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  • asdyarakoti 30w

    That Bhaya

    There is one or two 'Bhayas' in our life for whom we have special place in our hearts. They may come across as strangers during college and preparation days just as Abhilash in TVF's Aspirants met Sandeep Bahaya. But their impression and influence on us is everlasting. Our respect and admiration for them remains intact irrespective of what we might end up becoming. They could be our seniors or just a neighbor next to our door. But nowingly or unknowingly they become our friend and philosopher or may be just a guide whose advise and words make us ponder over our actions and decisions like nothing esle could have. The smile and awe on the face of Abhilash, who is otherwise quite a sombre guy, when he meets Sandeep Bhaya after 6 years embodies this accurately.

    ©asdyarakoti

  • asdyarakoti 49w

    By unknown writer

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    To the year gone by, no doubt that, you were terrible and nasty. But the fault was not yours. Because you were just another year. It wasn't you who had gone wrong. After all, you are ending exactly after 365 days or 52 weeks following the similar patterns of seasons. It was us. The irresponsible us who had been relentlessly chasing a mirage only to realize how important this break was to wake up us from the slumber, to shatter our arrogance and to help us distinguish what's really important from what's otherwise very irrelevant. Yes, the year 2020 could be bad but it was mere culmination of many worse things that had been building up gradually only to manifest themselves in such deadly way in 2020. Perhaps to tell us, not to let this repeat again. Therefore, come what may, let us remember 2020 not with fear but with gratitude and humility; not as a horror movie, but as an adventurous and inspiring tale. Not as dark spot in the times gone by, but as torch for the times to come.

  • asdyarakoti 65w

    A stray tweet by an actress related to Mumbai could be of so significance that news channels can conduct debates day in and out one after another with full zeal and passion as if there is no other issue left, as if everything else is all right. Weren't we already fed up with the witch hunting and vulturism over the death of SSR―all in the name of bringing him justice―where ED, CBI, and all investigative agencies have been put into dustbin. For some news anchors are omniscient and omnipresent, they know everything. Meanwhile, almost more than a crore of tweets have been done so far by the students raising their legitimate demands, yet there is not ONE debate in these so called India's most watched news channels. And then there are people who come up with this argument that 'see that channel has highest viewership' to counter any criticism, this is as same as saying that porn videos have millions of views as compared to many other videos on the internet. At least porn videos are better, they serve the purpose they are watched for, to satisfy the carnal desires of human beings. But these channels are selling us cringe and nuisance in the name of news; jingoism in the name of nationalism where sensation has replaced the sense, debates have been reduced to diatribe and drama. Just one thing to say, do whatever you wish, so whatever you wish, but NOT in the name of news or debates.

    ―Arjun

  • asdyarakoti 66w

    If UPSC can be consistent with conducting examination annually in all circumstances, then why can't SSC be consistent, at least biannually. Doesn't it give an impression as if the jobs in which candidates are recruited by SSC are of less significance, and the government by flirting with dates of notification and result is only strengthening this belief even more? While the fact of the matter is, contrary to what many may think, cracking SSC is not everyone's cup of tea. The whole attitude of the government regarding this issue has been of absolute apathy and negligence towards the future and career of millions of youths of this country. How would have the people in power felt if the votes caste by the people would not have been revealed and they would have to live with doubts and anxiety, bereft of the power for an indefinite time? The step motherly treatment meted out to the SSC aspirants shouldn't be forgotten. If there are no jobs, better not put out notification. If there are less vacancies, then at least fill them up. That's the least students are asking.

    ―Arjun

  • asdyarakoti 66w

    Students give 2 to 3 years or at times more than that to the preparation of a single exam thinking that they will crack it in the very first attempt. However the inconsistency in conducting the exam leaves them juggling between whether exam will be conducted or not. If it does, some students are engulfed with doubt as to whether it will be corruption free or not. And if at all a candidate gets selected somehow, there is still no certainty as to when he will join the service. At worse in some cases, the very exam gets nullified due to leakage of paper or any other discrepancy found in the very examination process.

    Isn't this some sort of mental torture to the students and a big jolt to their confidence? That too when not many students can persist for very long time. And not every student gets the financial support to continue the preparation for an indefinite time period. If at all there are no seats or enough jobs, then what's the point in showing the false ray of hope to the students. At least, many of them will come out of this vicious cycle of "preparation" that takes away the prime years of their youths hustling only to be despaired and dejected with no light at the end of dark tunnel. Better to become an 'atma-nirbhar' than an SSC aspirant. I am happy that I withheld my brief stint with this examination preparation long back.

    ―Arjun

  • asdyarakoti 68w

    The attitude of people towards Corona has reached to a saturation level where it's being treated as just another flu by many. After all, for how long the essential activities for survival or other normal work could be put on hold. Though this attitudinal change doesn't takes away the fatality of the virus, given that the rate of contraction is increasingly getting higher. Every day the records are being broken in terms of number of new cases.

    However what it can do is that the reduction of fear in the minds of people due to the normalcy that seems to be prevailing around this virus may give them more strength to mentally prepare themselves for fighting against it. Often more than any impending disease or danger, it's the fear of the danger that weaken our mental as well as physical strength.

    The proverb, "Ignorance is bliss" deserves a mentions here. At times, the ignorance about the problem itself could turn out to be a blessing. But the scale at which virus is spreading, we can't afford ignorance. What os worrisome about the attitude of indifference amongst many is that the precautions can become a casualty. Only to increase the probability of contraction further.

    ©asdyarakoti

  • asdyarakoti 68w

    The weather on that particular day in the morning had shown some signs of little normalcy. Hence, many families had sent their children to the school, situated just few kilometres away, despite the heavy rain in a village in Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, as the news of the collapse of the wall of school building reached to the ears of villagers, their hearts sank again. They couldn't believe what had happened. After the rescue team arrived on the spot, it was found out that 18 children were buried alive due to cloudburst. The debris coming from the top in the hill had smashed the wall of the classroom where many students were studying on 18 August, 2010.

    This is the same school from where I completed my primary education till 5th standard. I was in Bageshwar on that day, probably in 7th standard. Our school had been also closed as per the orders of District Magistrate due to heavy rains. I remember watching the visuals of this tragedy on the TV. Later, my mother told me the detailed accounts of the dangerous situation in village, which still sends the shivers down her spine whenever she recalls it. I have narrated the same situation in a bit dramatic manner in the present tense to make it more impactful.

    "The thunderstorm, lightening, and darkness engulf the atmosphere as if the furious nature wants to burst its anger, making the people realise that they stand nowhere in front of it. The deafening sound coming from the collision of clouds in the sky appears more dangerous than the roar of a lion. The end of a village situated in the a backward region in the hilly area surrounded by lofty mountains somewhere in Uttarakhand seems to be imminent.

    This whole scene of terror and nature's wrath has been going on for many days. Earlier people thought that it was just another bad day. But as the days pass by and the intensity of the torrent keeps increasing, people get apprehensive. They become restless. They can't hide their fears anymore. Many trees in the outskirts of the village have been uprooted. The rooftops from some thatched houses have been blown away by the force of wind. Few wire lines of electricity connecting one pole to another have been disrupted.

    Many drains, small plants and bushes are nowhere to be seen, as these have been submerged under the water. The domesticated animals can be seen equally frightened. The sounds of lowing of cows, bellowing of bulls, screeching of monkeys, and barking of dogs have been drowned out in the thunderous ear-piercing voices coming from the above. Most of the water is flowing downwards due to slope of the landscape of the village, leading it to the river, which is quite far away at the bottom of the village, but the courtyards in front of the houses which are enclosed by cement walls are full of water. Anxiety, fear, sadness and all sort of negative emotions and thoughts invoking deep fears have washed over the minds of the villagers. Their minds freeze. The ground beneath their feet slips away. Literally.

    People are afraid of the possibility of some serious unprecedented mishappenings. The news of a village being completely wiped out due to the landslide that they had heard of not very long back adds to their fears. The tall rock that has stood firmly behind the village makes them fearful for the first time as even this solid rock also seems to be shaking. The sight of some naked stones protruding from the rock strikes fears into the hearts of people. And, as one big stone loses its grip from the rock and comes rolling down and falls into the fields with a thumping sound, just few meters away from a house, many people start visualising their death in their minds. Many are praying to the God for the mercy. They start collecting the important belongings such as jewelry and money in case they had to flee from the village if the rain didn't stop and the landslide took more horrible form.

    Old people in the village, who have never ever seen such horrible scenes and the disaster of such magnitude in the village where they have spend their entire life are shocked and awestruck. There are tears in their eyes thinking about the uncertainty that looms large over the survival of the people in the village. They invoke all kind of Gods, Goddesses, and deities in their deep prayers, but to of no avail. People whose houses are situated in the areas more prone to landslide have taken the shelters in the houses of others at relatively safe locations. It's not very effective though, since the village is tiny, and the danger is everywhere. As the only thing that is going into everyone's mind is about the question of survival, they shed the grudges that they held against each other over many trivial issues at least in this moment of crisis."

    The children who lost their lives were from almost all nearby villages. Some of them were from our own village. In fact, one happen to be my my cousin whom I knew as a smiling kid. The Uttarakhand government at that time had announced the compensation worth 2 lac rupee for the loss of each dead student. Many others, including a teacher, were also seriously injured. The school has been shifted to another location nearby the village in a newly constructed building. The old damaged building was turned into the cemetery for those lost 18 lives, with their names inscribed on the limestone.

    -Arjun

  • asdyarakoti 68w

    You were a true gentleman. Both on and off the field. You entertained and inspired a generation. Millions of small town youngsters saw themselves in You. For them, you were not just a cricketer or captain. In you, they saw their dreams being realised. You taught how to eye on the stars and keep your feet on the ground at the same time. Your silence was followed by the storm. The storm that made even the best of the ballers in the world sweat when you were there facing them in death overs on the pitch.

    The explosive helicopter shot that won us many matches. The sharp wicket keeping that stumped many batsmen. The unpredictable decisions that turned the table. The fast running between the wickets that stole extra runs. Your presence on the ground was synonym with hope for India to win even in the most difficult situations. You absorbed the pressure of match, the expections of billions of Indians, better than a sponge can absorb the water. The defeat couldn't break you. The victory couldn't overwhelm you. The opponents couldn't rattle you. The sledging couldn't move you. You stood there tall, cool, calm, composed and collected.

    You knew when to pass the baton of leadership. Playing under captainship of Virat Kohli, who played under you while you were a captain, was never a clash of ego for you. For, you never played for records. You just played your game according to the requirement of the team. Critics raised fingers at you. They had written off your career long back even just after 2011 World Cup victory. Each and every time you replied them with your bat, bouncing back with double force and fury. Defeating and challenging the toll your growing age had been taking on your fitness.

    No farewell match. No farewell speech. No press conference. No pomp and show. You are retiring in just the way you have always been. Simple, splendid and spectacular; maintaining a low profile and letting the work make the noise. Captain Cool, you may have retired from the international cricket, but you will never retire from our hearts.

    ~Arjun Dyarakoti

  • asdyarakoti 69w

    Dear Muslim brother and sister,

    Being a Hindu, I say that my religion in not perfect. Despite all its shortcomings, I love my religion and respect others' religion too. I love the fact that it doesn't thrust any version of truth upon anyone. Nothing makes you more or less Hindu than anybody else as long as you believe to be one. The fact that within Hinduism, one can strive towards even atheism without having violated any 'The Truth', makes it unique and fascinating. Now when the same question is asked to the Muslim community, I expect that you concede that your religion is not perfect too, though there could be many good things about it. Nothing stops you from believing that your religion is best. But the problem begins when you start looking down upon other religions as 'untrue', believing that only your religion can lead a person towards God. That only your religion is the 'only true' religion.

    How many of you would accept that some of the verses in your holy book that call for violence against non believers and idol worshippers are absurd and condemnable. There is no interpretation or misinterpretation issue here. If you point out similar things in my religion, I will accept that it's not perfect or many things are not relevant in the present context. So you could be right. For I look towards many good things that I appreciate about my religion that still hold value and significance. Many of you would have hard time acknowledging this, for your disagreement with the words of Allah are blasphemous. For that's how you may have been taught or indoctrinated right from your childhood. And that's how you have believed so far. That's why when Mohammad Kaif or any famous Muslim celebrity is seen celebrating Hindu festival, they are trolled and subjected to a lot of hatred and criticism.

    I do accept that extremists stand on both sides. This is not to speak for everyone, but the silence from your side on calling out such extremists is unsettling. It becomes very alarming if you happen to be well educated. And I feel pained when someone questions your patriotism. But I feel equally pained when you choose to remain silent when someone within your own community goes extra mile in the name of religion. For the sustainability of a society as diverse as India with multiple faith, cultures and belief system, it not only requires independence of practising one's belief systems but also certain 'compromise' with those belief system that bear little relevance in the present time or the pursuance of which can lead to chaos and conflict in society. This applies to every religion or culture.

    The first condition of any successful association has always been compromise of certain rights or belief systems in the larger collective interest. The country is larger association of people at a large level where people identity themselves with some common threads of history, language and culture while realising the importance of being united. Therefore I expect that you would always keep the Constitution of India above the holy book of your religion Quran without any IFs and BUTs just the way I would keep the Constitution of India above Bhagvat Geeta. This is not a sermon. Nor I write this to paint every person with a single brush while showing my religion as superior or its followers holier than thou. It's just an appeal to those Muslim brothers and sisters who may have been thinking otherwise and are often at the receiving end of criticism for the same.

    ~Arjun Singh Dyarakoti

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    If your religious sentiments get hurt due to a post in social media, report that post in the said social media platform. These days every social media platform has this feature where you can report any content that you find objectionable. If you think that the post is incendiary in nature and its dissemination has the potential to disrupt the communal harmony, file a complaint against the person concerned in the police station. The police will take the action against the person if he is actually found to be guilty as per the rule of the land that deal with such cases.

    But issuing death threats, resorting to violence and burning the city down is unacceptable. Violence should never be an answer to the words no matter how 'insulting' they could be to the religious sentiments of any community in a democratic country. This tendency of mob justice is dangerous. BJP MP Tejaswi Surya has aptly suggested that Karnataka government should compensate for the loss of public property by confiscating the personal properties of those found involved in carrying out the arson and violence in Bengaluru. Sadly, that alleged FB post that is said to have triggered the violence can be deleted, but nothing can bring back the lost lives. That's the biggest tragedy.

    #bengaluru_violence

    ~Arjun