GIRIRAJ GOVERNMENT ARTS COLLEGE, NIZAMABAD, INDIA
INDIA’S RIGHT TO TEST NUCLEAR WEAPONS
In the year 1961, my father was transferred from Government Arts College, Rajahmundry to Nizamabad upon his selection as the Principal of Giriraj Government Arts College. At age 13, I had joined Giriraj as a student of the Pre-University Course. In 1962, at age 14, I had joined the Bachelor of Science 3 year degree course. I started understanding the security threats that were faced by India after the brutal Chinese aggression across our Himalayan frontier. I had also started to lose my faith in the United Nations as India was not able to defend its vital national interests in the Security Council and India had mostly survived on account of the help extended by the Soviet Union. At Giriraj , when we celebrated the ‘U.N.O. DAY’, I had an opportunity to speak and publicly express my opinion about India’s relationship with the United Nations. As my father, the Principal of Giriraj, was listening to me, I told the Faculty Staff Members and the assembled student community that India should exercise its rights to develop and test the nuclear weapons. India had actually carried out its first nuclear test at POKHRAN on May 18, 1974.
I WAS SMILING LIKE ” THE SMILING BUDDHA “
I love Giriraj , which had given me this courage to speak my mind without any inhibition or fear. Later in my life, in the year 1979 while I was a Major in the Indian Army, I had visited POKHRAN, the nuclear test site in the State of Rajasthan and I was smiling like ” THE SMILING BUDDHA “.
THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ
The Strait of Hormuz connects Persian Gulf with Gulf of Oman and kindly view the enlarged picture and you would appreciate the maritime boundaries between Iran and Oman and the narrow shipping lanes that are vital for global energy supply. I served in The Sultanate of Oman’s Land Forces and also took part in the operations conducted by The Sultanate of Oman’s Air force, Navy and Coast Guard almost on a daily basis while I was stationed at Al-KHASAB air base. My Unit is responsible for the security of the Musandam Peninsula and also safeguard Oman’s territorial waters. We keep a 24 hours watch on all the vessels that transit through the Strait of Hormuz and provide navigational guidance and assistance as needed. Apart from keeping this vigil and monitoring the activity in the narrow shipping lanes, we regularly patrol all the coastal villages and contact the residents on a regular basis and gather information about any possible cross border infiltration. I used to make my trips using a variety of modes of transportation that included boats, smaller naval vessels, helicopters and land rovers. There are very few roads and the terrain is rocky and very rough. The villages are literally cut off from the rest of the country. Oman’s Ministry of Health runs clinics and hospitals at places like Khasab and Bukha and the smaller village communities have no such facilities and I have not noticed even grocery stores as the places are remote and inaccessible. I could make a very dramatic impact upon the Village Patrolling in Musandam Peninsula and could successfully redirect the military security and intelligence operation to provide assistance to the villagers. I used to spend my time talking to the residents, provide free medicine and arrange free trips to the Hospital in Khasab. Many of them needed dental treatment and were not able to visit a dentist. I could use the military helicopters to take them to the dentist and bring them back to their homes at the end of their appointments. During all of my trips, women, children, the elderly and others used to come out of their dwellings and line up to converse with me. To my utter surprise, sometimes I used to meet women from Hyderabad, India who had married Omani citizens. During my journeys, I used to get a very clear view of the coastline of Iran and I was told that many villagers regularly do their shopping at Bandar-e-Abbas of Iran.
IRAN – A MISSED OPPORTUNITY ???
Before I had moved to OMAN in January 1984, I made an attempt to find employment in Iran. I visited the beautiful Iranian Consulate in Hyderabad, India. Several of my friends who were then serving in the Medical and Health Services of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, had been to Iran on 5 years deputation, gave me a very good account of their service conditions and experience in Iran. I was looking for an opportunity to serve in the Iranian Armed Forces and was not really keen to take up a job with their Ministry of Health. Simultaneously, I found this opportunity in Oman to serve as an Officer with a good contract from their Ministry of Defense. Interestingly, I had again gone to the Iranian Embassy in Muscat, Oman in July, 1986 looking for an opportunity to live in Iran. I met with their senior officials who had received me with great courtesy. Very regretfully, they claimed that their hands are tied and they could not give me the type of Visa I wanted. However, they sincerely appreciated my desire to work and live in Iran. If God is willing, may be I would get a third chance to knock on the doors of some Iranian Embassy. When I look back into our history, the story of Aryan Migration to Iran interests me a lot and I also recognize that Persian was the Court language during the long rule by MUGHALS(MOGULS) and I love listening to ‘ghazals’, the lyrics composed in the Indian language Urdu which is enriched with the ideas and thoughts that are expressed in Persian language.
I have forgotten all other relationships.
How many mirrors that I have looked into, yet
I have forgotten my face.
Human existence raises some fundamental questions about individual’s identity, the purpose in life and the nature of human relationships. I love Hakeem Omar Khayyam for he had asked himself these questions. Does the image I see in the mirror describe my true identity ? Unless I define my identity, how it would be possible to describe my relationship with others. If I do not know as to who I am, why should I contemplate on issues such as my purpose in life and my destination ? Self-Knowledge is the key to answer questions about existence.
SIR, WHO ARE YOU ???
” I have no death, I have no fear, I do not belong to a category, the differences that we accrue as a result of caste, creed or occupation do not belong to me, I have no father, I have no mother and in fact, I am not born(it implies that I am an eternal entity), I have no relatives, I have no friends, I have no ‘GURU’, and I am not a disciple of anyone. But, I am the reflection of the image of ‘SAT+CHIT+ANANDA, I am that SHIVA and I am SHIVA”.
I would read that response from SHANKARA to acquire a sense of direction in my search for my identity. If I know, who I am, I could live in a relationship with myself. First of all, I need to forget that image, that reflection that I may have seen in the mirror.
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham,
Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India,
HAKEEM OMAR KHAYYAMPOET AND PHILOSOPHER
> OM SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI
Lead me from unreal to Real,
Lead me from darkness(ignorance) to enlightenment,
Lead me from death to immortality,
Let there be Peace, Peace and nothing other than Peace.
Aum, asatoma sadgamaya,
Tamasoma Jyotir gamaya,
Mrityorma Amrutam gamaya
Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shanti hi.
OM SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI
Lead me from unreal to real
Lead me from darkness(ignorance) to light(enlightenment)
Lead me from death to immortality
Let there be peace, peace, nothing other than peace.
Tamasomaa Jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa Amrutam gamaya
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti hi.
Human existence evokes a sense of fear and anxiety. The fear is associated with the idea that the journey is long and tedious and the uncertainty of reaching the shore line. The anxiety is because of the fact that the life span is over as the time marches on relentlessly. The passage of day and night, the change of seasons, the spring and the winter, the life span is over even if the individual wants to cling to his life.The life span is compared to air bubbles in water and the bubble exists only for a moment. The long journey generates fear and the short life span produces anxiety. When the heart is troubled and when the mind is afraid, there is no peace.
SEARCHING FOR PEACE
1. For he himself is our peace.(EPHESIANS 2:14)
2.”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”.(JOHN14:27)
3.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.(GALATIANS5:22-23)
4. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(PHILIPPIANS4:4-7)
The Holy Bible, The Book of Revelations, Chapter19, verse16 reads : ” He has on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS “.
“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done”.(MATTHEW16:27)
WHEN WILL JESUS RETURN ?
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”.(MATTHEW24:36)
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come”.(MATTHEW24:42)
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him”.(MATTHEW24:44)
BE PREPARED FOR THE SECOND COMING
1. Imitate Christ’s Humility :
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”.(PHILIPPIANS2:1-5)
2. Working with God :
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose”.(PHILIPPIANS2:12)
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved”.(MATTHEW24:12-13)
Christmas should not be viewed as an opportunity to please ourselves in the pursuit of joy for our selfish happiness. During this Season it is important to be prepared with a sense of FEAR and TREMBLING rather than to rejoice without Christ like spirit. Your attitude should be the same as that of JESUS.