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Violence and the Christian

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Preamble

Violence is of Concern for All. Everybody views it Askance. From their upbringing, I know that many Christians have questions about it. Many people make a Blanket statement that Violence is Wrong. But it is Only a Method. An Instrument, like a knife. A Surgeon uses it and We call it a Scalpel, and We find nothing wrong in it, though, Strictly speaking, Violence has been performed. But that same Scalpel can be used by the ungodly to take out Your eye, or in Intimidation and Torture. And here We call it Wrong, which it Is, of course. So Violence should Not be the Question. How it Used should be the one.

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More Commonly, and more Simply, Violence has two elements: Offence, and Defence. Most of us forget this, which is why there is so much confusion. Many Christians (among others) Freeze at the word Violence.

Violence is to be Strongly Deplored, and its use in Aggression, Attack and Offence is Never Right.

On the other hand, the use of Force, even Armed Force – which is Nothing else but Violence – is Allowed in Defence. Violence is Not the Issue, but Aggression is. That is the essence of this article.

I am Not saying that We Stock up on guns. Nor am I saying that You take up arms against Your government. Interestingly, the BEST way of protesting against one’s own government is through Absolutely Non-Violent and Peaceful means.

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Let us consider:

  • A person gone berserk and holding school children as hostage,
  • An attack by Red Indians on a small household in the days of the Old West,
  • An unknown aircraft refusing to respond even to visual signals and entering restricted air space,
  • saddam hussein when he was bombing his own countrymen,
  • his attack onto Kuwait,
  • pakistan’s frequent shelling across the border into India…

Would any of these have put down their guns if a White Flag was showed to them?

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This post is further presented to You under the following Headings:

What is Violence?

The Most Common Thoughts on Violence.

Instances of Violence in the Bible.

Right and Wrong, with reference to Violence.

The Case of War.

Offence as the Best Defence.

Conclusion

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A. What is Violence?

Violence is Not just an Act, an Action. A threat of Aggression is Violence too.

The mere presence of police force armed with semi-automatic weapons and APC-like vehicles where Unarmed Civilians are gathered is Violence. This is Aggression.

Too many Girls run away from their homes in India. They reach cities hoping for opportunities on the silver screen. Many times they find themselves on the railway platforms or on streets, not knowing where to go. That is when ‘uncle figures’ turn up, and with kind voices, sweet talk and promises of help, take them to the red light areas (houses of prostitution). There, the mere presence of the rowdy elements, or, if that fails, beatings or burning with lighted cigarettes, etc, breaks their spirit. After that, The Threat of Violent consequences keeps them in their place, and they do not even dare to go to the police or such.

Putting a person in Jail is Violence. So is shooting a Mad Dog.

Frequently, You will see that My Kind of Writing is Violent, Haha! Well, when I see Ecology and Mother Earth getting Raped, when I see Our Tax money disappearing into a few pockets – so much so that maybe a Quarter of the World does not get a Square meal, when Quadrillions are taken in loan – to be paid back by the Future generations, when Rivers are diverted to make Soft drinks at the cost of Drinking Water and Irrigation, anybody who thinks I would be keeping an even 22 degrees centigrade of temperature like an air conditioner has another think coming!

Thus We will see that Violence is Not the culprit, but Aggression Is. Armed Aggression is to be Deplored, whereas Armed Defence is OK.

B. The Most Common Thoughts on Violence.

As soon as a Christian hears the word ‘Violence,’ the following sorts of thoughts fill his head.

Christ Allowed Himself to be arrested, man-handled and much worse, to the point of Crucifixion. He did not even Resist it, as He could have done in the earlier instance of Disappearing from the midst of those who wanted to push Him down a cliff, (Luke 4:29-30).

When Peter had hit the high priest’s slave, cutting off his ear, Jesus had said to him: “Put Your Sword Back in its place. All who take the Sword will Die by the Sword.” (Matthew 26:52).

We have heard that the Lord has said: “Vengeance is Mine.” (Deuteronomy 32:35). That means that HE would Avenge, and that We are Not supposed to that.

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C. Instances of Violence in the Bible.

Let us come to the Other side of things. Just moving along through the Bible, We have that Phinehas drove his Spear through both the man and woman as they were having Sex. Before anybody goes off in a huff, here is the reference. It would be too long to quote it. Numbers 25:1-9. Reading this, it would be good to remember that Catholics, of whom I am one, see to the Deeper meaning of things, what is called ‘Sensus Plenior.’ Phinehas was not punished. He was The Lord’s Punisher in this case.

Let us now come to The Time when the Hebrews returned to their Homeland. They had dwelt there after the time of Moses, circa 1250 BC, to the Fall of Jerusalem, circa 587 BC. That makes it about 700 years. From about 587 BC to about 445 BC, they had been Slaves By the Rivers of Babylon, first to the Assyrians, then to the Neo-Babylonians, and at the end to the Persians. It was Cyrus of Persia who gave them permission to return. Prior to all this, they had been slaves in Egypt for four hundred off years. Altogether, they had been Slaves, since the time of Abraham, to the time of Christ, for Centuries. No Wonder they hated the Idea of Slavery, and that they still do! These details are just by way of Background and Interest.

Safety, in those days, meant living within Walls. The crops were raised outside the Walls, and if attacked, they lost, at the most, the Crops. So, upon the return from slavery, building the Walls of Jerusalem was one of their priorities. And Naturally their ‘neighbours’ did not want those walls raised. The Hebrews would build, and their enemies would pull them down. What were they to do? Build or Fight?

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What is More Important is What they were Inspired to do. Nehemiah, whom We can call the leader of the Hebrews at that point, writes: “Our enemies thought (of) Killing Us and Putting an End to our Work. …So I armed the People with Swords, Spears and BowsEven those who carried building materials worked with one hand and kept a Weapon in the other.” (Excerpts from Nehemiah 4:11-17). You know, they were not there at some Fancy Dress Contest. Those Weapons, were to be Used, if Necessary. Image: www.artbible.net

THE ABOVE IS ONE OF THE CLEAREST EXAMPLES THAT EVEN ARMED SELF DEFENCE IS ALLOWED IN THE BIBLE.

There are two very Strong examples of Corrective Punishment in the Book. A Leader is Responsible for the Well Being of his People, for Justice, and the Upkeep of Values, etc. To Keep these Up, both Peter and Paul Uttered, and people Suffered, even Died. Acts 5:1-11, and 13:9-12.

D. Right and Wrong, with reference to Violence.

So Finally, What is one supposed to Do, and Not to Do? In other words, What is Right and What is Wrong, with reference to Violence?

If I am Insulted and Even Physically harmed, I am Not supposed to Retaliate. I am Not to keep going Tit for Tat, as they were doing during the time of Romeo and Juliet. In these things, I Keep my Peace.

But, if Loss of Property is involved, I Defend myself. This might sound Very Mundane, Gross, Untrusting.

Let us take a case. Supposing somebody enters Your house and, at Knife point (they use more of knives in India!) demands that You give him what little jewels and cash You have. What would You do? Give him Your cash and jewels hoping that he would go away? Next, supposing You have given him that, and he tells Your wife to disrobe and get down on the floor, What would You do? Crude and Gross of me? Do Excuse me. These things happen. Most of the time they tie up the man and do things right in front of him and the children. Anyway, What would You do?

So, in the case of Property, Life and Limb, and in cases of Outrage of Modesty or Worse, We see that We do Defend Ourselves and Ours, Tooth and Nail.

The Main question should be: Is Resistance Allowed? What kind, and to What Extent? Ineffective and Amateurish handling of a situation will only end in a Worse Scenario. If somebody wants to try Gandhian tactics, When the Safety, Life, etc, of One’s Wife and Children is involved, how can I stop him? An Armed and Unwanted person in the house or the street can be stopped Only by a Hit on the head or something, if that were possible.

Interestingly, I have read that Gandhi had said that the attacker was NOT to be resisted, even by crossing one’s hands on one’s head, etc. His followers were supposed to receive the blows without offering any resistance. And many had done that, and got their skulls broken open, and got hit between the legs. History cleverly hides the details of the aftermath of the many such attacks. And, People like him tend to forget, or conveniently forget, that they are extremely public figures, and even the most foolish policeman would not crack their skulls open, or hit them on the crotch. So, since it does not happen to them, they think it will not happen to others, OR, they do not know the shocking pain, the disabilities, and the consequent loss to the person’s family. I mean, that person ceases, to all practical purposes, to be any kind of provider or contributor to his family. On the contrary, he has to be provided for. So, people who keep shouting ‘Non-Violence, Non-Violence, Non-Violence,’ of this Gandhian type, are Inexperienced bunglers.

With regard to the Gandhian scenario, I would have said that We at least protect our Heads with our hands. Better broken hands than a Head Injury.

Coming back to my earlier point, I say that One Has to put an Attacker Out of Commission. Whether the Attack is on one’s Person, the Family or a Nation, the Attacker has to be Unarmed and Disabled. Whether the Ladies use a little Pepper Spray, or one uses a stick or a gun, We see that this involves Violence. Even in Jiu-Jitsu, the so-called Gentle art of self defence, after the person is thrown (gentle!), he is ‘Held’ in such a way that movement would cause him serious injury indeed. It is that fear that keeps the defeated assailant at bay.

No, I do not agree with Killing the person. Most of the time that should not be Necessary.

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Yes, Paul had said, in effect: “…Let Yourselves be Wronged, …Let Yourselves be Cheated.” (1 Corinthians 6:7, JB). But in the end these words are Hyperbolic, challenging Us to heights, telling Us NOT to get into Unnecessary and Mundane fights.

The Early Christians sold their All, and brought it to the Community. But they saw that it was Not practical. It is Not continued now. So We should not go by Hyperbola. Nor their Over-Enthusiastic Interpretations.

Even during the time of Christ there were Soldiers. They were Not told to give up the Army. All John the Baptist told them was: “Don’t take money from anyone by force or accuse anyone falsely. Be Content with Your Pay.” Luke 3:14, TEV.

It is Not the weapons, the Swords or the Guns. It is the Black Heart of man, the greedy Arms Manufacturers, the bad generals and the worse politicos.

Violence and Crime might not be touching Your individual lives. So Rejoice! May it Ever be So. But if it does enter Your Individual life, Learn to Deal with it Effectively. It would not be a Boxing Match. It would be a matter of Rape or Your Throat getting Cut. Do Not Shadow Box. It is Not too difficult to learn Self Defence techniques. Ladies Should Carry Chilli or Pepper Powder, and more that, learn to Use it, and Be Ready to do so.

It becomes a question of giving the evil minded a little Thrashing, or handing over Your Hard Earned money to ruffians and see Your Family Suffer. It could also be a case of coming away with a Child in the Womb. Society would say, “You were Violent.” The church would say, “No Abortion.” And I Agree with it too.

G. The Case of War.

Most of the time, in War or Armed Insurgency, One is the Aggressor, and the Other is the Victim. During Biblical times, both Egypt and Assyria/Babylonia, both super powers of that age, had clashed with each other. In Modern Times, the Threat or Violent Retaliation keeps adventurism in check. Yet people try, as putin is doing it in Ukraine.

When many people write against Violence, they speak against war. But War is a Two sided thing. If a country attacked or encroached, and no resistance was offered, there was No War at all! It is only aggression, attack or encroachment. It becomes war Only when one fights back. And Alas, One has to!

If all people were the same, if the next ruler was similar to the next one, the Citizenry would not mind. But if adolf hitler had succeeded in his conquests, what would have been the count of the dead? If putin were such a good ruler, Why are the People of Ukraine resisting him? I know that plenty of people criticize the West. But if that is such a bad country, just Why is there No Mass Exodus to putin’s russia?

When saddam was bombing the Kurds, what was the world to do? And today, when the ISIS is trying to take hold of Syria, (though the world is tired of that news), what are we to do? Say the Syrians, “What is the big deal? Let them rule You?”

If putin has not taken hold of Ukraine, it is because he faces the threat of retaliation. People are always going to be different. There will be mad dogs like hitler, saddam, pol pot, putin and the ISIS. And just like mad dogs, they will not desist until they are put down. And that is called War.

H. Offence as the Best Defence.

First of all, if You find a man forcing himself upon a woman, for instance, he is not going to give up because of words, threats or posturing. You have to take him down. And If You are going to do that, the world would say, “You should not take the Initiative in Violence.” Stupid world. It was like that in the Old West, was it not? The Law man had to draw after the crook. Otherwise it was called ‘Gunning a man down.’ Yes, the Lives of Our Law men have been So Cheap. For us.

It is like that in India. People keep dogs. These come out onto the streets and growl and bark at You. You are not even supposed to throw a stone at them! (Useless kicking them, as too many of us wear rubber slippers). If the dog bites You, the owners would be Deep inside their houses, hidden from You.

Make Sure Your Heart is Pure. That You do not Harbour Hatred and Rancour. Do Not take Personal revenge. But if You find Injustice or Aggression, Be Ready to Kick the Backsides. Hard. It is OK to do that.

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self love, Christ, and Others!

This post is to show that Christ Jesus Did NOT Teach or Practice self love.

[This is a sequel to: self love is NOT love, and, self love Creates Problems. It would be Best to read this after those.]

I have to go back to the often misquoted saying of Christ’s: “Love Your Neighbour as Yourself.” Mark 12:30-31. And I have to refer to the Interpreters of the same, in this case many catholic priests, who are very much like the Wise Men of Hindostan! All these, Blind as Bats, as they say, when brought in front of an Elephant, said the the creature was Just what they encountered.

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In the case of the Interpreters of the words of Christ, they choose to remain with What they Prefer!

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If Christ had loved Just Himself, would there have been a Good Friday, and the Ensuing Salvation?

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If Gandhi had practised self love, and tried to avoid the sticks on his head and the jail, would India have got her Independence?

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[The picture above says it really well! We Indians were ‘Under’ the british! Whatever the elaborate head gear, a symbol of respect and dignity, one had to sit at the ‘feet’ of that foreigner.]

If Nelson Mandela had thrown down the towel, to avoid the people who had buried him upto the neck in the ground and were further Urinating on him, what would have happened? The white police would have kept on checking the passes of the Blacks.

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Christ, the Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, to name just a few, Did Not practice self love.

That Leadership Journey – What Do We Stand For?

I am Sure my Friend Rajiv will forgive me when I write this ‘Long’ Introduction before Reblogging his Well Written post.

My Father was entitled to travel First class, and I remember the ‘Space‘ that was available in that kind of travel. The ‘Third’ class ‘Looked,’ and Was Crowded, and was little different from today’s Second class, which are different Only in that these have Cushioned seats.

Before I come to our mindset, I would say that Our situation has Not changed Much. The Overcrowded Trains and Buses make Travel a Nightmare, unless You are fortunate enough to have a ‘Reservation.’ But I think of the majority of Our Countrymen.

Now The Mindset:

MANKIND’S MINDEST IS NO DIFFERENT FROM WHAT IT WAS WHEN the ARYANS invaded India; from the time of the ROMAN empire, When India had KINGS, to Whatnot. …The Rich and the Well to do, or the Powerful like the 6 inch taller young man, remained in their comfort, and cared Exactly Two Jots about Others.

Does the Mindset have to Change?

A One word Answer: YES.

A One word Question Now: HOW (to bring this about?).

The Answer to this will fill Encyclopaedias. But in Short I would say that WE ALL HAVE TO KEEP PUSHING FOR IT. ALL OF US. AND IT IS NOT A PART TIME JOB.

OR ELSE, OUR CHILDREN WILL KEEP EXPERIENCING THIS SAME HELL. OUR GRANDCHILDREN TOO.

I just finished reading Mahatma Gandhi’s book, “My experiments with truth”, on my Kindle. I do find some of his beliefs to be strange and quaint, but I am not here to criticise his beliefs. At least, he had the courage to live by them, even though many people thought of him as a cunning politician (which, I am sure, he was).

He has spoken a lot of his train journeys in the third class compartments of India. I use road trips in India, and write about them, as a metaphor for life. So, let me use M K Gandhi’s experiences in the trains of India.

He speaks about the lousy conditions of the third class compartments. He mentioned that there was a huge difference between the travelling conditions of a first class compartment and a third class one. He also compared it with Europe, where the differences are not…

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Irom Sharmila, India’s Prisoner of Conscience

I like Soldiers. Yet, Surprisingly, it is because of them that a Brave Young Lady, Irom Sharmila, called the Iron Lady because her Indomitable Will, is a Prisoner of Conscience in India.

Terrorists. think Nothing of Holding Civilians Hostage or as Human Shields, or even Downright Killing them. There come Situations where Citizens, Knowingly or, Most of the Time Unwittingly, give Aid to such.

India’s Army, particularly in those areas, wants special powers, given to them under the name of AFSPA, to Enter Houses and Carry out Searches, etc. The Problem, it is reported that Excesses take place. Even unto Rape.

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Protesting against the Rape of their Daughters, these Ladies went Nude in front of Army Headquarters.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/irom-sharmilas-fight-against-afspa-enters-14th-year/article865067.ece#im-image-0

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Irom has been on a Fast for FOURTEEN YEARS, Demanding that this act be repealed.

The US met its Waterloo in Vietnam, and russia its own in Afghanistan.

FOURTEEN YEARS is a Very long time. The politicos should have cleaned up the mess by now, or should have repealed the Act in that Area. But, as politicians are known to use Eye wash instead of Addressing the Roots of the problem, Irom remains a Prisoner.

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The following article shows the Plight of this Brave Woman, and is Very well written. Please do peruse at:

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-democracy-of-armed-soldiers/article6339282.ece?ref=sliderNews

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In a Cruel Joke, if I can call it that, Irom was just recently released on court orders, and Arrested again, all within a number of Days. Long Live Democracy.

Why does he, and Why Can’t he…

Why is Yesudas writing on the topics that he does, and just Why Can’t he write on Beauty and Goodness and Love and things like that?

Now there’s a trick question if ever there was one. All I write is On Love, and Because of Love. Writing in Aid of the Have-Nots is Caring, Loving. As Christ taught us through the parable of the Good Samaritan, We, the Strong, the Able, are All Called to Help People Whom We Do Not Even Know!

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Now let us consider our Situations.

  • To know a little about the Economical position in around my place, (320 words), please click here.
  • To learn something of Women’s Safety in my area, (230 words), please click here.

Very Probably Most of You live in conditions very different from mine. Very probably, You, my Dear Reader, living in the States or places like that, or, if living in India, in a flat in a city, would NOT be having a Circumstance like mine.

DOES THAT MEAN WE ARE NOT TO THINK, CARE OR TALK ABOUT IT?

  • Why did Christ go around for about 3 Years, teaching and Demanding almost Impossible things like Loving One’s Enemy? Was it because somebody had chased Him out of His house?
  • Why did the Buddha leave the Palace? Was it because he could not stand his mother-in-law?
  • Why did Isaiah and Jeremiah Speak? Were they having Personal problems? Why was Paul on fire?

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Gandhi, Mandela, Medha Patkar, Arvind Kejriwal… All these fought for Others. And have set us an Example. We too are called to be Heroes. And We CAN be Heroes. …Let us Do it!

Great without being Good?

One of the newer advertisements, those of Bajaj Allianz, using no less a personality than Naseeruddin Shah, an Eminent Actor, has him saying that he would go for being Great rather than Good.

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In the advert Naseeruddin is asking us: ‘Would Alexander have been remembered if he had been (called) the Good instead of the Great?!’

I do not know on what basis they built this up. Is greatness conquering great amounts of territory? Being the lord of great lands and masses? In that case, what would Bajaj say with reference to hitler, stalin, idi amin, pol pot? Does greatness lie in amassing fame and fortune? Do not mafia bosses have lots of money?

As for fame, though I remembered Naseeruddin from my earlier days, I had to look up on Google to get the spelling of his name right, and to check that I was talking about the right man, and Naseer is still living. How many of today’s youth remember or appreciate Charlie Chaplin? ONE generation and You are gone!

But if We take up Christ, the Buddha, Abraham Lincoln and Gandhi, ages and generations have had No difficulty in accepting them as Great.

Bajaj will do well to change this advert. They are a good company. I do believe some young script writer(?) has come up with this funny(!) Great vs Good imbroglio. It behooves that business houses contribute to Values even in their adverts. HAVELLS advertisements have shown the way, in showing that Power is in the Hands of the People, while presenting their own products.

Gandhi: “Love is for the Brave!”

Came across this Quote in Kimberly Townsend Palmer‘s post, entitled: “a critical review of equatorial rhythms, “written” by robert alfred kamarowski, former coast guard seaman.” Gandhi’s Quote, ‘Love is the Prerogative of the Brave,’ itself is taken from:

http://quotespedia.info/

Here is the Way the Quote is presented in Kimberly’s post:

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Loved it!

Victory is Only for the Brave

For all the quote from Ecclesiastes, (9:11), the Race just might be for the Swift. And The Brave. And Most of the time it goes to them, too.

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VICTORY IS DEFINITELY AND ONLY FOR THE BRAVE.

Horatius, a Lone Man, a Brave Man, decides to Stand Alone at the ‘mouth’ of the Bridge, a Bottleneck, and Saves Rome. His story is to be taken as an example, and not for discussion, as that is not the subject here.

I consider Gandhiji, Nelson Mandela and Arvind Kejriwal as Good Examples too.

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Horatius at the Bridge, graphic from: http://www.stentorian.com/politics/war/bridge.jpg

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They, the politicians, have spent Crores to come to their positions. Only the Naive would believe they spent this to ‘Serve’ their Countrymen!

Being Discussed and Questioned Threatens them. To Stop this they will effect New laws, and use All the old laws to the Full. But the Only Way to Retain Sanity, and to Ensure the Good Future of our Children, is to Keep Questioning them.

If We have to have Victory in this, We have to Act. And let Us Remember that Only the Brave Achieve it.

Is Yesudas Dis-Satisfied?

Many things are happening in my life just now. That is, things worth mentioning. Anyway, while I was talking about them with an old friend my mine, TM, I had said that I was Satisfied with the way things were going. He expressed Surprise. He seemed to be under the Impression that I am not Satisfied with life.

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Is that the Impression I am giving? That I am Not Satisfied? Let me tell You that just Quite the Contrary is True! I am Very Satisfied with Life.

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… I had used the word ‘satisfied’ with reference to a particular situation. With regard to Life, HAPPINESS may be more pertinent. And let me tell You I am Quite Happy too. On the mundane levels, I have a good Appetite, I find my food Tasty, I Sleep Well, and my Health is quite good. Consider my Output!

More Importantly, on the Higher Levels, I am Loved. This my little Kitten had followed me and sat down beside me Unbidden. And though I have many who do not like me(!), there are More than Enough in my life who Love me, Deeply. I have Serenity. …Love, Happiness and Peace, what More could anybody want?!

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There Are Conditions out in Life in general, which are Far from Satisfactory, and I Refuse to take it lying down. Was GANDHI supposed to be satisfied with the conditions of Slavery in India? Was NELSON MANDELA expected to be tranquil with the situations of those times in his country?

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Many define it in different ways, but One gets Happiness when One has Done the Right thing.

There are many who long for ‘tasty’ Foods from restaurants. That means they are Not happy with their food at home. If Tasty Food is what is going to make us happy, that could mean We are Not happy most of the time!

If only ‘Nice’ Clothes are going to make somebody happy, then how is he feeling in his everyday clothes? Another example would be Sex. There is No denying that Sex makes one happy. But how long are You going to have sex?

Whereas, If We have Really done our Best, We have Lasting Satisfaction and Happiness.

I have Fought Hard for my Fellow Beings. Even God cannot ask me, “Why did You Not Open Your mouth? Why did You Not Speak Out for them?” Because I have done that. And that is Why I am Quite Satisfied, and Happy.

Wanted: Honest Media.

The Villain casually invites the Journalist to a Hill-top Restaurant, and Calmly Shoots her between the Eyes. Afterwards he recalls the pleasure had had in doing the same to various other journalists, in various Dictatorships. The ‘Freedom of the Press’ had been proving to be a nuisance. But shoot a few of them, and the Others miraculously fell in line.

What I have written above is what I recall from Memory from one of my Favourite books, namely: ‘Remo, Unarmed and Dangerous,’ by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir.

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Modern media is the offspring of those Brave Souls who had ground away with Pen and Paper. Speaking only of Physical Hardships, there were those who went to Difficult-to-Reach Places to gather News, those who went to the Battle Fronts at risk of Life, and the Many who must have been Killed, ‘Because’ they were Journalists. I pay them my Homage.

I came across a Brave Young Woman named Y.D., who had even been molested in her pursuit of Reporting. Yet She carries on, for which let us pay Her and Others like her Our Respects.

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Coming back to ‘media’ in general, those who Investigated and Reported were Intellectuals, and must have been Concerned People.

We see how ‘The Hindu’ had played a part in Our Freedom Struggle:

“The first editorial on the public activities of the remarkable Indian barrister in South Africa appeared on August 20, 1896. In turn, Gandhiji, the consummate politician and master communicator, fed the newspaper with his communications on the struggle in South Africa.” …And,

‘The editorial says, “We hope that some good will result to our oppressed countrymen in South Africa from the efforts which Mr. Gandhi is making to rouse public opinion in India.”‘

I have culled both of the above from:

http://www.frontline.in/static/html/fl2020/stories/20031010005512800.htm

And it is not only ‘The Hindu.’ The Other eminent National Daily, ‘The Times of India,’ had played its part too.

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But, with time, things like ‘ADVERTISEMENTS’ started creeping in. And these have become the Bane of media. Think of all those ‘magnates’ who own various publishing houses and TV channels. We may be sure that they do it purely for the money that these bring in.

So, media has changed from being ‘Reporters’ to those who are Searching for Advertisements!

media gets Very Angry when We say such things of them. I raise the following charges against them:

A. In the coming Elections, the congress, the bjp and the AAP have become the Major contenders. media has been ‘VERY faithful’ in covering modi’s rallies. How Much of AAP’s rallies/gatherings have YOU been able to see, Dear Reader?

B. When AAP members/volunteers have been BEATEN UP, media calls that a ‘Fight.’ When AAP banners were torn, and volunteers beaten with Iron rods, etc, at AMETHI just recently, media again called it a ‘Fight.’ media HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SHOW FOOTAGE OF ANY DAMAGE TO THE ‘OTHER’ PARTY.

Most political parties have drummed up, and have, professional rowdies in their cadre. So in clashes with members of AAP vs Other parties, it is NOT a clash of the Titans, but almost Professional Rowdies vs the College Hothead.

The bjp cadre had Beaten up AAP volunteers and had broken the Windshield of Arvind’s car. AAP volunteers had thrown some bricks when they protested against this at the bjp offices. I have seen videos of that. But the members have been taken up for that. Arvind himself Apologized for it.

We see below what had happened to Pushpa, an AAP volunteer, at Mumbai, when She had been Role Playing in a Street Drama. She was attacked and Wounded with a BLADE. If her Cheek had been cut, She would have been Disfigured for Life; and the strike a few inches to the right would have Cut Open Her Jugular.

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Can the bjp or the congress, or the media, show Damage or Injury done to members of their parties?

C. SNICKERING FACES, MOCKING EYES AND TAUNTING WORDS can be noticed when media speaks of the AAP. Why? Are They not Human Beings? Are We not Human Beings? When media behaves thus senselessly, one could well ask, as they do in Tamil Nadu: ‘Sotha thaan Thingiriya, illa vera ethaachuma?’

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Below We have an Editorial Cartoon Mocking Western Famine Tourists in India, 1899-1900 HultonGetty.

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Image credit: http://asianhistory.about.com/od/asianenvironmentalhistory/ss/India_Famine1899_3.htm

How Wonderful! The condition of those who have been forced to ‘pose’ for the photograph is apparent enough. Some are not even able to stand. But the woman is happily clicking away. ‘Protected’ by whoever it is. As to Why he has that helmet and watchamacallit in his hand, I do not know. His belly alone should have been Intimidating enough.

I say that much of Today’s media has come down to this level. Protected first of all by their Owners; by ‘laws’ which protect ‘them,’ and add to that the whole batteries of lawyers. All Serving One-Another’s Interests.

Sadly, the media of today seems to be in a mess. The On-line news from, let us say, the Times of India group is Excellent (these days), but the Times Now TV channel, if it is from the same group, is perhaps the worst. The Hindu, (I do not know if it has a TV counterpart), has remained very good. Among TV channels, Doordarshan, India’s National TV, as well as Sun News, are fairly Impartial.

Wanted: Honest Media.