By Manuwant Choudhary
Indian journalists have simply lost the plot.
They are highlighting Natwar Singh as though his name never figured in the UN's Volcker Report...on corruption in the Oil For Food program...
Did it not become Oil For Food & Money Program...and Saddam Hussein regime happily obliged.
Or was this money meant for the Congress Party?
I am not saying Sonia Gandhi is without fault but let us not crucify her for the wrong reasons.
Otherwise you will get another book..this time by Suresh Kalmadi !
As for Mr. Natwar Singh he should know better `The Nehru-Gandhi family does not wear old shoes !'
But why just Sonia Gandhi, in ancient India we did not even spare our Gods.
The Pushkar Lake is said to be created from Shiva' s teardrops after his wife Sati passed away but the other story is that the gods released a swan with a blue lotus in its beak and wherever the lotus fell the lake was created for Brahma to perform the Mahayagya..
Brahma is the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.
The story is that Brahma wanted to perform a yagya (a prayer) at Pushkar Lake to overcome the demon who was killing people...but his wife Saraswati or Savitri did not arrive on time so he married Gayatri a Gujjar girl...only so as to perform the puja.
But when Sarawsati heard of this second marriage she was angry and she cursed Brahma that he would never be worshipped anywhere and allowed only one temple for Brahma in the entire world.
So the only Brahma temple in the world is at Pushkar.
But people pray to Brahma only at the lake...at the Brahma temple no offerings are made...just a darshan...even Muslims come here..(and no I am not suggesting they are Muslim Hindus like Goa's Christian Hindus !)
I think Brahma is a lucky God.
At least he is not thronged by the crowds of people from all over asking for this and that...like our other 3000 Gods.
The blessings of Brahma and Saraswati is important for creativity and knowledge and solving the worlds problems.
He is also known as the timekeeper for the universe...
I wonder why Saraswati was late at the Mahayagya...and no not just women, all Indians are so poor at keeping time.
The book to read is Mark Tully's `Non-Stop India'..in its opening he describes the scene at one of India's railway crossings, how the traffic builds up...and how slowly a long train passes and how leisurely the gates are opened...and what follows is a complete jam in the middle of the railway track !
I wonder how many stops our Bullet Train will have ?
But somehwere I get this feeling Brahma married Gayatri because she must have been very beautiful.
My neice gifted me a nice leather shaving bag....on it was written....