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January 24, 2016

War Criminal

The Govt recently declassified papers of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the greatest unsung hero and leader who took on the British during Freedom struggle, sadly points to a history of lies, deceit and abuse (as it now appears) from those in power.

While the country was being fed a candyfloss of Socialism, Panchasheel and Non-alignment, history was also being nicely abrogated to suit the interests of one party which usurped the freedom movement by its successor. Whether someone referred him as a 'War Criminal' is not the moot point (that by the by raises my angst about this whole topic) and here's why

The concept of pacifist freedom struggle and the belief that taking a slap on another cheek would win over the enemy ingrained in most of the Congress flock was a joke to Bose. He knew that the only realist way to kick the Britishers out was using force even if it meant collaborating with the Axis forces. Thus one saw Bose active in the pacific theater of war with his Indian National Army.

The Brits had the gumption to call Bose a quisling (a traitor who joins the enemy) but it is also quite possible that those in power here (after they vacated) also had their own axe to grind against Bose. Why?

·     He had a very different and radical idea of nation building and knew that the Congress thugs were no good at it. If he were alive, he presented a clear and present danger to Nehru who had consolidated his hold by now and was perpetuating his grandiose but hollow ideas that were harming the nation (the Chinese debacle was a good proof)

Congis were shit scared of him as they knew him as a man of real action. If he were alive, a possibility that he could have plotted another comeback and created a major upheaval with force in hand could have given them the gitters. Hence Nehru went that extra mile to keep a close tab on Netaji’s relatives, it is also possible that he wanted foreign powers to nab him if were alive and keep him confined away from Indian shores. Hence all these theories about his hiding as a holy man, his detention in a Rusiian prison etc

But why did they keep his ‘end’ under wraps for so long?  Political machination or bureaucratic ineptitude is no excuse for a ungrateful nation .

As Henri Louis Bergson puts it 'The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause"

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and war criminal charge

January 10, 2016

Star Wars - The Force Awakens: film review

Star Wars - The force awakens’ plot is a grand running continuum, in this episode Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi has gone into hibernation. He is ostensibly devastated by the back stabbing done by one of his protege-in-resistance. Meanwhile his bête noire, the evil first order has risen from total destruction of the empire and will not stop until it gets him.

In his absence his sister,General Leia Organa leads a brave resistance with the help of the republic. She needs to find Luke (her brother) and help restore peace and justice to the galaxy. She begins the search at planet called Jakku through an old supporter who has some clue to Luke's hiding place.And thus begins a grand adventure, with the evil empire led by Kylo Ren close on their heels.

star wars - the force awakens sketch for blog review

Star Wars - The force awakens is a movie set on a inter galactic scale, a creative potboiler that seems to have drawn from Star Trek, Men in Black and Avatar . Its about the good vs the evil fight in a far off Galaxy, and the pursuit of order and justice spearheaded by Luke Skywalker, the Jedi and the fight with dark forces led by the first order. This sequel (which is a running franchise) is probably a staging event for the return of the Jedi in the next installment (he appears in only one singular frame reserved in the end).

Why you must see the movie, Star Wars -The force awakens?

1. The size and scale of imagination is awesome, right from the space junkyard with massive space ship debris to the intergalactic gun (the fierce machine) which obliterates planets in one swoop

2. The pace is riveting. One big chase between the resistance and the first order henchmen for the micro chip that will lead to the missing Jedi

3. The next-gen Hollywood talent is in the offing. With people like Harrison aging (he barely seemed to hold himself together in the movie, i mean physically though) other leading characters actors (newbies) remind me of actors like Denzil Washington, Al Pacino.

4. The thrill of space ships zooming-in 3D at fourteen parsecs, and the life size scale of the space stations are breath taking.

Despite all the space razzmatazz the human element in Star Wars - The force awakens makes it so engaging;
a son (kylo Ren) who has drifted into darkness (evil ) because he believes his father (Hans Solo) was weak and foolish,
an ordinary space junk collector (Ray) discovers her true potential in pursuit of the good

The dialogues are crackling too, sample this
Kylo Ren: Look how old you've become.
Lor San Tekka: Something far worse has happened to you.

Kylo Ren ( who looks like the evil Bane from The Dark Knight Rises with a costume that resembles a Nazi Black Helmet and a cloak is not dead, it remains to be seen what supreme leader Snoke trains him up to in the next episode. But the old fox Han Solo sadly will be missed as the space smuggler meets a tragic end in the memorable father-son encounter

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