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Why couldn’t Baba Ramdev open a free hospital for the poor?

October 18, 2015
(this post i blogged in a rage this sunday noon showing my angst at the chaos ensuing from Beef Ban statute from all sides as well as the pseudo-secularist Sahitya Academi award returnees who did not voice their protests for a Kargil, for thousands of conversions, scams, child rapes, ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits etc) (so much of our time and energy must be consumed by such a nonsensical and irrelevant issue speaks something about us as a nation…)

 

BEEFY REASONS WHY COW CULLING IS NOT SMART

Culling cows is not only animal cruelty, it is also harmful to our agriculture in the long run. Religious reasons which are inconsequential come next or final. If ‘Beef Ban’ indeed has to stay, prudent thing the BJP govt can do is NOT TO ENFORCE STRICTLY THE LEGISLATION. Because, not only is beef the cheapest meat that can get to the plate of our poorest minorities, it may also help in maintaining a balance when it comes to handling our cattle resources. How does our govt plan to manage the ageing cattle otherwise. Have the Hindutva guys not chanced upon You Tube videos on our dairy farms that have recorded the miserable plight of our milch cattle impregnated throughout their lives via IVF to yield maximum milk? Why do you think India could manage a White Revolution. I am challenging the anti-beef squad this: CAN YOU GIVE UP YOUR PRECIOUS DUDH, DAHI AND PANEER FOR A SINGLE DAY A WEEK. Do you know that you hurt Gomata the way no muslim or christian can ever with a single blow to the beast in ‘halal’ ways.

Arab nations have legal prohibition for liquor and dance bars. But honestly speaking, both do good private business. It would be naive on the part of anyone to assume their governments are not aware of what’s going on in the sly. The maturity of the state lies in giving up something for the larger benefit of something that’s altogether different. Peace and harmony are worth any sacrilege. Had I known the beef issue would be blown so much out of proportions, I would have never willed against culling of cows in the first place. India comes first over anything.

THE ENDURING HINDU PATIENCE & TOLERANCE: ROOT CAUSE FOR REACTIONARY ‘GHARWAPSI’

It’s true christian missionaries in India have had a free run when it came to converting locals and our tribals. Evangelists sponsored by foreign missionaries are so very common in India that I grew up thinking it’s absolutely normal to be stopped midway to my bus-stop by church people to hear abuse of my Gods, my faith right to my own ears. I grew up thinking receiving bibles mailed to my home address regularly was perfectly okay. That someone knocking on my doors wanting to have a word with me on my ‘erred’ beliefs persuading me to convert was something I had to politely put up with and refuse kindly. (If possible, send them home after a hot cup of ‘chai’ and some biscuits!! Deep-rooted Gandhian philosophies!) I was raised to believe, tolerance was keeping quiet and not reacting when men in white cloaks wearing crosses around their necks could station themselves outsider our temples degrading our worshiping practices and calling us names and urging us to convert. (There is a video to this effect recorded in Tirumala). The trouble started only when we started losing our patience – and in this case, the credit for usurping a sleeping Hindu definitely goes to our ‘self-appointed’ guardians of Hinduism (who else). What we are seeing today by way of ‘Gharwapsi’ is nothing but a reactionary measure. May be things must have been set clear even as early as in 1947. But then India was direly in need of catholic institutions through the bygone decades that we had no choice but to stick with and abide by them. In any case, communal strifes are getting increasingly common and are a global phenomenon only in recent times. 1947 despite its tumultuous nature was hardly the right time to start a debate on conversion and such ethics.

OUTGROWING THE CATHOLIC MISSIONARY SCHOOL, COLLEGE & HOSPITAL PHASE AS A NATION IN THE ’90’s …

Spring back to 2015, India today barely needs the founding stones of our society like role model educational institutions and health services that the christian missionaries brought with themselves. We have reached a point where we can sustain ourselves without supporting (foreign-aided) ‘crutches.’ The change we owe to the transformation that started taking place right after our independence – which is the best the church is accredited with. Quality of average Indian life rose spectacularly in the ’50s and ’60s including in tier-2 and tier-3 cities of today, all of which metamorphosed into centers of learning and health amenities provided by the church. The fruits of the seeds sowns became visible with the ’90s. With profiteering private institutions becoming big businesses and and with a booming middle-class economy willing to expend, we no more need the help and charity of the church to speak of.

We have weaned well, we have come clear of dependence on church benevolence and finally India is ready for take-off. One main reason for heavy-handed Hindu backlash on church could be this. In my opinion. The role of the church is far from over but we have grown out too big and substantial since. We don’t seem to want church in the friendly neighbourhood any longer…

THE STORY OF THE CHURCH, BRITISH LEGACY, IS STILL WORTH PONDERING.

I was born in a catholic nursing home. My mother worked her entire life for a catholic convent that taught hearing & speech impaired kids. One section was for the blind. The school was the first of its kind in our city. There was never one for special children before. Its true my mother, the first Hindu teacher to be appointed by the school other than their nuns, was compelled to forego marriage and convert. But she resisted because she was such a pious Hindu. She continued her service respecting the christian faith and we girls grew up again thinking christianity was an extension of Hinduism. My mother also had some health issues that finally took the heaviest toll – her life. I still remember the days she would tell my granny how there was pressure on her to attend ‘healing meetings’ – but being my mother, she did not. My grandmother used to be greatly concerned about this. However strongest rooted we were in our culture and heritage, that nothing could move my mother. She was a remarkably devoted Hindu who could at the same time love Jesus. During her funeral ceremonies, after the sanskrit mantras and Shiva Thudhi (in Tamil), the fathers, mothers and other catholic priests and nuns of her school recited also from the Bible. My mother was more a daughter of the church.

My grandfather donated something to the school after her passing. He donated also to my school – a Hindu one. But all the christian connection or coercion cannot erase onething: the social and humanitarian service that the catholic institution rendered to my society and continues to do so to this date.

True there was Ramakrishna Mission schools for the deaf, the mute and the blind also functioning at the same time. Sarada Vidyalayas were separate branches for girls. RK schools and dispensaries also taught poor children for free and treated the weakest and the sickest to their best. My grandfather made substantial contributions to the RK orphanages and educational institutions which I am very proud of. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda and also Pondicherry’s Shri Arabindo and Mother – they to me are the real champions of Hinduism. Their strand of service-minded spirituality is what I revere.

But other than Ramakrishna mission of schools, colleges and health clinics, can you count any other charitable activity or trust done by Hindu groups in last 1-2 centuries. At such a large scale. With such a devotion and discipline. Unlike church that got funded from the west, the RK mission had to pool resources locally.

My husband was down with brain fever as a 1.5 year old kid. Who saved his life was CMC, Vellore doctors. Medical treatment for such serious ailments/diseases/fevers was unavailable or unheard of even in city hospitals in those days. CMC Vellore is until today discharging humanitarian services to the poor with a very small fee.  My husband attended MCC (Madras Christian College Hr Sec School), a centenary school. The nursing home I was born still is very much functional and most sought after. They are charging right now reasonable keeping with times.

From 1990s, all these catholic institutions started losing grounds, in the sense they were shadowed by the rise of urban middle-class Hindu-owned organizations both in the education and health sectors. Affordable students as well as patients found themselves gravitating toward these new schools of learning and medical amenities even if they cost a fortune. I guess, this has got to do more with the rise in living standards of city dwellers. A number of secular Hindu private schools became exponents in imparting knowledge and a number of private hospitals turned into super speciality medical clinics providing excellent care for those who could foot the bill. Economic constraints began to weaken.

Through all this however, the role of Hindu temples remains highly undefined. As said, the moving away from catholic institutions by general folks did not necessarily mean they opted for Hindu religious charity organizations. Hindu institutions have largely remained secular unlike their christian counterparts because they’re basically profit-making ventures owned by entrepreneurs. India also opened up her economy in early ’90s and it helped hasten things perhaps.

TEMPLE WEALTH : A NEVER-ENDING SAGA OF GLITTER, GLORY AND GLOOM

Temples however towered taller as always, an enigma of light, mystery and spirituality. I have often wondered what is it with our glorious temples that are the reason for foreign invaders to wage wars with us for centuries. Temples lured Bin Qasim to Ghori and Ghazni to Aurangzeb to come ravage and rob us. However I am limiting my research to mere temple funds presently.

You take the rich temples of Chennai. Including my fave ones in Mylapore the Navashakthi Vinayak temple, the Kapaleeshwar temple. What have they done by way of service to humanity in all these years. Oh yeah, there is the free midday meal in our temples that the boozers and bootleggers benefit from. Its true, ministry controls temple funds – only Hindu temples not churches or mosques come under State administration in India. Our religious donations through temples make way directly to state exchequer (atleast in Tamil Nadu) (i am not aware of All-India statute in this regard) to be shared by one and all. Still the temples must be left with substantial collections. (Don’t want to discuss here again how temple wealth is one and for all in India in secular spirit but the same cannot be said about church or mosque). Tell me one charitable hospital or school for the poor opened by our temple managements. One school for special children.

Tirumala Tirupathi Devastanams (temple) in Seemandhra, Akshardham in Gujarat, Swami Ayyappa and Padmanabhaswamy temples in Kerala, the Chidambaram Nataraja, Meenakshi of Madurai, Brahadeshwara of Tanjore, Ranganatha of Trichy all these are virtual gold mines. Its a shame none of the temples have opened up their coffers to the benefit of the poor. I am not denying feeding the poor. But feeding the lazy lots is not akin or equal to imparting education to the slum children or treating the sick and the dying from our lowest strata. Tirupati Balaji temple is next only to Vatican, being the second richest temple in the world. Vatican spends millions of dollars in charity and thereby on conversion. What have our temples done to match Vatican (except in temple wealth).

There are things we can learn even from our worst adversaries. If there is something I would want our Hindu activists to learn from christians, it is their selfless service to humanity. The church also has evolved through a troublesome past traversing through crusades and turbulent times of industrial revolution in Europe. But what we see finally in the christian faith is something that benefits humanity at large.

I am a die-hard Hindu but I have to hang my head in shame and admit this:

HINDUS ARE THE MOST MATERIALISTIC AND SELFISH PEOPLE IN ENTIRE INDIA.

Clearly churches in India are less boisterous ever since Modi took over as our PM. But in Tami Nadu, CM Jayalalitha Jayaram long back made conversion illegal and tackled the critical issue well before it garnered national attention. What Sonia Gandhi and YS Rajashekhar Reddy as CM did to erstwhile Andhra Pradesh left a terrible festering wound that is open for one and all to see. Millions of conversions in coastal and interior AP in the congress regime in the state when congress was at the center. Service is no more the agenda of the church – times have changed for everybody. Now strangely even church means business!

Government cracked its whip at Ford Foundation and a few more charity funds, why World Vision is not paid due attention and spared. One of the worst conversion-cum-orphan adoption schemes India has ever seen is WV. The World Vision mission sounds far from convincing – many a time I am left to wondering if their world vision is to see a totally christian India some day… Hahaha looks like everyone wants to change us: into either a caliphate or another latin america. Perhaps stoic Hindu resistance spurred by stubbornly proud gene sequence helps us withstand the merciless onslaught in multi-direction: by way of bribe, coercion, sword you name it!

Many christians though have their first biological child. Second one they adopt and naturally raise the adopted child as christian. More than conversion, the idea here is to give the child a home. Such a broad mind is something you cannot find in the best of Hindu homes…

I have all resources right now to go in adopt an orphaned child. But does a hindu male/family have the heart to accept into his/its bosom something that does not come by blood.  Adoption is picking up in Hindu families but those who opt for adoption usually are childless couples who have run out their IVF chances.

What impresses me most about my christian friends is their non-materialistic attitude towards life. Compared to them I belong to a circle where we are all highly ambitious and nurture bold plans for the future of our own children with utter disregard to what happens to those left out falling behind in the rat race.

I don’t even want to comment about India’s muslims. They are another selfish community – greedy in fact. Distributing ‘biryani’ is the best charity they can ever think of. In a society where there is scantest regard for education and women, we cannot expect anything more.

Today if India boasts of a good and healthy percentage of literate population, the credit chiefly goes to the catholic institutions of the nation. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, they have rendered yeomen service that is matchless even today in spirit or endeavour. Education and Health are vital societal parameters that define a nation’s development anyday. India may not need the colonial-era catholic institutions anymore – because in last 2 decades we notice how much the schools and hospitals built by fellow Hindus have taken over our society, but we cannot deny what the christian missionary schools did to Indian society by way of laying strong foundation stones through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. These were India’s formative and crucial years when we went through a series of wars. The christian institutions of India took care of us during the troubled times.

I guess my mother’s school must also be a centenary school now. Wonder whose brainchild it was. Whose initiative it was. And what a stupendous service the institution provided by training batches and batches of special teachers to teach unfortunate kids – children of a lesser god… all those years back…. something that Hindu institutions hardly thought of… Until the school opened, the hearing & speech impaired and the blind I guess were mostly confined to darkest life in their miserable homes, unwanted, unloved, unproductive. The school not only brought light into their lives with education but also provided them with vocational training to prepare them for an independent life in future marked with self-respect. The church’s convent instilled in the weakest HOPE.

WHY CHURCH FINDS ITSELF ON BACKFOOT TODAY

To be fair to Hindus, I have to say, the British took our lands and resources, the British diverted funds and left us paupers – so we were at a receiving end unable to take care of ourselves… The best and prime real estate in the country was already owned by the church by the time the Englishmen left. Our media/press was church owned (until today mostly). The church became a benign influence in our thoughts and deeds. The church was omnipresent and I have to give it to the BJP to even think of challenging such a powerful, mighty yet invisible presence!  May be many cannot see it, but I do. Yes, we were in dire need of the services of catholic missionairies and their services for nearly half a century from the day we attained independence … which jinx we finally broke through in the ’90s….? How many Indians realize this. .. ? Until 1947. Hindu energy was almost solely expended on fighting our occupiers and liberating the nation…

The British have since long departed…

My friends from the ’80s who attended missionary schools indeed prayed in chapels and brought home Bibles, but the truth is that none also converted. So conversion basically happens with BPL families and tribals for whom decent education and food are luxuries. What has any of our Hindu temples done to our slum dwellers directly, may I ask. Mother Theresa could have converted those in their dying throes yet she gave them atleast a place to breath last – not out in the streets.

Dozens and dozens of good schools sprung up in my city in last 30 years. The one I attended was a rare Hindu school that celebrated its 75th year when I was in higher secondary classes.  Very much like in catholic institutions, we had head mistresses and correspondents who were women who lived like ‘nuns’ foregoing married life in the service of education of young middle-class girls. Ramakrishna mission schools similarly were staffed by men who were like ascetics and led a life of ‘brahmacharyam’ for the sake of raising little orphaned boys. Actor Rajnikanth attened one such a school in Bangalore and says, the school discipline is what shaped him into what he is today.

MATERIALISM NOT NIRVANA IS TYPICAL HINDU MIND-SET

Chennai is now a popular center for special schools. Autistic and other differently-abled children couldn’t have hoped for better. We still have a long way to go, unlike our American counterparts which bring out the best in the specially-gifted kids. Still special schools in the city charge exorbitant fees. I have someone attending a special school that charges no less than 3000 bucks per month for nursery classes. That’s what makes me think about my mom’s free school these days. They charged nothing. Yeah, the school was overseas-funded. My mother ofcourse received govt salary. Its also true most catholic institutions even from those days converted themselves into govt-aided schools where the payrolls were taken care of by the state.

All of us talk about the Vedas, the architecture of the Tanjore Brahadeshwara, the Kallanai dam over 2000 years old built by Chola over Cauvery river,  that were all knowledge, science and engineering marvels. But why could not the Hindu society keep up the pace of progress. Reason is simple if you ask me: UTTER SELFISHNESS. When a tamil could design a dam before the birth of Christ that can stand until today and looking at our granite single stone temple towers with intrinsic carvings and themes that I am certain cannot be erected even today if we would like to, what made our ancestors keep the technology close to their hearts, unwilling to share knowledge with others?

The brahmins kept books to themselves. The stapathis kept building methods and architecture within themselves. The baniyas controlled trading. But what about our SC/STs. They had nothing. Left in the cold, no wonder they embraced christianity where they found succour within the church precincts. Not only here they were equal citizens, not subhuman, here they had access to education and health facilities that were systematically denied to them through centuries by upper caste Hindus.

One reason for the stunted scientific development and temper in India is definitely invasion by turks, arabs and afghans who tore down the Hindu structure of knowledge and society. But another equally valid reason is the infamous selfishness inherent in Hindus who did not believe in transfer or share of knowledge and technology.

RESERVATION: JUSTICE LONG OVERDUE?

Reservation is a very sensitive issue in India. I am normally against reservation. But you only have to think about ‘irulas’ for instance from Tamil Nadu for a rethink on reservation. A scheduled tribe, these are rat and snake catchers of the state traditionally and who make a meal out of their catches. Spurned by the upper castes, why would not an ‘irula’ convert. Another is the cremation grounds people for ages by heredity. Whose home is where we make home finally. There is only one clause in our statute that can come to the rescue of such a beleaguered community as these SCs/STs: the reservation. Otherwise they’re doomed.  Reservation has worked wonders for the downtrodden believe me. I recall what my MIL tells me: how the farm working hands and coolies used to lift their dhotis, fold them up and remove their chappals in reverence when landowners passed their way. It used to break my heart just listening to the story. Raised in a middle-class background I have faced a lot of discrimination in my in-laws place for the kind of society i came from.

OF GURUS AND BABAS…

I respect the vigour of the Hindutva guys, but then why not channelize your energies into positive measures. Swami Nithyananda of Tamil Nadu was a sex jogi. We all know what is going on in the so-called ‘Kalki Bhagwan’ Ashram in Andhra-TN border. Drug orgy?! (One of the tamil tv channels that broadcast Nitya tapes also started a Kalki episode that was abruptly taken off air. Reason?) This is apart from Asaram and the assorted sort from the north. Ram Dev, the yogic guru wants to market Atta noodles. I wonder why this multi-billionaire could not instead open a cancer hospital for the poor after his upscale Yoga institute that caters exclusively to a select clientele…

There is chance for good hope in those like Mata Amritanandamayi, Shri Shri Ravishankar, Isha’s Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev etc but we don’t have enough. All these Hindu preachers teach and propagate peace but it’s not enough. Shri Satya Sai Baba of Puttabarthi adopted arid Andhra villages and brought them their lifeline of water-supply that government could not provide. Baba hospitals speak of his mission: service through faith. Those of the current times like the dancing Yogi etc are doing something but have a long way to catch up with even Sai Baba.

Faith and spiritual belief by way of organized religion without serving the poor, the weak and the needy is meaningless. As horrible as killing a man who killed a cow. Now who is the worst sinner. Killer of the cow or killer of the human.

There are so many Imran Khan critics even in neighbouring Pakistan as the ex-cricket captain is still taunted and tainted with/by his past for not being a ‘discreet casanova’ like some journalists there could be (!) but building a cancer hospital is a terrific feat in the chaotic nation of theirs which is unparalleled service to humanity in their history (since independence). How many politicians like him we have in India today. Imran is clean, may be he is not political material (which is good for him). But nothing can erase the fact, he has done something in the selfless service of his nation that not even the richest with means in both countries shall have the heart to give/do.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Tata hospitals that way I must mention. A rare gem. In the world of materialism and unblinking business interests, Tata comes across as a noble man with a heart of gold. There is not a field the Tatas have not catered to. Indian muslims have to learn their valuable lessons from the man and his mission. Tata is Parsi but his fierce loyalty towards mother India makes all of us give him a grand salute.

A prolonged silence at the Ambani camp. Atleast Azim Premji has pledged an enormous contribution for charity in the lines of Bill Gates.

‘No conversion’ theorists could do well urging Hindus to sacrifice and build selfless institutions in the name of God. In Tamil we say, ‘makkal thonde mahadevan thondu’ which translates exactly into ‘service to humanity is service to god.’ How very much I would like to see Baba Ramdev open a 1000 bed free cancer hospital for the poorest and the neediest of this nation dedicating it to Bharat Matha, naming it after our PM? 

HINDU HOSPITALS & ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS IN RECENT TIMES

Shankara Nethralaya, the eye hospital trend-setting, pioneer in the field and highly specialized, attracts even poor foreign patients, owned and run by Shankara Mutt, Kanchipuram. The engineering college my son attended was also founded by Kanchi Shankara Mutt which was later sold to A C Muthiah family (yeah the same one that holds CSK, India Cements, SPIC). ‘Child Trust Hospital’ in the city used to be a trusted name in last 30 years also founded by Shankacharya of Kanchi. Heavily subsidized, it catered to urban lower middle-class population, being slightly better than the state-run Govt. Children’s Hospital. It has now reportedly changed hands into a ruling party family. Ever since, the rates have been hiked and the hospital which is held in benami name is no more a comfortable and affordable place for middle-class folks. This is what happens to even well-run Hindu missionary health centers or hospitals – they can be so easily bought/taken over by politicians by threat and coercion. Shankara TB hospital is another flagship medical institution that has been rendering stupendous service for decades in the state.

Shri Ramakrishna Mission institutions have been functional from the same base as Kolkata, long before Mother Theresa arrived on the scene. Branches of the mission are spread throughout India. But spirituality today amounts to materialism and politics, shame. The likes of Shri Satya Sai Baba who fed a thirsty, parched Chennai with precious water supply (which stands disrupted today), Shri Ramakrishna, Shri Vivekananda, Shri Arabindo etc are hard to find in these days of fake gurus and babas.

Track record of Hindu philanthropists is poor, if at all they exist. In order to substantiate our point of view, we must possess a first hand logic and reasoning. We must have a strong line of defence. To speak the truth, we Hindus have nothing to show. On the otherhand, we are still hypocrites who will not let our kids marry into dalit families who we cannot stand converting to christianity. I am not saying all christians are saints. When the floodgates for private engineering colleges opened in mid ’80s, some of the biggest initial beneficiaries in my state were a couple of christian bigwigs. But that does not dilute what christianity on the whole has given back to India.

Today my Kerala hindu friends complain, they are a minority in the state of converts. But the services of Syrian chrisitian nurses are commendable and welcome not only within but also outside our boundaries. As a community, what you first think of them is the hospital service. The christian missionary schools have also been adding regular (payment) school blocks within their campuses in last 10 years or so. This I assume is to charge the better-off and serve free the worse-off.

By the way, the Cancer Institute Chennai was founded by my school alumnus Dr. Shantha. ‘Vishranthi’ the first and proper old-age home in the city was also founded by yet another school alumnus Ms. Savithri. Both these are secular institutions not attached to any particular ideology which is the speciality of Hindu charity. We don’t produce visionaries like my glorious and selfless alumna amidst us anymore I guess. Hindu schools and hospitals are perfectly capable of providing excellent and inspiring education and best humanitarian services if we would put our hearts after it. My school, a very religious spirited one, succeeded in producing still the most secular and service-minded women in the city history.  (The school’s other popular alumna include tamil/bollywood playback singer Vani Jayaram and actor Lakshmi (of hindi film Julie fame). Hats off! Somewhere down the line we have also mutated into selfish and ambitious and materialistic beings ungrateful for what we have and unmindful of the grave conditions the lesser fortunate dwell in right in front of our eyes…

Not undermining the role of secular-minded Hindu NGOs who pitch in for their part in the service of humanity & nation in whatever little manner they could. The state & city have a fair share and I feel its vulgar to even address them as ‘Hindu.’ By Hindu we generally mean Indian. Which ofcourse cannot be granted of other non-hindu communities.

THE HINDU RENAISSANCE 

Hindu society is in dire need of a real ‘mahapurush’- a ‘yogpurush’ – in modern times in the footsteps of Raja Ram Mohan Roy who helped abolish ‘Sati’, Swamy Dayanand Saraswathi of Arya Samaj, Shri Ramanuja who challenged and enforced a revolutionary Vaishava ideology who brought in dalits into mainstream spiritual life and community in his times (whose temple town is situated at Sriperumbudur where Rajiv Gandhi, our former PM was assassinated), Swami Vivekananda who was vociferous when it came to defending his solid faith and spirituality yet whose primary mission was service to humanity… Even Vinoba Bhave sounds more spiritual to me with his noble mission and deeds.  Sanathana Dharma, the Hindu Dharma – the word ‘dharma’ must mean something.

THE ISLAMIC SERVICE QUOTIENT

As for the islamic community of India, apart from claiming to be straight from Yemen, Saudi, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan with royal blood flowing thro’ veins, there is literally nothing to say about other than their famous Eid biryani packets distributed with such a big heart to one and all. Wonderful community service. These guys belong nowhere: they are neither as materialistic and ambitious as the Hindus nor as service-minded like the christians. Bred on a belief that they stand to inherit everything in the name of god who gave petrol free only to Arabia (for which usage it was the white man who invented the automobile and the rig and the drilling system and the extraction technology), if anyone can audaciously claim anything without a drop of sweat to be theirs, it is our bhais. Used to usurping temple wealth and others’ homes, getting back to reality is a little difficult for them.

KARMA REPAID

I have to give this to Arab nations. Whatever they took from us, atleast they are paying us back by way of employing millions of Indians in last 3 decades lighting up many homes. They may have robbed us through centuries and today we may need to work for them to get paid back … yet in this Kaliyug, even this is a Karma repaymet… I am forever grateful for what Arabs have given us today even if not a single riyal comes to us free as charity. The arabs have transformed many lives… including ours. A couple of more decades, and I hope they will be done with us. We will have our equations restored. I am sorry for what they are going through. Their business with the west is not my issue. They may not reckon with Karma the way I do but its their time and turn to pay a heavy bill.

SPIRITUAL CONSCIENCE

Owaisi and Zakir Naik instead of talking big, can do better rendering physical and community service funding schools (not madarasas) for the poor and building hospitals rather. Women serving humanity as nurses in uniforms for instance are nobler and virtuous than women covering themselves all over in burqa absorbed in vain trivialities. Atleast Baba Ramdev is teaching Yoga – which is extra-spiritual.  Which adds to the quality of human life by way of health & fitness.

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PS:

BPL families only need to flash their Aadhar Cards (or Amma card (!)) to avail of all medical facilities in super specialty govt hospitals in the city. From cardiac bypass to cancer treatment, everything is free or very, very, nominal for the poor. The ESI hospitals of India are another major health providers for the lower middle-class & the poor. Health care is a lot better and well taken care of the state. he state gives away 10,000/- bucks in 3 installments for expectant mothers. Childcare and entire immunization programme is free and there are municipality run creches in every taluk taking care of the children of working women. Every district boasts of a well-equiped women’s health center whose chief mission is family planning. Education system has evolved with corporation schools in the city giving away free laptops and cycles to their students. A big feat in a 1-billion strong third world economy. It took us nearly 5 decades to break and come free of the missionary-dependence but we have done it. Where do catholic institutions fit in today.

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