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I am in high spirits , being just back from a visit to Jaisalmir, Rajasthan. It was a wonderful experience, a lifetime event, made possible by Sri Rajiv Nandi [ his mobile no–919874491759], a tour operator from Kolkata, with local connection, Sri Debasis Saha, an engineer from Bombay port trust.
In fact , it was not just Jaisalmir, but a cluster of places of tourist interest–JAIPUR, JODHPUR, JAISALMIR, AJMER, UDAIPUR, over a period of 9 days from 5 th nov to 14 th nov, 2019. Surprise of surprise (even for a Bengali who are generally known to be misers in informal circles among non-bengalees in India), is that our rate was Rs 18500/- per head, to cover food, lodging and transportation, with a gift-item for all of us from the tour operator. Even, tour operator went to the extent of celebrating a birthday of our respected memeber, Sri Swapan Das. In fact, our whole tour was filled with fun, frolic and enjoyment, never to be forgotten. But I must admit that our food , lodging was not of 5-star standard, those were just enough or little more, for the working purpose–what more we want?. In this day of high prices, I do not have any complaint in this respect. Food was prepared best suited to Bengali palate–rosogolla included !!!!!!!!, by Bengali cooks, who travelled with us all through, In a mini luxury bus.
There were altogether 18 members, apart from the tour operator, driver, helper, and three cooks. All of them, except me and my wife, are from Bombay port trust. They are my new discovery, they are all hard-working, bold, courageous, and risk-taking people ; some 30/40, years back they left their native place in 24 pgs, WB, in search of livelihood in this wide open world, now as a reward of their hard work, all of them are very much established in Mumbai.
There are scores of interesting moments of the tour captured by camera. I shall tell the story through those pictures below. Strictly speaking, many of the places of visit, covered during the tour were related to history; wars and their booty; varieties of weapon only to kill people, extravagant lives of Kings and Maharajas, their practice of keeping too many women, and many other expensive way of life.
I enjoyed scenes of pushkar, night stay in the camp at Jaisalmir desert in a full moon night, jeep safari at THAR desert, and the Rajasthani cultural event under the open wide clean sky in the desert-cold weather, is unforgettable, will be remembered for my whole life. Do you want to experience the same? if your answer is in the affirmative, contact Rajiv Nandi at his mobile–919874491759.
Like every year, this year also Milon Mancha, has organised Vijaya sanmilani, in a grand style which only Milon Mancha can do. The event organised in KALPATARU SPARKLE in Bandra. Like every occasion, this also was made possible by Sri Rudra Mondal, and Sharmistha. Whole cultural event was of high standard, and action packed for four hours , by accomplished artists, mostly professional. The event anchored by Sri Sujoy sen. In between we were treated with tea, cold drinks, nadu, nimki etc of course followed by a great dinner……. There was song, dance, drama. To have the full impact of events, just look at those above photos.
Like every year, the venue of the program was arranged by Mrs Renu swamy, and Mr Mohan swamy, her husband. Its a matter of sadness that Mr Mohan swamy is no more with us, he left us during the puja days itself, for the destination, where all of us destined to go sooner or later. This is eternal truth. We wont forget his care and love for others, and everything good in life. Mrs Renu, a person of steel frame of mind, was always available, to help and care for others even in these difficult days of her. We bow down to her devotion to duty, and sense of responsibility. We won’t forget Mr Mohan, even though he is in his eternal abode of happiness.
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This is really a different man, you may like him or not. I do not say that it was all previously unplanned, rather very much planned. But you can not deny his commitment to the purpose, no other leader in his place would do the same. He wants to clean India, setting examples of himself, by picking up empty cans, litters on the sea shore, and putting the garbage collection bag on his shoulder in a rag pickers style-(- I wonder how many opposite things a PM of a country has to keep track of –cleaning, china, terrorism, trump and what not!!!, thank God, I am not a PM!!!) . So many people of the country is imbibing his style on sea shore, roads , towns and villages. I am sure no other leader with the ambition of ruling India would work so steadfast, and hard to apply himself to clean India. Let us adore him… I have already started carrying a cloth bag in my pocket so that I don’t need any plastic bag from the shops. By this I am doing my duty, about you???–I do not think you have improved.
His above picture of a rag picker, together with his tea selling past, makes a great statement of dignity of labour. It teaches a lot to Indians who hates the poor, and menial job the poor do. He has taught us that ‘ work is worship’ by living the example.
In India a free and open discourse, has become impossible. Many will conclude from above that I am a blind and bought supporter Of Modi–no, I am not, in fact, nobody should. Yet I believe at the moment he is the best leader in the country. But that does not mean, there are only successes, no failures, but there are no leaders who could do any better, in balance, he is the best possible leader. Only bad thing about him is that, he must work utmost to restore the confidence of Muslim population, especially at lower level…. his blind supporters at the grass root level has done a lot of mischief toward Muslims who are poor, illiterate and deprived. This only tarnishes his image.
Pakistan is again slapped at UNSC. Their request to have a special meeting of security council, in order to condemn India for unilaterally abrogating article 370 and 35A, was rejected, saying that it is only to be bi-laterally resolved. This has been India’s stand all through. All world has vindicated India’s stand. Our representative has become a hero at UNSC.[
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All the credit should go to Modi, he deserves it. He is a new man in PM’s position. He moved all over the world earlier, to convince world leaders of India’s position, in regard to Pakistan. Indian leaders who are in the opposition are aeons behind him in thought, action, determination, and philosophy. While he was winning over world leaders, one after other, the opposition leaders were doing circus in the country, and was criticising him accusing that he was pleasure-touring the world. Modi’s world diplomacy cornered Pakistan today, Pakistan is alone and derelict. He is a master leader that the country has not been accustomed to, so far .
He is not tied down by convention, and meaningless procedure. He made Jaysankar, a bureaucrat, not a politician, as the foreign minister. This Jaysankar was India’s ambassador to America, china, France, UK, and also have personal contacts with important leaders of the world. He played a great role in convincing the world of India’s position. Naming him as the foreign minister, goes to the credit of Modi. Syed Akrabuddin, our permanent representative to UNO played a great role, in pushing through India’s case, as always. His being a Muslim, is another cap in Modi’s cap. My suggestion is that bring forth many more such Muslim leaders, and put them in position who will fight resolutely India’s case.
This will bring SAVKA BISWASH, especially to the minority of Muslims from lower status of society, who complains 24×7, that present Govt is not secular. This will stitch together, and help integration of India.
His leadership made India safe and secured in the world. Terrorism will soon be a thing of the past. Thanks for reading.
West Bengal is in the state of turmoil, there are rampant lawlessness, murders , women harassment and many horror stories to tell the world. There is no longer any breaking news, for , those are seen to be normal–these are routine everyday happenings in West Bengal, commons don’t utter any words for fear. It serves nobody except politically selfish people, criminals, and also news channels which keep them busy 24X7, I wonder how else those would find their work from !!!!.
It is true, crimes exist in every society from times immemorial. But here is some difference. They do crimes fearlessly, somewhere in their consciousness, they are sure that they will not be caught. Mantra is like that if you vote for me, I don’t need to see what are you doing for the rest of the time, police and social institutions will be properly taken care of .
Only two days back, at ‘ exide more’ in Kolkata, several criminally bent youths in a motor bike accosted USHOSHI SENGUPTO , a former MISS INDIA, who was travelling back home in a UBER TAXI , at 11-00 PM in the night. She was harassed, driver was beaten; immediately before this their motor cycle, collided against a taxi, but remained wholly careless about it as they were after their next target. When USHOSHI challenged [–she must have been an intelligent and courageous beauty!], and videoed them at that crucial moment, criminals were making fun of her, this is signature a story of culture, values and administrative laxity of the state, at least as it exists in current situation. At this moment, there is widespread political violence in Bhatpara—it is refusing to die down even after a month of election. Bombs, shoot –outs causing deaths of innocents regularly, even funeral processions are not spared.
Clearly administration has collapsed, it is running away from action, trying to hide its face behind lies, weak and false propaganda which can easily be seen through. True, it is alleged that opposition forces interested to wrest power, from present Govt, have some direct and indirect involvement, but then it is not wholly unexpected in the unfair world we live, existing power must have the administrative capacity to pulverize them, otherwise one do not have authority to remain in power. It is all about politics, if you are in kitchen you must bear the heat, otherwise, vacate the seat of power, it is not the place for you anymore. It is duty of the Govt to provide peaceful life to the common man at any cost.
In balance, WB Govt has to be bailed out of dying condition by helping it improve its administration, or , president’s rule should be imposed. Central Govt has also a role to play, even if law is a state subject. Thank you for reading.
This is not a political article, this is only an analysis of human traits. I have a premonition that Prashant Kishore, the poll strategist who has been hired by TMC, will leave half way through, before assembly election, 2021, leaving behind his job incomplete. This is my forecast. If somehow, I am proved wrong, and really she fares better, she will have reformed herself in the process before the targeted election. Her recent failure is because of herself only, she listens to herself, none else. If she were amenable to reasons she would have heard her own men in her party, and would not have done many follies in public. And this was evident to any man of ordinary prudence.
During the last election campaign, she uttered so many things, which cannot be washed off as an election strategy, this revealed her lack of sophistication, poor strategy, and wrong idea about the people around. She did not understand what she did and said, but public at large understood her well.
She did a good thing to remove the leftist Govt of 34 years, but the reason was not her excellence, but the weight of nuisance values of her TMC. Voters were in search of an escape route from left rule, she provided one. Long exposure brought her inside out, a bad administrator.
She has done a good thing in hiring Prashant kishore, the poll strategist, after her debacle. He proved well with Modi, Neetish Kumar, but did poorly with Rahul, congress president. In my opinion, Mamata and Rahul have the same content– only add some crudeness to Rahul, you will get Mamata. Prashant kishore will undoubtedly give good advice, perhaps other members in her own party, will understand the usefulness of those advice, but can they implement those without sanction of Mamata ?, I think not. She believes in her crude style of functioning, will trash those sane ones as useless…. [ ..while writing this I see a news item in television before me informing that she won’t be attending a Governing council of India’s policy think tank NITI Aayog, scheduled for 15 June. ( ???????) ]….. I remember a saying of a seer that you can learn only what you know already; you can not learn what you do not know already. The quantum of knowledge that you have already which I am talking of, depends upon your birth, family culture, and education beyond books, that you had.
I am willing to live under a dictator, if he or she knows a lot, unselfish, caring and loving. His or her Govt would be better than even the best of the democracies. But yet why we think democray is the best form of Govt?—answer is simple, that we do not get such good men/women to make such good dictator. There are destructive vices in all of us, as soon as one reaches the position of control without fear of opposition, vices raises their hood which only the voices of the opposition can cut down.
She is arrogant, dictatorial, and therefore, won’t listen to , Prasant Kumar , the well-known poll strategist, I fear it will crack at the joint. If I am proved wrong , and TMC improves electorally in next assembly election, that will mean that she has changed herself out and out. I wish she changes herself, and wins the next election… Today she already admitted that TMC lost Singur because of their own failure, no longer blamed EVM machine. We have not seen such sanity in her. I hope this mode continues with her. West Bengal is in doldrums, needs a Chief Minister with sanity.