मैं पतंग बन जाऊँ… 2…

I get to travel a lot due to my postings at various places, which give me a chance to know of the ‘diverse’ culture and traditions of our country.

I realized how rightly it is said ‘Unity in Diversity’.

This poem Main Patang Ban Jaaun was a result of the thoughts that came to my mind during such long journeys, by train of course, I took time to time.

When this poem was posted (on 12.02.2011), there were some more thoughts that I had gathered, but this remains to be edited and so were not posted at that time.

Recently when this poem reached 1000 views on our Gujarati Blog nai-aash.in, I thought it would be more appropriate that I share the balance part of this poem to acknowledge the love and affection given to me by the readers and well wishers of these blogs; (Meanwhile the post has reached more than 2000 views on nai-aash.in)

(And with sincere apology to my friend Ashish, whom I had promised that the part-II would be there soon, but due to a more than hectic schedule at work front, I could not send it to him in time. Ashish, today here it is!!)

मैं कितने नगर घुमा और कितनी राहों से गुजरा
जी करता है मैं पतंग बन जाऊं
और दूर दूर तक घूम आऊँ

मैं भारत के हर गाँव कों जी लूं
वहाँ के जीवन में बस जाऊं
रेल कि पटरियों के किनारे से
गुज़रती है जो पगडण्डी
उस राह पर नीम का पेड बनकर
छाया करूँ और लहराऊँ

कभी खुले आसमान के नीचे रात गुजारूं
‘बंजारा’ बन कर,
भेड-बकरियों-ऊंटों कि बातें सुनूं
इस निर्मल धरा में घुल-मिल जाऊं
और महक उठूँ हवा के झोंकों के साथ

मैं हर छोटी छोटी खुशियों में बस जाऊं ,
टूटे हुए ख़्वाबों कों जोड़ कर
‘हौंसलों’ में नया जोश भर दूं
प्रेम और सद्भाव का सन्देश पहुंचे हर इंसान तक
यही लक्ष्य लेकर तैर जाऊं मैं जीवन सागर,

जी करता हैं कभी मैं
स्तंभ बन जाऊं अनुशासन का और
जब मंदिरों में मचती हैं भगदड़
वहाँ लोगों कि जानें बचाऊँ,
भीड़ में कुचले जानेवाले
हर इंसान कि मैं ढाल बन जाऊं!
समझते हैं लोग अगर पंछियों कि भाषा
मैं कबूतर बन जाऊं
अमन और चैन का सन्देश फैलाऊं!

(मुझे कच्छ में आये हुए अभी दस साल पुरे होने जा रहे हैं. कच्छ कि धरती, कच्छ के लोग और कच्छ के जन-जीवन से मेरा बहुत लगाव रहा हैं, निम्न पंक्तियाँ इसी कों समर्पित हैं..)

काला डुंगर से निगरानी करूँ मैं
सरहद के इस छोर कि
और जकड लूं मैं दुश्मन के पैरों कों
कच्छ का सफ़ेद रण बन कर,
कोट-लखपत से ललकारूं मैं
गर दुश्मन करें हिमाकत कोई
मैं हर फौजी का साथ दूं
मैं हर दुश्मन कों मात दूं
मैं सरहद पर छा जाऊं
मैं भारत-भारत बन जाऊं
मैं हिंद-हिंद बन जाऊं

Farmer Suicides in Gujarat – Facts

Background

Recently, Arvind Kejriwal (AAP) claimed that 5,874 farmers committed suicide in Gujarat in last 10 years. Whereas, the Gujarat government claims that only 1 farmer suicide in Gujarat was due to crop failure. The other suicides were not related to crop failures, and they were due other reasons such as family issues. The farmers do not show a greater tendency to commit suicide than the general population, particularly in Gujarat.  Let’s have a detailed look.

No. of farmers in Gujarat

There are 54.47 lakh cultivators and 68 lakh agricultural workers in Gujarat (2011 census). Hence,

Total no. As % of total population
Cultivators in Gujarat 5.447 million 9.0%
Cultivators + Agricultural laborers in Gujarat 5.447 + 6.8 million 20.3%

Farmer suicide statistics (as per Govt records)

NCRB classifies the suicides by employment categories. For Gujarat, the NCRB states that 564 people in the agricultural employment category committed suicide in 2012. 5,302 committed suicide during 2003-2012 (10-year period). 5,872 committed suicide during 2002-2012 (11-year period). Source: 1 2

Farmer suicides vs. non-farmer suicides

Source

State Farmer suicides as a % of total suicides
Maharashtra 23.50%
Andhra Pradesh 18.10%
Uttar Pradesh 16.80%
Karnataka 14.70%
Kerala 12.70%
Madhya Pradesh 12.00%
Assam 10.50%
Sikkim 10.50%
Haryana 9.80%
Jharkhand 9.00%
Bihar 9.00%
Arunachal Pradesh 8.50%
Gujarat 7.90%

Conclusion

Despite being 9% of the total population of Gujarat, the farmers constitute only 7.9% of those who have committed suicide. This is assuming that NCRB has not counted farm laborers under the employment category “farming”. If that’s the case, the condition is even better: despite being 20% of the population, those involved in agriculture in Gujarat form only 7.9% of the people who committed suicide.

Thus, there is a good possibility that the Gujarat government’s claim is right.

Note: Some AAP supporters will try to use above data to claim that everyone, not just farmers, in Gujarat is committing suicide. For such people, here is a list of states/UTs with the highest suicide rates (suicide/population) in India (Source: NCRB)

State/UT Suicide rate (2012)
Puducherry 36.8
Sikkim 29.1
Tamil Nadu 24.9
Kerala 24.3
Andaman & Nicobar 23.6
Tripura 23
Chhattisgarh 22.9
Karnataka 21.2
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 17.6
Mizoram 17
Andhra Pradesh 16.6
West Bengal 16.5
Goa 15.8
Maharashtra 14
Madhya Pradesh 13.3
Daman & Diu 12.6
Odisha 12.2
Gujarat 11.8

This was posted on Reddit (could not find the exact link)

दुश्मन से नफरत फ़र्ज़ हैं!

दिल्ली ‘गेंग रेप’ के आरोपियों के लिए कल दिल्ली हाईकोर्ट का जो फैसला आया, वो काफी सुकून पहुंचानेवाला हैं.
क्योंकि वक्त आ गया हैं कि हम समाज के दुश्मनों कि खिलाफ, अपराधियों के खिलाफ और शान्ति और अमन के दुश्मनों के खिलाफ कड़े से कड़े कदम उठायें और ज़रूरत पड़े तो इन्हें नेस्तनाबूद कर दें.

वैसे तो दुश्मन दोनों तरफ हैं, एक वो जो देश कि सरहद के उस पार हैं और दूसरा देश के भीतर.
हमें दोनों से लड़ना हैं, और पूरी ताकत के साथ लड़ना हैं, तभी हम देश में एक बदलाव ला पाएंगे.
अपना ‘ढुल-मूल’ रवैया छोड़कर सरकार को और समाज को भी सख्त कदम उठाने कि जरुरत हैं.

जो देश कि सीमाओं पर वार करता हैं उस दुश्मन से सरकार को कड़ाई से पेश आने कि जरुरत तो है ही. पिछले दिनों जब सरहद पर हमारे सैनिक शहीद हुए , यहाँ तक कि दुश्मन एक सैनिक का सर कलम कर ले गया लेकिन हम खामोश रहे , जाने क्यों हमें गुस्सा नहीं आता, हम गुस्से का इजहार तक नहीं कर पाते हैं. वक्त कि जरुरुत हैं कि हम दुश्मन को आगाह कर दें. उसे चेतावनी दें. ताकि वो जुर्रत ना कर सके कोई हिमाकत करने की.
पडोसी मुल्क गाहे-बगाहे हमारे संयम को चुनोती देते रहते हैं, और हम अपनी सहिष्णुता के झूठे अहंकार में सब कुछ बर्दाश्त कर लेते है.
इसमें कोई शक नहीं हैं कि वक्त आने पर अगर देश कि सेना कों छूट दे दी जाएँ तो वो दुश्मन कि हर ‘ईंट’ का जवाब ‘पत्थर’ से दे सकती हैं.

लेकिन देश के भीतर का दुश्मन ज्यादा खतरनाक हैं जो भितरघात कर देश को खोखला बना रहा हैं.
समाज के दुश्मन, देश के दुश्मन हैं, और साथ ही साथ ये इंसानियत के सबसे बड़े दुश्मन हैं.
इसलिए इनसे भी उतनी ही नफरत जरुरी हैं जितनी नफरत हम सीमा पार के दुश्मन से करते हैं.
सरकार के कुछ फैसलों यह प्रतीत हुआ था कि उन्होंने आतंकवाद जैसे अपराध के अपराधियों से निपटने कि ठान ली हैं. लेकिन उसके बाद बात आई गयी हो गयी और नक्सली हिंसा ने सर उठा लिया और सरकार फिर एक बार हतप्रभ नज़र आ रही हैं. उधर अभी भी बलात्कार कि घटनाएं जारी हैं, तेज़ाब के हमले हो ही रहे हैं, निर्दोष लोग अपनी जाने गंवा रहें हैं. बच्चों के शोषण और अपहरण के भी मामले हर दिन सामने आते रहते हैं.
‘भारत’ गुनाहगारों के लिए एक सबसे सुरक्षित जगह है या कहिये उनके लिए ‘जन्नत’ बन गया हैं. यहाँ पर आप कोई भी गुनाह कों अंजाम दे सकते हैं और फिर जाती, धर्म, राजनीती, सिफारिश, रिश्वतखोरी और भ्रष्टाचार जैसी चीज़ों का आसरा लेकर आराम से छूट सकते हैं. मुकदमों कों सालों साल तक खिंच सकते हैं, अपनी तबियत का हवाला देकर जेल जाने से बच सकते हैं.
आखिर ये सब कब तक?
‘गुनाह’ से नफरत करो ‘गुनाहगारों से नहीं’ वाली फिलोसोफी कब तक?

एक तरफ आम आदमी कों दो जून कि रोटी का जुगाड करना एक दिव्य के समान हैं. कई मुश्किलों का सामना कर, मेहनत और इमानदारी से जिंदगी गुज़ारने वालों के लिए आज का प्रतिस्पर्धा का वातावरण और भी तनाव बढ़ा रहा हैं/बढाता हैं. उसपर परिवार के सदस्यों कि सुरक्षा कि चिंता भी उसे सताती हैं.
समाज में एक दूसरे के प्रति अविश्वास बढ़ता जा रहा और उसका मुख्य कारण हैं अपराधियों के हौंसले बुलंद होना. उन्हें किसीका डर नहीं हैं.

सरकार और प्रशासन कों इनको काबू करने के साथ ही इनको सज़ा दिलवाकर, फिर से कोई गुनाह करने कि हिम्मत न करें ऐसा वातावरण बनाना आज कि सबसे बड़ी ज़रूरत है तभी लोकतंत्र बना रहेगा और मजबूत भी होगा.

समाज में अशांति फैलानेवालों के खिलाफ, गरीबों कों लूटनेवालों के खिलाफ, औरतों और बच्चों के शोषण करनेवालों के खिलाफ, भ्रष्टाचार करनेवाले, और कानून कों ठेंगा दिखानेवालों के खिलाफ सख्ती बहोत ज़रूरी हैं. इनसे कड़ाई से निपटना बहोत बहोत ज़रूरी हैं.

और इनको अपने अंजाम तक पहुंचाना हम सब का फ़र्ज़ हैं, हर अमन पसंद भारतीय का यह कर्तव्य हैं,
समय आ गया हैं कि हम सब एक साथ मिलकर इस समस्या का समाधान करें नहीं तो आनेवाला समय आम इंसान के लिए और भी बुरा हो सकता हैं.

‘चिट्ठी’ का मोहताज ‘लोकतंत्र’

कल हुयी नक्सली हमले कि घटना के बाद, गृहमंत्रालय का एक वक्तव्य आया हैं कि ‘हमने सात राज्यों को ‘चिट्ठी’ भेज कर आगाह कर दिया था, कि , ऐसे हमले हो सकते हैं..!’

फिर उसी बात कों मैं दोहराना चाहूँगा, जो कि मैंने इससे पहले मेरे लेख ‘शिंदे साहब, शीला मैडम ! सोनिया जी कि चिट्ठी मिली क्या?’ में लिखी थी.
“… सबसे पहले तो ये विचार आया के आज के ‘समस’, ईमेल, मोबाइल या ‘ब्लैक-बेरी’ के ज़माने मे ‘गृह-मंत्रालय’ जैसा महत्वपूर्ण ‘मंत्रालय’ या उनका ‘महकमा’ चिट्ठी क्यों लिखता हैं? पिछले कई सालों से कई मामलों में विभिन्न ‘राज्यों’ कों गृहमंत्रालय ने चिट्ठियाँ भेजी होंगी, उनका क्या हुआ? सवाल ये भी उभरता हैं कि आजतक गृहमंत्रालय ने जो भी चिट्ठियाँ लिखी वो सामनेवाले को मिली? अगर मिली, तो उस पर क्या कार्रवाई हुई?, और नहीं हुयी तो ऐसे राज्यों के खिलाफ क्या कदम उठाये गए? क्या हमारी पुलिस फोर्स , हमारे जवान, हमारे अर्धसैनिक बल, इनके सुरक्षा के प्रति हमारा कोई कर्तव्य हैं या नहीं? और अगर हैं तो जब भी नक्सली हमला या किसी आतंकवादी वारदातों कि कोई पूर्व सूचना होती हैं तो ऐसे मामलों में महज चिट्ठी क्यों लिखी जाती हैं, आपातकालीन बैठक क्यों नहीं बुलायी जाती? और ऐसी समस्याओंसे निपटने कि रुपरेखा तयार क्यों नहीं कि जाती? ऐसे हमलों के प्रति हमारी तैय्यारियों का जायजा क्यों नहीं लिया जाता? क्यों नहीं ऐसे कदम उठाये जाते जिससे कि ये सन्देश जाएँ कि ऐसे मामलों के प्रति हमारा रवैया गंभीर हैं.

अभी तो जिस ढंग के बयान स्वयं गृहमंत्री करतें हैं उससे समस्या के प्रति उनकी लापरवाही, बेढंगापन, और घिसा-पीटा रवैया साफ़ नज़र आता हैं. ‘नयी सोच’ कि तो बात ही छोडिये, निर्दोष लोग मारे जाते हैं, सैनिक मारे जाते हैं और ऐसी घटनाएं निरंतर होती रहती हैं, तब भी इन्हें कोई फर्क पड़ता नज़र नहीं आता हैं.

ऐसा क्यों? क्या हमारे मुल्क में मानवीय जीवन का कोई मूल्य नहीं हैं? और तो और वे बयान देतें समय यह भी कहते हैं कि कुछ ही महीनों पहले भी ३० लोग मारे जा चुके हैं, जिनमे कुछ नेता भी मारे गए. फिर भी कोई कड़े कदम क्यों नहीं उठाए गए?

यहाँ मैं ये भी साफ़ कर देना चाहता हूँ कि जिस राज्य में ये घटना हुयी हैं और अगर वहाँ के मुख्यमंत्री कों गृहमंत्रालय से कोई पूर्व सूचना थी, तो उनकी भी जवाबदेही तय होनी चाहिए और, राज्य सरकार कि कोई खामी है तो राज्य सरकार कों तुरंत बर्खास्त कर देना चाहिए. और केंद्र सरकार कि कोई गलती हैं तो गृह मंत्री जी कों इस्तीफा तो तुरंत ही दे देना चाहिए था!

वे नेतागण जो ‘नयी सोच’ का समर्थन करतें हैं और ‘प्रो-एक्टिव’ गवेर्नेस कि दुहाई देतें हैं, वे भी अपनी ही पार्टी कि सरकार कों पूंछे कि बार बार होनेवाली ऐसी घटनाओं के लिए उनके पास क्या समाधान हैं?
केवल केंद्र सरकार कों कोसने का क्या मतलब हैं?

केंद्र में बैठी हुई सरकार कुछ नहीं करती तो आप तो कुछ ‘ठोस’ कीजिये जिससे कि लोगों कि और सुरक्षा बलों के सैनिकों कि जान बच सके.
और केंद्र सरकार कम से कम ऐसे गंभीर मामलों में ‘चिट्ठी’ कि दुहाई देना बंद कर दें! इतने बड़े लोकतंत्र के लिए, राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा एवं आतंरिक सुरक्षा जैसे मामलों कि कार्यवाही और जवाबदेही क्या केवल ‘चिट्ठी’ ही तय करेगी. और कोई रास्ता नहीं हैं? और खास कर वर्तमान गृहमंत्री श्री.शिंदे तो हर बात में ‘चिट्ठी’ का जिक्र कर के समस्याओं कि गंभीरता का मजाक उड़ाते फिरते हैं.

एक तरफ हम ‘मंगल’ यात्रा कि तैयारी करते है और दूसरी तरफ देश कि सुरक्षा का समाधान ‘चिट्ठियों’ में ढूंढते हैं….. शायद इसी का नाम ‘भारतीय लोकतंत्र’ हैं !

Beauty of Death

A GUEST POST BY JEEGAR MODI

Death is something peaceful, it is something where there is no sorrow; there is nothing to worry, break ups, fights, arguments, loneliness, depression, frustration, stress and all the other dark things in life…

The truth is when you know that death is closer to, either you are completely destroyed from inside or you start living a life for yourself.

It really teaches you the importance of our life when it is closer to you. For some people it is very hard when they just started living a life for themselves and they come to know that the death is closer to them. Sometimes we fell how a life can be so unfair to us when we loose someone who is closer to us.
Good people die soon even though if they have not done anything bad with anyone, how hard it must be for them we can’t even imagine of it.

People are afraid of death.

I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear, than of the real world. I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. My life time memories are what I brought from the trip. I don’t expect to die any time soon.
But it could happen even at this movement while I am writing.

I had a friend in my school days, he was too good, but yes he died!
Death had hugged him and took him away from us. He was a good person, a helpful, kind, humble, caring and a loveable friend of mine.

Death is natural and no one can predict it nor can anyone stop it.

Friends, people are afraid of death, yet it is life which is more painful.

“A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.”
“Faith” is natural. All depends on what is believed in. I have no desire to live forever. Dying is easy- it is the living that scares me to death. And this is true; life makes us think about it when we are completely shattered or completely disturbed. We all have problems in our life. We need a break whenever even a small problem becomes critical for us and we are under pressure.
I have helped many people in life till now but yet I am not able to help myself in the darkest hours of my life, it becomes very difficult for me to dissolve these things in life. These are all the things which lead my thoughts towards death…
There was a time when I could not share my difficulties with anyone but now the things are different, I have someone where I can share my feelings but unfortunately it is a non living thing it’s a ‘Diary’. It does not have a heart or a brain. There is never a feedback, but yes it makes me feel good. I have seen such people in life who die before they actually die. They are completely shattered and destroyed from inside.
Some succeed and become strong and some people wait for the death to come and hug them, most of us give up!

According to my opinion death is something very beautiful, it gives you freedom from all the responsibilities, worries, stress and all the other kind of problems in our life. Death is something where there is complete silence, peace and it makes you sleep forever. The most important thing is that there is only peace, things are completely different over there and you are free like a bird. There are no conflicts, curses, jealousy, and selfishness only beautiful peace.

In short it is peaceful world, that’s why to me death is as beautiful…

India is My Country – Thoughts – 7

‘Deewaaron ka Jungle- Jiska Aabaadi hai naam’

Go To Deewaaron ka Jungle – I
Deewaaron ka Jungle – II
Deewaaron ka Jungle – III

I had marked this ‘poem’ about a year back when I read it in book of compilation of Sahir’s poems and songs. I had no idea then if it was included in any film or the film’s name.

One day while doing my regular searching information about films, I was going through the information about the film ‘Deewaar-1975’ on wiki and there I noted the soundtrack and found this song mentioned therein.
Then the search on you tube followed and this was available there.

But this song was not included in the film for the reasons unknown to me.

However as I wish to present this song with a write up (as it very well deserved) the post got delayed.

When I was going through this poem and reading it again and again it prompted me to weave an article around it.

The infamous ‘Delhi Gang Rape’ was in news then, corruption at its peak, public apathy towards social commitment also at its peak, insensitivity and callousness taking to new heights and the daily news and the various discussions on TV channels only add to the agony of our helplessness and inability to bring an ‘overall change’.
The whole country was in state of shock over the ‘Delhi Gang Rape’ and scattered revolt and protests were held up in the country which later on settled down and now forgotten only to raise head at a time which nobody knows, and in the process the culprits of the Delhi Gang Rape have also got a respite and who knows, one good morning, they will be able to roam freely in around.

As I was half way through of my article there were two ‘interviews’ one of Nana Patekar on IBN Lokmat and another one of Gulzar Saab, which I have already covered in Part-II and III of this article.

Somewhere I also had apprehensions of doing a balanced write up for this song so that it is in line with the meaning of the lyrics and seek for the essence of the emotions, the agony the poet is going through and finally to bring the change the poet is striving for.

And thus the draft was revisited and updated time to time.

This four part series – ‘Deewaaron ka Jungle’ is concluding today.

Today is also the birth anniversary of the great ‘shaayar Sahir Ludhianvi’ who had written this poem almost about 38 years back.

Just to put here that, the incidences of crime against women, crime against children, the overall increasing crimes in the society, the vulnerability of human life, the problems faced by common man, inflation, hunger, corruption, lack of basic amenities all make us to think – is this the country our freedom fighter heroes have dreamt of ?
The situation is grimmer than we actually see it.

But the daily survival in this competitive environment and fast moving life takes it all and finally the ‘roti ki Jung’ covers all agonies of life under it.
In circumstances like above where the common man suffers the agony, a litterateur, a poet, also go through the same emotions, and when the poet is Sahir Ludhianvi, the words are surely to hit directly our conscience;

Deewaaron ke is jungle mein
Bhatak rahe insaan
Apne apne uljhe daaman
Jhatak rahe insaan
Apni vipadaa chhod ke aaye
Kaun kisi ke kaam
Baahar se chup chup lagtaa hain
Andar hain kohraam

Note that Sahir has written these lines about 38 years or so before?
What has prompted him then?

It seems that the social values had started declining since long time back and today it has reached its peak
We have made developments only in terms of ‘insensitivity’ and ‘callousness’.

(Thanks to the book that I got 4/5 years before that I came to know about this song)

Deewaaron ka jungle jiskaa
Aabaadi hain naam
Baahar se chup chup lagtaa hain
Andar hain kohraam

Deewaaron ke is jungle mein
Bhatak rahe insaan
Apne apne uljhe daaman
Jhatak rahe insaan
Apni vipadaa chhod ke aaye
Kaun kisi ke kaam
Baahar se chup chup lagtaa hain
Andar hain kohraam

Seene khaali aankhein sooni
Chehron par hairaani
Jitney ghane hangaame isme
Utni ghani veeraani

Raatein qaatil subahein mujrim
Muljim hain har shaam
Baahar se chup chup lagtaa hain
Andar hain kohraam

Haal na poochhe dard na baante
Is jungle ke log
Apnaa apnaa sukh hain sabkaa
Apnaa apnaa sog
Koyee nahin jo haath badhaakar
Girton ko le thaam
Baahar se chup chup lagtaa hain
Andar hain kohraam

Bebas ko doshi thehraaye
Is jungle ka nyaay
Sach ki laash pe koyee na roye
Jhooth ko sis nawaaye
Patthar ki in deewaaron mein
Patthar ho gaye raam
Baahar se chup chup lagtaa hain
Andar hain kohraam

Poem in Devnagri script:-

दीवारों का जंगल जिसका
आबादी हैं नाम
बाहर से चुप लगता हैं
अंदर हैं कोहराम

दीवारों के इस जंगल में
भटक रहे इंसान
अपने अपने उलझे दामन
झटक रहे इंसान
अपनी विपदा छोड़ के आये
अपनी विपदा छोड़ के आये
कौन किसी के काम
बाहर से चुप लगता हैं
अंदर हैं कोहराम

सीने खाली आँखें सूनी
चेहरे पे हैरानी
जितने घने हंगामे इसमें
इतनी घनी वीरानी
रातें कातिल सुबहें मुजरिम
रातें कातिल सुबहें मुजरिम
मुलजिम हैं हर शाम
बाहर से चुप-चुप लगता हैं
अंदर हैं कोहराम

हाल न पूछे दर्द न बांटे
इस जंगल के लोग
अपना-अपना सुख हैं सबका
अपना अपना सोग
कोई नहीं जो हाथ बढ़ाकर
गिरतों को ले थाम
बाहर से चुप-चुप लगता हैं
अंदर हैं कोहराम

बेबस को दोषी ठहराए
इस जंगल का न्याय
सच की लाश पे कोई न रोये
झूठ को सीस नवाए
पत्थर की इन दीवारों में
पत्थर हो गए राम
बाहर से चुप-चुप लगता हैं
अंदर हैं कोहराम

India is My Country – Thoughts – 6

(Deewaaron ka Jungle – III)

Go to Deewaron ka Jungle – I, Deewaaron ka Jungle – II

(Though the posts under this series ‘Deewaaron Ka Jungle’ are delayed posts, the issue discussed is still as much relevant to our society, social life and for ‘we the people of India’.
And it will be of utmost importance in the coming years too, till we rise as ‘one soul-one nation’.

So continuing with the balance posts in this series and sharing my thoughts with you…)

Moving to the 3rd part of this article, just to share – ‘when we watch these great peoples speaking about such social issues, listening to them is like an altogether different experience,

‘us ek ghante mein ham ek umr jee letein hain’,

‘Kitni gehraayee hoti hain unki baton, lagta hain poore jeewan ka anubhav samet liya hain un kuchh palon mein’.

And, when the person speaking, on such sensitive issue is none other than Gulzar Saab that is sure to happen. (Watching him and listening him … these lines repeatedly come to my mind – Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je peed parayee jaane re….

It has been exactly a year now… (And coming to full circle of this thought process I had gone through)..
9 th March 2013 Gulzar Saab was speaking on the occasion of release of the ‘third’ edition of his ‘Dyodhi’ (on ABP Majha)

As the basis of this series of articles is a poem from one of the greatest ‘social’ poet or rather the ‘Peoples Poet’ of our country Sahir Saab, I thought it more appropriate to combine it with thoughts of another great poet Gulzar Saab.

In this conversation he speaks on various issues affecting our social existence. When he was asked ‘how do you feel about the current issues in our society?’
(Link of this is available here)

Gulzar Saab on release of 3rd edition of ‘Dyodhi’

‘Geetkar ki baat ham alaahida rakhe, lekjn shaayar ko kaisa lagta hain aaj ka vaastav, jo iird gird uske mandra rahaa hain wo yatharth wo jo reality dekh rahaa hain shaayar usko kaisa lagta hain

Use chotein lag rahi hain,
Ji
Chotein lag rahi hain

Main yun kahoon,
Thode thodese ehsaas hain jaise

Kaagaz par girte hi phutee hain labz kayee, (maaf kijiyega, main kavita par aa gaya)
Kaagaz par girte hi phutate hain labz kayee
Kuchh dhuaan uthha, chingaariyaan kuchh, ek nazm ko phir se aag lagi,
Kaagaz par girte hi phutate hain labz kayee
Kuchh dhuaan uthha, chingaariyaan kuchh, ek nazm ko phir se aag lagi
Jalte shehar mein baithha shaayar isse zyada kare bhi kya, lafzon se aag nahin bujhti,
Nazmon se jakhm nahin bharte(ye, yoon mahsus karta hain kavi). Aapke chaaron taraf dekhte hue, to bebasi to hain, kabhi use bayaan kar letein hain jo ho raha hain…

Baat kahin khalti to hain andar jaake; par aap kya karenge;

Main cigarette to nahin peeta hoon, magar aanewaale se main itna pooch leta hoon ke maachis hain?
Main cigarette to nahin peeta magar aannewaale se bas itna poonchh leta hoon ke maachis hain?
Bahot kuchh hain jise main phoonk dena chaahta hoon,
Magar himmat nahin hoti…..meri himmat nahin hoti

How long can we remain isolated from the society? How long can we ignore the social circumstances?

What other Gulzar Saab said in this talk is summarized in the following points;

We need to be social conscious!
Cinema cannot bring revolution!!
It is a recorder and reminder!
On women issues he says;
We do not respect children and women in society.
We are callous!
We continue to tolerate the ‘wrong’ at the cost of ‘right’, we continue to tolerate!

बेबस को दोषी ठहराए
इस जंगल का न्याय
सच की लाश पे कोई न रोये
झूठ को सीस नवाए
पत्थर की इन दीवारों में
पत्थर हो गए राम
बाहर से चुप-चुप लगता हैं
अंदर हैं कोहराम
दीवारों का जंगल जिसका
आबादी हैं नाम

We do not revolt, and if at all it is only little crawling here and there, so the overall view seems to be ‘all is well’, collective revolt to shake up overall is necessary!

(Note: I had earlier read about Gulzar Saab’s ‘Dyodhi’, but this book was not available at the leading ‘online’ store.
Before concluding this post I thought it would be better if I get it and finally on searching I got the publishers website and get this book directly from them.

Now ‘Dyodhi’ is with me …)

(To …… Deewaaron ka Jungle – IV)

India is My Country – Thoughts – 5

(Deewaaron ka Jungle-II)

Deewaaron ka Jungle-1

As a human being we cannot remain isolated to what is happening in our surroundings and day to day life. Sometimes we are hurt, we are pained, we struggle, we fight back in our own individual way but we alone cannot make all right as we would like it to be.
We are confined to our comfort zone. And it is very difficult for us to come out of it.
Ultimately we are compelled to confine ourselves to our own priorities, we have our own personal problems and in our own way we are attached to it. Even if somehow we want to do something for a social cause we are unable to do so and we could not carry our fight for others for longer.

We cry, we weep, we keep wailing for some time and then back to square one we are back to the only cause of our ‘do joon ki roti’.

And then there is this ‘chhodo yaar, ae sab to chalta hi rahega, apne baap ka kya jaata hai’

But believe me, though not much may have gone of our Fathers but everything of our children is at ‘stake’.

Take for instance the ‘Nithari’ killings of innocent children years before… what has happened?
The ‘Satan of Patans’, the continuous rape in PTC college of Patan in Gujarat?
It is more heinous act than terrorism.
It is only who lost their near and dear ones those suffer.

And the others will continue to suffer some other day because we have all accepted it now as a routine and the ‘bench-mark’ has been set and achieving to ‘new heights’ of ‘heinousness’- thanks to the people of this country – because for rest of them it is all ‘sab chalta hai’, ‘chhod na yaar’, ‘apne baap ka kya jaata hai, ‘bhool ja ..’ , and happily the ‘republic’ goes on, moving further, marching to ‘mars’ and going down with ‘humanity, values, ethics, moral, civic sense, social commitment, social responsibility, and moral and social responsibility’;
(Yesterday there was news about a Son of Leader (of the party in power) in UP, beating a Ladies Officer on duty- where are the ‘woman rights activists’ or ‘human rights activists’ and so called NGOs?)

Deewaaron ke is jungle mein
Bhatak rahe insaan
Apne apne uljhe daaman
Jhatak rahe insaan
Apni vipadaa chhod ke aaye
Kaun kisi ke kaam

Here I would like to share with all what the great film personality Nana Patekar had said about in a interview with IBN Lokmat editor Mr.Nikhil Wagle few months back.
This discussion held then is very much in line with our topic of this article and hence I feel it is essential to share it with all of you (those it has been almost ten months now when this interview was held)

On 3rd march there was an interview of Nana Patekar on ‘IBN- Lokmat’ where the editor of the news channel Mr. Nikhil Wagle discussed about his latest film – the attacks of 26/11-and the prevailing socio-political situation in the country. I missed some earlier part of this discussion, but thanks to YT, it is available on it. Nana talks about many current socio-political issues in this talk and very less about his new film. As we know about Nana he is socially active and do many things ensuring that there is no ‘publicity’ about it.
Nana is worried about the current scenario, the way life has changed, that he watched through his journey of life from his childhood days to now.

‘Hamne ek dusre ke prati vishwas kho diya hain’

About the vulnerability of life nowadays he says ‘one cannot ensure that the person who left his house in the morning will be back in evening (as it is) to home or not?’
Nana also speaks on the deteriorating social values in our society.
But he is optimistic that the new generation will be able to shake up the current system and bring a change.
Something needs to be done. If I do not express I get suffocated. Cinema is the medium.

As mentioned above while watching this on 3rd March I had missed some earlier part, but very soon I find it on YT and please note what note it start –
Nana is walking in his farms followed by the editor and his crew, and the editor and what Nana said – ‘mumbai mein kuchh nahin hain, sirf ‘deewaarein’ hain! It’s suffocating in Mumbai behind the ‘four walls’.
(Deewaaron ka Jungle-II) …

India is my Country – Thoughts -4

(Deewaaron ka Jungle-1)

All of us read news or watch them on TV. And as we read or hear the happenings in our society and around us, we are shaken, heartbroken at some times, depressed, dejected and helpless…

I am again reproducing text of some news for the incidents that we all know have taken place around us, and on the same land where we ‘the people of India’ live in and moving forward, waiting for some more ‘ghastly’ to happen …

New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) at an age when most children cherish their books, clothes and toys, a 12-year old girl is silently suffering the pain of a brutal gang-rape which has forced her to undergo 19 surgeries till now. The victim is now waiting for her 20th surgery at the premier AIIMS here.
Gang-raped by six men in Sikar in Rajasthan more than a year ago, the girl has undergone both mental and physical trauma and has been waging a silent battle against all odds since the time the men left her on the roadside to die after brutally raping her.
When this IANS correspondent met the victim in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), she was lying on the hospital bed with her face covered with the sheet, while her sister and 65-year-old widowed mother sat near her – hoping that the next round of medical treatment will help her regain her health.

Bhubaneswar, Jan 6 (IANS) A teenaged girl who was sexually molested by a boy of her age while returning after a bath in a nullah (drain) in Odisha’s Jajpur district committed suicide by hanging herself at home, police said Monday.
The 17-year-old girl was reportedly molested by Rajan Bhoi..
Ashamed and apprehensive of the response from other villagers, the girl hanged herself to death from the ceiling of her home, police said.

Few days back a 16 year old is gang raped and burnt to death as the ‘nation’ ‘silently’ watched on…
It has been in news recently that around 50 children have died in the relief camp housing at Muzzafarnagar (U.P) and the deaths still continue whereas the government is engaged in partying, touring and celebrating ‘mahotsavs’!
How can we tolerate this?
And how long are we going to tolerate this nonsense?
Some time back three persons were killed while saving a girl from eve-teasers, among the three one was the girl’s father and two were her Uncle. (Well, naturally as it happens in our country, the goons escape safely).
Coming to the daily news of Molestations and Rape and even Rape and Murder, now it has become a daily routine and reduced to mere a ‘news’.
Following are some more excerpts of incidents that took place around us recently;
# a truck of onion triples down, its driver injured and crying for help, peoples gather there but only to pick up the onions leaving the ‘human being’ screaming for help and ultimately resulting in his death when he is taken for treatment.

# in a shocking case of public apathy, a man lay on the road crying for help inside a tunnel next to the bodies of his wife and infant daughter with nobody stopping by for around 40 minutes after a speeding truck hit his motorcycle.
Police said the injured husband kept crying for help for around 40 minutes but the motorists ignored their cries and every vehicle passed by without stopping delaying prompt medical treatment.
CCTV footages showed that the woman’s husband and his four-year-old son beseeched passers-by for help for almost 10 minutes. However, no one stopped to help them, police said.
No one stepped out for help as the man holding his son sat in the middle of the road while his wife and daughter lay in an unconscious state and without knowing their fate.
#3 two women were tonsured and garlanded with shoes in a Jharkhand village after they resisted a molestation attempt, police said Thursday. According to police, four youths forcibly entered their house and misbehaved with them. When they resisted, they were tonsured and garlanded with shoes.

Police have registered a complaint against four people but no arrests have been made as yet.

# Bangalore: Senior citizen beaten to death by teenagers. … in Bangalore has died after he was allegedly assaulted by two men who were eve-teasing his niece.
# a senior citizen who opposed a group of eve teasers in Delhi’s harsh….
# Two boys in the prime of their youth killed for defending the honor of their women

Anger has erupted in Mumbai and across cyberspace over the killing of two young men after they tried to defend their female friends from a man who allegedly hassled the women on a night out.
They were allegedly stabbed to death by a group of men after they objected to the indecent behavior of one of the men toward their female friends.
“The problem of eve teasing in the country is getting out of hand. Women everywhere, at least once in their lifetime, have either been groped or pinched or had to bear lewd remarks from men,” she said in an interview.
Early last month, also in Mumbai, a girl was stabbed for resisting an assault.
Sarmishtra Neogy wrote on the page’s wall, “At 11pm in a crowded place how can these goons have so much of courage to openly commit such a crime? They were confident that the Police will anyways do nothing to them and they will get away with it…When can we roam around freely? And when will there be a stop to all the brutality?”
Sympathy tweets poured in for the victims as people demanded justice. Nikhil Chinapa, a DJ and MTV anchor, wrote:, “Why can’t our legal system fast-track these cases? Isn’t it in everyone’s best interest to conduct a swift trial?”

Music director Vishal Dadlani wrote, “Keenan and Reuben, killed for standing up to eve-teasers. What has our city, our home, become? WE, who live here, must stop this, NOW!!”

“Yuva Satta,” a youth organization that works for good governance and political reforms is planning a campaign for awareness about eve teasing and the laws related to it.
“We are irritated and angry, but we have to channelize the emotions into something constructive to tackle the bigger issue of eve teasing and the stigma attached to it,” Mr. Mascarenhas added.
“The incident is definitely shocking because we don’t hear so much of it in Mumbai,” she told India Real Time. “But it isn’t going to stop me and my girl friends to enjoy and lead our lives as we want to.”

#Acid was flung on Preeti, 25, by some unknown people as she got off the New Delhi-Mumbai Garib Rath Express at Bandra Terminus May 2 morning to begin work as a nurse at the army hospital here.
She was on a ventilator for the past two weeks as her right lung had collapsed and the left one was only partly functional.
According to doctors attending to Rathi, her survival chances were as slim as five percent, given the extent of internal injuries, damage to vital organs and bleeding following the attack.
Acid had entered her oesophagus, windpipe and trachea.
She was initially treated for burns and other complications at the Masina Hospital in Byculla and then shifted to Bombay Hospital, New Marine Lines, May 18 for advanced medicare.
Doctors prioritised efforts to keep her alive and attempted corrective surgery on her, but abandoned the operation at the last minute due to internal bleeding.
Amar Singh had petitioned Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil and state Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal last fortnight, asking that the probe into the attack be taken away from the Government Railway Police (GRP).
“We want it to be handed over to either the state Crime Investigation Department of Central Bureau of Investigation as the GRP are not investigating it properly,” Amar Singh claimed in his petition.
He alleged that the GRP had wrongfully arrested a youth and was yet to track down the real culprit.
For the last three weeks, Amar Singh, his wife, their son and two nephews maintained a constant vigil by Rathi’s bedside as she battled for life.

#Woman blinded in acid attack in Mumbai. HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times Mumbai, May 03, 2013. First Published: 00:23 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: …

And finally;
A 23-year-old woman, who died of injuries following an acid attack in Mumbai, was cremated with state … IANS New Delhi, June 3, 2013 | UPDATED 21:08 IST
Jun 1, 2013 – Delhi girl who suffered acid attack dies in Mumbai hospital – Delhi resident Preeti Rathi, who was … Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2013, 19:43 IST.

But, we do not know if the real culprit has been arrested and even arrested, will he get the punishment he deserved?

I shall repeat here the below lines mentioned by my friend Shri.Raja in his tweets;

“Today we have millions of more educated people. So much more technology. Life has become easier in many ways. But still SOMETHING’s missing.”

- A collective outrage is missing
- Caring for each other is missing
- A collective fight is missing
- Rising above petty political differences and rising above caste, creed and religion is missing
- The Nation’s soul is missing

Going by the current incidences of crime against women, crime against children, the overall increasing crimes in the society, the vulnerability of human life, the problems faced by common man, inflation, hunger, corruption, lack of basic amenities all make us to think – is this the country our freedom fighter heroes have dreamt of ?

The situation is grimmer than we actually see it.

It seems that the social values had started declining since long time back and today it has reached its peak
We have made developments only in terms of ‘insensitivity’ and ‘callousness’.

‘Haal na poochhe Dard na baante
Is jungle ke log
Apna apna sukh hain sabka
Apna apna sog
Deewaaron ka jungle jiska
Aabaadi hain naam’

(Deewaaron Ka Jungle-1)

Dil fida karte hain, Qurbaan jigar karte hain…

‘Dil fida Karte Hain
Qurbaan Jigar Karten Hain
Paas Jo Kuchh Bhi Hai
Mata Ki Nazar Karte Hain

दिल फ़िदा करते हैं
कुर्बान जिगर करते हैं
पास जो कुछ भी हैं
माता कि नज़र करते हैं’

“Even if I have to face death a thousand times for the sake of my Motherland, I shall not be sorry. Oh Lord! Grant me a hundred births in ‘Bharat’. But grant me this, too, that each time I may give up my life in the service of the Mother land.’

These inspiring words come from none other than the great revolutionary and laureate Shri.Ramprasad ‘Bismil’.

Today is the 87th martyrdom day of Pandit Shri.Ramprasad Bismil. He was hanged to death in Gorakhpur Jail on 19th Dec 1927.

He was only 30 years old then.

He was born to Shri.Muralidhar and Smt.Moolmati at Shahjahanpur (U.P) on 11th June 1897.
He learnt Hindi and Urdu and also joined English medium school in spite of his Father’s disapproval. He also learned Sanskrit and Bengali.
In his School days he comes in contact with the ‘Arya Samaj’. Simultaneously he was also doing writing poetry and was very talented in writing poetry. He made Hindi translations of some Bengali books also. Some of this writings include ‘The Bolshevik Programme’, ‘A Sally of the Mind’, ‘Swadeshi Rang’, and ‘Catherine’.
All of his poems have the intense patriotic feeling.

Sukh jaaye na kahin

Paudha ye aazadi ka

Khoon se apne ise

Isliye tar karten hain

सुख जाए न कहीं
पौधा ये आज़ादी का
खून से अपने इसे
इसलिए तर करते हैं

He and his associates raised a revolutionary organisation to fight against the British Imperialism in India. To strengthen this organisation they require funds, for which they took up to loot government treasury which resulted in the famous Kakori Train Conspiracy. This jolted the British Empire and soon the Britishers were successful in arresting the key members of the Hindustan Republican Army except Chandra Shekhar Azad who remain un-caught till his end.
Ramprasad, Ashfaqullah, Roshan Singh and Rajendra Lahiri were awarded death sentence after court trial.
They were kept in Gorakhpur Jail, where Ramprasad wrote his autobiography and completed it just before three days of his hanging.

He was confident that the sacrifice by him and his friends would not go in vain and there will be many more to follow;

मरते ‘बिस्मिल’ ‘रोशन’ ‘लहरी’ ‘अशफाक’ अत्याचार से ।
होंगे पैदा सैंकड़ों इनके रुधिर की धार से ॥

His last words addressed to fellow countrymen are also very much important and relevant forever;
“देशवासियों से यही अन्तिम विनय है कि जो कुछ करें, सब मिलकर करें और सब देश की भलाई के लिए करें । इसी से सबका भला होगा ।
“My last request to all countrymen is that whatever they do, do collectively and in the interest of the Nation. This will be beneficial for all”

‘Koi maata ki ummeedon pe

Na daale paani

Zindagi bhar ko hamen

Bhej de kaale paani

कोई माता कि उम्मीदों पे
न डाले पानी
जिंदगी भर कों हमें
भेज दे काले पानी

Ham bhi aaram uthha sakte thhe

Ghar par reh kar

Hamko bhi paala thha

Maa Baap ne dukh seh seh kar

हम भी आराम उठा सकते थे
घर पर रह कर
हमको भी पाला था
माँ बाप ने दुःख सह सह कर …

Years have passed by since these revolutionaries sacrifice their life for our freedom.
Today we breathe in this free air of an Independent country and our freedom has completed 67 years now. Lot of changes have taken place in our status as a Country.
Lot of scientific and technological advances have taken place since the colonial rule.
The globalisation and other international compulsions have affected our political as well as social life. Media and Social media, other than the entertainment industry are playing huge role in capturing the minds of the young generation. It is essential that this young generation go in detail of the lives of those people who suffered a lot and lot only for our happiness and a free life.

‘Dar o deewaar pe

Hasrat se nazar karten hain

Khush raho ahle watan

Ham to safar karten hain

दर ओ दीवार पे
हसरत से नज़र करते हैं
खुश रहो अहले वतन
हम तो सफर करते हैं
खुश रहो अहले वतन
हम तो सफर करते हैं ‘

Though our Priorities as a Nation have changed, the basic problems related with development and overall social development still remains to be a distant dream.

At this juncture it is essential for us to reconcile our goals and objectives as a nation, and took a stand collectively to lead this country to fulfil the dreams of our founding fathers and these great revolutionaries who made the highest sacrifices to see ourselves free. And more importantly all we have to do is in the ‘National Interest’ and not for satisfying the personal goals of some people.

I could only glance through few pages of the digital version of his autobiography and would like to mention few key points which can be a source of inspiration all of us;
- Ramprasad’s family suffered a lot when he was a child, and later on the young Ram Prasad also suffered a lot as he grow and fight with the British Empire still against all odds he continue his struggle and made this highest sacrifice for the nation.
- He has mentioned in his autobiography about how he overcome his bad habits and the several distractions coming in his way. Also how he took up ‘bramhacharya’ (celibacy) and practices it.
- He has highest regards for his Mother who according to him teach him, inspire him and made him what we know him today.
- He has mentioned his gratitude for all his ‘Gurujans’ and all who helped him and motivate him for good and all those who influenced his life for betterment.
- In his biography consisting of five blocks and the respective chapters therein he has given the details of his life from his childhood to landing in jail. Three days before his hanging he had completed the autobiography and given to his Mother and his friend Shiv Verma in the lunch box which they had brought for him.
-
A digital wiki version of the printed book of his autobiography in Hindi, prepared by Shri.Dayanand Deswal, is available on the domain as Ram Prasad Bismil Ki Aatma Katha
Info on wiki is available at – Ram Prasad Bismil

A documentary published by I & B Ministry – ‘A Tribute to Ram Prasad Bismil’ is also available on YT and uploaded just 06 months back.

There is also a wiki page which gives details of his notable works (books and poems) named as Author Ram Prasad Bismil
The introductory para from this page is given below;
“An Indian poet, laureate and revolutionary, who was executed in 1927 by the then British Empire.
Ram Prasad Bismil (11 June 1897 – 19 December 1927) was an Indian revolutionary who participated in the Mainpuri (1918) and Kakori (1925) conspiracy cases against British Empire. He was also a patriotic poet who wrote with the pen names of Ram, Agyat and Bismil in Urdu and Hindi but became popular with the name ‘Bismil’. Ram Prasad Bismil was one of the founder members of the Indian revolutionary organisation Hindustan Republican Association. Bhagat Singh praised him as a great poet-writer of Urdu and Hindi. Several inspiring patriotic poems including the famous poem Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna is popularly attributed to him.”

Our Tributes to this GREAT PATRIOT and FIERCE revolutionary of INDIA..!!!