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The 5G Conundrum …

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Chatrapati SHIVAJI …

Posted on July 12, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rape threats against Agrima Joshua show Shivaji's progressive ideals have been hijacked by thugs

When the European Powers were roaming in India and the Mughal Empire was at its height, there was a ruler who decided to take them all on. The Maratha Empire doesn’t find enough mention in our history books.

This was an Empire forged in the Deccan that extended all the way to the to the North-West Frontier. There are living legacies of Maratha rule in the sub-continent even today and the Maratha Empire greatly shaped the history of that tumlutos period between the transition from Mughal to British Admistration of the Sub-Continent.



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Gangster Vikas Dubey …

Posted on July 11, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Courtesy The Wire –

Dubey earned his spurs as a dreaded gangster with the sensational daylight murder of a prominent Bhartiya Janata Party leader, Santosh Shukla, whom he gunned down inside the precincts of a rural police station precisely 19 years ago.

It was a bright and pleasant afternoon on October 12, 2001, when local villagers and policemen helplessly watched Dubey pump half a dozen bullets into Shukla’s temple and chest from point blank range.

That was the day his area saw the birth of a don.

When the trial court eventually acquitted him, he quickly rose to become the uncrowned king of the world of crime in and around Kanpur (Dehat).

“Lack of evidence” and the absence of a single eyewitness set him free. Though there was nothing unusual for ordinary eyewitnesses in UP to turn hostile when it comes to deposing before a court of law, what Dube managed to do was exercise his undue influence even on uniformed policemen drawing their salaries from the state exchequer.

Each of the two dozen odd policemen present in the police station at the time of Shukla’s murder deposed before the court that they had not seen anything. Sure enough, if the government of the day wanted – the state was ruled by a BJP regime headed by Rajnath Singh when Shukla was killed and the trial ran – no policeman could have dared to depose in a manner that would help the murderer to get away. Yet, that is what happened –  despite the fact that Shukla was senior enough in the party’s pecking order to have been accorded the rank of a minister in the government despite losing his own election.

Shukla held Dubey responsible for turning the election tide against him by extending support to his Bahujan Samaj Party rival, Harish Chandra Srivastava. He made it a point to get several criminal complaints registered against Dubey, who did not figure in the list of local criminals until then.

ure enough, Shukla’s cold blooded murder followed by Dubey’s acquittal became a turning point in his career of crime. Governments came and went in the subsequent years but Dubey’s clout grew with each ruling dispensation – be it the BSP, Samajwadi Party or the BJP. The reason was simple – everyone found his caste and muscle potential “useful” in serving their respective political ambitions.

The caste-ridden politics of Uttar Pradesh led him to emerge as some kind of a Brahmin strongman, who could ensure the votes of his community within his domain of influence that was growing by leaps and bounds. Irrespective of political party, his followers would go all the way for whoever Dubey backed. And the parties paid him back too with their support. When his wife contested a zila panchayat election, he managed to get her the support of both the SP and BJP. Posters with leaders of both parties were put up on display.

Among the leaders of various parties the gangster was seen posing proudly in pictures for is Brijesh Pathak, once a BSP MP and currently law minister in the Yogi Adityanath government.

Known for switching loyalties with every change of guard in Lucknow, Dubey had his well-wishers in all parties. It was his close connections with people who matter that made it convenient for him to get “arrested” on Thursday outside the Maha-Kal temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain, where he managed to reach after travelling at least 1400 km via Delhi, Faridabad and Rajasthan.

By effecting his arrest in Ujjain in full view of the public, Dubey hoped to save himself from an ‘encounter’ which he felt the UP police was bent upon carrying out. However, whatever assurances he had received proved to be useless. Within hours of being handed over to the UP police, he was shot dead. And with that, the lid has been put on a Pandora’s Box that could have spilled the identities of political bigwigs in his network. That the dead do not speak is a big source of relief for all those who had their nexus with him and were worried about getting exposed were he to survive.

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War – Frozen North …

Posted on July 11, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Oh – ‘My India’ …

Posted on July 11, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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n this country where women are worshiped in the culture of the world, they did not have the right to cover their body.. know the black truth of pēśavā feudarāmhaṇavāda…..In the travancore area of Kerala, in 1859, the maharaja allowed women to wear clothes on the upper part of the body.

It may seem strange, but even in a progressive state like Kerala, women had to struggle more than 50 years to get the right to wear corsets or blouse. In the discussion of this ugly tradition, the women of lower caste nadar are mentioned, because they protested first for the right to wear their clothes.

This was not the same in the name of nadar. At that time there were many rules of stopping the upper part of the body on the women of castes like avarṇa, Brahman and Kshatriya Nair. Nambūdirī women had to keep the upper body open within the house. They could have covered their chest while they were out of the house. But in the temple they had to go by opening the upper clothes.

Nair Women had to keep their breasts open in front of Brahmin Men. The worst situation was of dalit women, who were not allowed to wear corsets anywhere. They were punished when they wear. An event is told. In which a low caste woman covered her chest and came to the palace, Queen Attingal ordered her to cut her breast.

The voices began to rise in the early 19th century against this abusive custom. In the end of the 18th century and the early 19th century, many labourers from Kerala, especially the people of nādana, went to Sri Lanka to work in tea gardens. Better economic conditions, change religion and become Christian and because of the yūrapīya effect.

There was more awareness and these women were covering their body. The Nadar women who became Christian by changing religion also adopted this progressive step. This is how women are often trying to ignore this social ban and have a respectful life. This Elite Men didn’t tolerate. There are violent attacks on such women. Whoever defy this rule is forced to take off his upper clothes. The Upper Men would not have to touch the women for this, the upper men would have tied the knife at the end of the long poles and if they saw a woman wearing a blouse or a knife, they would have Even they tie women with rope in this situation and hang them on the common tree so that other women would be afraid to do so.

But at that time the British’s rule was also increasing. In 1814, the diwan of travancore, Colonel Monroe, ordered that Christian nādana and nader women could wear blouse. But there was no benefit of this. Men of high-character continued to keep the women on this shameful stage with their strength and influence in spite of this order. After eight years, the same order was taken.

On one side the awakening of the consciousness of recovering from the shameful situation and the order of the English government in support on the And more women started wearing linen clothes. Here the resistance of high-character men became as spicy. An event is told that a group of nadar Christian women has arrived in the lower court to testify in such a case. He had to put off his limbs at the court door in front of the eyes of diwan Monroe. Only then they got in. The struggle was continuously growing and its violent resistance.

maintaining tradition. Why wouldn’t it be. The order was that the king’s ride was taken from the palace to the temple, then on the way both the lower castes of the lower castes, the virgin women, In the streets of that way, women were kept in the welcome of the king. All the men of the king and his convoy enjoy these views.

After all, there was an important turn in this case in 1829 Due to the constant resentment of the elite men, the king has made an order that the woman of any woman can not cover the upper part of her body. So far the Christian women who were getting a little support from the diwan’s orders are also finished. Now Hindu-Christian all deprived women became one and the power of their opposition increased.

All the places women started getting out in the whole clothes.The direct relationship of this whole movement is from the history of India’s freedom battle. The opponents started looting the people of high castes and their shops. Peace is completely dissolved in the state.

On the other hand, Narayan Guru and other social, religious gurus also opposed this social ritual. Madras’s Commissioner sent news to the king of travancore that he is being slandered for not letting women wear clothes and not stopping the violence and unrest in the state.

After the pressure of the British and the nadar and the avarṇa castes, the king of travancore had to announce that all women could cover up the upper part of the body. On 26th July 1859, women’s upper clothes were not made through an order of the king. The law of wear has been changed.

Despite the protests at many levels, the women of travancore also snatched the basic rights as they cover their breasts.

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Gen Pankaj Joshi – No Run of the Mill – Having Lost Both Legs!!! …

Posted on July 10, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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By Ravi Nair –

Late Lt Gen Pankaj Shivram Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, who passed away on 09 July 2007, shortly after he had retired from the post of India’s first Chief of Integrated Defense Staff.

He had been Central Army Commander before.

Commissioned into 1/8GR, young Pankaj lost both his legs from below the knees due to a mine blast incident at Nathu La in 1967. He had volunteered to lead his men in recovering/ destroying mines that had been laid earlier during the face off with China.

Post snow melt, the mine- field was suspected to have shifted and old records of its laying had become unreliable. In volunteering for the task, he suffered soul shattering injuries that would have felled any other man.

While recovering from his wounds and being fitted out with artificial limbs at Pune ( ALC MH, Southern Command) he met and married Prabha who remained his steadfast companion through out.

Once he resumed duty, he was detailed to undergo the then 4 year Russian Language & Litrature Hons Degree course, at the Center for Russian Studies, JNU, Delhi in 1969.

That is where I first met this incredible soldier.

We occupied adjacent seats on twin seater desks for all of the 4 years we were there in CRS. We developed a life long friendship that was more akin to an elder brother- younger brother relationship.

He used to smoke rolled cigarettes those days- I learnt to roll his quota of 10 cigarettes a day & filling up his metal cigarette case. Gradually, I too got hooked to the smell of raw tobacco & became a smoker myself!!

We acted in college plays togethet- the Bishop’s Candle Sticks comes to mind- he the Bishop, me the robber & the CRS siren. Lovleen Madhu the heroine!! …

(Incidentally the Author of This Blog also acted in ‘The Bishop’s CandleSticks’ in 1954 in RIMC – as ‘The Thief’ with Patney, who retired as an Air Marshal, playing the Role of the Bishop’s Daughter …)

He dissuaded me from going to Moscow etc for MA & instead convinced my father, himself then weeks away from his retirement, to send me to the Army.

Cap Joe ( as we then called him) signed my character certificate & counter signed my application to allow me entry into OTS, Madras.

On my mid term vacation I again met him at HQs EC where he was then posted as GSO-2 on promotion to Major. We kept in touch through out our service. His Bn had by then been Mechanised, and had been re-named as 3 Mech.

Legends abound about how Gen Sundarji accepted him in command of 3 Mech after testing him for BPET at Ambala.

In 1982 or 83 he was leading the Mech Regt team in the Himalayan Car Rally!

He was GOC of an adjacent Corps when I was Col GS in the neighmouring Corps HQs. We met often on desert exercises.

A life long preference for “Rakshi”- Ghorkali for Rum was our bond!! Even as the Chief of IDS, we spent many a glorious evening in his palatial govt allotted bungalow near Teen Murthi, imbibing our favourite drink & singing old Hindi film songs!

He was a surprisingly good singer- KL Saigal being one of his favourites. Alas he passed away too soon at his retirement home in Mhow. He had built that house with a lot of love & looked forward to a happy sun set amidst the College and his fellow torch bearers in the profession as they came there to progress their careers.

He would have been the ideal elder brother to all of them. However, Fate had other plans!


GOD Grant Him Peace ….. Grt Guy n Gent to Boot … We were also Newly Married n being in Pune attended his Wedding in end ’69 – We Never Met Him Thereafter!!!!

(Nearest We came to meeting was in Ambala when he rejoined 1/8GR – but I had left in Oct ’76)

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Old Bombay Art, Culture …

Posted on July 9, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Accidental Gallerist and the Making of Indian Modern Art


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KamaSutra Land – Desire …

Posted on July 9, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

'We Have Rich Histories of Desire in India': An Interview With Madhavi Menon


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1962 War – ‘Himalayan Blunder’ …

Posted on July 7, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Himalayan Blunder (The Curtain-Raiser to the Sino-Indian War of ...
J.P. Dalvi (Author of Himalayan Blunder)

The complete e-copy of the ‘Himalayan Blunder’ made available  by Michael Dalvi, the son of the author, late Brigadier John Dalvi on the occasion of his father’s 100th birth anniversary. The link includes a short message from Michael Dalvi in memory of his father.–


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