THE GHAT LIFE AS THE GANGA FLOWS: DASHASHWAMEDH GHAT

VARANASI VIBES: IN GOD’S OWN CITY

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DASHASHWAMEDH GHAT

THE GHAT LIFE AS THE GANGA FLOWS

INDIA’S OLDEST LIVING CITY – INDIA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – AND THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL CAPITAL THROUGH RANDOM CLICKS

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VARANASI VIBES – IN GOD’S OWN CITY – A LIFE KALEIDOSCOPIC

INDIA’S OLDEST LIVING CITY – INDIA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – AND THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL CAPITAL THROUGH RANDOM CLICKS

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VARANASI VIBES
IN GOD’S OWN CITY
A LIFE KALEIDOSCOPIC

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VARANASI VIBES – IN GOD’S OWN CITY – MANIKARNIKA GHAT

INDIA’S OLDEST LIVING CITY – INDIA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – AND THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL CAPITAL THROUGH RANDOM CLICKS

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MANIKARNIKA GHAT
IN GOD’S OWN CITY
VARANASI VIBES

GHAT LIFE – MANIKARNIKA GHAT

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VARANASI VIBES – IN GOD’S OWN CITY – A LIFE KALEIDOSCOPIC

INDIA’S OLDEST LIVING CITY – INDIA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURAL CAPITAL – AND THE WORLD’S SPIRITUAL CAPITAL THROUGH RANDOM CLICKS

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VARANASI VIBES
IN GOD’S OWN CITY
A LIFE KALEIDOSCOPIC

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A RANDOM EVENING DISCOURSE WITH THE GANGA – THE BOATS

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March 10, 2015

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A RANDOM EVENING DISCOURSE WITH THE GANGA

THE BOATS

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‘I WILL NOT GIVE UP, RATHER, I WILL ENGAGE IN NEW DISAGREEMENTS’ VS ‘I WILL NOT GIVE UP, I WILL NOT ENGAGE IN ALTERCATIONS’

During Narendra Modi’s one-day visit to his parliamentary constituency and my city, Varanasi, on December 25, on the day of Christmas, on Modi government’s ‘Good Governance Day’, the itinerary included events in Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

On December 24, Modi’s government had announced Bharat Ratna for Mahamana Pundit Madam Mohan Malaviya, the great freedom fighter and founder of BHU, and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, statesman, poet and former prime minister. December 25 is also the birth-anniversaries of Mahamana and Atalji.

During an event in BHU’s Swatantrata Bhawan, in presence of Modi and some other ministers of his government, Smriti Irani, the Minister of Human Resource Development of the Government of India, during her brief address, quoted these lines from Atalji’s poem ‘geet naya gata hun’ (गीत नया गाता हूँ – I sing a new song)..and if I am not wrong, someone should please tell Smriti Irani that Atalji’s lines were,

‘Haar nahi manunga, raar ‘nayee’ thanunga’ – (हार नहीं मानूंगा, रार ‘नयी’ ठानूंगा) – ‘I will not give up/I will not concede defeat, rather, I will engage in new disagreements’..

And not,

‘Haar nahi manunga, raar ‘nahi’ thanunga’ – (हार नहीं मानूंगा, रार ‘नहीं’ ठानूंगा) – ‘I will not give up/I will not concede defeat, I will not engage in altercations’..

Though I believed it was so, Smriti Irani quoting these lines with ‘nahin’ (will not engage in/negative) during the event pushed me to do a quick research again. And there, I found it was not just with Smriti Irani.

In fact, most of the pages in Google search returned with ‘nahin’ though on listening to Atalji’s rendition of the poem, it becomes clear that it is ‘nayee’ (new/affirmative/assertive) and not ‘nahin’ (will not engage in/negative).

Here is the YouTube link to the poem with Atalji speaking on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3wr-w_w_JE

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DECIDING ON MAHAMANA MADAN MOHAN MALAVIYA’S NAME IS AN HONOUR FOR BHARAT RATNA..

December 24 came with a news that indeed mattered, for many of us, Bharat Ratna to Mahamana Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya.

The government announced today Bharat Ratna to Malaviyaji along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Vajpayee should have been awarded a long ago but it took a BJP government in the Centre to do so, a justified decision, that took so long to arrive at due to silly political considerations. Vajpayee is one of the best prime ministers India has had and Vajpayee, the Statesman, was acceptable across the political ideologies. And making Sachin Tendulkar a Bharat Ratna while ignoring Atal Bihari Vajpayee was never acceptable. Anyway, it is in now, thankfully.

The decision to award Bharat Ratna to Malaviyaji, though Narendra Modi had promised, as for Atalji, was bound to raise controversy, given the fact that it came 68 years after his death. Posthumous Bharat Ratna decisions have been controversial but, Mahamana decision, thankfully, is also in.

The great Mahamana – yes, the argument does stand that giving Bharat Ratna to Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya posthumously would open a Pandora’s Box with supporters popping up even for the likes of Akbar and Ashoka.

But, for us, from the Banaras Hindu University fraternity – it was long overdue.

And the nation has indeed honoured itself by honouring Mahamana.

So, let’s put aside the arguments – even if valid they are – let them be for the gyaanis/experts/analysts populating the others spaces.

And let’s feel good about arrival of this decisions.

And it should be Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya and Atal Behari Vajpayee – the respect that ‘age and period’ command, even if it is Vajpayeeji all around, with Mahamana in passing references only.

Anyone who is from Banaras Hindu University and has read to know Mahamana can feel his imprint on the University – on what he wanted to make it – on what it became – on what it is becoming – to think further.

The Greats who gave us our Independence, who shaped our social structures and thought processes through the tumultuous colonial years, are much above any recognition including Bharat Ratna.

And it’s that way here – the Mahatma, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, called himself a devotee of Malaviyaji and deciding on Mahamana’s name is an honour for Bharat Ratna in fact.

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THE RACE FOR NEXT BHU VC

Term of the in-office vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is coming to its end in August 2014.

And given the past trend, especially during the last selection, its time again for dirty politics, lobbying and factional agendas for the position and like always, Delhi is going to be the theatre for the silly theatrics.

Being a central university, the way to the office of the VC of BHU has to be routed through Delhi with Human Resources Development ministry and the President’s secretariat being the central points to deal with the process of selection and appointment.

And the folks have already started, pushing for their interests, in this or that power corridor, from the ministry to the President’s office. Now that a minister is in place and the HRD ministry is going to be fully functional from today, the efforts by the expecting (and the existing) players are expected to scramble for the attention and the space to gain the outreach.

The process of the selection of a BHU VC these days has become so political and lobbying based that it is compromising the academic excellence of the University.

The VC who comes with a political patronage behaves like he is a king, above all – and behaves like an authoritarian entity – we have seen it in the University – anyone can have the experience. Just see the cavalcade of the VC passing, with vehicles and a huge security apparatus – and you can find it yourself. Seeing the face of the BHU VC in public is a rare ‘spectacle’. Don’t even think of meeting him easily, like a teacher should be accessible to the students?

And the major casualty in all this has been the University, our alma mater that has seen a consistent downfall post-2000 in its academic excellence, further affecting the placement scenario and the quality of placement.

And the reason is certainly the big power that comes with big money.

With a huge budget and almost everything in VC’s hands to manipulate, the BHU VC position has become totally political.

It’s a sad story, true for every other university, but exacerbated in BHU’s case with the big flow of money to manage the affairs of this huge institutional set-up.

BHU’s annual budget is over Rs. 300 crore and last year, the Union Budget gave the University additional 100 crore. Then there are expansion projects involving big money like the huge trauma centre of the Sir Sunderlal Hospital or the so-called South Campus of the University, 80 Kms away, in the Mirzapur district, from the main campus in Varanasi.

Though not much proved yet, there have been multiple allegations of corruption. And with such big money, we cannot dismiss all the allegations.

The only saving grace in the University System has been the people in some cases who remain grounded and understand they are teachers first.

But they are very few now and certainly the people manning the BHU’s top position in the recent history have failed the vision of the Mahamana completely.

Let’s see what is in store this year.

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