21 January 2008

The 10 Commandments

This has been sitting in my in box since New Year's Day. I hadn't yet decided what to do with it. But I need to decide now. I'm cleaning out my overflowing in box. I already posted the turban video with all those charming Sikhs. OK, so

I'll post this from The Indian Express, even as I download 'The Dancing Singhs" on YouTube.

The 10 commandments

Posted online: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 0000 hrs IST
Chandigarh, December 31

The God gave Moses ten imperatives which mankind should have followed for noble living. People from the region interpreted these commandments quite literally. Read on...

1) Thou shall not have any other gods. I am your lord
Ask Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim. As if a name featuring three lords wasn’t sufficient to

remind people of his presence, he decided to quiet literally don the attire of a highly venerable Sikh Guru.

2) Do not make any idols
Again we took it literally. Instead of an Indian idol, we preferred Voice of India. Ishmeet Singh got not just awards and felicitations, but also job offers, marriage proposals, advertising contracts and much more. Meanwhile, the SGPC also decided that it is better to have portraits than idols even if it involved the absurdity of hanging the image of a secessionist leader in the museum near one of mankind’s holiest and purest shrines.

3) Do not misuse the name of God
Too many custodians of God wanted to make sure that his name wasn’t misused. So a little-known Shahi Imam issued a fatwa against Aroosa Alam. An even lesser known right-wing party called for a ban on the movie Jab We Met. Reason: They felt a Hindu boy marrying a Sikh girl was blasphemous.

4) Keep the Sabbath Holy
God said keep the Sundays holy and an over-eager Punjab government decided to give hallowed status to a major portion of the year. Apart from Saturdays and Sundays, there are 31 public holidays and restricted offs. Mathematically speaking, it constitutes more than one-third of the year.

5) Honour your father and mother
Nobody exemplifies it better than Sukhbir Badal. Concerned at the sheer magnitude of his father’s onerous duties, he has decided to share his responsibilities. Conducting meetings with bureaucrats, taking official decisions and deciding on government’s policy stands are some areas where he has alleviated the burdens of the Chief Minister.
6) Do not murder

This is a commandment that applies to each one of us in the region who balk at the thought of a girl child and have no qualms about taking every possible step to ensure that she doesn’t see the light of the day.

7) Do not commit adultery
Tch tch…People are so touchy about this that the mere presence of a female friend raises their hackles. Capt Amarinder Singh’s proximity with a friend from across the border is leading to him being hauled over the coals. Similarly, G.S. Bali’s alleged rendezvous with bar dancers led to his exit from the Himachal ministry. So, walk the straight and narrow. Sigh!

8) Do not steal
Finance Minister Manpreet Badal has been nobly exhorting his state’s denizens to pay the government its due. In his endeavour, he has made moving speeches, given glaring examples, shocking statistics and adapted novel methods of tax compliances. But despite that, tax collection remain abysmal in Punjab.

9) Do not lie
Yes, please, please don’t. Right to Information (RTI) has ensured that fibbing cannot go undetected for long.

10) Do not covet
Covetousness isn’t about neighbour’s wife or house only. So many persons coveted positions which didn’t belong to them and had disastrous results. Surinder Singla wanted to be an MP, Bhajan Lal wanted to be the CM, Vijai Singh Mankotia wanted more prominence than was warranted. Alas, they were all cut to size.

Now what is your reaction? I think I'll be annoying and put in a poll. I haven't done that for a while.

I'm trying to find a widget that will translate English into Gurmukhi. Does anyone know of such a thing?

And while I'm being annoying, I will officially make my endorsement for the US President: Dennis Kucinich. I have no endorsement for the Repulican nod. Put in a Mormon (Romney) or a Christian evangelical (Huckabee), and we'll find ourselves living under the Christian equivalent of sharia law. And McCain supports the war in Iraq. They're all a bunch of losers. No one worthy of my nod. Of course, since I'm Canadian, I can't vote.. Still I live here and do have opinions.


  1. Mai, u may not remember me,but i've been trying to remember your blog id for ages, and last night, it just came to me, jlt!

    Wanted to tell you, we have a boy at home.. wanted to tell you for a very special reason. Send us a blessing, and send us some love. I don't know you personally, but am still posting this..

  2. As luck(?) would have it, I just reread your comment about Sandeep. I am gathering my autobiographical posts into a blog and ordering them. Of course, it is a long hard job, made much longer by the fact that I reread it all, including comments.

    A boy at home? The one you hope grows up like Sandeep? Congratulations! I pray he brings you as much joy as ours brought us.

    A blessing from me? Oh, my goodness.

    OK, may he always walk in the light of Guru Ji. May he see through the illusions of Maya and find Truth. May he inspire others to remain in chardi kala.

    For the last few years of their lives, Mani always sang a song to Sandeep on his birthday and other special occaisions. I reproduce it here for you. (The forever young part is, of course, metaphorical; we all want our sons to grow up, but keep that youthful exhuberance we so love in them.)

    FOREVER YOUNG by Bob Dylan

    May God bless and keep you always,
    May your wishes all come true,
    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you.
    May you build a ladder to the stars
    And climb on every rung,
    May you stay forever young,
    Forever young, forever young,
    May you stay forever young.

    May you grow up to be righteous,
    May you grow up to be true,
    May you always know the truth
    And see the Light surrounding you.
    May you always be courageous,
    Stand upright and be strong,
    May you stay forever young,
    Forever young, forever young,
    May you stay forever young.

    May your hands always be busy,
    May your feet always be swift,
    May you have a strong foundation
    When the winds of changes shift.
    May your heart always be joyful,
    May your song always be sung,
    May you stay forever young,
    Forever young, forever young,
    May you stay forever young.

    And I would say the same for a girl.

    My love you have always, of course. And are you sure you don't know me personally?

    BTW, if you lose my address, Google on Khalistan; they always seem to have a post there.



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