Now, that the Gujarat Assembly Election 2017 Fever is complete,and Election Results are likely to pour out at any moment, now that Exit Polls are already out with almost all the Psephological Surveys predicting an Outright Victory for BJP, though it may not be as landslide as 150 seats targeted by Shri Amit Shah, BJP's President, it is hightime for the country to be back on rails of solving its Day-to-day problems. First, I apologise to my Readers for my failure to write here regularly owing to my personal health, and personal family compulsions. We shall start with a Sanskrit Verse of Bhartruhari, approx. 8th Century CE Sanskrit Poet of Great Wisdom, and its Telugu Translation by Yenugu Lakshmana Kavi, approx. 17th Century CE.
Gujarat Assembly Election Results 2017:
My personal prediction based on, what I have seen on TV Screens
I am not a psephologist. Nor, have I gone to Gujarat, to study the People's pulse personally. Hence I am subject to errors. Now, my prediction: "Unless EVMs are tampered with in critical/some/many/all (Tampering is not compulsory for every Constituency. It can be done depending on needs), there should be a 55%:45% result in favor of BJP, or Vice Versa, i.e. 45%:55%. But, as has happened to the contrary in the Uttar Pradesh Elections, almost all the results may go in favor of BJP."
kvacit pruthvI SayyAh
kvacid api ca paryamka Sayanaha
kvacid api ca SAlyOdana rucihi
kvacid api ca divyAmbaradharO
manasvI kAryArthI na gaNayati
duhkham na ca sukham.
English Gist: An accomplisher of tasks enjoys comforts and endures hardships while making his efforts. He does not care, consider or count the happiness or the hurdles in the process. The poet gives some examples:
1. He sleeps on luxurious beds. Sleeps on floor.
2. Devors sweet and delicious savories. Survives on vegetables.
3. Wears superior garments. Wears rags.
Equivalent Telugu Verse by YEnugu lakshmaNa kavi
ఒకచో నేలను బవ్వళించు, నొకచో నొప్పారు పూసెజ్జ పై,
నొకచో శాకము లారగించు, నొకచో నుత్కృష్టశాల్యోదనం,
బొకచోఁ బొంత ధరించు, నొక్కొక్కతరిన్ యోగ్యాంబర శ్రేణి, లె
క్కకు రానీయఁడు కార్య సాధకుఁడు దుఖ్ఖంబున్ సుఖంబున్ మదిన్!.
The same Telugu verse in Roman Script:
okacO nElanu pavvaLincu, okacO oppAru pUsejja pai,
okacO SAkamul Aragimcu, okacO utkrishTa SAlyOdanam
bokacO bonta dharincu, okkokka tarin yOgyAmbara SrENi, le-
kkaku rAnIyaDu, kArya sAdhakuDu duhkhambun sukhambun madin.
When need arises, a person sleeps on floor. At a time a person will sleep on a floral bed. Once a person may survive on vegetables. At another time a person may enjoy delicious recipes. At a point of time a person may wear rags. At some other time, a person may wear lines of Great Dresses. Accomplishers of tasks will not care in their minds, about hardships and comforts. from: bhartrihari subhashitams yenugu lakshmana kavi
The Great Accomplisher of Tasks, our Hon. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji; hence we can comfortably apply this verse to our beloved Prime Minister, notwithstanding what Mr. AlpEsh Thakore, the recently joined Congress Leader of Gujarat says.
What did Mr. Alpesh Thakore say?
Link kind courtesy: Click here to go to Indian Express and study the News Report http://indianexpress.com/elections/gujarat-assembly-elections-2017/alpesh-thakor-reveals-secret-of-pm-modis-fair-skin-5-mushrooms-worth-rs-80k-each-4979449/
"...Modi ji eats mushrooms from Taiwan. One mushroom costs Rs 80,000 and he eats 5 mushrooms a day. He was dark like me but he became fair because of these imported mushrooms ..."
"...The poor cannot afford the food that Modi eats. ..."
"...You cannot have what PM Modi eats because it is not a food for the poor. A source told me Modi ji has been eating it (imported mushrooms) since he was the CM of Gujarat. I have seen his earlier photos. He was dark like me, but now he has grown fairer ..."
"...If a PM consumed food worth Rs 4,00,000 a day, then his cadres must be spending a lot more. ..."
"...If a PM eats food worth Rs 4,00,000 in a day, can you imagine how much his party workers might be spending? ..."
Question: Mr. Alpesh Thakore may be mudslinging on Mr. Narendra Modi. Mr. Narendra Modi rose to top from being a Tea-seller, and it will be outrageous to say that he will squander People's Money.
I too had this doubt. I felt that Mr. Alpesh Thakore may be speaking out of Electoral compulsions. But, in 2016, it appears that Mr. Narendra Modi himself seems to have said that he is an aficionado of Mushrooms, of course of the Himachal Pradesh grown (Nationalist) Mushrooms.
Readers will please see this link: Click here to go to https://daily.bhaskar.com/news/TOP-secret-of-pm-modi-health-5419173.html, and study this news.. Quotes from this 2016 News Report of daily.bhaskar.com.
"... But very few people know that PM Modi eats mushrooms, found in Himachal, on a daily basis to keep himself active and lively. Interestingly, they cost nearly Rs 30,000 per kg. ..."
"... ...Modi himself had revealed this and he is eating these mushrooms since he was BJP national secretary for party activities in Himachal Pradesh. He had revealed this to reporters during an unofficial conversation after becoming Gujarat Chief Minister.
"... The secret of my good health is mushrooms of Himachal Pradesh. They have various health benefits,” he had reportedly said. ..."
Question: Mr. Narendra Modi may be helping the farmers of Himachal Pradesh by consuming Himachal mushrooms, paying Rs. 30,000/- per kg. He is a great Nationalist and Patriot. Why should he eat Taiwan imported mushrooms paying Rs. 80,000/-, and deprive the Himachal farmers their Rs. 30,000/-?
Ans: We do not know who manages the personal kitchen of Shri Narendra Modi, or the Official kitchen of the Prime Minister of India. We also do not know whether he has any personal kitchen or not. In case of PM's Official kitchen, the Officials in the PMO's Food Department might have found that Himachal mushrooms were of poor quality, and that they are to be replaced by Taiwan mushrooms, particularly because, banquets may be given by PM to very high level foreign guests. This substitution of Himachal mushrooms with the Taiwan mushrooms, might not have gone to the Notice of our Hon. Prime Minister. Mr. Alpesh Thakore may be trying to produce Mountains out of Molehills for Gujarat Election purposes.
Question: In the above 2016 daily.Bhaskar.com, linked to and quoted by you, Mr. Narendra Modi is reported to have said: "... ...Modi himself had revealed this and he is eating these mushrooms since he was BJP national secretary for party activities in Himachal Pradesh. He had revealed this to reporters during an unofficial conversation after becoming Gujarat Chief Minister. ..."
Ans: Pl. see the following paragraph from an Article by Shri Jay Dubashi, a Retired Senior General Secretary of BJP, who worked with Hon. Narendra Modi, when he was at that time functioning as BJP National Secretary:--
Link to read this detailed article from the Memory-lane of Shri Jay Dubashi: Click here to go to https://www.valueresearchonline.com/story/h2_storyView.asp?str=25327, and read the Article full length.
"... We used to drink lots of tea and coffee-- mostly tea and whenever we had guests or any visitors we would ask Modi to ask the canteen to send us the stuff. Although we drank gallons of tea and coffee every day, I don't recall Modi touching the stuff, for he was a very disciplined young man. He presented himself very well, in well-pressed clothes, (which apparently he washed himself), to a neat haircut, which left me wondering how he managed all that on his small allowance.
During lunch time, we would often go to nearby canteens for snacks-for that was all we could afford-and Modi often accompanied us. He was always tight-lipped about everything, and there was very little we could get out of him, though we knew he had just returned from Gujarat, there were also rumours that he had spent some time in the Himalayas.
After so many years, my memory about these things is slowly fading, but I distinctly remember Modi coming into my room one day and asking me what was the GDP of India. That stumped me, for I had no idea that he was interested in such things. I asked him why he wanted to know. 'Just like that,' he said shyly, 'I am curious.'
I explained to him-he was thirty years my junior, more like a son-I taught him how GDP was calculated and what it meant. Then I shared with him the figure, and also the GDP of US for comparison. I told him that if we divided the figure by our population, it would tell us how poor we were as a country. I was sitting in my chair, and Modi was standing before me, with a piece of paper in his hand. He smiled, got up and walked away, as if stunned by what I had told him. ..."
ybrao-a-donkey's personal view, which is not intended to be imposed on others
From the above Memory line of Shri Jay Dubashi, it may be observed that they at that time working in Delhi Office of BJP, as Secretaries, could not afford to have things other than snacks. That means, Hon. Narendra Modi might have, as Secretary in-charge of Himachal Pradesh, might have enjoyed and relished eating of Himachal Mushrooms, when he was on a visit to Himachal, on Party work. Or also, whenever he visited Himachal to supervise Party work, the local Himachal Leaders might have presented him some packets of mushrooms, which might have contributed to his health. Anyway, we have a Healthy Prime Minister of 56" Chest.
Besides, Mr. Dubashi observed in the above quote that Mr. Modi "...He presented himself very well, in well-pressed clothes, (which apparently he washed himself), to a neat haircut, which left me wondering how he managed all that on his small allowance. ...".
I do not know answer for this. We know Hon. Narendra Modi of Gujarat CM fame, wearing high-value kurtas made by an Ahmedabad Dress-maker. We know our Hon. PMOI wearing coats costing hundreds of thousands of bucks, and later getting it auctioned for Charity, when there was criticism.
There are too many contradictions and enigmas.
In your Vivekanandayb blog you have mentioned about Swami Vivekananda craving for American Green Turtles, and comparing them to their poor Indian counterparts- the Black Turtles? Hon. Narendra Modi is the 'Ekalavya' disciple of Swami Vivekananda. So what is wrong if Hon. Modi prefers Taiwan Mushrooms to Himachal Mushrooms?
Ans: This question I cannot reply, because I have no experience of eating either turtles or mushrooms. Till 2015, I do not remember any mushrooms being sold in local markets. Only recently, I have seen some mushrooms being sold in Bazars. Anyway, they are less than Rs. 100 variety. And not Rs. 30,000/- or the Rs. 80,000/- variety. During my adolescence, we used to maintain a buffalo in the warandah of our palm-leaf-thatch-hut, and at some distance a dung+hay mound in a corner. From that mound, I used to pick some buffalo-dung and make some fuel-cakes by bowling dung + paddy-husk balls, to a nearby wall. In those four years, during rainy season, mushrooms (In Telugu, these are called kukka goDugulu) used to sprout. At that time my limited knowledge was that, Sprouting of mushrooms in premises can be inauspicious. My parents used to ask me to pluck them and throw away.
Leaving aside, the above trivials and trifles one important observation
There are two views. 1. One view: Every six years in lives, personalities of individuals change. Nobody will ever remain static. 2. Second view: Personalities get etched during childhood and adolescence. Once etched, these personalities will not change, though there may be occasional appearances of 'changing' or 'going back'.
Question: Mr. Narendra Modi, during his Gujarat 2017 Campaigning, said: "...I am ready to sell tea but will never sell the country..."
Ans: I do not think that NO , repeate NO Former/Present Prime Ministers of India, whichever Party they may belong to, had gone / will go to the extent of selling the Country, albeit there may be some instances of corruption of a few hundred/thousand millions, to mobilise funds for Electioneering purposes. The phrase "Selling the Country" seems to be a hyperbole, which has come up during Election Campaign. Such things may happen in countries other than India.
If not 2019, if not 2024, if not 2029, at some point in future, Mr. Narendra Modi may cease to be PM. He may either lose his Elections, or his own Party Members may depose him. This is, assuming that future Elections will take place to Indian Parliament. In such case, will the PM go and restart his Tea Stall?
Ans. Definitely not. This going back to Old Professions happens only in case of top High Court, Supreme Court Lawyers, Retd. Judges, Doctors, film stars probably some Industrialists, because there is a temptation of regaining some lucrative practice or lucre-moola. It does not happen for tea-sellers. We can only consider such announcements as "I shall sell tea", to be some platitudes and rhetoric.
I am also of the same as Mr. Modi. In my adolescence,when I was studying X Class, I ran a tea stall for about six months, somewhat independently, and of course unsuccessfully. Now, I am a Retired Banker, and a person of rotten-bones whom Telugu Poet Late ShriShri called "Emukalu kuLLina vayasulu maLLina sOmarulAra cAvanDI", English: Oh lazy old-age fellows of rotten bones, Die!. We have to wait our death. Instead, will I ever think of going back to my tea-stall days, or buffalo-maintenance days, or leafplate-making days? Shri Shri also said: "raktam manDE Saktulu ninDE sainikulAra rA ranDi" (English: Oh soldiers with raging bloods, and Flowing Energies, Come! Come!). This also does not happen. Shri Shri himself passed away leaving his wives and offsprings, and nothing happened. So what is the lesson? Poetry is different. Platitudes and Rhetorics are different. Time and Tide waits for none. We are like bubbles, or circles of waves in a cesspool.
Of course, one will always to be tempted to say "Aging is for body, and not for mind/spirit". This also, I feel is a hackneyed-banal-trite statement.
I could do only 25%. I have to write another 75%. To come back, and continue adding / deleting / modifying.