MY WORD

Savvy - - My Word -

The po­lit­i­cal

hoopla sur­round­ing fiery jour­nal­ist Gauri Lankesh’s grue­some mur­der is shock­ing. In­stead of putting pres­sure on our of­fi­cial forces to cap­ture her mur­der­ers, var­i­ous fac­tions are push­ing their own agen­das. Gauri was mur­dered for speak­ing her mind. As a coun­try, let’s not regress and give up on our fun­da­men­tal right of free­dom of speech. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, please send out a stern mes­sage to rad­i­cal groups by bring­ing Gauri’s killers to book im­me­di­ately.

…Bet­ter­ing the lives of In­dian Mus­lim women is our Supreme Court with its tri­umphant stand against triple ta­laq. Le­gal Savvy opines that by declar­ing the prac­tice of triple ta­laq as un­con­sti­tu­tional by a 3:2 ma­jor­ity, the SC has as­cer­tained that triple ta­laq is no longer a legally valid type of di­vorce. This his­toric judg­ment by our SC not only en­dorses the right to equal­ity for our In­dian Mus­lim women – a fun­da­men­tal right en­shrined in our Con­sti­tu­tion – but also plots the path to­wards a pro­gres­sive In­dian so­ci­ety.

Liv­ing the pro­gres­sive life is our cover woman Juhi Chawla what with her ‘Miss In­dia’ win at 18 fol­lowed by Bol­ly­wood star­dom for three decades and count­ing… Juhi’s I Be­lieve is fun ‘n’ ma­ture – just like her. There’s lots of pos­i­tiv­ity to be im­bibed from this brainy beauty’s story…

In­ci­den­tally, Juhi is an ar­dent sup­porter of Sadhguru Jaggi Va­sudev and I re­mem­ber watch­ing a short video of them in­ter­act­ing that I re­ally liked. Sadhguru left his au­di­ence with this nugget: “The most im­por­tant thing that’s hap­pen­ing in your life right now is that you’re alive – not your love af­fair, money woes or fam­ily ar­range­ments. Ev­ery time you feel de­pressed, close your mouth, hold your nose for two min­utes and the life within you says, to hell with every­thing, I want to live!”

Les­son learnt: It’s point­less wor­ry­ing… that we’re alive this mo­ment is all that mat­ters.

“Be happy for this mo­ment. This mo­ment is your life.” — Omar Khayyam, math­e­ma­ti­cian and poet

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