President’s Message to the People


On the eve of the 65th Republic Day, the president of India, in his speech said, “Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy, and weakens the foundations of our state. If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments. Equally dangerous is the rise of hypocrisy in public life. Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop. Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance. False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power.” The full text of the speech is below: 



Enlightened Leadership Views:

The political leaders and political parties promise their voters. They are promising removing of poverty, creation of jobs, growth in economy, removal of corruption, good governance, etc. The religious leaders and the religions are also promising many things to their followers. They are promising God, heaven, Moksha, Nirvana, etc. There is always a huge gap between what is promised and what is delivered. This gap and this delta, between the promise and the fulfilment is their notional profit. And this offering is a prt of their survival strategy. Is the non-fulfilment of this promise a crime? Well, I don’t know what the law says. It seems all it says is, caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. As people, laws and technologies evolve, the pressure on this gap increases. A true leader (Political, Business, Social, Spiritual) is one who does not promise more than what he can deliver. He talks the walk and walks the talk. The gap between what he promises and what he delivers is always a “Shunya”. This is the Power of Shunya.

TOI’s Note to their Readers


Times of India has published a note to their readers on 23rd January, 2014 on the front page of their paper. This article can also be be read online on their portal at this link: A note to our readers: TOI’s sole allegiance is to you. The note to their readers is mentioned below in quotes: 

It is being said that this paper, after initially supporting AAP, has now ‘turned’ against it. We were prepared for this. We have been called pro-Congress, anti-Congress, pro-BJP, anti-BJP. We have been accused by some of being cheerleaders for Narendra Modi, and by others of running a campaign against him. And depending on who you listen to, we are either too soft or too hard on Rahul Gandhi. 

Truth is, we have no political masters, nor do we have any hidden agendas. The only side we take is that of our readers. 

We do not seek power or influence despite being by far the world’s largest-circulated English newspaper. But we do want to use the columns of this paper to do good. We want to make India a better place for our children; we want them to grow up with hope, not despair. 

Our job is to inform, educate, entertain, guide, and above all, help every reader realise his or her full potential. We believe in primacy of the individual over the state, and that democracy in its truest sense is about the power of one. We believe in personal liberty and in freedom of choice. We believe that governments and political leaders are here to serve, not to rule. We believe taxpayers have a right to expect that their money is spent honestly, prudently and wisely - instead of disappearing down the ratholes of sloth, corruption and political handouts. We believe natural resources need to be allocated fairly and transparently. We believe that business, when honestly conducted, is good for the nation. We believe in the creation of opportunity for the greatest number. 

We will support Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal and every other politician every time they do the right thing. But no one should expect a blank cheque from us. Our sole allegiance is to our reader, not to any politician or party. 


I being one of the readers also commented to the article and my comment was published as under:

It takes time for a dinosaur to die. It also takes time for a dinosaur to realize that it is dying. As of now there are 1835 comments to this article. And many have said that their comments are deleted. Just take the statistics of these comments from your own readers and you will know the truth. The truth is that you show that you are impartial but you are not. The truth is that you think you are impartial but you are not. Many questions arise from your above note to your readers. A few are: (1) Whay this note now? Why this need arisen now? Are you scared that a new regime may come in the near future? (2) The biggest question. You claim that you are one of the oldest papers in India. Please also tell to the readers, how many times you have published such a note in the past. This will be the litmus test for what you are claiming. No. I am sorry, your readers dont accept your claim. You are not what you claim. Thanks :)

Happy “Makar Sankranti”


Makar Sankranti” is a festival celebrated in various parts of India with different names. It is basically a harvest festival. Makara in Sanskrit means the Capricorn Zodiac Sign. And Sankranti means the movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another. Makar Sankranti, therefore, means the transition of the Sun into the Capricorn Zodiac Sign. The Sun keeps on moving from one constellation to another. These constellations have been given various zodiac signs. And Makara (Capricorn) is one such sign. At this point the Sun ends its southward (Dakshinayana) journey and begins its northward (Uttarayana) journey.

In the ancient Indian context the Sun is a metaphor for wisdom. The light is a metaphor for wisdom and darkness is a metaphor for ignorance. All movement stands for growth. This is where the Upanishads say, Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya. It is a request to the divine to move us from darkness to light. It is a request to the divine to move us from ignorance to light.

Everything in the existence is moving. Everything is in a state of flux. There is nothing that is static and in a state of inertia. The earth is moving around its own axis. And apart from moving around its own axis it is also moving around the Sun. The Sun is moving around the solar system. And the solar system is also moving around its own galaxy system. Just look at a stone. At the outset we find that it is at rest and not moving. And when we peep deeper into the stone we observe a very mysterious phenomenon. The electrons in the stone are moving almost at the speed of light. Everything in the existence is moving. And this movement is a metaphor for growth. Every electron is in transition to Enlightenment. And the whole existence is in transition to Enlightenment. And this enlightenment is a biggest milestone in the journey of life. And when we reach this milestone, it is a point of inner celebration. In the Indian context all festivals are celebrated with this milestone in mind. Festivity and celebration is a state of our mind. Every milestone is a stepping stone to the other. There is nothing called a failure. Failure is not the opposite of success. Every failure is only a stepping stone towards success.

In India, everybody (children, young, and old) celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti with the flying of kites. The flying of the kites is a metaphor for the height and depth of this success and celebration.

I am sharing a small poem written on this occasion on 16th January, 2011. I am sorry the poem is in Marathi and can be enjoyed only by the Marathi readers:


पतंगाची उडान 

पतंगाची उडान म्हणजेच मौज मस्तीची उडान. संक्रांतीचा सण आमच्या करता एक निमित्त मात्रच आहे. अहो मौज मास्तिनी पतंग उडवण्याचा प्रसंग असतो. आणि आनंद घेणे हाच केवळ एक हेतू असतो. गेल्या कित्येक वर्षांनी ह्याला आम्ही साजर करतो आणि हशी खुशीने आनंदात रम्य होतो. पतंग उडवा, गंमती करा, तीळ गुळ घ्या आणि खरच गोड गोड बोला. संक्रांतीच्या शुघेच्चा.

आज मकर संक्रांत आहे. 
पतंग उडवण्याचा मन आहे. 

घार उडतात आकाशी जशी. 
पतंग आमची उडती तशी. 

माझी लाल पतंग, त्याची पिवळी पतंग. 
रंग बिरंगी पतंगी बघा उडतात कशी. 

आकाश साजरा बघा झाला तरी कसा. 
जणु इंद्र्धनुश्यचं येऊन बसला तसा. 

पतंग उडवीत उडवीत केलो आम्ही मस्ती. 
एक दुसऱ्याच्या पेची झाल्या कशी गमती. 

राजू म्हणाला आम्ही कापलो. 
ज्योती म्हणाली आम्ही कापलो. 

कापणे आणि कापल्या जाणे हे सामान्य गोष्ठ आहे. 
खेळ खेळणे आणि मौज मस्ती करणे हे मुख्य आहे. 

आज मकर संक्रांत आहे. 
तीळ गुळाचा सण आहे. 

मित्रानो, तीळ गुळ घ्या बर. 
आणि गोड गोड बोला खर.

Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014 !!


Let us bury the old and and give birth to something new - new hopes, new aspirations, new ideas, new values and new resolutions. The old goes and the new comes in. The snake slips out of the old skin and comes out with a new skin. It feels fresh and new. It is a process of rejuvenation and a rekindling of new energies and new life. Just see, the goose has come out of the bottle. It has always been out and it has never been in. This is what is called “thinking out of the box”

There are three kinds of forces that are acting on our lives. And these three forces are: Pull, Push, and Stretch. The pull and push forces are from the outside. They are acting on us from the outside. These are coming from the society, parents, teachers, etc. The stretch force is individual. It is arising from within. It is not from outside. It is not an external force. It is an internal force. It helps us to make new resolutions and act on those resolutions. It helps us to create new milestones and move ahead of the old ones. The old year stands for “old milestones” and the new year stands for creating “new milestones”. 

The new year 2014 is also important because it is an election year. A new leadership and a new government is going to come into power. Please remember that all power is for a prayer. All desire is to move towards divinity. And all energy is to move towards Enlightenment. Therefore, all political power is to create an ecosystem that aims at a holistic growth. All political power is just to serve the people with better governance. The new year 2014 is, therefore, a turning point in the political system of the country. It has to be the government of the common people. 

Let us look into the numerology of the new year 2014. When we sum all these numbers the number that comes out is number seven (2+0+1+4=7). The number seven is a very important number. It is a number of change and transformation. There are seven days in a week. There are seven colours in a rainbow. There are seven energy centers (Chakras) that continuously change and transform our being. In Chinese culture the number seven is a combination of Yin and Yang, and represents harmony. In the Vedas and Upanishads there are seven sages (Saptarishis) who are the agents of change and transformation. The new year 2014 is, therefore, a year of change and transformation. Let us make new resolutions and make them happen.