The question that has those ‘oppressed’,  by the recent ban on Rs.1000 & Rs.500 promissory notes excited, is basically – How far will this ‘Drive to Root Out Black Money’ go?

Two counter questions answer this eloquently –

1.  Hasn’t Narendra Modi  staked his entire political career & that of the BJP and it’s leaders by this move?

2. Can he roll it back?

The answers are obvious. Economy and commerce basically run on exchanges – from ‘Barter’ to ‘Promissory Notes’.

Are there any other  exchanges? – Yes many. As many as innovation and guile create! Both tangible and intangible.

Taking on any illegal tender is like taking on an entire system that runs at the very foundation of a country’s economy and commerce.

Reversals will result only in catastrophe for the initiator as well as for the country.

Hence, the recalling and declaring the two promissory notes illegal is only the start of a long drawn war that will need to be sustained with as much enthusiasm as it has begun.

Any roll back will raise fingers and the motives questioned, dropping the whole exercise into the usual banal allegations of graft & benefits to those close to power.

No political party that has come to power after 10 years and hopes to remain the tallest political entity, can afford to retreat from the Juggernaut that it has initiated without being destroyed itself.

The timing of the ‘Demonetisation Move’ itself gives a clear indication, that before the next elections in 2017 onwards, results of this demonetisation drive are to be used to convince the common man in the country about the intent of the BJP-NDA combined Government.

Obviously, other tenders such as Property, Land, Farming, Water, Every Industry, Bullion, Stock Exchange Burgeons & Shrivels, Hawala, Matka, Angadia, Cricket & other forms of Betting, Movies, Co-operative Banks and Lending Agencies, Media, Judiciary & Judgements and every other innovation to side step the tax-man and legal economy & commerce, will now have to be addressed, to convince the common man on the ground that the intent of the Government is good and to generate the ground swell that will assist the campaign against all forms of “Illegal Tender”, tangible or otherwise.

It is a long drawn overhaul of the system and cannot be rolled back by anyone except those who foolishly believe that they can still continue to ‘Fool’ the common people in the street and have misjudged their anger, helplessness and the power.

Any one standing against this move, can only have their motives & integrity (All that the common man really ascribes to a politician) questioned. The Bihar CM Mr.Nitish Kumar has shown that intellect and wisdom while other political parties are still counting their ill-be-gotten-soon-expiring-promissory-notes buying time and trying to be eloquent to their constituencies about their lost arguments.

This Juggernaut is just starting.

The sequencing, timing as well as the durations of each move will be interesting.

Discerning “Intangible Innovative Black Money Creation Methods” will in itself be a challenge and I’m sure the Government is working on it.

How clean are the conductors, will be an intense debate leaving no rooms for even oversights, leave alone being participatory in any illegal tender. In fact the opposition will be noting every move and their own investigations would have already started to target the Government and its drivers once they are out of power, which does not seem any closer at this point of time. The BJP-NDA would have warned its members about the unceremonious drop from grace and legality they will face in case they are caught out of tune of this steam-rolling barrage that has begun.

This is the most interesting story being followed across the Globe, across the divide of the tangible and the intangible illegal tenders. Every one is waiting to learn more about the positives and the negatives of this monumental sweep.

 Yes, this is a fantastic story and is set to be a landmark in history!




•I’m appalled at what was done at Jantar-Mantar, once again.

•This also assures everyone that either, the PM has lost it totally Orhe glibly accepts what his IAS & IPS tell him. Either way, a staunch BJP supporter, I now know that he has more tolerance for political buffoons in his party who get him votes through political tom-foolry and raising funds for the party by hook or crook than, for those who sign up for laying their lives for securing a Nation, in which some knaves can play their “Ruler or Sewak & king maker”, games in.

•Either way most charitably, I feel the PM, needs to reminded of some facts that seem to escape him due the filters that the bureaucracy seem to have built around him or other considerations have clouded his “Sarv Dharm, Sambhav” for the most basic of the Nation building ‘Dharms’ –

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The mind is an Ocean,  the Space itself, with many currents criss-crossing it at any time.

The difference is that here, each Individual is in charge of these rivers of thought that, left alone are torrential but if regulated, gentle streams.

Like the Oceans & Galactic currents of matter & electromagnetic waves, thoughts too stem from the turbulences, clashes of matters & ideas run amuck or pleasant pulsations of stand alone nurturing entities.

Yes there’s this Universe within us with huge dynamics all within our control.

The question is how much of that steering & driving do we exercise & in what direction?

 Or are we, just the adrift ship being bobbed & tossed around in the immense​ness of our existence to every dyanamic around us?

– Dilip.

Good Morning Everyone



Guilt is only dealt with by acceptance & overcome by corrective action.

All other forms of succour only harden the spirit, until one ceases to be kind even to one own self, leading to a social debility.- Dilip 

(Painting Credits with Thanks to Mareva Millarc)                   

Good Morning Everyone



This is a satire, an irony of our times that effects our times and our futures.

• Democratic Nations are made of four kind of people as political entities.

~ 1st – Those who are too engaged in day to day living and will vote for anyone who can help them with day to day living.

~ 2nd – Those who are more discerning but unwilling to enter the political fray for a variety of reasons.

~ 3rd – Those who are affiliated to Political Parties.  

~ 4th – A category of people who can buy Politicians & parties, irrespective of which Political Party is or comes to power and hence are out of preview here! 

• The 1st type of people are the mass that provides politics it’s momentum. 

~ Voting as a right is a lovely empowering thought & also a major exploit!

~ Party workers and volunteers herd their vote banks from this lot, out of their homes to the voting booths with sops telling them that they alone can elliviate them from their immediate challenges.

•Democracies also breed a lot of very deserving intelligent but arm chair bound commentators, mostly from the 2nd category.

~This group allows Politicians to exploit them with different sops, doled out such as reduced or increased rates of – inflation, interests, DA, etc. They are also easily exploited by as much as, praise and photo opportunities​ which makes them feel good and keeps them engaged..

• Political parties have to deal with this category easily by

~ Ignoring or silencing them by economic, social or physical coercion, or by dividing them in such a manner that they cease to be a political force or threat.

~ A classic case in this is the large community of Veterans of the Defence Services. While all other services have Unions affiliated  to or vote enmass these Veteran try and retain their pristine Individuality & loyalty to the Nation alone.

•Rest of the people in Democracies are for one or the other party and by and large already indoctrinated.

~ Like the 1st category these people are retained in their parties or swayed away from their affiliations by comfort, power or mostly money.

• Most literate, aware but unaligned people fall into the second category, for that very reason & others besides, called ‘The Middle Classes’, which despite their franchising power, are always in the lurch because,

~ They are divided.

~ They involve more in cribbing and less action, being occupied with keeping up their good hard earned standards & status of living by any means.

~ They prefer to keep silent, rather than contesting the wrongs done to them. 

~ They are easily sent scurrying for cover at the slightest a hint of stronger action, even if cribbing and complaining.

~ This middle classes, are not desperate enough nor corrupt enough to create disruptions and that suits the Politicians of all hues very well.

• Maintaining status quo thus becomes easier for longer periods.

• Politicians across parties know this very well. 

• That is why they have, retain & nurture, ‘The Crass’, ‘The Bahubalis’, the ‘Mr. Money Bags’ to take care of all sections of the populace!  

• ‘The Discerning’ of the parties, remain at the core alone and all others are expected to follow their party orders.

• To politicians, ‘The Party’ is their nursury-school-college & Institute, their Alma-matter & they owe their first allegence to their Party alone. 

• All not in the Parking, are – “Others”,  to be exploited under the principle of ‘With us or Against Us’.

• However, within political parties too they have divisions based on the very same lines & originating from the very same aspects of greed & power executed through the same diabolic means of power, money and crass betrayals.

 • Those ‘joining’ a Political Party anew are just foot soldiers. To graduate to a higher rankings, they have to prove their mettle by 

~ Getting at least a Lakh Voters to vote from an area.

~ Or donate and show promise & capability to continue to donate at least a Crore and above annually.

~ Or show capabilities, of enough hooliganism to be of immediate crisis solving quality for the Party, be it murder or coercion & be able to take the legal rap for it.

• Political Parties are thus ‘Good Socially Uplifting Groups & Mafias’ rolled in together.

~ For all those signing up to join these parties manually or electronically are romantics and will remain so because unless they choose well from the above mentioned dyanamics they will continue to be the foot soldiers, providing mass & for organising rallies and adding to the appreciative noise about the particular Party, that is very necessary for parties to garner votes.

•However there are decent Politicians also in every Political Party, but their numbers have been dwindling faster than some exotic species & life forms on Earth!

• What do we do as Veterans? 

~Luckily lile all others, we are related or connected to our Democracies through only one or two Politician/s who represent our area/s.

~ Be need to be very severe in our assessment when voting in the next election.

~Stop voting for a Party, vote for their man on the ground.

~ Speak up, be heard, educate the exploitable category even if they are few.

~ Do not ‘Revolt’  or ‘Mutiny’ against any.

~ Our Silence will do worse than kill our conscience, by maiming the future of our children.

• That my friends from the Defence Services, should settle any political differences we have within ourselves; especially after we have seen the effects of political apathy across India and on her borders.

• Know about and talk about the MLA/ MLC of your respective areas, on a daily, job by job done, basis. 

•What Modi or Sonia will do next is pretty far in time and the Defence Minister is operational, not yet a Veteran!



The apparition that every enemy dreads most and Nations, Armies finally wrest their ground & pound of flesh with, is the calm flashing determined eyes, grinding​ teeth & blood soaked bayonets, khukries & talwars, closing in from amongst shadows swiftly, silently or piercingly, sweeping through the worst weather, as well as strategic, tactical, logistic snafus, as a mud & ice caked, blood, sweat, rain & sleet soaked single body of men with, spirits of steel & nobility of emperors, ready to sacrifice their everything, for what they reverently feel, their Army & Nation deserves, coming in to claim the rightful price for their National cause and fallen brothers.

Yes, that is –Your Infantry

which finally demands nothing more than, camraderie, humour- the more caustic the better, a hot meal, maybe a dry pair of clothes and a warm place to sleep, before the next engagement, while others seek to bring it, it’s well earned honour or, contest it from behind fancy equipment and polished desks.  

That people, is Your unsung defence, which can’t be done without nor, done away with 

– The Infantry! 

– Always At Your Service Whenever, Wherever & for Whatever Required.

– It’s for The Nation to Make Sure That the Cause is Worthy of the Spirit Which Your Infantry, is Sure to Employ Always.


With Deepest Regards To The Serving Infantry and With Peace, Remembrance and Deepest Reverence to the Spirit That Drives The Infantry In Eternity & The Spirits of Our Brothers, the Sentinels Over Every Boundary Pillar of Our Beautiful Land, Comrades Who Allow Us To Celebrate This Day As A Nation Well Secured 

Happy Infantry Day

Col Dilip Kumar Sharma (Retired)
Fourth Battalion The First Gorkha Rifles