Monday, December 31, 2007

Holy Wars--Religious Conversions

TOI in its Edit today(here) have asked Hindus to do introspection and try find out reason for converting from Hinduism. Then proceed glibly to provide the reason as " Social ostracism of Dalits and Tribal s". But does converting to Christianity or Islam remove social ostracism? It was true when Islam or Christians were the rulers and they protected converts from Hindu social discrimination. In society Converts belonging to ruling class were higher than "Native Hindoos".But in today's Constitutional Democracy conversion brings no benefit,rather it adds one more hurdle.For Hindus they are now Christian/Muslim Dalits or Tribals. Upper caste Hindus are not going to accept Dalits as equal just because they have converted to Christianity or Islam.Conversion is historically associated with defeat and conquest by other religious group and converts invite ire and hate of their birth community.Converted Dalits even loose the constitutional reservation in Jobs and Education. Thats the reason for increasing clamor for extending benefits to Converts.
The question we have to ask is 'why are they converting from Hinduism.?'It is not Caste or other Social evils like Dowry.Because Dalits are discriminated after conversion.In India Christian and Muslims are equally conscious of their Caste,and they share equally other social evils like Dowry and female foeticide. Women's Social status in Islam is worse than that of Dalits in Hindu society,but are Muslim women converting to other religion? Liberal Hindu religion should be able to get more converts from other religion which are more regimental,dogmatic and dictatorial.
Main reason for Hindus converting to other religion is not reasons advance glibly, but fact that there are no efforts to Propagate this Glorious Liberal Philosophical religion.If you want to Propagate Hindu religion than immedietally you are branded 'COMMUNAL'. Only religious organization which tries to do this work is 'Communal' VHP. Missionaries do lot of good work like establishing Schools, Colleges, Hospitals,Health Centers,Shelters for poor and underprivileged.But from where do they get the money to carry out these activities? From donations given to Churches. Hindu Temples(Churches) are flushed with money donated by Hindu devotees but these funds are managed by Govt. appointed committees as per guidelines issued by State Govt.of the day.They are not interested in propagating Hindu religion,running schools or Hospitals in tribal areas,or providing help to poor with the aim to attract/keep them to Hindu religion.Recently Shri Saibaba Sansthan spent 60Laks of the donation money on President's visit to Shirdi.Tirupati Devasthanam and Jagganath temple of Puri are not known for running School,Colleges,Hospitals or Health Centers/Shelters in nearby Naxal infested Tribal Belt of Andra Pradesh and Orissa.Sabrimalai Temple is under the control of Athist Communist Govt.Vaishno Devi temple Trust in Jammu has done nothing for thousands of Hindu refugees from Kashmir.
This great religion has now only 900Million followers-90% of them in India.If this trend continues and it will, then by next millennium fate of Hindu religion and Civilization will be same as that of other ancient religions-it will be on the brink of extinction-like Zorastrian(Parsis).--PK.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Winds of Change- Greetings

Till 3-4 years ago, during Diwali and New year I would receive 70-80 Greeting Cards from Friends, Colleagues, Diagnostic Centers and Pharma firms wishing me and my family, a year full of happiness, peace and Prosperity. This gesture would be reciprocated by me and month before Diwali I would go through the process of selecting Card-CRY, Helpage or cards from some other Charitable organizations.Then would come the matter to be printed on the card. As these cards served as surrogate advertisement, informing receiver about attachments to various hospitals, Consulting timing and New facilities being offered, lot of time was spent in drafting the subject matter. Then came printing of the cards and most difficult part-writing names of the recipient,signing the card and writing address on the envelope. It was practice session which proved very useful when there was wedding in the family. Posting was easy with advent of courier service.
This year I have received only 5 greeting Cards. 3 from the Pharma cos. and two from the relatives who always send Greetings on Post card-reminding me that Post Card still exists. But Inbox of my Cell Phone is full with 50 messages,some very simple and other elaborate, some are in Hindi. Inbox of my email has many messages and flash cards with sound and noise of the Crackers bursting.( Now I pay to receive and download!!).
With SMS and e mail, it has become very easy to select Greeting and send it. Selected email-flashcard can be sent- in seconds- to entire contact list which includes all friends and relatives who matter. As sending email and flash card is free, it can be sent to everyone by click of the mouse and receiver feels that I am still a close friend who remembers to send him greetings. SMSing Greeting is more personal and effective as recipient has to view it and then delete to make space for more SMSs. This has virtually finished the Greeting Card business except for Valentines Day cards.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Winds of Change

Today I went to Udipi restaurant in Andheri West for Cup of south Indian Filter Coffee. Person who took my order was Marathi manoos. Two waiters were North Indians-one was Bihari and other appeared to be from Haryana-Delhi. Surprise ! Nepali Boy was cleaning the Tables and other one was serving water( First thing you get as soon as you sit in Udipi Hotel).
Gone are the days when shetty boys came from Manglore and worked in Udipi Hotels of Mumbai at the bottom of the ladder-cleaning tables and serving Water-gradually moving up to finally own/manage a Restaurant. Kutchhi Shopkeepers who used to get people from their native place to work in the shops have now switched over to employing people from Bihar and Orissa. IT/BPO has definitely changed employment avenues in rural areas.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

HIV Capital of the World??

Finally the Cat is Out of The Bag !!. For years India was suppose to be HIV Capital-having highest number of HIV cases. This year on World AIDs day,Health Minister has finally accepted that we did not have correct figure of HIV infected population. Pune based organization has finally done Scientific Survey of HIV infected people and brought down the figure from 5 million to 2.5 million !!. This should now help to understand how disease spreads and what should be our strategy to reduce the spread. Unfortunately awareness level is going down. Free sex without protection is acceptable. Young generation is more worried about Pregnancy than HIV infection. Multiple partners,casual sex,one night stand is again in the vogue. Are we heading in the direction of Sub Sahara Africa? There whole generation is affected by HIV and the workforce is depleted. We cant even decide what and how should we impart sex education to High School teenager. All our efforts are directed in working on Economic Miracle and Double Digit Growth rate. If HIV spreads at present rate than by 2015 we will have to spend much more on providing Health care and recent example of USA has shown that Health care expenses can drag economy down. It's time to wake up.