Friday, 18 May 2018

Whose Portrait is it anyways ????

Whose Portrait is it anyways ????
Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah, Ambedkar, Patel, Maulana, Periyar, Gokhale and even English are a part of Indian Heritage and Incredible Country’s Freedom Story. 
Article: by Nandini Goel.
India’s freedom is the result of the cumulative efforts, ideas and sacrifices made by the members of different sections of the Indian Society.
In the post-independence era, when certain social and religious differences overlap one another, this article is an attempt to create acceptance and tolerance for different sections of Indian society, as it throws light at the contributions made by various intellectuals from different sections of Indian Society during Indian Struggle for Independence.
The thought of penning down this article triggered in my mind after the recent brawl at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) about Jinnah’s portrait inside the University’s premises. Now the question is “Whether role of Jinnah was insignificant during Indian freedom struggle and Whether such trivial issue must be raised in present India”?
One thing that is beyond doubt; is that Mohamamd Ali Junnah was associated with the Indian National Congress and was also a prominent member of the Congress. As historian claims Jinnah was actively present during the landmark Congress session of 1906 when “Swaraj” or “Self Rule” was demanded for the first time by the Indian National Congress, he also served as the private secretary to president Dadabhai Naoroji (The Grand Old Man of India) . He served as the defence counsel for many Indian freedom fighters against the British Colonial Government, most prominently for one of the Hindu Brahmin Bal Gangadhar Tilak. His demand for partition of India on the behalf of Muslim League will perhaps always remain dubious but does it obliterate all his previous contribution in the Indian Freedom Struggle?
His tone might have been different during the freedom struggle but was still a part of the same symphony that the rest of India crooned.
And let us look at a brighter picture here: Had India not been partitioned in 1947, and this thought of partition as a better alternative would have persisted in the minds of few religious fundamentalists today. Wouldn’t it have led to a more painful partition today than what it did way back in 1947?
I also see some similarity of thought and approach with leaders and great thinkers like B.R Ambedkar and E.V Ramaswamy Naicker ( Better known as Periyar ), who are perceived mainly as the saviours of the depressed classes, also have an integral role in our freedom struggle. Their main demand might have been abolition of caste hierarchy but freedom from British Raj was their main goal. 
Now no where I am trying to put Jinnah, Ambedkar and Periyar in one group and neither my intentions are to hurt some sentiments, but I am with my little knowledge till date, I am here trying to understand the role of our great thinkers those who also represented different minorities in India during Indian Freedom Struggle.
Leaders like Gandhiji always stood for Pan India. He represented everyone whether it was Rich or poor, Brahmin or the depressed classes, a tribal or a city man, Hindus or Muslims. A follower of Gokhale and draped in simple khadi, he led India to freedom in his saintly attire. He was perceived as the voice of India. While Sardar Patel (also known as “The Bismarck of India”) united the India with his “iron hand” and Jawaharlal Nehru (“The Architect of Modern India”) through his policies and wisdom designed the India of today. But somewhere as a matter of fact they represented majority classes in India.
Not just Indians, but even English have served an integral role in Indian History and Indian Freedom Struggle. Annie Besant was one such name. She was an Irishwoman who made India her home and put her heart and soul in its service. She was one of the prominent members of Theosophical Society in India and also led the Home Rule Movement along with Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
India is indeed one beautiful country with members of different sections contributing their share in their service. It is imprudent to raise such paltry issues like positioning of portraits of leaders when we have had such a delightful shared history and an even more appealing future beholds us.
I would see Jinnah as more an Indian Freedom Fighter and thinker than as a father of a neighbouring nation.
Nandini Goel

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Beautiful Story Shared by Mr. James Powell Today ~ KNOWLEDGE WANDERED NORTH by Chuang Tzu 莊子

Beautiful Story Shared by Mr. James Powell Today ~ KNOWLEDGE WANDERED NORTH by Chuang Tzu 莊子

Knowledge Wandered North to the banks of the Black Waters, climbed the Knoll of Hidden Heights, and there by chance came upon Do-Nothing-Say-Nothing. Knowledge said to Do-Nothing-Say-Nothing, “There are some things I’d like to ask you. What sort of pondering, what sort of cogitation does it take to know the Way? What sort of surroundings, what sort of practices does it take to find rest in the Way? What sort of path, what sort of procedure will get me to the Way?”
Three questions he asked, but Do-Nothing-Say-Nothing didn’t answer. It wasn’t that he just didn’t answer – he didn’t know how to answer!
Knowledge, failing to get any answer, returned to the White Waters of the south, climbed the summit of Dubiety Dismissed, and there caught sight of Wild-and-Witless. Knowledge put the same questions to Wild-and-Witless. “Ah – I know!” said Wild-and-Witless. “And I’m going to tell you.” But just as he was about to say something, he forgot what it was he was about to say.
Knowledge, failing to get any answer, returned to the imperial palace, where he was received in audience by the Yellow Emperor, and posed his questions. The Yellow Emperor said, “Only when there is no pondering and no cogitation will you get to know the Way. Only when you have no surroundings and follow no practices will you find rest in the Way. Only when there is no path and no procedure can you get to the Way.”
Knowledge said to the Yellow Emperor, “You and I know, but those other two that I asked didn’t know. Which of us is right, I wonder?”
The Yellow Emperor said, “Do-Nothing-Say-Nothing – he’s the one who is truly right. Wild-and-Witless appears to be so. But you and I in the end are nowhere near it. Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know. Therefore the sage practices the teaching that has no words.1 The Way cannot be brought to light; its virtue cannot be forced to come. But benevolence – you can put that into practice; you can discourse 2 on righteousness, you can dupe one another with rites. So it is said, When the Way was lost, then there was virtue; when virtue was lost, then there was benevolence; when benevolence was lost, then there was righteousness; when righteousness was lost, then there were rites. Rites are the frills of the Way and the forerunners of disorder.3 So it is said, He who practices the Way does less every day, does less and goes on doing less, until he reaches the point where he does nothing, does nothing and yet there is nothing that is not done.” Now that we’ve already become `things,’ if we want to return again to the Root, I’m afraid we’ll have a hard time of it! The Great Man – he’s the only one who might find it easy.
“Life is the companion of death, death is the beginning of life. Who understands their workings? Man’s life is a coming-together of breath. If it comes together, there is life; if it scatters, there is death. And if life and death are companions to each other, then what is there for us to be anxious about?
“The ten thousand things are really one. We look on some as beautiful because they are rare or unearthly; we look on others as ugly because they are foul and rotten. But the foul and rotten may turn into the rare and unearthly, and the rare and unearthly may turn into the foul and rotten. So it is said, You have only to comprehend the one breath that is the world. The sage never ceases to value oneness.”
Knowledge said to the Yellow Emperor, “I asked Do-Nothing-Say-Nothing and he didn’t reply to me. It wasn’t that he merely didn’t reply to me – he didn’t know how to reply to me. I asked Wild-and-Witless and he was about to explain to me, though he didn’t explain anything. It wasn’t that he wouldn’t explain to me – but when he was about to explain, he forgot what it was. Now I have asked you and you know the answer. Why then do you say that you are nowhere near being right?”
The Yellow Emperor said, “Do-Nothing-Say-Nothing is the one who is truly right – because he doesn’t know. Wild-and-Witless appears to be so – because he forgets. But you and I in the end are nowhere near it – because we know.”
Wild-and-Witless heard of the incident and concluded that the Yellow Emperor knew what he was talking about.
Knowledge Wandered North by Chuang Tzu 莊子
Knowledge Wandered North by Chuang Tzu 莊子
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