पर मुख्य मन्त्री ईसाई या मुसलिम तैनात किये गये। सच्चर कमिशन की सिफारशें लागू कर के सोनियां ने मनमोहन सिंह के मुहं से कहलवा दिया कि अब देश के साधनों पर अल्पसंख्कों का पहला अधिकार है। हिन्दु समुदाय को कोई शक नहीं रहना चाहिये कि अब उन के पूर्वजों के देश पर किस का अधिकार है।

सोनियां के साथ जिन का सीधा सम्पर्क है वह सभी ईसाई तथा कट्टर हिन्दु विरोधी हैं। ऐ के एन्थोनी रक्षा मन्त्री, अम्बिका सोनी कांग्रेस महा-सचिव, आस्कर फरनाडिस केन्द्रीय नीति निर्धारण मन्त्री, मारग्रेट अलवा महाराष्ट्र प्रमुख, वालसन थाम्पु केन्द्रीय शिक्षण बोर्ड प्रमुख, जान दयाल सोनियां के मनोनीत नेशनल इन्टीग्रेशन काऊसिल सदस्य तथा कांचा इलाया यू एन ओ में भारत सरकार के सलाहकार हैं। पाठ्यक्रम की पुस्तकों में से भारतीय इतिहास को भ्रामित बनाने का काम तेज़ी से चल रहा है। भारत में चुपचाप ही ईसाईकरण तेज़ी से हो रहा है और भारतीय मनोरंजन के साधनों में खोये हुए हैं।

भारत के लिये वह ऐक मनहूस दिन था जब मनमोहन सिहं ने सोनियां के हुकम से प्रधान मन्त्री  पद की शप्थ ली और इटली वासियों के लिये ऐक गर्व का दिन था कि उन के देश की ऐक मामूली अंग्रेज़ी हिन्दी पढी महिला संसार के सब से बडे प्रजातन्त्र की कर्ता धर्ता बन बेठी । छवि प्रचार के लिये सरकारी खर्चे पर रोज़ सोनियां गांधी की फोटो वाले विज्ञापन हर दिन अखबारों में छपने लगे हैं।

शर्म की बात है कि बिना आरक्षण के ऐक साधारण हिन्दी – अंग्रेजी जानने वाली ऐक विधवा स्त्री विश्व के सब से बडे प्रजातन्त्र की कर्ता धर्ता बन सकती है लेकिन भारत की उच्च शिक्षा प्राप्त महिला इटली की प्रधान बनने का सोच भी नहीं सकती। उन्हें अपने देश में भी आरक्षण चाहिये। कम से कम अपने देश को तो सम्भाल लो। अब भी वक्त है जाग जाओ।

चाँद शर्मा

Splashes– 8/72 – Government of Universe

Long before Aristotle and European exponents propounded their Political theories about Governance and Management, Santana Dharma in India had already conceptualized a comprehensive blue print of System at work in the entire Universe.  It can still serve as text-book for our modern political thinkers and management gurus because division of various departments, work responsibility, job descriptions of various functionary deities and infrastructure available to them have remained all the same for Governments all over the world till date. Only nomenclature and gadgets have been added because of developments in Science and Technology.

Celestial Government

Similar to Hinduism, Pagan mythologies all over the world also have followed the same concept and pattern of Celestial Government to explain functioning natural phenomena. In every mythology there are angels and subordinate gods to execute the commands of the Supreme God. Only the names of angels, subordinates, assignments and physical descriptions have been varied to suit local environment. In every mythology, Satanic forces are constantly working against the Supreme God. Humans are always in the crossfire of Good and the Evil.

There are subtle variations also. While in other scriptures, God is dependent on few messengers, relatives or representatives to get His commands executed, in Hinduism there is an array of 33 crore subordinate gods to manage the Universe. All of them are identified with the Planets of our solar system and elements of ecology in our environment. In other scriptures the messengers are seen making to and fro movements on the planet earth only, while the system under Hindu concept is applicable to entire cosmos already discovered or yet to be discovered. The Systems of Celestial Government work faster than modern telecommunications are at work today. Hindu visualization of the management of the Universe can be easily compared with contemporary governments as well as organizations in corporate sector.

The capital of Universe or Head Office of the Government is located in Swarga Loka, (Heaven), at Amravati.

Indra Indra is the Chief of Devas (subordinate gods), and the master of Heavens. He is The ‘Viceroy’ of Supreme God, since the Almighty does not interfere in the day-to-day administration of Universe. As Head of the Celestial Government, Indra applies all the tools and tactics of modern governance that CIA and KGB devised later and apply even today. Indra does not shy away even from the use of all kinds of powers and allurements, including the use of wine, wealth of boons and women, to achieve his objectives as well as to ensure the security of heavens. Since nothing moves without power is a scientific principle, Indra holds all the sources of power under his personal charge. Thus he is the god of Thunder, Rain and Lightning.  His main weapon is Vajra but in addition he has several other powerful weapons that he continues bestowing to his vassals and confidants. He deals appropriately with the learned Rishies and also with the wicked. His life style and actions match the Chief Executive of any global corporation of modern times. He rides the costliest vehicle, the proverbial white elephant named Airawat, and lives in riches and luxuries one could imagine even today. It is essential quality of every ruler and CEO to possess finer tastes. Thus Indra is all the time surrounded with supreme luxuries, beautiful Apasras and Gandharvas (artists) who are exponents of music and dance and are ever ready to be deployed at shortest notice to entertain or seduce the targets.  Indira’s wife Shachi is a well versed, beautiful and a model of an accomplished spouse of evry top man in every respect.

Agni Fire god is next to Indra. Therefore, like taxes, all sacrifices made to gods reach their destination through Agni. He represents the power that digests the food and is present in every living being. In art Agni is represented red and two-faced, suggesting his destructive and beneficent properties. Scientifically, every object changes its appearance when processed through fire. Agni is always sought as a witness in all rituals since Agni maintains a constant shape throughout irrespective of the combustion material used. Other materials like Water and Wind many times change their form under different conditions.

Surya (Sun) –The Sun at the center point of our solar system is the visible deity for us. There are several Suns in universe but the Surya of our solar system is representative of all. Sun god is regulating almost everything that affects life on our planet. In the larger context, Sun is also the time-keeper of respective solar systems as well.

Vayu (Wind) – No life is possible in vacuum without Vayu alias Pawan Deva or Maruta. Wind helps the Jada kind of life also to regenerate and is running the most essential service for all living beings. He is present in every living being.

Varuna (Water) – He is the master of water, another essential commodity in the Universe. Varuna stores reserve stocks of water in the form of ice. With the help of Sun and Wind he transforms water into clouds and gets the same transported periodically all over the globe. Such a stupendous job if contracted today would involve millions of tankers, workforce and unimaginable infrastructure. Like wind, he is present in every living being.

Yama – He is the god of Death. He manages the department of recycling in the Universe. Without Yamaraj life would be miserable on earth. If Death was not there Chingez Khan, Babur, Aurangzeb, Nadir Shah and many of the past characters would have been around us.

Kuber – Kuber, with his headquarters at Alkapuri, is the god of wealth. He bears the image of present day’s money-lender and finance advisers. The difference lies in the fact that Kuber is always a giver and never takes anything in return. Thus no financer in the world can afford to be as large-hearted as Kuber.

Mitra – In worldly affairs Mitra appears as the god of honesty, friendship, and contracts, a fore runner of Public Relation Administration ever ready to say ‘may I help you’.

Kama – Kama Deva is the god of love, and is comparable to the designation of Director of Generation. Without him no life can be perceived in this Universe. With wife Rati the couple can surpass all the fantasies of modern generation. His body was said to have been destroyed by Shiva’s wrath to suggest that existence of Kama impulse in body of all living beings is only a mental state. In comparison to other mythologies, one fails to understand the depiction of cupid as a child carrying a bow and flowery arrow doing pranks here and there to inspire ‘saints’ like Valentine!

Aditi (limitless) – She is a goddess of consciousness, the past, the future and fertility.

Dharamraj and Chitragupta – They are the record Keepers of Brahma the creator, and Yama, the god of Death. Their primary role is to compile various inputs concerning all living beings and coordinate the activities between Birth Office, Death Cell, and managing boarding and lodging activities in Heaven and Hell as per the standing instructions of the Almighty.

All the attributes associated with the gallery of gods are Vedic gods and can be rationalized separately in detail, but here only a glimpse of portfolios has been mentioned for the sake of brevity. The Organizational Structure has been depicted in out line. Whereas Non-Hindu scriptures depict God Almighty relying upon his only son, or only representative as agents to influence favors or punishments for believers and non believers on the date of Judgment, according to Hindu concept a transparent system is continuously at work, totally free from any intermediate The concept of management visualized thousands of years ago contains all the elements of Modern Organization consistently working at optimal level.

Women Representation

Although Britain claims to be the mother of Democracy in the world, yet women were granted voting rights in 1932.  The condition of women in Islamic world is an open secret. In contrast importance of women in Hindu mythology has never been over looked. It also underlines the division of responsibilities and complimentary status of males and females. The power of granting boons and curses is equally available to the spouse of gods and they are more or less on equal footing. The gods do respect their wives and are never alone. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are married to goddesses Sarsawati (Knowledge), Lakshami (wealth) and Durga (Power) respectively. The pairing of godly spouses is based on rationality. Creativity requires knowledge, preservation requires material wealth and destruction requires physical force.  Accordingly Brahma the Creator is wedded to Sarsawati, Preserver Vishnu is married to Lakshami and Shiva, the destroyer has Shakti Durga as his consort.  The positive and negative aspects of knowledge, wealth and Power are depicted by the flowers and weapons carried by the goddesses. Knowledge, Wealth and Power are to be acquired through efforts by men. Unless preserved and used these can be usurped easily by others. Vedic verses assigned to various gods and goddesses contently explain their physical attributes characteristics, properties and functions.

Other prominent Celestial Beings

There are many ever-living characters described in Hindu scriptures. Each one represents some trait or attribute. It is the greatness of Hindu Religion that animals and plants have also been given due importance. Some other ever-living mythological heroes are:-

Ganesha is the god of Wisdom.  As wisdom is a pre-requisite for every action, Ganesha is worshiped first in every prayer, to ward off as hurdles in every activity. His blessings are invoked by reciting Ganesha’s mantras before every auspicious work is begun. Ganesha has a human body, an elephant’s head and a mouse as His vehicle. Riding on a mouse, one of nature’s smallest creatures and having the head of an elephant, the biggest of all animals, denotes that Ganesha is the creator of all creatures. It also denotes the process of evolution.

Kartikeya is the god of masculinity and war and commander-in-chief of the armies of the gods. He rides a peacock.

Narada Rishi is the Sage of the gods and is ever-living. He moves about in the three worlds and can be rightly called as the patron predecessor of media-men and a fore-runner of moving data bank. He is supposed to know everything that is happening at any place to keep the Almighty informed. He can appear at any place and at any time. It is very unfortunate that he is often sarcastically depicted as a comic character in films and literature. Hindus possess a sharp sense of humor even to laugh at oneself. No media person ever reached the excellence in performance anywhere close to Narda Rishi.  He is also founding father of musical school of thought and an expert Veena player.

Hanuman is the living embodiment of an ideal selfless worker, and a true Karma Yogi (Man of Action). He lived to serve  Sri Rama. He was humble, brave, and wise and possessed all the divine virtues. He never boasted of his bravery and intelligence. He is also regarded as founding father of another school of music, besides known for his wisdom, diplomacy and physical power. He is the patron deity of all wrestlers. He is credited to have earned and bestowing eight capabilities (Siddhies) which are Anima (to become invisible), Laghima( size reduction), Garima (size expansion), Prapti ( acquiring some thing), Prakmaya (accomplishing desired action), Mahima( fame), Ishvtva (god like power) and Vashitva ( ability to control others). Apparently those may sound exaggeration but today any ordinary person can feel Anima, Laghima, Garima through touch screen computers and animation techniques. Hanuman never boasted about his achievements and was always humble.

The Hindu mythology developed side by side of abstract philosophy as a training aid for visualization of the concept. It was continuously updated to keep pace with the developing thought process. Source of Hindu mythology can be traced in Vedic, Puranic and Epic literature. Hindu Mythology is the most fascinating animation of various personified traits. It is a blend of rich imagination and reality.

Chand K Sharma

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India turning into a satelite state of US

Ahead of a crucial Indo-US strategic dialogue, Robert Blake, the Assistant Secretary of the US for South and Central Asia has said that it no longer considers India a non-aligned country, “I do not consider India a non-aligned country any more. I think that really changed after 9/11 where India really realised that it has a wide range of common interest with the United States,…”

With this kind of statement being made the UPA Government is required to explain Indian public to what extent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted India to be a tailpiece of USA?

Has the present UPA Government given up the policy of Non alignment that Nehru had enunciated in fifties?

Chand K Sharma

My first blog…

GayatiGIn every vibrant democracy participation of its citizens is most important. It is therefore necessary for every citizen to remain conversant with all the developments of his surrounding and have his own views to guide his contribution for the betterment of society. The effort will be meaningless unless there is a sincerity, committment and courage to express thoughts publicly.

This blog is reflection of the same.

Readers are most welcome to express their personal opinion and view point on this subject.

Chand K Sharma
chandksharma@yahoo.com

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