Sunday, February 22, 2009


PAPPU, the common man was sitting besides his hAdd Imageut,watching the flood waters wash away his belongings.He looked towards the sky and saw a helicopter ,Mantriji,was on an arieal survey of the area..and soon flew back. Only a couple of months ago,PAPPU was sitting there looking at the sky and praying for some rain for his fields and the drinking water needs of the town.
From a passer by,PAPPU enquired if the man knew anything about the person who flew over the area.He was told that the person was a VIP and tried to explain to him what a VIP is and he said,
VIP is a person who comes to you as PAPPU for your votes before elections and promises you Roads,Electricity,Water,Schools,Hospitals,Jobs etc and we decide to trust him and send him to the Parliament to represent the constituancy.Pressures at the Parliament,gives him the status of VIP,which entitles him Free furnished housing,Free electricity,Free water,Free telephone,Free car,Petrol,Driver etc but he is very concerned about your welfare,hence ex chequer gives him Rs2 crores per year to look after his constituancy.,this is besides his salary,Free air travel,free train travel and free medical attendence and not to forget security as now he suffers from a report called threat perception.All this is only for you, because, if he is not comfortable he will not be able to look after his constituancy.
PAPPU was surprised and said but all that you have mentioned above is what he promised me/us before we cast our vote and sent him to Parliament... i was promised Roads School,Hospital,Electricity,job,housing and a lots more.
Because you/we trusted him,he is now a VIP and we are all PAPPU,s
He has everything promised to you...and you are looking towards the sky Rain, Mantriji, or Helicopter? Only a VIP can tell you.
In 61 yrs we have created only VIPs

Posted by BK Chowla

this is a repeat publication

Monday, February 16, 2009

PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH...............b k chowla

Petroleum Conservation Research Association has released an advertisement in The H.T(16th Feb).
The numbers and figures quoted are very impressive. It says ,if, one was to follow five easy steps ,one can save the petrol bill by 20% resulting into saving of Rs 7000 crs on fuel import bill if every Indian saves 2 % fuel.
Five steps are ;
1…Drive at 45-50 kmph
2…Switch off your engines at red light signals if you have to wait for more than 15 seconds.
3…Join a car pool.
4…Use a pressure cooker while cooking.
5…Get an energy audit done in your factory.
No doubt, the figures are very educative, impressive and easily achievable.
What I can’t understand as to who is this ad addressed to?
If my information is not incorrect, more than 50% of the vehicles on road are owned by the Govt.
A major percentage is owned by the corporate sector, which is on expense account, anyway.
It is the aam aadmi who perhaps is the target audience of this advt.
.Well, I think he is already aware of his limitation and the need to save that he perhaps is going beyond these steps to save,his hard earned money, if not country’s import bill.
.Yes those who can actually save on fuel bills and set an example are the VIPs.
Will each VIP (except for security sensitive) give up one car each from his/her convoy to save on petroleum import bill? We had voted these people to power to look after our interests and in such case are we asking them for too much for them to give up one car?
Those who can actually help save are those bureaucrats ,who provide Govt vehicles to their wife for day time shopping and use the Govt vehicles for their children’s pick-up and drop from the schools?
It is generally said Practice what you preach.
B K Chowla

Sunday, February 8, 2009

MAHATMA........FORGOTTEN..............b k chowla

30th of Jan, was the death anniversary of the Father of Nation…Respected Shri Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi……Bapu

I was not angry but a bit disappointed as there was hardly any coverage of Mahatma in the print media. Not even a customary photograph at Rajghat got space in the newspapers..(we realise it is normally a formality only,still..) There was an advertisement released by one Ministry and that was it.
One would have expected to see and read articles on Bapu by some eminent writers. But,unfortunately, there were none. I suppose in their anxiety to get advertising revenue,

, editors did not find space enough to cover the Mahatma, especially in the difficult times country is going through- Be it political, ideological ,social, economic or security, we could have done with some references to the Mahatma.
Less said the better about the electronic Media
.All the TV channels are always ready with “exclusive” stories on some or the other subject. Most of these channels had enough time to have a continued coverage of most non-entities called FIZA and CHAND.
HonestlyTV channels do believe that this love story has viewership and Mahatma will get lower TRP compared to FIZA and CHAND.
Most of the channels ask a most stupid question to the viewers and want the answers by SMS( perhaps,there is revenue sharing with the service provider) Questions can be
1 Who will win the Ist ODI
2 Who was the highest bidder at IPL
3 Who will make a better PM
4 The list is long and unending.
None of the TV channels had any question for it’s viewers .on Bapu’s death anniversary.
None of the TV channels ran an “exclusive” on Mahatma
None of the TV channels could find a single freedom fighter to say a few words for Mahatma………and so on
What has been expressed above is ,perhaps, a tone most of the pre-1947 generation has.
They feel let down,feel disgusted,feel neglected.
Most of pre-1947 generation is ,perhaps on their last leg.
May be someone from that generation will soon be reborn , yes, reborn as the new MAHATMA.
There was a time ,the entire country used to maintain a 2 mnts silence at 11.00am on 30th Jan.
Some of you may remember Rafi’s famous song…..
Tees jan shaam ko bapu birla ghar se bahar nikle…………………………………………

B K Chowla


Monday, February 2, 2009

Pakistan.....Face the reality...........B K Chowla

Till now all the diplomatic efforts put-in by the Govt of India have not actually produced any visible results. With the mind set the Pakistanis have and their character of remaining in denial mode,when will we get a reply to our dossier is big question.Common man on the streets of India is waiting anxiously to hear from our Govt as to what is the next step they intend taking.
If the Pakistanis do take any action,it will be more because of the pressure being put on them by the International community,.....Be it the USA,Europe ,Israel and now even the Russians have started warning Pakistan.We can not expect any action from Saudi and China,who have always protected the wrong doings of Pakistan,especially against India.It is high time Pakistan puts it's act together and come out of the unreal world they are living-in.

In this context I was very happy to read an article in THE DAWN(sat,Jan 10th) by none other than Mr Shananda Khan Mohmand, who is a Doctoral candidate at the Institute Of Development Studies,University of Sussex.
Please read on THINKING OUT OF THE BOX, By S. M .Mohmand

"IF there is anything that the Mumbai terror attacks have made clear, it is that it's time to think outside the box.
The manner in which we in Pakistan have thought, spoken and acted so far has led us here. If we want to move away from this spot, the same conventional thought process and attitude is no longer going to work. A dramatic shift is now required in the way we perceive our region and conceive our identity.
First: we need to be less defensive. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is the fact that it simply makes us look stupid. It is one thing to insist that you need more evidence in order to initiate action. It is quite another to question each piece of mounting evidence, especially in the face of a general popular acceptance of the fact that there are organisations here in Pakistan that openly purport the ideology that they are being accused of, about which we choose to do little.
Imagine this: a Pakistani organisation is so implicated in such activities that the United Nations actually sees fit to declare it a terrorist organisation, but we sit around and let it operate freely and openly until we get news of this declaration, at which point we spring into action.

What were we thinking until now? The banners hanging from most lamp-posts in Lahore for the last few weeks, asking people to contribute their "qurbani hides" to the organisation should demonstrate well the unfettered operations that this group enjoyed.

Being defensive, however, may be a hard behavioural trait to alter because it is firmly embedded even in our everyday social interactions. Mohammad Hanif , the brilliant author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes made a fantastic reference in a BBC article to "that uncle that you get stranded with at a family gathering when everybody else has gone to sleep but there is still some whisky left in the bottle" in describing Musharraf's behaviour when he announced his coup against himself last year..
Taking this analogy further, this quintessentially Pakistani uncle has two other very familiar traits. One, he is extremely defensive about every one of his own identities — nationality, religion, sect, class, career — and has a deep distrust of all those who inhabit the realm of the "other". And two, he resolutely believes that the only verification any fact needs is for it to be emitting from his mouth. Musharraf suffered heavily from this delusion, but so do so many of our other uncles, those in our homes, those at our parties, and those currently issuing statements on TV.
Second, we need to stop acting in a merely reactionary manner. The "if they were in our place they would have behaved in the same way" attitude isn't going to get us very far. Many of us tried to point that out to the Pakistani government all the way back in May 1998 when India first tested its nuclear bomb.
Our government thought for about two weeks and then chose to act in exactly the same way, rather than to secure its position on the moral high horse by backing away from such childish tit-for-tat arguments and games.
Our 'outside-the- box' collective thinking now needs to demonstrate that though it may be true that if some other country had been in our position they may have acted with misguided nationalist bravado, we are capable of acting differently, not because it is demanded or expected of us, but because this is the right thing to do and because we take such terrorist attacks very seriously, both at home and abroad. The moral high horse may be the only thing that Pakistan can have going for it right now, and yet, even that is being squandered away by the defensiveness of those who claim to speak on its behalf.

Third, Pakistan needs to accept a very harsh reality — it is not the equal of India, and the belief that we can be compared has stunted our development no end. We cannot win a war against it, we cannot compare the instability of our political system to the stability of theirs, we cannot hope to compete economically with what is a booming economy well on its way to becoming a global economic power, and we certainly cannot compare the conservativeness of our society to the open pluralism of their everyday life.

Accepting these realities may allow Pakistan to give up its nationalistic bravado and posturing, and may actually allow it to accept its more realistic role in this region — one that requires that it live in peace with India, that it not unnecessarily provoke its wrath and that it understands that its most beneficial economic strategy would be to get in on the boom next door.
For that we need to think outside the box — outside the box of the two-nation theory, outside the box of the violence of 1947, and outside the box of the ill-conceived wars of the last six decades.
The writer is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.-- __,_._,___

B K Chowla