Monday, June 8, 2015

Striving to impart the game I love most, the Hockey

Friday, February 13, 2015

Workshop on gender atrocities at Kendriya Hindi Sanstha, Agra

Great experience at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra!!!

As a researcher, writer, social activist, I believe awareness and sensitization is the key to stop crime against women. Workshop on crime against women is a small step in this regard, focusing on: 

· Gender discrimination. 
· Crime and atrocities against women. 
· Ramification of gender discrimination. 
· How to scuttle the menace. 

My objective is to bring out grave facts about gender discrimination/ atrocities in India in public domain, hoping the initiative will alter the attitude about women/girl child in society. 

I am doing research on gender discrimination since the last couple of years. Have written many article on pivotal issues. A book dedicated to the victims of gender discrimination, “Gender Discrimination: An Indian Perspective” is a modest attempt from my end to curb crime against women. 

Donated my dream book, "Gender Discrimination: An Indian Perspective" to the institute. 

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. CK Tripathi, Registrar, Kendriya Hindi Sansthan for endorsing our request to conduct workshop on grave issues pertaining to women. 

I'm grateful to Dr. Bharat Pamar, and Dr. Rawat for enlightening us. 

Special thanks to Dr. Anand Rai, and Shri. Arun Mishra for their invaluable support. 

I would also like to express gratitude to Abhishek Sisodiya, and Mayank Upadhayaya for their support. 

With rgards, 

Rajiv Azad, Writer and Life Coach

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.


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.   


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!!!

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.

Your FAN