Category Archives: Courage

Damp Firecrackers

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From my Tweets:

Swami Yesudas @SwamiYesudas

Archbishop Wilton starts with a bang, and fizzles out like a Damp cracker. …But he did at least that. More than can be said of #EdwardPeters, canon lawyer, #bishops in general, or the #pope

@Pontifex himself.
In response to:
The Washington Post @washingtonpost
Wilton Gregory, America’s only black Catholic archbishop, goes from diplomat to firestarter in the wake of George Floyd’s death wapo.st/2z55SUa
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Tears, and Cheer.

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In this miserable world, this brings tears to my eyes, as it Cheers me up. Pl click on link directly below.
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India Needs this, and India wants this

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India Needs this, and India wants this. To be said by #Police and #Military #Chiefs, to #Politicos, #Judges and #Officials.

Houston Police Chief @ArtAcevedo: “Let me just say this to the President of the United States, on behalf of the police chiefs of this country: please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.”

Hats off to the #Miami Police, too. Hope to find ‘MEN’ (मर्द) like them in India, particularly in #UP and #Delhi.

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Long walk to freedom (Hong Kong, 2019)

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Yes, as my Friend reminds us, the Walk to Freedom is Always Long, and Always the Colour of Blood.

It is for those who Dare.

For their Children.

And so called Democracies like India and the US need it, This Walk, Very much.

Salutations to All Martyrs on this Road.

via Long walk to freedom (Hong Kong, 2019)

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The Adultery of Priests!

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Maundy (Holy) Thursday connotes So many things. The Institution of the Holy Eucharist, as well as that of the Priesthood. …Here’s a thought:
Not Speaking out (enough) is Adultery!
I hold @Pontifex_es, Most #Bishops and Practically All Priests Guilty in this.
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When I am sad…

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This is by way sharing my (our) friend Wendy’s post: https://picnicwithants.com/2020/01/28/why-am-i-so-sad/

[ As it seems to happen to me often, either there is ‘no’ reblog button on blogs, or it does not load on mine. Hence once again, c and v. ]

First of all, to me Wendy is a Very Courageous person. Evinced by the things she shares.

Given that, as I have entitled mine, When I am sad, here’s what I do.

As background, please understand that I had, as Indians quaintly put it, gone half mad (perhaps more than half). Consider:

I had taken the step of Resigning from my Priesthood, – to which I have come back, – and am Yet NOT accepted by my community.

Living the life of a Diocesan priest, have had the experience of what North Indians call: The Walls coming to bite me (दीवार काटने को दौड़ते हैं).

I am of the opinion that the Western Medicine/Doctors, or the doctors of today, Blame it (All) on Rio. There I go again (intentionally), on lightening things up! 🙂

Okay, they blame it on the Bodily Chemistry. ‘She said, “It’s not what’s on the outside that’s bothering you, it’s your brain chemistry that’s out of balance.”’ This is a direct quote from Wendy’s post.

So it becomes medicines, medicines, and more medicines.

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What I do:

I spend a little time on considering What Food, Activity or Lack thereof might have brought out this situ, and try to correct it.

AND I COME OUT OF MYSELF.

 

NO questions of WHY is this happening to me, etc, etc.

I – MAKE – my – Mind – DWELL – On:

Thoughts and Memories

That Help me and Lift me Up.

I have a whole collection of graphics, many of them based on the Bible, which I use as Desktops and Screensavers.

Sure, writing the things that You see, filled with Mourning, my life, You would accept, is not an easy one. And the Body reacts by producing its Chemicals. But Chronic or of the Instant, the Chemicals have a Reason for being there.

But Different Thoughts Produce Different Chemicals!

It has helped me. …Over to You! 🙂 …All the Best.

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India’s CAA, NRC, etc, …Anti Muslim?

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My friend Phil, pjwmia.wordpress.com, in response to my post, had written:

“As you know our idiot in charge is apparently currently being “sucked up to” by your yours. We have gotten reports of protests and injuries due to Mr. Modi and his policy that effects Muslim citizenship. Not much is explained but claims of huge crowds greeting the two. Is there a source I can go to on line that might provide more facts and details on the situation both the treatment of Muslims and the great love displayed for Mr. Trump? Any help would be appreciated.”

My belated reply became quite longish. And here it is, for the interested:

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My Dear Phil, Thank You Very much for that, and DO, DO forgive me for being so late in getting back to You. (A bundle of very real reasons including poor health, my left hand not typing like of old, etc, contribute to this). …Yes, the two Idi*ts, Yours And mine, have become close to each other, and for many reasons. One is ideological; both being followers of Fascism. The second is the Following that they get in this, from their Brainless supporters. Heady wine stuff.

As for the Anti Muslim agenda, it has been in preparation for at least 60 years, I would say, as I recall my Youth. And Absolutely Needless, as India’s Muslims, though they keep very much (too much) to themselves, and are even a loving and helpful lot. …And the agenda is prepared by the likes of Amit Shah, our home minister, and the think tank of the RSS, an organization that represents India’s Far Right. modi is just a willing instrument in their hands.

The above group knows that it would not receive support from Europe, or Most of the world, for that matter. Hence these two ‘friends’ fawn on each other.

I do not know about the States; but in India, Most of (political) crowds are gathered for the price of a few hundred rupees, in many cases as low as Rs. 150 (2 dollars!), a meal, and oftentimes a small bottle of alcohol. So let us not think that all those people lined up out of love for good ole tRump, though watching celebrities is one of India’s favourite pastimes.

The Anti Muslim agenda is Very real, but Not easily Perceptible. ( Thus the Very Large, numbering in Hundreds of Thousands, – totally Unprecedented in India – of mainly Women gathering at nearly 30 cities in India, being called the Shaheen Bagh protests, after the place where this had originated ).

…The idea might be, must be, to take over Muslim properties, though this is not going to happen in a day.

They would also be Dis-Enfranchising the Muslims, (and later the Christians, who are happily slumbering away).

And end up with a Hindu Rashtra (Nation). But mind You, they do not want to make this So Simple! …After all, we have Many nations that are Hindu, (as a nation, Nepal was one), More as Moslem, as Iran, the Middle East, and in Southeast Asia.

BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE DETENTION (CONCENTRATION) CAMPS, BUILT FOR THE MINORITIES.

India’s central administration brought in two, hasty, ‘mid-night’ acts in the parliament. One is called the CAA, (Citizenship Amendment Act) an innocuous one that says India will give citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. …Do they even need a law to do that? But the fun part is that it will not give said citizenship to …Muslims.

Then We have a thing called the NRC, the National Register of Citizens, which, it is said, will affect NO Indian citizen. …But YOU will have to prove that You are really an ‘Original’ citizen of India. The administration shamelessly concedes that citizenship papers might have been ‘bought,’ aka Bribery. So How do You prove You are an Original citizen? We shall have to show ‘Land Ownership Papers’ dating at least 60-70 years. (India’s biometric Adhar card, the Voter Id, Your Passport, would not be considered valid documents for that!)

And therein lies the crux of the matter.

If a Non-Muslim is lacking the requisite documents: “Sorry for the trouble; You can go.” Muslim: “To the Detention centre You go!”

amit shaw brazenly does double and triple talk, falling back on: ‘It will affect NO Indian citizen.’ But the minions have got the idea, have scented blood, and We have Lynching, Destruction of houses and property,

…All denied by the administration, and taking NO action on culprits; actually they are lauded.

Indian media is a Highly controlled one. Either they would lose their licence, have (false) cases slapped on them, or… I would not put Violent threats against family members beyond the ken of things here.

Thus I Highly doubt You will get a report of this sort anywhere! …And I would Highly doubt that it was love for tRump, (most Indians would not know who he is!) – that brought all those crowds to see him that day. It would have been Money, and Threats.

Much Regards. Yesudas.

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How motivate a person to go and die!

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In my post: Needed: Educated Soldiers, Friend Ankur Mittal ( http://en.gravatar.com/darkofficehumour ), had commented…

Ankur Mithal

NOVEMBER 8, 2019 AT 8:33 PM

Difficult message. Have often wondered what it takes to motivate a person to go and get himself killed.

And my reply might just have some weight, as below:

Now that is a Beautiful thought, my Dear Ankur.

…In genuine situations, where and when Freedom and Welfare were at risk, as in the movie ‘300,’ fiery speeches and good leadership were needed for that.

…In many other instances, it is taking advantage of the circumstances of a person, who had merely joined for economic reasons, or maybe even out of a love for Country, and turn this around for personal gain. Much of this is happening today.

And to motivate (though this might be a wrong word, more like ‘force,’) a person to go and get himself killed, all it needs is a …Heart of Stone. 😦

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On Rape culture of India

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My Own Country; and it pains me to call it that. But Needs Must.

  • Sadly, Girls (for it is Mostly Girls) – getting Raped, even Gang-raped,
  • Even Brutalised in the process, – as in inserting Heated Iron Rods into their Private parts,
  • – Even getting Killed after all that, ( Showing these modern Rapists Also have Blood Lust ),
  • And the girls Dying by being Set on Fire…

All this does not Bother Too many people.

As in pointing out Where We Have to Change, In all this I blame Ourselves, The Citizens, First. Lewd Pictures, Posters, Advertisements, Songs and Movies, are Accepted by Us; We do not Protest against them… Not at Home, Nor in Our Conversations and Writings. Not Enough. Let Not The Crusaders get hot over this.

It falls upon Religious Leaders to Inculcate Right Values; and tell me the last time You found them doing that; Powerfully, Incessantly, as Christ would have done. The Precise Reason I Keep Castigating Our Dear, Good Pope.

As things Stand, where We expect Sense, Decency and Direction in the ‘leaders’ of the Civil world, We find a Lot of Blah, Empty Words, which I find a Mockery.

Some Ten days ago, a Young Woman was Gang-Raped, Set on Fire and Killed. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/all-4-accused-in-hyderabad-gang-rape-murder-shot-dead/articleshow/72393178.cms

As the link shows, All four Accused were Apprehended, and after a Furore from the Public, killed by the the police in what they called an ‘Encounter,’ in India coming to mean ‘Allowing’ Accused to Run, and then Shoot and Kill them. Here is what I had written about that:

1. Have No sympathy for the Accused. Suggest they should have been burnt.

2. But Sentence Should have come from #courts. There are Too many Loopholes in the #encounter.

3. Physically, to say All Four were killed is Brainlessness. At 3 o’clock at night, All Four are Shot, no one in the Arms or the Shoulders, but Mortal wounds, …and None of them had Surrendered?

4. #police had #KILLED at orders of #politicos, pure and simple.

5. #encounter Further proves Absolute Uselessness of Indian #courts, who just examine papers, and are NOT delivering #justice in any way.

6. #police totally happy to carry out orders of #politicalmasters.

7. End Result: NO Morals.

Accused Needed MOST severe punishment. But #police story HUMBUG. And police are #KILLERS.

Many Spoke up Against this ‘encounter.’

The Chief judge of India bleated that ‘Instant’ justice is Revenge. …I have Issues on his use of the word ‘instant.’ And this is what I wrote:

1. Chief JUDGE of India, the #cji, ( let’s STOP calling these fellows ‘justice,’ ) said Instance justice is Revenge.

Going on a Side note, he is merely playing with Words. What We want is SPEEDY JUSTICE. When they cannot provide that, let the #judiciary resign and Sell Pakoras.

[ On Pakoras, the prime minister of India, I think, had said at one time that it is Impossible to provide jobs for Everyone, – which is Very True, of course, but the statement carried a Levity about it, going on further to say that people can sell Pakoras, a kind of Indian Street food, mostly made of Gram flour over Onions, fried. ]

pakoras

Politicians, generally the Most Blase of the lot, have been speaking up; again generally ‘merely’ criticising the ‘ruling’ party.

One Akhilesh Yadav was quite vociferous. On him:

2. #akhilesh is raising his own Drama. It was in ‘his’ time that Two Minor Girls were Burnt and Hung on a tree at Badauni UP, in May 2014, pic attached. …And it was ‘his’ father who had said: #BoysWillBeBoys.

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And concluding, the #police are Really working Hard to Prove themselves the Dogs to the Pigs of Animal Farm.

3. #police [ Small case as a mark of Disrespect ], who have been called ‘gorement’ – my own spelling for that, – Gundas, are proving that name Right. #police are Proving they are the #Dogs of the #AnimalFarm. …All this on #Unnao.

Let US get Cracking now; Incessantly trying to Inculcate Values.

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