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Ayodhya Judgment – The Key Takeaways

Posted by Mrityunjay on September 30, 2010

So, is it the end of one of the longest awaited and most controversial cases in India’s history? The judgment actually reflects the collective mood of the nation. Though, on surface, it seems fair but I wonder how long we will have to wait again if and when one of the parties decides to approach the Supreme Court.

The actual suit “The Sunni Central Board of Waqfs UP Lucknow & Others Versus Gopal Singh Visharad and Others” was filed in 1989 but the battle is going on for almost 125 years. The Allahabad High Court dismissed the title suit filed by the Sunni Waqf Board. There are some important takeaways from the verdict:-

1)    The court declared that the disputed site in Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, the Hindu God-King. There is no question about it.

2)    The Babri mosque that stood on the disputed site and was destroyed by a rampaging Hindu crowd in 1992 was built by the Mughal Emperor Babar. But the ruling said that the mosque was built against the tenets of Islam and therefore could not “have the character of a mosque”. The evidence was provided by the archaeological survey of India (ASI).

3)    Another important part of the ruling pertains to construction of “mosque” which was built on the site of an older Hindu religious structure that was demolished.

4)    Hindu Idols were indeed placed in the middle dome of the disputed structure on the night of December 22/23, 1949.

5)    The High Court also made it clear that property in question is undeniably the site of Janm Bhumi of Ram Chandra Ji. Hindus have been worshipping at this place since time immemorial.

6)    The status quo needs to be maintained at the site for three months. The full ruling runs into more than 8000 pages.

7)    The last important piece is about division and distribution of the disputed land in three parts:- one-third for Hindu Mahasabha, one-third for Sunni Waqf Board and one-third for the Nirmohi Akhara.

Ok, so basically these 7 points sum up 8000 pages. The verdict is seen as a step closer to final settlement in this historical case. Though, the Hindus always claimed about presence of a Rama temple in Ayodhya and its demolition by Babar 500 years ago, Muslims never really accepted it. There were plenty of conspiracy theories circling the claim like it was a British ploy to divide Hindus and Muslims by providing fake archeological proofs etc. But things got really nasty after razing of the mosque. Thereafter, it became a matter of establishing secular credentials of political parties and securing vote banks.

It was actually a relief to see that the verdict failed to cause any emotional and violent reactions. Both Hindu and Muslim leaders have judiciously used their words post the judgment. Though, it’s far from over as All Indian Personal Muslim Law Board and Hindu Mahasabha have already indicated their desire to approach Supreme Court.

Throughout the day, the country was on tenterhooks but nothing untoward happened. Many offices were closed today in anticipation of riots, but peace prevailed. In a way, it was a very smart decision. Everyone got something. British would have been proud of this decision. Divide and Rule. The only difference was, this time it was used for good.

BTW, The High Court should have given one third to OBC or SC or ST, no? After all, what happened to our famous quota system? Okay, no more cheekiness…the judgment is basically “Peace in pieces”!

P.S- someone tweeted- who was the winner today? Not BJP, Congress or SP or BSP. Its News Channels and Corporate People who were gifted half-day leaves.

Anyways, now that whole episode turned out to be a damp squib, lets get our focus back on Kalmadi bashing. 😛

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Pleasure Talking to You

Posted by Mrityunjay on September 25, 2010

Another weekend. Okay, so no new interesting updates on Facebook. The likes of Mashable, TechCrunch and even Huffington Post etc are damn lazy with their feeds. What to do now?  Time to follow the usual rituals developed in your youth and professional life. Why not start with a call to one of your family member or erstwhile best friend who had rang you few days back but you didn’t pick up “assuming” that you are way too busy for wasting your precious time on personal chit-chat!

Tring tring! Hello Bhaiya, how are you doing? And so the conversation started. Soon enough, you find your beloved brother talking about how his wife is messing with his life, and how his parents are not being fair to him. Errr…he forgot to add about his new born son who is suffering from diarrhea and because of which he hasn’t been able to sleep properly for last few days. Sad indeed, you mumble and hang up the phone. But yeah, wasn’t it touching listening to your brother’s story? Oh yes, it was and you feel great about the whole experience.

Okay, next up is “close” friend X who is trying to get in touch with you for long through his forwarded emails, received by 50-100 other guys visible in CC and BCC option of gmail. I know, he is my best friend and misses me a lot. Phone kept ringing and when you were about to cut it, X says a meek Hi!

“Where were you? Was looking for you all over. Do you get my forwarded mails? Come on, you know how much I miss you. BTW listen, am sitting in a bar with my colleagues. Will call you in some time. And hey, loved talking to you buddy. Keep in touch.”

Did I tell you, I loved talking to him too!

I am feeling so good getting back to all the important persons in my life. Gosh, they miss me so much and share everything! Okay, let’s talk to one of my long forgotten female colleague. We used to get along like fire. Partners-in-crime. How is she? Fine, other than the fact, she is working non-stop for last 2 months. Her personal life is messed up. Her parents keep shouting on her for coming so late in night. After all, it’s not a safe city. Her house needs renovation and she is struggling for finance. You listen, empathize, promise to help her any which way you can and hang up. But wasn’t it delightful talking to her? I bet, it was!

Okay, last call of the evening. You two are great buddies on Facebook, share a lot of links and blast Kalmadi with equal disdain. But you are damn surprised; you two have never talked on phone. So here goes the call.

Hey. Hi. Errr.. dude, politics sucks. Yeah. Ummm..

That “Like” button is Cool. Yeah. Hmm..umm..

Hey, will update new pictures on FB soon. Cool. See Ya then.

Truly a pleasure talking to you.

You guessed it right. Weekend is over. Just like that.

Time to share my touching experiences on FB and inform the world about my “happening” weekend on Twitter.

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Mediocrity Rules

Posted by Mrityunjay on September 17, 2010

Mediocrity rules, don’t you agree to that? Wherever you go, whomsoever you talk, the only thing that can make you connect to your circumstances/people/things is mediocrity. It’s in our DNA. Words like genius or excellence are so very revered which is also an indication of simple demand-supply mismatch. Just imagine, you being termed genius and how happy and high that makes you feel! All of a sudden, you find yourself elevated above mediocre bunch of people surrounding you!

A sociological study says, mediocre people are programmed to like mediocre stuff and mediocre stuffs are designed in a way that mediocre people have to like them! Confused? Nah, it’s simple actually. Why do you think about phenomenal success of Ghajini, Dabangg, Avatar, Chetan Bhagat etc? Huh, so much for popular choice! No, if you find people proclaiming Dabangg or Ghajini is so full of entertainment or Chetan Bhagat rocks etc, don’t find yourself dismayed. It is just the principle of mediocrity.

Let’s probe further. All humans have a common ancestor about 10,000 years ago and you must be aware of our similarity with bonobos and chimpanzees. Science says, we share about 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees and that makes us a part of biosphere. We were not designed specifically with ample dosage of intellect and blessing from your favorite God or Black Hole or whatever you prefer to call it. We just managed to evolve in a better way. We always assumed that, earth is the centre of universe and everything else rotates around us. But it needed a Galileo or Copernicus to prove this basic truth but before that churches and Pandits and Maulavis etc etc had burned/prisoned and tortured many souls for propagating this blasphemous truth.

So the fact is universe is substantially larger than humans first thought. We also took our own sweet time to realize; Milky Way Galaxy is just one of thousands of galaxies. So the final conclusion according to Copernican principle of Mediocrity was “Earth is a relatively ordinary planet orbiting a relatively ordinary star in a relatively ordinary galaxy which is one of countless others in a giant universe, possibly within an infinite multiverse”. Lest we forget to add, “Inhabited by billions of ordinary animals known as humans”!

So when everything is so mediocre about our existence then why are we so afraid about accepting our mediocrity? Intellect is a romanticized term and almost every one of us, feels like possessing it. Trust me, this is not a self-deprecatory defense mechanism employed by me to hide my own inadequacies or evoke a feeling of brotherhood or a futile attempt to assuage my perpetual self-doubt by praising me. The thought has remained with me for a while. As I mentioned while starting this topic, mediocrity is everywhere.

Some people might frown over this optimistic/pessimistic view (you see that glass half full / half empty crap). But here gain, it’s our myopic view that makes us think and popularise that glass metaphor. It’s so damn cheesy. You can be a realist or a spiritualist or a mix of both also. A realist will say, glass is half full and half empty. No more no less. Whereas a spiritualist will say, it doesn’t really matter. If finding the glass half-full makes you feel good, feel that or you can simply say, there is just a glass and some water. You refuse to bind yourself with limited notion of half full and half empty idiotic rhetoric.

Coming back to the track, I am not trying to propound a grand theory here. I am simply stating the obvious. I also accept, I have got no right to judge what is mediocre and what is not. In fact, mediocre people have got everything. I will be forced to cite examples of Chetan Bhagat, Twilight, Himesh Reshammiya, Ghajini, Shilpa Shetty, Big Boss, Roadies and should I dare to say, George Bush et al. Yes, mediocrity rules and it’s a common trait binding all of us. Else, there would always be a class chasm.

It’s illusive to find genius people. Despite trying hard, concentrating for few minutes, I couldn’t find one single person, I could term as genius, who could inspire me. So where do you look? Facebook, Orkut etc? Well, there also, a large percentage of people are mediocre and narcissists. Just like me. That’s why they connect with me and vice versa.

Honestly, I am not here to champion the cause of mediocrity nor am I asking you to forget the idea of running behind excellence. If you can reach perfection, go for it. I will love to watch your progress but yes, you can go only as far as what your society allows you to. Yes, there is always a possibility of you being the one who redefined norms and conventions but for that, you need to stretch beyond your DNA genesis.

If mediocrity rules, so be it. And if you are still reading this post, you have already made your stand clear.

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