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Remembering S M A Kazmi: My Mentor In The Field Of Law ( A Tribute )

Mr. S.M.A. Kazmi: A Perfect Lawyer

Mr. S.M.A. Kazmi: A Perfect Lawyer


“The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,

And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
Awaits alike the inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”

    ( Thomas Gray In ‘Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard’ )

When I was in school days these lines by poet Thomas Gray left an indelible impression on my mind’s landscape. I always wondered about its real purport. Now very recently when I heard about the tragic death of Mr. S.M.A. Kazmi, senior lawyer, Allahabad High Court, in a fatal road accident it not only left me in a state of deep shock but also made me realize the true purport of lines penned by Gray. In this world the only reality is death! Rest is illusion which looks real enough to keep humans trapped in life’s drama!

I met S M A Kazmi very shortly after Allahabad University granted me a law degree in year 2002. Although I was not pretty interested in getting enrolled as a lawyer at Allahabad High Court in prime of my life, I had to give way to destiny’s will of becoming part of Allahabad High Court- a High Court having a glorious legacy of delivering path-breaking judgements on par with global standards! I was fortunate that one of my childhood friends, Sampanna Kumar Srivastava, also a lawyer, and in those days a student  leader associated with Communist Party, introduced me to Mr Kazmi in his chamber. I had by then carved a niche for myself in the world of media as a freelancer. Mr. Kazmi was a lawyer with a difference. He was a good orator besides being a  good writer who enjoyed organizing literary gatherings. So he was quite happy in finding someone like me having similar mental orientations akin to his literary bent of mind.

In very short span of time I became one of his favourite juniors. I loved his penchant for perfectionism. His aggressive mannerism really threatened others but on me it had little impact. Like him I believed in working hard and, therefore, rarely felt short of his expectations. And that did not provide enough space to Mr. Kazmi to direct his anger towards me. He always believed that if one wishes to emerge as a good lawyer at High Court level then one must be ready to read enough besides being good at interpretation! It’s really saddening that emerging lawyers are merely interested in attaining riches than attaining right skills! As a result of that most of the lawyers fail to attain great heights in real sense!

That was not the case with Mr. Kazmi. He came from a teacher’s family with no previous legal history in his family. However, his legal journey which began in early 80s saw all glorious episodes which any lawyer wishes in his/her career. In prime of his age he became Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, and later became politically active which yielded him ministerial birth. Every successful person has many adversaries in form of friends! He too had many such friends who said good words in his front but despised him at his back being always loaded with set of conspiracies. He warned me that I should not waste my energy in forming counter-strategies to negate such vicious network! The best way to defeat negative souls in your profession is to keep doing exceptional work. That sort of attitude demoralizes negative souls! At this point I come to remember words of Indira Gandhi that there are many who wish to take credit in aftermath of any successful endeavour, but competition is less when it comes to do some original work!

Mr. S.M.A Kazmi: Attained Glorious Heights in Advocacy Very Soon!

Mr. S.M.A Kazmi: Attained Glorious Heights in Advocacy Very Soon!

Anyway, relationship between juniors and seniors has plummeted to all-time low. However, the juniors associated with Mr. Kazmi had better experiences and not bitter experiences. The ones who worked hard always managed to strike a favourable chord with both his personal and professional life. He did not believe in carrying aura of bossism but ensured that his leniency does not get misused. I must admit that he helped me financially besides making me in tune with various shades of advocacy. His chamber was not a dull place! Besides dealing with complex cases, the young lawyers also got introduced with lifestyle mired in royalty. The weekends were reserved for having a good time at some famous restaurant. He believed in spending money with people around instead of using the money to ensure petty personal gains. That’s why he was sincerely involved with several charitable trusts operating in Allahabad.

He was not happy with my decision to distance from legal profession for he was quite satisfied with my progress. He saw in me the rare attributes which had now gone missing. That’s why he lamented that people who should be really part of legal institutions are the ones engaged in different profession and the ones who are not supposed to be lawyers are the ones dominating the show at various legal institutions! Legal profession is now in grip of mediocre minds! He understood my temperament well, and, therefore, did not compel me to remain engaged in active advocacy. However, I did not wish to hurt his sentiments and, therefore, to honour his sentiments I remained part of Allahabad High Court via my legal reporting! I assured him that great values I intercepted at his chamber would always stay with me for rest of the life.

Indeed, right now when his death has left me in deep pain, side-by-side there exists a deep sense of satisfaction encircled by great mental peace within! I added a new dimensions in the values I inherited at his chamber. Happily, my friends never forgot that I was one of the juniors of Mr Kazmi! Their remembrance of my association with Mr Kazmi keeps me in right state of mind, enabling me to pursue different legal tasks with greater concentration and greater degree of perfection. Mr Kazmi believed that hard work never goes in vain and that has ensured I remain above short cuts to attain success! Yes, he had many flaw in his personality, like any soul trapped in earthly life,  but the greater truth is that they took a backseat when contrasted against his noble virtues!  His soul might have ascended to higher world, but for mine eyes he would always remain as real as any living person! May his soul rest in peace!

 

Alllahabad High Court: A Glorious Legacy!

Alllahabad High Court: A Glorious Legacy!


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An Evening With Friends At Historic Coffee House in Allahabad (Photo Feature)

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” (Charles Kuralt) That’s one of the reasons why I always look for moments when I can be in company of my old friends. Their company helps me to assess my one’s own growth in better light. It’s interesting that one always looks for substantial cause to enter into celebrations. That’s something which makes me uncomfortable since I love to celebrate even if there is no such weighty reason around! This time I managed to persuade all my old friends to be at historic coffee house, Allahabad, all in the name of celebrating grant of fellowship by Aavartan Research Institute, Gorakhpur. That was enough to tame the curious minds of some of my friends too anxious to know the exact reason! The real reason, however, was to spend some fun-filled moments with them. Life has become so hectic that it does not allow two individuals, however close they may be as friends, to sit together and get lost in old memories. That was the ultimate purport of organizing this get together with some chosen friends!

Why Coffee House? Allahabad has recently developed a lot having so many bright and glamorous food outlets but I selected Coffee House simply because being there means becoming part of its glorious history! This place is always occupied by legal hawks, writers and journalists during noon hours and by evening well-known oldies occupy the seats for long hours. This place in the past since early 50s witnessed development in lives of well-known geniuses belonging to Allahabad. Eminent literary figures like Firaq Gorakhpuri and Harivansh Rai Bachchan were frequent visitors to this place. Apart from them, the place has also witnessed rise of new creative wonders! The vibrations there ensure that there is no dearth of good souls in future!

I must thank to my friends from core of my heart that despite being trapped in busy schedules they managed to be part of this informal event at right time! It’s habit of the guests to worry the organizers with a deliberate delay! Mercifully, that’s not the case with events organized by me. I am spared this harassment for which I am really grateful to my friends. I must mention this fact that most of the friends who were part of this event have been my old friends and it makes me really happy when I state that they have all emerged as achievers! It was a moment of satisfaction for me to find them hale and hearty!

Obviously, the event was not solely attributed to dine together! We had some thought-provoking discussions. My friend Sheel, pursuing research in philosophy, rightly suggested that philosophy should also be taught at school level since that goes well with cultural legacy of this nation. Rajesh Kumar Pandey, legal correspondent associated with The Times Of India, lamented that Philosophy, of late, has become popular only because it helps students get good marks in competitive exams! It’s really hurting that a nation which is mired in philosophies of highest types has no mention about it at school level! My friend Ashish Nigam, on the other hand, asked me as to what was the method involved in my fellowship. I promptly informed him that besides books I was involved in interviewing concerned individuals. He also came to throw light on the glorious past of Coffee House, mentioning that visitors at this place love to sit here for long hours! It would not be out of tune to inform that most of the friends who gathered here were advocates associated with Allahabad High Court, who were also once upon a time had been my batch-mates!

There were some hilarious moments too when my childhood friend Pintu, lawyer at district court, got engaged in circulating images which showed us together as students in nursery days! Sangarsha Srivastava, who in past was a  ferocious Communist leader and now an advocate, made everybody laugh by exhibiting that Coffee tastes less sweeter if you add more sugar in it! The only thing you should ensure is that stir it not well enough with a spoon and then drink it fast! Advocate Susheel Kumar Tiwary, Advocate Shashikant Kushwaha, Advocate Satyahdhar Dubey, Advocate Vinay Vishwakarma and Advocate Neeraj Shukla, who happens to be my brother-in-law, spent some qualitative time with me rising above constraints of time and without worrying about the fact that they have to return back home traveling long distance in night hours only to face ire of their anxious wives! It was heart-warming to hear Satyadhar ji asking me to make visit to this place till fag end of my life this way just like the oldies engaged in deep and interesting conversations sitting beside our gathering!

In the end I need to make special reference to contribution made on part of Arvind Kushwaha, advocate/computer programmer, and Arun Prakash Srivastava, District librarian. Arvind ensured that moments get captured in his camera while Arun ji ensured that all goes well in terms of management. Happily, the event ended on a high note with so many good feelings. That’s not possible without grace of Lord and, therefore, let’s thank the Almighty too for successful culmination of this event! “Take no pride in your possession, in the people (at your command), in the youthfulness (that you have). Time loots away all these in a moment. Leaving aside all these, after knowing their illusory nature, realise the state of Brahman, and enter into it. (Sri Adi Shankara in Bhaja Govindam; Verse 11)

With Friends At Historic Coffee House In Allahabad!

With Friends At Historic Coffee House In Allahabad!

Happy to find old friends for one more time :-)

Happy to find old friends for one more time :-)

It's a hearculean task to ask friends to be present at one place on a working day! And they all appeared at appointed time!

It’s a herculean task to ask friends to be present at one place on a working day! And they all appeared at appointed time!

Between interesting talks from philosophy to business we also ate :P :P :P

Between interesting talks from philosophy to business we also ate :P :P :P

The ambience inside Coffee House permits deep and meaningful talks! You can see few people engaged in deep talks :P :P :P

The ambiance inside Coffee House permits deep and meaningful talks! You can see few people engaged in deep talks :P :P :P

This time I did not say anything and simply enjoyed the whole affair. My friend Sangharsha did say few words in hilarious style :P :P :P

This time I did not say anything and simply enjoyed the whole affair. My friend Sangharsha did say few words in hilarious style :P :P :P

Coffee House Is Best Known For South Indian Dishes :-) Dosa is so delicious :P :P :P

Coffee House is best known for South Indian dishes :-) Dosa is so delicious :P :P :P

Sheel Could Not Resist The Temptation Of Riding Royal Enfield :P

Sheel Could Not Resist The Temptation Of Riding Royal Enfield :P

Some of us  decided to sit again and taste Coffee for one more time :P It's called partying after party gets over :P :P :P

Some of us decided to sit again and taste Coffee for one more time :P It’s called partying after party gets over :P :P :P

The Party Virtually Ended :-)

The Party Virtually Ended :-)

Now Only The Memories Of This Get Together Prevail!!

Now Only The Memories Of This Get Together Prevail!!

The Party  Ended On A Blissful Note! I Am Really Thankful To Lord For Sucessful Culmination Of This Event! Hope All My Friends Remain Hale And Hearty In  Post-Party Life :-)

The Party Ended On A Blissful Note! I Am Really Thankful To Lord For Sucessful Culmination Of This Event! Hope All My Friends Remain Hale And Hearty In Post-Party Life  :-) Let me mention names of people who gathered: (From Extreme Left) Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Sangharsha Srivastava, Pintu Jaiswal, Sheel Kamal, Swajit Gupta, Arun Prakash Srivastava, Pankaj, Shashikant Kushwaha, Neeraj Shukla :-)  The Author Stands In The  Middle :P :P :P Those who are not in the frame Arvind Kuswaha, Satyadhar Dubey and Vinay Vishwakarma.

 

Taj Mahal Is Not Symbol Of True Love: It’s Manifestation Of Insensitivity And Cruelty!

Taj Mahal: Even if it's about true love, it's also equally about lack of conscious approach towards health of woman. It's about romance mired in bloodshed and acts of vandalism.

Taj Mahal: Even if it’s about true love, it’s also equally about lack of conscious approach towards health of woman. It’s about romance mired in bloodshed and acts of vandalism.



We always get carried away by false images, popular sentiments, more so when they are associated with well-known things. Worse, we dare not put in real perspective our own doubts. We keep on believing only because that’s been the known reality since time immemorial. This holds true about Taj Mahal. It’s popular, across the globe as symbol of true love. Whether it’s President of any nation or common man from a different part of the globe, they all love to get their selfies silhouetted against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal. It’s high time we become aware of infamous facets of Taj Mahal and shatter rhetoric strengthened by movies and sponsored literature!  

One of the flaws of education system in India is that it has made analytical abilities of Indian students inherently remain in awe of myths created by Western scholars. Anyway, the suppressed truth about Taj Mahal is that Empress Mumtaz had 14 children and she died due to postpartum hemorrhage after her last childbirth. This fact which appears in A Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Comprehensive Guide to Evaluation”, edited by Christopher B-Lynch, got new lease of life when Dr. Anant Kumar,  Assistant Professor, Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, substantiated it with new findings in his research paper titled “Monument of Love or Symbol of Maternal Death: The Story Behind the Taj Mahal.

In fact in the eyes of Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul Taj Mahal is “only despot’s monument to a woman”. Naipaul, trashing the popular perceptions, dares to expose the misdeeds of Muslim rulers in India: “Mosque on temple: ruin on ruin. This is the North”. He was candid in confessing that magnificent buildings built during Mughal period were symbolic of “personal plunder”. Naipaul, shattering the romantic illusions pervading the Taj Mahal, hailed it as ‘wasteful’- “The Taj is so wasteful, so decadent and in the end so cruel that I found it painful to be there for very long. This is an extravagance that speaks about the blood of the people.” The sentiments of V S Naipaul might appear against the secular spirit of nation forcing writers like William Darymple to give way to a knee jerk reaction that historical knowledge of V S Naipaul was flawed.

How can you ignore the harsh truth stated by Naipaul even if you are able to show Muslim rulers in better light? What so wrong about it when Naipaul says that “when you see so many Hindu temples of the 10th century or earlier disfigured, defaced, you realise that something terrible happened. I feel that the civilisation of that closed world was mortally wounded by those invasions … The Old World is destroyed. That has to be understood. Ancient Hindu India was destroyed.”

Let’s come to standard historical findings unearthed by Dr. Anant Kumar in his research work. After delving deep into historical records he stated that “physiological causes of Arjumand’s death were postpartum haemorrhage, anaemia and repeated child bearing without birth spacing.” Arjumand Banu Begum got married to Shah Jahan at the age of 19 and she died at age of 39 on 17th June 1631. In between she had 13 children and she died while giving birth to 14th child. Dr. Anant Kumar suggest that ” 2 1/2 years to 3 years between births” was totally ignored largely because of “social-cultural and religious cause”. “Being a follower of Islam, it must have been difficult for a woman to think about contraception and pregnancy regulation.”  Interestingly, almost at the same time, in different part of the globe ‘a medical doctor Johan von Hoorn started midwifery school in Stockholm in 1708′.

In the light of above-mentioned facts are we still going to treat Taj Mahal as symbol of love? Even if it’s about true love, it’s also equally about lack of conscious approach towards health of woman. It’s about romance mired in bloodshed and acts of vandalism.

The Taj is so wasteful, so decadent and in the end so cruel that I found it painful to be there for very long. This is an extravagance that speaks about the blood of the people. (V S Naipaul)

The Taj is so wasteful, so decadent and in the end so cruel that I found it painful to be there for very long. This is an extravagance that speaks about the blood of the people. (V S Naipaul)

References:

Monument of Love or Symbol of Maternal Death: The Story Behind the Taj Mahal

A Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Comprehensive Guide to Evaluation

V.S. Naipaul: Critical Essays

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Hindi Is Strengthening Indo-Israel Relations Even As Indians Flirt With English!

Aavartan Research Journal In Tandem With Gorakhpur University Organized A Seminar In Gorakhpur For The Promotion Of Hindi.  It Was Attended By Students Of Tel Aviv University, Israel, along with Dr. Genady Shlomper - Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University. Pic Source: Aavartan

Aavartan Research Journal In Tandem With Gorakhpur University Organized A Seminar In Gorakhpur For The Promotion Of Hindi. It Was Attended By Students Of Tel Aviv University, Israel, along with Dr. Genady Shlomper – Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University. Pic Source: Aavartan

( First published in Northern India Patrika, October 11, 2014)

Last month Aavratan, a reputed research journal,  organized a seminar in coordination with  Deen Dayal Upadhyay University situated in Gorakhpur. This Gorakhpur based research journal in the past has published excellent papers revealing lesser known facets of critical issues. The seminar was dedicated to promotion of Hindi- the official language of India. The star attraction of the event was the presidential speech by Dr. Genadi Shlomper, who happened to be Hindi Instructor at East Asia Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel. It was a pretty interesting experience to hear from Dr.Genadi about his involvement with Hindi during formative years of his career. It was evident from his speech that even if Hindi has failed to emerge as national language of India, it has emerged as an International language like its counterpart Spanish and English.  

His insights proved to be an eye-opener for huge crowd which had gathered there to listen a foreign visitor throwing light on worth of dealing in Hindi! After all, despite constitutional obligations Hindi has failed to get status of national language. Even in routine life of an average Indian enjoying upper middle class stature Hindi enjoys position of illegitimate wife!  Indians have beaten Englishmen in exhibiting their love for Victorian ideals and, of course, for English. Besides Dr. Genady, listeners also had a wonderful opportunity to hear Israeli students pursuing Hindi language course at Tel Aviv University. Offir Mizrahi, Tal Gorsky, Matan Massika, Yakir Dahari, Alexandra Fer and Adi Fischer who were visiting various parts of India to understand the essence of Hindi in more refined manner had so many interesting tales to narrate regarding their experiences which they gathered during their current visit.

Dr Genady Shlomper, who is credited with introducing Hindi in Israeli Universities, loves to visit India so as to enable his students have first-hand-experience of Indian culture. That in his eyes would make his students grasp the intricacies associated with Hindi language in a better way. Informing about the curriculum associated with Hindi he said that at initial stages more stress is laid on making students familiar with script and grammar rules. The students who wish to pursue Hindi more seriously can get enrolled in third year of three-year graduation course. At this stage it needs to be informed that a student has to learn at least one Asian language as one of the subjects in first two years. However, he made it clear that government does not get involved in framing the curriculum. Above all, the students who wish to learn languages are primarily guided by career concerns instead of being charmed by the intrinsic beauty of ay language. Interestingly, Hindi is easy to grasp but once Israeli students become face-to-face with grammar the enthusiasm gets a big jolt!

 

Writer With Professor Dr. Genady Shlomper And Hindi Students Of Israel.  Pic Source:  Genady Shlomper

Writer With Professor Dr. Genady Shlomper And Hindi Students Of Israel At Gorakhpur University. Pic Source: Genady Shlomper

 

Dr. Genady, who got fascinated with Hindi since Tashkent days, said Universities in Russia in those days had no course specifically meant for Hindi learning. However, Urdu was being taught as one of the languages. He had no other option left other than to select Urdu. In those days there were also no books for learning these languages and students had to rely on lectures delivered by Professors in class. Finally, during one of his visits to India he managed to get hold of books related with Hindi. One of the reason he selected Hindi was that in eyes of his mentors it provided greater opportunity for career growth. Even in our times as India is on the verge of emerging economic superpower, learning Hindi  widens the scope of landing your dream job. More and more foreign companies are entering in Indian markets to promote their brands. That means increased role of translators in the grand scheme of things primarily controlled by Capitalism!

Dr Genady finally moved to Israel from Russia to ensure a better future for himself. Ironically, students accompanying Dr. Genady had some bitter truths to share pertaining to materialistic world in the process of unfolding their love for Hindi. Yakir Dahari, a die-hard fan of Hindi movies, hit hard at the prevalent corruption in Israel. Citing India’s war against corruption, led by Anna Hazare, Yakir informed that youths in Israel have also waged a war against corrupt institutions, which had resulted in ouster of influential people from public domain. Adi Fisher, a married Israeli student, says that living a decent life has become a herculean task. She has delayed the birth of child so as to ensure better days! In fact, costly living standards have forced the youths to share the home built by their parents since owning a separate house in limited income is virtually impossible. In lighter vein, Alexandara’s sweet gestures on Bollywood numbers along with other Israeli students gave clue about the rocking presence of Indian movies in distant lands! It was an unique experience to see them singing a gem from classic era: Babuji Dheere Chalna Pyar Mein Zara Sambhalana!

 

The Students Had The Opportunity To Visit Various Places In India Rich In Cultural Terms.  Right Now They Are At Sangam, Allahabad! Pic Source: Genady Shlomper

The Students Had The Opportunity To Visit Various Places In India Rich In Cultural Terms. Right Now They Are At Sangam, Allahabad! Pic Source: Genady Shlomper

 

Israel continues to inspire Indians in one more way. Its aggressive stance against countries trying to sabotage its sovereignty appeals a lot to sentiments of Indian people who wish India to adopt similar line of action. Dr. Genady had to face barrage of questions in this regard much against his desire to be above controversial issues. He was interested in being seen as a professor involved in promotion of Hindi instead of being seen as a political analyst. He cleverly avoided all such disturbing questions but not without mentioning that not all Israelis agree with tough stand of Israel government against enemy nations. There are serious differences making it clear that opinion of people differ from the ones who rule the government. Whatever be the truth, Indian students who had gathered to interact with Dr. Genady were keen to know from him the elements that have gone into the making of an average Israeli committed to defend Israel at any cost! The questions from students give a clue about it. One student asked: Are students trained that way from the beginning? Another asked: Is the curriculum framed that way which ensures the rise of ferocious nationalists?

Dr. Genady is convinced that Hindi is going to strengthen its impact in coming days. It’s going to make its presence felt in a big way in International arena. What he does not realize that in India it’s losing its charm. Newer distortions like  “Hinglish” and mindless aping of global values have made Hindi attain an object of ridicule in fast-growing middle class. It’s really unfortunate that Indians feel more pride in speaking wrong English than speaking flawless standard Hindi. That’s the reason why speaking courses in English are hot favourite among Indian students. It’s amazing that even after so many years of India’s independence the Central government is clueless about true status of Hindi in India. It continues to create ambiguity between “national language” and “official language”! The southern states continue to see introduction of Hindi not as something inspired by love for country but something arising of politics of language! That makes it obvious that foreign scholars like Dr Genady Shlomper might be a source of inspiration to embrace Hindi in a substantive way, the will to respect Hindi has to come from Indians alone. Indians alone need to develop an atmosphere conductive for growth of Hindi in significant way both in Indian landscape and in foreign lands.

 

This write-up first appeared in Northern India Patrika, a news daily published from Allahabad, on October 11, 2014.

This write-up first appeared in Northern India Patrika, a news daily published from Allahabad, on October 11, 2014.

 

Reference:

A Brief Meeting With Dr. Genady Shlomper- Hindi Instructor In Israel!

हिंदी सिर्फ हमारी ही नहीं है: इजराइल के हिंदी प्रेमियों के संग गुज़ारे कुछ यादगार लम्हे!

Gorakhpur: A City That Showed Israeli Students Ideal Merger Of Cultural And Literary Values (Photo Feature)

The Compositions Of Lesser Heard Indian Music Directors

Indian Film Industry Gave Recognition To Many  Talented Souls But There Were Many Great Souls Who Failed To Get Due Credit!

Indian Film Industry Gave Recognition To Many Talented Souls But There Were Many Great Souls Who Failed To Get Due Credit!

Indian movies are incomplete without music. Music in Indian movies provide them a distinguished appeal making them stand apart from Western movies relying heavily on storyline. In fact, movie named Indrasabha which was released in 1932 had more than 70 songs! It holds the world record for maximum number of songs in any musical. Let’s not forget that it was the second year after Alam Ara -the first movie to have sound in 1931.  And in the very second year of introduction of sound we created record number of songs in one feature film! That substantiates our craze for songs! Anyway, we are now living in ultra-modern age wherein Indian film music differs hugely from days when it first came into existence in 30’s. The musical journey which began in first half of 1930  witnessed  until now host of talented music directors who provided listeners haunting tunes set upon Indian classical music. Some of them gained huge popularity but there were unfortunate ones as well who despite providing real good music failed to shine brightly. However, the few songs which they came to compose remain evergreen in memories. They are priceless gems for any music lover who has got refined taste for music.

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This song is from movie “Aag” (1948).  Raj Kapoor made his directorial debut with this movie. It was made on complex theme that true beauty is more than skin deep! Raj Kapoor was pretty young when he directed this movie but his mature treatment of this complex subject proved beyond doubt that India was about to see rise of great film maker. Ram Ganguly gave memorable music in this movie. The song sung by Mukesh” Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” and “Dekh Chand Ki Aur” sung by Sailesh Mukherji and Meena Kapoor left listeners spellbound. Mukesh virtually imitated K L Saigal while rendering “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” but he went on to develop his own style of singing in later years. Ram Ganguly gave fabulous music in this movie but he failed to strike rapport with Raj Kapoor. That ensured arrival of Shankar- Jaikshan in Raj Kapoor’s life. This song sung by Shamshad Begum is picturized on Nargis.


This song from movie Saranga (1961) composed by Sardar Malik and penned by Bharat Vyas. It’s based on Raga Yaman Kalyan- a raga sung in night hours. Saradar Malik was a very talented music director  but unfortunately he belonged to era wherein great composers ruled the roost. The period between 1950 and 1960 set high standards in field of Indian music with likes of Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Naushad, Ravi and Madan Mohan, to name a few,  delivered their best work. It was a Herculean task  for a new composer to make itself known in that period since not much space existed. However, some of the songs composed by Sardar Malik have managed to retain their charm even after so many decades. They are “Aye Gham-E-Dil Kya Karu” (Talat Mahmood in Thokar), “Ha Diwana Hoon Main” (Mukesh in Saranga) and “Mai Gareebo Ka Dil Hoon Watan Ki Zubaan” (Hemant Kumar in Ab-E-Hyaat). He died in 2006 after battling with long disease. And yes, he was  father of Anu Malik- the talented musician of current era.


This song composed by Snehal Bhatkar was written by Kidar Nath Sharma. Kidar Nath Sharma was a genius in a sense that he introduced giants in Indian movie landscape like Raj Kapoor, Madhubala and Geeta Bali! He was also a lyricist besides being a legendary movie maker. Anyway, this song sung by Mubarak Begum received a lukewarm response at initial stages. However, it’s mesmeric haunting tune and brilliant picturization ensured that it became a huge hit. It’s one of the few songs which did not let Snehal Bhatkar and Mubarak Begum fade into oblivion. This song is picturized on gorgeous Tanuja who was then struggling hard to ensure her place in film industry. This movie finally let her had desired stardom. Snehal Bhatkar mainly worked for the production of Kidar Nath Sharma. Besides this song, this number “Lehron Pe Lahar Ulfat Hai Jawan” (Chhabili released in year 1960)  in voice of Heman Kumar made Snehal Bhatkar a household name in his era.


Hansraj Behl
started giving music in late 40’s and  managed to carve indelible impressions on minds of music lovers. Although he stayed in world of music for nearly three decades, he did not get much chance to explore his talent. His music appeared in movies which failed to do good business. As a result of that not much opportunity came his way, leading to manifestation of just few good songs on his part. However, songs like “Bheega Bheega Pyar Ka Sama” ( Sawan released in 1959), “Zindagi Bhar Gham Judaai Ka” ( Miss Bombay released in 1957) and “Jahan Daal-2 Par Sone Ki Chidiya” (Sikandar-E-Azam released in 1965). This song is from movie Changez Khan released in 1957 and is  written by Qamar Jalalabadi. It has such a soulful prelude that it makes the song immortal. The unusual depth exhibited by Rafi in this song makes this song very special at least in my eyes!



Iqbal Qureshi
did not get much opportunity to exhibit his talent in Indian movies but he still managed to carve a niche for himself by composing beautiful songs which refuse to part ways from memories of listeners. Love In Shimla, Panchayat, Yeh Dil Kisko Doon, Cha Cha Cha, Umar Qaid and Banarasi Thug, to name a few, were some of the prominent movies which featured his music. “Do Badan Pyar Ki Aag Me Jal Gaye Ek Chameli Ke Mandave Tale” is technically a Nazm which is different than a Ghazal. Famous Urdu poet Shahryar speaking about Nazm says that in Nazm poet deals specifically with the theme while Ghazal is more a generalized take on a certain theme. In movies we so often find Ghazals but Nazms are a rarity. This “Nazm” which appeared in movie Cha Cha Cha (1964) was penned by famous Urdu poet Makhdoom Mohiuddin. Chandrashekhar and Helen played the lead roles in this movie.

6. S. Mohinder: Guzra Hua Zamana Aata Nahi Doobara


To understand the depth of his music one needs to listen songs from movie Shirin Farhad released in 1956. S. Mohinder who became associated with Filmistan Studio learnt the basics of Indian classical music in Varanasi. He was born in Pakistan but later migrated to India. The movies in which he gave music were commercially not successful  which prevented this talented musician from attaining desired fame. However, he got National Award in 1970 for movie Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai (1969). This sad number  sung by Lata Mangeshkar has been written by Tanveer Naqvi.

Ramlal Choudhry, Ganesh, Dan Singh,  Lachhiram Tamar and G.S. Kohli:

The common link among all these talented music directors is that despite exhibiting their talent in exceptional way, they just could not withstand the dirty politics played by vested interests in film industry. Ramlal Chaudhary who gave  memorable songs in Sehra (1963) and Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964) was unhappy the way well-known music directors of his age campaigned against him in vicious manner. That forced him to start his own production but this did not augur well for him.

Dan Singh also became victim of negative publicity done by powerful music directors who felt threatened by his talent. In his later years, he could not hide his pain and brought in light the dirty tricks employed by reputed music directors to crush the emerging talents in film industry. He accused few well-known music directors of stealing his compositions. Anyway, Dan Singh’s melodious numbers in My Love (1970) made his presence immortal. “Zikra Hota Hai Jab Qayamat Ka” sung by Mukesh makes any good listener go into trance!

G.S Kohli assisted music director O P Nayyar in many of his hit movies before giving music independently. His career as independent music director did not last for long. After giving music in movies like Shikari, Faulad, Mr. India (1961) and Bhai-Bahen, to name a few, he faded into oblivion. However,  anybody who comes to listen this Shikari song “Tumko Piya Dil Diya Kitne Naaz Se” is bound to become curious about maker of this evergreen song!

Ganesh gave beautiful songs in movies like Kundan, Anjam, Thakur Jarnail Singh, Husn Aur Ishq , Badnaam and Chalak, to name a few. However, this song picturized on Helen made his name eternal in Hindi film music: Hum Tere Bin Jee Na Sakenge (Thakur Jarnail Singh). Interestingly, Shikari’s (music by G.S. Kohli) famous song also features Helen!

Lachhiram Tamar made his presence quite early in Indian film industry. Champa which was made in (1945) was followed by  Badnami, Kahan Gaye, Shalimar, Mohini, Ameer, Razia Sultana and Mai Suhagan Hun (1964) He gave music in as many as twenty movies. His fame rests upon songs he composed for  Mai Suhagan Hun (1964). The songs like “Aye dil machal machal ke yun rota hai zar zar kya” (Lata) and “Dhalti Jayen Raat Kahle Dil Ki Baat” ( Asha/Rafi in Razia Sultana {1961} ) enchant the listeners even in this age marred by loud music!

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Gorakhpur: A City That Showed Israeli Students Ideal Merger Of Cultural And Literary Values (Photo Feature)

Journeys, whether long or short, always teach you something. For writers like us they are the best means to rise above writer’s block. Last month I happened to visit Gorakhpur, situated in underdeveloped eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, to attend a seminar organized by Aavartan Magazine devoted to  quality research pertaining to social and environmental concerns. This research journal in the past has published excellent papers which have revealed lesser known facets of critical issues. This time Aavratan organized a seminar in coordination with  Deen Dayal Upadhyay University situated in Gorakhpur. The seminar was dedicated to promotion of Hindi- the official language of India. The star attraction of the event was the presidential speech by Dr. Genadi Shlomper, who happened to be Hindi Instructor at East Asia Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

It was a pretty interesting experience to hear from Dr.Genadi about his involvement with Hindi during formative years of his  career. His insights proved to be an eye-opener for huge crowd which had gathered there to listen a foreign visitor throwing light on worth of dealing in Hindi! After all, despite constitutional obligations Hindi has failed to get status of national language. Even in routine life of an average Indian enjoying upper middle class stature Hindi enjoys position of illegitimate wife!  Indians have beaten Englishmen in exhibiting their love for Victorian ideals and, of course, for English. Besides Dr. Genady,  listeners also had a wonderful opportunity to hear Israeli students pursuing Hindi language course at Tel Aviv University. Offir Mizrahi, Tal Gorsky, Matan Massika, Yakir Dahari, Alexandra Fer and Adi Fischer who were visiting various parts of India to understand the essence of Hindi in more refined manner had so many interesting tales to narrate regarding their experiences which they gathered during their current visit.

The photo feature specifically deals with places which I came to visit along with Israeli delegation comprising of students. We were mainly interested in seeing places around Gorakhpur rich in cultural terms. That included Gorakhnath Temple, Kushinagar associated with cremation of Gautam Buddha and Maghar which marks the spot of Kabir’s cremation. Gorakhpur has literary significance as well since great literary personalities like Firaq Gorakhpuri and Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Agyeya’ were associated with this city. Ageyeya was born in Kushinagar district.

Overall, it was a rewarding trip since it enlightened both head and heart. It’s time to let pictures tell the whole story about the various episodes of this beautiful journey. Interestingly, Dr. Genady was reluctant to tour this city since the place lacked desired cultural value. However, at the end of visit, he appeared to be overwhelmed after witnessing glorious facets of Indian history at such isolated places in this region especially temple and tomb of Kabeer standing adjacent to each other! 

 

It's always a good thing for a human soul to have glimpse of the world outside from a train's window :-)

It’s always a good thing for a human soul to have glimpse of the world outside from a train’s window :-)

An important place! The  Non-cooperation movement started by Mahatma Gandhi ended abruptly due to violent clash between the freedom fighters and Britishers at this place! That led to death of many policemen posted at police station when it was set ablaze on fire by the protestors.

An important place! The Non-cooperation movement started by Mahatma Gandhi ended abruptly due to violent clash between the freedom fighters and Britishers at this place! That led to death of many policemen posted at police station when it was set ablaze on fire by the protestors.

Beaty of small Indian railway stations always fascinate me :-) Such a cute name: Kusumhi :P :P

Small Indian railway stations always fascinate me :-) Such a cute name: Gauri Bazaar :P :P

 

Gorakhpur Station.  Felt Happy On Being Land Of Great Yogi Gorakhnath Ji :-)

Gorakhpur Station. Felt Happy On Being Land Of Great Yogi Gorakhnath Ji :-)

Another View Of Gorakhpur Station :-)

Another View Of Gorakhpur Station :-)

A View Of The Gorakhpur City :-)

A View Of  Gorakhpur City :-)

Deen Dayal Upadhyay University,

Deen Dayal Upadhyay University, Gorakhpur.

That's U.G.C. Guest House Where We All Stayed During Aavrtan's Program Organised In Tandem With DDU University, Gorakhpur.

That’s U.G.C. Guest House Where We All Stayed During Aavartan’s Program Organised In Tandem With DDU University, Gorakhpur.

That's how the day began for all of us each day during three day stay in Gorakhpur :-) All Of Us Enjoying Breakfast :-)

That’s how the day began for all of us each day during three day stay in Gorakhpur :-) All Of Us Enjoying Breakfast :-)

Dr. Genady Making Alexandra Rehearse Her Lesson Before The Start Of Program At University :-)

Dr. Genady Making Alexandra Rehearse Her Lesson Before The Start Of Program At University :-)

Offir whose Hindi was better than others in discussion with Mr. Genady :-)

Ofir whose Hindi was better than others in discussion with Mr. Genady :-)

Seminar Organized By Aavartan And DDU University In Progress At University's Hindi Department :-)

Seminar Organized By Aavartan And DDU University In Progress At University’s Hindi Department :-)

The Event Also Witnessed Release Of New Edition Of Research Journal Named Aavartan :-) Along With Professsors From Gorakhpur Univesrity One Could Also Notice Dr. Genady Shlomper, Vaibhav Mani Tripathi And Editor-In-Chief Of This Journal Dr. Shafique Ahmed!

The Event Also Witnessed Release Of New Edition Of Research Journal Named Aavartan :-) Along With Professsors From Gorakhpur Univesrity One Could Also Notice Dr. Genady Shlomper, Vaibhav Mani Tripathi And Editor-In-Chief Of This Journal Dr. Shafique Ahmed!

Mainstream Hindi Newspapers Gave Proper Coverage To This Event :-)

Mainstream Hindi Newspapers Gave Proper Coverage To This Event :-)

In My Eyes This Poster Explains Why Hindi Never Gets Proper Place In India! This Poster Was Displayed Not Very Far From Gorakhpur University :P

In My Eyes This Billboard Explains Why Hindi Never Gets Proper Place In India! This Poster Was Displayed Not Very Far From Gorakhpur University :P

But I hope these beautiful souls from Israel will keep loving Hindi :-) From Left: Matan Massika,  Adi Fischer, Yakir Dahari, Tal Gorsky and Ofir Mizrahi.

But I hope these beautiful souls from Israel will keep loving Hindi :-) From Left: Matan Massika, Adi Fischer, Yakir Dahari, Tal Gorsky and Ofir Mizrahi.

Inside Principal's Office At Government School At Bhathat, Gorakhpur For Right Reasons :P Myself Right Behind Adi, Alexandra and Vaibhav Mani Tripathi Ji. Vaibhav Ji Played An Instumental Role In Organising Most Of The Programmes  During This Tour.

Inside Principal’s Office At Government School At Bhathat, Gorakhpur For Right Reasons :P Myself Right Behind Adi, Alexandra and Vaibhav Mani Tripathi Ji. Vaibhav Ji Played An Instrumental Role In Organising Most Of The Programmes During This Tour.

Highly Disciplined Students Of Patel Smarak Inter College Garlanding Israeli Hindi Students :-)

Highly Disciplined Students Of Patel Smarak Inter College Garlanding Israeli Hindi Students :-)

Students Were Really Very Excited To Meet Foreign Students :-)

Our Students Were Really Very Excited To Meet Foreign Students :-)

Students Listening Very Consciously Speech Of Dr. Genady :-)

Students Listening Very Consciously Speech Of Dr. Genady :-)

This Inter College Has Lots Of Trees Inside Its Premises :-) A Good Job On Part Of College Administration!!

This Inter College Has Lots Of Trees On Its Campus :-) A Good Job On Part Of College Administration!!

Greenery Prevailed On Road Leading To Bhathat From Gorakhpur!

Greenery Prevailed On Road Leading To Bhathat From Gorakhpur!

Places Close To Bhathat Are Famous For Making Images Of Terracotta!

Places Close To Bhathat Are Famous For Making Images Of Terracotta!

Beautiful Terracota Images :-)

Beautiful Terracotta Images :-)

Great Art :-)

Great Art :-)

Terracotta's Lord Krishna :P

Terracotta’s Lord Krishna :P

Shiva Carved With Help Of  Terracotta :-)

Shiva Carved With Help Of Terracotta :-)

This Cute Ganesha Looked Very Charming :-)

This Cute Ganesha Looked Very Charming :-)

They are the makers of these beautiful images from terracotta! Hope Lord keeps these blessed souls  truly happy :-)

They are the makers of these beautiful images from terracotta! Hope Lord keeps these blessed souls truly happy :-)

Outside Gorakhnath Temple :-)

Outside Gorakhnath Temple :-)

This Magnificent Temple Belongs To Nath Sampradaya Started By Yogi Matsyendranath :-)

This Magnificent Temple Belongs To Nath Sampradaya Started By Yogi Matsyendranath :-)

Beautiful Statues Of Various Yogis Inside The Temple :-)

Beautiful Statues Of Various Yogis Inside The Temple :-)

Impressive Statue Of Lord Shiva Placed Inside The Temple :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

Impressive Statue Of Lord Shiva Placed Inside The Temple :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

That's Bheem Ji In Sleeping Mudra Inside This Temple :-)

That’s Bheem Ji In Sleeping Mudra Inside This Temple :-)

That's Lord Gorakhnath Maharaj :-) Jai Gorakhnath Baba Ki :-) Hope His Blessings Always Shows Yogis The Right Way :-)

That’s Lord Gorakhnath Maharaj :-) Jai Gorakhnath Baba Ki :-) Hope His Blessings Always Shows Yogis The Right Way :-)

Beautiful Night Scene Inside Gorakhnath Temple :-)

Beautiful Night Scene Inside Gorakhnath Temple :-)

Gorakhpur Lies In Underdeveloped Part Of Uttar Pradesh But It Can Still Boast Of Good Hotels Offering Delicious Food :-)

Gorakhpur Lies In Underdeveloped Part Of Uttar Pradesh But It Can Still Boast Of Good Hotels Offering Delicious Food :-)

It would take a long time to erase memories of this togetherness with Mr. Genady And His Students :-)

It would take a long time to erase memories of this togetherness with Mr. Genady And His Students :-)

River Rapti :-)

River Rapti :-)

At Maghar :-) That's Cremation Site Of Saint Kabir :-)

At Maghar :-) That’s Cremation Site Of Saint Kabir :-)

We reached there during evening hours.  Deep silence greeted us :-) -)

We reached there during evening hours. Deep silence greeted us :-) -)

That's Samadhi Site Of  Saint Kabir!

That’s Samadhi Site Of Saint Kabir!

Inside The Kabir Temple Built By The Hindus!

Inside The Kabir Temple Built By The Hindus!

That's Placed Inside This Temple :-)

That’s Placed Inside This Temple :-)

All Of Us In The Company Of Saint Kabir Ji :-)

All Of Us In The Company Of Saint Kabir Ji :-)

That's Description About This Temple's Origin :-)

That’s Description About This Temple’s Origin :-)

That's The Structure Built By The Muslims Adjacent To This Temple Which Bears The Tomb Of Kabir!

That’s The Structure Built By The Muslims Adjacent To This Temple Which Bears The Tomb Of Kabir!

Tomb Of Kabir Ji  Placed Inside This Structure! It was relatively more peaceful site than temple where one could trace many visitors!

Tomb Of Kabir Ji Placed Inside This Structure! It was relatively more peaceful site than temple where one could trace many visitors!

Before We Move To Kushinagar Let's Taste This Shuddha Chane Ka Sattu :P :P :P

Before We Move To Kushinagar Let’s Taste This Shuddha Chane Ka Sattu :P :P :P

Dr. Genady Dealing With Queries Of Students Of Buddha PG College Situated In Kushinagar! The  Students Did Ask Thought- Provoking Questions!!

Dr. Genady Dealing With Queries Of Students Of Buddha PG College Situated In Kushinagar! The Students Did Ask Thought- Provoking Questions!!For Instance What’s The Future Of Hindi In This Age? Dr. Genady Citing Increased Role Of Foreign Companies In India Expected Better Growth Of Hindi In Coming Days.

For Queries Posed By Alexandra In Hebrew All I Had To Say : I Did  Know What You Say :P

For Queries Posed By Alexandra In Hebrew All I Came To Say : I Don’t  Know What You Say :P :P :P

Found No Opportunity To Have Conversation With Fischer! However, I realized After Listening Her Speech At University That She Was Pretty Sensitive! And Yet As We Parted Ways At Railway Station On The Last Day She Made It Known: "Aapse Milkar Bahut Khushi Hui". Me Too Felt The Same For Her :-) But With Realization That Modern World Is Not Made For Sensitive Souls!

Found No Opportunity To Have Conversation With Fischer! However, I realized After Listening Her Speech At University That She Was Pretty Sensitive! And Yet As We Parted Ways At Railway Station On The Last Day She Made It Known: “Aapse Milkar Bahut Khushi Hui”. Me Too Felt The Same For Her :-) But With Realization That Modern World Is Not Made For Sensitive Souls!

At "Pathik Niwas" in Kushinagar :-) Shuddha Hindi is sometimes tongue twister :-) Anyway, this restaurant did not give the impression that it was run by government :P It was clean and service quite good :P :P :P

At “Pathik Niwas” in Kushinagar :-) Shuddha Hindi is sometimes tongue twister :-) Anyway, this restaurant did not give the impression that it was run by government :P It was clean and service quite good :P :P :P

All Of Us At Hotel Pathik Niwas In Kushinagar :P

All Of Us At Hotel Pathik Niwas In Kushinagar :P

Hotel Pathik Niwas Exhibited Good Images Of Lord Buddha :-)

Hotel Pathik Niwas Exhibited Good Images Of Lord Buddha :-)

Another Image Of Buddha At This Restaurant :-)

Another Image Of Buddha At This Restaurant :-)

However, I Noticed This Beautiful Krishna Painting At Anand's House Who Is Teacher In Gorakhpur!

However, I Noticed This Beautiful Krishna Painting At Anand’s House Who Is Teacher In Gorakhpur!

Standing Before Ramabhar Stupa In Kushinagar. Kushinagar is associated with  Parinirvana of Gautam Buddha!

Standing Before Ramabhar Stupa In Kushinagar. It’s  The Place Where Guatam Buddha Was Cremated Kushinagar is associated with Parinirvana of Gautam Buddha!

Inside Ramabhar Stupa :-)

Inside Ramabhar Stupa :-)

Ruins Of Stupa Inside Ramabhar Temple!

Ruins Of Stupa Inside Ramabhar Temple!

Tol Gorsky And Monk Under The Same Umbrella :P

Tol Gorsky And Monk Under The Same Umbrella :P

A Huge Peepal Tree Inside Japan-Shri Lankan Temple In Kushinagar!

A Huge Peepal Tree Inside Japan-Sri Lankan Temple In Kushinagar!

Standing Before Japan- Sri Lankan Temple :-)

Standing Before Japan- Sri Lankan Temple :-)

Inside View Of  Sri Lankan- Japan Temple! This is used as place for meditation. I saw many people meditating at this place.

Inside View Of Sri Lankan- Japan Temple! This is used as place for meditation. I saw many people meditating at this place.

Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple which hosts Reclining Buddha!

Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple which hosts Reclining Buddha!

Standing Outside Mahaparinirvana Temple In Kushinagar :-)

Standing Outside Mahaparinirvana Temple In Kushinagar :-)

That's Recelining Buddha! At This Place He Breathed His Last With Words "Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying , decay is inherent in all component things ! Work out your salvation with diligence"

That’s Reclining Buddha! At This Place He Breathed His Last With Words “Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying , decay is inherent in all component things ! Work out your salvation with diligence”

This Reclining Statue Built Of Chunar Sandstone Was Discovered By Carlleyl in 1876.

This Reclining Statue Built Of Chunar Sandstone Was Discovered By Carlleyl in 1876.

This Huge Bell Placed Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Always Manages To Capture The Attention Of Visitors :-)

This Huge Bell Placed Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Always Manages To Capture The Attention Of Visitors :-)

The Structures Unearthed During Excavation At This Mahaparinirvana Temple.

The Structures Unearthed During Excavation At This Mahaparinirvana Temple.

Mahaparinirvana Temple :-)

Mahaparinirvana Temple :-)

Dr. Genady Capturing The Best Moments :-)

Dr. Genady Capturing The Best Moments :-)

 I Came To Witness This Monk Lost In Meditation :-)

I Came To Witness This Monk Lost In Meditation :-)

Vaibhav Ji Leading From The Front :P Hope We Remain On Right Track :P :P :P

Vaibhav Ji Leading From The Front :P Hope They All Remain On Right Track :P :P :P

This Huge Tree Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Caught My Attention :-) :P

This Huge Tree Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Caught My Attention :-) :P

That's The Temple Built By Myanmar. It's Called Burmese Pagoda!

That’s The Temple Built By Myanmar. It’s Called Burmese Pagoda!

Standinf Before Burmese Pagoda In Kushinagar :-)

Standing Before Burmese Pagoda In Kushinagar :-)

Beautiful  Entrance Of This Temple :-)

Beautiful Entrance Of This Temple :-)

Must Thank To Lord That I Found Myself In Land Of Buddha :-) Luckily, I have also been to Sarnath!

Must Thank To Lord That I Found Myself In Land Of Buddha :-) Luckily, I have Also Been To Sarnath!

Glad To Be In Company Of Such Lovely Ancient Structures!

Glad To Be In Company Of Such Lovely Ancient Structures!

It's Time To Bid Adieu :-) Glad That Our Togetherness Ended On A Happy Note :-)

It’s Time To Bid Adieu :-) Glad That Our Togetherness Ended On A Happy Note :-)

Hope We All Remain Together :-) India Has Always Been Close Ally Of Nations Like Russia And Israel! They Came And Sang For Us Some Popular Bollywood Songs To Mark Their Respect For Hindi. And So It Would Not Be Out Of Tune To  Attribute This Song To All Of Them " Chalte-2 Mere Ye Geet Yaad Rakhna Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna :-)" :-) :-) :-)

Hope We All Remain Together :-) India Has Always Been Close Ally Of Nations Like Russia And Israel! They Came And Sang For Us Some Popular Bollywood Songs To Mark Their Respect For Hindi. And So It Would Not Be Out Of Tune To Attribute This Song To All Of Them ” Jaaiyein Aap Kaha Jaayenge Ye Nazar Laut Ke Phir Aaayegi :-)” :-) :-) :-)

Departure Makes One Sad! But We Seem To Be Smiling :-)

Departure Makes One Sad! But We Seem To Be Smiling :-)

Noticed These Children Of Lesser Gods Inside My Train's Compartment! Beautiful Faces Mired In Pain!!

Noticed These Children Of Lesser Gods Inside My Train’s Compartment! Beautiful Faces Mired In Pain!!

Reached In My Own Land! Journeys Always Make Me Feel We Depart To Meet Again :-) Hope To Find Beautiful Faces Once Again In Some Different Land In Some Different Time Period :-) :-)

Reached In My Own Land! Journeys Always Make Me Feel We Depart To Meet Again :-) Hope To Find Beautiful Faces Once Again In Some Different Land In Some Different Time Period :-) :-)

Must Not Miss This Article In Hindi To Know More About This Indo-Israel Connection :P

हिंदी सिर्फ हमारी ही नहीं है: इजराइल के हिंदी प्रेमियों के संग गुज़ारे कुछ यादगार लम्हे!

 

हिंदी सिर्फ हमारी ही नहीं है: इजराइल के हिंदी प्रेमियों के संग गुज़ारे कुछ यादगार लम्हे!

शोध पत्रिका आवर्तन और हिंदी विभाग गोरखपुर के द्वारा सयुंक्त रूप से आयोजित साहित्यिक-सांस्कृतिक संवाद गोष्ठी जिसमे इजराइल से पधारे डॉ गेनादी ने अपने दल के साथ हिस्सा लिया।

शोध पत्रिका आवर्तन और हिंदी विभाग गोरखपुर के द्वारा सयुंक्त रूप से आयोजित साहित्यिक-सांस्कृतिक संवाद गोष्ठी जिसमे इजराइल से पधारे डॉ गेनादी ने अपने दल के साथ हिस्सा लिया।



इजराइल से भारत के सम्बन्ध बहुत गहरे है। राष्ट्रीय जनतांत्रिक गठबंधन की सरकार जब बनी थी तब एरियल शेरोन पहले इजराइल के प्रधानमंत्री बने भारत की यात्रा करने वाले। इसी क्रम में जसवंत सिंह भारत के पहले  विदेश मंत्री बने इजराइल की यात्रा करने वाले। इजराइल ने आज कई क्षेत्रो में भारत के साथ करार किया है जिसकी वजह से वो एशिया में भारत का एक प्रमुख आर्थिक सहयोगी बन के उभरा है और रूस के बाद मिलिट्री इक्विपमेंट्स का सबसे बड़ा सप्लायर है। इज़राइल के प्रति हमारा प्रेम यूँ ही नहीं उभरा है जो हमारे वामपंथी मित्रो को मुस्लिम तुष्टिकरण के चलते बहुत अखरता है। इजराइल अपने अस्तित्व में आने के बाद ही हमारे लिए अपने अस्तित्व और राष्ट्रीयता को बचाये रखने के एक सबसे जबरदस्त मिसाल के रूप में उभरा है। इजराइल अपनी विखंडित राष्ट्रीयता को एक मायने प्रदान करता है। इस प्रतनिधिमंडल से मुलाक़ात करने के पहले मुझे ईरान का वो वक्तव्य याद आ रहा था कि इजराइल को दुनिया के नक़्शे से मिटा दिया जाएगा लेकिन इज़राइल शायद इसी बात का प्रतीक है कि “मुद्दई लाख बुरा चाहे तो क्या होता है वही होता है जो मंजूर-ए-खुदा होता है” !  इजराइल ना आज सिर्फ दुनिया के नक़्शे पर मौजूद है वरन विकास के नए सोपानों को हासिल करता हुआ “स्वाभिमान” शब्द को नए मायने दे रहा है। इस देश के लोगो से हिंदी के बहाने मिलना मेरे लिए एक सुखद सपने का यथार्थ में परिवर्तित हो जाने जैसा था और मिलने के उपरान्त अंदर इस भावना का उठना स्वाभाविक था कि चलो मुलाक़ात सार्थक रही!

इस मुलाक़ात की आधारशिला रखी गोरखपुर से निकलने वाली शोध पत्रिका आवर्तन ने जिसने हिंदी विभाग, दीनदयाल उपाध्याय विश्वविद्यालय, गोरखपुर, के सौजन्य से १८ सितम्बर 2014 को एक साहित्यिक और सांस्कृतिक परिचर्चा आयोजित की । इसमें इजराइल के तेल अवीव विश्वविद्यालय के पूर्वी एशिया अध्ययन केंद्र में कार्यरत हिंदी के प्रोफेसर डॉ गेनादी श्लोम्पर अपने छात्र-छात्राओं के दल के साथ शामिल हुए।  इस दल में शामिल ओफिर, एलेक्सांद्रा, यकीर, ताल, आदि फिशर और  मतान मसिस्का के अनुभव को सुन के तो यही लगा कि देश भले ही भौगोलिक सीमाओ में आबद्ध हो जस्बात स्वतन्त्र होते है और एक जैसे ही होते है।

ये एक दुःखद सत्य सत्य  है कि हम भले ही विदेशी विद्द्वानों को सुनकर हिंदी के समृद्ध होने का दावा करे लेकिन हिंदी को बढ़ावा तभी मिलेगा जब अपने देश में लोग हिंदी को सहज रूप से अपनाएंगे और ऐसा अपने देश में है नहीं। हिंदी विश्व में दूसरी सबसे ज्यादा बोले जाने वाली भाषा भले ही बन गयी हो लेकिन इसको प्रयोग करने वाले अभी भी एलीट क्लास के परिधि से बाहर माने जाते है। सरकारी आकाओ की भाषा और मानसिकता अभी भी लार्ड मैकाले नाम के प्रेत बाधा से ग्रसित है जिसकी परिकल्पना आज सच हो के उभरी है और इसीलिए देश में ऐसे लोगो की संख्या ज्यादा है जिन्हे अपनी संस्कृति और अपनी भाषा से दूरी बनाये रखने में ही गौरव का अनुभव होता है। ये कहने में कोई संकोच नहीं कि जो हिंदी के रक्षक बनते है उनकी नस्ले भी अंग्रेजी माध्यम के विद्यालयों और महंगे विदेशी कॉलेजो में ही पलती-बढ़ती है।

 

इजराइल का दल जिसमे आप देख सकते है सबसे बायें से एलेक्सांद्रा, यकीर (काली टीशर्ट), ताल, मतान मसिस्का और फिर मुझको :P :P

इजराइल का दल जिसमे आप देख सकते है सबसे बायें से एलेक्सांद्रा, यकीर (काली टीशर्ट), ताल, मतान मसिस्का और फिर मुझको :P :P



भारत के संविधान में हिंदी के प्रचार प्रसार के लिए कई प्रावधानों का उल्लेख है लेकिन फिर भी हिंदी सिर्फ राजभाषा है राष्ट्रभाषा नहीं! आज भी देश के अनेक प्रान्त है जहा हिंदी के प्रयोग को बल देना मतलब भाषा के विवाद को जन्म देना है। हिंदी प्रदेशो में भी आपको हिंदी से ज्यादा तरजीह अंग्रेजी को मिलती जो संविधान के भावना के खिलाफ है।  बिडंबना देखिये कि संस्कृत जो समस्त भाषाओ की जननी है वो आज पानी से निकाली गयी मछली के समान है लेकिन उर्दू को गंगा-जमुनी संस्कृति का उदाहरण मानकर उसको बढ़ाया जा रहा है। गंगा-जमुनी संस्कृति की दुहाई देने वाले अक्सर ये भूल जाते है कि जिन्ना ने धर्म के आधार पर ही विभाजन करवाया और “सारे जहाँ से अच्छा हिन्दुस्तां हमारा” के रचियता इकबाल ने पाकिस्तान के बनने में अहम भूमिका निभायी पर हम है कि अब भी गंगा-जमुनी संस्कृति के मोह में पड़े रहकर समय में ठहरकर रह से गए है।

इसका नतीजा ये हुआ है कि शुद्ध हिंदी तो दूर की कौड़ी हो गयी है और इसकी जगह हिंग्लिश ने ली है। आज आप सोशल मीडिया पे हिंदी का इस्तेमाल देखे तो वर्तनी की अशुद्धियाँ देखकर माथा पीट लेंगे। वही हिंदी फिल्मो के कलाकार परदे पे हिंदी बोलते नज़र आएंगे लेकिन बाकी समय वे काले अँगरेज़ ही है! प्रोफेसर गेनादी का ये कहना ठीक ही है कि किसी भाषा का अन्य भाषा से शब्द लेना कतई गलत नहीं लेकिन इस पूरी प्रक्रिया में अपनी भाषा में जरुरत से ज्यादा अन्य भाषा के शब्दों का समावेश कर लेना गलत है। प्रोफेसर गेनादी का ये भी मानना है कि पूंजीवादी व्यवस्था से आप कटकर नहीं रह सकते और इसलिए वही भाषा अस्तित्व में टिकी रह सकती है जो समय की मांग को पूरा करे। अंग्रेजी का चलन इसलिए है क्योकि वो ज्ञान के विस्तार में सहायक बनी है। प्रोफेसर गेनादी ने ये स्वीकार किया कि इजराइल के विद्यार्थी हिंदी किसी भावनात्मक कारण के तहत नहीं सीख रहे है बल्कि रोजगार की संभावना में वृद्धि के तहत ऐसा कर रहे है। प्रोफेसर गेनादी के भी हिंदी सीखने के पीछे ये एक प्रमुख कारण है।

मीडिया ने जरुरत महसूस की हिंदी के बारे में लिखने की :-)

मीडिया ने जरुरत महसूस की हिंदी के बारे में लिखने की :-)

इस पूंजीवादी व्यस्था में चीन, जापान और जर्मनी जैसे देश आज बड़े खिलाडी के रूप में उभरे है और ऐसा उन्होंने बिना अंग्रेजी के बैसाखी के सहारे किया। इन देशो में हालात ये है कि अगर आप अंग्रेजी भी जानते हो तो वो किसी काम की नहीं क्योकि इनके सारे काम अपनी मूल भाषा में ही होते है।  इसराइल के छात्र-छात्राओं को मैंने देखा अंग्रेजी नहीं हिब्रू भाषा में बात कर रहे थे। अगर अपनी मातृ भाषा में बात करने या इसे इस्तेमाल करने से देश पिछड़ जायेगा तो फिर इन देशो ने कैसे सिर्फ अपनी भाषा का इस्तेमाल करके इतनी लम्बी छलांग लगा ली? इसका जवाब प्रोफेसर गेनादी के इस बात से मिल जाता है कि हिब्रू में जिन शब्दों का अभाव था तकनीकी ज्ञान या किसी अन्य चीज़ के ज्ञान को ग्रहण करने के लिए उनके लिए हिब्रू में समान शब्दों का सृजन किया गया। हमारे यहाँ तो क्योकि हिंदी आपके पिछड़ेपन का प्रतीक बन गयी ऐसी कोई कोशिश नहीं की गयी भाषा को समृद्ध बनाने के लिए।  हमारे यहाँ तो हालत ये है कि राष्ट्राध्यक्ष/ प्रधानमन्त्री/ बड़े अफसर दूसरे देशो में छोड़िये अपने ही देश में ज्यादातर सम्बोधन अंग्रेजी में देते है! इसी का नतीजा है कि जब वाजपेयी जी ने जब संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ में हिंदी में भाषण दिया तो वो हमारे लिए एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण था! बचपन से मै इस चीज़ पे गौर करता आया था कि चीन, जापान, रूस और जापान के बड़े नेता हमारे यहाँ अपनी भाषा में बोलते थे और हमारे यहाँ के नेता अपने और अन्य देशो में सिर्फ और सिर्फ अंग्रेजी में बोलते थे! इसी कथनी और करनी के भेद ने इस महान देश का बेडा गर्क कर दिया है!

हमारे यहाँ जितने भी कान्वेंट स्कूल है उन्होंने ये माहौल बना रखा  कि हिंदी में बोलना जुर्म है! जब अपने ही देश में हालात ऐसे है तो आप अन्य मुल्को से कैसे ये उम्मीद कर सकते है कि वे आपको सम्मान दे? मुझे अच्छी तरह याद है कि एक नामी संस्था ने मुझे फ़ोन किया जिनका कार्यालय भारत में था और जिसमे कर्मचारी भी भारत के ही थे पर बात इसलिए नहीं हो पायी कि जैसे ही मैंने उनके अंग्रेजी अभिवादन का  जवाब हिंदी में दिया तो फ़ोन कट गया! इसी का नतीजा है कि जिस प्रतिष्ठित विदेशी वेबसाइट ने मुझे अच्छी लेखनी के लिए कई बार विशेष सम्मान दिया मेरे लेखो का उल्लेख करके उसने भी हिंदी में लिखे लेखो को “स्पैम” मानते हुए स्पष्टीकरण माँगा जबकि उस देश विशेष में लोग हिंदी के लिपि से अच्छी तरह परिचित थे! खैर इन्ही परिस्थितयो में इसराइल के इस प्रोफेसर को सुनना एक सुखद अनुभव रहा। जिस समय गेनादी जी ने रूस में हिंदी सीखने का मन बनाया उस वक्त हिंदी का कोई विभाग नहीं था। इसलिए पहले उन्होंने उर्दू सीखा। भाषा कैसे अनुभव को समेटने का माध्यम बन सकती है इस प्रक्रिया को समझने में गेनादी जी को गहरी दिलचस्पी थी। इसी का नतीजा था कि इन्होने पंजाबी भी सीखी। इजराइल में गेनादी जी हिंदी की मशाल जलाने वाले पहले शख़्श है और इसका नतीजा ये हुआ कि इन्हे विश्वविद्यालय में अपने हिसाब से पाठ्यक्रम तय करने की छूट है। हिंदी का विभाग येरुशलम विश्वविद्यालय और तेल अवीव विश्वविद्यालय दोनों जगह है। संस्कृत भी उन एक भाषाओ में है जिसका अध्ययन आप कर सकते है। खैर हिंदी के ही बदौलत न्यूयॉर्क में हुए हिंदी के विश्व सम्मलेन में इन्हे सम्मानित किया गया।

इसे मै अपना सौभाग्य समझूंगा कि डॉ गेनादी से विचार विमर्श करने का मौका मिला :-)

इसे मै अपना सौभाग्य समझूंगा कि डॉ गेनादी से विचार विमर्श करने का मौका मिला :-)

भाषा चुनने के पीछे उन्होंने ये स्पष्ट किया कि इसके पीछे कोई राजनैतिक और सांस्कृतिक कारण नहीं है। ये केवल एक आर्थिक सोच से उपजा फैसला है। राजनैतिक मुदद्दो पे गेनादी जी ने कोई वक्तव्य नहीं दिया ये कह कि भाषा के प्रोफेसर से राजनीति से जुड़े प्रश्न को जवाब देने की बाध्यता नहीं। लेकिन इसके बावजूद उन्होंने ये बताया कि जिस तरह से विदेशी मीडिया में इजराइल के अन्य देशो से युद्ध को लेकर देश के अंदर एकरसता दिखाई जाती है वैसा कुछ है नहीं। इजराइल के अंदर युद्ध का विरोध करने वाली ताकते बहुत है। कुल मिला के उनका कहना ये था कि जैसा सरकार सोचती है उससे प्रजा थोड़ी अलग ही सोचती है। हिंदी के भविष्य के वे अच्छा मानते है पर उनका यही कहना है कि हिंदी सहित इस महान राष्ट्र को अभी बहुत विकास करना है। इजराइल के छात्र छात्राओं को ध्यान से सुनना एक दिलचस्प अनुभव था। इन्हे हिंदी फिल्मो से प्रगाढ़ प्रेम तो है ही पर इसके अलावा हिंदी गीतों के माध्यम से हिंदी सीखना इनके पाठ्यक्रम में भी शामिल है। इसकी एक बानगी देखिये कि यकीर को अमरीश पुरी का “मोगेंबो खुश हुआ”  और शोले का गब्बर सिंह अच्छी तरह याद है। यकीर ने तो अमिताभ बच्चन से मिलने के जुगाड़ के उपक्रम में महंगा मोबाइल खरीदने की भी योजना बना ली है जिसमे अमिताभ से मिलाने का स्कीम है! गोरखपुर स्टेशन पे यकीर को कोई सज्जन राष्ट्र प्रेम का मायने समझने के लिए “ग़दर” फ़िल्म देखने की सलाह दे रहे थे कि यकीर उन सज्जन की बात को काटते हुए बोले “वो सनी देओल वाली”!

 

आदि फिशर ने ये समझाया कि युवाओ की जिंदगी चाहे वो इजराइल हो या भारत आर्थिक समीकरणों में उलझ कर रह गयी है और रिश्ते पैसो से तौले जाने लगे है!!!

आदि फिशर ने ये समझाया कि युवाओ की जिंदगी चाहे वो इजराइल हो या भारत आर्थिक समीकरणों में उलझ कर रह गयी है और रिश्ते पैसो से तौले जाने लगे है!!!

 

गंभीरता से सुनने पे इन नए ऊर्जावान दिमागों में वही बेचैनी दिखती है जो हमारे यहाँ के युवाओं में भी दिखती है। भ्रष्टाचार के दानव से ये भी जूझ रहे है और मंहगाई नाम की सुरसा इनके यहाँ भी रिश्तो को निगल जा रही है। भारत को ये सिर्फ ताकने नहीं निकले है।  ये यहाँ पर भारत की संस्कृति का अध्ययन करने आये है क्योकि भाषा का संस्कृति से गहरा अन्तर्सम्बन्ध है। उम्मीद करते है कि भारत से वापस जाने पर इनके दिलो पर भारतीय संस्कृति की अमिट छाप पड़ चुकी होगी। गेनादी जी मानते है कि भाषा दिलो को जोड़ती है पर हमारी भारतीय संस्कृति मन-बुद्धि के परे जाकर आत्माओ का मिलन करा देती है। उम्मीद है भारत से लौटने पर इन छात्र छात्राओं कि ना सिर्फ हिंदी बेहतर होगी बल्कि भारतीय संस्कृति के बदौलत विश्व को एक नयी दृष्टि से देखने के भी सीख विकसित हो चुकी होगी इनमे। गेनादी जी का कहना सही है कि अभी इस राष्ट्र को और ऊँचा उठना है और ये तभी संभव है जब हम संस्कृति और विकास के मायने को अपनी मातृ भाषा के छाँव में बैठकर समझे।

 

मिल के बिछड़ना भी एक रीत है!  उम्मीद है जो अनुभव हमने साझा किये वे अंदर सदा ही रहेंगे। ओफिर जिनकी हिंदी सबसे अच्छी थी वे भी है सबसे दाए किसी सूचना को पढ़ते हुए :-)

मिल के बिछड़ना भी एक रीत है! उम्मीद है जो अनुभव हमने साझा किये वे अंदर सदा ही रहेंगे। ओफिर जिनकी हिंदी सबसे अच्छी थी वे भी है सबसे दाए किसी सूचना को पढ़ते हुए :-)

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A Brief Meeting With Genadi Shlomper

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A Brief Meeting With Dr. Genady Shlomper- Hindi Instructor In Israel!

 In company of an academician:  Met Dr. Genady Shlomper who happens to be a Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University in Israel!

In company of an academician: Met Dr. Genady Shlomper who happens to be a Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University in Israel!



Dr. Genady Shlomper came to Allahabad both as a tourist and as a person with purpose! He was here to attend a function organized to mark Hindi Divas on September 14. I could not be part of this function since I had to attend another event organized in a different city. As a result of that I could not meet the professor at this event, but next day I got an opportunity to meet him. It was a hurried affair since he was about to leave for Ayodhya. Anyway, it did not deter me from asking some interesting questions. Interestingly, it was a memorable experience to seek an appointment with a foreigner in my own language. The few minutes of talk over telephone in Hindi to fix time for the meeting was an unique experience.

This time too when I met someone from foreign land I noticed remarkable simplicity. Right in the beginning he confessed that he is no big guy! True, he might not be a celebrity but you need not to be a celebrity to enjoy a dignified stature! Speaking about his love for Hindi he stated that there was no emotional reason to learn Hindi. He embraced this language because he found it to be useful in scheme of things about to unfold in future. The market is growing and more and more job opportunities get concentrated in Asian countries. Therefore, it’s always going to be beneficial to learn Asian language instead of learning European language! It appears “Capitalism” has proved to be lifeline for Asian languages languishing under weight of English! 

Speaking about the influence of Hindi in Israel he said that it’s not very commonplace to notice Hindi speaking person there. However, in modern times there is always a  greater space for assimilation of newer ideas from other nations and people in Israel are not hesitant to fall in love with Hindi! On a different note, speaking about the specialties of Allahabad, he said that he found nothing fascinating about it! The only striking thing about this city was confluence of three rivers at Sangam area! Hearing this I was but compelled to ponder about one of the ills of globalization: That it’s fast making cities across the globe to lose their uniqueness! All cities are simply becoming clone of each other!

This brief meeting ended in few minutes but it gave rise to so many ideas as food for thought. That’s the plus point of being in company of academicians!

P.S. :-  Dr. Genady Shlomper is a Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University, Israel. 

क्या यही प्यार है?

तेज़ाब के हमले की  शिकार लक्ष्मी: हौसला जिन्दा है!

तेज़ाब के हमले की शिकार लक्ष्मी: हौसला जिन्दा है!

प्रेम के शुद्ध स्वरूप को आज के युग में वर्णन करना या उसकी तलाश करना बेमानी सा लगता है।  प्रेम कहानियो के नाम पर आज हम को दिल दहला देने वाली दास्ताने मिलती है। जहा प्रेम अपने अगले चरण तक पहुचता है मसलन शादी तक वहा भी वो यथार्थ के कडुवे सागर में विलीन हो जाता है। प्रेम या तो रुपहले परदे पे भला लगता है या तो मुंगेरीलाल की तरह मन के लैंडस्केप पर हसींन लगता है। इसके परे प्रेम एक वीभत्स अफ़साना सा है। जहा तथाकथित प्रेम मिला वहा भी तमाशा हुआ और जहा नहीं मिला वहा भी जिंदगानिया बर्बाद हुई। बहुत साल पहले मुंबई स्टेशन पर एक लड़की को ट्रैन से उतरते ही उसके प्रेमी ने चाक़ू घोप कर हत्या कर दी। इधर बीच कई खतरनाक ट्रेंड उभरे है प्रेमिका को सबक सिखाने के और उनमे से एक है तेज़ाब फ़ेंक देने का।  पता नहीं प्रेम का ये कौन सा सिद्धांत है कि प्रेमिका को प्रेम के नाम पे दिल दहला देने वाले तरीको से प्रताड़ित किया जाए !!

भारतीय सरकार ने एक कठोर कदम उठाते हुए इंडियन पेनल कोड में 326 A & 326 B दो नए प्रावधानों को जोड़ा जिसके तहत १० साल या उससे ऊपर तक के सजा की व्यवस्था है। ऐसे हादसों के शिकार लोगो को दो लाख रुपये तक के मुआवज़े का प्रावधान किया जो कि अपर्याप्त सा लगता है।  ऐसी घटनाएं ना किसी वर्ग विशेष तक सीमित है और ना ही ये किसी एक देश का मामला है। पाकिस्तान में एक संभ्रांत वर्ग (एलीट क्लास) से ताल्लुक रखने वाली एक महिला को उसके राजनीतिज्ञ पति ने तेज़ाब से इसलिए जला दिया क्योकि उसने तलाक माँगने की जुर्रत की। अब एक ही तरीका बचता है और वो है कि इनसे जुड़े कानूनों का सख्ती से पालन किया जाए, मुआवज़े की राशि बढ़ाई जाए और उसे पेंशन के समान किया जाए ताकि मेडिकल खर्च आसानी से वहन हो सके और ऐसे हादसों के शिकार लोगो को एक बेहतर स्पेस मिले जीवन जीने के लिए।

ये एक मार्मिक कविता पढ़ने को मिली जो पर्याप्त है ये बताने को कि ऐसे हादसों के शिकार लोगो पर क्या गुजरती है ! ये कविता मुझे सोशल मीडिया पे पहले पहल धीरेन्द्र पाण्डेय के मार्फ़त पढ़ने को मिली लेकिन यही कविता एसिड हमलो के प्रति जागरूकता प्रदान करने हेतु बनायी  गयी फेसबुक पेज पर भी प्रमुखता से पढ़ने को मिली।

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चलो, फेंक दिया
सो फेंक दिया….
अब कसूर भी बता दो मेरा

तुम्हारा इजहार था
मेरा इन्कार था
बस इतनी सी बात पर
फूंक दिया तुमने
चेहरा मेरा….

गलती शायद मेरी थी
प्यार तुम्हारा देख न सकी
इतना पाक प्यार था
कि उसको मैं समझ ना सकी….

अब अपनी गलती मानती हूँ
क्या अब तुम … अपनाओगे मुझको?
क्या अब अपना … बनाओगे मुझको?

क्या अब … सहलाओगे मेरे चहरे को?
जिन पर अब फफोले हैं
मेरी आंखों में आंखें डालकर देखोगे?
जो अब अन्दर धस चुकी हैं
जिनकी पलकें सारी जल चुकी हैं
चलाओगे अपनी उंगलियाँ मेरे गालों पर?
जिन पर पड़े छालों से अब पानी निकलता है

हाँ, शायद तुम कर लोगे….
तुम्हारा प्यार तो सच्चा है ना?

अच्छा! एक बात तो बताओ
ये ख्याल ‘तेजाब’ का कहाँ से आया?
क्या किसी ने तुम्हें बताया?
या जेहन में तुम्हारे खुद ही आया?
अब कैसा महसूस करते हो तुम मुझे जलाकर?
गौरान्वित..???
या पहले से ज्यादा
और भी मर्दाना…???

तुम्हें पता है
सिर्फ मेरा चेहरा जला है
जिस्म अभी पूरा बाकी है

एक सलाह दूँ!
एक तेजाब का तालाब बनवाओ
फिर इसमें मुझसे छलाँग लगवाओ
जब पूरी जल जाऊँगी मैं
फिर शायद तुम्हारा प्यार मुझमें
और गहरा और सच्चा होगा….

एक दुआ है….
अगले जन्म में
मैं तुम्हारी बेटी बनूँ
और मुझे तुम जैसा
आशिक फिर मिले
शायद तुम फिर समझ पाओगे
तुम्हारी इस हरकत से
मुझे और मेरे परिवार को
कितना दर्द सहना पड़ा है।
तुमने मेरा पूरा जीवन
बर्बाद कर दिया है।

Source Attributed To Poem: The Facebook Page Named “Stop Acid Attacks‬” Informs That This Poem Is Outburst Of Girl Who Became Victim Of Acid Attack!

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शरीर ही जलता है! रूह बच जाती है!!

शरीर ही जलता है! रूह बच जाती है!!

Reference:
Law Commission India On Acid Attacks

India Today

Laws Related To Acid Attack In India

Wall Street Journal

Hindustan Times 

The Guardian

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Pic Two: Azhar Khan And Others

That’s Strongest Example Of Divine Justice!

Army People Offering Helping Hands To People Of Jammu & Kashmir Trapped In Flood Waters!

Army People Offering Helping Hands To People Of Jammu & Kashmir Trapped In Flood Waters!

It’s the strongest evidence of divine justice that people of Jammu & Kashmir are today on the mercy of Indian Army! When they are being chased by death in form of threatening flood waters, it’s not the separatist forces, sponsored by Pakistan, which have come to their rescue. One can also not trace so-called progressive people and International Human Rights Commission who always condemned the role of India Army in J & K.

Today, in times of crisis, all we notice are efforts of Indian Army involved in rescue operation in the state. Where is Arundhati Roy who leaves no stone unturned to blame Indian Army? Her scathing attack on Indian Army, usually figment of imagination, is used by the foreign press to give rise to anti-Indian sentiments across the globe!


The chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s front Jamaat-ud-Dawah Hafiz Saeed treats the floods in Jammu & Kashmir some sort of conspiracy on part of Indian government! “Indian water terrorism is more lethal than its LOC violations.”  His statement gives clue about Pakistan’s instability in various spheres. After all, what else can you expect if you have these sort of blockheads  deciding fate of key issues related with nation’s growth!

Hafiz Saeed Treats Floods As "Water Terrorism" :P Pakistan is resting place of blockheads.  This statement asserts this unpleasant truth!

Hafiz Saeed Treats Floods As “Water Terrorism” :P Pakistan is resting place of blockheads. This statement asserts this unpleasant truth!

 

Anyway, hats off to divine spirit exhibited by the Indian Army! It’s time to salute their indomitable courage and unbiased stance. It’s also time to hate the cowardice of people who entered in malicious campaign against Indian Army.

 

Separatists in J & K Always Targeted Army People In Violent Manner! And They Are Now Seeking Help Of Army To Save Their Lives! Where Is Pakistan? Where Is Foreign Media?

Separatists in J & K Always Targeted Army People In Violent Manner! And They Are Now Seeking Help Of Army To Save Their Lives! Where Is Pakistan? Where Is Foreign Media?

Where Is International Human Rights Commission Which Always Painted India Army In Wrong Colours?

Where Is International Human Rights Commission Which Always Painted India Army In Wrong Colours?

Look At The Spirit Of Indian Army! However, The Foreign Media, Under Influence Of Wrong Sources, Always Made Indian Army Butt Of Ridicule!

Look At The Spirit Of Indian Army! However, The Foreign Media, Under Influence Of Wrong Sources, Always Made Indian Army Butt Of Ridicule!

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Pic One

Pic Three

Pic Four

Pic Two & Five : Internet

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This is the story of me writing my first novel...and how life keeps getting in the way.

A Magyar Blog

Mostly about our semester in Pécs, Hungary.

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