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Saint – Lal Bahadur Shastri

A guy was standing in line for admission to the college. When his number came up, the clerk for admission returned him his admission form & said that the father’s occupation column is empty, he needs to fill it. The boy filled it quickly & returned the filled form to clerk. Taken the form in hand, the clerk stunningly jumped out of his chair. The boy had wrote “The Prime Minister, Government of India”.

He was actually, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son, Shri Sunil Shastri. We all might have read this in our childhood. Sunil shastri had confirmed it some time back that indeed this incident is completely true. He said “Papa did not like that we should be like VIPs”.

Simplicity was the greatest attribute to a great leader i.e Lal Bahadur Shastri. This incident is so appropriate for today where everybody’s family, friends & relatives wants to get benefited from holding even a minor important post or position.

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Arundhati Roy’s interview with naxalites in Dantewada

As always Arundhati Roy writes a really thought provoking narrate of her interview with Naxalites in Dantewada  (yeah, where 70+ security personnel were gunned down by naxals earlier this month). Published in the Outlook magazine, on March 25th, it is a great essay about tribal suppression by their own government & then of tribal uprising. Arundhari, minces no words in this highly thought provoking essay.

Here are some excerpts from the essay:

There are many ways to describe Dantewada. It’s an oxymoron. It’s a border town smack in the heart of India. It’s the epicentre of a war. It’s an upside down, inside out town.

In Dantewara the police wear plain clothes and the rebels wear uniforms. The jail-superintendant is in jail. The prisoners are free (three hundred of them escaped from the old town jail two years ago). Women who have been raped are in police custody. The rapists give speeches in the bazaar.”

Across the Indravati river, in the area controlled by the Maoists, is the place the police call “Pakistan”. There the villages are empty, but the forest is full of people. Children who ought to be in school, run wild.”  Here is the link to the Complete article