Saturday, March 23, 2013





The news that Sanjay Dutt stands punished with 5 years imprisonment for the offense of keeping fire arms is received with mixed response by various sections of public.

There are a few offenses pending trial/punishment against Salman Khan and a few other actors.

There are also a few Politicians against whom various offenses are pending. 

Now, Sanjay Dutt’s punishment is approved by the Supreme Court itself. But, there are news and views that he might be or must be pardoned by the Political establishment under various loopholes in the law. 

Sanjay Dutt is liked by many – and that cannot be faulted. I too am one of his Fans.I also do not want to see him go to Jail. I want to see him act in many good movies in future. But, there must be a punishment for keeping dangerous firearms procured illegally.

It is the same thing with Salman Khan. If Salman and others are later punished by the courts but pardoned by the Political establishment, the whole drama of offence, trial, punishment, appeal etc becomes absolutely farcical. The Political establishment should not resort to such gross violation of the system of Justice.

If the Political establishment right away pardons the person and releases him without any punishment, it is a definite and open invitation by every influential and affluent Celebrity to indulge in any crime and seek pardon through Political establishment. Such precedents are dangerous.

This is certainly not the way the crime and punishment system must work.

At the same time, for killing two black bucks in a jungle, sentencing a Celebrity to 6 years imprisonment also appears to be incorrect. 

But then, Celebrities also run over pavement dwellers and Pedestrians and kill them in their drunken moods & drunken driving! These are currently treated as mere TRAFFIC OFFENSES. This too is not correct. The Celebrity offenders in such cases don’t even pay justified compensations ordered by the Courts. This is horrible, by any standards.

The Indian system of justice must look more efficient, Just and fast. Equality of all in the eyes of the Law must be truly reflected in it.

I therefore suggest the following methodology.

Replace the scheme of imprisonment for 5, 6 or 10 years by a VERY SIGNIFICANT FINE as punishment. 

For instance, for keeping firearms procured illegally, EVEN IF INNOCENTLY, the person need not be sent to JAIL  for 5 years, but must be made to pay ONE previous years’ TOTAL TAXED INCOME as fine to the Government. There should not be any scope for pardon in such cases by the Political establishment
The fine must be paid within 3 months, failing which, his properties must be confiscated  and auctioned.

Ditto for killing the Black bucks in a forest.

For running over and killing PAVEMENT SLEEPERS, with his car, the Celebrity must be made to pay a fine of one year’s total income in respect of each such pavement dweller killed by him . He cannot just go up the pavement, run over the pavement sleepers/standees there, killing them or wounding them and get away with it. The worst of drunken driving should not lead the celebrity’s car onto a pavement and kill the people there.

Now, why is such a change in Law needed? Mr. X may be earning a few hundreds of  crores of taxable income every year. He must be a much more responsible citizen than all others. He must respect laws more and be a more law-abiding citizen. This applies to all Celebrities – and more so, to Politicians.

If he kills a few Pedestrians, the lives of the Pedestrians or pavement sleepers must look as important in the eyes of the law as that of the celebrity. 

If a Celebrity keeps illegal firearms or drugs illegally, he can become the cause of grave crimes. He must pay for the crime.

Ditto for killing and eating Black Bucks in a forest area.

But then, imprisoning the Celebrity for 6 years or even for life serves no purpose at all, in my view. 

It hurts the lives of many people whose income comes from his success.

In some cases, whole Industry / companies may suffer.

A small compensation ordered to be paid to the survivors also makes no real sense to the persons killed. Even that compensation is not being paid by the Celebrities.

Any punishment must therefore serve to open the eyes of the celebrities to the point that they are accountable for their crimes.

One year’s total taxed income per person killed, I feel, is a JUST and ADEQUATE FINE to be paid by a celebrity to the Government. About Rs.10 -20 lakhs from this can be paid to the kith and kin of each killed person (each) and the rest should become the revenue of the Government. If paid to Central Government, its budget deficit may perhaps be bridged with this revenue fully.

Likewise, for going to a forest area and killing 2 Black Bucks against the law, ONE YEAR INCOME must be the just and adequate fine. Instead, keeping each actor in Jail for 6 years or more, is a meaningless punishment. Let him act and earn but let him pay promptly and through is nose. He should feel the pinch of the crime and punishment.

ONE YEAR’S TOTAL INCOME is, in my opinion, an undiluted, just, quick and proper punishment. It may be a few hundreds of crores or a few lakhs. If the celebrity has run over 10 persons, let him pay 10 previous years’ total Income to Government as fine. 

For God’s sake, don’t look from the Celebrity’s own angle or from your own liking for him and his skills. 

His crime deserves a Just, adequate and fast punishment. It must apply to all celebrities. Readers may voice their support for such a measure. Let us tell Parliament to amend the Law in such manner, before granting any pardon on the Celebrities’ punishments.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013






Some time ago, it was none other than Rahul Gandhi who expressed serious concern over Drug addiction in Punjab. It was then pooh poohed by the Punjab Government.

Unfortunately, the you-you-my-my politics of India is taking a heavy toll on Indian Youth ultimately. Drug menace is not at all seriously taken by the politicians and the Police force in India.

26 KG of heroin was caught with a drug peddler near Chandigarh.

The drug Peddler is being questioned, which is of course, the right thing to do. But, 2 Boxers of national fame are also to be questioned. Mr. Ram Singh, a National level Boxer is being questioned already. His friend and Olympic Medallist Vijender Singh is also likely to be questioned, if Ram Singh’s version is believed.

But, I do seriously believe, that  the Police are unlikely to go to the root of the problem, despite catching this huge haul of heroin.

If 26 KG are caught now, several such 26 KGs would have been peddled earlier too, in Punjab and Haryana and possibly Delhi too.

Ram Singh and Vijender Singh may have consumed it a few times, most probably unknowingly. That is the tip of the ice berg. How many young people were tricked into consuming heroin in the past, in the garb of  health food? Certainly crores of our most promising youngsters were duped into this by the Drug peddlers and their suppliers.

Will the Police and the Government arrest the 2 medal winners for India – who were only the unfortunate victims of a Health tonic story by the drug peddler? And, since crores of other youth are also drug addicts, will it also arrest ALL THE YOUTH of Punjab and Haryana, who might also have consumed the Heroin and other drugs peddled by some of the drug lords?

If Police doesn’t arrest the all other Crores of drug addicts who are taking drugs regularly for years now in Punjab and Haryana, and they possibly can’t live without them now, what is the point of arresting two promising youth who consumed them 3 to 4 times in recent past (and are not even addicts)?

Don’t we want to know the names of all the suffering youth who are under the influence of these drugs right now and don’t we want to bring them out of this menace with compassion and with clear focus on saving the Indian Youth from Drug Peddlers.

Many times, our present law is a very blind, almost foolish law, and it  leaves out the perpetrators but catches victims; punishes them and destroys their life. In this case especially, if the victims only are to be punished, this includes Ram Singh and Possibly Vijender, and, more importantly, Crores of  victims who are there waiting like sitting ducks and wailing for their supply of drugs.

They now can’t live without these drugs – and it would be very easy to catch them too.

But, is that what India should be doing?

I feel Ram Singh and Vijender and other potential victims of these drug peddlers must be asked to inform ALL THAT THEY KNOW and assist in investigation openly, freely and without any fear of punishment. Likewise, every drug addict must be asked to inform about the drug racket.

The Drug Racket can be busted only if the victims are kept on the side of the law and assisting the law and not as culprits themselves.

In all possibility, the Drug racket somewhere, may include powerful politicians or cross-border organizations who want to weaken India by weakening  India’s youth. It could be a deeper plot to make India punish its best stars.

It is high time that the drug menace is taken extremely seriously – but by keeping the unfortunate victims on the side of the law.

Then only, the menace can be tackled effectively and rooted out. Not otherwise. This is practical, common sense, humane and long term approach to this national problem.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013





Women’s day, elders’ day and Mothers’ day are all primarily western concepts. If you don’t care for someone all the year long, you must remember them and honor them one day in a year.  

Where is your Mother? In the Old age home.

Where is your daughter? In the school Hostel.

Where is your small child? In the Crèche

And where is the crèche? In my wife’s place.

Where is the wife? In a far off country. 

When do you meet them? I remember them. Always on mother’s day, women’s day and children’s day.

Is it the culture you want? 

We need to resurrect a culture in which family stays at one place for the longest possible time. We need to promote a culture, in which each member of a family is determined to and actually takes responsibility  for each others’ welfare and happiness.

Being a CEO, a Director, a vice-president or a GM is not a substitute for being a member of a happy and homogeneous family. We must clearly distinguish real, clear happiness from the illusion of EGO satisfaction.

India always had the Highest respect for women – until the West Asian attackers came on the scene to destroy the local civilization. Temples were erased, women were brutalized and taken prisoners and all that the civilization valued was put to the sword. These are facts of life written proudly by the invading kings or their courtiers themselves. After them came the western invaders and the damage was complete.

Today, the face of Indian civilization is a mockery of what it was before the West Asian and Western invasions took place. In any war prior to these invaders, no woman was even touched by any one. Harming a child, a woman or a old person was considered the worst sin even in a war. It is far cry from the rape-a-day culture that is the order of the day now.

No doubt, India lost its freedom because of complacency on the part of its Defence and Offence  capabilities and  too much concentration on civilizational aspects.

In reality, the civilizational aspects, including artistic, scientific, spiritual and religious aspects,  give rise to the maximum happiness to both women and men. Defence and offence are for guarding this freedom and for creative happiness. Both are essential for surviving and thriving. Else, someone can always spring a surprise by saying – we can finish off 100 crore people within fifteen minutes. And, India does not seem to adequately watch such people, even today. We don’t learn our lessons that easily.

That said, today is women’s day. There is a typical western type clamour for GENDER EQUALITY.

The cry for equality comes automatically, when men do not respect and love women adequately and prove that their love and respect are far superior to the elusive and meaningless concept of GENDER EQUALITY.

It was the stupidity and lack of concern of men that has given rise to this meaningless concept of equality. Indian men became predominantly drunkards, callous to the basic human rights of women, forgot that woman is the pillar of their sustenance and started perpetrating unacceptable crimes against women and children. 

This should change drastically. Men must shun their pernicious drinking habit totally. On the other hand, under the garb of Gender Equality, women also want to go in for the drinking habit. It is stupidity and nothing else. My advice and suggestion to women is – please do not ape man’s bad habits. Make him shun his.

Coming to the question of equality, even a bit of thinking can tell all of us that there is no equality between one man and another man; and between one woman and another woman. So, how can there be equality between the two genders. Man and woman combined is one single entity. This has been the Indian concept and possibly the healthiest and most realistic concept of the human creation. Even the god here is ARDHA NAREESWARA. Half man and Half woman. Put together, he is GOD himself.

Being a CEO or a PM or being highly educated is not a bar for woman. But, not being a loving and lovable wife, daughter, sister and mother certainly is a huge handicap for woman. We may like to rule the world. Many tried. None of them are here today. The ones who truly ruled their life were those who loved and got loved. Not the CEOs or the PMs or the Kings. There is no need that your names must be known to the whole world. That is another stupidity many people indulge in. Being famous or infamous is not a substitute for living a joyful life. The world No.1 richest man or woman is still poorer than you in terms of happiness, which alone, really matters in life.

And that happiness which is the real riches must be enured by healthy living together of man and woman.

This is possible only if man respects his mother, his wife, his sister and his daughter as much as he respects himself and much more than that.

I am not for Gender Equality. But, I am for -  far greater respect and love for the woman than for the man. This, in my view, is the essence of civilization.
The ancient Indian scripture says – where the women are unhappy, there the Gods do not smile. Where the women shed tears, there the rains do not fall.

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