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Assent to Ordinance on Jallikattu – Opening of a Pandora Box

In yet another suicidal attempt (after demonetisation) the present Central Government has given its assent to the Tamil Naidu state’s ordinance on Jallikattu (a traditional sport involving bull). By passing an ordinance for permitting the celebration of Jallikattu, the Indian Government has opened up a Pandora Box, which is definitely going to increase their trouble in the near future. Just wait and watch while a lot many demonstrations and demands for the passing of such kind of ordinances are on its way, to flood the Central Government from every corner of the country in the near future. God knows who advice Mr. Pradhan Sevak to take such decisions.

In the current scenario, a question does pop up in the minds of many of us that when the Honourable Court has banned an activity and is yet to decide on a serious issue then what was the urgency to pass an ordinance in the matter concerned? Was this move politically motivated or was it taken sheer out of public concern? If at all it was taken after keeping public concern in mind then does this move somewhere exhibits that our politicians think that the Honourable Courts are not bothered about the public sentiments and does not take into account the public concerns before passing any judgement?

Herewith, I would like to raise a very serious concern with regard to the autonomy of the courts. Aren’t ordinances like this nothing but a ‘legalised’ way of contempt of court? Just because there is a right available to bring an ordinance in order to surpass the orders of the courts, is it justifiable to make use of this right in such matters as well? Isn’t it a threat to the very existence of the courts in any country? What is the need of having courts when the government themselves can decide and finalize the case, which is still pending before the court of law? It’s a high time for the courts to take a note of the same and stand for their existence.

The politicians preach us to respect the orders of the Honourable Courts but it seems that when it comes to politics they don’t even think for a second, before going against any kind of court orders. If they actually acted as they preach, then instead of giving their consent on the ordinance, wasn’t it feasible for the “law abiding” politicians to plead in front of the court with their logical points and let this serious issue be decided only by the Honourable Court? If courts can open at odd hours to decide about the hanging of a terrorist then we are in a far better position to be heard and matters with which public sentiments are attached could indeed be decided on a high priority.

I would like to urge that instead of coming up with ideas like banning an organisation which works for the rights of animals, it would be appropriate if we can come up with ideas which would enable us to carry on our traditions, without ‘intentionally’ torturing and harming any of the living beings for our enjoyment. There is always a mid peaceful way to solve such kind of issues, like in the present case it would have been appropriate to conduct the sport without torturing or harming the animals, as well as, applying the utmost safety parameters.

Torturing or causing harm to other living beings, in the name of tradition, could not be allowed at all. If the traditions need to be changed for the betterment of our society then we should indeed be ready for that. Do remember that right to live freely is the fundamental right of every living being and not alone humans. Live and let others live peacefully too.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

Peyush Jain

Posted in Belief, Brave, Courage, Equality, Forgiveness, Happiness, Human Tendency, Humanist, Jainism, Life, Love, Peace, Personality, Relationship, Religion, Tradition

Kshamavani (Forgiveness) Day – A day to seek forgiveness and forgive

In our day to day life, each one of us may get hurt, as well as, knowingly or unknowingly, may hurt others by any of our acts. However, out of our ego, we don’t tend to forgive others, forget about seeking forgiveness from others. No doubt it takes a lot of courage to seek forgiveness or for that matter to forgive others. As such, it is rightly said that “Kshama Virasya Bhushanam”, which means “Forgiveness adorns the Brave”.

On the occasion of Samvatsari (the last day of Paryushana – a Jain festival) and Kshamavani (Forgiveness) Day, there is a custom in the Jain religion, wherein with folded hands, the Jain followers seek forgiveness from every single soul who felt bad or got hurt, knowingly or unknowingly, due to any of their actions/deeds/words, etcetera. They seek forgiveness by saying Micchami Dukkadam to all the living beings. Micchami Dukkadam is a Prakrit phrase, wherein Micchami means to be fruitless (forgiven) and Dukkadam (Dushkrut) means bad deeds.  Micchami Dukkadam means ‘to be forgiven’ or ‘may all the evil that has been done be forgiven’.

What could be more beautiful than to make forgiveness a part of our life? Just imagine if there are no grudges in anyone’s heart then how beautiful this world will be, to live in. Behind almost all the evils happening around us, there is somewhere an element of a lack of forgiveness in the heart of those involved in such acts. We, the living beings, spent our entire life carrying a lot of grudges against others. But do we even realize that all these grudges are somewhere or the other responsible for all the unhappiness that surrounds us? Give it a thought, that how much lighter we will feel if we get away with all those grudges that occupy the majority of our memory space. To achieve such a state all that is required is just an “attitude of forgiveness”. Isn’t it worth giving a try at least?

I would like to quote here a recent example which depicts what greatness is all about and, at the same time, how those who claim to be the “contractors of religion”, provoke others “in the name of religion” to get involved in things that are specifically barred by the religion. In a recent controversy, some celebrity/politician defamed and tweeted ill against a renowned Jain Saint. On the one hand, the renowned Jain Saint showed his greatness by forgiving, “on his own”, the people behind those crap thoughts, who tried to throw garbage on him. While, on the other hand, one of the contractors of religion was heard stating that it will be cowardice on the part of the entire Jain community if they forgive such acts, as well as, the person who spoke ill against the Jain Saint.

Hats off to all those people who preach such kind of provoking thoughts and still claim themselves to be a preacher of Jainism! No, I am not advocating here with about tolerating nuisances, at all. What I mean to say is that isn’t it enough to peacefully protest and register our complaints against the culprits, in all such cases, and wait for the law enforcement agencies to take necessary actions against them, rather than provoking the innocent masses to unnecessarily get aggressive? Any stupid action in such cases not only shifts the focus from the main issue, but it also defames the religion at large, just because of such provoking statements made by a few persons, who fail to think about the repercussions of their statements.

I do hope that the advocates of non-forgiveness and for that matter banning things do know that Lord Mahaveera never forced anyone to follow the path or the preaching of Jainism. Do remember that Jainism is all about Non-Violence and Forgiveness. Jainism is not about forcing one’s thoughts on others. Jainism is more than a religion, it’s a thought that evoked and developed over time through introspection and learning. Hearts can be won by requesting and enlightening but not by force.

At last, with folded hands, I seek forgiveness from every single soul who felt bad or got hurt, knowingly or unknowingly, due to any of my actions/deeds/words, etcetera. I would like to end this blog with the very thought that let’s forget all the bad memories and start a new relationship.

Micchami Dukkadam!

Jai Jinendra!

Peyush Jain

Posted in Hindustan, Human Tendency, India, Prenatal sex determination test, Slogging, Tradition, Woman

Lifting ban on prenatal sex determination tests – Will it serve the very purpose?

As of now, under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, there is a ban on prenatal sex determination tests in India. However, a minister in the central government has recently suggested lifting the ban and making the sex test of fetus (foetus) mandatory. The reason provided by the learned minister behind such suggestion is that after registering the sex of the fetus, it will be possible for the government to properly monitor and keep a track of, “each and every”, fetus, as well as, the pregnant lady.

First of all, I would like to thank the minister, who is coincidently a female too, for such a noble thought to monitor and keep a track of “each and every”, pregnant lady. This will indeed help in looking after their health, safety etcetera. However, in the present scenario, how far it is practically feasible to keep a track of every single pregnant lady is a well-known fact and a lot of work needs to be done in this field, in order to, make this thought a reality. But, being optimistic, I do hope that this thought could soon be turned into a reality.

Although, the thought of monitoring the pregnant ladies to assist them is undoubtedly a welcome step, however, the question is that for doing so, what is the need to know the sex of the fetus? I failed to understand that what purpose it will serve by knowing the gender of the fetus? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring every fetus safely in this world, irrespective of its gender? If that’s so, then what is the requirement to know its gender? If the only thought behind that suggestion is to monitor “each and every” fetus, then why is the minister emphasising on the need to know the gender? What is the need of lifting the ban on prenatal sex determination tests? Can’t they simply register every pregnant lady and thereafter monitor their status? Where will the criteria of the fetus being male or female stop them from doing so?

Now, the question is whether the ban on sex determination tests should be lifted or not? Before lifting the ban on anything one need to dig into the reason that why that particular thing was banned, at the very first place, as well as, analyse the impact post banning that thing. At the same time, we should be aware that before talking about the relevance of lifting the ban or not, it’s more important to know what purpose this prenatal sex determination test will serve at all. Does knowing the gender of the fetus helps, in any ways, in bringing it safely into this world? The answers to all such questions should be known before any decision is taken on lifting the ban or not.

Also, before advocating the lifting of the ban on prenatal sex determination tests, we need to analyse the trend of killing a female fetus in countries where it is not banned. The reality is that in most of the countries where the prenatal sex determination test is not banned, there is no trend of aborting a fetus because of it being a female. As such, there is no need of banning this thing in those countries. Hence, we should not simply list down the countries where it is not banned in favour of our arguments in lifting the ban; rather we should look into the matter after considering our ground realities. Adopting things, as it is, just because that works in other countries could not be a logical reason to embrace that thing. We should be considerate and smart enough in our reasoning, as well as, actions too.

The prenatal sex determination tests were banned in India because of a steep rise in the killing of the female fetus in the womb itself, by people who suffer from sick mentality. Such sick minded people want a male child in the hope that he will carry on their lineage, he will be their support in the old age and there will be less expenditure incurred in growing up a male child as compared to dowry etcetera required in the case of a female child. As it is very much clear from the reasons mentioned in the last statement that there is no logic behind killing the female fetus but only the sick mentality of the people involved in such actions. Hence, the ban on prenatal sex determination tests was opted as a measure, by the government, to ensure that the fetus is not aborted with the only reason of it being a female child.

In the present time, when determining the sex of the fetus is ban in India the situation is still alarming because a lot many diagnostic centres illegally tests and confirms the gender of the fetus after charging exorbitant fees. Post knowing the sex, a lot many female fetuses is still being killed in the womb itself. Already, tracking devices/GPS are installed on sonography machines, but still, the condition is not such that we can relax and pat our back, on the steps taken from our end. This is the reality when the prenatal sex determination test is ban, so we can just imagine what will be the case when there is no ban on knowing the gender of the fetus. Will we be able to stop killing of the female fetus in the womb after the ban is lifted from the test?

Although, the actual impact of banning could only be known by the statistical figures which will depict whether banning the test has resulted in bringing down the cases of killing female fetus in womb or not, however, anyone who keeps their eyes and ears open, could very well confirm that the cases has surely come down and people are more awakened about this issue. Indeed the contribution of governments is remarkable in bringing the awareness and controlling the illegal cases of killing the female fetus in our country. But still, there is a long path to travel and if any wrong step is taken then it will surely hamper our efforts towards achieving the desired goals. As such, we should be extra cautious before suggesting or taking decisions in such serious matters.

Hope we don’t take actions that backfire against us and impact our society in a negative way. I wish that the Almighty give good sense to all of us.

God bless you all.

Peyush Jain

Posted in Differently Abled, Divyaang, Hindustan, Humanist, India, Inspiration, Tradition

Divyaang – The Divine Body

The respected Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi, in one of the episodes of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, telecasted on dated 27th December 2015, urged the citizens of India to address the differently/specially abled people as ‘Divyaang’, instead of ‘Viklaang’. What a noble thought indeed. Hats off, to the heart and brain which came up with this divinely word ‘Divyaang’. It’s just not about the word, but the sense of pride and feeling of confidence, which comes along with it that matters the most.

Viklaang’, which means disabled, is the word that displays a feeling of pity towards those who may be physically disabled. However, to call these people as disabled is absolutely wrong on our part. Having any physical disability does not mean that these people lack in their abilities on any front as compared to those who are physically abled. On the contrary, with their self-confidence and willingness, they have excelled in many fields, where they got an opportunity to showcase their talents to the world.

Divyaang’, which means the divine body, is the word which brings with it a feeling of respect and positivity. Whenever we hear this word ‘Divyaang’, automatically the thought towards these persons takes a positive turn. In reality, these people don’t want our sympathy, rather they want us to treat them like any normal being and give them an opportunity to prove themselves. Every one of us is blessed with a unique skill. ‘Divyaang’ are not an exception to this and it’s just a matter of opportunity to exhibit their unique skill.

Till this time, we were addressing the people with physical disabilities as ‘Viklaang’. But, if we, as a society, in a real sense wants to treat them at par with all the other human beings then addressing them as ‘Divyaang’ will be the first step towards the same. It’s a known fact that how we address a person has a larger impact in boosting up their morale and self-confidence. So, a simple change in the way of addressing them is certainly going to impact in a drastic manner because this will have a two-way effect. Not only the people who are differently/specially abled will feel good when they are addressed as ‘Divyaang’ but, at the same time, this will also change our perspective towards them in a positive way.

Change is the only thing that is constant. Change for the betterment is what we should strive for. We may differ in our ideology, political preferences etcetera. However, we should acknowledge the good things, irrespective of the source from where it originates. Adoption of the word ‘Divyaang’ is one such thing in which there is nothing to be criticized about. So, let us all welcome this change with a positive outlook and embrace the word, as well as, the human being who are addressed as ‘Divyaang’ in our society. Humanity is all about treating everyone with equality. Let there be no place for pity and disrespect towards others. Let us remove any kind of discrimination present in our society on the basis of physical or mental ability. Let our thoughts and our conduct portray humanity in a true sense.

Divyaang’, truly you have a divine body. We all are proud of you and we have full confidence that you are going to excel in the field of your choice. Never lose hope. Let the flame of confidence and faith always lightened up inside you. May the Almighty bless you all and give you enough strength to face the challenges that come across in life.

Peyush Jain