Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Austerity by Rahul Gandhi is a farce and an attempt to fool the people with tokenism. The Father of the Nation who they sought to emulate traveled second class all his life in a separate compartment without security, to prevent inconvenience to co-passengers which would occur due to his celebrity status. Even this prompted Sarojini Naidu to comment on the cost to the nation to keep Gandhi poor. Well all this started with two ministers SM Krishna and Shashi Tharoor living in five star suites , since their palatial bungalows were not yet ready. Suddenly, someone in the Congress realized that the country was reeling under drought conditions and it would look bad if during these times ministers were living life king size.

The root of the problem to me today is a massive disconnect of India Inc. (corporate India) with Bharat (rural India). Merely the fact that is looks bad to live in five-star accommodation and discuss poverty alleviation in the rarefied portals of Delhi durbar is the least of the problems. The real problem is that all of us living in our cocoons of prosperity fail to even acknowledge that there is a large mass of starving destitute people in our country and in the world whose destiny is intertwined with ours. In our rape of mother earth and our anxiety to acquire and protect what we have already acquired we are as guilty as the ministers who live in five-star suites even at their own expense.

However, I do not advocate sack-cloth and ashes existence for all of us , but we can exercise moderation in our consumption, make sacrifices for the welfare of the poor and at least eschew vulgar, conspicuous consumption. How to do is left to each ones conscience and discrimination. Enforcement, token gestures and hypocrisy are an insult to the intelligence and sensibility of our toiling masses. If one needs to set examples on a personal level, measures like careful use of water and electricity in our daily use, using and buying only for ones need rather than greed, non-waste of food are the basic things which help to alleviate mass poverty. Turning vegan can be a huge force multiplier which can alleviate hunger and poverty and would to my mind be the perfect gesture or example appropriate to these times of drought. May our leaders understand that we are not fools and we can see through their masks of austerity.

Dr. Vispi Jokhi


shantanu said...

The booking of an entire 3rd class compartment for his personal travel, the maintenance of a goat so he could observe his vow of not drinking cow's milk (made at an emotional moment) and many other fopperies led Sarojini Naidu to remark "If only they knew how much it cost us to keep Gandhi in poverty!"

Ever since then, the austerity practiced by our leaders has always been a joke.

Eager to identify with the poor masses and create symbols of a National Brand, politicians can take ridiculous measures.

Shantanu Nagarkatti

shantanu said...

Austerity is simplifying your life style so that you can spend more time on serving God

Unrestricted gratification of the senses agitates the mind. By controlling the senses one silences the mind and prepares it for contemplation / meditation.

A Spiritual practice when perverted to meet material ends creates a mockery of its original purpose

jindi said...

Yoga holds that a person’s health condition depends on himself. It lays emphasis on physical, mental and emotional balance and development of a sense of harmony with all of life. There’s nothing mystical about it.Nor is it external. Rather it is an inner faculty. Yoga endeavors to re-establish inner balance through a variety of ways, ranging from the gross to the subtle. Which is why it is considered a holistic art.Rather than prescribe treatments, yoga therapy encourages awareness. Through age-old yogic techniques, we get to know ourselves better.From that knowledge, comes the ability to more easily accept and adapt to change, resulting in enhanced well-being in body, mind, heart and spirit. Hence its applicability to almost all chronic conditions.

What approach does yoga therapy take?

Contrary to modern medical science that tries to identify the pathogenic factor (be it a toxic substance, a micro-organism, or metabolic disorder) then eliminate it, Yoga takes a totally different point of view. It holds that if a person is sick there must be a deeper reason behind it – that illness doesn’t arise by chance. It is the result of an imbalance, a disruption in the body-mind complex that creates the condition. Here the symptoms, the pathogenic factors, are not the issue. Yoga believes that the root cause lies somewhere else.
yoga therapy

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