LOK SABHA ELECTION DATES (LEAKED):
16 April-124 seats
23 April -141 seats
30 April-107 seats
7 May-85 seats
13 May-86 seats
Result 16 May 2014.
– WhatsApp forward, so understandable that authenticity is not confirmed (In short, this might not be true).
P.S. – Election dates are expected to be declared anytime this week (analysis based on quick back to back cabinet sessions to clear some populist moves ahead of code of conduct implementation).
One of the less known and very traditional ceremony of India’s Republic Day celebration is called ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony. Beating Retreat ceremony marks official completion of Republic Day celebrations and this ceremony takes place on January 29, three days after Republic Day, January 26.
I have never attended this ceremony, but became aware of it during 2011 when they changes were made to this traditional ceremony and an official circular was released. According to Wikipedia and other news articles, below is the glimpse of what is being performed during this ceremony.
– Source: Wikipedia Picture Credit: Anonymous on internet
The ceremony starts by the massed bands of the three services marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes like Colonel Bogey March, Sons of the Brave and Qadam Qadam Badaye Ja. The Fanfare by buglers then is followed by the bands of the Indian Army marching forward in quick time, then breaking into slow time, then by the ‘compound march’ involving movements to form intricate and beautiful patterns. The massed military bands, again, breaks into quick time and goes back to the farthest end of Raisina Hills. Then the Pipes and Drums of the Indian Army play traditional Scottish tunes and Indian tunes like “Gurkha Brigade”, Neer’s “Sagar Samraat” and “Chaandni” . This band also does a compound march and formation numbers. The last bands to perform are the combined bands of the Navy and the Air Force. This part of the ceremony ends with their compound march.
The three band contingents march forward and take position close to the President’s seat. The drummers, mostly from the pipe bands, give a solo performance, known as the Drummer’s Call. A regular feature of this pageant is the last tune played before the Retreat, when the National Flag is lowered. The chimes made by the tubular bells, placed quite at a distance, creates a mesmerizing ambiance. This is followed by the bugle call for Retreat by the buglers, and all the flags are slowly brought down. The band master then marches to the President and requests permission to take the bands away, and informs that the closing ceremony is now complete. The bands march back playing a popular martial tune and the official march of the Armed Forces, Saare Jahan Se Achcha.
As soon as the bands cross Raisina Hills a spectacular illumination display is set up on the North and South Blocks of the Parliament building. As the PBG’s horse mounted troops arrive back in after the bands leave, the band stops as another band is stationed to play the National Anthem again as the President receives the final National Salute for the day by the PBG, before the President and the PBG depart with the bands.
With Satya Nadella being elevated to Microsoft CEO, social & mobile media flooded with messages congratulating we as Indians. Unlike others we as nation are always happy to take pride of achievements of PIO’s even though they have never endorsed us as part of their life.
When on some of the channels I asked the tough questions, I was not seen with good eye, in fact one of the person went to extent of labeling me of ‘jealousy’ for Satya & being unpatriotic. Guys give it a break, neither I was anywhere near as competition to Satya to Jealous of him and if asking tough questions related to country’s ‘Poor’ system, I am happy to be ‘unpatriotic’.
Today came across one fine article from firstpost.com on this subject and can’t resist to share it with all… Though some of the metaphors are not fully subscribing to my thoughts, it would really an eye-opener for one who doesn’t see the world with blind-eye.
Nadella as Microsoft CEO: A slap in the face for Indian system
Is the appointment of Satya Nadella a feather in India’s cap or a slap in the face for the Indian system?
While Indian newspapers were over the moon about Nadella’s elevation, with some justification, there is another side to the story we need to consider: why is it that India’s tech and other geniuses flower only in the US or Silicon Valley?
Why is it that every India-origin person to win a Nobel after independence in the sciences is not an Indian citizen any more? Hargobind Khurana won the prize for medicine in 1968, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar for physics in 1983 and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan for chemistry in 2009. All of them flowered only because they left India, and not because they were Indians per se. They left India behind.
the old age story goes like this…
if you find a rotten apple in basket full of apples, obvious thing to do is remove the rotten apple, else entire basket will be full of rotten apples
the new age story goes like it…
use media to propagate that only basket apples are perfect & apples on trees are always rotten.. collect actual rotten apples from ground, shine & present them as in ‘active support’ of the ‘perfect’ apples in basket
– a food for thought for all AAP followers on day of limited induction of infamy Medha Patkar in their party
Year gone is now in memories and the one ahead is an opportunity to create better one’s…
Have an exciting journey of life in 2014 !!!