I Hate ARNAB GOSWAMI, the TV anchor


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I wonder what does anchor, Arnab Goswami do on the TV. Often , he conducts various interviews by calling in important people on the panel for the debate, in his ‘ Republic channel’ . Generally the debate is on important issues, he appears to be nakedly campaigning for Modi Govt in an unbalanced way. There is nothing bad if he campaigns for the Govt, for that matter, any Govt. In fact, myself, a 70% supporter of the present Govt, and believe in my bones that there is no better leader than Modi today. But nauseating is the way he conducts the interview. First negative thing about him is that he calls in people not for interview, but lecturing and scolding them. He mocks, ridicules and makes fun of them. In a word, he produces in me a disgust.
After abrogation of article 390, and 35A of Indian constitution, there is a huge curiocity, both within and outside, the country. It is natural because there has been tectonic shift in geo-political situation so far it concerns India, and Pakistan, due to summary annexation of Kashmir, which has taken away the handle of Kashmir from Pakistan, to destabilize India . There are topics supposing to be analytical in nature in Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV channel, which is actually not. Being attracted by the topics, and the personalities of Pakistan appearing, I often want to listen to them, but it is impossible watching through the interviews till end, every time I break off in the middle, and switch channels…again come back, again switch channels. It is irritating to watch his programme, and him talking. His manners are uncivilized. He humiliates those whom he disagrees with. Most of the time he himself does the talking, what the panelists want to say, we can not know of. This is not journalism.
All Pakistanis are not bad. A host of Pakistani intellectuals day and night praising Modi and his honesty, India, our education, industry, our achievement in scientific technology, endlessly…… their army, administration , clergy is decisively bad, certainly, they have vested interests which they pursue.
Pakistan is a failed state, their industrial and economic development are poor; in near future, there is no hope of any improvement either. Their only issue is Kashmir, Kashmir has exhausted them already, and they will die with it, Kargil and terrorism, reduced them to a pauper, lost reputation in the world, and financially bankcraft. ……but all these does not authorize Arnab Goswami to humiliate and abuse intellectual Pakistani people on the TV screen and in public. Do you remember, how he humiliated Aparna sen on the TV screen???. Somebody in the Govt rise and defang him.
I like, Pronoy Roy, Barkha Dutt, Rajat sharma, Ravish kumar, Rajdeep sardesai, Karan Thapar, Rahul Kanwal etc but how this man–Arnab Goswami, has come into the scene? He is bringing bad reputation to journalism in India. What is your opinion???

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A reply from Mukesh Ambani to a pretty girl seeking a rich husband.


[  I have collected it from the net, somebody says the write-up even not his, Mukeash Ambani collected from somewhere else, it is only copy-pasted by him. But my issue is different from who copied whom. Here what struck me is that being beautiful is not all, she can not bring everything under her feet on the strength of her being beautiful only. Being industrious, and creation of wealth by virtue of industry is much more important. Beauty is skin deep, and a perishable commodity, not to be given much weight]

Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?

I’m going to be honest of what I’m going to say here.

I’m 25 this year. I’m very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with 100 crore annual salary or above.

You might say that I’m greedy, but an annual salary 2 crore is considered only as middle class now days..

My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of 100 crore annual salary? Are you all married?

I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you?

Among those I’ve dated, the richest is 50 crore annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit.

If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden(?), 50 crore annual income is not enough.

I’m here humbly to ask a few questions:
1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches are only average-looking? I’ve met a few girls who don’t have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.

4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)

Ms. Pooja i Chohan.

A philosophical reply from Mukesh Ambani-

Dear Ms. Pooja,
I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.

My annual income is more than 100 crore, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I’m not wasting time here.

From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.

Put the details aside, what you’re trying to do is an exchange of “beauty” and “money” : Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square.

However, there’s a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can’t be prettier year after year.

Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It’s not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a “trading position”.
If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term – same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or “leased”.

Anyone with over 100 crore annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with 100 crore annual income.This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps.

signed,
Mukesh Ambani

BENGAL’S DURGA PUJA CARNIVAL ???.


Dashami, the last day of Durga Puja, as I have known from childhood, has come and gone two days back, but Kolkata Durga puja, is continuing even after two days of Dashami. As I understand, there is no puja in it. This extravaganza, has no religiosity in it; to a man like me who has devotion to God, it is a mockery. Whatever it is, one thing is certain that there is no religiosity in it, without any iota of spirituality. All believers are humiliated by this circus.

Here, Purpose is totally different. Actually, 2019, General election, is knocking at the door, the Govt in power is making all the effort, to hook and organise young people, to work for TMC, the ruling party. The ideal way of doing it, was to develop the economy and bring employment/ housing/ good health,  for the deprived and backward youths, but that is not to be, as the Govt is inefficient and has no idea of development. Next effective– although in the negative way, is to get them involved in such nonsense work for want of anything better, and the same thing TMC is doing through this ‘carnival’.  In a society where people are really qualitatively educated there such gimmick would not have worked, but here those idiots are aplenty, even without your asking. This perhaps is the reason why Govts do not want their people become educated in all ages.

It is true the power has got involved, in the carnival, many artists and acclaimed individuals , but I doubt whether they came and joined this extravaganza, on their free will. The lure of money, and position, brought them here. They paid the piper to call the tune.

I think this is not carnival, but a circus where  idiots are collected.

ON WRITING “WRONG” ENGLISH.


English has a pride of place in India, everyone wants to impress others by his impressive English. A man passing school exam with good communication skill in English, has far more employment potentials than a master degree holder with poor standard of English. Skill in English knowledge counts and works favorably with job seeker. As on date, because of lack of English skill, many vacancies cannot be filled up. In this context, my article on ‘wrong’ English is relevant.

It is true, learning the rules of English grammar, and a vocabulary connected to the subject, are an essential step, to master English,  but being obsessed with these two aspects only, is not sufficient. So long effective communication is not affected, none should interfere. Correctness of a language in use, can be determined from the context only; if a particular use explains the context well, you do not need to wait for anything further–grammar and dictionary included.This finer aspect of a language cannot be drilled into the skull of a primary school headmaster for whom knowledge of English means memorizing the definition of ‘noun’ and ‘pronoun’ etc etc, and nothing beyond. English language should be used as master , not as a slave.

When we speak of English, communication is most important; to make the communication more powerful, if required, you may breach the rules of grammar also, there are examples galore. The main purpose of language is communicating….. I still remember while I was reading the autobiography of Winston Churchill, I was reading his account of how he was fleeing from the Boer controlled area in Boer war in Africa. He was taken prisoner in the Boer war, where he worked as a war correspondent. Luckily he gave a slip to his captor. He hid himself in a goods carriage train , in a difficult stuffy space, every moment there were danger of being caught. Later, in his autobiography, he described his condition in a paragraph, wherein it comprised several sentences—all incomplete!!!!. Many of our English teacher will not approve those sentences, but it is a beautiful paragraph with great expression without any lack of communication in it. Somewhere, in and around this paragraph, in his autobiography, Winston Churchill, was  talking of his father, Randolf, advising him to read, ‘ Decline and fall of Roman empire’ by Edward Gibbon, for perfecting his style of English language. I leapt up  in joy when I was reading this paragraph drawing reference of Randolf, for, I myself also was reading the same book ie ‘ Decline and fall of Roman empire”, and wondering myself about the beauty of Gibbon’s gift of English language, that too written 250 years back. It was a great coincidence!!! I felt equal to Randolf churchill……………….sorry, forgive me, I have drifted.

Let’s come back to the issue. Right English do not live in dictionary or grammar but in the mind of user. A little bit of vocabulary and a little bit English grammar, fortified with exposure to reading/ writing/listening  good English, is an enough pre-requisite to use the English knowledge effectively. Learning of words and grammar has no end and is boring. Grammar is an attempt to coding the pattern of a language, and more akin to arithmetic. Learning from Reading/ listening the language is a much better option, and these will unknowingly imprint in mind the right pattern/setting of  words. When such user use the language, he cannot be wrong anymore, because his use will be entrapped in the pattern already set by exposure to reading/listening GOOD ENGLISH. Somerset Maugham, would spend hours in a London library, memorising paragraphs of English, picked up from writing of eminent writers. About obsession with English grammar, I remember an anecdote connected with writer, Virginia Wolf. Once, after writing a page of English she gave the manuscript, to her secretary, to correct the language, at this her secretary meticulously did the job of correcting the language, almost every sentence in the manuscript was touched by her. After reading the corrected proof, Virginia wolf said that her secretary did the job commendably no doubt, but the correction changed everything what she wanted to say. This proves that a language is much more than its grammar, any critic of the language should have a comprehensive idea of the language of which he takes up the charge.

Native elite English speakers, used to Queen ’s English with received pronunciation, do not bother about Indian/ Sri Lankan/Indonesian etc  varieties of English embedded with their  peculiarities, natural to local culture, to some, appearing ‘ incorrectness’, so long communication is effective. Having had local characteristics, fused in the original native English language, is practical and natural, making effective communication possible in a foreign land, but in the process deviating from the strict rules of English grammar and vocabulary. This grammatical breach is natural, and has to be welcomed, and thus, we will internalise the English language for effective communication. And remember with increasing efficiency in English use your career prospects increases. While some of Indians, are ready to find fault with such English users,  native English speakers do not  mind it. Such critics do not have an idea of the mechanics of a language in a foreign land, thus, they are only damaging the prospect of English language in India, but fortunately, English is too big for these self- styled English guardians. We have to use the language as a master, not as a servant.

Being taught in a vernacular medium in my schools, my English was not good enough, but there were always an undercurrent of desire within me to learn English well. Shankar was a great Bengali writer famous for his lucid language and characterisation. I had a fond desire to write English with equal lucidity. Every Bengali of my age learnt English from reading The Statesman of Kolkata. Its editorials were masterpieces, for its content, analysis, and use of English language. Every day I would read it from beginning to end. The Statesman, had long chain of English editors, last was Lindsay Nariman retiring in 1972. I would meet people who would often find fault with my English language for grammatical, and other errors, and sometimes without any reason also, but only equipped with dadagiri. I was searching for an identity of some sort of authority on English language. While I was in Sreerampur college, it being a missionary college, there would be a few missionary Englishmen from England , I struck friendship with them, and used their help in my learning English. I regularly read London Times, Manchester Guardian, and many which my friend , Alian Jenkins, brought from England. Then, I passed BUSINESS ENGLISH CERTIFICATE -3 ( test designed for highest Administrative/ Business management level, and recognised all over the English knowing world. The pass certificate was issued under the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, and naturally my pride possession), from Cambridge university, through British council library—an unit under British Deputy commissioner, Kolkata.

Therefore, what I wrote above, about wrong-ness of English language, is from my above authority position. Thanks for reading.

 

A literary meet in our Housing society.


On my coming back to Home town from Mumbai, this time, we had a local small literary meet. It was a group of just seven people, 5 men and 2 women—both housewife. None of us are high profile people, that such literary meet will reveal anything of epic nature/ deserve epic mention. I say this because people always look for stars, common people disappoints them. But common people’s opinion does ultimately matter, for, they are the real people on the ground, and represents the trend of society. Stars only have advertisement ie decorative value.

Issue here is a literary meet. Our meet was quite enjoying. One of the member in the meet, was Shri Haradhan Pal, retired from Navy, now lives by himself, all alone. His daughter, married, and lives away in America, and very unfortunately for him, lost his wife recently. He is giving all his time to writing. He has already published two books, one on poetry by him, and the other, his autobiography. The time he saves after writing, he visits his old village in Pandua, there he grooms tribal children in education and many other cultural activities. One of these tribal girls, now a class-VIII-pass writing poems, a few of her poems have been read in AIR programs. Credit goes to Sri Pal.

Our other participant, was Abhijeet Bannerjee, previously, a professor of Presidency college, Kolkata, in economics, now posted in Hooghly Mahassin college. Outside college hours he is a social worker, initiator of such literary, social and educational programs. There are other members—Jayanta Ghosh, myself, Mrs Tripti Sarkar, Mrs Lekha sengupta, the latter two are housewives. These two worthy women tend their poetic talent in between there items of work in the kitchen,and regularly, they pen a few lines to express their thoughts. Their poems tell us of the injustices done to women.

Our meet continued for two hours. In course of this,  Sri Pal read his poems which was followed by listeners’ comments, views and analysis. Sri Pal is liberal in treating these guests with tea, sweets, and ice creams. No Bengali gathering ends without eating, and planning for the next feast……… Sri Abhijeet read his translation in Bengali, of Bertolt Brect’s drama Heretic’s court. The moral of the play, is the high character of a man who sticks to his values of life, even when he is under heavy stress knowing full well that he would be hanged to death, very next day. This play was not known to me, I am so much impressed that I shall collect the play to read and re-read, to get into the core of the play. If I did not attend the meet, I would not have known of it. Being worked up by it, I am trying to collect video  plays of Brecht  to watch. In this way all of the seven who attended, read poems/ and their write-ups, and other compositions. Our next meet will be next month, of course then I will be in Mumbai.

This sort of literary meets, induces people to learn further, and take part in cultural and social activities. This makes life of the self and others better. Mahatma Gandhi advised us to live  as if you will die tomorrow, read  as if you will live for ever.  If I did not join the above literary get together I would not have got the impetus for reading. To build a responsible society, every individual has to have a sense of responsibility which can come from such continued exposure to enlightened literary activities.

This sort of meet teaches us a lot, not less than than what a book can do. It has a tremendous potential, myself is an example. My close friends usually praise me for my English language skill and literary knowledge—of course without elevating to the level of experts. But I was a student of chemistry ( science), did not read even a bit of literature those days. But I had very good friends who were students of literature, themselves. In the evenings when we would meet in an adda in BOAC play ground/ tea stalls, my friends would endlessly talk of literature and many intricate things of life, and I would have my riveted attention upon them, in a spellbound manner. Those knowledge so much penetrated my mind and influenced me that those thing I never forgotten in life—not only that, those later shaped my philosophy of life, and influenced my thinking and personality. I owe my friends so much who  helped me to learn many things from their knowledgeable discussion, which otherwise I could not learn. They are no more with me, but what they gave me  rests with me still today, and still reigning. Having a good friend is like a reading a good book…………………..younger people should note. I hope , I will attend many more literary meets, with the potential to improve the self, further and further. Our all literary giants regularly used to have adda, there they would interact a lot , which later would turn into material for writing. Our difference with the giants is that we have everything common with them, except their writing ability, had we had that ability we ourselves would become Shakespeare, Tagore, Prem chand etc etc,. Many will not accept my assertion but then it is only my feeling—accept it or not. Next such meet will be on 8.7.2018.

Technology is bringing healthcare to the teeming millions


Below  are a few examples that show, although at a lower scale, how digital technology started making healthcare of 135 crores people handy, cheaper and accessible. This details appeared in TOI on 27.5.2018, in an article, titled ‘ India’s got the innovations, now just scale ’em up’ by my favourite economist Swaminathan S Ankleswaria Aiyar, who is the brother of Manishankar Aiyer, another eminent man. He can write on intricate economic and social issues, in a simple literary language. Just read it–

…… UE LifeSciences has developed a hand-held device for early detection of breast cancer, at Rs 65 per scan. Any community health worker can operate it. Expensive mammography and radiation are eliminated. Almost 200 million women aged 35-55 are at risk, and this device can save their lives. The company has earned a million dollars in revenue, got new orders worth $2 million, and tied up with GE Healthcare to market the product across 25 African countries.

Heart disease is the biggest killer. ECG machines help detect the problem. Entrepreneur Rahul Rastogi has created a matchbox-sized ECG machine providing heart reports at just Rs 5 each. Called the Sanket ECG, it connects to any smartphone wirelessly. Its ECG report can be shared instantly with a distant doctor via email, Bluetooth or a message. It can be operated by any rural community health worker. The Tata Trusts have deployed 45 such devices in remote areas of Tripura, where regular ECG screening is impossible.

India has the most blind people in the world, but 80% of blindness is avoidable or curable through early detection. Forus Health has invented an eye-screening device called 3nethra, costing one-fifth of a conventional device, requiring minimally trained operators. It pre-screens five problems — cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal defects, and refractive errors. Already 1,700 devices have been installed across 26 countries, touching 2 million lives.

Dengue’s incidence has risen 30-fold in the last half-century. At the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Dr Navin Khanna has developed a test-kit detecting dengue within minutes on day one of the fever. It distinguishes between primary and secondary infections, vital for disease management. It costs barely Rs 140 per test. Initially it faced huge resistance from health providers. In 2013, dengue swept across India. Health providers who initially opposed the test-kit adopted it in desperation when stocks of imported kits ran out. Once used, all stakeholders were delighted……

Hasina secularism vow


It is a news item printed in TOI today gave me much interest, at a time when terrorism is threatening india’s unity from across the border from Pakistan with no hope of certain respite in near future. China proving to be another giant enemy, feared to be working in collusion with Pakistan against the interest of India. Add to this nuclear threat existing all around in a world where equation between nations turning complex as never before , in my opinion may go out of control any moment without prior notice. In such a situation getting friendship of an Islamic country, with the message of assuring atmosphere of secularism, is a big safety net.
For the spread of economic development, and raising  standard of life for the masses, real peace and unity must exist, that cannot come from states obsessed with religion whether it is India or any other nation. With religion discrimination comes.
Every man’s feeling must be honored, he must feel protected from real or perceived discrimination; then and only then he will join hands with others to sacrifice for nation building. When a state owns a religion–express or hidden, there will be inner discord and it is a sure shot to withhold the progress of nation.
Take the case of Islamic state of Pakistan, which is backward in every way, listen to their intellectual debate in you tube, really refreshing, often they call it a failed state!!!. Pakistan do not exist for its people, previously America used Pakistan ; now, China is using it.  A Hindu India, or Islamic Bangladesh , will have the same fate. India is a secular country–true, now let us join our hands together to raise the quality of secularism. Bangladesh will join the league.
In this background following news item is important, read on—
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is handed an honorary DLitt degree at Kazi Nazrul University by vice-chancellor Sadhan Chakraborty (extreme right) on Saturday as Bengal education minister
Partha Chatterjee (extreme left) looks on. Picture by Pradip Sanyal 

 

Asansol: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday iterated her commitment to building her country on the principles of secularism in a message that was significant as it came at a university named after poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, a secularist himself.

“We are trying to build Bangladesh on the principles of secularism,” Hasina told a special convocation at the fledgling Kazi Nazrul University where she was given an honorary DLitt.

The Bangladesh Premier, who has ignored constant criticism from a section of the domestic media and the Opposition that she is pro-India, also took care to explain why she considered Delhi her closest ally.

“India has always stood by us…. They took care of over one crore refugees during the 1971 war of independence…. In 1975, after the assassination of my father and other family members, I and Rehana (her sister) got refuge in India along with many others. We will always remain grateful to India.”

Hasina hailed India’s progress and linked it to its democratic system, which Bangladesh did not have for “21 long years” between 1975 and 1996 when the country was ruled by successive army regimes.

A Bangladeshi official said Hasina’s message was commendable. “She faces an election later this year and the radical forces will unite against her. She knows fully well that she may have to face a backlash for these comments, but still she sent out a firm message.”

The official said a controversy over her India trip had already started brewing after reports that she had lunch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavana at Visva-Bharati on Friday.

“Some radicals have asked how she could have lunch during the holy month of Ramazan and that too on a Friday. Our PM is a religious person, but that doesn’t mean she would insult the PM of a neighbouring country,” he said. “Today’s comments indicate that such criticism doesn’t perturb her.”

In her 25-minute speech at the varsity, Hasina dwelt extensively on Nazrul, who is also the national poet of Bangladesh.

“He had the great ability to convey Islam’s message to common people in simple language… He also reached out to Hindus with his Shyama Sangeet and Vaishnava kirtans. He was, indeed, a rare talent,” she said in her address.

A day after paying tributes to Rabindranath Tagore at Santiniketan, Hasina made it clear that Nazrul, who was born in Churulia, 20km from the varsity, had a special place in her heart because of the liberal and pluralistic approach he had in his life and literature.

“I have had the honour of receiving awards in different countries. I have some invitations pending even now…. But the moment I was approached by Kazi Nazrul Islam University, I decided to come and I came running,” Hasina said.

The stress on Nazrul and his philosophy is significant in the context of present-day Bangladesh as radical Islam is gaining ground in different parts of the country. #While Hasina has always tried to uphold the spirit of secularism, she has often had to buy peace with Islamist pressure groups like the Hefazat-e-Islam.

With the repeated stress on Nazrul, Hasina probably sent out a message to the hardliners in her country that she would not bow down to these forces any more.

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