Friday, December 31, 2010

मेरे पापा एक सजीव उपन्यास

करीब चालीस साल रेलवे की नौकरी करने के बाद पापा आज रिटायर हो गए. इतने लम्बे समय तक किसी के साथ रहना और फिर उससे अलग होना. उन्हें कैसा लग रहा होगा, यह जानना बहुत मुश्किल है. ना हम ही उस शानदार तरीके से पूछ पाएंगे और अगर पूछ भी पाए तो पापा बताएँगे नहीं. वो अपनी तकलीफ कम से कम नहीं बताना चाहते और न बताते है. मेरे पापा एक न ख़त्म होने वाला उपन्यास है, सजीव उपन्यास.

इस अतिविकसित समय में काश कि कोई मशीन इजाद हो पायी रहती जिससे हम किसी का मन पढ़ पाते..

यूँ तो समाज में एक से एक लोग हुए है और होंगे भी. पर पापा भी एक ही व्यक्तित्व है. जिन्होंने खूब खोया है और पाया शायद कुछ भी नहीं है. उनके व्यक्तित्व का अंदाजा इससे लगाया जा सकता है कि गाँव में उनके बड़े वुजुर्ग कहते है कि वो तो कलयुग में 'धर्मराज' है.

पापा हम सभी भाई-बहनों के हीरो रहे. ताकतवर और जुझारू , हार नहीं मानने वाला. यह सब तब था जब हम छोटे थे. बड़े होने पर पाया कि पापा पिछली सारी 'इमेज' से बड़े है, तब जब हमेशा हारते है. उनका कोई सपना पूरा नहीं होता पर हौसला ये कि सपने देखना छोड़ते नहीं. जितनी संख्या में सपने टूटते नहीं, पापा उसके कई गुना सपने देख डालते है. और फिर लग जाते है उन्हें पूरा करने में.

हम उनके सपने का हिस्सा रहे है. एक बार मै सात साल की उम्र में हास्टल में पढ़ने भेजा जा रहा था. मुझे नहीं मालूम था कि हास्टल कौन सी बला है. मेरे लिए कपडे, विस्तर और बहुत कुछ तैयार किया जा रहा था. मै बहुत खुश था कि बस में बैठने मिलेगा और फिर नए नए कपडे!

शाम हो रही थी. अगली सुबह मुझे निकल जाना था. पापा चारपाई पर लेटे हुए थे, मै उनके पेट पर बैठा हुआ था कि अचानक पापा रोने लगे. मुझे उनका रोना अजीब लगा. मेरा हीरो, जिसके होने पर हम सबसे ज्यादा सुरक्षित होते थे, वो रो रहा था. और वजह भी क्या.. मुझे बस में बैठना है इसलिए.... बाद में अम्मा-पापा के रोने कि वजह समझ में आयी और 'अच्छे' से आई.

आज यह भी समझ में नहीं आ रहा है कि पापा खुश होंगे कि उदास.. छुट्टी नहीं मिली वरना आज मै उनके साथ होता और उनके मनस्थिति को जानने की कोशिश करता.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our Jafar Panahi convicted in Iran

“Dictatorship is a constant lecture instructing you that your feelings, your thoughts and desires are of no account, that you are a nobody and must live as you are told by other people who desire and think for you”, said Stephen Vizinczey.

Feelings and thoughts of the people could only bring real threat for the power, so why they want to suppress it. Otherwise, what could be wrong in attending mourning ceremony!

Recently, Iranian film director Jafar Panahi has been convicted to six years in prison in his native country, a sentence extended by the additional punishment of being banned from directing or producing films for the next twenty years. Fellow filmmaker Muhammad Rasoulof, who was arrested with Panahi in a 2009 mourning ceremony for deceased victims of the Iranian election protests, also received a six-year sentence.

Panahi was inciting protest and discontent with a documentary he was working on. Panahi is a well-known supporter of the Green movement and the opposition to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president.

He has already been arrested and jailed several times following the democratic protests of 2009. During his imprisonment in 2010 Panahi went on a hunger strike, and was bailed in May for the equivalent of $200,000 after an international campaign by film-makers including a dramatic demonstration at the Cannes prize-giving ceremony by Juliette Binoche. Now the Iranian state has spoken with chilling decision.

The Berlin film festival has already invited Panahi to join its jury in February 2011, for a start. Berlin, Cannes, Venice, London, Edinburgh, Sundance, Telluride and every film festival in the world should make Panahi their jury president, and keep doing so for every year this gross injustice is maintained. Jeremy Hunt, our culture secretary, should make representations.

Monday, December 20, 2010

PM statement shows how far politcal brass from reality

How far our political fraternity is  from the reality was seen today, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was addressing the 83rd plenary session of All India Congress Committee.

Though, Mr. Prime Minister covered all the issues which have got attention of media now days including rampant corruption, communalism, international relation with various countries and all.

Citing various achievements of the Congress-led UPA government, he said that almost all children of the country have brought to primary education with the help of Right to Education bill, tabled by his government. Now his government would focus on secondary education for marginalised people.

This statement depicts the present scenario of rapidly developing India. It coveys, the entire political brass has gone far from the reality. Where the central government is lauding itself for bringing ‘almost all children’ of the country to primary education with the help of that bill, I can firmly say that the bill has not brought any significant change on the ground.

Those, who were unable to attend schools due to their penury, are still outside of the gate of school.

Dr Manmohan Singh emphasised over few other issue which were sounded will. Like, he said that he would be happy in presenting himself in front of Public Account Committee (PAC), presently headed by BJP senior leader Dr Murali Manohar Joshi. He said he has nothing to hide. He refused opposition claim that PM does not want to face probe so he did not permitted for Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). Notably, it is the only legal authority which can call Prime Minister for questioning.

Secondly, he mentioned Russia first in his speech over international relation of the country and said that they were further work to cement the relationship with the time-tested friend. Though, visit of Russian premier Dmitry Medvedev to India, which is going to commence from Tuesday might be a reason for the comment.

He said that all South-Asian countries should work jointly to remove poverty, illiteracy and other such things instead of fighting to each other. Undoubtedly, he was indicating towards Pakistan.

About high inflation rate, Dr Singh said that he understood the problem of common man and his government would give his best to bring inflation rate to five percent till coming March from more than nine percent going at present.

Talking about the surge in corruption at present, he promised that his government would bring all culprits to the book without taking care of their position. They might be political leader or government officials, he added. It also sounded good.

Few noteworthy points in his speech are he spoke in English and Hindi as well, alternatively. He mentioned all welfare schemes brought by his government. He demanded help from Congress workers to remove corruption as well as in the better implementation of these welfare schemes. And last but not list, his Hindi dialect was not better then AICC President Sonia Gandhi.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Subhash Chandra Agrawal
(Guinness Record Holder & RTI Activist)

Nothing can be more disgraceful for Indian judicial system when a former Chief Justice of India was caught by TV cameras first lying and then backtracking from his earlier stand on being countered for his lie by a sitting judge of Supreme Court on question of the then Union Minister A Raja said to have approached Justice R Raghupati of Madras High Court through minister’s lawyer-friend.

Fortunately India presently has a Chief Justice known for honesty and integrity. But present system cannot avoid posting of some undesirable person as head of Indian judiciary. Chief Justice SH Kapadia should direct that all judges from lower courts to Supreme Court to compulsory make complete details of approaches and influences immediately on the case-files apart from reporting these to respective Chief Justices, and all such reporting should be in public domain. He should ensure fast-track decision on Supreme Court’s petition at Supreme Court against CIC-verdict allowing to provide all correspondence and information relating to Justice R Raghupati having been approached by a Union Minister.

It was wrong on part of Union Law Minister to recues himself from the bitter episode by terming it merely as opinion-difference of two judges. Union government has duty to ensure legislation for ensuring non-entry of ‘rotten eggs’ and ‘Uncle’ judges in Indian judicial system. Union government should also reject plea of former CJI KG Balakrishnan to dilute RTI Act in respect of judiciary. Union government should publicly seek resignation of Justice KG Balakrishnan from post of NHRC chairperson in case he does not resign at his own.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tainted CVC has brought season of scam

Kundan Pandey

Philosophers claim that various shades of life enrich it and all its ups and downs to make it beautiful.  PJ Thomas, who has experienced many 'ups in life' and might be agree with the notion also. But, now it would be interesting to know his perception about the shades, as he is undergoing  an extraordinary phase of his life i.e. 'the second phase'. Credit goes to the Apex Court of India.

The rare stance of Supreme Court has put fourteenth Central Vigilance Commissioner of India PJ Thomas in hot water now days, which he would definitely not be able to forget ever in his life.

When, Thomas was charge-sheeted in Palmolive oil scam, working as the secretary of food and civil supplies department in Kerala, he would not even guessed that it might bring such a huge trouble to him at the juncture, when he is enjoying an apex post .

Now, two players Former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh and People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) are continuously endangering his chair of CVC of biggest democracy.

Subsequently, the Apex Court has asked Thomas, why should he not be quashed from the CVC designation and he refused to talk with media, saying the matter is sub-judice. We all are eagerly waiting to see the final result in the case.

In the season of scams, the case of Thomas drew attention, especially due to hue and cry over 2G Scam in which Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai has said, caused a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 crore of the exchequer.

Thomas was secretary in the department of telecommunication in October 2009 when communication minister A Raja allocated 2G spectrum at an off the cuff price to certain non-players and interestingly, he received the responsibility to probe the biggest scam in the history. Now, viewing the outcry of opposition, he has rescued himself from the ongoing probe of 2G Scam.

He assumed the office on September 6 in which all big personalities participated but Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) boycotted the oath taking ceremony; even when the leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj was one of three-member team including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram, who recommended Thomas for the CVC post.

A 1973 batch IAS officer of Kerala Cardre, Thomas has enjoyed a number of significant designations in Kerala government including secretary of finance, Industry, Agriculture, Law and Justice and Human Resource Development. He was the founder director of IIM Kozhikote for six month.

He became Kerala Chief Secretary in 2007 and moved to central government as Parliamentary secretary in 2009 and later became the telecom secretary in Government of India.

He is the successor to incumbent Pratyush Sinha, a 1969 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, who assumed office in September 2006. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

commonness in 'The Solitary Reaper' and 'तोड़ती पत्‍थर', two poems

The Solitary Reaper

William Wordsworth.

BEHOLD her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?—
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o'er the sickle bending;—
I listen'd, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

तोड़ती पत्‍थर

Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’

वह तोड़ती पत्‍थर;
देखा उसे मैंने इलाहाबाद के पथ पर-
वह तोड़ती पत्‍थर।

कोई न छायादार
पेड़ वह जिसके तले बैठी हुई स्‍वीकार;
श्‍याम तन, भर बँधा यौवन,
नत नयन प्रिय,कर्म-रत मन,
गुरू हथौड़ा हाथ,
करती बार-बार प्रहार:
सामने तरू-मालिका अट्टालिका, प्राकार।

चढ़ रही थी धूप;
गर्मियों के दिन
दिवा का तमतमाता रुप;
उठी झुलसाती हुई लू,
रूई ज्‍यों जलती हुई भू,
गर्द चिनगी छा गई,
प्राय: हुई दुपहर:
वह तोड़ती पत्‍थर।

देखते देखा मुझे तो एक बार
उस भवन की ओर देखा, छिन्‍नतार;
देखकर कोई नहीं,
देखा मुझे उस दृष्टि से<
जो मार खा रोई नहीं,
सजा सहज सितार,
सुनी मैंने वह नहीं जो थी सुनी झंकार
एक क्षण के बाद वह कॉंपी सुघर,
ढुलक माथे से गिरे सीकर,
लीन होते कर्म में फिर ज्‍यों कहा-
'मैं तोड़ती पत्‍थर।'