INDIA- SAUDI relations: Post Pulwama

22 Feb

India – Saudi Bilateral relations

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations reflecting the centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. The establishment of diplomatic relations in 1947 was followed by high-level visits from both sides.

King Saud visited India in 1955 and the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited the Kingdom in 1956. The visit of the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to Saudi Arabia in 1982 further boosted the bilateral relations. In the recent times, the historic visit of King Abdullah to India in 2006 resulted in signing of ‘Delhi Declaration’ imparting a fresh momentum to the bilateral relationship. The visit provided the framework for cooperation in all fields of mutual interest. The reciprocal visit by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Saudi Arabia in 2010 raised the level of bilateral engagement to ‘Strategic Partnership’ and the ‘Riyadh Declaration’ signed during the visit captured the spirit of enhanced cooperation in political, economic, security and defence realms. The visit of the then Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (now King) to India in 2014 has further deepened the relations between our two countries.

The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Riyadh from April 2-3, 2016 could be seen as a turning point in our growing engagements with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has taken an upward strategic direction.In a special gesture, King Salman honoured Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the ‘Sash of King Abdulaziz’, the highest civilian decoration awarded by the Kingdom.

On the side lines of the G-20 Hangzhou Summit in September 2016, Prime Minister held bilateral meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during which the two leaders discussed ways of further strengthening and diversifying bilateral engagements.

External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj visited Riyadh (6-8 Feb) and inaugurated the India pavilion at the 32nd Saudi National Heritage and Culture Festival Janadriyah 2018, where India was accorded the ‘Guest of Honour’ status.

Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely visited Riyadh (18 – 19 Feb, 2018) to co-chair the 12th Joint Commission Meeting along with the Saudi Minister of Commerce & Investment Dr. Majid Al Qassabi. Finance Minister had an audience with King Salman and met Saudi Finance Minister Mr. Mohammad Al Jada’an and Saudi Minister for Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Eng. Khalid Al Falih. Finance Minister also addressed the Council of Saudi Chambers.

More recently, Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi met the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (29 Nov, 2018) on the side-lines of G-20 Summit in Argentina, and discussed aspects of bilateral cooperation.

Economic & Commercial RelationsSaudi Arabia today is our 4th largest trade partner (after China, USA and Japan) and is a major source of energy as we import around 17 % of our crude oil requirement from the Kingdom. In 2017-18, the India-Saudi bilateral trade has increased by 9.56 % to US $ 27.48 billion. During this period, our imports from Saudi Arabia reached USD 22.06 billion, registering an increase of 10.50 % over previous year (USD 19.97 billion) whereas our exports to Saudi Arabia reached USD 5.41 billion registering an increase of 5.88 % over previous year (USD 5.11 billion). The current bilateral trade (April – Nov 2018 provisional figures) is valued USD 23.24 billion. The business and visit visa fees for the Indian nationals were decreased and fixed on reciprocal terms.

 Saudi Arabia is the 15th largest market in the world for Indian exports and is destination to 1.85% (2017-18) of India’s global exports. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia is the 3rd largest source (4.74% in 2017-18) of India’s global imports. For Saudi Arabia, as per 2017 data, India is the 4th largest market for its exports, accounting for 8.88 % of its global exports. In terms of imports by Saudi Arabia, India ranks 7th and is source of around 4.13 % of Saudi Arabia’s total imports.

– Source : Embassy of India, Saudi Arabia

The crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) of Saudi Arabia is on a  three nation visit to Pakistan, India and China. In recent times Saudi Arabia’s image has taken a  hit at orchestrated killing of noted dissident and Washington Post journalist  Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Some have said trips to Asian countries perhaps is a image restoration exercise for Crown Prince.  The visits to Pakistan and India timed with gruesome terrorist attacks on security forces in India by Pakistan based terror group  Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Saudi Arabia also announced 20 billion$ investment support to Pakistan and around 100 billion $ trade and  investment in India. Saudi’s have walked the diplomatic fine line and  assuaged both the hosts.

In  Islamabad, MBS endorsed Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts at dialogue with India. He also counselled against politicisation of the UN regime for designating terrorists — a statement implicitly criticising India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar sanctioned. In New Delhi, on the other hand, MBS condemned the Pulwama attack in the “strongest terms”, renounced “the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy”, and “agreed on the need for creation of conditions necessary for resumption of the comprehensive dialogue between India and Pakistan”.

More:https://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/india-saudi-arabia-relations-cannot-be-pakistan-centric/story-mZE9gu7VfTofPluyNd5FtL.html

Saudia Arabia has announced close to 100 billion  $ investment in India and 44billion $ of them is in setting up a large refinery in Maharashtra India.

 Saudi Arabia is the 48th biggest investor in India with investments from April 2000 to June 2018, amounting to USD 208.38 million. In addition, Saudi Petrochemical Giant SABIC had set up its R&D Centre in Bangalore with an investment of over USD 100 million in November 2013. Aramco Asia India Ltd, the India office of Aramco was inaugurated on 8 Oct, 2017. Saudi Aramco signed a MoU in April 2018 with the Indian consortium (IOC, HPCL & BPCL) to acquire 50% stake in India’s largest refinery project ‘Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited’ of worth US $ 44 billion. Later, ADNOC too signed an agreement to take 25 % stake of Saudi Aramco’s share in the Ratnagiri Project. Saudi Company Al- Fanar is currently executing a 300 MW power project in Kutcch. Several other Saudi companies have also invested in India through their non-Saudi subsidiaries.

India and Saudi Arabia have a thriving trade and investment relationship. India is one of the largest exporter of crude oil from Saudi Arabia.  The bilateral relations has improved a long deal. I saw Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir’s interview on NDTV where he said both ” Pakistan” and ” India” are important strategic partners to Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia has a important relationship with United States. It’s a important country in the middle east  region. The problem is terrorism and radical religious evangelism (Wahhabism). There the Saudi’s historically do not have a clean record.

Nirpuma Subramanian in an incisive piece in Indian express writes why Saudi’s are important to India and quote:

Saudi and Pakistan are aligned, Saudi and Iran are rivals, Pakistan sponsors terrorism in India. The security forces of Iran and India were targeted on consecutive days by two Sunni jihadist groups, each of which has Jaish (Jaish ul-Adl and Jaish-e-Mohammad) in its name. Is there a connection?

The connection, in fact, is Saudi Arabia.

It is well documented that Saudi bankrolled Sunni extremist groups through Pakistan to recruit jihadist fighters for the first Afghan war. The groups fighting India in Kashmir have their origins in this. Jaish-e-Mohammad was set up by Masood Azhar with funds from Taliban and al-Qaeda. And Lashkar-e-Taiba, originated from a group called Markaz Daawa wal Irshad (Centre for Preaching and Guidance), which was formed to fight the Soviet Army in Afghanistan.

Despite the Saudi connections to al-Qaeda and other terror groups, its relations with the US have remained solid. Shia Iran views the US-Saudi-Israel alliance as an existential threat.

The MBS visit to South Asia came in a week in which three significant events took place. First, representatives of 60 nations met at Warsaw for a US-led “Middle-East conference”, which was in reality an “anti-Iran” conference. Germany, France and the EU, which were in the Iran nuclear deal and opposed US President Donald Trump’s decision to break away from it, did not attend. Others sent junior representatives. But there were strong speeches against Iran by both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Second, 27 of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were blown up in Sistan-Balochistan by a “suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device” (SVBIED). Third, an identical bombing a day later, claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad, killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir.After the attack on the IRGC, Iran lashed out at the US and its “allies in the region”. The attack was claimed by a group active on the Pakistan-Iran border called Jaish ul-Adl. The attack marks a new low in relations between Iran and Pakistan. Tehran sees the attack as confirmation that Pakistan has ganged up with Saudi in the regional coalition against it. Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of funding the group and Pakistan of sheltering it. While there is nothing apparent to link Jaish-e-Mohammad and Jaish ul-Adl, both are Sunni extremist groups operating out of Pakistan.

Iran, like India, does not like the emerging US-Taliban “peace agreement” that could leave the Taliban in the driving seat in Afghanistan by the middle of 2019. The Saudis, who back the talks, fear Iran may undermine it. Saudi, along with Pakistan and UAE, participated in one round of talks in Abu Dhabi in December 2018. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and UAE were the only countries that recognised the Taliban government in Afghanistan that lasted from 1996 to 2001.

Why can’t India leverage its excellent individual relations with Iran, Saudi, Israel, and the US to tackle some of its longstanding national security problems, including Pakistan?

Pakistan has complex and difficult relationships with the US and Iran and no relations at all with Israel. Since 2001, the bottom line of US-Pakistan ties is Pakistan’s centrality to the US-led war in Afghanistan. With a huge Shia population of its own, Pakistan is mindful of Iran’s importance, but has provided the battlefield for the Saudi-driven Sunni vs Shia geopolitics of the region. The only country that has more influence over Pakistan than China is Saudi Arabia, but its own irons in regional fires would prevent it from helping India on this front. This is why the MBS visit had to be a balancing act between India and Pakistan.

– Nirpuma Subramanian, EXPLAINED : Why Saudi Arabia matters to India, Feb22, 2019, Indian express

Source :https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-why-saudi-arabia-matters-to-india-5595462/

 

 I watched the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir’s televised interview with NDTV ‘s Nidhi Razdan  and wherein the foreign minister spoke very eloquently about multiple issues on trade and investment, Jamal Khashoggi , and recent terrorist attacks in Pulwama.  Will Saudi’s and Chinese put pressure on Pakistan post Pulwama terrorist attacks, my sense is unlikely beyond articulated condemnation of attacks.
This for today!
Sincerely, Suresh
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INDIA- CHINA relations: Post Pulwama

21 Feb

India – China bilateral relations

Political Relations:

On 1 April, 1950, India became the first non-socialist bloc country to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. Prime Minister Nehru visited China in October 1954. While, the India-China border conflict in 1962 was a serious setback to ties, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s landmark visit in 1988 began a phase of improvement in bilateral relations. In 1993, the signing of an Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-China Border Areas during Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s visit reflected the growing stability and substance in bilateral ties.

Visits of Heads of States/Heads of Governments:

Cumulative outcomes of the recent high level visits have been transformational for our ties. During Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit in 2003, India and China signed a Declaration on Principles for Relations and Comprehensive Cooperation and also mutually decided to appoint Special Representatives (SRs) to explore the framework of a boundary settlement from the political perspective. During the April 2005 visit of Premier Wen Jiabao, the two sides established a Strategic and Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, while the signing of an agreement on Political Parameters and Guiding Principles, signaled the successful conclusion of the first phase of SR Talks.

During the State Visit of Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping to India from 17 to 19 September 2014, a total of 16 agreements were signed in various sectors including, commerce & trade, railways, space -cooperation, pharmaceuticals, audio-visual co-production, culture, establishment of industrial parks, sister-city arrangements etc. The two sides also signed a MoU to open an additional route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathu La. The Chinese side agreed to establish two Chinese Industrial Parks in India and expressed their intention to enhance Chinese investment in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited China from May 14-16, 2015. Besides meeting with the Chinese leadership, Prime Minister Modi and Premier Li also addressed the opening session of the First State/Provincial Leaders’ Forum in Beijing. There were 24 agreements signed on the government -to-government side, 26 MoUs on the business-to-business side and two joint statements, including one on climate change. Prime Minister also announced the extension of the e-visa facility to Chinese nationals wishing to travel to India.

The momentum of meetings at the leadership level continued in 2016 too. President Pranab Mukherjee made a state visit to China from May 24 to 27, 2016. He visited Guangdong and Beijing where he met with the Chinese leadership. President also delivered a keynote address at the Peking University and attended a Round Table between Vice Chancellors and Heads of institutions of higher learning of the two countries. Ten MoUs providing for enhanced faculty and student exchanges as well as collaboration in research and innovation were concluded between the higher education institutions of the two countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited China in September 2016 to participate in the G20 Summit in Hangzhou and September 2017 to participate in the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, where he also held bilateral talks with President Xi Jinping. President Xi Jinping visited India in October 2016 to participate in the BRICS Summit in Goa. The two leaders also met along the sidelines of the SCO Heads of States Summit in Tashkent in June 2016 and in Astana in June 2017.

– Source : ” INDIA- CHINA BILATERAL RELATIONS ” , Ministry of external affairs, Government of India

India – China relations has had numerous bilateral exchanges and has gained momentum over time. Prime minister Modi has engaged China ever since his days as chief minister of Gujrat. The trade and investment side has seen a remarkable upside.

 In 2016 India was the 7th largest export destination for Chinese products, and the 27th largest exporter to China.

India-China trade in the first eight months of 2017 increased by 18.34% year-on-year to US$ 55.11 billion. India’s exports to China increased by 40.69% year-on-year to
US$ 10.60 billion while India’s imports from China saw a year-on-year growth of 14.02 % to US$ 44.50 billion. The Indian trade deficit with China further increased by 7.64% year-on-year to US$ 33.90 billion.

The territorial dispute in spite of  agreement Line of actual control ( LAC) is at best tenuous. Their have been skirmishes but nothing substantial. China dosen’t recognise  Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. A recent report following Prime minister Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh to lay foundation stone for developmental projects received rebuke from chinese side.

In New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to China’s remarks, saying the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an “integral and inalienable part” of India.

“Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India. This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions,” the MEA spokesperson said in a statement.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in response to a question on Modi’s visit said, “China’s position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary.China urges the Indian side to bear in mind the common interests of the two countries, respect the interests and concerns of the Chinese side, cherish the momentum of improvement in bilateral relations, and refrain from any action that may lead to the escalation of disputes or complicate the boundary question,” she said in her reaction posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s website. China claims the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet. India and China have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute.

The India-China border dispute covers 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.
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Given territorial disputes and interests in Indian ocean, thriving trade/cultural relations do not add up to being a logical ally. Foreign relations  are at best cordial.  Given China’s all weather relationship with Pakistan. India’s counterterroism policy is handicapped by Chinese support of Pakistan in international fora eg United nations security council and others forums. China has vetoed  repeatedly naming ” Masood Azhar as as a International terrorist at United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Masood Azhar’s  Pakistan based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack. I saw Pakistan’s Prime minister Imran Khan’s  streamed speech on social media. It was disappointing and on expected lines. What more evidence is required when JEM had accepted responsibility for attack?. Pakistan get’s away with lot of such heinous  acts of terror because of all weather Chinese support.  Thus India has to really take up with Chinese on it’s dubious stand on International terrorism.  China has its own fight with Uighur terrorism in Xinjiang. But it does not legitimise Pakistan sponsored terror. I think India needs to put pressure on China that this is untenable.

Prof Abanti Bhattacharya in a well reasoned piece in Times of India writes and quote:

The Pulwama terrorist attack not just indicates the menace of terrorism and India’s security vulnerability but more significantly draws attention to the failure of India’s China policy, in general, and the Wuhan spirit, in particular. With Pakistan based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) having claimed responsibility for the terror attack, attention is immediately drawn on India’s repeated failure to designate JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and China’s constant use of veto power to throttle India’s proposal at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Arguably, India’s failure stems from its myopic understanding of the border threat that caused it to segregate threats emanating from China and Pakistan. Due to this blinkered understanding, India’s counterterrorism efforts have failed and its China policy has remained essentially truncated.

In the post-war era, India confronted a two-front border threat – the Chinese occupation of Tibet and Pakistan’s occupation of Jammu & Kashmir. This twofold development immediately exposed India’s entire north, north-eastern and north-western border, to the threat from China and Pakistan. But unlike China, India did not adopt a holistic view of the border threat.

With China, Nehru’s government sought to secure the border by signing the 1954 agreement and forfeiting all special privileges it had from the British in Tibet. However, the Hindi-Chini bhai bhai spirit quickly floundered in the 1962 border war.

In the case of Pakistan, India retaliated against the 1947-48 tribal raids but lost 33,000 sq km of Kashmir to Pakistan. The border threat significantly transformed with the signing of the Border Agreement of 1963, whereby Pakistan gifted 5,180 sq km of land (Shaksgam valley) in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to China. This facilitated Beijing to legitimise Pakistan’s claim on Kashmir. But most importantly, it led to the formation of the China-Pakistan nexus.

From then on, China adopted the Pakistan card to tie India down in the South Asian region. It helped Pakistan become a nuclear power, thereby establishing nuclear parity between India and Pakistan. In present times, the China-Pakistan nexus has gravely impinged on India’s security by eroding New Delhi’s capacity to tackle Pakistan sponsored terrorism.

– A China size problem : countering terrorism critically depends on being able to tackle the china Factor – Abanti Bhattacharya, TOI,February 19, 2019

More : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/a-china-size-problem-countering-terrorism-critically-depends-on-being-able-to-tackle-the-china-factor/

George Fernandes when he was defense minister of India had stated that India’s biggest security threat is ” China’ and not ” Pakistan”.  He was right. Unless the Chinese play straight on India’s counterrorism efforts Pakistan will continue to act with impunity with it’s state backed terror groups in Kashmir and elsewhere. I have lost all hopes from Mr. Imran Khan’s address.

I hope in the upcoming meeting of Indian and Chinese foreign ministers on the sidelines of India – Russia – China foreign minister’s conference in China. China reconsider’s it’s position on Masood Azhar.  That would be a fair step. Terrorism is a global malaise and nobody should get away with it because of a technicality.

This for today.

Sincerely, Suresh

 

Act of War

15 Feb

Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
There has been an dastardly attack in Kashmir. This is one of the worst attacks on India’s sovereign territory and atleast 38 security personnel from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been martyred and some are missing according to newspaper reports.  I have never heard of a suicide bomber led attack in India. It’s apparently machinations of a lone a suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) who rammed a explosive ridden SUV into a convoy of security forces. It’s ominous. Things must change . The security apparatus has to react in altered circumstances. I have been reading reports of educated and semi educated Kashmiri youth’s being religiously radicalized and joining terrorist outfits. Some time back read an assitant professor of a university joined a terrorist arm and was killed in an fight with security forces. It’s impossible to understand motivations of Kashmiri youth’s to take up this route and valley seems anti country. The local leaders are none too impressive. The acts have been getting dastardly over time mostly targeting security personnel visiting home and even women. This attack in Pulwama district is the zenith of all attacks. This is war. We cannot have a Afghanistan kind of situation in the country. I think there will be respone from the Indian government and rest assured no terrorist organisation will succeed in in it’s devious plans. As for Pakistan, it’s been playing this proxy war for decades. For a country which is ravaged by terrorism itself how it can pursue a state policy like that defeats me? I have some hope with Imran Khan becoming prime minister, but what can he do with their security establishment.  This will have to change hence forth.
International relations run not on good deeds/ good Samaritan beliefs but on interests – geopolitical, economic, military and now an ideological one.  The Chinese and Americans have long supported Pakistan and the Saudi’s too. I think India has to respond to its’s interests in multi pronged manner – Diplomatic and military. I am sure it will send an appropriate response. It has  already  withdrawn MFN – Most favored nation mandated by WTO( Marrakesh Agreement, establishing the WTO). I think high commissioners have been called. Response to a war is a must.
First a response. Then the issue of radicalizing Kashmiri youth. Frankly they have failed us, don’t think any other federal state in India get’s so much from central government. It’s seems a difficult road ahead.
As for Pakistan, hope a true statesman in Mr. Khan emerges and please remember courting minor politicians in India serves no purpose. I hope there is a crack down on Jaish-e-Mohammed and Masood Azhar.
More reports:
The international community has condemned the attack. For the moment am stunned.
In pain and angry!
Sincerely, Suresh

Law of Karma – A. Parthasarathy

14 Feb

“macrocosm applies equally to the microcosm. Every human being is subject to this law. It operates at the physical, mental and intellectual levels. If the physical body has gone through a proper discipline of yoga and exercise it would presently be hale and healthy. And if the body has had no proper physical training, been sensually indulgent it would be pale and sickly. Similarly, the flow of thoughts and emotions towards the positive or negative would determine the nature of the present inner personality. So what you are now is a result of what you have been doing in the past, dating back from this moment. And what you would be in the future would depend upon what you do from this moment. It is an irrefragable law. The above”
― A. Parthasarathy, The Eternities: Vedanta Treatise

The entire universe is governed by the law of karma: cause and effect. Every cause has an effect and every effect a cause. There is no such thing as luck or accident. No extraneous power shaping your life. You are the architect of your fortune, you are the architect of your misfortune. You reap what you sow. Your past actions determine your present destiny. And your future is your past modified by the present. Selfish action leads to suffering and sorrow while unselfish action engenders peace and prosperity.

The chronology of action is Vāsanā (Sanskrit, behavioural tendency/inclination), thought, desire and action. Vāsanā is seed of your personality. You are your Vāsanā. Vāsanā are produced by past actions. You become a victim of your Vāsanā. You create your own destiny. The law of destiny is what you sow is what you reap. Destiny is not predestined. You are the architect of your fortune or your misfortune. There is no one determining your future. What you sow what you reap. Destiny is any moment plus past actions. You make yourself or you mar yourself. You get what you deserve and not what you desire. That depends on your actions and what actions you have executed. Destiny is result of past actions. Its fait accompli! Your future depends on what you do now. You must be careful of what you do in life. There is no such as luck or accident.  Action produces result.  Many actions you create, you reap result. Your bank balance is made of debits and credits. Your bank balance is your destiny. Law of Karma is continuing of destiny. What ever you have done till now + plus or minus you do now will be your future. (destiny ( past )+ present actions =  future). So your future is in your present actions. You are the architect of your future. Law of Karma is based on cause and effect. Every effect has a cause and every cause has a effect.  Your future depends on your present actions. It is in your interest to perform the right type of action. You get what you deserve.  There are three types of action – Selfish, Unselfish and Selfless.  Selfish – What can I get out of it? What can I get out of you?. Unselfish – Can I be of service ? Can I be of service to you? . A change in attitude can change your life.  A spirit of ” After you.”  Unselfish is can I be of service? Selfless = leads to spiritual enlightenment. Just do what you have to do. If you are a carpenter, just do carpentry. If you are a plumber, just do plumbing. If you are a teacher, just teach. Don’t do by your selfish interests and benefits. Just do your job. You get what you deserve and not what you desire. It is in your interest to move on from selfish to unselfish to selfless actions. Find out what you are working for? What am I working for?. The larger the ideal, greater the action. Greater the purpose, greater the energy, greater  the action. If you work for a cause, you have energy and greater potency in action.

No energy – because of no initiative – because of no higher ideal

Perform action with initiative.

The perfect action is based on following  (3 C’s of Success ) – Concentration, consistency and Cooperation.

Nobody is superior or inferior and every one is a spoke in wheel of life. Everything moves. Law of karma is how you function now. Right type of action and you are assured of success.

― A. Parthasarathy , Law of Karma ( Talk)

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I couldn’t sleep last night. I had decided would listen to this talk first thing in morning, take a shower and go to a place of worship. I am aware of Swami Parthasarthy’s work and if there is a swami you must believe, it’s him. He is antithesis of a swami- cricketer, teacher and runs a Vedanta academy. His entire work is to build thinking or what is called as ” intellect” the discriminating layer over the monkey mind. I would recommend to check his talks, articles and works and hope you find them useful. Buddha said you must examine every treatise with investigation and only then you must embrace . In some ways Vedanta and Buddhism are most rational streams of philosophies. I like Swami Parthasarthy’s interpretation of destiny = You are result of your past actions. What actions you take now will create your future. Hence you are creator of your destiny. If this is the only takeaway from this post, it would be worth it.

Personally for me this is a  working definition of destiny, have embraced it in my work and it’s true. I do feel though there is more than free will in life, my father was a good man and he died of big ” C” nothing in his past actions brought him that fate. So I feel free will has it’s limitations and life is not a level playing field. I have worked with one of  Swamiji’s relative ( smooth operator) in a job in Chennai and he needs more of his uncle’s teaching than any one else.

But this is the best we can get in this world. So this is the best working definition of Law of Karma. I needed this reassurance. I am just sharing the Swami’s talk verbatim. You can check it on you tube ( The law of Karma).  Remember the great artist Picasso

“Action is the foundational key to all success. ” ― Pablo Picasso

Present actions create your future. Choose actions well.  Right action is selfless action.

This for today dear friends!

Peace and love!

Sincerely, Suresh

 

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

11 Feb

“Dedication, hard work all the time, and belief.”
― Cristiano Ronaldo

Everybody knows Cristiano Ronaldo.  The stats are all there and to say that he is already a football legend is pretty much saying the obvious. The dazzling skills – dribbles, feints and speed, years of excellence, five times Ballon d’Or, supreme athlete and many more. The stats are beyond great. How is it possible to be such a top athlete for more than a decade and half?  What drives him? I once read that he would be happy to remembered in same league as George Best or David Beckham. He is already in top three greatest of all time. He is hardworking, supremely dedicated, extremely driven to be a sporting legend. If Messi is Federer then Ronaldo is Rafa or Novak in tennis parlance.

I once heard Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli say in a television program that Cristiano Ronaldo is a inspiration because of his work ethic and hardworking game. Ronaldo is a supreme talent  who has become a legend through his hardworking game and sacrifices.  

cristiano

In his own words

” Talent without hard work is nothing. You have to dedicate yourself 100%. It’s not in number of hours you train, its about dedication in hours you train, try to better in training’s. Secret don’t exist. Exists hard work, dedication, to be obsessed to be something in life and belief in you. The main is hardwork and dream. To be believe everything is possible in life.”

I watch a Ronaldo video for inspiration these days. I think he is a great role model for every young person on possibilities of virtues of hardwork and dedication. He always strives for best whether its Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus or Portugal.

To quote him again ” In my head am the best” He is the best!

I always believed in virtues of ” Dedication, hard work and belief” in my little work. Hopefully it will all come together one day. Cristiano Ronaldo inspires endlessly.

This for today. I think every young person regardless of choice of career should look up to Ronaldo for his work ethic.  As they say, talent without hard work is nothing.

Have a good day dear friends!

Peace and love!

Sincerely, Suresh

 

Novice – Tennis player

5 Feb

“I have no sense of humor about losing”
― Rafael Nadal, Rafa

I saw Rafa Nadal handling questions bravely after losing  brutally Australian open’s finals ( 2019) to Novak Djokovic. He accepted that was destroyed by a opponent who was superior and  It’s not the first time he has been destroyed. I thought it was very brave to face up to defeat that too immediately after a final. That’s why sports builds so much character. I found Nadal brave in defeat. That’s a sign of a true champion.  He will win more slams. Rafa is one of my heroes. So is David Ferrer.

More than five years and  thousand plus posts, have  posted many times about Tennis, a sport like very much along with football,  badminton and athletics.  I tried to compensate for no social life with sports, reading and spirituality. Of course went to work which came with a shelf life.  I sometimes wish was like my friends  and not so much a contrarian. I read a Pritish Nandy article about being ” Compulsive contrarian”. This term is attributed to India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley and now a minister without a portfolio in current Indian government. It means a “dissenter”. I wish was not such a dissenter. I wish was like every one else and outcomes would have been different. I wish had a family and daughters. That was  original dream.  I kept reading and playing sports though which kept me disciplined.  Some of my friends introduced me to worthwhile activities –  Blogging, ISKCON and now Tennis. I joined a coaching program. I think will be sincere like everything else. It gives me great pleasure and physically it’s exhausting. I look forward to same.

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The only time remember playing Tennis was back in 1982. I was small boy who stood little more in height than the net and the government estate that lived had a tennis court in Gymkhana. The officers and their children would play. I sneaked in and hit on courts few times those days. I still remember it was a cement court. This was East Club ( OFA – Ordnance factory Ambarnath). I never played again. So after thirty + years decided to join a coaching program at behest of my friend Sameer.  I feel if you love something, you will end up doing it sometime.

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That’s me with our assistant coach and trainer. First day we kept hitting balls and running over the courts. We are novices. Even if you know a great deal of theory and strategies, doing is always brick by brick, it’s a process. We are ball boys rolled into novices. I hope to finish my coaching and play a few times on courts in a week. My friend’s apartment has a clay court. I will try to get a  hit there and elsewhere. It’s not easy at all. One hour stretches you to the hilt. It’s still fun. I will pursue sincerely  like everything else in life.

I had  many favorite tennis players – Borg, Wilander, Edberg, Rafa, Becker,Courrier, Federer,  Ferrer, Vijay Amritraj, Li Na, Chris Evert, Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Garbine Muguruza and now very impressive Naomi Osaka. And many more.

I too will learn and play tennis. Everything else is a bonus.

The main thing is to play fair and play to win. It’s character building.

This for today dear friends!

Peace and love!

Sincerely, Suresh

My Brother

2 Feb

“The happiness you are seeking is not to be found in the flow of life, but in your attitude toward whatever life brings.”
― Ramesh S. Balsekar

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My brother and me – 1/1/2019

I didn’t really crave for friends. I was interested in my brother’s life. It’s been a long journey for both of us together. He is quiet and doesn’t reveal his feelings. I don’t know may be looks at me as a elder  brother. He talks to my sister and mother. I have always been committed to family. I have always been committed to brother. May be have been too much of an elder brother ( like a helicopter father/ Tiger mom). I have since learnt value to give space and help people evolve themselves.  Am happy with my brother. His sincerity, diligence and work ethic has always touched my heart. He is a hero to me. He has had more challenges. He is my friend. He only asks me one thing, to teach him driving. I am petrified of teaching him driving.  I don’t have courage. It’s been a long journey for us. Life is strange. It should have been a easy ride. May be somebody cast a spell or a evil eye. I don’t know.  Life has it’s own plans. We are fine now. I remember dropping him to school. He is six years younger than me. I remember dropping him to a dance class when he was five year old. He is the cutest five year old had seen.  I would pick him up after dance classes. When my father got transferred and moved to a new city.  He was in second standard and me older in ninth standard. I would take him on my bicycle and make him first sit in class and then go to my classes.When I passed out of school he was still a boy. Life had different plans for both of us. He is my hero. I am content with whatever life brings.

I requested him to take a selfie at the station yesterday. This is perhaps the only picture you will find of both of us together.

I have only now started going out and meeting friends. Only few good souls came and met me. Two decades ago, there was too much to handle and come to  terms with, thought couldn’t afford friendships. I didn’t have the means and also the mental space. I was so worried for large parts of life. I am still worried but have evolved into my own peace and space with time.  The work is worry. Otherwise am content.

To all the people loved and couldn’t meet – I remember you. May be will make up and meet now.  In case we never meet, will still be thinking of you. Till then, so long…

This for today dear friends. I read a wonderful parable in a Tony Dmello book about what should be the ideal prayer to god. The best prayer is to be content with whatever life brings. In other words as Krishnamurti said ” I don’t mind what happens”

I wish you courage in this journey.

Peace and love!

Sincerely, Suresh