Monday, November 3, 2014

Gifted my dream book dedicated to the victims of gender atrocities to Milind Soman






An open letter to Hon. PM Narendra Modi on Agra’s Defence Colony issue



Dear Hon. PM Narendrabhai Modi ji:

Jai Hind!!! Namashkar!!!

With deep pain I’m penning down this letter, expecting it will salvage the residents of Defence Colony from the torture, harassment of Indian Army based out of Agra Cantt.

WHO ARE WE

Let me first acquaint you with the Defence Colony. This residential colony came into existence in around 1960 inside the land that falls under the premises of Agra Cantt, owned by the farmers of hamlets of Sohalla and Chawali. These villages are in existence since decades, generations.  

The essence behind the conceptualization of Defence Colony was – to provide residential space to serving and retired Army personnel, enabling them in accessing government benefits, including CSD Canteen facility and Medical facility, also to enable their children in gaining education from Central and Army School.    

Sir, as per record about 90% of house owners out of 1000 in Defence Colony hail from Army background. These are the people who have served the mother land, donning the olive green uniform. Many of the retired personnel have encountered the wars of 1962 with China, 1965 and 1971 with Pakistan and 1999 Kargil. The legacy doesn’t end here – there are many families whose new generation too has joined the Indian Army.

There are around 50 Army officers in this colony, including Colonel and Major. Every year one or two boys join Indian Army as officers, while around five don the uniform as soldier. That clearly reflects the passion for army in Defence Colony.   

THE PROBLEM

Everything was going peacefully in the colony till 2000, we used to head for market, school and college, hospital from two main roads, passing through Army units and residential buildings. Nobody had any objection.

Around the year 2000, certain Army officers came up with a plan, shutting down around seven paths, roads, passing through Army units and residential buildings, including the main two.  Army has created permanent walls dividing Defence Colony and Army area. This sort of dictatorial behavior of Indian Army is creating issues galore for the people of Defence Colony, including retired and serving army personnel and their children. Now to visit a market, hospital, we have to circumnavigate a long route. School children too are experiencing hard time. 

Hon. PM, why this injustice??? Why the retired army personnel of Defence Colony are being harassed, tortured in the name of security. May I humbly ask you – is the Indian Army of Agra feeling insecured from their former and existing colleagues? 

Sir, we are not terrorist, we are not criminal. We are proud citizens of this incredible India. This year you celebrated Diwali at Siachin Glacier with the Army personnel. It was a highly commendable step. I as a writer, son of a soldier appreciate that incredible gesture. In your address, you promised the personnel to help them in their grief and sorrow. Now, may I humbly request you to look into the grief and sorrow of Defence Colony. Think about the sacrifice these Army personnel have made for this incredible India.

Hon. PM Modi ji, I’m sure you will look into the issue. My heart bleeds for the Army personnel of Defence Colony, while writing this letter.

Jai Hind!!! Vande Matram!!!

Sincerely,
Rajiv Azad                                      
                 



Monday, August 4, 2014

An open letter to Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar

Dear Sachin, you are a living legend!!! Like millions of Indians, I am a huge fan of yours. Pay you obeisance for being a motivational force for millions of Indians like me. Your feats are unparalleled.

The fact that I have mentioned you as one of the inspirational figures in my life in my dream book dedicated to the victims of gender discrimination, “Gender Discrimination: An Indian Perspective”,  endorses my respect for you. However, the writer in me who believes in ethical journalism is shaking my conscience since the last couple of months!!! Why?

I must tell the truth to the world, who worship you like an incarnation of god as a cricketer! Your conduct as a parliamentarian has really let me down and millions of your followers. This is the nation wherein cricket is considered as a religion and you are on a pedestal where not many freedom fighters, social activist, patriots, scientists can imagine to reach.

It’s the people of this nation, who took you to that level, the larger than life stature. Why should I deny the fact that you truly deserve that pedestal, respect!!!  

Many Indians worship you like god? Why not!!! Your achievements on the 22 yard pitch are insurmountable!!! You will keep on inspiring generations!!!  

Dear Sachin, as a parliamentarian your contribution is appalling!!! Why did you accept the proposal to enter the Parliament as an MP, if you can’t justify your worth!!! Are you conducting like many other parliamentarians, who make tall promises, deliver lengthy lectures but hardly practice what they preach?

As per Govt Guidelines for the MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) fund, each member is entitled to carry out development worth Rs. 5 crore every year. Records indicate dismal picture about you. Really shameful!!! You haven’t spent even a single rupee from the Rs. 10 crore lying, rusting in your MPLAD account.

Sachin, are you so occupied, you don’t have time!!! I will never buy this argument!!! For endorsements, advertisements, you have ample time!!! You have really disappointed a blind fan like me and millions of other Indians with your conduct?

No need in wasting nation’s assets. It’s really embarrassing the temple of democracy is not driving you to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged Indians. That too when you don’t have to shell out any money from your pocket. If you can’t spend money allocated to you by the Govt of India, Bharat Ratna Sachin you are not fit for a parliamentarian.

I am writing this article with deep pain, agony, bleeding heart!!! If you can’t deliver as a parliamentarian, put down your paper.

Regards.
Your FAN
RAJIV AZAD



Joined politics for the transformation of society: Inderjeet Arya, Mayor, Agra


Joined politics for the transformation of society: Inderjeet Arya, Mayor, Agra  

The Mayor of Agra, Inderjeet Arya is an epitome of courage, sacrifice and dedication. In a society wherein medieval caste based traditions, division, psyche still persist and adhered too, Arya’s rise from the extremely downtrodden Valmiki community to the Mayor of Agra speaks about the person. Excerpts of Rajiv Azad’s freewheeling, one-to-one conversation with the Mayor. 

Family background

Arya’s father was a fourth class government employee. Had to struggle day in day out to make both ends meet. Arya encountered many a hardship during his academic life, however, he was determined to excel in life and achieve glory for his family and Valmiki community, which is often either ignored or suppressed.

Life has never been a smooth ride 

Life has never been a smooth ride for Arya. For sustenance, he did many odd jobs, including salesman, and supplier of goods. He also had a brief stint as a police constable in PAC and as a PTI with a school (He was a wrestler during his academic time, played up to regional level).

Inspiration from Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar 

Dalit icon, Dr. Bheem Rao Ambedkar’s struggling, inspiring life had a great impact in shaping the life and personality of Arya. He shared one incident drawn from the life of Dr. Ambedkar. “Babasaheb was ostracized in school as he was from a Dalit community, and during that period considered as untouchable. Babasaheb used to sit under a tree in his school, away from his classmates”: says Arya.

Political sojourn

During his school days, Arya joined BJP and shouldered many a responsible position before becoming the mayor of Agra, including ward president, president SC unit and pradesh mantri. Besides, Arya has also contributed through Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh and Sewa Bharti. Why did he join politics? Arya says: “For me politics is a wonderful platform through which, we can play a significant role in transforming the lives of people, especially those hailing from the economically weaker sections of the society, including Dalits.         




Overcoming the caste based discrimination

The caste system is so very entrenched in our social fabric that to scuttle the menace, lot needs to be done. Awareness holds the key. Change in mindset of the people belonging to upper caste or swarn is required. Unless, they start thinking that Dalits are also integral part of the society, are very much identical to them, caste system and caste based discrimination can’t be overcome. Arya says: “I myself has gone through the caste based discrimination during my social and political life. Caste system is dividing our society. We need to overcome this shame and start living with harmony.”

Message to youth and those who hail from Dalit community

If you are determined, hardworking with noble thinking, you are certain to accomplish your cherished dreams.