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From my daily diary – (A collection of Essays, Thoughts, Theories and Ideas)

Posted in Articles, Personal Posts on August 1, 2008 by Barun Roy

By Barun Roy

The story so far….

[Selected]

Dated: 12th March 1998

Man and His Life: Short and miserable is man’s life: on him and all his anger… slow but surely doomed… Blind to both good and evil, reckless of destruction, his life rolls relentlessly, for condemned today to lose his dearest, tomorrow he shall pass through the gate of hell himself. Yet he cherishes his victories: his lofty thoughts that ennoble his little day; disdaining the cowardly terrors for he but the slave of fate himself – worshipping at the shrine that his own selfish mind created – undismayed by the empire of charms, to preserve a mind free from the wanton tyranny, that rules his outward life. Proudly defiant he resists the forces for a moment, and condemns others who submit to it… in darkness submitting himself to the same and yet cries loudly for he is the man and thus proclaims to sustain alone a weary but unyielding Atlas, the world that his own ideas created.

Dated: 19th September 2001

This we know: the universe does not belong to man, man belongs to the universe. All things are connected like the colour of blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

Dated: 12th December 1998

The Meaning of Life – People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning of life. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive….

Dated: 9th February 1999

Stories Names Tell: There are as many names in this world, as there are many words, in as many languages we humans speak. And the first words that evolved must have been names. Not words describing things, or motions, or adding meanings but simple names – words that represented something – a man at the next cave, or the fierce animal in the forest or still some strange phenomena. Names of strange natural phenomena, objects or creatures that the then humans could not comprehend. Thus, through fear and awe creating Gods and in the process creating the first words…the names of these Gods. And then the next words, names still, must have been the ‘names’ they gave to each other for the purpose of communication. The real usage of language being as an instrument of communication, the primitive languages must have actually first consisted of only names or nouns and the humans must have communicated through a rather complex mixture of limited vocabulary consisting of nouns and physical gestures. However, as social theories cannot be universally generalized, I for one believe that scholars all over the world will accept my opinion as to what has been stated above as a generalized postulate.

Why Godse Killed Gandhi?

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2007 by Barun Roy

Nathuram Ghodse is often a misunderstood character. He is referred to as a Hindu fanatic. It is often hard to understand Godse because the Government of India had suppressed information about him. His court statements, letters etc. were all banned from the public until recently. Judging from his writings one thing becomes very clear – He was no fanatic. His court statements are very well read out and indicate a calm and collected mental disposition. He never even once speaks ill about Gandhi as a person, but only attacks Gandhi’s policies which caused ruin and untold misery to Hindus. Another interesting point to note is that Godse had been working with the Hindu refugees fleeing from Pakistan. He had seen the horrible atrocities committed on them. Many women had their hands cut off, nose cut off, even little girls had been raped mercilessly. Despite this Godse did not harm even single Muslim in India which he could easily have. So it would be a grave mistake to call him a Hindu fanatic.

 

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Speech by Nathuram Ghodse

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2007 by Barun Roy

The judge who convicted Nathuram was on record saying that had the public been the jury, Nathuram Godse would have been surely aquitted.Judge who vidicated Nathuram Ghodse In the pic (L to R) :Nathuram Godse, Narayan Apte and Vishnu Karkare

Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. I had, therefore, been intensely proud of Hinduism as a whole. As I grew up I developed a tendency to free thinking unfettered by any superstitious allegiance to any isms, political or religious. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth alone. I openly joined anti-caste movements and maintained that all Hindus were of equal status as to rights, social and religious and should be considered high or low on merit alone and not through the accident of birth in a particular caste or profession. I used publicly to take part in organized anti-caste dinners in which thousands of Hindus, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Chamars and Bhangis participated. We broke the caste rules and dined in the company of each other.

I have read the speeches and writings of Dadabhai Nairoji, Vivekanand, Gokhale, Tilak, along with the books of ancient and modern history of India and some prominent countries like England, France, America and’ Russia. Moreover I studied the tenets of Socialism and Marxism. But above all I studied very closely whatever Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji had written and spoken, as to my mind these two ideologies have contributed more to the moulding of the thought and action of the Indian people during the last thirty years or so, than any other single factor has done.

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Observatory Hill and The Mahakal Temple

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2007 by Barun Roy

Rest Shed at the Mahakal Temple

Rest Sheds erected in the memory of departed loved ones at the Mahakal Temple

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Observatory Hill and The Mahakal Temple

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2007 by Barun Roy

Situated in the heart of Darjeeling, and rising abruptly and steeply like some lone sentinelMahakal Temple is ‘Observatory Hill’ locally known as ‘Dara’. The steep climb up is well worth the magnificent view that is seen from its summit. The whole mountain range can be seen with all the surrounding country-side, right into the heart of Sikkim. More than 12 peaks of over 20,000 feet can be counted, with many other lesser peaks also in sight.

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Rediscovering Shangri La

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2007 by Barun Roy

The Himalayan TravellerIf words could have portrayed our emotions, like colours in the hands of a painter; if words could have latched on to the reality of moment like a nestled dream in our mind… I would have been happy. I would have danced around the meadowed green like a cur training to catch a butterfly, like an unborn child trying to wiggle his way out from the womb of his mother. But alas, my words fail me… They leave me alone in the midst of battle surrounded by enemy, unarmed and baffled. Only to stop beyond the lines to look back and mock at the General, they once served well. True, I am a man of words, and just words, as Annabelle once pointed out. True, I am a man moist in the deluge of dreams and imagination as Sherry once evaluated. But still, I can’t make it. Words fail me, when I need them the most today……

Emerald green, divine blue, visions of dream perhaps.

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