Once again some philosophers and theologians have revived their belief in the existence of God. They use different names for Him, Her or It.
God can be Brahma, the Creator, God can be Allah, Rabb, Parmeshwar or Wahguru. In any event whatever name you give Him, He is regarded as the Creator of all life in the world.
If you ask believers if God created life, then ask them if that is so, who created Him? They have no answer.
The truth is that life on earth was not created. It evolved as did every living creature. It was not created by any person by whatever name you call Him or Her. There was no Creator. It is not God who created us; we created God.
During my last two years in Lahore I taught Hindu Law and Law of Contracts at the Law College. Among my many students was Kuldip Nayar. Ever since, he has called me Professor Sahib. He rose to eminence as one of India’s top-most journalists and civil servants. He was appointed India’s High Commissioner in London.
We shared two Passions in common. One was that nothing should harm the close relationship between Hindus and Sikhs; it was, and is, nauh-mass da rishta, as a nail to the flesh out of which it grows.
When the massacre of Sikhs took place in northern India following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguard, he went to the Gurdwara in Shepherd’s Bush in London to ask for forgiveness. At a mass meeting of Sikhs at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj I thanked Hindus who had come out of their homes to protect Sikhs from Hindu gangsters thirsting for their blood. Both of us were forced to flee from our homes for our lives. Both of us continue to plead for close and friendlier relations with Pakistan.
Kuldip has recently published his autobiography: Beyond The Lines: An Autobiography (Roli Books). It belongs to the category of must-read books. It is well- worded. It has no elements of self-praise, which usually make autobiographies written by most Indians unreadable.
Unfortunately, Kuldip Nayar is a Strict teetotaler. Water drinkers make poor companions at drink time.
Why so sad?
Though Shiromani Akali Dal had earlier swept the Assembly elections in Punjab and now come out victorious in Municipal polls, yet it’s referred to as SAD. Isn’t it sad?
At a closed-door meeting of Shiromani Akali Dal it was suggested that it should change its name since its abbreviated name SAD doesn’t sound great.
And it was proposed that its name should be changed to Badal Akali Dal. But then someone interjected to say that new name too would be distasteful as its abbreviated form would read BAD.
How can the chemistry of relations between India and Pakistan be summed up in a couplet?
Dil saaf ho kaise
Ke Insaaf Nahin
Insaaf ho Kaise
Ke dil saaf nahin
How can you clean your heart
When there is no justice?
How can there be justice
When the heart is not clean
(Courtesy: KJS Ahluwalia, Amritsar)
Front cover of ‘Thuglak ‘ magazine: Editor: Cho Ramaswamy
Translated: “Excellent job opportunity for the old, aged and infirm.”
Nature of Job: President of India
Age: 35 and above. Preference will be given to over 80.
(i) Console people on the Republic Day after the flag hoisting.
(ii) Keep perusing mercy petitions from murderers without taking any decision.
(iii) Travel abroad with family.
(iv) Salary: 1,50,000 p.m.
Perks: Space here is not sufficient. Booklet will be sent on payment of R10 by crossed postal order.
Nobody teaches volcanoes to erupt, tsunamis to devastate, hurricanes to sway around and no one teaches how to choose a wife. Natural disasters just happen.
(Courtesy: Vipin Buckshey, New Delhi)
The views expressed by the author are personal