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An Interview with the multi-faceted personality Dhiraj Das

Interviewed by Somenath Kumar Nag, Literary Critic In an interview with me, Dhiraj Das, one of the prolific poets of contemporary time, shares his views on poetry, discusses in length how poetry can function around the socio-cultural milieu. While reviewing his anthology of poems, titled Walking with the Dead, I got the opportunity to take an interview. Here goes what he has to say. Somenath: How will you define poetry? Dhiraj Das: Poetry is simply an artistic reflection of thoughts on the mirror of intense emotion. Somenath: What is the function of a poet? Dhiraj Das: Oh! Very simple, writing poetry! Poetry is an artistic tool to share thoughts as it is the reflexion of heart. So, heart to heart communication can be done through poetry. I do believe that poetry can literate or educate people worldwide. On a personal note, I believe as a poet I must have the ethics neither to hurt the reader nor to lead them to the path of destructive escape through my own vibrations or agony or emotions. A good poetry carries a message to leave a space to make the reader think in their own way. There should have a flexibility to let the readers think in their own way after educating them with some fact or happening. Now you can imagine the responsibility of a poet to function on the heart of the reader. Somenath: Do you think poetry has any role to preach the readers on moral grounds? Dhiraj Das: Preaching in poetry on moral ground is just a type of diversion without any conclusion. We can’t force our view or philosophy to anybody. If we do so then simply we are continuing with our dictatorship to build a Utopia. Ethically a poet should not force his philosophy or opinion to the mass but he can educate the mass and let the mass think on their own way. Just imagine, as a poet I am against the society where an identity crisis is prime. But, think as a man I am a valuable part of this society. So I can’t blame the society because I can’t exclude myself from my own society as a poet. You know; a poet can literate or educate or share his own thoughts as a solution of certain problems but he can’t expect that others in society will follow his own philosophy. Somenath: Do your poems corroborate to the eastern philosophy? If so, how have you synthesized it? Dhiraj Das: Yes indeed. As a part...

Dalbir Singh Suhag: India’s 26th Army chief

On his first day in office Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag warned Pakistan that India’s response to any beheading-like incident in future would be more than adequate, intense and immediate. Dalbir Singh Suhag is India’s 26th Army chief gave a befitting reply to Pakistan after the beheading of Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj along the line of control in Poonch sector by Pakistani troops. Pakistani Special Forces under the Border Area Teams (BAT) had carried out the operation of beheading Hemraj and mutilitating the body of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh. They had also killed five Indian troops in the same sector in a joint attack by Pakistani Special Forces and LeT terrorists. Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag took over today as the head of the 1.3 million strong force succeeding Gen. Bikram Singh who is retiring. 59-year-old Lt. Gen. Suhag is a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operation in Sri Lanka was the Vice Chief of Army Staff. His tenure will be of 30 months as the 26th Chief of Army Staff. After the NDA government took over, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley continued with the appointments made during UPA rule. He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Chittorgarh. He joined National Defence Academy in 1970 and was commissioned into 4/5 GR (FF) in June 1974. He holds the distinction of commanding 8 Mountain Division in Kargil from October 2007 to December...

Facts regarding Lok Sabha Election 2014

The electoral rolls in accordance to which the list of voters have been prepared have been updated with January 1 2014 as the cut- off date. On April 7 the electorates vote for 6 constituencies, on April 9 for 7 constituencies, on April 10 for 92 constituencies, on April 12 for 7 constituencies, on April 17 for 120 constituencies, on April 24 for 117 constituencies, on April 30 for 89 constituencies, on May 7 for 64 constituencies and on May 12 for 41 constituencies. The total number of parliamentary constituencies in India is 543. The five constituencies in Assam where polling was conducted on April 7 were Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur . In Tripura polling for the Tripura (West) constituency took place. The Lok Sabha elections in India will select its next House of Commons and form a government under a new Prime Minister. The break-up of the parliamentary consituencies in the various states for the schedule of April 9 are Arunachal Pradesh (2), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1) and Nagaland (1). On April 10 the following are the number of constituencies for which the polls will be conducted. Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (1), Haryana (10), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Kerala (20), Madhya Pradesh (9), Maharashtra (10), Odisha (10), Uttar Pradesh (10), Andaman and Nicobar (1), Chandigarh (1), Lakshadweep (1), Delhi (7) On April 12 Sikkim, Tripura, Assam and Goa will vote for 1, 1, 3 and 2 parliamentary constituencies’ respectively. On April 17 the following states will conduct voting in the mentioned number of constituencies. Bihar (7), Chhattisgarh (3), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Karnataka (28), Madhya Pradesh (10), Maharashtra (19), Manipur (1), Odisha (11), Rajasthan (20), Uttar Pradesh (11), West Bengal (4) On April 24 the schedule for the states are as follows. Assam (6), Bihar (7), Chhattisgarh (7), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (4), Madhya Pradesh (10), Maharashtra (19), Rajasthan (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Uttar Pradesh (12), West Bengal (6), Puducherry (1) On April 30 the schedule for the states are as follows. Andhra Pradesh (17), Bihar (7), Gujarat (26), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Punjab (13), Uttar Pradesh (14), West Bengal (9), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1) On May 7 the schedule for the states are as follows. Andhra Pradesh (25), Bihar (7), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (15), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (6), Himachal Pradesh (4) On May 12 the schedule for the states are as follows. Bihar (6), Uttar Pradesh (18), West Bengal (17)...

Evidence indicate flight MH370 was taken over

On probing further it seems evidence reveal a scenario where there can be no doubt that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been taken over by people who had skill and knowledge about the working of the Boeing plane, flight path and aviation. About an hour into the flight the aircraft’s transponder or the transmitting responder that is basically a signal system identifying the plane to radar was deliberately shut off. Secondly the Boeing 777’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, ACARS was also shut off. This is mainly utilized to send across short messages via a satellite to the airline’s home base comprising of two parts. However, only the information part of the system was shut down and not the transmission part. The transmission part of the ACARS can only be turned off through the electronics bay lying below the cockpit and was left undone. Hence the ACARS transmitter continued to send out its usual blips that were recorded by the Inmarsat satellite once an hour for four to five hours after the other communications were lost. The blips can only give a very broad pointer to the region in which the airplane is but is bereft of any data or messages. Investigations are going on to extracted information from the ACARS data received from the satellite to pinpoint the location from where the last blip arrived. The Malaysian military radar tracked that the plane had indeed turned west heading over the Malaysian peninsula after going off the civilian radar. The plane then took a known flight route across the peninsula heading towards the sea beyond the range of Malaysian military radar. The plane also rapidly ascended and descended which is evident of the fact those guiding the aircraft were simply trying to dislodge the plane from being detected by the military radar. Meanwhile the international search for the missing plane was called off by the Malaysian government over the South China Sea as these new angles and an extended corridor of search emerged from the evidence. The house of the pilot flying the MH370, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, was searched and a flight simulator was found there. Police are investigating the found flight simulator and also searched the home of the co-pilot as well. The veteran pilot was 53 year old having 18,365 flight hours of experience in flying. Police are trying to look at the personal, political and religious backgrounds of pilots to reveal facts about their possible involvement in this search turned criminal investigation...

Chelsea faced a stunning defeat

Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title vanished when they lost 1-0 against Villa in a dramatic English Premier League match while ending up with nine men yesterday on March 15, 2014, Saturday. On the other side Manchester City won 2-0 at Hull City to gain points. Chelsea had their supporters screaming their support but it all proved inadequate as they plunged to a defeat disheartening their fans and coach Jose Mourinho alike. Now after yesterday’s unbelievable loss Chelsea have garnered 66 points from the 30 games they have played and are ranked above above second Manchester City who have amassed 60 points. The fact of life remains that Manchester City still has three games in hand from which they can accrue crucial points to eclipse Chelsea’s position. Like Chelsea and Manchester City had also their players sent off in the field but had failed to generate even an equalizer against the Fabian Delph’s 82nd minute goal that won the match for opponents Aston Villa. The third place is being shared by Liverpool and Arsenal in the English Premier League as both have accumulated 59 points. Aston Villa took full advantage of having more men and mounted attacks that yielded a gem of a goal nearly a quarter of an hour after Chelsea’s Willian was sent off the field and Ramires was dismissed in stoppage...

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