On a Gandhi Jayanthi..

October 2nd..Today,its 139th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,the father of my nation..I hope people make use of this occassion as a chance to spread thoughts of more peace,harmony and compassion among each other,irrespective of caste,colour,religion and whatever be the dividing factors they are..Easy is to make such a rant,difficult is to do something fruitful..

 

Representatives of nine religions – Buddhism, Baha’i, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism – took part in a prayer meeting at Rajghat.

I hope they work together as to wipe out the communal menace..

 

Another great news..

India will mark the anniversary today of Gandhi’s birth in a way the famously ascetic Mahatma would probably have approved — by imposing the world’s biggest smoking ban.

At a stroke, about 1.2 billion people will be forbidden from lighting up in bars, offices, bus stands and other public places on pain of a 200 rupee (£2.40) fine — equivalent to a day’s wages for many. India has more than 120 million smokers and observers say the ban will need to be strictly enforced.Health experts say passive smoking contains more than 4,000 chemicals and exposure can cause lung cancer, heart disease, bronchitis and asthma.

“Implementation will take time, but passive smoking kills and people have a right not to subject their health to risk against their wishes.” Legislation to outlaw smoking in public in India was first passed in 2003. A ban was supposed to have taken effect in 2004, but it has taken four more years to work out guidelines before it could be implemented

 

People are complaining about Ramdoss,for having run a one man show..So what?Afterall,the actions and end results is what that matters..Kudos to Mr Ramdoss.But I hope this ban will not end up as a new means for cops to fill their pockets..Sorry for being a pessimist ..

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    • nandu
    • October 2nd, 2008

    “An eye for an eye would leave the whole world blind.”

    – Mahatma Gandhi.

    I wonder… are we reaching that stage?

    • Nimmy
    • October 2nd, 2008

    Yeah,indeed very relevent quote nandu..

  1. First of all, Eid Mubarak Nimmy !!

    Kudos to Ramadoss! I think such drastic measures are required to control smoking and smokers.
    It will be a hard one to execute. And I’m sure a LOT of the smokers will oppose to it. Lets see what happens.

  2. Eid Mubarak 🙂 Where is my sewaiyan? We want some pretty pictures.

    Gandhi is my favorite leader.

    I think we need some controlling on liquor, also, because I see Liquor ruining more lives than cigarettes.

    • nandu
    • October 3rd, 2008

    The problem with banning something is that it requires the use of force: imposition of the will of the collective on the individual. It will never be a total success.

    Gandhi never “banned” anything. He requested people to give up liquor, foreign clothes etc… and they did willingly. Such was his charisma.

    The only way of reform is from inside oneself.

    In one of the forums in which I participate, I broached the concept of “the squirrel army”. Maybe you are familiar with the legend that when Lord Rama was building his bridge to Lanka, a squirrel was seen repeatedly dipping itself in water, rushing to the beach and rolling in the sand, then rushing back into the water. When asked what it was doing, the squirrel said it was contributing to the bridge… a few drops of sand! Lord Rama stroked its back with three fingers, and that is how the squirrel got its stripes.

    Now, the lesson here is that every mite helps. Do you feel upset about something? Think how you can change it. For example, I have stopped purchasing coke or pepsi and I am trying wean my son away from the habit. Similarly, whenever I buy something, I do not take it in a plastic bag if possible. I am contributing my mite to stop cola-drinking and the excessive use of plastic. A very small effort, but… if more and more people did that, you can do away with a lot of bad habits, right?

    Join the squirrel army!

    • Milind Kher
    • October 3rd, 2008

    @IHM,

    You are right. Liquor is far worse than cigarettes.

    People do not smoke and beat their wives. They get drunk and do it. People do not smoke and drive rashly. They get drunk and do it.

    Ban liquor and a lot of women will thank you!!

    • Nimmy
    • October 3rd, 2008

    Thanks Priyanka 🙂 Yeah,I too hope that the ban comes out an effective one..

    • Nimmy
    • October 3rd, 2008

    IHm,yes..you are right..When cigarettes ruin personal life,liqour ruin family life,thereby creating an unstable society..My state,kerala,had banned toddy sometime ago..But what happened was ‘fake toddy’ got imported from nearby states and people got more killed by drinking poisened toddy..

    • Nimmy
    • October 3rd, 2008

    Nandu,great wisdon in your words..But in my opinion,banning tooo woudl help to an extent,bcoz people are forced to stop ,though not willingly..They are forced to delay the urge to smoke,to sometime later and maybe this can gradulaly help in stopping completely..A small force in the right direction may help lot..Otherwise,it would require immense will power and self motivation to stop smoking and drinking all by oneself..

    • Nimmy
    • October 3rd, 2008

    @Milind,You are right..But I am sure those drunkard wills top beating thier wife,if the lady showed some courage to beat him back atleast a day when he comes to beat her,with a iron rod..The next day,he would think twice before beating her..Men think they can do anything,just bcoz they happen to be physically more fit..If they get beaten back for every stoke they give to wife,men would not beat her..

    If women are afraid to beat husband,due to physical weakness,they can ‘treat’ darling drunkard husband with some tea mixed with dishwasher so that in course of time he’ll associate alchohol with loose motion and stop it.

    • Milind Kher
    • October 4th, 2008

    @Nimmy,

    I agree with you completely. However, I just hope that the reference wife beating does not open a Pandora’s box – LOL!!

    • Nimmy
    • October 4th, 2008

    Milind ..lol..some men really need be smashed down,and for sure they’ll become righteous..women have their choice..either put some oil near the door so that he falls down and understands his wife’s value while he is sick or she can do as i reffered to about dishwasher tea and i have many many ideas..ROFL..But since my husband is a nice loveable guy,I need not use any techniques on him ….Most men treat women nicely/greatly..But some men/women are shitty and rather than physical abuse,they need treatments like these and still if things doesn’t turn out right,dump them in waste box and move on with life..Such people are doesn’t worth anybody’s time or attention

    • manoj
    • October 4th, 2008

    arrack is banned by then chief minister antony in kerala. impact was seen immediately. labour cost has increased +rs.100/=. everyone moved to colourful foreign liquor.

    RSS and JIH were banned during one time. what is their state in india now.

    • Nimmy
    • October 4th, 2008

    Hi Manoj bro ..Welcome to my blog 🙂

    Yeah,thatz right..People started gazing at new grasslands..and then we had lot of deaths due to drinking arrack containing mentanol..Sad..

    Then again,from a different point of view,banning something is not the true solution..Lately,I was reading an article that SIMI turned militant evre since it was banned by Indira Gandi..Before that,SIMI was a social organization which was neVEr militant in nAture..I see banning as a primary step or push in the right direction,upon which we need more and more measures as to bring about the intended change..

    Here is the article i reffered to..

    Ban forced SIMI to turn radical
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Ban_forced_SIMI_to_turn_radical/articleshow/msid-3535631,curpg-2.cms

    • Milind Kher
    • October 4th, 2008

    Nimmy, you are right. Some people really treat their wives very badly, and deserve the harshest punishment that can be meted out to them.

    In my book, anybody who does not know how to treat ANY LADY, much less his wife, is not a human at all.

    However, the world is slowly realizing that excellence and progress can only be achieved when the worth of women is realized.

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