Posted by Praveen

Salutes to the maestro

This day is truly a sad one as one of India's best known musicians , the Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, passed away. A man who has spent more than 80 years of his life contributing pure music to the world, he was awarded the Bharat rathna for his achievemnts and dedication to music. To the younger generation[which includes me], he and his contributions may be unknown. And coupled with that, the Central Government ignored him on many occasions.
He was not one to go after luxury and lived in his adopted city, the holy varanasi till his death....
I bow my head before the memories of this great man...
I dedicate A.R.Rahman's Yeh jo desh hai tera[ shehnai version] to the departed soul....

your crusader, Praveen


Posted by Praveen

Cry my beloved country...

21/08/2006.. the second darkest day in the history of Independent India comes 31 years after
the first one.... 26/07/1975, the day when Indira Gandhi declared emergency in our country. Today the Union Cabinet unanimously cleared the bill proposing 27 p.c. quotas in all
institutions of higher education under the central Government. The vote hungry politicians,
by clearing this bill, has taken our country some 50 years back in the road to development.
This piece of shit, called the quota, would better serve as some stuffing in the mouth of
our great HRD minister Mr. Arjun 'bloody' singh, rather than as a step towards social
equality in India.

The most interesting thing now is that the debate has shifted from whether the quota should be implemented or not to how the quota should be implemented. No politician is talking against the quotas. This includes all the forward caste politicians. Now, they are going to implement the quotas in a stagerred manner over 3-4 years. Even that is not acceptable to some filthy politicians. They want it all to be implemented in one go. what kind of social justice is this, i wonder.........
I salute all those lakhs of students who protested with all their might aginst the quotas, but were failed by the dark hands of our beloved politicians.... Hope they would come back strongly with more protests......

am not gonna say anything more... I've told whatever i had to say in 2 previous posts...chkout those

with love,Your crusader Praveen


Posted by Praveen

Happy beloved motherland

Its that time of the year again when we all send messages to each other with all patriotic fervour. Our minds are full of thoughts about our country. The streets are filled with flag vendors. Almost every passing vehicle has a tricolour at the front. We even hang the flag in front of our houses. The internet is full of forwarded messages about the long struggle for freedom and the greatness of our country. The political parties are not far behind, conducting meetings with fanfare.

But, beyond that are we doing anything worthwhile? yes, we do sit in front of the tv all day and enjoy all those film based programs and independence day special movie. In the olden days, atleast those movies used to be classic patriotic movies. But, now we get to see some crap romantic movie or maybe some steamy hot movie featuring the latest hottie in town. And if you are politician, you will be busy hoisting the flag and taking the customary salute. The salute may vary from politician to politician, from 5 outstretched fingers to 2 finger salutes. For the policemen, independence day eve is the busiest time of the year, searching the nook and corner of the cities for bombs. For the government servant, I day is the one as described above, best spent in front of the idiot box. For students, its a day to hangout with their buddies or catch the latest release at the nearest theatre[even am no different].

We remember our great country only twice in an year. And that day too is spent like this. Our patriotism is all about phoney forwarded messages and all that stuff. Come August 16th and we'll ask, ''what India, what independence, i got better things to think about''. We are not bothered that our bloody politicians looting our country in a bigger way than the british did. We are not bothered that by playing accoding to the whims of the US, our leaders are making our country more dependent than ever. We are always ready to vote the leaders who stunt our developmental policies, again to power. And most of all, we gave an Italian jughead, a place among the greatest leaders of our country. So much for the great Independent India.

We should be doing something more worthwhile like charity work or community service, atleast on this day. We should get outside our comfort zone and travel to see the other face of India..the ugly underdeveloped side. You may not believe that there are many people in rural India who donot know India's independnce day. And even more, there are some who don't know the know of the country they live in..Yes, its happening in our India...For all this to change, we should act...We, the more privileged should be there to help the underprivileged and help them to be self dependent. Only then will the word independence achieve its true meaning......

But, even me, who has blabbered this much is doing nothing...... Thats the sad part of it.....

So, as usal lets celebrate our independence with umpteen forwarded messages and some patriotic movie DVDs.

Salutes 2 OUR great country........Mera Bharat MahaaannnMAAAA TUJHEEE SALAAMMMMMMMM

with love,
your crusader Praveen