Friday, May 28, 2010

Naxal menace

On my sick bed I could concentrate on one article in indian express stating that empowering local police against Naxals, instead of use of military power, is the solution to the problem. I disagree. Today again they blew railway track. Derailed a goods train. Which collided with express train coming in opposite direction, involving death of 56 innocent civilians. I dont know what human right people are going to say about it, but I feel drastic action is called for. Unlike terrorists, Naxals are in jungle. Areas are identified. Air strikes will cause heavy damages to them. No doubt some innocent will die. But that cant be avoided. This coupled with coordinated army action on ground will be lethal for them. This, of course, needs tremendous will power. Something like we saw in operation against LTTE.
With innocent civilians getting killed, and economy badly affected, this is badly needed. Addressing the problems of tribals is also needed in parallel.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

People coming to see sick in hospital.

Imagine your funeral. You have to attend that many funerals as the number of people you would like in your funeral. If you fall sick and want people to enquire about you, you got to do the same with others' sickness. Social behaviour follows the law of reciprocity. Else you have to be in seat of power to obtain others' attention. People came in large numbers to see me in hospital. They came either because I had deposited enough in their emotional bank account or they were proactive in depositing first. Condition of being bed ridden and dependence teaches a lot. A great exercise in gratitude and understanding. You get overwhelmed - dont you?
I write this when it is solitude. All have gone after giving me food for thought.

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Hand bringing to ICU

This is my left palm. The background is of Allahabad Railway Hospital ICU. Yesterday, night This hand had violent involuntary movement for 5 minutes and thereafter it stopped. The palm and fingers stopped obeying commands of brain by about 90 percent. Railways acted pretty fast and took me to ICU. Lots of tests. Lots of blood taken and medicines injected through both the hands. Scans, x-rays, MRI etc. So much of activity and drowsyness of medicines that I could not brood on the possibility - what if the left hand gets permanently disabled?
My Hindi blogging gets a pause for about 10 days or more. Let me see if I am forgotten. :D
(posted from hospital bed. Using right thumb to type on mobile phone.)

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ekka at Naini Railway Station

On the narrow road in front of Naini Railway Station a line of Ekkas was waiting. On enquiry I found out that a train from Satna side was to come. Pilgrims come and get down at Naini and go to Gau Ghat on the other side of Yamuna river. The Pandas there arrange religious tourism of Sangam area.
This poor horse (or mule) must go to heaven after leaving this body for he has helped so many in their religious karma.
May God bless him.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Participation of Railway Employees in Management

This meeting of PREM group is held quarterly. The idea is to make employer a model employer and employee a model employee. I have seen and participated in this ritual for decades. The main benefit is that employee-employer dialogue is open in cordial atmosphere. Union leaders are humane. But for the posture they have to take, they are amenable to social informal interaction.
(Photo of Union had Officers leaders in meeting)

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shubhi's Drawing

Shubhi is young daughter of our Senior Divisional Operations Manager Mughal Sarai. Very nice color paint work by her. I can not resist putting on blog.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sweets and Coins

It was a function of fulfilment of some big wish. The boys were dancing on the road. Ladies were holding plates full of sweets. They were singing and throwing sweets on the road of procession. Some one was throwing coins intermittently. DJ was churning out loud music.
As soon as sweets and coins were thrown, young boys were leaping to collect.
Typical Indian celebration, I must say!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Kanvariyas in Vaishakh

Kanvariya undertake their journey from one Shiv temple to other in the month of Shravan. But this Vaishakh is adhik-mas (extra month) and a few Kanvariyas are seen now in usual attire and carrying holy water for Lord Shiva.
In the picture they are seen coming to Shiv Kuti temple.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Social Activism - Encroachment Removed at Ganges Ghat

I had reported of encroachment at Ganges Ghat of Shiv Kuti in the previous post. Today morning we succeeded in its removal with the initiative of people and support of police. Thanks to all and the God. My wife is very happy. So am I!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A cause for Social Activism

Today morning we found the at Ganges Ghat of Shivkuti, some resident has made a waste water ischarge line from his house to the steps of the ghat. He has also partitioned the ghat steps to carve out his personal area.

This has issues of encroachment of public land and also involves environmental degradation.

We (my wife and I) are thinking of making a police complaint against the unknown as no one is telling who is the culprit.

What best can be done?

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Boys High School and College 1861

This school must have been one of the earliest efforts of Englishmen in education in Allahabad/India.

I am late for office and stuck in traffic jam near school. All sizes, shapes, weight and colors are there in the boys coming out of the institution.

Then there are all kinds of vehicals waiting for them. There are some parents too.

It is long time I had been to a school or had some interaction with children. I am stuck with trains, rakes, wagons and engines. What a lousy way of spending day after day!

Monday, May 03, 2010


Morning 6 am. All are active at the Ganges. Day has started. But, except for these 2 dogs. They have all the time till eternity to act and react!

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Zero Effort Cycling

I have an itching to buy a simple but useful bicycle. Might like to see entire Allahabad on Cycle.
But I saw one man doing zero effort cycling. He was hooking on to the back of a trailer carrying logs. Pretty dangerous. No? I can not think of doing such heroics myself!

Blogging while walk on Ganges bank.

This lady has day start. Taken plunge in Ganges water. Is walking in water to island with empty Khnachies (cane containers).

She will bring back vegetables.

(Posted while returning from walk in Ganges sand.)