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The miserable defeat of the Bhartiya Janata Party in two parliamentary bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur including the seats of Jehanabad and Araria in Bihar by Bahujan Samajwadi backed SP and RJD led by Lalu Prasad Yadav who is currently in Jail is a stunning blow and tragic setback for the party ruling in the centre and 21 states of the country. One should also not forget that it has also lost badly in two parliamentary seats in Rajasthan by polls similarly just two months ago in a state ruled by its own party government. Since 2014, after the BJP assumed power at the centre with a historic win, the ruling party has lost in 10 parliamentary seats in various bypolls and is running short of individual majority in Lok Sabha by two seats though it has enough support of its NDA allies. Lot has already been scripted about these defeats in UP’s two BJP strongholds earlier represented by the incumbent CM Adityanath Yogi and deputy CM Keshav Maurya.

These defeats are a stunning blow for the central and state BJP, including prime minister Modi because in 2014 the BJP saffronised the largest state of the country viz UP and secured 73 seats out of 80 with two seats of Apna Dal. Similarly a year ago its saffron juggernaut of Hinduism under prime minister Narendra Modi’s charismatic leadership continued and the party secured 325 seats catapulting the saffron robed seer to the top slot i. e. the post of chief minister of UP. And just after 365 days the most popular hindu leader, a sear turned CM who was seeking peoples support and sympathy on the issue eradicating criminalism and criminals from Uttar Pradesh could not bring his candidate victorious from his own traditional strong hold Gorakhpur from where he himself was the member of parliament for 25 long years earlier represented by his religious and political mentor late Mahant Avaithyanath. Similarly, the former UP BJP chief and a dalit himself could’nt claim BJP’s victory of his own parliamentary constituency.

It’s a dangerous and worrisome signal for the state as well as the central BJP as the votes of the dalits, Yadavs, minorities, backwards and the people of the lowest ebb of the society in both the constituencies has this time consolidated enmass in favour of the BSP backed SP and the hard core RSS or hindu vote did’nt turned for voting. This factor unambiguously speaks of the fact that the dalit, minority and OBC vote bank which comprises of a sizeable chunk in UP and had gone in favour of BJP during the last parliamentary and assembly elections under the influence of hindu saffronization minus minority vote, has this time deflected itself from BJP enmass.

This sends a negative signal and message for the BJP. Occuring anti incumbency in just a year’s time in UP, Rajasthan and Bihar where the BJP lost in all the bypolls of parliament is definitely a warning signal for BJP high command giving an unambiguous indication of diminishing Modi and Yogi Aditya Nath charisma who had till now been on a expeditious winning spree right from Assam to Tripura and North East after 2014.

While the BJP’s bypoll defeat seems to be the result of fastly eroding dalit, backward, down trodden and minority base of BJP in UP, Rajasthan and Bihar, political analysts also give the entire credit for this show to BSP in UP, Congress in Rajasthan and RJD in Bihar but what comes out of this development is the fact that anti BJP unity if worked ferociously as was the case in UP , the experiment can compel the ruling BJP to bite the dust in 2019.

The by election results have made things amply clear and transparent that the non BJP opposition unity at the national level to consolidate the minority, OBC, backward, dalit and other lower caste vote bank, including the votes of the disenchanted commoners, unemployeed youths, farmers, lower middle class and electorates of the suburban areas is the need of the hour.

2019 is not far and time is very short too. A non BJP Mahagath- bandhan at the national level under one umbrella and unanimous leader is the only and sole credible alternative to the biased and rhetorical BJP which has so far failed on several important fronts like price rise, unemployment,agrarian sector, investment, growth rate and industrial and economic self reliance. Now is the right time to hit the hot iron. If not now never will it be, say news analysts.


In chapter 9-26 of revered Bhagwat Gita Lord Krishna says to his devotees, “ Whoever offers to Me, with love or devotion , a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water that offering of love of the pure self-controlled man is willingly and readily accepted by Me.”Similarly , the incarnation of Lord Krishna and Vishnu Sai Baba of Shirdhi is also ambivalent and generous towards his devotees, particularly towards the ones who venerate at his feet every day and make the offering with total dedication and surrender. If we cast a glance at Him for a moment, He destroys the sorrow of our previous births and generously confers immense bliss on one and all and if He looks at us with grace, our bondage of Karma is immediately snapped away and we are led to complete and perfect happiness.

As per Hemad Pant, the author and Baba’s close confident and follower, vide chapter 22 of Sai Sad Charitra , Sai Baba’s everlasting divinity and blessings on his each and every follower without any distinction of stature, caste, creed or religion makes everybody so comfortably relieved from the incessant worries and complexities of life that they feel a sense of everlasting bliss and total security in their respective lives. Sai Baba in short is a quest jewel of the saints, the true people and devotees. We prostrate ourselves before and take refuge at the lotus feet of Sai Baba, Who besets all animate and inanimate things in the universe- Who pervades all creatures equally without any differentiation, to Whom all devotees are alike and Who knows not honor and dishonor, like or dislike. If we remember him with full dedication, honesty, devotion and surrender to HIM,

He fulfils all our wishes and makes us attain our goal by all means. How to meditate on Baba? This is a main question for those who are desirous to be his ardent followers and want to seek his valuable blessings. It’s a hard and true fact that no one has till date been able to fathom the nature or the form of Almighty. Even the Vedas and the thousand tongued Shesha are not able to describe it fully, the devotees also cannot know but only look at the form of Lord, for they know that, HIS FEET are the only refuge for ultimate solace and salvation. They know no other method of attaining the supreme goal of life except meditating on the Holy Feet.

Therefore meditate on Baba but let’s first see His Baba’s form. Look at Baba’s posture, how fine it is. He is peacefully sitting with His legs folded, the right leg held across the left knee. The fingers of His left hand are spread on the right foot. On the toe are spread His two fingers- the index and middle ones. By this posture Baba seems to say- if you want to see my true form, be egoless and most humble, and meditate on My toe through the opening between- index and middle fingers and then you will be able to see my light.
Similarly, now let’s turn to Baba’s life.

Shirdi has become a most significant place of pilgrimage for Sai Bhaktas who come here from all around the globe, on account of the fact that Sai Baba once lived there physically and is even present there today to bless us . People from all quarters began to flock there and both rich and the poor began to be benefitted in more ways than one. Who can describe Baba’s boundless love and His wonderful knowledge including His all pervasiveness? Blessed is he or she who could experience these. Sometimes Baba observed long silence called Maun Vrat which was in a way, His dissertation on Bramha, at other times;

He was Pure Consciousness-Bliss Incarnate, surrounded by His ardent devotees. Sometimes, He spoke in parables and at other times, indulged in wit and humour. At times He was quite peaceful and calm and at time he seemed badly enraged. Sometimes He gave His teachings in nutshell, say precisely while at other times he argued at length. Many a times He was direct. In this way He gave varied instructions to many, according to their requirements. Sai Baba’s life was therefore inscrutable, beyond the ken of our mind, intellect and speech. Our longing to see His face, to talk with Him and hear His Leelaas, was never satisfied; still we were overflowing with joy. We can gauge the showers of rain, capture the wind in the leather bag but who can measure His leelaas?

Now we deal here with one aspect of them viz how He anticipated or forestalled the calamities of His devotees and warned them in time.
Balasaheb Mirikar, son of Sardar Kakasaheb Mirikar was a Mamlatdar of Kopergaon. He was going on the tour of Chitali. On the way he came to Shirdi, to see Sai Baba. When he went to the Masjid and prostrated himself before Baba, the usual conversation, regarding health and other matters commenced, when Baba sounded a note of warning,’’ Do you know our DWARKJAMAYEE?’As Balasaheb did not understand, he kept quiet and Baba continued saying further, “This is our Dwarkamayee where you are sitting.” She wards off all dangers, ill conceived notions and anxieties of the children who sit in her lap.

The Masjid mai ( its presiding Diety) is very merciful , she is the mother of simple devotees whom she will save by all means in calamities. Once a person sits in Her lap, ALL HIS OR HER TROUBLES ARE OVER. He who rests in Her shade, gets bliss. Then Baba gave Him Udi and placed His hand on his head , with the intent to bless Him. When Bala Saheb was about to depart. He again said, “Do you know the “Lamba Baba”,( Long gentleman) viz. serpent?” And then, closing the left fist He brought it under the right elbow and moving His left arm lie the hood of a serpent, said” He is so terrible, but what can he do to the children of Dwarkamayee? When the Dwarkamayee ( its presiding Deity) protects, what can the serpent do?”
All who were present there were curious to know the meaning of all this and its reference to Mirikar, but none had the courage to ask Bab about all this.

Then Balasahe saluted Baba and left the Masjid with Shama. Baba called Shama back and asked him to accompany Balasaheb and enjoy the Chitali trip. Shama came to Balasaheb and told him that he would go with him, according to Baba’s wish. Balasaheb replied that he need not come, as it would be inconvenient to both of them. Shama immediately returned to Baba and told Him what Balasaheb said. Baba said,” Alright, do not go. We should mean well and do well. Whatever is destined to happen, will happen. In the meanwhile , Balasaheb thought it over what Baba had said again and calling Shama, asked him to accompany him. Then Shama went again to Baba and after taking His leave started with Balasaheb on the Tonga. They reached Chitali at 9P.M. and encamped in the Maruti Temple.

The office people had not come so they sat in the temple, talking and chitchatting. Balasaheb was sitting on the mat, reading the newspaper. His Uparani ( upper Dhotar) was spread across his waist and on it a snake was sitting unnoticed. It began to move with a hissing sound, which was heard by the peon sitting there. He got terrified and brought a lantern, saw the snake and raised the alarm,” serpent, serpent.” Balasaheb was badly terrified and frightened. He began to quiver. Shama too was shocked and stunned. Feeling badly feared he and others moved quietly and took sticks, clubs etc. in their hands. The snake, however slowly came down the waist and moved away from Balasaheb sending shivers down his spine. The snake was immediately done to death.

Thus this calamity, which was prophesized by Baba, was averted within no time and Balasahebs’s devotion in Baba confirmed. There are numerous other miracles of Baba in Sai Satcharitra that clearly show how Baba saved His devotees from calamities, danger and adverse situations by coming to their rescue as and when His devotees felt the need for the same by remembering Baba honestly and from the inner core of the pious heart.


The opening of a super speciality 150 bed hospital by a socio cultural and spiritiual organisation HANS FOUNDATION at Satpuli, Garhwal in Uttarakhand inaugurated  by the present and former chief ministers of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and Harish Rawat in the presence of its “all in all”, Bholeji Maharaj and his spiritual wife Mata Mangla, has in a way send a strong message across the people and the government in Uttarakhand that if one’s will, grit and determination to do someting credible and pro people is strong and full of commitment, no power on earth can stop the noble endeavour move ahead with resounding success.

And the Hans Foundation run by the daughter of spiritual sect’ head duo Bholeji Maharaj and Mata Mangla has finally made it happen. This super specialty hospital constructed in just two year with a whopping cost of 250 crores is 150 bedded and comprises of the latest treatment equipment and machines with special concession of entirely free treatment to the inhabitants of the villages of Uttarakhand. There is also a facility of tele radiology in this hospital through which the doctors treating the patients can discuss the diagnosis and case history of critical illnesses of the patients with the specialists abroad with whom, the Hans Foundation has established contractual dealings.

The best part of this hospital is that despite treatment of all types of deseases and critical surgeries, the management will also provide free medicines to its patients of the underprivileged sections of the society. This high profile charitable venture, has also helped in providing employment to the local youths in all services, including in posts like doctors and pharmacists. The main and primary objective of this super speciality hospital is to run it on no loss no profit basis so that the people of the Uttarakhand, especially the Garhwal interiors could be treated perfectly and freely or on concessional rates, within their reach to pay.

Actually, Uttarakhand, though is 17 years old has no hospital in the interiors and as a result people are leaving villages in the dearth of adequate medical facilities. This super speciality hospital constructed at Satpuli, Garhwal on way to Pauri from Kotdwar will cater to a myriad number of local hapless patients who were till now completely bereft of quality medical facilities and had to go to Dehradun or Delhi to seek expensive treatments. There have been hundreds of incidents in Garhwal hills when patients died on the way while ferrying them to Dehradun or Delhi for treatment of severe deseases. While construction of Hans Foundation’s hospital has eased the medical requirements of local populace, it in a way also puts a grave question mark on the government authorities who despite having tremendous resources or could have managed through the centre, had they been honest enough to care for the health related welfare of the people of the state.

It sounds shocking that the whatever health centre or hospitals the government has in the interiors of Uttarakhand at present, are almost devoid of doctors, pharmacists, medicines and equipments such as ultrasound machines or X Rays. In certain hospitals glucose and medicines have been found of expiry dates. Just a few days ago a woman groaning with acute pain had to deliver her baby on the footover bridge in full public view just because in the absense of the doctor in the hospital in CHAKRATA, near Dehradun she was turned away forcibly instead of addmitting her.

The matter became  tremendously controvertial and the media took it too seriously. Conclusively, the point is, if an NGO with an honest bent of find to help the poor, needy and the genuine villagers with free or concessional medical facilities can come up with such a big super specialty hospital charitable venture in the interiors of Uttarakhand, why can’t the government?


31st October 1984 was the most tragic day from both the points of view. One, the most dastardly assasination of the most loved and respected leader of the country of international eminence late Indira Gandhi who ruled India with guts, determination and wisdom for more than one and a half decade and created history of sorts by dividing Pakistan, creating Bangladesh and the second one was the horrendous riots committed thereafter for three, four days killing over four thousand Sikhs in Delhi and thousands in other parts of India in spontaneous retaliation as well as the managed operation, never ever witnessed in the aftermath of the assasination of any leader post independence.

Late Mrs Indira Gandhi was killed by her own two sikh body guards Beant Singh and Satwant Singh in the prime minister’s residence 3 Safdarjung Road, New Delhi sending shock waves like wild fire in Delhi and rest of India. They were later on hanged to death gallows after a long trial. Delhi was literally on fire all around with houses of Sikhs in posh as well as the resettlement colonies of Delhi burning with highly surcharged mobs killing sikhs where ever they were spotted.

The areas of Punjabi Bagh, Rajauri Garden, Safdarjung Enclave, Lajpat Nagar, Jangpura, Jahagir puri, Trilokpuri, Khichripur, Najafgarh, Palam, Suktanpuri, Mangolpuri, Kingway camp, etc were the worst victims of anti Sikh riots with Sikhs and even those wearing turbans n having beard hailing from lowest ebb of the society like petty carpenters and cot weavers were killed in abudance and women shockingly raped as well.

Several members of the sikh community were tortured to death by these hooligans and professional anti social elements in broad day light by throwing them on fire and throwing burnt tyred around their necks. It took four days for these messacres to end. Hundreds of thousands of women became widow, children orphaned and several families having been wiped out. Several parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir too witnessed such dastardly anti sikh riots.

The mobs looted shops, showrooms and factories owned the Sikh proprietors. Delhi looked like a towering inferno with black smoke and fire blaze being witnessed all over Delhi with sky becoming literally dark with excessive black fumes and smog. After the tragic death of Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, the anti sikh riots’ and its provocation was so widespread and terrorising that there was literally no rule of law in Delhi and elsewhere with rioters , looters and professional hooligans in mobs having their fullest say, for three to four days in a sequence and police not to be found at the rescue of the victims.

After the silence and lull, several commission of enquiries were instituted and several of the indicted and convicted politicians have either died or have gone into political oblivion but the victims and the sufferers of these most despicable and horrendous riots have still not been delivered justice even after more than 32 years as claimed by several Sikh organisations fighting a protracted battle in various courts of the country, since then.