World needs peace- We need a change!

 

Is this the world we always wanted? Are we moving towards World War III? Is this the reason United Nations was formed? We need to convince International Community that there is a looming crisis before there are pictures of starving babies. What we’re seeing, emergency after emergency, is that the international community does not get mobilised before there is an actual crisis.

Today’s wars kill and displace more people, and are harder to end than in years past. The choice before us is simple; Will we continue to subsidize the dirty fossil fuels of the past or will we transition to 21st century clean renewable energy?

Response to our crisis can be put in one word: revolution. A revolution in our priorities, a re-evaluation of our values, a re-invigoration of our public life and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens.

You can never change things by fighting the existing reality; to change something, make a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. To overcome poverty and the flaws of the economic crisis in our society, we need to envision our social life. We have to free our mind, imagine what has never happened before and write social fiction. We need to imagine things to make them happen. If you don’t imagine, it will never happen.

The biggest and most interesting crisis in the world is the human crisis, and it never gets boring. It goes back to Shakespeare. You don’t need a gimmick; it’s just man against man and their intolerance of each other. Our state is in crisis. Our people are hurting. Now is the time when we all must resist the traditional, selfish call to protect your own turf at the cost of our state. It is time to leave the corner, join the sacrifice, come to the center of the room and be part of the solution.

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CONNECT TO YOURSELF (FIT INDIA REGIME)

’Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.’ ~ Samuel Johnson

We all have heard “A healthy mind lives in a healthy body”. Life is not hassle free now a days, people are wasting their precious time on materialistic things. We all are trapped in the world of illusion which ends up in being paranoid. Our lives have become so hectic and money oriented, that we totally disconnect with our bodies. In our journey through life, we need to re-integrate and rejuvenate our body to our mind and soul. The reintegration is vital in order to have a healthy body, since a malign mind will only exist in a damaged body. When we fail to listen to the screams of our bodies, which are a reflection of our souls, we instead live the emotional roller coaster of chronic stress that feeds disease, fear and illness. You can only integrate your body-mind-soul through the daily practices that lead to wholeness.

If you’re not the one who wakes up every day jazzed to hit the gym or yoga classes and eat lightly seasoned chicken and broccoli… don’t worry. You’re not alone. Following and sticking to a fitness and nutrition plan is tough, and there will be days when you can’t find any sense of fitness motivation at all. Its okay but one needs to understand the importance of fitness . It is just not having a good physique but a healthy lifestyle which means a discipline which should be a part of you. Taking inspiration from lives of Sportsperson or athletes, the value of discipline needs to be learnt. It leads to a better life-expectancy ratio, less health/medical problems and a positive, healthy mind free from any anxiety or psychological problem. So here, a good health/fitness is the answer to all problems of modern times.

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Recently, A FIT INDIA regime has been initiated, in my view definitely not a political agenda, I believe it is the best revolution which can ever come to India. Historically, India is the only country from where origin of a healthy life has taken place in “Ayurveda”. Many scientific studies confirm what Ayurveda has known for thousands of years: Regular exercise develops muscle strength and posture, reduces body fat, improves digestion (Agni) and sleep, boosts the immune system, prevents sluggishness, and delays aging. The Ayurvedic texts describe the benefit of daily physical exercise as ‘sthiratva’, or stability. This not only refers to physical stability, but also mental, intellectual and emotional. Exercise clears and strengthens the ‘shrotas’ (transport channels in the physiology in which metabolism takes place); blockages and congestion are relieved, stress is reduced, and our sense of wellbeing is improved.

There is no persuasion to be a part of fitness club or lift heavy weights but one must adapt healthy and disciplined lifestyle which not only includes regular and adequate intake of water or having a healthy diet but also includes a disciplines lifestyle free from bad influences. Such a disciplined lifestyle will lead to the enlightenment and will be able to establish a strong connection between your mind and soul.

Looking at the way how the youths have adopted an unhealthy-eating lifestyle, partying every weekend, being a night owl but there is nothing like good taste, its your mind that controls your brain. Ask yourself when you sit alone at the end of the day, Are you happy with all such materialistic things which the whole world is doing? When you look at the mirror, do you love the person you see?  Aren’t more than half of your judgments affected by what people/world will think or say?  Honestly, before being a fitness enthusiast, I was not happy with my living, I was one of those miserable teenage girls who wanted to fit in society, who lacks confidence and probably have anxiety issues and a lot of anger.

So here is the deal, channel your anger towards fitness. I agree, in the start, it is not easy, we fall several times and trust me giving up is a lot easier option than working hard. Especially in the world who constantly tries to pull you down, it won’t be easy. But remember this time you are not working hard for the world, not to impress your boss, boyfriend, friends or family; you are working on yourself-something which is guaranteed to stay with you forever.

Fitness brings you more close to yourself. It wont be something new to say that people come and go in your life. You need to remember- “Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.” Respect this body, your soul, the way you respect a god or temple. In all religions and shashtras, it is written, your soul is a part of that ultimate god, so learn to respect your soul, your body first.

(PS- Being a fitness enthusiast has changed my life and I have seen that a healthy mind exists in a fit body. If a single person out there feels motivated, then my job is done. Any queries or help, you can reach me at meghachaturvedi2002@yahoo.co.in)

An emerging superpower- India

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After receiving such a positive response from the article “The Greatness of India” (https://thegreatindianhitch.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/the-greatness-of-india-incredible-india/#respond), I would like to share some interesting facts which are unknown to the people of this country and other countries who undermine the power and greatness of this nation.

  • The country is achieving a high economic growth of over 8 per cent of its GDP annually, on a consistent basis. In fact, India’s economic growth rate is second highest in the world-next only to China. The developed world has been left behind. The two Asian giants-India and China have today turned the leaders of growth of the global economy.
  • Militarily, India is one of the strongest countries in the world. Having the third largest army in the world, it has a huge arsenal of weaponry including nuclear weapons. Its Army, Navy and Air Force are always ready to meet any challenge. India believes in having peaceful relations with other countries, but in today’s world of changing equation, it is necessary to have a military might to deter other countries to do any mischief.
  • ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) recently launched polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) which created history by lobbying 104 satellites in a single mission, whereas the previous record was in the name of Russia which marked 37 satellites in one single mission.
  • According to a report by New World Wealth in 2016, India is ranked as the seventh wealthiest country in the world. 
  • Few years ago, Indians (who are considered to be blacks) were discriminated in western countries but now Indian minds are ruling over the world:
    • CEO of Google: Sundar Pichai
    • CEO of Microsoft: Satya Nadella
    • CEO of Adobe: Shantanu Narayen

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You’ll find that again. You will!

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There was a time she wasn’t sure. In middle of a hurricane, it always made her question- Wonder whether she will get through it, whether all of it is worth it or what if she could not handle, she always had a thought to quit in back of her mind. But she did not quit because she is not an escapist. The day she realized she has to fight back, she won because she was not scared to lose now. In middle of the storm, where she was the most vulnerable, her ears could not listen to the chaos where she listened to her heart which tells her to calm down, so she listens because she knows even if she wanted to, she cannot go back. Life is a crazy, beautiful, confusing journey but it is lived forward. 

We all had those frightening experiences, some of us are still going through or are yet to go, those memories that scare the shit out of us, but you made out and that’s your victory; the ones who are going through it, do remember that “This is Life and it is not supposed to be easy, it is much more than the barbie or X Box games.” But you will make through it. This is the end of the year and I would like to remind you all of your strengths which didn’t let you give up and trust me, you’re doing great! We all have screwed things in past, but don’t blame yourself for everything. Even if you’re low right now, its okay, give yourself some time, find yourself and you’ll rise again. We all have made mistakes in this year and  have left things behind but  remind yourself- You will find them again. You will be happy again. You will be okay, so keep moving!

Looking forward to the coming year with Hope and ready to fight back with everything life throws at you. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all! Stay Blessed ❤

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RESPECT INDIAN SOLDIERS

 

We all keep on whining about our problems and lives but have we ever thought of people least paid by government and living the most difficult lives? Those are the people who stand in -40 degrees protecting us so that we can sleep peacefully! Its easy to find problems and whine about them but it would be better if we could work on them. Its easy to find loopholes in country or governance or putting allegations or for that matter debating upon right to dissent from saying “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, but have you ever imagined how peaceful lives we have considering the unrest in African and Middle Eastern Countries but still we are thankful to nobody! I believe that the people saying anti nationalist slogans or disrespecting the country should feel shame upon themselves. If we want to make things better then we need a common feeling of Nationalism that will unite every citizen of India, irrespective of religions we should proudly identify ourselves as INDIANS.

RESPECT INDIAN SOLDIERS! RESPECT YOUR MOTHERLAND! PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN!

INDIAN CULTURE

If I was asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life and found solutions, I should point to India.                                       – Max Mueller

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Culture is the idea, value and beliefs of a particular civilization at a particular period. It is more than anything else, ‘A State of Mind’. Culture is the mixture of several things like fashion, music, artistry, behavior, social norms, architecture and even food and dress sense. India is known as the land of culture and tradition and is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Indian culture is rich and unique in its own ways. The projection of our culture has definitely taken a nosedive but something which has lasted, grown and emancipated over centuries cannot easily be wiped out or disintegrated.

Civilization relating to India goes back to several millenniums and the earliest one on record is the Indus Valley Civilization, Hinduism owes it origins to Vedas and the Hindu Culture laid reverence for these holy scriptures scripted in the sacred language of Sanskrit. It basically had some salient points which were a belief in God in some form, emphasis on rituals, which were believed to unite them in spiritual kinship, belief in the Guru-Shishya tradition of learning, a demarcated caste system based on the work allotted.

Besides the Hindu religion we have the Jains who have claimed their religion to be most ancient of all, even to Aryan Hinduism and presented scholarly support to the existence of Jainism in the Indus Valley. Buddhism, is another religion in our country which is based on the teachings of Gautam Buddha. It is also one of the great religions of the world. Scholars have avoided the world religion for Buddhism and prefer to call it a system of morality or ethics. Islam was brought to India by the invaders and even as they set up their rule in the country, they indulged in propagation and forceful conversion. It is today a religion with one of the largest followings in the world.

The earliest of recorded and prominent invasion was that of Alexander. The major effect of this invasion was that his march produced a land route from Europe to India with the result that Greek and Indian civilizations came in close contact in fluencing each other to a great extent. Later we have had the influences of Christianity brought into India by the French, the Portugese and to a major extent by the Britishers who ruled for nearly two centuries. Further to this we have had a sprinkling of Jews and a good chunk of Parsis seeking refuge in our country.

In the cauldron of this composite mixture of various religions and cultures evolved the Hindustani culture in Northern Indian and the Dravidian culture of the South. The Bhakti movement in the Middle Ages in India were an all-india socio-religious movement. Ramanuj, Nanak, Ramanand and Kabir, Namdeva, Tukaram and Ramdas, Jaidev and Chaitanya denounced the caste system and brought about socio-religious reforms in the Hindus society. The Nawabi culture of Central India and mainly Lucknow brought a different artistic style to the prevalent customs of royalty which filtered down to the middle class. This was famously known as ‘Tehzib’.

The political setup of our country is based on acceptance of this composite way of life with freedom to practice ones own religious and culture in any part of the country. The majority Hindus have always been a tolerant religion and have soaked a variety of this composition into their culture yet several things practiced today are very hard to be categorized. The social fabric of our country has been made strong over the centuries through our varied cultures. It is our religious and culture which is attracting persons of all religious and nationality to the country.

Millions of Indians have left for foreign shores and their second generations are growing up there. These young ones are more susceptible to change and assimilation. They are the ones growing up in an environment alien to us but quiet natural to them. The surprising part is that even after all the exposure to this foreign culture, they continue to retain the basics of the culture their parents had imbibed in them by behaving normally at home. The roots are so deep that it is quiet difficult to strip them off.

Just by singing or strumming rock, Lazzard Pop music does not annihilate our culture. Wearing Western dresses or speaking in a different accent does not mean that our culture is at the point of disintegration. Beauty pageants, which are being violently opposed by a section of our society, are not powerful enough to change or influence our culture. The younger generation has still its umbilical cord connected to their ethnic culture securely even as they become progressively modern. There are millions of youngsters in the metros dancing at discotheques who go back to retain their tradition and culture where it really matters. It is definitely the strength of our culture that it cannot be so easily traded off. It is not the physical being, ‘It is a State of Mind’.

The West has borrowed our Yoga, transcended meditation, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Ayurveda seems none the worse for it. In fact it grows more strong even like us with our young ones living it up in style. The world is after all heading for a Global Village so let us get the taste of it and continue to emancipate. Our culture can only gain by adding to it. What matters really is our identity and our ethics.

Our Indian Culture teaches us to respect elders and to treat the Guru or Teacher at a rank equal to ones’ parents. This is something which is unheard of in the developed nations. Our culture is slowly being eroded and the day it is considered immaterial, we shall no more have a nation. The beliefs, development of human powers, mental and spiritual training in the background of our religious traditions, all make a concerted move for our culture to be vibrant and a living entity.

Culture unity means a wholesome cohesive undercurrent flowing into the beliefs of people which jointly compose our nation. These perennial beliefs, social traditions and spiritual practices make up our cultural fabric. Cultural unity means ‘Unity in Diversity’ but this has remained a fake rhetoric only. These are the discriminating factors which are slowly growing at the roots of our culture. Our Culture will be wiped out because of this ambiguity. Let us awake and be equal to all transgressions on our cultural unity.

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Reservation- justified or not?

Reservation has become a major issue in Haryana and jats have been fighting for their so called right. I must say seeing the condition of rohtak, i cannot find much difference between Jammu&Kashmir and Rohtak, the only difference being in J&K these violent acts are done by terrorist and in Rohtak these are the citizens of the country doing so; really shameful it is. There are several videos of jats buring buses, trains, police stations and government is bearing loss in crores.

If this is how things are meant to be done then let all the communities come out and destroy the nation slowly. I am sorry but this is not the way things are meant to be done. First of all,reservation is meant for people who are economically backward and to ensure equality of opportunities to those; not for the richer dumb class who have profited from Green Revolution and are not capable of getting admissions on merit. Second of all, if you want reservation then there is a systematic way of doing everything; file a writ petition in High Court or Supreme Court.

There have been news saying there is high alert in delhi, jaipur etc because terrorist might use this as an opportunity. It is very despicable to see how much we hate terrorism and now indirectly promoting it.

At one side  our soldiers are fighting for us without caring about their lives and thousands of them die every year and it breaks my heart and definitely their heart too after seeing the condition of nation. Is it the nation for which they sacrificed their lives? Don’t let their sacrifice go in vain. Be a citizen who is worth protecting for. #IncredibleIndia

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Should Anti Nationalism be tolerated?

I have been refraining from writing on this sensitive issue from long but i think its high time. Jawaharlal Nehru University, a very renowned and reputed university is now facing serious conflicts. Who is responsible? Kanhaiya or other JNU students or BJP government or someone else?

Now, the basic facts which are known to us are some of the JNU students were seen saying Anti Nationalist slogans in a rally which was basically against the punishment of Afzal Guru (a known terrorist) and this rally was approved by the president of JNU students union Kanhaiya who has been arrested for sedition and other students are absconding. There are so many people against this arrest and doing marches whereas there are many who say shutdown JNU and want to kill these people for being against the nation. But will it do any good? If 10 students of JNU say anti nationalist slogans, then shutting down whole university or treating all JNU students in the same manner is not justified.

And people who are claiming videos are tampered by ABVP students union, i believe this should be left to the police and judiciary to decide upon. Yes,delhi police can be under control of central but judiciary is an independent body under article 50, so  I don’t know why extraneous violence and protests have been taking place. If the absconding JNU students are innocent then i don’t see the point of running away. And if this has really taken place, then I am sorry we are not tolerant enough to just leave these students. If punishment won’t be given today then a lot more will happen tomorrow.

At last, I would just say that please recall the death of Hanumanthappa and thousand of soldiers who die fighting and protecting us on borders. Be a citizen who is worth fighting for. #IncredibleIndia

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A Rising issue- “Intolerant India”

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I would just like to remind people quoting India as “Intolerant Nation”, that you’re talking about intolerance of that land where Mahmud Ghaznavi invaded the Somnath Temple still we gave him another chance; you’re talking about that land where we tolerated British for more than 200 years; you’re talking about the nation where everytime ceasefire violation is done by Pakistan and we don’t seek to destroy their nation; you’re talking about that nation where we are still tolerating the disrespectful remarks and gestures for our mother nation! There are many ongoing debates regarding this issue but people please, this nation has given a lot to all of us, if you cannot be the change; then please do not pass disgraceful remarks for the country you are living in.

PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN! #IncredibleIndia

Let the Peace Prevail

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Abdul was taking his last breadth
living last few moments of his life,
He was called a terrorist
who crossed the border of India
with dangerous intentions,
But he was not born as a Terrorist!
He was not born with this mindset,
it was given to him by people!
He was killed in a cease fire,
Also many people got injured in same,
And a small kid Faizal was killed
He was innocent but
then why did he deserve this?
Soldiers of India and Pakistan,
both keep fighting on borders
taking each others lives,
protecting their Nations,
but from whom?
So many mothers loose their sons
sisters loose their brothers, wives loose their husbands,
this loss takes place at both sides
then who gains and who wins?
What is the reason of this war?
Why this hatred? Why this terrorism?

Let the Peace prevail for once and see how this world becomes paradise!

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