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The Confusing Arithmetic of Kabristan Budget in UP

As soon as Akhilesh led SP govt came in power in the year 2012, it started allocating amounts for Acquisition, Beautification and Fencing of Kabristan across Uttar Pradesh. Allocation in the very first year was a whopping ₹ 200 crores. Next year the allocation saw an increase of 50% taking the total allocation to i.e. ₹ 300 crore.

It was when the BJP duo of Shah and Modi came into picture and they started exposing this gross injustice and bias against Hindus that ₹200 crores for developing Shmashan Bhumi were kept in the budget of 2014-15 for first time, while Kabristan again got allotment of ₹ 200 crore. Budget of year 2015-16 again allocated Rs 200 crores each for Shmashan Bhumi & Kabristan. In 2016-17 budget, while Kabristan budget was set at ₹ 400 crores with a raise of 100%, allotment for Shmashan Bhumi saw a miniscule 13.5% increase, taking it to ₹ 227 crores. So the total allotment for Kabristan in 5 years stands at ₹1300 crores and while allotment for Shmashan is ₹627 crores.

Uttar Pradesh has 16.11 crore Hindu population while total muslim population of the state is 3.8 3 crores. So if we calculate average, it comes to be allocation of ₹339 crores for per 1 crore muslims and mere ₹39 crores for 1 crore Hindus!!

I sincerely hope that those who were hurling all abuses on PM for ‘communalising’ the election, will simplify this mathematics for me as in what statistical parameters were used to reach at these figures for allocation of funds!!

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Rajnath Singh deserves all praise for this action

​Habitual ranters who spare no chance to abuse #ModiSarkar are not-so-surprisingly silent on Compassion being forced to shut down in India. People who call them rightwing, abuse Central govt everyday, even on irrelevant topics but are ignoring this absolutely commendable action by govt. People who say everyday that BJP has failed miserably on Hindutva issues choose to ignore how Govt has compelled a global body like Compassion International to shut down, which was operating in India since 1958.

Central government put Compassion International, one of the largest Christian NGO on Pre-watchlist last year i.e it was told to take approval on case to case basis from Home Ministry before taking every donation from foreign country. Compassion is one of world’s largest agencies which fund Christian missionaries and NGOs covertly involved in Religious Conversions. It’s Indian arm was operating here unbated since 1958 without even registering under Indian laws. It has been repeatedly accused of aiding Christian missionaries to convert orphan children into christianity under the cover of NGOs. Reports suggest around 75000-1.5 lac children are converted to christianity every year by NGOs aided by Compassion International.

Since Compassion was put on Pre-watchlist last year, it has been doing extensive lobbying to pursue Modi Sarkar via diplomats, world leaders to remove it’s name from that list. Even John Kerry, when he came last year as US Secretary of State, had appealed Central government to remove Compassion from Pre-watchlist.

I am really glad to note that our govt didn’t budge even under Kerry’s pressure & continued advising Compassion International to register under FCRA and other Indian laws. 

This raises a very pertinent question – If  Compassion International is upright and does no illegal or unethical activity, why was it shying away from registration under Indian laws? It would have easily continued operations if it had adhered to govt regulations. Why shy from registration if u are right!?

As Government didn’t budge under ANY PRESSURE, Compassion International has finally decided to shut down it’s operations in India. India Head of Compassion International, in a letter to its staff, has announced 15th Mar 2017 as date of shutting down operations in India.

I would like to congratulate our Home Ministry & specially Shri Rajnath Singh ji for ensuring that every NGO, who were given a free run in past 70 years, is mandated to follow rules of Govt. The No-Nonsense functioning of Rajnath Singh ji must be complimented for this great action. He has been silently working to ensure our country is safer than ever before. Several decisions taken by him like stopping cattle smuggling, putting Hi-tech fence along Pak border etc should be praised wholeheartedly by all of us.

Thank you Sir!

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My Thoughts on Hindi Diwas

Hindi Diwas ending in an hour, finally sharing my thoughts on Hindi ..

I was born in a hindu family, that has roots in Uttar Pradesh – means I belong to the core area of cow belt. The only language that’s spoken in our family was Hindi. I have lived all my life in Delhi, so have learnt only Hindi. I also used to think that Hindi is our national language and everyone in India should speak it.

But when I joined the Sangh and started reading thoughts of Sangh ideologues, it have me a shocker! And when in the year 2010, I went to Nagpur for my Tritiya Varsh, I met people from the whole country. Living with them gave me a new perspective of national integration. Then in last 6 years, my social media interactions with people from South, East & West India changed my thoughts.

There are 16 languages mentioned in Indian constitution. Every language has equal stature. Hindi is the official language, accepted in constitution but it is NOT our National language. Rather I would say, every language like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Assamese, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Bengali etc is our national language and should enjoy equal stature. Why should we impose Hindi on a Kannadiga, or Maratha or Asamiya?

Let’s not show fake pride. Be proud of Hindi and let others be proud of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Odia and their other native languages.

Vande Mataram!

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A journey to cherish forever

‪#‎Maharashtra‬

Last year, I & Prateek travelled to Nashik for Kumbha Snan. The 3 day trip also included visits to Shirdi, Shingnapur, Tryambakeshwar and many other places. The mesmerising beauty inspired us to plan another trip to Maharashtra. Since then, we were planning. I had heard a lot about the beauty of Konkan & Paschim Maharashtra in the monsoons so when Prateek told me that he wants to join me on a visit to those places, I readily agreed. Later, Mayank also joined. The spiritual guy inside us prompted to include some temple towns to our itinerary.

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We reached Mumbai on the night of 11th to be joined by another friend who most of our friends on facebook know as #FunsukBhai, in whose car, we then started journey for our first stop – Kolhapur. We travelled on the beautiful Mumbai-Pune expressway and then, the Asian Highway 47 to reach Kolhapur. Beautiful view on both sides kept us mesmerised.

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‪#‎Kolhapur‬ is a small but really beautiful city. I must mention the route from Mumbai to Kolhapur, first the Mumbai-Pune highway and then the AH-47. I have No doubt that it’s one of the most beautiful roads to travel on!

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In Kolhapur, we had darshan of Ma Mahalakshmi. The Aai Mahalakshmi temple is a beautiful peace of art, created from a single rock. I must admit I experienced immense peace in the temple. The folktales say it’s necessary for devotee to come to this temple after having darshans of Lord Venkateshvara at Tirupati.

The next morning started with a visit to ‪#‎Panhala‬ Durg – the living example of the ultimate valor shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande in the battle of ‪#‎PawanKhind‬. Bajiprabhu, with 3 more warriors fought against an army of 1000+ till Shivaji Raje didn’t reach Vishalgad fort, which is 52 km away from Panhala safely. As we reached it quite early, the fort was still under fog and was looking immensely beautiful.

After Panhala, we started our spiritual journey to one of the most sacred pilgrimage of the Dutt Parampara – ‪#‎NarsobaWadi‬ or Narasimha Vadi. It’s situated at the confluence of river Krishna and Panchaganga. Sri Narsimhanananda Saraswati – the 2nd descendant of Dutt Parampara lived in this small town in Shirole taluka of Kolhapur for 12 years. Though the temple was submerged in water, we could still feel the immensely powerful vibes of the place.

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Our third destination and I must say, the one I was anxiously waiting for, was ‪#‎Pandharpur‬. Pandharpur is a small town in Solapur district, famous for the temple of Bhagwan Vitthal & Rukmini. It’s undoubtedly one of the most prominent places of the vaishnava tradition. A loving gesture which made us emotional was tilak done by didi of Devendra bhai’s didi who lives in Pandharpur. She also prepared a sumptous marathi meal for us.

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Though it was no special day, but the ambience in and around Pandharpur was infectious! People were singing bhajans, dancing on roads, Varkaris singing Abhangs of Sant Gyaneshvar & Tukaram – made the atmosphere electric to say least. The queue was really long, so we had Mukh Darshans of Bhagwan Vitthalanath. When we reached inside temple, to our absolute fortune, a toli of Varkaris were singing Abhangs there. We just sat there. I can bet, I had the best ever meditation of my life! People who were in queue told me, it took them 8 hours and more to reach the deity! What devotion! Can there be a bigger driving force in the world? I doubt! We came out and found some devotees from southern parts of India, singing & dancing. Both me & Mayank couldn’t stop ourselves in joining the celebration of bhakti. The group comprised of people as old as 80+ and as young as 20s. Bhakti is the biggest unifier!

Last destination of the day was ‪#‎Tuljapur‬ – the divine sthan of the Devi, who gave her sword – the Bhawani to Shivaji Raje. Tuljapur Bhawani or Aai Bhawani is the Kuladevi of the warrior maratha castes. Legend says she used to give Darshans to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It’s a powerful deity. The place is full of divine energy.

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Third day of our journey, I must admit, is one of the most important days of my life and will remain so – We visited ‪#‎Raigad‬ – the historic fort which witnessed one of the most important incidents of the Hindu history – the Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje and the establishment of Hindavi Samrajya. Raigad is not a fort, it’s a TEERTH. The sense of energy, the confidence, the swabhiman, you feel inside you when you stand in front of the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is incomparable. India as a nation & hindus as a community should be indebted to the people of Maharashtra forever for they, unlike us, have preserved the legacy of our great kings. I was awed by the devotion of people towards Shivaji Raje. I saw father of a 5-6 month old kid, touching feet of Shivaji Maharaj and then putting the soil from there to his son’s forehead. A father was telling his son to bow before the statue telling – सर झुकाओ, आज हम इनकी वजह से जीवित हैं। It won’t be an exaggeration if I say this statement brought tears to my eyes. What have we, here in North, taught to our children? I wonder if I was not inducted in the Sangh, would I have ever known about Shivaji Raje? I doubt. Every kid in Maharashtra knows about Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje. The architectural planning of Raigad tells how Shivaji Raje was ahead of his times. The fort, though situated on 1500 feet, isn’t visible from ground. No enemy can see the fort from anywhere while person inside can even see every activity happening in 50 kilometres around it. I bowed my head in feet of Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje – the Rakshak of Dharma and prayed to him to give us courage to preserve his legacy. I must mention one hilarious incident. When after visiting Raigad, we came down to board the trolley to reach downstairs, there was huge crowd there. The attendant told that there’s a 2 hour waiting. Devendra bhai suggested to trek down the fort saying that it’s a just 25 minute journey. We readily agreed. Who would have waited for 2 hours? We started the journey. Soon, there was dark all around. It was a real difficult terrain. The way was in ruins with boundaries broken and stairs devastated. Adding to it was water flowing from natural springs at several places. After 1 hour and no sight of destination, we asked Devendra again, his reply was same – “Bus aa to gye. Wo rha destination.” I must appreciate how he kept us motivated by continously extending the travel time. His 15 minutes finally culminated in 2.25 hours but he still said, “We could have done this in 15 minutes!” 😀

The last day was spent well with friends. Chandrabhushan bhau, Ashutosh Kulkarni & Ashutosh Muglikar joined us for a fun filled day at CJ’s home that also included visits to Sri Dagdusheth Ganapati, the legendary Goodluck Cafe, Shanivar Vada – the fort of Bajirao Peshva and later German Bakery. There were intense discussions, fun-filled chats and heated debates too but every single moment was worth cherishing for life. Thank you, pals!

Not to forget the impromptu visit of Rohit Narra, who due to his love, brought sugar from his own Sadguru Sri Sri Saakar Karkhana.

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This visit, I must admit, is one of the most memorable ones in my life. I seriously look forward to many more such, if Prateek or Mayank join and most importantly, Preeti permits to go on one, after marriage!

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Maheish Girri: One Man, One Mission

Yesterday came with a pleasant news. Shri Maheish Girri was appointed as the new National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party. I immediately called Maheish Bhaiya (I call him bhaiya) to congratulate him but as expected, his phone was busy. I cut the line. In next 5 minutes, I got a call from his number. “Haan bhai Rahul, phone kar rha tha!” “Bhaiya badhai ho, aap Rashtreeya Mantri ban gye!” “Haan yaar, thank you. waise main akela nhi, poori team Maheish Girri ki uplabdhi hai ye. Hum sabne sath me mehnat ki hai. Baki mujhe to pata bi nahi kya kaam hota hai Rashtreeya Mantri ka, maine adhyaksh ji ko bola hai ki jaisa sangathan chaahega, waisa karunga! Chal, wapis aa k milte hain!”

After cutting the call, I started thinking about him. Life of bhaiya has always fascinated me. A 17 year old child leaves home, to search answers for his unending questions. In his own words – “how does a small plant becomes a tree, how a bud becomes a flower. Who drives this earth and so on ..” To get answer of these questions, he left home at age of 17 and traveled all across India from a small Maharashtra town of Nashik to the Himalayas in North. Then at a young age of 25, became peethedheesh of a big dharmasthan in Gujarat. Then one fine day, after meeting His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar, decides to leave the mutt and became an Art of Living teacher.

In Art of Living too, Maheish Bhaiya did something which didn’t happened ever before. He conducted some of the biggest ever Art of Living courses in various parts of country. His pravachans and speeches were popular all across nation. Over a lakh people gathered to listen to him in each of 19 Mantranaad events that were organised in various districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra. To spread awareness against female foeticide, he took a 2000 km long Sneh Sanjeevani Yatra across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Bihar.

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In Delhi, the first project which Maheish Girri ji took in his hands was the ‘Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna’ abhiyan which was focused at cleaning of river Yamuna. Thousands of Art of Living volunteers worked for a clean yamuna. A detailed project report for this was sent to the government as there are certain things which citizens can’t do. But it fell on deaf years. In 2010, when the whole news world was filled with the stories of stinking corruption in Commonwealth games, he decided to take out Clean Delhi drive.

In 2012, Maheish Girriji decided to work in East Delhi to develop it as a model district. Several initiatives started taking shape in East Delhi. He traveled to each and every slum of East Delhi to know their problems. 108 medical camps were organised in East Delhi, followed by 150+ eye & ear camps where free hearing aids and spectacles were distributed to people. His popularity inspired BJP to offer him a ticket in 2014 loksabha elections which he won with a handsome margin.

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Since his win, I have seen Maheish bhaiya working day and night for East Delhi and the well being of the citizens. Several new projects have been initiated, many out of which have started taking shape. I remembered when I first told him about the land which was vacant for construction of IP university campus in East Delhi,since that day he started following up on that issue, finally resulting in foundation laying for the campus in December, a project which was pending for last 13 years! There are so many similar stories – Sarita Vihar underpass, Barapullah extension, Transit Oriented Hub in Karkarduma, Lake city near Sanjay Jheel and many more. It’s his continous dedication for the party and people of East Delhi, that in his own words, inspire him to work harder & harder continously, may be this was seen by central leadership of the BJP before appointing him as the National Secretary of the BJP.

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All the Best Maheish Bhaiya! I am sure you will again prove yourself and will fulfil expectations of the leadership and the nation as a whole!

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Often people say that the rise of internet  has killed social relations. Thousands of jokes and stories have been published till date how gadgets have limited the lives of people into their small rooms and how people have become couch-potatoes forgetting their friends-families and foes. Thousands of rims of papers have been used till date to explain how internet has killed personal relations, how people prefer facebook over face to face chats, how all the discussions and gossiping now happens on twitter and how e-mails have orphaned the vintage letters. But I do feel that by doing this, we are just trying to blame internet  for our failure to maintain and preserve our relationships. Anyway, whatever people may feel or say, actually Internet has changed my life forever, that too in a really positive way!

Have you ever heard that someone travelled a distance of 1100+ kilometres just to attend the marriage of a person whom he has never ever met! And that too with people whom too he was meeting for the first time!! Well for me it was a fascinating experience and that too the sweetest one since I boarded the aircraft to go to Nagpur to attend the wedding of a dear friend Suraj Dhariya.

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On the 24th December, when I boarded that GoAir flight from Delhi for Nagpur, it was a strange experience to say least. I was going for marriage of a guy whom I have actually never met! And the strongest reason to be there was his urge that I should join his wedding festivities. When I landed in Nagpur, the same guy, Suraj @Suraj_Dhariya was there on the airport waiting for me to come. We had talked a number of times over phone but still it was the first time that we were actually standing in front of each other and both actually were silent! What to talk now!! We generally talk a lot over phones but standing there in front of him was a strange experience. Generally we meet so many people on social media here and there from all parts of country and world, how many of them does one actually meet! Rightwingers have indeed actually brought social media on ground but still, generally there is a long standing perception that nobody on SM is worth your trust. But in my case, I was in a city 1100 kms far from my town to attend marriage of someone I met on social media without any other reference. Also the second guy who came on airport to receive me was Gunjan Mathur @hellogunj who also, like me had come from Mumbai to attend Suraj’s wedding in Nagpur.

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We all till date had only talked over phone without any face to face contact. From there, we reached Suraj’s home, met his family, stayed there for 4 days, I really don’t think there would be even a single person who would have imagined this! Next day, 2 more tweeps Chandrabhushan and Abhishelk arrived from Pune & Sholapur respectively.

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For next 4 days we roamed around in lanes and by-lanes of Nagpur on Suraj’s bike as well as attended all his marriage functions. We danced, laughed drank together, sat together and yes, slept together too! In the whole Nagpur city of all the persons I had met, there was only one person Akshay Deo whom I had met earlier during my RSS Trutiya Varsh in 2009, except whom most were strangers. But today when I look back, I find that I have indeed got some of the most awesome people as friends – Tejas, Shreyas, Sanjay, Amit, Akshay, Anurag, Vicky .. as well as such memories that I will cherish throughout my life! Those 4-5 days have left a inerasable impression on my heart.

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As I mentioned above, people often say internet has actually killed social relationships but my experience has been an amazing one since very beginning. Since the day I became active on Social Media platforms, it has given me amazing friends. The list is so long that If I start writing about each and everyone, thousands of sheets of paper will get used but still not end. It is this strength of our relationships, that we have actually created threat and fear in the hearts of many so-called media big-wigs and political honchos. Anyway, politics will go on, from Nagpur we 4 moved to Pune to attend marriage of the elder sister of Ashutosh Kulkarni @PrachinVaani where another mind-blowing experience was actually waiting to happen. While we were searching for a hotel to get ready for a marriage, I got reminded of Raghav Jain @raghavjn whom I had met once in Delhi and I knew that he was working in Pune. I called him to ask if he knows some good hotel anywhere near the marriage hall where I can get a room. He was leaving on a weekend tour to Mahabaleswar but still told me that he will give me keys of his room and scooty which I can use till the time I am in the city!! Now can you believe it!! A person with whom I have just talked twice in my life is giving keys of his flat as well as two-wheeler in a time when people don ‘t give them even to their long-standing neighbours! That reminded me of a similar incident Gunjan shared where a twitter friend brought home-cooked food for him at Sholapur railway station while he was travelling from Mumbai to Hyderabad some months back!

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Many people say that relations are losing their sheen in society but I think otherwise. Actually we are changing and blaming it on society. We only make this society no! If we will keep warmth in our relationship, who can remove it from society!!

This Delhi-Nagpur-Pune-Delhi journey is an amazingly beautiful part of my life which I will definitely cherish forever! An experience which has really taught me a lot. I always had an opinion that dedication and seriousness about relationship is the only factor by which one can actually maintain it. If you have it in your heart, what may come, no one can disturb them sirji!

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