Jan 26, 2017

SOULFUL MUSIC

Had the opportunity of witnessing Pt Ravi Shankar's performance accompanied by his daughter Anoushka in Siri Fort Auditorium long back. Now a video of her solo performance :-


Jul 25, 2015

Jul 21, 2015

BRITAIN OWES ITS FORMER COLONIES REPARATIONS


One of the most erudite MPs from India making a strong case in the debate at the Oxford Union Society debate.
The tone, tenor, confidence, poise, wit, humour and last but not the least 'Delivery'
SPELLBINDING !!! 

Jul 12, 2015

WISHES FOR THE JOURNEY AHEAD

I wrote this poem for my son, on the eve of his departure for his higher studies in Management a few days ago:


The bundle of joy born in the nineties
Taller than his dad in his twenties.
How we look back upon the days gone by
He is and will remain the apple of our eye.
That complete surrender to the embrace of his dad
Confident that his arms are as protective as can be had.
That there can’t be a bed, cosier than Mom’s lap
The touch and feel of his body so tender
Would arouse such emotions was indeed a wonder.
It’s amazing how time has flown
How the little one has grown.
Taller than his dad, not so innocent any more.
Exposed to the elements and the big bad world
Our arms are too small for him to lay curled.
Now he leaves for his professional learning
May Goddess Saraswati unto him shower her blessing.
May the Almighty give unto him
More than we could, through thick and thin.
Go my boy and face the world
Battle all odds and for the record
Let it be known to the world at large
That you have it in you to lead the charge
Towards happiness and success, in that order

Grab all the glory that lies ahead and yonder.

Jun 13, 2015

THE WAY OF THE KNIFE

In a clear departure from past practices, the Govt authorized the Indian armed forces to launch an attack on terrorist camps outside its boundary.  Kudos to the Indian Army and the Air Force for a sterling display of professionalism and jointmanship. However, if such an action needs to be repeated, the militants are unlikely to be taken by surprise and own casualties may become inevitable. PM Modi rightly stated that he would not accept Indian casualties anywhere in the world. Thus if Indians fall prey to terrorists outside our own country, a repeat of such actions may also be inevitable.
Mark Mazzetti in his book ‘The Way of the Knife’  has brought out how the Americans have been using killer drones and special forces to deadly effect all across the globe. Operations using drones ensure min loss of life to our own forces, while inflicting maximum damage to the terrorists. In the long term if India wants to assert its hegemony in the subcontinent as also dissuade our not so friendly neighbours from stoking the fires of Jehad or militancy, it is imperative that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAVs) be used for the destruction of training camps, hideouts and other militant infrastructure. Technically, it may be possible that such action be initiated from within our own territory. Though use of ground forces cannot be ruled out altogether, maximum use of UAVs will certainly minimize losses and ensure morale is not adversely affected.
While we may have got away with our transgression into a nieghbouring sovereign state in Myanmar, a similar action in Pakistan would raise the risk many notches. With Pakistan, the risk of further escalation would be too great to be hazarded. The need therefore of acquiring the capability of carrying out surgical strikes into enemy territory either through drones or a combination of ground troops and UAVs is inescapable. Such strikes though a transgression into foreign soil might just pass as a 26/11 type attack and thus, might just be worth the risk.