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Dear Editor:

It seems that in our world have originated two opposite thoughts with resonance to Saint Augustine. Many people are attracted to the Catholic Church in view of the image of unity in doctrine and the moral authority of its teachings. However, we see that Catholics fall into the infidelity, are absorbed by moral relativism and leave the religious practice. The outside noise can override the inner silence that faith needs to grow.

The respect for human life from conception to death; the dignity of the person; the central character of the family or the sanctity of marriage and the solidarity are determining factors for that dilemma. In this game we must not forget the pressure exerted by the media content, as on their programs as on advertising, which contributes to the loss of moral or the strength of family values, perhaps without the person is aware of its influence.

In many cases it seems that the faith has ceased to have the support of the reading doctrine of the Sacred Scripture. Pope John Paul II in his letter "At the beginning of the new millennium", is still saying that "it would be a contradiction to settle for a mediocre life, lived according to a minimalist ethic and a superficial religiosity". The childhood experience of walking on the edge of the pavement shows us how the road disappear but in the case of the faith is not a game.

In that letter, the Pope John Paul II continues warning that according to this practice would not be mediocre Christians, but "Christians with risk" which "would be the insidious risk that their faith will gradually erode, and perhaps they will surrender to the seduction of the substitutes, even welcoming alternative religious proposals and tolerating extravagant forms of superstition."

The personal experience will show examples of these situations that would surely not have been produced from one moment to another. For example, the fall in the temptation of evil or the election of an inappropriate behavior model is not something sudden, it happens little by little. First, there is something insignificant, then injected of moral relativism, is transformed into something that move us away from the first way, displacing the old habits in other new that makes us a different person.

The ability to act with principles that ensure the dignity of the person has deteriorated. For example, we have shortly gone from the respect for human life to widespread abortion, research of embryonic stem-cell artificially fertilized and then sacrificed and euthanasia. We have made that marriage is the contract less consistent; to be able to be broken by the mere will of any of the parties. A Copernican revolution that some people may find themselves vulnerable to the misconception that it is an inexorable change of the development of the times.

Perhaps, the replacement of the personal ambition for the collectivism, of the truth for the relativism is the more relevant transformation in our times. We have been instilled that beliefs are to be relegated to the personal and intimate field. As a result of this people retract to express or transmit to others their convictions, and worse when such transmission is omitted in the family. In this breeding ground of the loss of identity, the unbelief carries its roots. If we have something in the heart it has to be transmitted. The inaction shows our weakness of faith.

The crossroads that leads us to the two cities is complex since it repeated from one stretch to another and indicators may not be sufficiently explicit. For this reason, we must take the risk in the best decision, knowing that the risk of loosing grows when we are not awake and drowse by siren sons: what is close enough to touch to the light is hidden and deletes in the twilight.


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Imam’s invite to Nawaz not Modi, has profound implications due to ISIS factor and Pakistan internationalizing Kashmir

Hem Raj Jain
Dear Editor,

Sub:- (i)- Imam exercised freedom of expression by inviting Nawaz but not Modi (ii)- Imam has become most important voice for harassed Indian Muslims (iii)- Thus highlighted victimization of Indian Muslims will strengthen ISIS supporters (iv)- Nawaz can further internationalize Kashmir by visiting India on Imam’s invitation and meeting separatists (v)- Separatists in J&K will exercise influence for Nawaz to visit India and meet them (vi)- Hardliners in Pakistan will pressurize Nawaz to visit India (vii)- India underestimated power of Islam and paid price through partition (viii)- Only solution for India is to go global by joining coalition forces with Indian boots on ground in NAME against ISIS.

This is an age of IPL where cricketers from all the cricket playing countries come to play in India and Indians enjoy and appreciate the game of talented cricketers irrespective of their nationality. Similarity in this age of Globalization the politics of talented politicians should also be appreciated without identity of religion, class, castes, language region, nation etc.

If there was one fantastic political master stroke in post Independent India then it was by BJP (and its Sangh Parivar) when it raised Ram Janmbhoomi - Babri Masjid controversy (resulting in demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and attended riots including 2002 Gujarat massacre in which mostly thousands of innocents Muslims lost their lives) and which has brought BJP on its own majority in Government of India (GOI) headed by PM Modi and in power in many States . Now the second political master stroke has been dealt by Imam Bukhari of Jama - Masjid, Delhi by inviting Pak PM Nawaz but not Indian PM Modi at his son’s anointment as Deputy Imam and which has a potential of equally profound implications for Indian subcontinent as given below, IF NAWAZ COMES TO INDIA in November end on this invitation :-

(1)- Imam Bukhari exercised constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression by inviting Nawaz but not Modi. This is a very simple but most powerful way of expressing Imam’s displeasure and grievance against Modi whom Imam and many Indian Muslims still consider (notwithstanding law enforcing mechanism of Indian State’s position) responsible for 2002 Gujarat massacre and for neglecting Muslim interests by GOI under Modi’s leadership.

(2)- To the surprise and chagrin of most of Hindus and Muslim poster boys (who are in various political parties and also appear in media etc for the purpose of giving an impression that everything is more or less satisfactory for Muslims in India), Imam with this master stroke has now become the most important voice (in addition to many other small voices) for ~ 200 millions harassed Indian Muslims.

(3)- India (especially Hindus) should not forget that ISIS came in existence because governments of Sunni Muslim countries of the region (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt etc) could not get justice to Sunni Muslims of Syria and Iraq. Sunnis are 85 % of global Muslim population and same in Indian subcontinent too. Though ISIS committed blunder in Iraq and Syria by indulging in brutalities on civilians and in war crimes (otherwise by this time ISIS would have taken entire non-Ayatollah Sunni Muslim world by ideological, religious and spiritual storm). But Al-Queda which is trying to present a moderate alternative to ISIS will not succeed in Indian sub-continent unless it establish its credentials in military matters (like of ISIS). Therefore any human rights friendly ISIS like group (with enviable military credentials as of ISIS) can still gulp Afghanistan (after US withdrawal), half (if not full) Pakistan (except Punjab and may be Sindh, in first stage) and POK and can establish ‘Islamic State of New Khorasan’ (ISNK) in this region. Therefore this highlighted victimization of Indian Muslims through Imam Bukhari will strengthen ISIS supporters in Indian subcontinent, also due to the fact that ~ 1,000 socio - religious - political leaders have reportedly been invited by Imam Bukhari on this occasion also from foreign countries including from important Muslim countries too.

(4)- It is not important that - [ though most of the problems faced by Indian Muslims (as explained in Sachchar-Committee-report etc) can be solved by filing such and other writ petitions by Muslims in Supreme Court of India (SCI) for (i)- Restoring the status-quo-ante of Babri Masjid (ii)- Getting justice to victims of Gujarat 2002 massacre through writ related to Section 130 & 131 CrPc (iii)- Getting reservation laws (which are discriminatory against Muslims) repealed under Article 13 & 14 of Constitution - But Muslims are not moving SCI because they do not want to solve their problems for the reasons best known to them only (may be due to some hidden agenda of Islam which want to destroy democracy & secularism in India or even Indian State)] -What is important is the popular perception which this Imam's master stroke will create all over the world where Indian Muslims will be seen as victimized people (and in politics what mostly matters is perception and not so much the facts)

(5)- For Pakistan - [which is already trying very hard to internationalize Kashmir issue, especially after India cancelled August, 25 Indo - Pak Foreign Secretaries talks on the pretext that Pak High Commissioner, despite India’s objections, met Kashmiri separatists before these talks] - this controversy created by Imam, is a windfall. PM Nawaz can further internationalize Kashmir issue by visiting India on Imam’s invitation and by meeting Kashmiri separatists at Delhi.

(6)- If GOI puts hurdle in this Nawaz visit Pakistan will welcome it because it will be all the more better for Pakistan propaganda and for the internationalization of Kashmir issue by Pakistan. The BJP may try to clip the wings of Imam Bukhari by asking some Muslims to file case against him in court challenging his Imamiyat of Jama Masjid Delhi - [This case will be based generally on arguments which Asaduddin Owaisi President of ‘All India Majalis-e-ittehadul Muslimeen’ presented on TV channel on Thursday before Bukhari the younger brother of Imam Bukhari where Owaisi said that Jama Masjid New Delhi is Waqf property and Bukhari is occupying its Imamiyat illegally] - but it will not only take time to dislodge Imam Bukhari from Jama Masjid Delhi through court order but also such court case will add further fuel to the fire which is being presently spread by Imam Bukhari.

(7)- India’s interpretation of PM Nawaz not meeting separatists in May, 2014 (when he came during oath taking ceremony of PM Modi) is legally untenable because it was a goodwill gesture of Nawaz in his personal capacity (but Kashmir is not a personal issue of Nawaz). It was neither informed to people of Pakistan nor to people of India that Nawaz has agreed for not meeting Kashmiri separatists due to Pak acceptance of entire J&K as integral part of India (hence separatists has no locus-standi, as per India). Because this Indian stand was not discussed in India and Pakistan at all the forums (in media too including in international media) before Nawaz came to Delhi in May, 2014 - this Indian stand is untenable as per international law (especially given the fact that Pakistan tried to take Kashmir militarily in 1947, 1948, 1965, 1971, during Kargil etc and as per media reports Islam has laid down the lives of ~ one hundred thousand Muslims for Kashmir)

(8)- Separatists in J&K will obviously like Nawaz to visit India on Imam’s invitation and meet them at Delhi especially in view that it is election period in J&K and such meeting of Kashmiri separatists with Nawaz during this election period will have immense impact on the election results in J&K (also in view of the fact that people’s representatives of J&K through Legislative Council passed resolution on August, 29 urging GOI to resume talks with Pakistan). Even Imam Bukhari challenged (during TV interview on Thursday) - will India never talk to Pakistan ?

(9)- It will be a miracle if Indian Kashmiri separatists (APHC etc) do not work assiduously (through their links in Pakistan) to bring pressure on Nawaz to visit India on this invitation of Imam. But most important will be the role of hardliners (in political parties, military, ISI, Jihadis, NGOs of Hafiz Saeed etc) in Pakistan in this entire matter who will pressurize Nawaz very hard to visit India on this invitation of Imam.

(10)- Indians especially Hindus are pathetically incapable of understanding the influence on Muslims of Islam (which unlike other religions believes in controlling temporal power of State and politics). India grossly underestimated the power of Islam and paid heavy price through partition of India in 1947. It is clear to any perspicacious observer that presently India is again underestimating Islam. Whether Indians like it or not but the only solution left for India, as I mentioned in my earlier letters, is to go global by joining coalition forces with mainly Indian boots on ground in NAME against ISIS by taking commitment from USA & its Allies that they will work for :-

(i)- Replacing veto system to voting system in UNSC based on formula commensurate with contribution of men, material and money by each member to UN and record of member’s human rights (ii)- Replacing Optional Protocol OP-1 of ICCPR with Mandatory Protocol MP-1 so that UN may intervene even militarily through UNPKF in case of serious violation of human rights in erring member countries and (iii)- Launching the mechanism of ‘International Political Parties’ (IPP) registered at UNEC.

Your truly

Hem Raj Jain

(Author of 'Betrayal of Americanism')

Bengaluru, India

If parted, Shiv Sena will damage BJP immensely, if becomes responsible about SS in rest of India

Hem Raj Jain
Sub:- (i)- Modi & Thackeray not realizing their real political strengths (ii)- If parted Shiv Sena (SS) nationally will damage BJP immensely if it becomes responsible about SS in rest of India (iii)- If SS revives its original strength of pro - employees too, BJP will get severe beating politically (iv)- Anna / Ramdev agitation on black - money against Modi’s U-turn will be crucial for political future of BJP (v)- On Hindutva issue too, BJP will be no match to SS, especially about Kashmir and N-E

Dear Editor

Maharashtra Assembly 2014 Election has delivered a fractured mandate where, as per media reports, BJP little less than majority may form the minority government with the support of small parties (other than SS and Congress) and independents and with promised outside support of NCP too. But the way it is projected in media that it may be bad for SS and very good for BJP is not the whole political implication of this development, as given below :-

(1)- SS since late eighties started spreading out of Maharashtra but it did not have alliance with BJP in rest of India (contrary to what it had in Maharashtra). The national leadership of SS (Thackerays) did not want SS to become powerful in rest of India because it never wanted to weaken BJP in rest of India (due to Maharashtra factor). Hence what difficulties, harassment, violence etc SS members in rest of India faced can be known only by experience. Also SS fielded candidates in elections of State Assemblies and Parliament (by giving them A&B Forms) but the national leadership of SS never came for canvassing for SS Candidates in rest of India.

(2)- The national leadership of SS also usurped all the position of national executives without giving any voting right to SS members of rest of India. Even Election Commission of India (ECI) also did not enforce organizational elections in SS [rather ECI has been behaving in a way (if there would have been any other organisation / institution then it would have created reasonable doubt) as if it was taking bribes from SS to allow SS to avoid organisational elections despite complaints to ECI]. Income Tax department is also not ensuring annual return of audited financial accounts of SS.

(3)- Third discrimination the national leadership of SS did to SS members of rest of India is that though SS emerged in Maharashtra on the basis of economical issues as is evident from its trade union activities in early days of SS (by union leaders Madhukar Sarpotdar, Ganesh Naik etc) but it never bothered about economic and labor problems of rest of India and never took interest in protecting the rights of employees even when so many factories closed in rest of India due to industrial dispute.

(4)- Fourth discrimination the national leadership of SS did to SS members of rest of India is that it carried out its political activities in Maharashtra about economic matters and other day to day concern of Marathi Manoos. But in rest of India it confined SS mainly to only religious issues (especially against Muslims by taking the absurd excuse of mis-interpreted Hindutva ideology of SS). Because office bearers of SS in rest of India kept on getting some coverage in media on the basis of their some protest, agitation, memorandum etc on Hindutva (mainly against Muslim) issues hence they remain cling to SS, despite knowing that they are not been allowed / encouraged by SS to carry out proper political activities in rest of India.

(5)- Fifth discrimination. On Hindutva issue also the national leadership of SS never supported SS members from rest of India. Being a cadre based party SS can mobilize committed members and SS (of north India) wanted to solve the problem of ‘Displaced Kashmir Pundits’ (DKP) in 2002 after talking to Kashmiri Samiti Amar Colony Lajpat Nagar New Delhi by providing Lakhs of Shiv Sainiks as protector companion to DKP who wanted to be rehabilitated in Kashmir. But the national leadership of SS sabotaged this initiative of SS of rest of India (otherwise by this time DKPs would have been rehabilitated long back in Kashmir valley amongst the Kashmiris [not as presently BJP is trying to rehabilitate Kashmiris in separate Kashmiri Colonies (or rather posh ghettos) out of sheer cowardice of BJP type Hindus].

(6)- Therefore if Modi out of his anti-coalition policy does not include SS in Maharashtra government then there is a big danger for the very respectable-political-existence of BJP across India. If Udhav Thackeray has inherited even a trace of high moral and self respect of Bala Saheb Thackeray then he may roar like a lion and may not mind sacrificing negligible power in Mumbai Mahanagar Palika & some ministries in Union cabinet and may decide to become alternative major Hindutva and pro - employees (in addition to pro - employers) party in India.

(7)- SS will do well if starts behaving responsibly and goes for (i)- Organizational election in all the states and national executive through organizational election (ii)- Filing of annual returns of audited financial accounts of SS (iii)- Solution to the problem of DKP along with demand of retrieve of POK in time bound period along with abolition of Article 370 of Constitution (iv)- Identification, tracking of Bangladeshi infiltrators (especially in N-E) and deporting them otherwise demanding commensurate territory from Bangladesh (v)- Mixed economy (joint-capitalism) where State-capital born out of fiscal deficit will be deployed profitably mainly in job guarantee program and PDS (vi)- Federalism where all natural resources will be with State (vii)- Organizing employees of job guarantee program of States and of NREGA (viii)- No disinvestment of any public sector [ironically people who can not run a factory / economic program in profit (in BJP etc.) are claiming and aspiring to run the country] (ix)- Participatory UN in place of veto - wielding UN (x)- Demanding practical ‘one State solution’ in place of absurd ‘two state solution’ for Israel - Palestine problem (which has been disturbing world peace for so long).

(8)- BJP should also not forget that Anna ( may be later on Ramdev too) who has already written a letter to Modi about his U-turn regarding disclosing all the name of foreign account holders of black money (and on other related matters), if goes on agitation then it has a potential of getting into a major political upheaval and will be crucially harmful for political future of BJP. Like Anna people are surprised that when Modi knew about ‘Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, (DTAA, which in any case is not an impediment in bringing black money, despite government saying so) then why during election speech he promised to bring black money from foreign countries which will enable him to give 1.5 million rupees to every poor of India (which equals to whopping amount of ~ 40 years of budgeted revenue income of Union of India, which is about ~ 10 million rupees per year). [There are two types of black money (i)- penal income tax can be levied on legitimately earned money only and rest to be left with holder of such black money (ii)- But criminally earned money like from corruption, ransom, smuggling, extortion etc has to be confiscated fully by government and nothing is to be left with holder of such black money]

(9)- Thackerays forgot a basic political lesson. Once a party spreads in entire India and neglects rest of India (than Maharashtra) then its logical contradiction will see to it that neither it remains powerful in Maharashtra nor in rest of India (where it even never tried so). May be the humiliation (not only by way of election result 2014 Vidhansabha elections but even the way BJP treated SS during pre-election and post election alliance, where any talk of 1995 formula etc proposed by SS is anathema to BJP), may constrain national leadership of SS to come in its original flair & flavor - which once attracted thousands and thousands of Shiv Sainiks to Bala Saheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena.

(10)- Therefore If Udhav Thackeray start doing politics for honor and for peace and prosperity of India by behaving responsibly towards SS members of rest of India as mentioned above then the corporate sector of India (and its media) etc who are saying that at the most they can support only one political party as the party of the center (which presently it is doing for BJP, with ideology of exclusive private capitalism against joint - capitalism etc) may have to think again especially in view of spectacular rise of SS on the horizon across India.

Therefore Modi / BJP before pushing SS too much against the wall, should keep also the potential political demise of BJP in view - in case Udhav DECIDES, as mentioned above, to live up to even a bit of the legacy of Bala Saheb Thackeray.


Hem Raj Jain

(Author of 'Betrayal of Americanism')

(Shiv Sena Loksabha Candidtae 1998 from Kota, Rajasthan)

Presently at: Bengaluru, India

The study at different ages

Arturo Ramo
Dear Editor,

One of the common concerns of parents is that their children are good students and complete their professional studies.

However, it is important to know that the attitudes for the study are different according to the age. Small children have a great desire to learn and a curiosity very wide. In childhood constant questions that guys do their parents and teachers are typical.

Children aged 6-11 years like to stand out in the study, feeling satisfied if they get good grades or any prize at the school. In addition, in this age they tend to develop the skills that facilitate the study, such as the memory, the capacity for observation and the logical intelligence. This is an age very conducive to acquire positive habits of study, like work hard as well as become a reading lover and help other people.

When kids get older and are adolescents things change: intellectual curiosity decreases and they don't worry to suit well before parents and teachers. It sometimes seems that they fall into the laziness and lack of willingness that adversely affects school performance.

Another important change in adolescence is the use of free time. In normal circumstances the leisure time is an opportunity to cultivate hobbies and personal interests, make new friends and improve the cultural level. However, adolescents often make a bad use of it; making the most of it to enjoy an autonomous behavior without the dependence on parents and teachers. This age is an opportunity to affirm themselves their insecure personality and visit friends. Free time is a help to release from the tensions inherent in the age. But we can also make a bad use of it and becomes a permanent idleness where permissive life queen and do not appear neither rules of conduct nor personal self-demanding. These circumstances do not help neither human maturation nor intellectual.

Arturo Ramo

Independent Forum of Opinion (Spain)

Helping Students

Arturo Ramo
Educators (whether parents or teachers) help students (whether sons, daughters or pupils) under a necessary condition: the main target of education is the student, and all external help the student can get for him or herself is detrimental. Giving unnecessary help is equivalent to overprotecting the student and exempting him or her from the necessary efforts and exercise of his or her will power, which is the foundation of his or her education.

Educators are the guiding counselors of a student’s education by helping them develop their potential to the maximum possible (i.e. help discover what they already have inside), and overcome their limitations (whether academic or personal), as well as guide them towards their path through the consistency of our own lives, with permanent values and virtues, as well as our authority and example.

The mission of an educator should lead to the effort of giving the good example, understand students, and guide them with caution.

What are the factors that indicate to us when we can and must give them such necessary help? Fundamentally three:

Know the student. Each student is different from those of the same age group and from his or her siblings. Each of them has their own potentials and limitations. Educators must start from what the student already possesses and try to progress from there. Educators should not help a student with what they are capable of doing by themselves, but with what they cannot do by themselves.

Guide the student through words, but most of all through examples, without forgetting the importance of knowing how to listen.

Exercise authority in its facets of power and service, by taking opportunistic decisions, demanding with prudence, and implementing a system of rewards and punishments oriented to the development of a student’s well being.

Arturo Ramo

Independent Forum of Opinion


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