The Koh-i-Noor

Gee I don’t know? Should I be arrested if I took some of the Queen’s sh*t?

A similar and equally ridiculous question was asked in a British newspaper related to the jewel and other artifacts stolen from the Subcontinent (now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh). It was about Koh-i-Noor; The Indian jewel in the Queen’s crown. It was confiscated from Kharak Singh in 1850 by the British East India Company and became part of the British Crown Jewels when Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1877. In simple words, Imperialist Britain stole it from the Subcontinent and never gave it back.

This is why I laugh real loud when folks from Europe or even USA tell me people from the “third world” are thieves and corrupt individuals. Last time I checked it was the fancy First World Folks sneaking in our lands, stealing our prized possessions and then having the shameless gall to ask if it should be returned but never returning what they stole.

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Maharaja Ranjit Singh was crowned ruler of Punjab and willed the Koh-i-noor to the Jagannath Temple in Orissa from his deathbed in 1839. But after his death the British administrators did not execute his will. On 29 March 1849, the British raised their flag on the citadel of Lahore and the Punjab was formally proclaimed to be part of the British Empire in India. One of the terms of the Treaty of Lahore, the legal agreement formalising this occupation, was as follows –

The gem called the Koh-i-Noor which was taken from Shah Shuja-ul-Mulk by Maharajah Ranjit Singh shall be surrendered by the Maharajah of Lahore to the Queen of England.

– See more at: http://maharajaranjitsingh.com/maharaja_ranjit_singh_and_kohinoor.html#sthash.1A7BRuFX.dpuf

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The most Powerful weapon in the world

I pass a government school daily, while going to my office. in the vicinity, we have a three private schools as well. the huge difference between the students startles me; holistic difference i mean. so much for those who have the capability to spend, what about those in government schools?

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Do they not deserve proper education and culture? Why is it that we as parents find the need  to admit ourkids in prominent “private” schools?!! Why cannot the Government empowers its  own machinery?

Education is THE solution. हमारे मानसिक विकास के लिए ज्ञान की दीक्षा बहुत ज़रूरी है ।

Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes.  Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce & cut-  throat. They should be making six-figure salaries. on the top of it, schools should be incredibly  expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national  defense.

And by the way, Why do we NOT have any eminent scientists in our parliament?

(I came across this aptitude Q “Who was the first scientist in Indian Parliament”; Why can’t it be “How Many scientists so far”) 

#FoodForThought

What is Beauty?

I think there are two types of beauty.

The easier kind is inherited beauty. Youth and its accessories. Flawless skin, toned muscles, bright eyes, silken hair. Also, the ageless genetic gifts of symmetry, grace, and form.

While I cannot help but appreciate inherited beauty, I do not respect it as much as the other type of beauty.

 

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Earned beauty. Laugh lines, scars, stretch marks, tattoos, the folding wrinkles of age. These are marks life leaves on the body. A road map of a body’s temporal path. Each crease tells a story, each scar a mark of honor.

I’m perplexed by people who buy jeans, or boots, and scuff and distress them right away. Better they should enjoy the inherited beauty of them new, and as life works on them, the earned beauty will shine through. Be patient. Appreciate it. The process is as important as the destination. Earn it.

The same as our bodies age. Enjoy the beauty and blush of youth, but also the patina and mystery of age. Be young and beautiful. Be old and beautiful.

You were given a body. But have you earned it yet?

We are Eternal, and Timeless

In a way, we’re all sort of eternal & Timeless. We never Die!

Here’s How.
We all have gravity.Any object with mass exhibits a gravitational field. So basically the day we are born our gravitational field becomes distinct, and begins to propagate out into space in an ever-growing sphere at exactly the speed of light.

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Gravity eternally deflates. Our gravity field weakens over distance, but never reaches zero. Profoundly pervasive little infinitesimal waves expanding through space at light speed. 8.3 minutes after we’re born, our field of gravity is touching the surface of the sun. 5.5 hours later it reaches Pluto.

By one year of age, our field of gravity extends in a sphere around Earth with a total diameter of 11.8 trillion miles. At a little over four years old, our gravity field is brushing the surface of our nearest known star neighbor, Proxima Centauri. By the time we’re 30 years old, our gravitational field extends some 300 trillion miles around us into space.

Still feel small?

But the really crazy part is that when we die, our gravity will continue to exist forever, infinitely stretching out into the universe, passing through Andromeda millions of years from now, and beyond.

Everyone you have ever known, alive or not, is traveling right now through the depths of space. The gravity of our most distant ancestors, and everyone that has ever existed in the history of the world, faithfully hurtling out into the universe, eternally diminishing into nothingness but never truly disappearing. Like a glass of water that you pour, and pour, and pour but it still always has just one drop left to give.

I’d like to think when we go, our souls might hitch a ride on that wave of gravity and we can all spend eternity cruising the cosmos together.

Mahabharata Kingdom Map

Mahabharata referred Indian subcontinent as Bharata, not just the India we have today. At that time the entire Indian subcontinent was ruled by different kingdoms within and they all together were identified as different parts of Bharata.
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These are some example Mahabharata and Ramayana kingdoms which were located outside today’s India –

1. Sita was born in Mithila, Nepal, which is in today’s Nepal.
2. The Kekaya kingdom was located in today’s Pakistan
3. Madra Kingdom was located in today’s Pakistan.
4. Gandhara Kingdom was located in today’s Afghanistan.
5. Kambojas Kingdom was located in today’s Iran.
6. Parama Kamboja Kingdom was located in today’s Tajikistan.

Refer to the linked Wikipedia entries for further information:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithila_(Nepal)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kekaya
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madra_Kingdom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kambojas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parama_Kamboja_Kingdom

What is Wealth?

What is Wealth?

People often get sucked into a way of thinking about things that makes them think that a reasonable standard for measuring whether someone is wealthy or not is appropriately measured relative to Mark Zuckerberg or the Google guys or whatever.

But there’s another angle to this, and that is to ask what “wealth” means. People who equate wealth in any serious way with “amount of money that you have” are missing a lot of richness in how humans value things.

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What I think people most value (or ought to most value) is rich and interesting life experiences. On that level, there is no doubt that I’m growing rich every month, and much richer than one might imagine from my relatively meagre (compared to billionaires of Sarafa/Sadar bazaar!) 

it is all a matter of perspective. One can learn to stay happy.

P.S – I travel a lot. That’s how i learned..