Don’t Quit

John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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Making of Gorkhaland: BJP’s Dilemma

BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) promised to GJM (Gorkha Janmukti morcha) in 2013 to create a separate state of Gorkhaland and included the same in the BJP Manifesto. Therefore GJM promised to support BJP candidate, SS Ahluwalia, in the Lok Sabha election. GJM had also supported BJP candidate, Maj Jaswant Singh, in 2009 election with the same promise i.e. to create a separate state of Gorkhaland if it came to power. Maj Jaswant Singh had won. But the NDA of which, BJP was part did not muster majority and did not come to power. UPA did.
The BJP never imagined that it will come to power in 2014 with absolute majority winning 288 seats in parliament. Therefore it continued with the alliance partners as part of the NDA. This feat of BJP surprised many including the BJP itself.

BJP’s sole game-plan was to make an inroad in West Bengal where the BJP was in a miniscule existence. BJP won two seats in 2014 parliament election –SS Ahluwalia and Babul Supriya.
But landslide victory of BJP in 2014 with clear majority has made Amit Shah and Narendra Modi in BJP and RSS in Nagpur to plan for even larger majority in Lok Sabha in 2019 and capture of more states for direct governance than present 10 single handedly by BJP and seven with the Alliance partners. (Total 17 states with the BJP presence. UPA with only 7 & others 7 with no NDA/UPA). In that game plan West Bengal and Kerela are in forefront in the radar of BJP for capture. BJP is trying hard to make its presence felt in both these states.
In this scenario Darjeeling hills with just one MP or North Bengal combine with 4 MPs are very low in priority as far as BJP’s expansion plan for establishing itself in pan-India is concerned.

All political parties resort to rhetoric during the election campaigns. Promises are for luring people to vote for them and not meant, necessarily, to fulfill them if the party comes to power. This has been said by the present Finance Minister Arun Jailey during the dialogue with the leaders of OROP (One Rank One Pension) in 2014 when he was also the Defence minister. So promises made by the BJP with the GJM are not sacrosanct to be honoured. The party will look in to the long term goal of its vision and not hesitate to sacrifice small promises made here and there earlier.

Therefore demand of Gorkhaland is expandable in their view in the larger game plan of establishing saffron flag in all for corners of India.

BJP General Secretary of West Bengal, Kailash Vijaivargiya has already said that Gorkhaland cannot be carved out of West Bengal. But he is ready to dangle larger carrots in front of the leaders of the Gorkhaland movement like Tribal status, more power, more funds etc. etc.. 

Bigger question is will the movement succeed in the lack of support of the state govt and Union govt? Answer will be negative. Therefore leaders of the movement need to change their tack according to the writings in the wall.

I support converting North Bengal as a Union Territory. Another state is not created and UT is directly controlled by the Centre. Ego of Mamta Banerjee will be satisfied. BJP vote bank will not be disturbed in other parts of West Bengal. Bhadra Lok of Siliguri and adjoining areas will enjoy UT and also vote for BJP.

Union Territory has its own benefits. Please read my blog of 2008 for more on this.

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GorkhaLand:Now or Never


Solidarity March in Dehradun for creation of Gorkhalnd

Gorkhas of Dehradun took out a solidarity march through the roads and bye lanes of Dehradun on 25 Jun 2017 in support of Gorkhaland with due permission from the Civil Administration.

More than 5000 Gorkhas from far & near, men & women, old and young congregated to march to support creation of Gorkhaland in solidarity with the Gorkhas of Darjeeling hills and plains of Dooars and North Bengal.

There is a growing support from all Gorkhas living in various parts of our country and also living abroad. It is now for the people of the Darjeeling hills to take it to the logical conclusion by selecting good, intelligent and selfless leaders to lead the movement this time around.

It is NOW or NEVER

Here are some of the photographs of the march.

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Gorkhaland: Now or Never

#Now OrNever
#BJPpromiseIn2013Election Manifesto

I saw Anubha Bhonsle’s programme “CRUX” in which Swaraj Thapa says that Gorkhaland is not a possibility before 2019 because BJP or NDA do not have majority in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Parliament). Thereafter many people have taken that as a gospel truth. And I even read in few of the posts that Bimal Gurung has come out of the hiding after that statement by Swaraj Thapa.

Why did Swaraj Thapa make that statement which has sown the seeds of doubts in the mind of many people, I am not aware. But let’s have our numbers right in the Raajya Sabha before we can make any analysis whether it will be possible for the BJP to bifurcate West Bengal to carve out Gorkhaland or whatever name the state may have.  

BJP has clear majority in lok Sabha. So passing any bill therein is no problem. UPA still has majority in Rajya Sabha therefore BJP/NDA have had problem in getting their bills passed such as GST and Land Reform Bills. Let us look at the position of NDA, and other parties in Rajya Sabha as of now.

Rajya Sabha has 243 seats and half way mark to pass any bill will be 123. NDA has 77 seats (56 of BJP). UPA has 84 seats (59 of Cong). And other parties have 82 seats mainly among them being; SP – 18, AIDMK – 13, TMC – 11, CPM & BJD – 8 each and total of various other parties with lesser number of seats is 24.

But there will be significant change in number of seats of various parties in Rajya Sabha in Apr/May 2018 due to retirement and reelection. Huge assembly victories in UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur in Mar this year will have impact in Rajya Sabha representation.
Let us now look at the position that will be in Rajya Sabha in Apr/May 2018 after the reelection.

NDA will have 95 seats (69 of BJP). UPA will have 66 (44 of Cong & 8 seats of JD(U)). And other parties will have 84; SP – 14, TMC – 12, AIDMK – 12, CPM – 8, BSP – 5, BJD – 7, TRS –5, and other smaller parties 21. This will be the scenario in Rajya Sabha in May 2018.
NDA needs the support of other parties to reach the magic figure of 123 to have any bills passed in the Rajya Sabha. So let us see how it can be worked.
Let us analyze which all parties can support the demand of a separate state. SP – NO. TMC – NO. CPM – NO. NCP – NO with 4 seats.

Those who can support (keeping in mind the recent support for the BJP Presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind and those who support smaller states) are -  AIDMK – 12 (Supports Presidential candidate), BSP – 5 (Mayawati supported the smaller states within UP during her tenure as a Chief minister of UP). BJD – 7 (Supports Presidential candidate). TRS – 5 (Supports Presidential candidate). Besides JD(U) is likely to support (8 seats) though part of UPA as it now supports the Presential candidate. That makes 132 seats in favour – 9 more than the required to pass the bill.

All depends on how our leaders of Darjeeling hills can play their cards in lobbying for separate state of Gorkhaland. Here one needs to be proactive in approaching the various parties for support rather than waiting for BJP to garner support for them.
If it happens it will be win-win situation for the BJP. BJP at present has 2 seats in Parliament from West Bengal. After creation of Gorkhaland, it should have 4 seats for sure; one each from Darjeeling, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Bihar. 100% jump from the present 2 seats.
Therefore I said it is “Now Or Never”.

Who knows what will be BJP tally in Lok Sabha in 2019 election? Will they have majority? Your guess is as good as mine. We must strike the iron when it is hot. It is right moment now. Let the momentum build up to summer of 2018. And by then BJP will have gotten in the mode of election 2019 – new election, new manifesto, balance sheet of old manifesto etc.

PS: I had given links to my blog of 2008 yesterday to see what is in the name. And why not demand UT (Union Territory) instead of a separate state and encompass whole of North Bengal.
It may be wiser to settle for a different name than Gorkhaland. RSS had hinted it recently. I had said in 2008. Links to my blog are here. 

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Yet another thought. #MakeGorkhalandaReality

This is the time when there must be unity in all sections of Gorkhas. It is time to forget जात पात & any थर etc. We need to project ourselves as one big family and that is Gorkhas/ Gorkhali.
Its now or never.
Our leaders, so called leaders, have done enough damage to the image of Gorkhals as corrupt and self serving. That is why Mamta govt has tried to divide the Gorkhals in caste by giving/forming various Development Boards. Aim was to Divide and Rule. She did succeed to quite an extent.
Then she tried to make an inroads in hills bearing TMC flag. She did succeed. Municipal Corporators (सभासद) elected on TMC ticket are witness to it. To shame it all Mirik Municipality gave majority to TMC. What shame!

My appeal to all TMC Corporators (सभासद), all members & Chairmen of different Boards (who are still sticking to their chairs) is resign immediate for the sake of making Gorkhaland a reality. Let Mamta and TMC know that their days are over in hills of Darjeeling. It should be loaud & clear to all.

A suggestion to compensate newly elected Corporators (सभासद) at various Municipalities, that next time election they will be elected unopposed. This should serve as an incentive to them to resign.

Hope people of Darjeeling hills pay attention and NOT LET GO THIS CHANCE. As I said IT NOW OR NEVER.

For my ideas please read my blog of Oct 2008 at the following link…

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Facilitating Change

I think the subject is so innovative that everybody will feel connected to it one way or the other.

Finding Purpose

We all know a friend or loved one who needs to make some changes in their life. We have often tried to offer this person advice and tough love, feeling powerless as they head down a road to self-destruction. We have often heard that we can’t change other people, but it is too difficult to simply stand by and watch a friend or loved-one self-destruct without intervening. When things become too difficult, we may distance ourselves, feeling resentment toward the other person for not listening to us. These are normal fight or flight responses to difficult situations.

Addiction and mental health issues affect everyone surrounding the sufferer. The problem is that no one teaches us how to help someone suffering from these issues. Left in the dark, we do the best we can. Sometimes we get frustrated and give up altogether.

This article will show you some powerful tools to…

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— माँ —

On the occasion of Mother’s Day —–

A beautiful poem: MAA..(माँ )

Slow Down Mummy

Slow down mummy, there is no need to rush,
slow down mummy, what is all the fuss?
Slow down mummy, make yourself a cup of tea.
Slow down mummy, come spend some time with me.

Slow down mummy, let’s pull boots on for a walk,
let’s kick at piles of leaves, and smile and laugh and talk.
Slow down mummy, you look ever so tired,
come sit and snuggle under the duvet and rest with me a while.

Slow down mummy, those dirty dishes can wait,
Slow down mummy, let’s have some fun – bake a cake !
Slow down mummy, I know you work a lot,
but sometimes mummy, it’s nice when you just stop.

Sit with us a minute,
and listen to our day,
spend a cherished moment,
because our childhood won’t stay !

To all the hard working and wonderful moms who are veritably God’s Gift to Humanity !!!

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The Mirror

  • Found a very apt poem for all of us in our middle age…!
    Has been written in 18th century… Just Imagine…!!

The Mirror
(Edmund Burke 1729-1797, Irish Philosopher)

I look in the mirror
And what do I see
A strange looking person
That cannot be me.

For, I am much younger
And not nearly so fat
As that face in the mirror
I am looking at.

Oh, where are the mirrors
That I used to know
Like the ones which were
Made thirty years ago

Now all things have changed
And I’m sure you’ll agree
Mirrors are not as good
As they used to be.

So never be concerned,
If wrinkles/ extra flab appear
For one thing I’ve learned
Which is very clear,

Should your complexion
Be less than perfection,
It is really the mirror
That needs correction.

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This is for all you girls 40 years and over….. and for those who are turning 40, and for those who are scared of moving into their 40’s…AND for guys who are scared of girls over 40!!!!….

This was written by Andy Rooney from CBS 60 Minutes.

Andy Rooney says:

As I grow in age, I value women who are over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She doesn’t care what you think.

If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.

A woman over 40 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of 40 don’t give a damn about what you might think about her or what she’s doing.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

A woman over 40 has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn’t trust the guy with other women. Women over 40 couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. They Always Know.

A woman over 40 looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a Jerk if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 40+, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old girl!

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मेरा बचपन

आज फ़िर, उस, कोने में पड़े,
धूल लगे ‘संदूक’ को,
हाथों से झाड़ा…

धूल……आंखों में चुभ गई .

संदूक का, कोई नाम नहीं होता.

पर इस संदूक में,
एक खुरचा सा नाम था .
सफ़ेद पेंट से लिखा .

तुम्हारा था?
या मेरा?
पढ़ा नही जाता है अब .

खोल के देखा उसे,
ऊपर से ही,
बेतरतीब पड़ी थी…

मुझे याद है,
माँ ने,
जन्म दिन में,
‘उपहार’ में दी थी।

पहली बार देखी थी,
तो लगता था,
कितनी छोटी है !

आज भी ,
जब पहन के देखता हूँ,
बड़ी ही लगती है,

शायद……कभी फिट आ जाए।

नीचे उसके,
तह करके,
सलीके से,
रखा हुआ है……’बचपन’ ।

उसकी जेबों में देखा,
अब भी,
तितलियों के पंख,
कागज़ के रंग,
कुछ कंचे ,
उलझा हुआ मंझा,
और………..और न जाने क्या क्या ?

छोटे होते थे बचपन में,
….जेब बड़ी.

कितने जतन से,
…मेरे पिताजी ने,
ये ईमानदारी,
सी के दी थी ।
बिल्कुल मेरे नाप की।

बड़े लंबे समय तक पहनी।
कई बार,
लगाये इसमें पायबंद ,
कभी ‘मुफलिसी’ के,
और कभी,
‘बेचारगी’ के .

इसकी सिलाई,
उधड़ गई थी, एक दिन.
भूख का खूंटा लगा इसमे.

उसको हटाया,तो नीचे…
पड़ी हुई थी,

उसका रंग उड़ गया था,
समय के साथ साथ।
‘गुलाबी’ हुआ करती थी ये .

अब पता नहीं ,
नया रंग हो गया है?

बगल में ही,
पड़ी हुई थी,

….उसमें से,
अब भी,
शराब की बू आती है।

४-५ सफ़ेद, गोल,
‘खुशियों’ की ‘गोलियाँ’,
डाली तो थीं, संदूक में.

पर वो खुशियाँ…
…. उड़ गई शायद।

याद है…
जब तुम्हारे साथ,
मेले में गया था ?

एक जोड़ी,
‘वफाएं’ खरीद ली थी।
तुम्हारे ऊपर तो पता नहीं,
ये अच्छी नही लगती।

और फ़िर…
इनका ‘फैशन’ भी,
…नहीं रहा अब .

…और ये,
‘मुस्कान’ है।

कहती थी न…
जब मैं इसे पहनता हूँ,
तो अच्छा लगता हूँ।
इसमें भी,

दाग लग गए थे,
दूसरे कपडों के।
के बीच रख दिया था ना ।

तब से पहनना छोड़ दी।

ये रहा ‘तुम्हारा प्यार’।
‘वैलेनटाइन डे ‘ में,
दिया था तुमने।

दो ही महीने चला था,
हर धुलाई में,
सिकुड़ जाता था।
भाभी ने बताया भी था,
“इसके लिए,
खारा पानी ख़राब होता है.”

पर आखें,
आँखें ये न जानती थी।

बंद कर देता हूँ,
सोच के…
जैसे ही संदूक रखा, देखा,
‘यादें’ तो बाहर ही छूट गई,
बिल्कुल साफ़,
नाप भी बिल्कुल सही.

लगता था,
आज के लिए ही खरीदी थी,
उस ‘वक्त’ के बजाज से
कुछ लम्हों की कौड़ियाँ देकर .

चलो, आज…
इसे ही, पहन लेता हूँ .

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