’12 Years a Slave’ : Heart-wrecking story | Value of Freedom

12 years a slaveJust before two days, the Americans celebrated the independence day of USA. This was the 238th year of independence. USA has set it up as the world power in the course of time but there is a pathetic history of Slavery in USA and it stands still in attitude of some of the Americans till today in the name of Racism. Although the USA achieved independence in 1776, in my view the real independence was achieved in 1865 with legally abolishing slavery in all states of the USA. Read about the President who did this great work in my previous article : Abraham Lincoln

Whoever is reading the article right now has probably not seen/experienced slavery at any moment in life and born after independence of their respective countries. It is a human nature to devalue the thing which is achieved without struggle. So as we neglect the value of the Freedom. After getting admission in UK, Malala Yousafzai said in an interview :

malala yousafzai interview on educatiion

Malala Yousafzai

“British girls take their education for granted.I believe that, & I want to tell the students of UK to think that it is very precious, it’s very prestigious, go to school. Reading a book, having a pen in our hands, studying, sitting in a classroom is something very special for us because once we were deprived from it & because what we have seen in Swat.” Malala has experienced what it feels not to have education, so she knows the value of it.

Similarly, the 2013 released movie ’12 Years a Slave’ is all about the freedom of an individual. A man who is forced into slavery.

Solomon Northup (original photograph) (Engraved on his book)

Solomon Northup (original photograph)
(Engraved on his book)

A man who has survived slavery. A black man named Solomon Northup born in independent America wrote a biography named ‘Twelve Years a Slave’. This book is a complete account of his emotions and experience. The film adapted from it, is a masterpiece.

This movie is very much contingent to our life. No matter how old the story of slavery is, it is an insight of what it feels to lose your freedom. Yes, what if you wake up the next day and find that you are no more a free man? What if you lose your name? This true story gives answers of all questions. The movie shows how the dignity is destroyed. How the man is converted into a machine. It is all about ‘Freedom’.

Talking about direction and acting in the movie:

Solomon Northup pre-civil war snapshot,Solomon Northup as a 'Freeman' with family (2013)

Solomon Northup as a ‘Freeman’ with family (2013)

It is flawless. Chiwetel Ejiofor has played the character of Solomon Northup. He has lived the character. He has perfectly portrayed a typical educated free black man (Black men who were not slave in North America). He has shown a true agony, yet patient with hope of being free. At last, he succeeds in being free after 12 years! The last few moments in the movie makes your heart cry with the mixture of happiness and deep sadness/agony/anger and what not.

Look at this scene of the movie where Solomon was hanged by a white guy because Solomon argued with him. (I can’t find humanity from the ‘Whites’ in most of the scenes of movie.) 

Solomon Northup being gifted his passion in the time of slavery

Solomon Northup being gifted his passion in the time of slavery

This is not an entertainment movie, this is a life-story of a survivor. God knows, how many such Solomon Northups would have ended their lives in slavery.

The movie is a true tribute to all millions of slaves who tolerated the torture and survived.

Value of a pen & a piece of a  paper (Solomon Northup steals a peiece of a paper)  *Heart-wrecking scene*

Value of a pen & a piece of a paper
(Solomon Northup steals a peiece of a paper)
*Heart-wrecking scene*

Spark:

“What difference is there in the color of the soul?” 
― Solomon Northup, 12 Years A Slave (The book)

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‘Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki’ chronicles – Melodious versions from YouTube & Lyrics

 

It’s very rare of this blog to write about Music. But a powerful Hindi-Punjabi song ‘Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki’ from the movie ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ has been hovering over mind and heart since the time of its release.

The official song is sung by the Midas singer Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. Which you can find it here:

Now,the interesting part comes into light when we surf the YouTube. This song was originally sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in a Punjabi film – ‘Virsa‘ ! (Year 2010) All these years,this song remained restricted to only fewer population. That’s the bad aspect of regional release of films. Find the song here:

What if you love variations of singer for your favorite songs? YouTube is here to help. The latest edition of the song is sung by Alia Bhatt herself. ‘Samjhawaan Unplugged’. What a refreshing voice! Have a look:

When you are fed up with all of the versions, what about listening to the same song in the voice of famous YouTube celebrity Shraddha Sharma. Although the quality of A/V is not upto the mark but it’s acceptable. (Note that Shraddha Sharma had sung the song in 2011)

Didn’t like the above said song from Shraddha Sharma? Try this melodious voice of Hussain Lahori, he has his own style:

All these links will be separately shared on the Facebook page of this blog. Enjoy!

Spark:

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” 
― Bob Marley

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Narendra Modi : Man of the moment

The year was 2001. The indian state Gujarat was hit by 7.7 magnitude of earthquake on 26th January,2001. It took lives of around 20,000 people and over 100 thousands were injured. It was the most devastating natural disaster in the history of Gujarat. The government was not ready for it. The chief minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel was unable to provide efficient relief to the affected people & proved to be a very weak administrator. As a result, he had to resign from the post and a new person named Narendra Modi was given the authority of chief minister on 7th October,2001. Mr. Modi, a man who had never fought any election but had done all back stage management in the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) ,was a naive about administration. Narendra Modi worked hard, created a special task force, the rehabilitation process was fast-tracked, bureaucracy was strictly questioned until the rehabilitation completed. This was an accomplishment which would not have been possible if scientific and public-private partnership approach had not been applied.

But the February,2002 Godhra riots made Narendra Modi evil-like person. It was another fact that a separate group of people including some media houses and NGOs portrayed Narendra Modi as a devil. Even up to date, the Wikipedia page has not given a single bite about the gigantic post-earthquake rehabilitation work done by Narendra Modi government. (Though Narendra Modi doesn’t want a certificate from any media, people know he has worked.)

Narendra Modi Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

 

After 2002 riots, Narendra Modi was thoroughly investigated. The apex court of India formed SIT did not find any evidence of Narendra Modi’s role in riots. But the group of people with vested interest continued the malign campaign against Narendra Modi.

Modi sad 2005

After 2005,Narendra Modi did not respond to criticism/attacks over riots and continued his focus on the development work in the state. Here is where he had found the key to all answers. He organized global investment summits and developed international economic relations. His visionary policies of agriculture and energy field made Gujarat an agricultural & power surplus state. The reader must take a note that 300 million citizens of india have no or non-frequent electricity access according to a report of Government of India in December,2011. Only states which provide continuous electricity are Gujarat & Madhyapradesh. Before Narendra Modi take over the chief minister chair, the condition was no better than the rest of the India, so people know Narendra Modi has worked for them.

The humiliation started by media, NGOs and politicians since 2002 was so much intense & frequent that Narendra Modi became a talking point not only in Indian media but also in international media. Moreover, United States of America refused Narendra Modi visa due to allegations of massacre of people. On the other hand, people gave four times mandate to Narendra Modi as a chief minister. This four-time mandate was enough to prove that he had really done things on ground, therefore the critics had nothing to speak against him other than ‘2002 riots’. But as mostly it happens in the history, the flow of time reverses. This time, this man himself reversed the flow of time.

Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses his supporters during an election campaign rally at Dokar village in Gujarat October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/FilesModi masks

In the state of Gujarat, people had realized that this man had potential to function as a Prime minister and therefore people gave him mandate in 2012 so as to rise his stature in the Bharatiya Janata Party. As it happened, Narendra Modi started canvassing for himself and marketed the work he had done in Gujarat. He interacted with college students, businessmen, farmers, lawyers and teachers. It must be understood that the rise of Narendra Modi was on the perfect time, or better to say, he recognized the time. The ruling congress party had failed on every aspect of governance and was facing a strong anti-incumbency.

It is very natural that people are always in search of hope. Narendra Modi gave them hope. Being an influential speaker, he left a long-lasting effect on the mind of people. Youngsters were convinced that there was no other leader who could replace Narendra Modi. He had convinced people that the only answer to all questions was development & strong decision-making leader.

Narendra modi 3d hologram technology

Due to Narendra Modi’s private army of social media, his message spread wide portion of people. On the basis of his popularity and track record of 13 years of decisive governance, the BJP declared him as the Prime Ministerial candidate in september 2013. This was a milestone in the history of India because a childhood tea vendor boy was a Prime Minister nominee.

Narendra Modi started wandering India by addressing public meetings since 15th September,2013. Each public meeting was attended by Hundred of thousands of people. Until the end of the election, Narendra Modi had addressed such nearly 450 public meetings with the same passion. More than 1000 3D holographic public meetings were another feather in his cap of credits. Throughout the entire election campaigning, Narendra Modi set the agenda and all other opposition parties followed the trail. This was the first general election in the history of India where the agenda was purely good governance and development with better policies. No matter what media and opposition says, Narendra Modi tried his best to stick to the positive campaign unlike the “stop-modi” campaign driven by all political parties.

Now, as the election results have been declared on 16th May,2014, Narendra Modi has gained a grand unprecedented victory in the history of India. He is all set to be the next PM of India.

Narendra modi with mother after 2014 victory narendra modi won 2014 elections

There is a similarity of hope that people see in Narendra Modi & the hope which Americans saw in Barack Obama. The only difference is that people of India hope for very basic facilities (better to say- basic needs) as soon as possible.

I must say, Narendra Modi will not be what Barack Obama became. We have seen his style of functioning and decision-making attitude. Rest is to be seen as time comes.

History will remain Narendra Modi as an unforgettable chapter of the world because he will serve (or rule) 7th portion of the world’s population. He is expected to have a masculine foreign policy where even China & USA will have to remain in their limits.

Time will show what Narendra Modi can do for India. All the best Sir.

Spark:

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

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Minorities, Secularism and Politics – An introspection

THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA

PREAMBLE

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India
into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and
to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political;

LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all

FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and
integrity of the Nation;

IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of
November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO
OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.


The above quoted statements are the underlying philosophy of the constitution of India.

As the India is a ll set to enter the 16th General election, every political party is busy playing every possible card to woo people. Since the freedom of the India, this is the first election which is the most dramatic and high voltage. There are different reasons for that but we will talk about it some other day.

Indian elections are the most complex ones because there is a diverse type of population existing. Especially, religiously, the population is very much diverse. See the graph.Religion in India   Wikipedia  the free encyclopedia so the Hindus are the majority of population in the country of 120 million people. The Islamist lie at the second position, however far less than Hindus. In India, whenever the word ‘Minority’ is used, it indirectly means ‘Muslims’ because other minorities are even lesser than the Muslims.

All of the political parties have tried to appease the minorities one or the other way. Of all the political parties,the Indian National Congress has remained in power for as long as 60 years! For all the years, this Congress party has intelligently fooled the minorities by minority appeasement and pseudo-secular mask.

A few days before the INC president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi urged top Muslim cleric to vote for INC because she does not want ‘secular votes to be split’ ! This is the height of politics.

A major portion of society now feels that being Hindu (Majority) is being communal. This idea-this feeling is sowed by the ruling congress party and the MSM (Main Stream Media). Not all Hindus are communal, everyone has the ‘LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship’. It must be noticed that most of the people trying to paint Hindus communal are themselves Hindu. Still, it is remarkable how they perform their duty of spitting the venom everyday. For the politicians and journalists, it is a duty with vested intentions but they are not able to foresee the future implications of their deeds.

The secularism word is so much rubbed that it has lost its shining. The scenario is such that if you talk about secularism, you yourself is doubted to be the communal one. This is the condition of today’s India.

The upliftment of minority was needed during the initial years after the independence. In past 67 years, no ground effort is done and still the minorities favor the INC. It is high time now. The governments which didn’t deliver in 67 years, will never deliver in next 67 years for sure.

The reservation system has been of no use because empowerment starts from the zero stage, not from the last stage.  If the government had paid enough attention in the primary education and employment, it would have never had to think about implicating reservation schemes in higher education.

India is a secular country. The constitution itself gives right to equal opportunity! Then why to think about minority reservations? Let us see a latest example of minority appeasement, which will shock.

BkbleLPCMAA3m6r This is how Mamta Banerjee is appeasing the minority. There are other means by which you can facilitate the growth of certain community, but why to cut other communities’ rights in the name of reservation and upliftment. West Bengal is already facing Naxalism, why not to work for the socio-economic reformation?

How can we forget the much hyped Aam Aadmi Party? They started by anti-corruption movement and now see what they are doing?

Bj1hlBVCQAA3H3A So,Mr. Kejriwal launched a ‘Road-map for Indian Muslims’. Oh, did we hear such road-map for Indian Christians (2.9% ) or Shikhs (1.6%) any day?

 

 

BJP is no different from other, they are also trying to woo Muslims. See how Mr. Rajnath Singh met Muslim cleric in election season. Yes,there should not be any cut in communication, but intentions matter.

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No other country in the world offers such reservations. Does Pakistan or UAE offer reservation to Hindu or Christians? Does the USA offer reservation to Hindu or Muslims? NO. The irony is that the same Muslims work hard and excel without reservations. (FYI: See the graph showing secular, non-secular countries of the world. Remember, only India is trying hard to prove its secularism by appeasing minorities.)

secularmap

 

Concluding note is that, it is for Muslims to decide, do they want a real growth or remain where they have been kept since the time of independence.

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Why the off-record leaked video of Kejriwal really matters

I guess most of the internet users would have watched the leaked video footage of Arvind Kejriwal’s interview. The interview was aired on a leading TV channel Aaj Tak.

This mere one minute long video clip has created a storm. The video was uploaded on 9th March this year and within a day, it crossed one million views! It has become viral on the entire internet. If you haven’t watched it,here it is:

Okay,so let me clarify, it is a genuine video as Arvind Kejriwal himself reacted by saying “there is nothing wrong in this video.” And the Aam Aadmi Party also accepts it a real footage.

When I came across this video, I watched it a few times and I was really interested in this video because I had watched the interview on the TV. This video contains two parts -the first one is the talk between Kejriwal and the journalist in the break. While the second part is immediately after the end of the interview.

Coming to the main point. Why this video is of so much importance.

Kejriwal tells the journalist : “The corporate thing was very much theoretical so that I was not coming to that. I didn’t want to say that we are against privatization because if I said so the entire middle class would become anti. Therefore I was not going into that debate intentionally. Ask me other things.”

Journalist to Kejriwal : “And..this 80% of society which is sidelined..”

Kejriwal responds : “Yes..I will speak on that.”

journalist : “Yes, come to this point because it(80% sidelined people) is the main vote-bank in the country. We are doing this for them.”

Kejriwal : “Sure. I had forgotten. I had forgotten to speak that.”

“I don’t want to say that ‘private companies are doing this and any government that comes to power will take commission from them.’ Because by saying this, I will neglect the private sector which is not right.”

After the interview is finished,

Kejriwal asks : “Was it okay?”

Journalist : “It was revolutionary, very revolutionary.”

Kejriwal : “Play that(interview portion containing a talk on Bhagat Singh ) more.”

Journalist : “Of course, of course, it will be played.. I mean the Bhagat Singh part will get great reactions.”

So,this is the conversation between Kejriwal and journalist Punya Prasoon Bajpayee.

Analyze this video as you want. But what I can see in this video is described  in this article.

It is expected that any interview should be extempore. The prepared interviews are as rubbish as a fixed match. The interview was of 43 minutes long, in which the talk about Bhagat Singh comes after roughly 30 minutes, then how come the photo frame of Bhagat Singh was present into background of the interview scene? It clearly depicts the interview was fixed or rather scripted.

The conversation reveals the real face of Kejriwal, he is against privatization in reality but, he doesn’t want to show his real thoughts because he has fear of losing the middle class votes. Denial to privatization is denial to employment.

Kejriwal is not ready to speak against corporate-government nexus. (Mind well, the interview was taken on the completion of one month as a Delhi CM.) After 49 days, as we all know Kejriwal made corporate-political party nexus an issue and has kept it an issue till today.

The vote-bank word was used by the journalist, Kejriwal agreed with him. It means that Kejriwal believes that the 80% of the population which is sidelined is mere a vote-bank. If he  is really seeing the common man as a vote bank,he should stop saying : “We are not here to gain power.” Mr. Kejriwal, everyone including you is present in political system to gain power. Power is not a bad thing but pretending that you are not interested in it, is a bad thing.

And lastly, the disastrous indirect try to showcase himself as a modern Bhagat Singh shows Kejriwal’s character. Trying to cash Bhagat Singh’s name is the last level of dirty politics.

Anyways, there are supporters and critics. When you take a look at the comments under this YouTube video, there are supporters who think there is nothing wrong in the video,but they are ignoring the minute facts represented in the video.

The full interview is here:

I really wonder what would have happened if Rahul Gandhi had fixed his interview with Arnab Goswami or Narendra Modi had fixed his interview with Karan Thapar.

Suggestions and criticism are warmly welcome!

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