Are Puneesh Tandon,Talwars’ neighbour,and his servant Vijay Mandal, the real killers of Aarushi-Hemraj, rather than Talwars and their servants/Aarushi’s boyfriends?

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Preface:-

It is now felt by me and some commentators that neither Rajesh/Nupur Talwar, nor Rajesh’s family members likeDinesh and Vandana/AjayChaddha, nor their Servants Krishna Compounder/Rajkumar, Nor Aarushi’s close Boyfriends Anmol Agarwal/Sankalp Arora, are responsible for
the double murder of Aarushi and servant Hemraj Banjade.

It was most probably the Talwars’ neighbour Puneesh Tandon, an unmarried software engineer, 40 yrs old, who was staying alone in his flat on the 1st floor, owned by his father, Retd. Vice Admiral Avnish Rai Tandon, who lived in a resort at Naukuchiataal near Nainitaal ( and his servant-cum-driver Vijay Mandal),
in front of whose house the bloody footsteps were seen
coming down from Talwars’ flat and floor in the Noida Police photographs, who was the real mystery scrapper sending foreboding messages to Aarushi,like that on the eve of her murder,”The next day will be vital for you” and the killer of Aarushi and Hemraj, who was like a bodyguard for her.
Who would be able to foretell that the next day was going to be vital for Aarushi except that person who was planning the assault himself?

It is mentioned in one report that Vijay Mandal sexually assaulted Aarushi before killing her, but I think that it was not Mandal, but Tandon who assaulted her, and hit her on the head, while Vijay Mandal took Hemraj to the terrace, killed him by hitting him on the head,and slitting his neck with Khukri, locked the terrace and came down to slit Aarushi’s neck too.
The allegation of sexually assaulting/raping Aarushi before murder may also have been taken by Vijay Mandal on himself, out of loyalty towards his employer, Puneesh Tandon ! It is possible that Mandal brought one more local person, with him, considering that the bathroom of Hemraj showed a lot of dirty urine, while his living room had wine bottles and glasses on his table.

But then, Who did the ‘dressing up’ of the murder scene and of Aarushi’s body, viz. the dilatation of her vaginal orifice, washing and cleaning of her private parts, changing her bed sheet and covering her with a white blanket- how, when and why? Did The Talwars do it, or Puneesh and Mandal only do it?The ‘Dressing up’ may or may not have been done by the Talwars, but about the white blanket, I feel the Talwars may have put it on her in the early morning after waking up and seeing the body, because,compared to the rest of the bed, it looks ‘almost clean’, except for a spot at one place, in the police photographs taken on the murder morning). They may have done it because they could not bear to see the blood smeared body of their beloved only child! (OR, one of the Talwar couple, if not both – either Rajesh or Nupur – was involved in the crime, in addition to Puneesh Tandon and Vijay Mandal !)

As Puneesh and Vijay Mandal were staying in the same building as the Talwars, it is understandable that the Colony Security guard would not have seen anyone of them (or any outsider) coming to, or going out from the building that night. So there is sufficient circumstantial proof to suspect them of the crime.

However, the MAJOR BLOCK in the conviction of Puneesh Tandon and Vijay Mandal remains the same as in the other cases, viz. LACK of DIRECT forensic EVIDENCE, like discovery of the weapon/s used by them or their fingerprints/bloodstains, or an eye witness of their commitment of the crime. That is the mystery and real challenge in this case.

The only thing that can be done is to WEIGH the circumstantial proof against Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, with that against Puneesh Tandon and Vijay Mandal, and JUDGE in whose case, the burden of incriminating or suspicious circumstantial evidence is heavier!
The TRAIL of BLOODY FOOTSTEPS TRACED from terrace down to Talwars flat and further down UPTO the floor and DOORSTEP OF PUNEESH Tandon SHOULD BE taken greater cognizance of, and TREATED ALMOST ON PAR WITH DiRECT EVIDENCE, according more credibility to it, and Weight than other circumstantial evidence, in which case the CIRCUMSTANTIAL PROOF AGAINST neighbour TANDON may weigh HEAVIER than that against the Talwars, AND since circumstantial proof rather than direct proof has been the basis for convicting the Talwars, make Puneesh Tandon more culpable for prosecution for the murders than the Talwars!
The Talwars would do better to stop harping on Krishna and Rajkumar as the murderers, and turn their attention to the wiles of the hidden and more likely enemy/ies living in their flanks(आस्तिन), Puneesh Tandon and Vijay Mandal (Chandal)!

It is not known who tipped off the Retd. DSP KKGautam that
“there was likely to be an interesting discovery on Rajesh Talwar’s terrace”,on the second day of the murder, and whose was the
unknown phone number with whom Gautam was talking on 16th May2008 afternoon,when Aarushi’s postmortem report was being written,
and on17th May 2008 morning, as part of the telephonic loop formed between him, Dr.SKChoudhary andDr.Dinesh Talwar,Rajesh’s brother,
before they came to Rajesh’s house, and opened his terrace by breaking
the lock on its door.

By the way, it was reported that Anita Durrani had gone to ask Puneesh, before breaking the lock, whether he had a duplicate key of the lock, which he denied having, but the fact that he was asked for the duplicate key suggests that the padlock on Rajesh’s terrace door may actually be belonging to Puneesh Tandon, as it may not be belonging to Rajesh Talwar. Hemraj might have borrowed it from Puneesh some time before, and someone on the spot told Anita Durrani that the duplicate key of it remained with Puneesh Talwar.

Puneesh had told the Police that it was the first time that Rajesh’s terrace door had been locked, and that it always remained unlocked till then. Nupur told the Police that Hemraj had locked the door the previous day, because painting work was going on there till the day before, were using up their water from the terrace, and that he had kept the keys at some place he only knew. In that case, it is strange that Puneesh Tandon could not give them the duplicate key Just the day after it was locked, if the lock on the door was his.It may be that the key which was with Hemraj was taken awayemraj’s body from him by Vijay Mandal and Tandon. The bunch of house keys in which probably Hemraj had kept the terrace key, was found by Nupur on Hemraj’s bed on the morning of the murders, WITHOUT the terrace door lock key. May be Puneesh threw it on the bed while coming into the Talwars’ house on the murder morning.

On the next morning, Talwars’ terrace was opened by the UP Police on the request by Dinesh Talwar and Retd.DSP KKGautam, by breaking the lock on the door,after Anita Durrani inquiring with Puneesh Tandon if he had the duplicate key of the lock, which he said he did not have.
After the door was opened, Talwar’s driver Umesh went and told him that Hemraj’s body had been found on the terrace.

But strangely, Neither Puneesh Tandon, who had been so oversolicitous towards the Talwars (though his relations with them were not very friendly) to be the first one to call the Police on their behalf on the first day of the murder, and allow them to dump the bloodsoaked mattress and bedsheet of Aarushi on his terrace in the afternoon, Nor his servant Vijay Mandal, came up to see Hemraj’s body, though Mandal was a friend of Hemraj, and was in his room for drinking liquor at late night( from 11.40pm) for half an hour,on just the previous night- of the murders.

They did not even care to come to get the bloodsoaked mattress of Aarushi and her bedsheet shifted from their terrace to Talwars’ own terrace, in the presence of police, though it must be smelling badly, which normally anyone would hasten to do to get one’s terrace cleared of that dirt.Even after Hemraj’s body was found, Aarushi’s bloodstained mattress lay on the terrace for weeks, which is strange!
Puneesh Left the place soon thereafter and went to stay elsewhere.

It is reported that when Puneesh was summoned to the CBI Court for his testimony, in 2012, he never once made eye contact with the Talwars,
inside the court!

The provocation mentioned in the first report, for killing Hemraj, who was the main target, was that Hemraj was spying upon, and gossiping about Rajesh’s relationship with his business partner Anita Durrani, before Aarushi and outsiders, on account of which there used to be frequent clashes lately between Rajesh and Aarushi, as per the earlier version of Anmol’s interrogation. Aarushi was killed accidentally, for ‘coming in the way’.
This seems to have been the version of Anmol, based upon Aarushi’s recount to him about the reason for the conflicts between her and her father from time to time. However, I think this was his surmise,about what may have led to her death, and I doubt that he had any concrete proof of Rajesh killing Hemraj and Aarushi.
Likewise, I don’t think that Arushi told him,or he suspected any illicit relations between her and the servant.All he knew was that Aarushi was emotionally close to the elderly domestic help.

I wonder whether she spoke of any sort of pressure being brought on her by her parents that night over some issue, like MTP,because of which they had already made her stop chatting with her friends on the Mobile phone perhaps because of the morbid messages she had been receiving from some unknown scrapper since some time, particularly that evening,viz
“The next day will be vital for you!” and gave her the camera to pacify her into agreeing to what they wanted of her, but beat her afterwards for some reason, when he contacted her on the Talwars’ landline at 11.30pm on finding her cellphone continuously switched off,after his talk with her on it at 9.10pm that night, which made him aware that there was conflict over some issue between Aarushi and her parents before her murder!
It is not known whether Aarushi told Anmol about the morbid message that evening, because of which he got worried,and was phoning and sending message to her, every half hour after his talk with her at 11.30pm.

Later on,IGP(Meerut Zone) Gurdarshan Singh came up with the even more distorted and scandalsing tale of Hemraj-Aarushi having been caught in an ‘objectionable’ Position by Rajesh in Aarushi’s bedroom on the murder night,a little past midnight. This version does not have much evidence to support it,as Hemraj’s underwear, which was lying on the side of his body, did not show any semen. Also none of the samples picked up by the Police from Aarushi’s room, revealed Hemraj’s blood/fingerprints or DNA on Forensic analysis.
Therefore, it is only a product of the IGP’s perverted fantasy,fed by the statement of the Talwars’ compounder, Krishna Thadarai, out of spite towards Rajesh,who was a hot-headed employer, as per Nupur’s cousin, Shree Paradkar.

Readers’ views are invited in this reference.

Contradictory and Wandering ‘(Tehel)ling’ statements of Tehelka…

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The Tehelka Magazine, the main supporter of the Talwars, has said in their article, ‘The House We Blew Down’, of Feb 2011, that Nupur Talwar had gone to put on the Router for Rajesh, in Aarushi’s room, at 11.00pm on murder night, when she saw her alive fo the last time, and went to sleep,and Rajesh said that he had locked the door of Aarushi’s door from Outside at 11.30/.35pm, when he went to sleep, but the key got stolen from his room, as he forgot to lock his own bedroom from Inside !

In an earlier article published by the Magazine, ‘Two Funerals and a Hundred blunders’, of June 2008, the same Tehelka has said that Nupur was sitting in Aarushi’s room till midnight, chatting with her,while Rajesh surfed the Internet and sent some emails from Aarushi’s computer.At midnight, Rajesh went to sleep, and Nupur went a few minutes later,forgetting to take out the key from the door lock,and take it to her room!

Which statement is the true one then ?

Whatever it may be, but it proves one thing – that either Rajesh alone,
or both Rajesh and Nupur, WERE awake and in Aarushi’s room Till Midnight, when Anmol Agarwal phoned on the Talwars’ Landline (which used to be in their bedroom) the second time too, and that Rajesh had NOT locked
and left her room as early as 11.30pm, as he told the Noida Police on
the first day of the murder !

There is one more point on which the statements of Rajesh and Nupur differ – Rajesh saying that Aarushi ate Kababs that night, and Nupur saying she had only tea.

CONCLUSION :

It follows therefore, that according to the requirement of Section 106,
Viz. ‘Burden of Proving Fact especially within knowledge,’
of Indian Evidence Act,1872, as per the interpretation and illustrative example given by Amba Salelkar, Sr. Journalist, and Former Practising Criminal Lawyer,” Did the murder happen inside a car? If the accused
was proved to be in that car, he is supposed to explain – nay prove -
how the person died, if not by his hand”. Especially If the murder is committed in secrecy, inside the privacy of the house, the burden of leading the nature and amount of evidence of the crime is lesser and lighter upon the prosecution, and more upon the inmates of the house, than in other cases of circumstantial evidence.
In the Aarushi – Hemraj Murder Case too,
- Aarushi was murdered inside her bedroom, estimatedly between Midnight and 1.00am – Nupur and/or Rajesh Talwar were indisputably awake, and present in their house, and in Aarushi’s room at least upto 00.08 am, I.e. Immediately before the estimated period of the murder of Aarushi, and also of Hemraj, who was staying in their house;
-Therefore,Both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar stand to PROVE HOW THE TWO members of their house DIED, if not by their hands, INSIDE THEIR HOUSE,
on the SAME night, and around the SAME time, and in the SAME manner,
as it is too much of a COINCIDENCE, whatever may be the precipitating cause.
For no outsider could have come into the house, and killed the two inmates, particularly Aarushi, when her parents were in her room, till 00.08am, or a little beyond, I.e. 00.30 am!

It was suspected on the first day of the murder that Hemraj, the servant and the third adult inmate of the house, might have killed Aarushi, but the report of absence of his fingerprints or DNA in Aarushi’s room,
(which the Talwars also agree with) belies the Noida Police theory that Hemraj was caught having sex with Aarushi in her bed by Rajesh Talwar, which provoked Talwar to kill him, and Aarushi alongwith, by accident.
In the same way, no evidence of Hemraj’s Nepali friends, Krishna and Rajkumar, or Vijay Mandal, neighbour Tandon’s servant, having entered Aarushi’room and killed her, was elicited from the samples.

What intrigues me Is the report that Rajesh Talwar is said to have broken down and confessed to the crime, on being confronted with the information which Aarushi’s boyfriend Anmol Agarwal gave to the Noida Police during his interrogation on 22nd May 2008, and was arrested immediately thereafter on 23 rd May 2008. It is not known what exactly Anmol told the Police about Rajesh, but it is not understood why Rajesh had to confess to the crime If he was truly innocent, and why he is not saying a word against Anmol in spite of the damaging statement given by Anmol against him to the Police !

The Talwars are obsessed with and sticking to their claim of
Krishna and Rajkumar having come to meet Hemraj late that night,
and being the perpetrators of the double murder, in the course of a fight between them and Hemraj over some personal issue,and Aarushi having been killed because of having somehow become a witness of Hemraj’s murder.

Alternatively, some of their protagonists of the Talwars think that the real target was Rajesh Talwar, and the motive for Aarushi’s murder was revenge against Rajesh by killing his only child, because Rajesh had scolded Krishna and threatened to sack him from service for some mistake in his work in the Talwars’ clinic, in the presence of his patients. Hemraj was killed for intervening to save Aarushi from Krishna and Rajkumar(Durranis’ servant and Krishna’s friend.)

The Talwars are insisting on more detailed and serious investigation into
the involvement of these servants in the murders. At the same time,they insist that the servants made a nonsexual attack on their daughter, and that none of the servants,including Hemraj, assaulted Aarushi sexually, nor had a consensual sexual liaison with her.

So, they want the murderer to be charged only for murder, even if there is an indication that he might have abused Aarushi sexually, and to ascribe some other nonsexual motive to the murders; but they don’t understand that Justice cannot be delivered in dissociated compartments, I.e. Punishing a Rapist-cum- murderer only for murder, and keeping silent over his crime of rape, just because the girl is no longer alive, for it requires establishment of a motive for the crime, and in Aarushi’s case, the observations are of such a nature that a sexually related motive cannot be ruled out.

Therefore,the possibility of one of Aarushi’s boyfriends being the killer, ESP. Sankalp Arora, her ex- and ditched boyfriend, should not be neglected, as he was a suspect in the similar and mysterious Shobhit murder case, which was also related to a love triangle, and was phoning her repeatedly from his father’s cellphone since the last two days. He might have entered Talwar house at 00.30am or so, and done the kills (though the subsequent washing and cleaning of Aarushi’s body and bed, and deletion of photos from the new camera, which did not go missing, was probably done by the Talwars, while the disposal of the Mobiles of both victims and deletion of the entries in the phone memory along with removal of the SIM Card, as well as despatch of Hemraj’s phone to Punjab, was presumably done through their family friend Dr.RKSharma, of Mayur Vihar, as suspected by the CBI, as they did not want any proof of possible sexual activity to be exposed to the Police or Media!)

Aarushi’s Mobile at least could not have been taken by any outside killer including her boyfriends, as it fell silent after her last talk to Anmol from 9.10-9.30pm on the murder night, that is, 3/4 hours before her murder, indicating that Rajesh, on his return home at 9.30pm, must have taken it and Hemraj’s phone too (which was purchased in Rajesh’s name and given to Hemraj for use), after the last call Hemraj got at 10pm, and kept them in his or Nupur’s custody till the end. How could the killer get them, at about the time of the murders which took place around 00.00/00.30h, between 00.00-1am(unless the parents themselves gave them)?

It was reported that a mysterious scrapper was visiting Aarushi on her Orkut page since some time, giving her information about murder victims on Internet sites, It could be a sadistic prank of Sankalp aka Sanky, whom she had jilted for Anmol Agarwal, to disturb her mentally. So his role should be properly investigated, not cursorily, as has been done by the UP Police and CBI !

It is strange that the Talwars are not naming any of Aarushi’s boyfriends-
Sankalp Arora or Anmol Agarwal- as their suspects, though they were contacting her by phone till the last day of her life, and Anmol till the last minute. It may be either because they do not want the sexual angle to come into the picture of her murder case, which they insist, has no such background, or because they are afraid of them, being big people’s sons.

Understanding God – An Agnostic’s Quest

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Understanding GOD. Oh My God! I chose this subject with great enthusiasm, but at the very Outset, I can feel myself developing cold feet, for I am realising that I have swallowed a greater morsel than I can chew, taken on a bigger task than I can ever do justice to.
For basically I believe in and can visualise mentally, the All-pervasive formless spirit from which everything, the whole Universe originates, and which contains everything, like the ‘Viraat Swaroop’ ( Vast form) of which Krishna gave Arjuna a glimpse or साक्षात्कारः on the battle ground during the war of the Mahabharata, rather than any incarnation ofHis, because no incarnation has impressed me much,except Shri Krishna, my favorite deity (इष्ट देव),who is the ‘Poornavatar’ (complete incarnation or manifestation) of Vishnu, the Saviour, and myFriend, Guide,Philosopher.
I also venerate Jesus Christ, the ‘Son of God’. However, I may not be able to describe the Supreme Spirit fully with my limited, mortal mind, for which
I may be excused.

Nevertheless, I have done quite a bit of thinking about God, the chief reason being that, with due respect to the Almighty – though I have no doubt about HIS Existence and Supreme power,as atheists have – I have never been able to fathom the mystery of the claim of the Believers, of God’s Love for all of his creation without discrimination and Protection to all when needed, on one hand, and the difference of the fortunes and circumstances eatand justice meted out between different individuals seen in this World. For on general observation, the evidence is to the contrary. Only the rich, strong and cunning are the favorites and beloveds of the Heavenly Father and Mother Nature!
AND all the others are godforsaken orphans begging pitifully of the more privileged, as expressed in the song of children of an orphanage, from the old film of RK Productions, ‘ Boot Polish’ -
” Tumhare hai tumse Dua maangate hain,
Tere laadalonki Daya maangate hain”!

And the song from the film ‘Nastik’ of yesteryears, based on the disrupted lives of people at the time of India’s partition, starring the ‘LOIN’ Ajit
And Nalini Jaywant, “Dekh Tere Sansar ki Haalat Kya ho gayi Bhagwan,
Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan”!

From childhood, we have been taught and are conditioned into thinking
Of God or The Lord as an Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent Almighty Force (Paramatma: Eternal Soul), Whose Love has no limit, and Who looks after His creatures as a shepherd tends his sheep – As per the Bible saying,
“The Lord isThy Shepherd, Thou shalt not fear”!
And as children, we believed implicitly in God’s protection, and lived a carefree existence.
Alas, this innocence of childhood, and it’s spell of Heavenly Bliss does not last for ever. With the passage of time and growing years, it becomes evident that nothing in this world is absolutely steady or reliable, And even God’s protection is unpredictable and an illusion,which cannot be taken for granted, so that sooner or later, we have to learn to take care of ourselves by developing our own defenses to the best of our capacity.

For, the state of power relations between all living beings on this earth teach you only one hard fact ‘The survival of the strongest and fittest’! And sadly, not all human beings or animals are equally capable of fending for themselves!
As a result, people who become victims of stronger or craftier persons,
Or suffer acute privation because of all the human resources being misappropriated by corrupt and powerful individuals, turn to God, with the plaintive cry,” O Lord, Why hast thou forsaken me?”

Both these states, of immense faith that people have in Divine Protection,
And the bitter disillusion when their faith does not help them to sail smoothly through life and it’s difficulty are the offshoot of our mental image of God as a Person-like spirit, whom we have cast in our own image, and who constantly keeps a watch over us at all times like a Diligent Parent or guardian.

Some people rationalize their ill luck as a consequence of their sins, either in this life or in some past life, and believe that the suffering is caused by our sins or Karma, and is our own doing,something that even God can’t overrule and change, or will not change, unless the sinners purge their sins by observing strict penance. Likewise, God does not change Nature’s Laws for individual interests or benefit, as that would upset the order of working of Nature. He is concerned with collective or universal Good, so our hope lies in gathering social support to make a regularly occurring crime or offense a collective problem.

Still, with due respect to the Almighty, I do have a doubt related toHis ‘So-called Love and protection of all his creation.
Nature’s principle is supposed to be, ‘Survival of the Fittest’, and by that as applied to Humankind, we mean those who are the Best among Human beings, forceful but at the same time good people.
but in real practice, it is observed that the motto is, ‘Might is Right’ and justifies everything done by the mighty as right. That is, one has to be powerful to survive in this world, rather than good or noble.
Then, Is Fitness to be judged only on the criterion of strength in one form or another,viz.physical, financial or political? Or sheer cunning or cleverness in protecting one’s selfish interests, even if it is at the cost of other individuals or the larger interest of Society or Humanity?

Mother Nature, what sort of children do you want? Strong and selfish Bullies Or noble, peace loving ones? And you pose to be the Mother of all your creation, loving everyone equally. Revered Mother, this is sheer ‘Shortchanging’ of your simple children who have implicit faith in your protection and justice – ‘Ullu Banaaving’!

It is said that God and Nature are primarily concerned with the establishment and maintenance of collective and Universal Good, but What exactly is Nature’s and God’s concept of Collective Good?
Is the gender genocide regularly and unscrupulously practiced in India and other developing countries by Female Foeticide/Infanticide, and sexual exploitation of human females all over the the world,in any way contributory to Universal good? Is it not in the order of Natural justice and protection
to curb these social evils, and protect the weaker sex especially of downtrodden communities from atrocities inflicted on them by some Males and male oriented society, or weak people in general from the tyranny of powerful brutes ?

It is known that in Some species of animals, like the crab,The female is larger and stronger than the male, and she can reject a male with whom she is not inclined. Why do human females (as also men of certain downtrodden races and tribes), with some exceptions (who also have usually reached where they are because of a strong man’s backing and guidance, eg. Indira Gandhi), not have equal strength for self defense ? Why are they so vulnerable that they succumb to the power of the strong?

Even the Goddess Durga, who is spoken of as the Symbol of Woman Power in India, is said to have become what she is is by having been ‘lent’ the powers of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, to prepare her for vanquishing the Demon Mahishasur! It means that a woman can be powerful only if she has the backing or delegation of powers from a man/men at least in the initial stage of her life! In that case, What are a Woman’s own independent or native powers?

More generally, what and where is Nature’s protection towards the weak?
Or is it that, as in the Animal Kingdom, Nature has no use or need for the weak, so that if one cannot become strong enough to fight for one’s equal rights or status, one is doomed to live under the domination or patronage. of the strong, for better or worse, to survive !

Nature’s leniency towards powerful wrong doers and indifference towards their excesses towards the weak has a demoralizing effect on human beings in general, and does not raise the morale of Humankind in any way!
Thus It is taken by many disillusioned people to mean that the main policy and aim of Nature is actually to build up a world of selfish, aggressive and scheming Men and women,who are expert at winning in the struggle for survival,as in the animal kingdom.

However this is also an exaggeration, and the other extreme of mistaken thinking, cynicism, which too does not help anyone, because the Truth is something midway, and moderate or balanced.

For, one does see examples of hardcore and oppressiveTyrannical persons and rulers also paid back in their own coin in due course, and suffer a tragic and shameful end.
Even if we leave the pre-History period, with its gory examples of the downfall of dreaded mythological(or perhaps really existed) rulers like Ravan, Kansa etc.unraked, as also the medieval kings of India like the proud Dhana Nanda of Magadh, overthrown by his humiliated Brahmin Minister Chanakya, by fostering and grooming the Moor boy(Prince) Chandragupta Maurya to ascend the throne and build up his empire, and the Moghul empire,STILL, in view of the recent debacles and downfall that we have witnessed in our own lifetime, of World-feared Terrors like Benito Mussolini of Italy, who was an ally of Adolf Hitler of Germany in WW2, the unrepentant Idi Amin – the late Murderous, oustedPresident of Uganda,Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussain of Iraq,President Gaddaffi of Libya, and of Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, we have to make humble and apologetic acknowledgement with bowed heads of the oft heard fact that -
“Bhagwan ke Ghar Der hai, par Andher Nahi! (There may be Delay in God’s House in the dispensing of Divine Justice, but Not Total Lawlessness)!

But how did these defeats come about? God did not strike the tyrants down directly from the Heavens. THEIR NEMESES WAS BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE COLLECTIVE AND ORGANISED RISING OF THE COMMON PEOPLE THEMSELVES AGAINST THE DESPOTS. ‘GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES’ !

Still, the question remains about why the wicked and undeserving persons mentioned above were allowed to attain so much power in the first place.
The answer to this is contained in the saying, ‘THOSE WHOM THE GODS WISH TO DESTROY, THEY FIRST MAKE MAD WITH POWER’ !
However there are instances, where staging a big revolt against a mighty conqueror brought tragic and morbid consequences for the people of the defeated nation, as happened in the battle waged by Ashoka The Great, against the kingdom of Kalinga. Ashoka won the battle despite the valiant resistance and fight put up by the people of Kalinga.
However, what happened thereafter was an anticlimax. Ashoka rode proudly and victoriously into the roads and alleys of the vanquished kingdom to see the spectacle of the defeated foes coming humbly to greet and welcome him to be their King. BUT what met his eyes was a shocking sight he had never expected. Heaps of dead soldiers strewed his path, with pathetically mangled bodies, while those who were living,were so badly wounded that they were crying and cursing the Victor! This was the moment of reckoning that changed King Ashoka forever. He began to get convicted by his own conscience.”Oh God, what have I done! I have reduced a nation of fine and vibrant people to nothing but a big cremation ground.How can I rule over these corpses?” he cried, and was filled with deep remorse and penitence. Thus and thence started the transformation of theEmperor Ashoka, the unrivaled warrior and conqueror of a large part of India, except the Dravid countries, as the States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala were then collectively known), into the disciple of Lord Buddha, to take the oath of Ahimsa, that is Non Violence!
The moral Is: A person maybe so powerful that nobody can punish him
for his evil deeds, but he will be sooner or later doomed to suffer the torment of reproach by his own guilty conscience forever! As the lines of a Hindi song go,, ” Jagse chahe bhagale koi, Manase Bhag Na Paaye, Tora Man Darpan Kehlaye – Bhale Boore Saare Karmonko, Dekhe aur Dikhaye”!

Therefore I have tried to develop for myself a realistic concept of God and Nature, which can help me to understand Life and the World better, and attain the maturity to appreciate and reconcile myself with the established order of Nature, and the ‘Divine Wisdom’!

(A) Nature of God as the Supreme,All-pervading Spirit :

My belief about God is that there is a Spirit which has no form or shape(निराकार), Nor any sensory organs such as Eyes, Ears, or Mouth, like a Human Being, or any animal or bird, for the functions of Sight, Hearing, Speech, etc., but is a mass of creative and sensitive material, which is called ‘Metaplastic substance’ or ‘Metaplasm’ by some, having the capacity to undergo metamorphosis, viz. the potential to mould itself into any shape required for working out the Divine purpose of regulating and co-ordinating all the processes maintaining this Universe – Creative, Protective /Regenerative and Destructive – and keeping it going.

I can give an example of how the Eternal, Supreme Spirit assumes any shape, any divine or human shape for sustaining the faith of devotees of all faiths,religions or sects by mentioning a scene from an old Bengali film on the life and philosophy of RamKrishna Paramhansa, by whose simple but genuine spirituality, even a brilliant rationalist like Swami Vivekananda was so impressed that he Immediately fell at his feet and made him his Guru.
However certain intellectuals, including some of his own relatives were skeptical of RamKrishna’s deep devotion towards Maa Kaali, and when he
Got possessed by his love for his Maa, and danced in ecstasy, there were a few who even called him ‘mad’ but Rama Krishna was so far above them spiritually,that he was not at all disturbed by what those shallow intellectuals thought of him.
That made one intellectual cousin who was a Vaishnava,want to challenge
Ramakrishna ‘Devi Bhakti’. So one day, when Ramakrishna was praying to the ‘Mother Goddess’, he came to the temple, and challenged Ramakrishna to prove that his Devi Maa was real by making her come out live from her idol right then in front of him.Ramakrishna told them that if they would place some faith in his ‘Maa’ ,she would certainly come out live to bless him, and submitted an invocation to the Mother requesting her to incarnate herself before his cousin who wanted to test whether she was a true deity,
For the sake of proving his faith as true.He then requested his cousin to bow to the Mother’s idol, and wait a while. And then,suddenly, a miracle took place – the Mother Goddess changed from the stony ,static form of her idol into a live deity! Thereafter, just as the cousin was getting over his initial surprise, Another unexpected thing happened.The Mother Goddess slowly started melting as it were, and began to assume the form of Shri Vishnu, of whom the cousin was a devotee, just to make him realise that all the different forms of the Goddess or God are essentially and basically one,
and that it is our ignorance and narrow understanding that makes us think of them as separate deities. Only the path of approaching, and way of worshipping the Supreme is different for different sects and religions.

The cousin was so moved and absolutely humbled by the lofty wisdom and spiritual power of Ramakrishna, that he tearfully fell to Ramakrishna’s feet, and acknowledged the superiority of his spirituality over his own conceited highbrow intellectualism!

(B)God assumes many forms to help us through life, e.g. a tree or a rock which may protect us from an accident in the nick of time, but one should not make the mistake of deifying the tree/stone and build a temple around it, for the same tree or rock is not a deity by itself, but only an instrument that comes to one’s rescue in a particular incident,and may become the major cause of a big accident at the same place some other time.

(C)More wonderful is the way Nature restores the normal working of the world gradually after major natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods and famine..This means that God is not like a human being running to the rescue of each of his his creation for its protection, like a parent,but he has created the agency ofNature through whom he governs and regulates all aspects of life and the environment. And given every creature the means of selfdefense of one way or another- to fight, flight or fright(though I feel that that Nature has not given human females thei due share of defenses! LEss than those given to animal females. It is human beings who’re inviting our doom by destroying Nature’s Ecobalance by replacing forests and lakes by raising concrete Jungles,as well as by female genocide in developing countries.
And then we blame Providence for making us suffer at the hands of. Nature’s Fury.

Yet, there are plenty of instances or occasions when, if it were not for the strong, corrective hand of the Supreme power, the whole world would have perished long ago due to one calamity or the other, but the timely sustaining mechanisms of the Universe have protected us without our knowing it.

For example, NASA Scientists often declare that some big meteor or object in the Space was approaching the Earth at dangerously close quarters at some times, which would have caused extensive destruction on the Earth’s surface if it had collided with, or hit the earth, but that it luckily changed its direction at the last minute and went far away, saving the World from a major catastrophe. Does mankind really think that it’s some sort of manoeuvring on the part of human beings,viz. human intelligence,or the Luck of all the creatures on the earth that is saving life on earth from annihilation every Time, or a mere game of chance ‘Hit or Miss? NO ! It is the powerful repellant forces of this planet and Space which effectively prevent such deadly collisions! That way, on a larger scale, the Supreme Power IS constantly guarding its creation. (It is very rarely, only once in several million years that the defense mechanisms or forces of the earth fail to counter the onslaught of the approaching meteor or object in time for some reason, and a holocaust occurs,rendering many species extinct, as happened a few times ‘several ages ago’ ! )That is why, ever since the date 21.12.2012 has been broadcasted as the Day of Doom or the End of the World by the believers in the Mayan Calender, we hear of morbid prophesies being made for the future of this planet and life on it, year after year,and yet ,here we are, continuing our lives nonchalantly like Nobody’sBusiness To do us in!

So honestly, if something untoward happens earlier than the expected span of millions of years of survival still left in the account of the living beings on this earth, then we will have only ourselves to blame for it. For I am observing a steady and sinister decline in mankind’s concern for other human beings and creatures,as well as for the environment over the years; while on the Other hand animals, including those who were hitherto regarded as sworn enemies of each other, like cats and dogs, are found living together quite amicably in many places in the present age!

I hope Mankind’s greed and growing preference for material possessions and concrete jungles over Natural resources like farms and green environment and essential needs of life, like fresh air,water etc, which is leading to a destruction of Nature’s gifts and global warming, does not turn it into a revival of the fable character King Midas of Phrygia with golden touch,whose obsession with turning everything that he touched into gold, turned his darling daughter into a statue of gold as soon as he embraced her lovingly, much to his belated chagrin!

(D) About individual fortunes, Hindus believe that our sufferings do not come from God, or Satan.( In fact there is no such single entity like Satan in the Hindu, Jain/Buddhist faiths, but the negative or destructive tendencies and powers in Human Nature are termed’Asuri Shakti(Demonic powers) probably linking them with the Asuras /Assyrians, the ‘anti Gods’ of yore, also known as ‘Daityas’).
It is believed that each of us has a small fragment or portion of the Divine, Omnipotent Spirit, as well as some negative (Asuri/Demonic) attitudes and tendencies within us. It is upto us to choose which part of our Nature we should foster and nurture, and which to discourage and reject. We suffer because of our own Karma or wrong deeds prompted and directed by the negative tendencies and strivings within our psyche, whose rewards and punishments are to be borne in this life, and carried over to the next life.
So that’s that – ‘As you sow, So shall Ye reap’. Tit for Tat!

All said and done, I advocate the Middle Principle recommended by
Sri Krishna , of ‘Live and Let live’, that is , ‘Do protect your own interests by all means, and avoid the policy of some people to be excessively self – effacing and self-sacrificing’. For neither God nor Mother Nature expect you to live as a martyr without any good cause, without Self respect or refrain from striving for/expecting your due and legitimate rights,but remember that others too have their rights, so don’t crush them.

And, talking about the problem and future of weak, simple and harmless people being tortured and crushed by the strong, I remember the words of the renowned Author and Award winning Litterateur(late)Prof.Shivram Karanth,with whom I had a discussion several years back on this subject,
(of the torment of common people by those in power)that” to attain a collective good, common people have to unite and make a collective effort to free themselves of victimization, which we are not doing and just complaining”! So that is the solution to victimization of the common people by some people in power! United we rise, Divided we fall !
That is the message that I have derived from my contemplating about this subject, that-
(1) God is the Supreme Spirit governing this world and Universe as a whole,
But not responsible for individual fortunes and problems. According to the theory of Karma, it is our sins or evil deeds, and excessive attachment to worldly things that are the cause of one’s suffering. God does not solve our problems for us, just as he does not create them, but leaves it to us to solve them ourselves by mustering personal courage, [as in the example of the classical dancer Sudha Chandran, who lost her leg in an accident, but who surmounted the setback by resuming dancing with a Jaipur prosthetic leg and foot; Dr.Mary Verghese, who compensated for the loss of function of both her legs in a bus accident, by becoming an excellent Rehabilitative surgeon at the Leprosy Unit of the Christian MedIcal College Hospital, Vellore in Tamil Nadu(incidentally my Alma Mater too,because of which I have had the valuableopportunity to meet her personally),an account of whose lif'e's work has been published vide the book,"Take My Hands"; the famous Helen Keller, etc ], alongwith mutual sympathy, cooperation and collective effort with others. Nevertheless, He DOES help those who strive to help themselves by honest and harmless means and meditate upon the Divine Power ,to solve and overcome their problems and vicissitudes. Only the initiative and pains have to come from ourselves.

But again, while fending for ourselves and our rights, we have to remember to respect the rights and welfare of others too!
In. other words, “Do Unto Others As Thou Would That Others Do Unto Thee”!