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Corruption in India: The Ugly Truth about Indians

Corruption in India: The Ugly Truth about Indians

Last updated: Dec 02, 2019

Can I ask you an uncomfortable question?

Are you corrupt?

Yes, I am talking to you—the person reading these lines.

“Me? What? No, I am not corrupt.”

Cool. Maybe your father is, or your mother, perhaps.

“Are you out of your goddamn mind? Nobody in my family is corrupt.”

Okay, okay, don’t get angry. I was just curious. You see, India is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. And that’s interesting since nobody even acknowledges that he or she has anything to do with corruption.

“Oh, yes, politicians are corrupt, and so are the clerks in government offices. And how can you forget the police, those folks are corrupt like anything.”

Really? Eh…now we’re talking.

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Pollution is Not the Real Problem (It’s Just a Symptom of Something Far Dangerous)

Pollution is Not the Real Problem (It’s Just a Symptom of Something Far Dangerous)

Last updated: Dec 07, 2019

Politicians are liars.

They can make you believe anything they want. Heck, they can even turn lies into truths.

How?

By repeating them over and over again.

A lie they have been propagating since eternity is that the gravest danger India face is pollution.

But the reality is quite different: pollution is not the issue, not the real one.

Then what is?

Well, think about this:

How many times have you seen politicians talk about the consequences of overpopulation; that India is one of the most populous countries in the world?

You can’t even recall, right?

They have been drilling in your head that the problem is pollution. They warn you of plastic waste, consequences of driving a vehicle, dry leaves, climate change and all that bullshit.

Every year around Diwali, the NGOs, the “eminent personalities” (the gang who advocated a pardon for a terrorist)—all of them shout on top of their voices, “Don’t burn firecrackers, they pollute the air.”

But firecrackers are not the only thing polluting the air. There’s traffic as well. And the traffic situation is so goddam pathetic that you feel like drowning in a sea of vehicles.

And what does the government do?

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Green Diwali Conspiracy: Say YES to Firecrackers this Diwali?

Green Diwali Conspiracy: Say YES to Firecrackers this Diwali?

Last updated: Dec 07, 2019

Firecrackers in Delhi on Diwali

Have you seen the night sky on Diwali?

It’s horrible.

The deadly smoke and harmful suspended particles float in the air like birds in the open sky. Infants, young children, asthma patients… Diwali is a freaking nightmare for them—there’s a truckload of air pollution. *cough* *cough*

What causes it?

Firecrackers, of course.

But Diwali is just a one-day affair out of the 365 days of the year. Are firecrackers also the cause of all year-long air pollution?

No!?

Then what pollutes the air we breathe on the rest of the days—364 days, to be precise.

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Are You a “Nationalist?”

Are You a “Nationalist?”

Last updated: Dec 07, 2019

The Indian prime minister Mr Narendra Modi’s statement “I am a Hindu nationalist” created a lot of controversies once. People started asking each other, “Are you a nationalist? What kind?”

TV news channels conducted debates after debates about nationalism, and still, nobody can answer who is a nationalist and who’s not.

Let’s keep the politics behind nationalism aside. The fact is that most of us take pride in calling ourselves, nationalists. But have you ever thought if you really are a nationalist, or just pretending to be one?

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Is Honking a Necessity?

Is Honking a Necessity?

Last updated: Dec 06, 2019

I rarely blow horn in the streets.

And for good reason:

Well, first of all, roads in residential areas are meant for pedestrians. It’s a miracle that you’re allowed to ride a bike or drive a car in the streets. I’d say it’s a privilege.

But have I always been like that—a non-honking guy?

Nope, I also used to honk until recently, but then I overcame it.

It goes back to 1992.

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Littering Habit: 3 Simple Ways to Say Goodbye to It

Littering Habit: 3 Simple Ways to Say Goodbye to It

Last updated: Dec 06, 2019

peanuts shells on floor
“Peanut shells” by Bradley Gordon

He was staring at me.

His lips didn’t utter a word, but the look in his eyes said it all, “You’re dumb.”

I was on a train from Delhi to my hometown Lakshminagar (Muzaffarnagar) in Western Uttar Pradesh. And the guy staring at me was one of the boys coming back after (apparently) appearing in some sort of a competitive exam.

It was wintertime.

A peanut seller boarded the train, and most of the passengers, I included, bought some. I was sitting in the single chair along with the window.

Now, here’s the thing: I try to keep my surroundings clean—as much as possible, so I transferred the peanuts from the carry bag to the right pocket of my jacket and kept the bag in my lap.

I was munching and putting the peanut shells in the paper bag.

Most of the boys in the compartment were amused watching me. They were staring at me as if I were an alien—a blue, ghostly figure with eyes larger than oranges. And I could understand why—because I was the only one not dropping the peanut-shells on the floor.

The “Littering” Boys Were Confused

The boys sitting on the right-hand side berth were confused by my “strange behaviour.” One of them was desperate to figure out what was happening. But he couldn’t, and finally, asked me jokingly, “Brother, what would you do with those shells?”

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How “Loud” are Your Religious Sentiments?

How “Loud” are Your Religious Sentiments?

Last updated: Nov 16, 2019

My mother once asked me:

‘How about organising a “Jagaran?”‘ (a musical night honouring Goddess Durga).

‘Well, that’s a nice idea, but I shall disconnect the loudspeakers as soon as the clock hits ten since speakers are not allowed post 10 pm. The musical group can sing the “Bhajans” and “Bhents” the whole night but without loudspeakers.

‘What’s the point of a Jagaran without loudspeakers?’ She protested.

That was a long time back, and since then, she has never discussed Jagarans (at least not with me).

Consider this:

What’s a Jagaran all about?

Praising the gods or playing the loudspeakers?

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Ghar Wapsi: Blaming Muslims or Christians Won’t Help

Ghar Wapsi: Blaming Muslims or Christians Won’t Help

Last updated: Dec 05, 2019

Muslims Performing Yagna Along With Hindus in Ghar Wapsi in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.

Recently, some Hindu organisations in Agra, Uttar Pradesh organised “Ghar Wapsi.”

These organisations reasoned that these Muslims were converted forcefully or duped into Islam and they were inviting them back to Hinduism through Ghar Wapsi.

A group of Hindus performed the purification process (Yagna) and welcomed Muslims (former Hindus) back into Hinduism.

Why Some Hindus Had to Embrace Islam?

If you’re genuinely concerned about Hinduism and stopping people from leaving Sanatan Dharma, then here are some questions you must ask yourself:

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Khadi Boli is an Indecent Language?

Khadi Boli is an Indecent Language?

Last updated: Dec 05, 2019

khadi boli is an indecent language?

Just the other day…

I posted a link to my blog avdheshtondak.com with a sentence in “Khadi Boli” on a YouTube channel:

“भाई, पर्सनैलटी डवलप करणी है के? तो टेम क्यूँ खो रा, आजा मेरी वेबसाइट पै… AvdheshTondak.com.”

Within minutes, I got a reply from the channel owner. He suggested If I wanted to promote my website, I should be using “decent” language. He further added that using such indecent language will give a bad name to my personality and shall spoil the goodwill.

Khadi Boli is An Indecent Language?

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Don’t Blame the Government (Do This Instead)

Don’t Blame the Government (Do This Instead)

Last updated: Dec 05, 2019

Don't Blame the Government

You blame the government for:

Corruption.

Potholes.

Dry taps.

Mosquitoes.

Illiteracy.

Unemployment.

And whatnot.

Blaming the government for most, if not all of our problems is “normal.”

We, as a society and as a country, are habituated to criticise the government. And why wouldn’t we? It’s easier that way, right?

You see, we need to save our faces, and what could be more comfortable than finding fault with the governments?

When we bash the government—our MLAs, our councillors, the authorities, and the bureaucracy—most people support us, right?

You know why?

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