Philosophy

To fix tomorrow before tomorrow arrives is what we do all the time. It may be because we cannot let go of the compulsive human desire to exist in future and to try to take all steps necessary to have a better future even if it is at the cost of the very alive present. Many people and just as many spiritual gurus have counseled...

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Hemraj Singh

A practicing lawyer specializing in both civil and criminal trials, and a working journalist.

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No, I am not a chowkidaar. I am a citizen of India whose interest the chowkidaars are constitutionally bound to protect and serve. 3 days ago

Chowkidar Narendra Modi?! Really now? This gimmick from the Prime Minister of India? Clever comebacks are fine for election rallies. Twitter profile of the Indian Prime Minister is unfit for electoral rhetoric. Maybe Modi couldn’t really be anything other than a BJP campaigner. 3 days ago

@Zebaism This is certainly outrageous. 6 days ago

@shekharkapur What's going on Shekhar? Why do you want us to believe anything and anybody without being sure? Asking questions does not make us a 'soft target', it makes us a vibrant democracy that our future generations would be proud of and thankful to us for. 1 week ago

We were a civilisation once. We are a raging mob now. Be proud of it, if that’s possible. Interestingly, it is possible, which says a lot about us. Need I say more? twitter.com/bdutt/status/1… 2 weeks ago

@IAmSudhirMishra If you must know, they also ask inconvenient questions. And who among the hero-worshipers ever liked hero-questioners, if you will, in any civilization at any point of time in near or distant past? 2 weeks ago

So, again, how much damage did we inflict on the terror organization after risking the lives of our brave pilots who conducted the airstrikes, and after making Wing Commander Abhinandan go through the ordeal? Or is it an anti-national question these days? 2 weeks ago

"We do not count human casualties," says the IAF. The Prime Minister tells us to trust the Armed Forces (the fact of airstrike is not under question anyway). So, not trusting the number of casualties initially given until established does not amount to distrusting the forces. 2 weeks ago

If we all remain patriotic and nationalistic, the 250/300/350 unconfirmed casualties of the airstrike would remain dead even if some, many or none of them died. Faith keeps finding new ways to kill, shall we say? 2 weeks ago

India must ensure that Pakistan is held to account for the misuse of F-16s. thehindu.com/news/internati… 3 weeks ago

People crying for war with Pakistan neither understand war, nor Pakistan, nor 'war with Pakistan'. 3 weeks ago

@OmarAbdullah Better still if there was no bragging at all. 3 weeks ago

Heartening to know that Wing Commander Abhinandan has been treated with due respect by the Pakistani Armed Forces. youtube.com/watch?v=nIHs7p… 3 weeks ago

Absolutely. He is a soldier doing what he is duty-bound to do. He, as an individual, is nobody's enemy. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 3 weeks ago

All military engagements, howsoever small, are serious situations involving human casualties. Stop dancing around. This is not a wedding. 3 weeks ago

Let's bring the celebratory drumming down a few notches, shall we? We have done what needed to be done. The air strike was more of a retaliatory gesture than a solution. There are no lasting solutions on the battlefield. 3 weeks ago

@HarishKhuranna @sardesairajdeep I believe, Mr. Sardesai is the kind of man who looks for the truth in face of contradictory claims by two sides opposed to each other. One might call such people the 'seekers of the truth', if you will. 3 weeks ago

And that you should continue doing, Mr. Sardesai. That's your job. Armed forces will do theirs, I am sure, and you should continue with yours. A crucial part of your job is to verify, which is inherently opposed to the idea of 'trust'. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 3 weeks ago

No, that is not entirely true. India has called it a 'non-military' strike. That description has been carefully used to communicate that the strike was not against Pakistan but against JeM within Pakistani territory. We want no war. That has been the message. twitter.com/GulPanag/statu… 3 weeks ago

@virsanghvi China and Pakistan are not like Jai and Veeru. They are more like Gabbar and Sambha; not exactly though. :-p 3 weeks ago

There you go. That's what happens when cow worshipers become VCs. twitter.com/ANINewsUP/stat… 3 months ago

@ArvindKejriwal Help me understand exactly why you need his permission. 4 months ago

@nytimes Show respect? This sounds pretty North Korean. Trump should not over-fraternize with Kim Jong-un in the national interest of the US. Trump seems to be learning at the feet of Putin and the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Nothing good can come of it. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am perfectly at ease with the term 'liberal'. I am not deleting any tweets. And the discussion stands terminated forthwith. I did that twice earlier. 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @_Mauna_ @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 You will not tell me how to take someone's name. He is plain Savarkar. End of the story. I am free to call him by his name. I don't consider him 'veer' at all. So, it's time to end this discussion. I have sent my last tweet to you. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! I like Jack Nicholson, too. 😀 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The context of 'Indian' comes from citizenship. Check what I said. This is the last tweet in response to you. Farewell. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! Rest assured of your beliefs, for that's all one is left with without the truth. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Identity politics by people like you. Hard to see? You are welcome to not see. Good Night, again. 😀 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am talking of today, and not of the bygone era. The fact stands acknowledged. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 So, the Congress was fighting the British without considering them enemies? Hmm. Okay. We are done here. Good Night. 🙂 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 It is indeed a bad word when it is used to divide, which is what it is being used for now. Back then it was used to unite. 'Indian' is also a community. Use it to include and it's good word, use it to divide, it's bad. I am sure you understand. 🙂 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Sorry. I am not into attempting to challenge history and refashion the truth to suit one's beliefs, or offer a person based or class based explanation for why history is what it is. Recorded history is the truth until credibly challenged. You can believe what you like. 4 months ago

@Kalbhoja I did not use the expression 'British' in terms of fighting. The expression "for his people". There was no 'India' back then. Also, this 'inviting' business has been our problem for sure, and many people committed that mistake. We were divided back then. Try preventing that now. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I have called the Sangh what I thought best described them. I am not putting labels on bottles. Sorry. 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 No, what I call 'Indian' is everybody who is a citizen of this country. What you call 'Indian' might be different. And perhaps that where we irreconcilably differ. 🙂 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Maybe because they were not sufficiently 'dangerous'. Savarkar? You are welcome to your beliefs, my friend. 🙂 4 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Freedom struggles are by the people and for the people. They are not communal in nature. So, the question of it's being 'Hindu' does not arise. But I guess with a handle like 'Spirit of Hindutva' you would want to argue in that 'spirit'. 🙂 4 months ago

@3M0nks @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @INCIndia I did not talk about partition at all. So, the question of blaming someone or the other for it does not arise. You are perhaps trying to talk about something you are more comfortable talking about. I don't get into those kind of 'debates'. So, this is my last response to you. 🙂 4 months ago

I am perfectly willing to leave history behind and move forward, if they are willing to treat all Indians on the same plane without playing the Hindu-non-Hindu politics. twitter.com/debiacharya196… 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The following may help. They have always been more Hindu than Indians. Hope they would do better going forward. thewire.in/history/rss-hi… outlookindia.com/website/story/… hindustantimes.com/india/hindu-ma… 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Is it really news? Did you never wonder why nobody mentions any RSS functionary as having been part of the freedom struggle, my friend? 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 But, like I said, let the history be where it belongs, which is in the past. Look forward, shall we? 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 You are under the mistaken assumption that I support Congress somehow. I don't. So, let's assume they were 'servants', but they were also the ones fighting for our freedom. The RSS were servants and refused to take part in the freedom struggle. 4 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 Servants don't sit as equals with the masters. Also, the pictures you showing are part of the take over from the British. Furthermore, Congress is not in power at the moment. We'll question them when they are in power. Let's deal with our government for now. 4 months ago

@vhsindia @Swamy39 But then, the likes of you prefer to look at the perceived glory of the past rather than deal with the real problems of the present day. 4 months ago

@vhsindia @Swamy39 Why am I reminded of the RSS, the servants of the British? Tipu Sultan fought for his people at least, which the RSS refused to do during the freedom struggle. So, let's not discuss history and focus on the future. 4 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli So, I respect Virat's right to free speech and condemn what he said in the same breath, just as you do, but I do not recognize his right to say whatever he wants. Sportsmanship, I demand, both on and off the field. This ill mannered person must get his act right. 4 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli He has the right to free speech just as those who condemn him have the right. Right to Freedom of Speech does not include the right to be not criticized for what you say. 4 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli No, he cannot respond "in anyway he wants", which is exactly the point here. We expect dignified speech if he opens him mouth in public or on the field. If he wants people to judge him by his batting, he should speak only through the bat, like Tendulkar did. 4 months ago

@Swamy39 And unlike Virat, who asked the fellow to leave the country, we are not asking him to step down as the captain of the Indian cricket team although we should. If it's a 'national team', we don't want a man like Virat leading it. 4 months ago

@Swamy39 What you seem to be trying to do is what your kind try to do all the time, which is to digress and muddy the waters. Media is slamming the erring. The person disliking Virat's game is within his rights to dislike him and like anybody else, but Virat can't say what he did. 4 months ago

@Swamy39 The people slamming Virat are also exercising their freedom of speech. So, the 'right to free speech' part is not under question. What is being criticized is the way that freedom was exercised by this non-sportsman of a captain that we have the misfortune of having. 4 months ago

@Swamy39 Nobody can tell any Indian that he or she should leave the nation for anything, and the least for liking the sportsmen of a foreign nation. Also, Virat is the captain of the 'national cricket team' talking to a lover of the game, and his conduct was wholly unbecoming. 4 months ago

@Acosta If it's any consolation, you country is not alone in doing this. I am from India and 'anti-national' is thrown around here, too, mostly by people who don't have the first idea about what patriotism, culture, civilization, brotherhood and fraternity stand for. 4 months ago

@PritishNandy What's wrong with relating to any human beings anywhere in the world? Don't soldiers pay due respect to the bodies of the combating enemy soldiers? Hatred must be kept for things like irrationality, bigotry and such, and not for people, not even the irrational and the bigots. 4 months ago

@PressSec And you seriously want us to believe any of it? Such hopes. 4 months ago

@IExpressSports @VORdotcom I am not as tolerant of his on-field behaviour either because it does show the kind of person one is or one is not, and what Virat is not is a sportsman. He is just someone who has certain skills like anybody in a circus. 4 months ago

@imVkohli You are a far better salesman than a sportsman, Virat, which is amply clear from your recent reaction to a non-fan of your cricketing skills. Indians are not Indian citizens by virtue of enjoying your batting. You might want to have the Indian Constitution amended in that regard. 4 months ago

I reserve my respect for the likes of Kapil Dev, Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. A run machine with no sense of sportsmanship is basically nothing because runs do not get 'made' anywhere except on the score board. Cricket is a sport, and one is free to like any sportsman. 4 months ago

I have always maintained - primarily in view of his abusive aggression on the field - that for all his skills, Virat Kohli is not a sportsman, and I have never had any respect for the current 'Indian Captain'. indianexpress.com/article/sports… 4 months ago

So, either make a referendum to all Hindus before you choose to speak on our behalf, or just shut up. Or express your individual opinions, which you have every right to put across. The likes of me respect that right because, unlike you and your kind, we respect our Constitution. 5 months ago

I am a Hindu and I don't feel least bit 'insulted' by the Supreme Court's decision to hear the matter as and when it chooses to. I feel insulted by your audacity to speak on my behalf. You can't pick and choose your Hindus. trib.al/Gh5WCpe?fbclid… 5 months ago

@SirPareshRawal You mean Congress did so much and named it all after Nehru and the Gandhis while the only thing the current government did was put up a statue and couldn't name it after Mr. Modi or Shah or Savarkar because it's Sh. Patel's statue? Whose side are you on anyway? :-p 5 months ago

Of course. Your PMs chose to never give birth, not intramarital at least, as far as we know. Where was the option anyway then? ndtv.com/hyderabad-news… 5 months ago

So, if it’s alright to go wearing it instead of carrying it to one’s friend’s house, it’s alright for one to go wearing it to the temple, too, right, Ms. Irani? Women can go to their friends’ house. So, they can also go to the temples. What’s all the fighting about then? 😝 5 months ago

Let's rename Ganga 'Swachch Mata'. That might clean it overnight. 5 months ago

गणराज्य भारत के रास्ट्रपिता को शतशत नमन. 6 months ago

“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth." -- Albert Einstein speaking of Mahatma Gandhi. 6 months ago

Hasn’t it been the case for the last five decades anyway? Why ‘minor’ though? 😝 twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 6 months ago

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