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Independence Day. Indeed?!

I didn't send greetings to anyone on this Independence day as I believe there is a long way to go before we celebrating such things.

We got Independence from British colonial rule but most of us are still have colonial mindset. Others are suffering from British Raj hangover.

IMO, nations are only imaginations. They exist today. They'll be something else tomorrow.

India or Bharat varsh as they call it, was divided into many parts and finally one more part on this day.

Bharatvarsh had its boundaries from Afghanistan to Burma to Ceylon. Now they are all separate countries thanks to the nexus between local leaders and British.

Likewise Jinnah created a two nation theory to break remaining land into India and East & West Pakistan. East Pakistan later became Bangladesh but it was cut off Indian map anyway.

If we don't learn our lesson from the past, there's already demand for Khalistan, seperation of Kashmir, and Dravid Nadu in South. Political parties aren't going …
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Swami Vivekanand and Social Reforms (Hindi)

रामकृष्ण परमहंस को कुछ बुरा नहीं दिखता था तो वह भला करने कैसे जाते। उनका जीवन तो ईश्वर भक्ति में ही बीता। उनको सबमें भगवान नज़र आते थे। यहाँ तक कि जानवरों में भी। माता का भोग उन्होंने बिल्ली को खिला दिया क्योंकि उनको बिल्ली में देवी माँ दिखाई दी। अब ऐसे व्यक्ति से समाज निर्माण जैसे कार्य की अपेक्षा तो नहीं करनी चाहिए

रही बात स्वामी विवेकानंद की तो उन्होंने कहा कि हर कोई अपने कर्मों का फल भोग रहा है। वेदांती होते हुए भी वह भारत समाज की बातें करते थे। फिर उन्होंने समाज निर्माण में हाथ क्यो नहीं बंटाया, यह मेरी समझ के परे है। वे भारत को विश्व गुरु के पद पर देखना चाहते थे। उनका मानना था कि एक भारत ही दुनिया में सद्भावना फैला सकता है। दूसरे कार्यों से अपने को दूर रखते थे।

विधवा पुनर्विवाह पर उनका कहना था कि कोई किसी की सहायता नहीं कर सकता। वह काम तो ईश्वर का है। यहाँ थोडा अचरज सा होता है। क्योंकि ज़िन्दगी भर उन्होंने अद्वैत का पाठ पठाया। फिर उनके हिसाब से तो हर कोई ईश्वर है। फिर क्यों न ले कोई जिम्मेदारी समाज निर्माण की? यह बात समझ नहीं आयी।

बस इतना है कि उनके लिए यह सब मायने नहीं रखता था। …

How to manage diabetes? Some must know basic tips

Tests and Care for diabetics: How to manage diabetes and control it?

1. Diet is important. Doesn't mean diabetics have to eat grass. Consult a diabetician to create a diet plan. Switch to things that have less sugar content and high fiber content. Like brown rice (if you don't have digestion problems). Wholesale wheat and fiber rich vegetables are good. Pulses are good. Keep something light for "emergency hunger" that diabetics suffer from time to time. It is not just food craving but a signal that glucose levels are extremely low. Something sweet like cake can be considered.

2. Test feet regularly for bruises and ulcers. If any, see a diabetician as soon as possible.

3. Check for Fatty Liver. Happens to both alcoholics and non-alcoholics. Chances of NAFL are higher among women with diabetes.

4. Keep getting kidneys tested regularly.

5. Get eye tests done every six months to check for possible Glaucoma.

6. Check BP regularly to avoid heart issues. Don't smoke.


Love Thy Neighbor - The Hindu Viewpoint

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR: Why almost all religions emphasize on love? You may not have thought on the subject and maybe you think loving others will take you to heaven. Maybe that's the sole reason why you are being nice to others. It might also be your personality trait - some people empathize with others without expecting anything.
Anyway, let's see what a Hindu has to say about "Love thy neighbor." I could think of just two reasons (other than heaven and hell concept) for spreading love instead of hate. The first is the karma thing mentioned in scriptures. The second is the advaita philosophy. Let's see them in details.
When you throw a stone with enough force, it will some back to you from the other direction. That is how karma works. You have to enjoy the fruits of what you do - irrespective of whether those fruits are bitter or sweat. I said earlier that God does not interfere with Karma. That means, you have done something - good or bad - you have to bear the karma.…

Ease of doing business in India

I don't understand India improving in ease of doing business. Whose business?
MNCs? Hawkers? Because average people like me are still struggling. I don't qualify for Stand Up India scheme because it's reserved for Scheduled Castes and women. I don't qualify for Startup India scheme because my business is too old. I was told the MUDRA scheme helps only with buying assets. I needed working capital. So, who actually is benefiting? International organizations?

Two decades ago, when I wanted some loan for my computer training business, I went for Nehru Rozgar Scheme. I was asked to commit x% of amount sanctioned. What changed since?
Labor is cheap. No doubt about that. I don't know about the single window clearance for new businesses as I didn't try. And I can try only if I relaunch my business with new name.
I am not criticizing. I am not able to comprehend the process. They said the red tape has been removed. But relevant agencies keep my applications with them a…

Why is the Third Front (Federal Front) is already a fail?

Third Front is the Federal Front launching in April. But there is no second front at the moment. Congress is just doing timepass under Rahul Gandhi. They are like those mosquitoes that keep humming in your ear but don't bite. Maybe they lost their sting. If you think Congress can be a good opposition, you are dreaming.

1. The third front will be federal front and will be launched in April. This will contain regional politicians who fight each other. For example, KCR and Naidu cannot go together. BSP and SP cannot go together else Mayawati will lose her Rajya Sabha chance too. There will be a feudal war and hence the Federal Front should already be renamed Feudal Front.
2. Most of the regional parties have different ideologies and even if they come together, there will be a lot of infighting. Keep popcorn ready.

3. Besides, many regional leaders love India as a whole and won't go with leaders with bad background. Everyone knows KCR is a minority appeaser. And l…

Who is Hindu? What is Hinduism? Is the Hindu Right Wing different from Communists?

Looking at the way some extreme right Hindu groups are behaving after that BJP minister's speech on Taj Mahal, calling it a blot on India's history, I wonder if the Indian right wing is actually right.

It seems more of fanatic nature to forget the past many years' history and fighting to bring back an era 1300 years old.

They are giving a whole new meaning to Hinduism. I too feel confused now. Is Hindutva different from Hinduism? Aren't they all encompassing nature of Hindus?

What are Hindus? Is Hindu a religion? If it is a religion, it should have at least one prophet or mesiah. Whom do we have? Who started Hindu dharma, if at all anyone did so?

The name, Hindu, was given by rulers of Middle East. Likewise, West called them Indians. Hindu never was or is a religion. Some people imposed some rules and Sanatan Dharma was born. That too, due to people who wanted power over masses.

Nay, the guys who think Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, etc are symbols of oppression mu…

Were Mughals not Indians?

Dunno what I will be labeled for saying this... I am not too sure how to put it but let's try.

When we spend our childhood or a significant part of our life at any place, that place owns a part of us. We go live our early career years in the USA only to acquire part of its culture. A foreign student who studied in Benaras Hindu University, will keep coming back for those ghats, temples, and culture.

Based on the above deduction, I think it is alright if Mughals ruled India for 800 years. Maybe Babar was an outsider but he settled here in India, his following generations were born here and thus, are part of Indian culture.

They did force people to convert and many converted. But forced conversions still happen. Besides, we love Mughal structures - Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Mughlai cuisine - Biryani, Haleem, etc. So what's the point in hating them?

I think it's time we stopped seeing Mughals as outsiders and accept them as part of Indian culture. There may have …

What is a BEST browser?

Have you been researching on browsers? I tell you, all of them are same. Except for Google Chrome because it uses too much of RAM. Also, it records everything you do on different webpages & sends the details to Google.

Firefox attempts to preserves your privacy...although "privacy" is just a fancy word once you connect to the Internet.

Internet Explorer is dead because Microsoft killed it to promote Microsoft Edge.

However, in front of all big brands, Edge seems just like a pacifier given to a kid.

What I am trying to say is that despite all the speed tests, incognito mode, and all, there is no difference among current day browsers.

Pollution issue in India: Polluting the minds of innocent

BAN CRACKERS? I didn't want to comment on that, hoping for greater good. But when our very intellectuals make it a communal issue, one is forced to talk.

Why is it that Supreme Court interferes only with Hindu festivals? In his tweet (see screenshot below), Shashi Tharoor says goats are lesser beings and that Muharram processions hurt only themselves.

Then why did Supreme Court set the dahi handi height limit? Wasn't that to stop people from getting hurt?

Basically, the followers of Lord Ram are supposed to stop using water on Holi. Diwali is something a kid waits months in advance and now he can't use fireworks and crackers because fireworks cause pollution.

1. If it is really pollution, install dust collectors all over Delhi?

2. What about illegal factories operating from residential colonies all over Delhi?

3. Why are old vehicles still on roads?

4. Why can't government use permanent remedies instead of pushing a particular community to the corner?

5. If petitions…

Next Operating System from Microsoft might be completely cloud based

Microsoft is right now racing in the cloud computing scenario. Though Satya Nadella said it would be "mobile first" for Microsoft, emphasis is clear on its cloud systems.

It (Microsoft) is promoting and receiving a tremendous response for all its cloud based products, especially Office 365 & Azure.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is currently leading the cloud market with Microsoft and Google close at its heels.

We had earlier observed that not only is Microsoft neglecting mobile phone market, it isn't showing much interest in Windows 10. Incidentally, Microsoft has now made it official that Windows phones won't receive any more support (budget).

Probably, it is working on a cloud based operating system - OS as a service. The concept would be to boot up local devices using firmware and connect to the cloud operating system.

We are already seeing a shift in Microsoft offerings - from local to cloud. Could it be that Microsoft is focussing on cloud before going back to…

Sons of Lord Rama - Was Kusha born to Lord Rama?

It is well known that after being exiled by Lord Rama, Sita was offered shelter by Rishi Valmiki. Sita stayed in Rishi Valmiki's Ashram and gave birth to Luv. Only one child.

But we know there was Kusha too. And that both Luv and Kusha were twins. So how did it happen that Sita gave birth to a single child and yet there were twins?

After giving birth to Luv, Sita went about performing her duties in the Rishi Valmiki's Ashram.

In course of her duties, Sita once went to forest with a Maharishi. She had to do something by the river side so she gave Luv to the Maharishi and told him to care for the child while she did her job.

The Maharishi agreed to look after Luv until Sita returned from the river side.

While performing her work, Sita suddenly felt afraid for Luv. "What if the Maharishi goes into samadhi (meditation) and some animal takes away Luv?"

With such thoughts, she ran back to the place where she left Luv. She saw that the Maharishi was indeed deep into medita…

When Buddhists picked up guns!

Buddhism is said to be the most peace loving religion among all religions on this planet. But hey, welcome the new age liberals. For them, the only peace loving cult is Sunni Muslims.

They (the hardcore Muslims) get special treatment all over the world. They are peace loving, most tolerant (rather, tolerated) cult on earth. Much advanced. They take direct actions.

They are the fish that soil the water. They can't stand Hindus because Hindus worship idols and not their Allah. They say there is one God and He is Allah. But don't you dare call Him with any other name. They'll kill you without thinking twice.

Why do you think Buddhists in Myanmar took up guns? Because everything has its limits. These Muslims were on mass killings and gang rapes spree. The Buddhists have to protect themselves.

Their Buddha, unlike our Gandhi, never told them to let their women get raped if Muslims want so. Their Buddha, unlike our Gandhi, never told them to get killed if Muslims want to kill t…

How to get motivation?

How to get motivation? In my honest opinion, there is no such thing called motivation. All those motivational quotes and posters are BS. If your brain is good enough to be charged with a quote or two, you don't need any motivation.

On the contrary, if you are a tired soul, nothing can motivate you - except circumstances.

There may be motives behind every action or inaction. But thinking that going through a few quotes, watching a movie, or reading a book, will give you necessary strength is stupidity. It's not motivation. It's the strength you already have.

This strength is within everyone. Motivation is "I have to do it." If there are no other options and you have to do it, it is motivation.

In other words, motivation is awakening your strength and getting down to work in either of these cases:
1. You seriously (desperately) want to do something - in which case you don't need any external motivation
2. You are left with no options; you have to do it; in t…

हिन्दू या मुसलमान होना आवश्यक तो नहीं है। है?

Someone asked me to call him if I am a brahmin. Well. No. I am not any brahmin. Neither Hindu. Nor Muslim or Buddhist. Not even atheist.

बड़ी मुश्किल से निकला हूँ जातिवाद में से। नहीं हूँ ब्राह्मण या श्री वैष्णव। नही बनना मुझे यह सब। दिखावा है। आडम्बर। अगर किसी से कोई नाता है तो इंसानियत का। बाकी तो आता जाता रहेगा।

इस जन्म में हिन्दू श्री वैष्णव के घर पैदा हुआ। क्या जाने अगले जन्म में किसी मुसलमान के घर पैदा हो जाऊँ। तब क्या करूंगा? कोई भी क्या करेगा?

धर्म, जाति, लिंग, देह - सब माया है। उद्देश्य ईश्वर की प्राप्ति होनी चाहिए। ऐसा कोई नियम नही है किंतु मुक्ति चाहिए तो कुछ करना ही पड़ेगा। कुछ ऐसा करें कि पाप और दुष्कर्म का फल कम हो। कर्म और कर्म फल के बीच ईश्वर भी नहीं आते। यदि पाप हुआ है तो दंड भी मिलेगा। इस जन्म में न सही तो अगले जन्म में।

आप अधिक से अधिक, उस कर्मफल को टाल सकते हैं। लेकिन फल तो मिलेगा। अवश्य मिलेगा। आपको क्या लगता है? क्या श्रीकृष्ण चाहते तो महाभारत रुक नहीं सकता था? रोकना नहीं चाहे। अभी के लिए बस इतना ही।

जय माता की,
Arun Kumar
26/09/17 - 1444 hours (IST)