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घ्यान क्यों करें (?)

Sunday, 01 September 2019 03:49 Written by

हम सब यह जानते हैं कि क्या करने से और क्या नही करने से, कहां टिकने से कहां से चल देने से, हमे सुख-शांति मिलती है परन्तु उस ओर जाने में हमें थोड़ी समस्या है, क्योंकि हमारा दिमाग हमेशा  हमसे प्रश्न करता है, यह करके क्या मिलेगा, ऐसा करने से क्या होगा ठीक है यहां टिक कर अच्छा लग रहा है, पर अब और देर रुककर क्या होगा, वगैरह वगैरह


घ्यान भी टिक कर करने से एक समय के बादकुछ नही कीस्थिति आती है, इस स्थिति में कुछ भी नही होता, यह एक खालीपन है, अब चूंकि यह एक निर्बाध की स्थिति है इसलिए यहां आनंद मिलता है परन्तु या तो हम ध्यान में टिकते नही, या ध्यान में टिकने पर, ऐसी स्थिति आने पर दिमाग प्रश्न करता है, ठीक है आनंद मिल रहा है पर इससे क्या होगा ? इससे मुझे क्या प्राप्त हो जाएगा ?


एक महात्मा थे, उनसे किसी ने प्रश्न किया कि ध्यान क्या है ? महात्मा कुछ देर तक चुप रहे, कुछ नही बोले, पूछने वाले ने कहा आप कहां खो गये महात्मा महात्मा बोले तुम्हारे प्रश्न का उत्तर दे रहा हूं पूछने वाले ने कहा आप तो कुछ बोले ही नही महात्मा ने कहा घ्यानकुछ नहीहै, इसलिये मैं कुछ नही बोला


अब घ्यान कुछ नही है तो क्या है और ऐसे कुछ नही से मिलेगा क्या ?


व्यक्ति जितनी बार भी कुछ नही की स्थिति में पहुंचता है, भीतर के मार्ग उर्जाओं के निर्बाध प्रवाह के लिए खुलने लगते हैं, और जैसा कि पहले कहा आनंद भी इसीलिए होता है अब प्रश्न यह है कि हमे इस आनंद से मिलेगा क्या, यदि कुछ देर टिककर यह आनंद पा भी लिया तो उससे हमारे जीवन में क्या बदल जाएगा


उत्तर उर्जांओ के निर्बाध प्रवाह में है, यह कुछ नही की स्थिति व्यक्ति की उर्जाओं को बाधारहित प्रवाह देकर नया बनाती है पूर्व में एकत्रित हुई नकारात्मकता कम होने लगती है कमजोर हो चुकी सकारात्मकता को पंख लग जाते हैं हम स्वयम की उर्जा को महसूस कर पा रहे होते हैं, हमारे भीतर और बाहर क्या चल रहा है यह हम पर प्रकट होने लगता है एक बालक के चेहरे पर जितना चटकपन होता है, उसकी आंखो मे जितना खिचाव होता है, ध्यानी की स्थिति भी वैसी ही बनने लगती है हर बार घ्यान केवल दुबारा जन्म देता है बल्कि उर्जाओं का विस्तार वहां तक करता है, जहां इससे पहले कभी छू भी नही पाए थे अब सपने गढ़ने होते हैं, दिमाग लगाकर पिरोने होते हैं, अब तो आकाश  बड़ा हो चुका है और वह हर रोज नया और आगे बड़ा हुआ आपके सामने स्वयम प्रकट करता है परन्तु कितने समर्पण के बाद, कितने लगाव से ध्यान करने के बाद, कुछ नही की स्थिति आएगी, यह इस बात पर भी निर्भर करता है कि हम अपने जीवन को अबतक कैसे जीते आऐं हैं , स्वयम को हम किस हद तक बांधकर और खोलकर जीते हैं

WHEN WILL, YOUR WILL GET REAL.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 14:30 Written by

By;Vineet Tiwari

Posted;Odishabarta 

“It’s not only Karma who decides, It’s Kriya who plays the major part in it.” 

Whatever is getting real, that is only because of the combination of corresponding Karma and Kriya. Kriya is the directional or random flow of energy inside. Karma is expressing this flow by physical body, expressing either getting with the flow, against the flow or in random. With the inflow combination of Karma and Kriya, the desired things become true.  

Your hope, your will power, the positive attitude, the devotion, all these helps the flow of energy to form a packet, this the Kriya which we should opt. And just opposite to it, the fear, doubtfulness bore holes in this energy packet, we shouldn’t opt for it. Kriya always influences Karma, and if Karma supports, it strengthen more. More & more it strengthen, the time for it, to get real, comes near and near. So, at least kept yourself positive about you, no matter whether you have any reason for it or not. 

The meditation facilitates the streamlining of Kriya with in, that is by bringing down the body resistance to flow inside. So meditation provides lubrication to the formation of energy packet. You can say that what about the outside influences. Ok at least keep the inside good. This inside is energy, it by itself resonates with similar energies outside. It means that if you can deal with your within well, then within will bring the intensity from outside also.   

What modern science says about it ? Actually the modern science is not directly addressing it, however it relates the energy packet with time interval by a constant. This relation is known as Heisenberg uncertainty principle. This relation is as, the energy of energy packet multiplied by time interval is equal to some multiple of Planck’s constant. It means that whenever the energy of energy packet rises then to retain the nature of constant, a constant; the time interval has to shorten itself. 

The energy is energy and time is time, wherever they got some relation between them, irrespective of that, if that is true with modern science in one realm, then it is also true for other life processes in basic. At least the inverse proportionality between the energy packet and time interval is true, may be the constant can take a different values is different realms. Hence if you wants, your will to be real soon, then build your energy packet positively, it’s not only Karma who decides, Its Kriya who plays the major part in it.

The state of ecstasy & thoughts

Friday, 23 August 2019 03:35 Written by

By;Vineet Tiwari 

“Nothingness is rejuvenative” 

The non-resistive behaviour of thought 

Thoughts become a problem when they form chains, when they produce stretch to our energy on multiple paths. This creates resistanceto the flow inside us & that emerge as tension, anxiety.When the thread of these chains breaks at short span, then thought starts getting one directional continuity. It’s the non-resistive behaviour of thoughts. It’s peaceful. 

The state of ecstasy is not this much 

The state of ecstasy is not this much. From multiple chain of thoughts to one way of thoughts, to no-thought state &then the state of nothingness come, here the ecstasy occur. 

Thestate of ecstasy feels as, smooth, small-small waves arising, moving and converting to drops, the moment to moment honey of pleasure inside.The body starts feeling an alignment of flow with in, an oneness & then no-ness is felt through the body. Actually, this state is not easy to describe, this is more than any pleasure, happiness & peace. 

How to attain it (?). 

Now the question is how to attainit. Firstly we have to understand one thing that everyone can get rid of the chain of thoughts.Actually, the problem is, the thought process got so much respect that we are afraid to lose it, we feel that only with the thoughtswe can retain our identity.And also, how and at which instant we start getting in thoughts, we are even not able to point it. 

All this is happening because the respective technologyis running behind it & we initiated the desired condition for this technology to run with in us. Yes, this is. Everything is happening because the respective technology got its condition. And most of the time we are doing it unknowingly. So, now do it knowingly for the state of nothingness, for ecstasy. But still the question is same, how(?). 

The ecstasy can be attain by bringing our attention to a region, or to a point or to the happenings.It is like thisthat if someone is very much attentive to something, like let’s say to someone’s face, let’s say to the darkness behind the closed eyes(at some point or not at any point). Then this attentiveness let you thoughtless, here one is not able to think about someone’s face, not able to think what’s this darkness is, one is able to see it only. So, by practising over attention, the state of ecstasy starts getting intensity & then it arises.

Staying in oneAasanain one go for long,can also bring ecstasy, but for how long one should stay? This theAasanawill tell by itself, actually after some time during the Aasanaonestarts feeling that the body is releasing inside, some type of opening is happening with in, here the ecstasy is about to come, so stay there. 

Both the above ways of attaining the ecstasy are same. They are all about bringing the attention at somewhere for long. 

What it means to us(?). 

Now the question is, what this ecstasy means to us, mere thesweetness of moments or something else(?). 

First thing is that, this is not mere, this is not small, ourwhole life processis actuallythe search of sweetness of moments. 

Second thing is, what it means to us(?). 

The mind always ask for meaning in everything. If existentially you are feeling superb for no reason then intellect come and say let’s move and do something, what lies in staying here? So one thing should be clear,if we keep demanding for meaning always, we are actually intensifying our resistance against ecstasy, may be unknowingly we are doing this, butin this way the state of ecstasy will never occur. 

Third thing is let’s understand what it means to us? It can give rebirth to us, by bringing the up-gradation to ourenergies, that is by providingthe lubrication to the path of energies. Energy just needs these lubricated path, rest they know very well, that what todo? How to upgrade? And as energy is completely connected to everything, so not a single part of life can remain unaffected from this up-gradation. On this way the occupied negativities of life start fading and the weak, the suppressed, the denied positivity start flourishing.

The more and unlimited meaning to ecstasy is that it builds the condition for the resonance with universe energy.

MEDITATION IS ENERGY UP-GRADATION

Saturday, 17 August 2019 02:37 Written by

By; Vineet Tiwari

Posted;Odishabarta 

May be one wants to know about the meditation. Let’s do it to know it. So get ready to meditate. 

During the practice, let own-selfaway from all worldly affairs. Why? Because one can deal with all these affairs, all these this &thats, later on, after the meditation and if meditation really works, then in more energetic way one can live with all worldly affairs. And also, what you are planning to do with all these affairs, by coming out right now, nothing. May be one is looking for some reasons to meditate, but the truth is no one can meditate with a reason, and theanother truth is there are many beautiful consequences of meditation. Meditation happens with in if the reasons are absent there. Its consequences are complete life package, so don’t look for a part in it, it influences every part of the life. After all its energy up-gradation and the energy is a very connected thing. 

So we have to jump and drown ourselves in meditation without looking for any reason or consequence in it. And that’s the beginning, here is the spirit starts rising. 

What should bethe time, at which we are beginning? Drop it, don’t think about it. What should be the duration? When it ends? Again drop it. Just begin. No matter, from how much time we are in meditation, let’s meditate long-n-long, on-n-on, deep-in-deep. Meditation always works when one stay in it. Do some more, more & more. When mind says it’s enough done, after every this phase, do some more, now feel it, we are entering in a new energy zone. Be absolutely here, right now, this moment. Let this spirit cultivate with in Which method will work,surely a method to start is a cerebral affair. Its fine,actually one is asking what to do initially(?) With which one can begin ? Actually one can start with any method, even in any way. 

Later let it happen, whichever way it goes, let it be, only then the opted method will work, any random way will work. So let the flow flows and stay in it.That’s it. 

I love the little light in this peace-y darkness, that’s my meditation.”

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HEAR, THE FLAG SAYS SOMETHING.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:30 Written by

By;Vineet Tiwari 

Berhampur,14/08/19:Let the flag high, It doesn’t means that flag bearer’s rule spreads to infinite, It’s not about ego, it’s not about egoistic pride, even not about egoistic togetherness. It’s about the representation of the characteristics of community, community men and nature there. Let the flag high is to motivate them to imbibe those higher energies, which conveyedby the flag. 

What are the energies of Indian-ness (Bhartiyata) , This was the basic thoughts behind the Tirangaa. That should be something like that which includes all the possible tones of Indian-ness, that was the efforts and thought of Gandhi and Gandhi-men’s. After several distillation with time the current national flag Tirangaa came. 

The Ashok Chakra at the centre, previously Charkha- the spinning wheel at the centre, the three colours all these are the motivations to wave Indian-nessaround. 

That is not red, that is Bhagwa, The saffron. That is not red means that that is not only about sacrifice, power. That is bhagwa, the saffron, the mix of red, high energy and yellow, the higher purpose. That is about fearlessness with sense of right. That is about Ram. 

The white is pure light, peaceful light. It represents beings of that character which makes everything pure and peaceful, by involving themselves in them absolutely. This is Budhh, this is about lotus. 

The green is the colour of nature. With nature, while seeing it, while feeling it, a balance is happened inside. So green is harmonious living with nature. It’s about sustainable &Eco-friendly ways. 

Charkha convey democratic ways, it’s about self-dependency, it’s about third government the panchayat, and it’s about real independence. 

The Ashok Chakra represents the life cycle. As about life-death-life…, about Karma-result-destiny-karma-result…, about start-end-start-eternal-lity. So, becauseof this it’s the wheel of dharma i.e. the correct sense of life. 

If there is any world flag that will be of no shape no colour, an invisible one. Or that will be of all shape, all colours, and still invisible one. Means either that will be all or nothing. That will remain same in any perturbation. That will be Shiva, the well of all energies.

 

 

 

 

IT WAS WING COMMANDER KARORI LAL BHATIA, NOT BIJU PATNAIK WHO DID THE FIRST SRINAGAR LANDING.

Friday, 09 August 2019 05:19 Written by

By;Anil Dhir 

Bhubaneswar,In the aftermath of the Jammu and Kashmir action by the Centre, the internet and the newspapers are agog with the story of Biju Babu having done the first landing during the 27th October 1947 invasion of Kashmir, and how he was instrumental in the Maharaja signing the Instrument of Accession. All the biographies, including the official hagiographic tome “The Tall Man” mention this act of bravery. Even the official sites of the Odisha government tom-toms this story.  The demand for conferring the Bharat Ratna too has been raised against the   Art 370 dilution. 

This is far from the truth. Biju Patnaik was nowhere near Srinagar or Jammu and Kashmir on that day.  In fact, he did do many landings in the later month, the first being on the 10th November 1947, and a good fourteen days after the invasion. The first landing was done by Wing Commander Karori Lal Bhatia of the Indian Air Force, flying a DC-3 Dakota. Three Dakotas of 12 Sqn took off from Wellingdon airfield at Delhi at 0500 hours for Srinagar signalling the start of the IAF operations in the 1947-48 War. Before the end of the day, 28 Dakota sorties are flown. 

Immediately after the Maharaja of Kashmir signed the Instrument of Accession on the 26th October 1947, No 12 Sqn, under the command of Wing Commander Bhatia was deputed for operations. He piloted the very first aircraft, into the Kashmir Valley on 27 October 47, carrying troops of 1st Sikh Regiment under Lt Col D R Rai. In the following weeks, the squadron also conducted bombing sorties in support of the army with the bombs being rolled out of the cargo bay by the aircrew. The fledgling Indian Air Force committed almost its entire resources to the 1947-48 Kashmir Operations. 

On 9th November, Prime Minister Nehru flew to Srinagar in an IAF Dakota piloted by Bhatia. Mehar Singh flew Maharaja Hari Singh from Jammu in another Dakota. No.12 Sqn, in the course of its regular casualty evacuation and transport duties in the next few months, airlifted 25 pounder field guns to Poonch and also ran bombing sorties with their trusted Dakotas. 

The squadron also flew the first Indian Army troops to Leh, and the second landing in Leh was done by Wing Commander Bhatia.  Karori Lal was later awarded the Vir Chakra along with many pilots of the Squadron. The award was announced in January 1950 when India became a republic and the Gallantry Awards were instituted. 

The Kashmir Operations ended with Karori Lal being made the Station Commander at the  Agra Airbase. The Transport Squadron operating under him had won 13 out of 19 Vir Chakras awarded to the IAF for its heroic deeds in the Kashmir Operations. 

This air hero died young at the age of 34 years.  In March 1948, his Dakota had been hit by the enemy artillery fire while flying to Srinagar and he was wounded with shrapnel. He was evacuated to Srinagar and operated upon. However, small shrapnel remained embedded with one of his lungs undetected which infected his lungs and caused malignant cancer. In December 1953 he was flown to Tata’s Institute at Bombay and from there to London for the treatment. He was operated twice but the disease spread fast, damaging his entire respiratory system and other vital organs. He breathed his last on 20th Jan 1954. 

Karori Lal Bhatia is a legend in the IAF. During his short stint of ten years he flew every type of aircraft that operated in the Indian theatre.  From Tiger Moths to Piston powered Wapitis, he flew Blenheims, Harvards, Hurricanes, Spitfires, Dakotas, Vampires and even the gigantic Liberators. In fact he holds the record of having flown nineteen different types of aircraft and  clocked 2842 hours of flying. 

And now Biju Babu. Yes, he did play a very important role in the Kashmir operations. His role was much more important and decisive than what is being wrongly attributed to him. It was he who suggested to Nehru to summon all the operating civilian aircraft to Delhi for the Kashmir operations. There were about a dozen private operators, mostly flying Dakotas, who were running flights in different places in the country. Private airlines like Deccan Airways, Airways India, Bharat Airways, Himalayan Aviation, Indian National Airways, Air India, Air Services of India, Assam Airways, Indamer Airways, Jamair and Dharbhanga Aviation were flying surplus World War II Dakotas.   

At Biju Patnaik’s insistence, Sardar Patel issued a command on All India Radio requisitioning all civilian aircraft. They were summoned to New Delhi and parked at the Wellingdon (Safdargunj) Airport, from where sorties were made to Kashmir. Biju Babu supervised the operations. In fact the seeds of nationalization and merging the private airlines were sown during this period.

Biju Babu saved the day for India by the massive airlifts that were carried on in the first few months of the invasion, when the entire valley was landlocked due to winter. Everything that the troops required including coal, kerosene, mules and vegetables besides the ammunition was carried by these workhorses. Biju Babu undertook many flights himself. 

Group Captain Bhatia’s flight Log Books are available at the IAF archives, in fact they are also on the internet. There are no records of Biju Babu’s flying career, except the legends. Incidentally, my research says that the first flight that Biju Babu made, he carried a dozen mules and hay for the pack animals. No small deed this, these were as vital for the troops as the ammunition and fuel.      

It is about time that an official biography of Biju Babu should be commissioned. It is heartbreaking to see so many false things being written about him. He deserves much better. In his lifetime, Biju Babu was a voracious reader, but he seldom wrote.  However, during my research, I was amazed by the sheer volume that has been written about him by other pilots of the Second World War. I have many books which have anecdotes and stories about his daredevilry.  He deserves much more and much better than what all is being dished out about him. Asking for the conferring the Bharat Ratna an honour that is rightly deserved, should not be on falsities. There are many truths and facts   which can be the base for such demands.     

 

CONVERT MOHAMED BAJI’S HOUSE INTO A MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Monday, 01 July 2019 04:29 Written by

By;Anil Dhir

Posted;Oishabarta 

Bhubaneswar 28th June: Bhubaneswar based historian and researcher Anil Dhir has written to the Chief Minister of Odisha for converting the old house of the Gandhian Mohamed Baji at Nabrangpur into a memorial museum. In his letter, Dhir has said that in the death of Mohamed Baji, the nation and Odisha has lost one of the last Gandhian freedom fighter. He was one person who took Gandhiji’s freedom struggle to a small corner of the country and conducted a persistent and lengthy struggle for which he was jailed for nearly 2000 days. He was among the freedom fighters that underwent the maximum incarceration for his struggles. 

Even after independence, he kept the flame of the Gandhian movement alight. His role in the Bhoodan movement, the temperance movement, the Ram Janmabhoomi Andalon, eradication of Untouchability and the Cow Protection efforts are laudable.  In his death we have lost a keeper of the flame, a true nationalist and a great human being. Dhir is writing a book on the Gandhians of Odisha and had interviewed the late Gandhian two months ago. 

Dhir wrote that the late Baji had stayed at the place for nearly seventy years and that the house was a centre for the satyagrahis during the freedom struggle. He has documentary evidence that eminent luminaries including Jayaprakash Narayan, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Biju Patnaik, Mahadev Desai, Thakkar Bapa, Binode Kanungo, Acharya Harihar Das, Godabarish Mishra, Laxman Naik, Sadasiv Tripathy, C.F.Andrews, J.V.Kothari, Malati Devi, Rama Devi and Sarala Devi have stayed at this place before and after independence.

The house has not been altered at all and has his old furniture, Charkha, personal habiliments and memorabilia of the early years. The loft where a hidden hand operated printing press had been kept to print pamphlets still exists. 

Very few people outside Koraput knew about him, he was a self effacing person who denied all offers of public office and remained in this small corner of the state, working tirelessly for the ideals which he had upheld all his life. Dhir also requested the Government of Odisha to make a formal request to the Ministry of Posts for issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp on this great personality. 

Even the Old Jail, where Baji had been imprisoned many times still exists. It has been abandoned and is now a part of the Revenue office. This building too is intact and can be converted into a Museum. 

Amiya Bhusan Tripathy, the State Convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural heritage (INTACH) too has said that it will be a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary if Mohamed Baji’s house is converted into a peace memorial.  He said that INTACH will be glad to offer all assistance for any such project. 

 

NO HATRED IN HIS HEART: MOHAMED BAJI (1917-2019)

Friday, 28 June 2019 04:51 Written by

By;Anil Dhir

“THE BEST WAY TO FIND YOURSELF IS TO LOSE YOURSELF IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS”:  GANDHI 

Bhubaneswar,27/06/19:The Indian freedom struggle has its heroes, but  countless freedom fighters, who had fearlessly fought and taken down the most potent and exploitative imperialistic regime were silently sent into oblivion after independence. They did not seek reward or recognition. The 102 years old Centenarian,   Mohammed Baji  of  Nabrangpur was one such example, he was amongst the last of this dying tribe.   

I had met him a few months ago. He was just a gentle old man with a charming smile, and a sacrifice that sat lightly on his ageing shoulders. A devout Gandhian, he had actively taken part in the freedom struggle, and post-independence, continued serving the down trodden humanity on the principles laid down by Mahatma Gandhi. Influenced by Gandhi's approach of non-violence from his schooldays, he had made up his mind to meet him. At the age of 21 years, he along with his friend Lakshman Sahu, cycled around 350 kms amid thick forests and hilly terrain to reach Raipur in Chhattisgarh. Baji recalled, “From there we took a train to Wardha and went on to Sewagram. Many great people were at his ashram. We were awed and worried, apprehensive if we would meet him. They were sent to Mahadev Desai, Gandhi’s Secretary, who allowed us to go near Gandhi during his 5 p.m. evening walk.” 

“But the man walked so fast! My run was his walk. Finally, I could no longer keep up and appealed to him: Please stop: I have come all the way from Orissa just to see you,” Baji said. Gandhi teasingly told the young man, what have you seen?  I too, am a human being, two hands, two legs, and a pair of eyes. Are you a Satyagrahi? Baji replied that he had pledged to be one. 

“Go,’ said Gandhi. ‘Jao, lathi khao. Sacrifice for the nation.’ Seven days later, Baji returned home to do exactly as Gandhi had told him.He organised a Satyagraha in an anti-war protest outside the Nabrangpur Masjid. It led to “six months in jail and a Rs. 50 fine. Not a small amount those days. Many more episodes followed. On one occasion, people gathered to attack the police, Baji stepped in and stopped them. ‘Marenge lekin maarenge nahin,’ he said to the crowd. Coming out of jail, he wrote to Gandhi: what now? And his reply came. ‘Go to jail again.’ So he did. This time for four months. But the third time, they did not arrest him. So he wrote to Gandhi yet again: now what? Gandhi replied: ‘take the same slogans and move amongst the people.’  And thus Baji embarked on his never ending odyssey, which has now culminated  at the age of 102 years.   

At the height of the Quit India Movement, Haji and his merry band took the slogans of non-violence among the masses. His group of about 30 people used to walk from village to village, spreading the gospel of non-violence and Satyagraha. The idea of India, the idea of Poorna Swaraj and the necessity of non-violent means to achieve them were spread across the remotest parts of Nabrangpur and adjoining areas. The result of this in British India was bullets, lathi charges, broken limbs and long jail terms. Haji spent nearly 2000 days as a prisoner in different jails.  

On August 19, 1942, nineteen people died in the police firing at Papadahandi near Nabrangpur. Baji’s shoulder was shattered in the violence unleashed against the protesters. Over 300 were injured, many died thereafter from their wounds. Baji, along with nearly than a thousand satyagrahis, were jailed in Koraput. 

He spent the next five years in various jails. He was with the legendary tribal freedom fighter Lakhan Nayak in Koraput Jail. After Lakhan Nayak’s death sentence was pronounced, he was shifted to Berhampur Jail. Haji too was sent to the Katak Jail, and released just before Independence Day on August 12, 1947. 

Post-Independence, from 1955-67, he was active in the Bhoodan movement and played a leading role in collecting about four lakh acres of land and distributing it among the landless. Though a Muslim, he had launched a movement against cow slaughter. "I donated my 14 acres during the Bhoodan movement," Baji said. In 1968 he established an ashram   for Adivasi and Harijan students in Bijapur. 

He remained a bachelor throughout the life. He’s was a  strict vegetarian and had headed the anti-cow slaughter league for years, even participating in protests in Delhi and  Mumbai. He refused to accept the freedom fighter’s pension for twelve years, relenting at the insistence of his friend Biju Patnaik, who asked him to put the money to good use. When I asked him about the partition, Baji, like other Gandhians, said: "I was against the partition of the country. We had fought for the Independence of a united India, not a fragmented one."  

The upsurge of communal identities in politics in the early 90’s was as disappointing for him as the partition. He was part of a 100-member peace force that was in Ayodhya during the Mandir-Masjid dispute.  

“We were sitting in the tent, they tore it down. We kept sitting. They threw water on the ground and at us. They tried making the ground wet and difficult to sit on. We remained seated. Then when I went to drink some water and bent down near the tap, they smashed me on the head, fracturing my skull. I had to be rushed to hospital.” 

He was not describing British brutality of 1942, but the vicious attack on him during the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, half a century later.The old Gandhian fighter, already in his mid-seventies, spent ten days in hospital and a month in a Varanasi ashram recovering from the injury to his head. But he did not hold an iota of anger as he described the events to me. I have never seen such an honest Gandhian who has dedicated his entire life for the nation. I had recorded nearly one hour of his talk, taken his blessings and promised to return. He had repeated to me what Gandhiji had told him years ago, “I am just an ordinary human being like you. Become a Satyagrahi, India needs young people like you”. 

 

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