Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Hillarious story on Punjab Elections!

I couldn't stop laughing when I read the following news story. Please read if you like!

This party for 9 to 5 corruption
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Chandigarh's comedian Jaspal Bhatti, (in)famous for lampooning politicians, is at it again. With elections to the Punjab Assembly round the corner, the satirist today found yet another way to mock at the “corrupt” political class by floating the “Land Grabbers and Dealers Party”.

In fact, launching the party, which has the aim of wooing the “hearts of millions of unemployed, bankrupt, downtrodden and frustrated voters of Punjab”, at Sector 17 Plaza here today, Bhatti came out with some of the weirdest promises which perhaps no politician could match.

“Corruption at lower levels will be rooted out. Corruption will be allowed only at the bureaucratic and ministerial levels”, Bhatti said, adding that corruption would be allowed only from 9 am to 5 pm. Party tickets will be sold through auction only, he quipped.

Bhatti and his “gang” took potshots at Capt Amarinder Singh and his bete noire Parkash Singh Badal through a parody song: “chak de phatte” adapted from comedy movie “Khosla ka Ghosla” as a motley Thursday crowd watched in amusement.

If voted to power, the party would sell all fertile land of Punjab to big industrial houses through land mafia, Bhatti said, promising special training to the youth to make them property dealers. Farmers would be made to get rid of their lands and taught to do farming in pots and "gamlas"!

And he lost no time in welcoming all disgruntled politicians from all parties, having the experience of selling the interests of their constituencies, to his party fold. ”All bureaucrats and police officers, who have acquired over five acres through fair or unfair means are specially welcome to the party”, he added.

Chak de phatte

Corruption to be institutionalised at the bureaucratic and ministerial levels
Party ticket to be sold through auction
Government schools to be converted into shopping malls

Why Sikh Gurus gave us Anand Karaj? So a Sikh Priest (no such title in Sikhism) or a Granthi or a sevadar doesn't disgrace Sikhi?

After reading the news story in the link, it is self evident why our Gurus blessed us with Anand Karaj! There is no need for celibacy and the Gurus became the role models themselves by living the lives of householders. So, get married and live Happy! (ha! ha!)

Here is what Guru Granth Sahib Says about a householder:

ਦੁਖਿ ਲਗੈ ਘਰਿ ਘਰਿ ਫਿਰੈ ਅਗੈ ਦੂਣੀ ਮਿਲੈ ਸਜਾਇ ॥
दुखि लगै घरि घरि फिरै अगै दूणी मिलै सजाइ ॥
dukh lagai ghar ghar firai agai doonee milai sajaa-ay.
Afflicted with pain, he wanders from house to house, and in the world hereafter, he receives double punishment.

ਅੰਦਰਿ ਸਹਜੁ ਨ ਆਇਓ ਸਹਜੇ ਹੀ ਲੈ ਖਾਇ ॥
अंदरि सहजु न आइओ सहजे ही लै खाइ ॥
andar sahj na aa-i-o sehjay hee lai khaa-ay.
Peace does not come to his heart - he is not content to eat what comes his way.

ਮਨਹਠਿ ਜਿਸ ਤੇ ਮੰਗਣਾ ਲੈਣਾ ਦੁਖੁ ਮਨਾਇ ॥
मनहठि जिस ते मंगणा लैणा दुखु मनाइ ॥
manhath jis tay mangnaa lainaa dukh manaa-ay.
With his stubborn mind, he begs, and grabs, and annoys those who give.

ਇਸੁ ਭੇਖੈ ਥਾਵਹੁ ਗਿਰਹੋ ਭਲਾ ਜਿਥਹੁ ਕੋ ਵਰਸਾਇ ॥
इसु भेखै थावहु गिरहो भला जिथहु को वरसाइ ॥
is bhaykhai thaavhu girho bhalaa jithahu ko varsaa-ay.
Instead of wearing these beggar's robes, it is better to be a householder, and give to others.

ਸਬਦਿ ਰਤੇ ਤਿਨਾ ਸੋਝੀ ਪਈ ਦੂਜੈ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਇ ॥
सबदि रते तिना सोझी पई दूजै भरमि भुलाइ ॥
sabad ratay tinaa sojhee pa-ee doojai bharam bhulaa-ay.
Those who are attuned to the Word of the Shabad, acquire understanding; the others wander, deluded by doubt.

ਪਇਐ ਕਿਰਤਿ ਕਮਾਵਣਾ ਕਹਣਾ ਕਛੂ ਨ ਜਾਇ ॥
पइऐ किरति कमावणा कहणा कछू न जाइ ॥
pa-i-ai kirat kamaavanaa kahnaa kachhoo na jaa-ay.
They act according to their past actions; it is useless to talk to them.

ਨਾਨਕ ਜੋ ਤਿਸੁ ਭਾਵਹਿ ਸੇ ਭਲੇ ਜਿਨ ਕੀ ਪਤਿ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਥਾਇ ॥੧॥
नानक जो तिसु भावहि से भले जिन की पति पावहि थाइ ॥१॥
naanak jo tis bhaaveh say bhalay jin kee pat paavahi thaa-ay. ||1||
O Nanak, those who are pleasing unto the Lord are good; He upholds their honor. ||1||

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Is Minghun practice in China same as the Sati practice of India? What would Guru Nanak say to these ignorant fools of India and China?

I was shocked when I read this story of killing women to be ghost brides in China. This practice seem very similar to Sati practice in Hinduism. I mean, what in the World are these people thinking? I wish they knew the message of our Gurus that the Creator brought you here on this Earth alone and one will go back alone. These ignorant fools that pay for these brides think they can take someone back to God with them and equally are fools who kill these women for money or maya. Only if they knew a Sikh way of life!


2 Reportedly Held in 'Ghost Bride' Sale
BEIJING (AP) - Police in northern China have detained three men for the deaths of two women whose corpses were to be sold as "ghost brides" to accompany dead men in the afterlife, state media said.
Authorities indicated that the killings last year were not isolated cases, the Legal Daily newspaper said on its Web site, but did not give any details.
Yang Dongyan, 35, a farmer from Shaanxi province, said he had bought a young woman for $1,600 and planned to sell her as a bride, according to the paper.
But then he met Liu Shenghai, who told him that the woman could command a higher price as a "ghost bride," it said. The tradition, called "minghun" or afterlife marriage, is common in the Loess Plateau region of northern China, where a recently deceased woman is buried with a bachelor to keep him company after his death.
Yang killed the woman in a ditch, bagged her body, and sold her for $2,077 to Li Longsheng, an undertaker, who said he could find a buyer, the paper said.
Yang gave Liu a portion of the profits, it added.
Yang later went to the city of Yan'an and hired a prostitute he had used before, killed her and sold her for $1,000 to Li because she was "less pretty," the paper said.
The report did not give any details of how the women were killed or how the men were detained.
"I did it to earn quick money," the paper quoted Yang as saying. "If I had not been caught this early, I would've done it again."

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Stop Cruelity to Children!

I hope Indian Government preactices what it preaches. I really have a lot of respect for President Kalam of India for his inspiration, vision, love for humanity, science, education and future of not only India but the World. I wish someone would nominate this man for Noble Peace Prize not that he would care if he gets one! Anyways, here is the article that shows his love for Children!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

A beautiful article on strength of women!

I haven't read the whole artticle yet, but I really enjoyed what I have read so far. In case you missed it on Sikhnet.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

A U.S. Engineer Vs. An Indian/ Chinese/ Russian/Israeli/Irish or other Global Engineer?

The title of my post is not to offend engineers on either side since there are a good number of great engineers on both sides of the globe that are doing great things for the planet and humanity and not to mention China, Israel, Russia,Great Britain, Ireland etc. which are not ususally mentioned in the news. This is one of my favourite engineering websites that has a lot of good information on upcoming engineering technologies, engineering jobs and other issues facing engineers. It is very helpful to me as an engineer in keeping up with technologies, news and issues etc. Please read and comment if you like!


Monday, January 8, 2007

Chak te Phatte! And, now the rest of Punjab, then India and then the World!


Lambra-Kangri society wins national award Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 8
The Lambra-Kangri Multipurpose Cooperative Service Society has won the national award for excellent performance and contribution to the cooperative movement.
The society has helped bring about economic prosperity by raising avenues of employment, fighting poverty and through human resource development in a cluster of villages near Hoshiarpur.
A few weeks ago, The Tribune had highlighted the activities of the society in its columns.
From each state, one society has been given the award by the National Cooperative Development Council of the Union Government.
Elated over the award, Mr Chander Dev Singh, secretary of the society, who, along with some other members of the society visited The Tribune office here today, said the Union Government had given a cash award of Rs 50,000, besides a certificate of excellence and a trophy.
He said two teams - one from Delhi and the other from Chandigarh - had inspected all records and activities of the society before recommending its name for the award.
“To be honoured at the national level is a big achievement. For us it means enhanced responsibility to perform better,” he said.
He thanked officers of the Cooperation Department and others concerned for their support in making the society a success.
On the society’s success mantra, he said, “We have kept the society insulated from all sorts of politics. Members have been told to keep their politics to themselves and visit the society as its members. Within the premises of the society, no one is allowed to discuss politics,” he added.
The society, that caters to the needs of Lambra, Bairo Kangri, Baggewal and Dadiana Kalan villages, has a capital worth Rs 7.50 crore.
It has never secured any loan from any bank since 1999. It has advanced loans worth Rs 4.50 crore to unemployed youth, women self-help groups, shopkeepers and others to generate avenues of self-employment.
Besides, the society has helped people start dairy farming, floriculture and bee-keeping.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Why am I so indecisive and why some things seem so complex sometimes?

Well, I hope my comment section works properly now. I had turned it off for a few weeks because I was feeling addicted to blogging, and then I thought I had turned it back on about two or three weeks ago, but I guess it did not work because some people haven't been able to leave comments. Anyways, really not much to post lately just some weblinks to articles and posts here and there. Also, with Sikhi Seeker deciding not to post stuff, blogging life won't be the same.

For last year or so, all kinds of thoughts and ideas keep coming and going about making some major life changes, but can't seem to materialize anything. And, so far they have ended up being just thoughts. I hope one day, I will have enough strength to take some of these steps and of course with Guru's blessing, I am certain right thing(s) will come my way. But sometimes I feel, I hope I am not making a mistake by not making any decision at all. I mean they range from being a teacher, walking the street to help homeless, hoe to make a lots and lots money so I can help others, starting my own business, helping people, going to India adn live for ever, being a granthi, sevadaar, learning tabla or harmonium, finding a new job, spend months visiting Gurdwaras and on and on. I can't seem to get them out of my mind, even though they are not bad and actually sometimes I feel they help keep me on line. Sometimes, its like well do I really need a lot of money to help or can it be done without it? What about just talking to people and listening? Then there is this feeling of being so indecisive about everything and trying to find balance between being a householder, husband, father, son, brother etc and at the same time feeling detached from all this. I wish I just knew what to do?

Anyways, it is 3:39AM, and its time to take shower. Just finished some yoga/sadhna as much as I know how to do. Sometimes, I wish I had grown up to be like some Gursikhs that can get up early every morning, know how to do proper Sadhana, spent their life serving the Guru. Wish to get Japji Sahib in before heading to work. Always feel great on days like these, or when I can attend a morning diwan at the Gurdwara before work. Guru bless!