Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What's good about the election results

With more than 50% of the people favouring the Congress or the BJP, the vote certainly is in favour of the national parties.

BJP as an opposition has the fire power in the parliament - with Advani, MM Joshi, Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Yashwant Sinha, Shanawaz Hussain, Sidhhu et. al. It certainly missed this in the last Lok Sabha, with Advani almost single handedly leading the charge (with Vajpayee in absence due to ill health).

National Parties will get stronger. BJP will reform and Congress will build-up on its gains

Oppurtunitic politics has failed.

Approximately half i.e. 266 MPs below the age of 50 so young people and New Ideas will come to the fore.

60% of the sitting MPs have lost their elections. Most of them deserved to.

With a clear majority, the govenement has no room for excuses

It's a positive vote for good governenace. Mostly the performing CMs who have been able to deliver irrespective of the party they belonged to.

BJP was never going to get this kind of numbers (given the limitations of its geographical reach). So would have been subjected to blackmail by the allies. The current configuration is likely to be more stable.

Many of the outrightly criminal candidates have lost.

Congress now has to itself clear up the financial mess it has created for the government.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Keeping truthful company

To come to know that nothing is good, nothing is bad, is a turning point; it is a conversion. You start looking in; the outside reality loses meaning. The social reality is a fiction, a beautiful drama; you can participate in it, but then you don't take it seriously. It is just a role to be played; play it as beautifully, as efficiently, as possible. But don't take it seriously, it has nothing of the ultimate in it.

The ultimate is the inner; the indivisible soul knows it. And, to come to that soul, this is a good turning-point.


Allow me an interpretation - 

What Osho is telling us is to reject dogmas and theoritical understanding of the world.

This is a very scientific approach because unless we look at things as they are no scientific progress is possible. E.g for years doctors held on to the belief that ulcers were heriditary that no bacteria could grow in the highly acidic environment of the stomach. It was only when what was considered right till then was rejected that the ulcer causing bacteria was discovered and a new (very effective cure) for ulcers was found.

Our minds are clouded by dogmas and truths half understood. This really is the result of our social existence. Where all kinds of half baked ideas and understandings are thrown at us daily. That's why it is so important that we keep good (truthful) company. That's why being with the Guru and in the company of the Buddha is so important.