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Raja Bhoj And The Crow: The Story Of The First Whistleblower

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By DP Sakunia

Once Raja Bhoj was encircled by his nobles who were chanting eulogy as they always did. Suddenly a crow came from nowhere & scratched at a noble cum poet. Raja Bhoj became furious & directed to execute the crow. The crow prayed for a last hearing & took Raja Bhoj & his noblemen to a cave full of diamonds.

The crow told the entire kings caravan that the wealth dates back to Lord Ram’s time. She narrated the story that was as follows. A rich person of Oudh invited Sri Ram once for lunch at his place. After lunch the rich person presented Sri Ram with these precious stones. Lord Ram, the gracious self that he were, left the same at the verandah of his palace for someone in need. Time passed fast but no one came forward to take it and in course of time the wealth got hidden in the cave.

After narrating the story, the crow came to his point & prayed Raja Bhoj to search his so called noblemen who had already unscrupulously pocketed some of the valuables. These were the same folks who harped eulogy at Raja Bhoj and kept harassing and looting the subjects. The crow scratched at such a nobleman-cum-sycophant who was actually coaxing Raja Bhoj with self-ill motive.

Raja Bhoj immediately sent the noblemen to prison and asked him to be given the harshest punishment. He also called for a detailed investigation and personally went about asking his subjects who are the culprits and made sure all was happy once again.

Moral of the story: Alas there is no place for such whistle blower in todays time because Raja Bhoj and the noblemen have become equally corrupt towards the subject.

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Indian Middle Class Life And Stories

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By Pinaki Pratihar

Every day when I wake-up and get prepared for my office, I pack my lunch made by my maid and miss my mom. How she helped me get dressed for school or how she used to pack my favorite dishes during my college-life when I use-to go home every weekend!

Or at early night when I used to chat with my dad, queries regarding health, job, life, parties, future plans and more. Sometimes the whole conversation turned into a simple question by my mom, “When will you come here to meet us?”

And I remained silent like ever. Mom has a power; she can feel some unspoken words. She naturally did-not repeats the same question. She left the topic the moment she felt I am uncomfortable with that.

He is a father, who has invested all of his savings for education of his children and to earn their minimum daily needs and wants. A perfect representative of Indian Middle Class society, who preferred to invest on Education, rather increasing his bank balance, whose expenditure, is same as his income, at the age of pre-retirement. He had invested his time to his children as much as possible and now he deserves to get the same attention from his children as he knows he is also experiencing the old-age problems and he need some-one apart from his caring wife, who is also struggling from fevers and pains due to age and nerve conduction and is failing to keep in check with his physical condition. He deserves a hand who can help him reach the nearest reliable hospital and can bring the medicine on time.

She is a mom; she had a general ‘mango-people’ homemaker mindset of having the best of possible things. Her only happiness in life comes from seeing her children attain a position in life. She still wishes her son could be a schoolteacher in a nearest high school and can stay at home at-least.

And me! Once I dreamt to be near my parents and failed, when I felt that life can be easy but career is not secured in Kolkata. Negligible economic growth and industry-related statistics and HR-satisfaction survey and un-predictable responses never encouraged me to be in Kolkata. The dream has busted. I never realized when.

I am a person who enjoys the cheap ride in Kolkata, cheap food and the lazy moments with family and friends. I do not feel the same in Delhi though I have a core set of friends and experienced colleagues. I am well convinced that this is not a place to grow well for a non-IT profile.

Everyday I wake up early morning and reach home at night; in between I mix with so many identities. I am a daily passenger who pays the same for a ticket to reach office, a colleague, who can do his job, a friend, with whom some information can be shared, a researcher who try to study things in-depth, an executive who interact with clients regularly and try to put some value in the business process, a junior, who try to follow senior’s instructions, a judge, before putting the instructions and a dreamer who try to put something new in front of the management.

And a Govt.

In my childhood, I participated in debates against brain-drain, but later-on realized watching so many unsuccessful businessmen in West Bengal that every state is not open like Gujarat.

I am not happy, but satisfied just by calling and considering my days as ‘The Struggling Period’, where I am struggling to learn some more, to earn some more money, respect and more happiness around me. I am convinced that this time, forget about your emotions and family. Here I wish you find your life different from me.

Android Phone Now On Narendra Modi’s Name, Here’s More

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So if you thought Narendra Modi’s fan are restricted to only buying his memorabilia in Gujarat, you were wrong. A set of android phone manufacturers in China are bringing out a phone in his name, and the gadget as far as specs looks comparable and compatible with the best.

If you thought the list of phones coming your way is getting lesser think again. This election season politicians will also bombard you with gadgets in their name. Who takes the headstart, our digital and gadget-guru, the man with the most twitter and other social media followers, Narendra Modi, popularly known by his followers as NaMo.

If this website and the founders of this company are to be believed the gadget with seriously ultra-specs (only available on high-end phones) will be out around the end of August. The phone rightly named Smart NaMo has been given the name because “Namo stands for Narendra Modi and Next Generation Android Mobile Odyssey” according to the website.

According to the brief product specs available on the website, the 5-inch smartphone will be powered by a MediaTek MT6589 SoC that includes a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and include Gorilla Glass 2 protection and a 13 megapixel camera.

The phone, according to the website, will be available in four variants with 1GB or 2GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. The company is also planning to launch the phone with a Narendra Modi ‘signature edition’.

The idea, according to one of the founders, Ammeet Desai (in an interview to Wall Street Journal), a Gujarati businessman who has a mobile business in China, came from China where several products like MP3 players and smartphones are sold with branding of the leaders.

A Wall Street Journal report claims that Smart NaMo phone will cost Rs 16,000 at launch and have videos as well as apps related to Modi.

NaMo – Armed With All the Ammo!!

Popularity. Power. People. A change for betterment or worse? Dwaipayan Chakraborty ponders over this issue while taking us through Narendra Modi’s political career.

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Mr. Modi gave his final touches before the last lap towards Race 2014 by visiting his seniors, Mr.Advani and Vajpayeeji to convey his regards. He is now ready to single-handedly lead the BJP (some traces of NDA) towards forming the government in the next five years.

If you take one look at Mr.Modi’s journey, it would surely be regarded as a remarkable event. Beginning as an aggressive leader, staunch follower of the Hindutava ideology, he faced his major setback in the Gujarat riots, which still haunts him. Yet he has left that behind, and come a long way from being almost shown out from the party to the leader of the national election campaign. Let’s observe the current scenario, Mr. Advani, the senior most and the most probable person for the Prime Ministerial candidate has accepted that he no longer has a chance. NDA partner JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar, ending the 17-year long alliance along with any hope his being the leader. Other BJP leaders, some in support and some against have readily taken it for granted that if NDA wins, Modi will be at the helm of matters. So, any internal collision has been washed away. Now what stands between Modi and his being PM is the opposition. But even he knows that battle is relatively easier than any internal feud.

An able administrator does not always have a lot of friends. He is supposed to think the greater good and make decisions which might not be acceptable to everyone, but the majority. He starts off as a trainee, in this case a Sevak and scales the height gradually, falling / rising, but never stopping & most importantly waiting for the right moment to strike his dominance. Being at the top is never easy, one must toil out his skin and keep hoping for good luck.

The popularity today of Modi is not born out of a fort night; he has done a lot of things right to be here. I agree that he has a major religion-al setback to counter always. His domain is meagre, only one state, yet how many leaders can keep holding on to the mantle repeatedly. Inspirational oratory, industrial developments, youth workforce and loyal followers are some of his forte which has kept him going. Modi wishes to replicate the same on the national scale, though the challenges are greater. But ask any of his followers, and you will get an instant answer “Kyun Nahi Sambhab?”

Politically, the UPA look stronger on paper, after NDA losing its strong hold down south recently. The Prince has done a cabinet reshuffle to gear up things against their only significant rival, the NDA. Now after clearing all the internal dilemmas/ egos Modi stands alone. The stage could not have been better for him; he is unofficially the leader to decide whatever is right for NDA in order to come in governance. But his supports are weaker now, NDA alliance shaky, and some internal leaders not happy with his rise being a few of the cases he needs to tackle. Modi has to formulate an innovative strategy in order to win over the hearts of a billion. Already he has been assisted by UPA’s scam ridden regime and their inability to decide the upcoming leader.

After all, if someone puts his ears deep into the minority sections of Gujarat, one can understand the grievance they have against Narendra. They still believe he cannot be a good secular leader and has his inclination. Somehow 2002 cannot be wiped off from their memory. India is a vast country and the so called minority class isn’t a minority anymore. Modi has to deal with this too.

Popularity is the strongest Ammo in NaMo’s armour.

But is that enough to lead a country? Numbers will have the final say.