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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.

 

Glimpse Of Village Life: An Ode To Serenity And Simplicity (Photo Feature Part One)

Rural landscape despite being marred by new sociological aberrations allow one to be in company of serenity and simplicity.  That’s one of the reasons which make me  embrace rural world in all its totality. Have a look at these beautiful images which bear testimony to the fact that nature’s beauty alone has the capacity to provide you real bliss.  This photo feature is in two parts. The first one deals with summer life whereas the part two unfolds life during winters.  Interestingly, the winter scenes belong to my previous trip to my village few months back.

River Yamunaji in Allahabad

River Yamunaji in Allahabad

Hilly Terrain In Lalganj, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

Hilly Terrain In Lalganj, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.

My spirit wanders at such places!

My spirit wanders at such places!

Life at its best....

Life at its best….

Scenes outside the train's window as it makes me reach my station Pahara :-)

Scenes outside the train’s window as train makes me reach my station Pahara :-)

India belongs to farmers!

India belongs to farmers!

Pahara Station That Leads To My Village Kanaura :-)

Pahara Station That Leads To My Village Kanaura :-)

Overview Of Pahara Station From Atop A Railway Bridge :P

Overview Of Pahara Station From Atop A Railway Bridge :P

That's Busy Delhi- Howrah Route....

That’s Busy Delhi- Howrah Route….

Outside Pahara Station...

Outside Pahara Station…

Glimpse Of Vindhyanchal Hills !!

Glimpse Of Vindhyanchal Hills !!

The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

On The  Way To My Village...The Only Railway Bridge Which Connects All The Four Platforms At Pahara Station!

On The Way To My Village…

Morning Hours In My Village....

Morning Hours In My Village….

Neemkaudis of Neem Tree :P :P :P

Neemkaudis of my Neem tree :P :P :P

My Neem Tree Planted By The Ancestors...

My Neem Tree Planted By The Ancestors…

Small Shiva Temple At My Old Village Home!!

Small Shiva Temple At My Old Village Home!!

Under The Shade Of My Neem Tree....

Under The Shade Of My Neem Tree….

Why The Calf Is Not Coming With Me :P :P :P

Why The Calf Is Not Coming With Me :P :P :P

The Home Which Witnessed My Ancestors......

The Home Which Witnessed My Ancestors……

The Calf In My Arms Which Refused To Go Away With Kids ha..ha .ha

The Calf In My Arms Which Refused To Go Away With Kids ha..ha .ha

The Same Calf In Sleeping Mode...

The Same Calf In Sleeping Mode…

With The Sweet Cows....

With The Sweet Cows….

Rice Cultivation Is In Process On My Fields....

Rice Cultivation Is In Process On My Fields….

Rice Cultivation....

Rice Cultivation….

Monitoring Rice Cultivation...

Monitoring Rice Cultivation…

Rural Landscape...

Rural Landscape…

Vast Agricultural Fields...

Vast Agricultural Fields…

Village Children Aiming At Green Mangoes  :-)

Village Children Aiming At Green Mangoes :-)

Another Child Playing With His Indigenous Toy :P :P

Another Child Playing With His Indigenous Toy :P :P

Serenity ......

Serenity ……

Traces of Greenery In Scorching Summer Heat...

Traces of Greenery In Scorching Summer Heat…

Proof That Metal Road Exists In My Village :P

Proof That Metal Road Exists In My Village :P

Imagine  A Cricket Pitch Right In The Middle Of This Vast Land :-) In fact, we played cricket on one such pitch even as the sun came to breathe fire!!

Imagine A Cricket Pitch Right In The Middle Of This Vast Land :-) In fact, we played cricket on one such pitch even as the sun came to breathe fire!!

Imagine the silence which hits such places....

Imagine the silence which hits such places….

These are the places which constitute the essence of my childhood....

These are the places which constitute the essence of my childhood….

Fields near the banks of  Ganges....

Fields near the banks of Ganges….

Canals Are Important Means Of Irrigation. However, in Uttar Prdesh Canals have become defunct...

Canals are important means of irrigation. However, in Uttar Prdesh Canals have become defunct…

My best friend reading consciously my latest write-up...Glad that she showed a deep interest in it :P :P :P

My best village friend reading consciously my latest write-up…Glad that she showed a deep interest in it :P :P :P

My Best Village Friend Possess Artistic Temperament...This self-made hand fan is standard evidenece of her artistic bent of mind....

My Best Village Friend Possess Artistic Temperament…This self-made hand fan is standard evidence of her artistic bent of mind….

 A Village Kukkur ...I mean A DOGGIE :P :P :P

A Village Kukkur …I mean A DOGGIE :P :P :P

 

The Real Village Of Yesteryear .....

The Real Village Of Yesteryear …..

A Chameleon That I Noticed Many Times ....It appears to be great Shiva Devotee :P :P :P

A Chameleon That I Noticed Many Times ….It appears to be great Shiva Devotee :P :P :P

Former Gram Pradhan Of My Village...

Former Gram Pradhan Of My Village…

And That's The Scene Which Makes Me To Be Madly In Love With My Village....Ganges,  The Mother Of Universe, Flows In My Village With All Its Beauty And Grandeur.....

And That’s The Scene Which Makes Me  Madly In Love With My Village….Ganges, The Mother Of Universe, Flows In My Village With All Its Beauty And Grandeur…..

Ganges: The Lifeline Of Bharata....

Ganges: The Lifeline Of Bharata….

Banks Of Ganges Are Confluence Of Peace, Bliss And Divinity :-) :-) :-)

Banks Of Ganges Are Confluence Of Peace, Bliss And Divinity :-) :-) :-)

That's why I Miss My Village So Much...

That’s why I Miss My Village So Much…

Jai Ganga Maiyya Ki.....

Jai Ganga Maiyya Ki…..

I do not need heaven after seeing such scenes...

I do not need heaven after seeing such scenes…

A Right Place To Enter In Meditation...

A Right Place To Enter In Meditation…

Evening Prevails Upon The Banks...

Evening Prevails Upon The Banks…

Ganges In Evening Hours....

Ganges In Evening Hours….

Hope Mother Ganges Always Takes Care Of Me Amid Maya Of The Lord....

Hope Mother Ganges Always Takes Care Of Me Amid Maya Of The Lord….

Captured two naughtiest boys :P They are also part of our Village cricket team :P :P :P

Captured two naughtiest boys :P They are also part of our Village cricket team :P :P :P

Myself At My Ancestral Home....A Place That Keeps Me Connceted To My Chilhood...Hope This Place Never Loses Its Majestic Aura!!!

Myself At My Ancestral Home….A Place That Keeps Me Connected To My Childhood…Hope This Place Never Loses Its Majestic Aura!!!

Evening Prevails....Mornings and Evenings Hold A  Special Meaning In Rural World...Their Beauty Is Unmatched...

Evening Prevails….Mornings and Evenings Hold A Special Meaning In Rural World…Their Beauty Is Unmatched…

Time To Catch Train To Allahabad!

Time To Catch Train To Allahabad!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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The Politics Of Rape In India

Mulayam Singh Yadav: Sometimes even wrong people say right things!

Mulayam Singh Yadav: Sometimes even wrong people say right things!



In early 80s one of the popular Hindi flicks revolved around a sensational theme wherein a girl accused a boy of attempting to rape her when she got caught during the seduction stage. As a result of that false accusation, the boy became victim of deep psychological disorder for lifelong. Similarly, a blockbuster Hindi movie released in early 90s shows the protagonist teaching a fitting lesson to her ladylove, who tries to take a revenge by feigning rape! The protagonist makes her very clear that a lady should not stoop down at this level wherein a sexual offence becomes a weapon to settle personal grudges. Not a long back ago the Supreme Court refused to grant relief to a girl who had feigned rape, which led to trial of two innocent youths. They had to ‘suffer the ignominy’ of being involved in such a serious offence!

The Supreme Court in his verdict, without mincing words, stated that  ‘evil of perjury’ has assumed alarming proportions and, therefore, girl deserves no sympathy for maliciously setting the law in motion. “It was a settled position in law that so far as sexual offences are concerned, sanctity is attached to a victim’s statement and that the evidence of victim alone is sufficient for the purpose of conviction if it is found to be reliable, cogent and credible.” It’s ludicrous that an absurd hue and cry is being made over Mulayam Singh Yadav’s alleged rape remarks. Before entering into interpretation of his remarks, it would not be offensive to state that there are few takers, including myself, of type of caste-ridden politics played by Mulyam Singh Yadav, Lalu Yadav and Mayawati. They are icons of regressive tendencies in Indian politics, who never allowed their followers to truly embrace progressive ideals. That’s the reason why Uttar Pradesh is still struggling hard to emerge as a developed state!

One needs to be sufficiently cautious while interpreting remarks of Mulyam Singh Yadav. True, his statement “boys…make mistakes” need to be severely condemned as it trivializes the gravity of a serious offence like rape. However, that’s not the only remark he made. One of the flaws committed by Indian and foreign journalists is that they tend to rely more on sensationalism and as a result of that they misquote and misinterpret serious remarks. That’s not only against the spirit of ethics based journalism but such tendencies also lead to volatile situation in various circles of society. I am sure that an ace politician like Mulyam Singh Yadav would have got his intent right when he pointed out a disturbing trend in Indian society, wherein sexual offences have become a tool to serve vested interests.

 If law makers are truly interested in equity based legal system then their prime task should be to make laws gender neutral!

If law makers are truly interested in equity based legal system then their prime task should be to make laws gender neutral!

The mainstream media eager to cash-in-on the controversial remark failed to highlight the other portion of his speech wherein he stated that “those filing false reports will also be taken to task” so as to stop the misuse of anti-rape law. The mainstream media, controlled by the feminist forces, very shrewdly suppressed this part of the alleged speech. He was demanding a change in anti-rape law not because “boys make mistake” but because its misuse has attained alarming proportions: “Boys and girls fall in love but due to differences they fall apart later on. When their friendship ends, the girl complains she has been raped.” This statement needs to be interpreted in light of  scenario prevailing in present day Indian society marred by perverse tendencies even if one has no place for brand of politics played by likes of Mulayam and Mayawati! This time a wrong person has said a right thing. Why are we hell bent to ignore a harsh reality of present age wherein women are not hesitant to put at stake their own dignity if that suits their interests?
 

Interestingly, cinema is said to be the mirror of society. The filmmakers were far ahead unlike the lawmakers, having their mindset caught in time-warp, in anticipating the disturbing changes in approach of modern Indian women. Unlike the lawmakers who remained glued to perception of “abla nari” (a woman is too innocent and weak to commit any wrong), the filmmakers were bold enough to depict newer trends emerging among women fraternity (refer to movies like Undertrial, Aitraaz, Corporate and etc.). It’s a very recent phenomenon that Supreme Court has taken cognizance of misuse of dowry laws besides being worried about growing trend of perjury cases while dealing with sexual offences. However, it’s quite ironical and travesty of present day grim tendencies that new anti-rape law has no place for gender-neutral provisions. That’s quite shocking. That means law still believes that only men could be perpetrators! How long are the lawmakers going to behave like ostriches having their heads buried in sand?

Needless to state that nobody is suggesting, or rather no one wants that people guilty of sexual offences of serious types should remain above stringent punishment. However, at the same time, it’s also pertinent that fair sex involved in  unfair practise of misusing laws should not be allowed to get off scot free. At the same time if law makers are truly interested in equity based legal system then their prime task should be to make laws gender neutral. What’s the point in nurturing illusions of medieval ages? They need to take clue from filmmakers, who are at least honest enough to portray real face of Indian society as it is (even if they do so to ensure flow of cash)! And the journalistic circle should better restrain themselves from viewing everything from political angle. That would augur well for the welfare of Indian society. The media should be more governed by truth than by falsehood, confusion, and twisted truth sponsored by the corrupt feminist forces! It’s really pathetic that biased mainstream media is averse to anything remotely serving the cause of men and is quick to nasty interpretations of well-meaning sentiments. And it’s even more sadder to notice that even social media remained concentrated on personal attacks rather than framing a more logical perspective!

Justice Dhingra: New Anti-rape law could be misused!

Justice Dhingra: New Anti-rape law could be misused!

References:

The Times of India

New York Daily News

Anti-rape law

False Rape Case

Supreme Court On Misuse of Rape Law

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Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

I have no hesitation in admitting that Allahabad (ancient name Prayag) redefined my beingness.It made me down-to earth, allowing me to view life in its true shades. Although I tried my best to capture all the shades of Allahabad, I am sure I would have missed some beautiful locations. I hope  future writers would explore these untouched places in a colourful way. However, in the last part of the photo feature, I have shifted my attention from modern landscape of Allahabad to areas which still remind of the ancient times. Infrastructural bottlenecks prevented me from using state-of-the-art technology in capturing  the images and that made me bit depressed. However, now in the aftermath of the publication of photo features, I feel pretty satisfied that I still came to do some good work. These photo features are a tribute to great city Allahabad- my birthplace. A city that taught me how to emerge successful in rising above contradictions to have glimpse of the Absolute!

 

Such roads making their way through dusty colonies of Allahabad remind me of Varanasi! This road connects Anand Bhawan area with Katra.  Katra is area very ppular among middle class section of Allahabad. It's also most favourite destination of student; after all, it lies close to Allahabad University :-)

Such roads making their way through dusty colonies of Allahabad remind me of Varanasi! This road connects Anand Bhawan area with Katra. Katra is very poular among middle class section of Allahabad. It’s also most favourite destination of students; after all, it lies close to Allahabad University :-)

This area resembles Varanasi city in its style and mannerism!

Katra resembles Varanasi city in its style and mannerism!

It was  cold and foggy when I came to visit Katra but observe the rush at this place.  On ordinary days, this popular crossing at Katra is so full of  people that traffic policemen are reduced to caricature of sorts while managing them!

It was cold and foggy when I came to visit Katra but observe the rush at this place. On ordinary days, this popular crossing at Katra is so full of people that traffic policemen are reduced to caricature of sorts while managing them!

This road needs no introduction for Allahabadis :P It's University Road :-)

This road needs no introduction for Allahabadis :P It’s University Road :-)

One of the eminent hostels associated with Allahabad University. It's named after Sir Sunder Lal, who in 1906 became the  the first Indian Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University!  He was by profession an advocate, who later also served as High Court Judge.

One of the eminent hostels associated with Allahabad University. It’s named after Sir Sunder Lal, who in 1906 became the the first Indian Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University! He was by profession an advocate, who later also served as High Court Judge.

Right in front of one of the gates of Allahabad University!

Right in front of one of the gates of Allahabad University-Oxford of the East !

 

One of things which separates Allahabad University from Benaras Hindu University is the quality of roads spread in University area :P :P .. The streets adjacent to Benaras Hindu University are so much in love with potholes that all the time you have to look downwards with fear ha..ha ..ha ..That's not the case in Allahabad :P :P :P

One of the things which separates Allahabad University from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi,  is the quality of roads spread in University area :P :P .. The streets adjacent to Benaras Hindu University are so much in love with potholes that while walking  you have to look downwards  all the time with fear ha..ha ..ha ..That’s not the case in Allahabad :P :P :P

On The Campus Of Allahabad University :-)

On The Campus Of Allahabad University :-)

Once upon a time I always ventured on these beautiful situated on the Allahabad University's Campus :-)

Once upon a time I always ventured on these beautiful  roads situated on the Allahabad University’s Campus :-)

 A beautiful park on the campus of University..Notice no love birds are present :P :P :P

A beautiful park on the campus of University..Notice no love birds are present :P :P :P

In my days it was not a Central University.  Today, it has attained the status of being a Central University!

In my days it was not a Central University. Today, it has attained the status of being a Central University!

Road adjacent to Allahabad University...When you move ahead on this road arrives Prayag Railway Station!

Road adjacent to Allahabad University…When you move ahead on this road arrives Prayag Railway Station!

Loitering on these University Roads was one of the main activities of College Days!

Loitering on these University Roads was one of the main activities during College days!

Don't be confused :P We are still inside University's Campus :P :P :P

Don’t be confused :P We are still inside University’s Campus :P :P :P

Notice the activities on main Univesrity Road.  Streets remain the same but faces of students get changed!

Notice the activities on main University Road. Streets remain the same but faces of students get changed!

Main Katra Market!

Main Katra Market!

A prominent Goddess Kaliji temple  at  Katra, Allahabad !

A prominent Goddess Kaliji temple at Katra, Allahabad!

This time Lord Hanuman Ji is resting inside the Temple : -)

This time Lord Hanuman Ji is resting inside the Temple : -)

One of the street crossings at Katra :-)

One of the street crossings at Katra :-)

A glimpse of life at Katra!

A glimpse of life at Katra!

Lonely Road in Allahabad :P

Lonely Road in Allahabad :P

 The most prominent Sports Complex in Allahabad! It's named after movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from this city :-)

The most prominent Sports Complex in Allahabad! It’s named after movie superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who hails from this city :-)

Maharana Pratap Crossing :-)

Maharana Pratap Crossing :-)

It's getting dark :-)

It’s getting dark :-)

CMP Degree College in Allahabad- a constituent college of Allahabad Univesity.   It has produced great students in past.  And so when I hear about stories of viloence, disruption of studies on its campus, it really sadddens me!  I have been student of this college and we remember that in our batch most of the students came to score more than students of Allahabad University!

CMP Degree College in Allahabad- a constituent college of Allahabad University. It has produced great students in past. And so it really saddens me when I hear about stories of violence, disruption of studies on its campus.  I had been student of this college and we remember that in our batch most of the students came to score more than students of Allahabad University in prominent subjects like Philosophy, English Literature, Physics and etc. !

great discussions.  Long Live This Cute Tree :P :P :P

And under this great tree Philosophy and English Literature students often had great discussions. Long Live This Cute Tree :P :P :P

At this place it was so hard to control the tears..At this place I found some great teachers like Anand  Srivastava Sir, Ghatak Sir  and many others who imparted so many  values to young and fresh minds like us!  In fact, they were generous enough to give additional lectures in staff room during lunch hours!

At this place it was so hard to control the tears..At this place I found some great teachers like Anand Srivastava Sir (Philosophy), K K Ghatak Sir (English Literature), K C Srivastava (Ancient History)  and many others who imparted so many  values to young and fresh minds like us! In fact, they were generous enough to give additional lectures in staff room during lunch hours!

Road that led to English Lectures in those days :-)

Road that led to English Lectures in those days :-)

The park in which my science department friends played cricket during Chemistry hours :P

The park in which my science department friends played cricket during Chemistry hours :P

 I hope new students who become part of this great college would keep its standards high. I am happy to notice that most of my friends from this college of that batch, from both Arts and Science Wings, have done exceptionally well in their post college lives!  And I should not hesitate that I also fell in love with someone at this place :-)

I hope new students who become part of this great college would keep its standards high. I am happy to notice that most of my friends from this college of that batch, from both Arts and Science Wings, have done exceptionally well in their post college lives! And I should not hesitate to state that I also fell in love with someone at this place :-)

 

This cute Krishna Temple in Meerapur area makes me smile. That's because this area has prominent Shakti Peeths of Allahabad: Lalita Devi Temple And Kalyani Devi Temple!

This cute Krishna Temple in Meerapur area makes me smile. That’s because this area has prominent Shakti Peeths of Allahabad: Lalita Devi Temple And Kalyani Devi Temple!

Entrance gate of Krishna Pranaami Temple :P ..Name itself is so cute :P

Entrance gate of Krishna Pranami Temple :P ..Name itself is so cute :P

Goddess Lalita Devi Temple In Meerapur Area!  It's one of the Shakti Pithas in Allahabad!

Goddess Lalita Devi Temple In Meerapur Area! It’s one of the Shakti Pithas in Allahabad!

Goddess Lalita Deviji :-0

Goddess Lalita Deviji :-)

Actvities like Ved Paatha always takes place inside Lalita Devi Temple :-)  Sadly, I could not get a better image :-(

Actvities like Ved Paatha always takes place inside Lalita Devi Temple :-) Sadly, I could not get a better image :-(

Outside Kalyani Devi Temple :-) Beautiful structure :-)

Outside Kalyani Deviji Temple :-) Beautiful structure :-)

Inside View Of The Kalyani Deviji Temple :-)

Inside View Of The Kalyani Deviji Temple :-)

Another view of Kalyani Deviji's temple :-)

Another view of Kalyani Deviji’s temple :-)

And life goes on at its usual pace outside Kalyani Deviji's temple!

And life goes on at its usual pace outside Kalyani Deviji’s temple!

Road Adjacent To Ewing Christian College!

Road Adjacent To Ewing Christian College!

On the way towards Muthiganj :-)

On the way towards Muthiganj :-)

Life in another part of Allahabad away from the glamour of elite areas like Civil lines :-)

Life in another part of Allahabad away from the glamour of elite areas like Civil lines :-)

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Allahabad. It was established by by Swami Vijnanananda in year 1908! He was a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna!

Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Allahabad. It was established by by Swami Vijnanananda in year 1908! He was a monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna!

Front View Of This Important Spiritual Center in Allahabad :-)

Front View Of This Important Spiritual Center in Allahabad :-)

It has got its own wonderful library! No wonder this Mission is so popular among students!

It has got its own wonderful library! No wonder this Mission is so popular among students!

Meditation room inside this Mission having images of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sharda Deviji, Swami Vijnanananda ji  and Swami Vivekananda ji!

Meditation room inside this Mission having images of Sri Ramakrishna, Ma Sarada Deviji, Swami Vijnanananda ji and Swami Vivekananda ji!

Books For Sale Inside The Temple :-)

Books For Sale Inside The Temple :-)

Close Look At The Books :-)

Close Look At The Books :-)

Havana Taking Place On Occassion Of Vivekananda's Birth Ceremony At The Mission :-)

Havana Taking Place On Occasion Of Vivekananda’s Birth Ceremony At The Mission :-)

Swami Nikhilatamanandaji, current head of this center in Allahabad, giving lecture on relevance of Swami Vivekananda's views in modern times!

Swami Nikhilatamanandaji, current head of this center in Allahabad, giving lecture on relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s views in modern times!|

Very Conscious Listeners :-)

Very Conscious Listeners :-)

 Swamijis at Ramakrishna Mission  are very well-infomed, highly educated and down-to-earth  people!

Swamijis at Ramakrishna Mission are very well-informed, highly educated and down-to-earth people!

This tea stall has photo of Anna Hazare :P :P :P

This tea stall has photo of Sri Anna Hazare :P :P :P

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery :P :P :P

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery :P :P :P

Khusro Bagh in Allahabad...A place that glimpse about Mughal architecture.  It has tombs of tombs of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau's mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir's first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam.

Khusro Bagh in Allahabad…A place that gives glimpse of  Mughal architecture. It has “tombs of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau’s mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir’s first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam.” (Text borrowed from Wiki)

 

This place cultivates best varieties of Guava. This park is about to get the status of National Eco-Knowledge Park!

This place cultivates best varieties of Guava. This park is about to get the status of National Eco-Knowledge Park!

It has been rennovated to attract tourits :-) I am happy that it is close to my house :P

It has been renovated to attract tourist :-) I am happy that it is close to my house :P

Peace  prevails here :P

Peace prevails here :P

Besides Guava trees  a large number of mango trees are found here!

Besides Guava trees a large number of mango trees are found here!

As informed earlier such parks in Allahabad are often occupied by students preparing for competitive exams...See how they are engaged in studies :-)

As informed earlier such parks in Allahabad are often occupied by students preparing for competitive exams…See how they are engaged in studies :-)

Eco friendly Hanumanji inside Khusro Bagh :P

Eco-friendly Hanumanji inside Khusro Bagh :P

One of the tombs situated inside the Khusro Bagh!

One of the tombs situated inside the Khusro Bagh!

Green house plantation inside the Khusro Bagh!

Green house plantation inside the Khusro Bagh!

Very old Banayan Trees inside Khusro Bagh...If you sit under them you are bound to engage in deep meditation :P

Very old Banayan Trees inside Khusro Bagh…If you sit under them you are bound to engage in deep meditation :P

Very Beautiful Scene Inside Khusro Bagh...Leaves Everywhere...A Very Striking Image Both Philosophically And Aesthetically :-)

Very Beautiful Scene Inside Khusro Bagh…Leaves Everywhere…A Very Striking Image Both Philosophically And Aesthetically :-)

It was a delighful sight for me to see cricket match going at such a romantic place :P

It was a delightful sight for me to see cricket match going on at such a romantic place :P

Cricketers giving  a pose :P :P :P

Cricketers giving a pose :P :P :P

I had a hard time bringing this squirrel under the lens :P :P :P

I had a hard time bringing this squirrel under the lens :P :P :P

Such Scenes Make You Fall In Great Romance With Nature :-) :-) :-)

Such Scenes Make You Fall In Great Romance With Nature :-) :-) :-)

Another Tomb Inside Khusro Bagh!

Another Tomb Inside Khusro Bagh!

A flower fallen on ground yet it  has such a bright smile :P ..We should be like this flower: Broken and dejected yet always smiling :-) :-) :-)

A flower fallen on ground yet it has such a bright smile :P ..We should be like this flower: Broken and dejected yet always smiling :-) :-) :-) Anyway, it’s called flower of Semal Tree (Bombax cieba)

Khusro Bagh Has Awesome Sight :P

Khusro Bagh Has Awesome Sight :P

PINKISH BLISS :P :P :P

PINKISH BLISS :P :P :P…

 

That's called Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba). In India it's called Semal.

That’s commonly called Cotton Tree (Bombax ceiba). In India it’s called Semal and we often notice this tree along the road in Allahabad!

Noticed this depressed motor bike inside Khusro Bagh :P :P :P  "Girls don't trust me"  :P :P :P

Noticed this depressed motor bike inside Khusro Bagh :P :P :P “Girls don’t trust me” :P :P :P

May Lord Always Give Enough To Eat These Unfortunate Souls! I wonder why state-governments do nothing for these abandoned souls?  It's really sad scene!

May Lord always give such unfortunate souls enough to eat! I wonder why state-governments do nothing for these abandoned souls? It’s really a sad scene!

And these are fortumate souls, who came to take a dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela..Now they are happily returning back to their respective places!  They come from distant lands, facing all sorts of hardships!

And these are fortunate souls, who came to take a dip at Sangam during Kumbh Mela..Now they are happily returning back to their respective places! They come from distant lands, facing all sorts of hardships!

Unlike women from cities, these rural woman are quite tough both physically and mentally! The city women are usually bit lazy types :P :P :P

Unlike women from cities, these rural woman are quite tough both physically and mentally! The city women are usually bit lazy types :P :P :P

Varanasi sees foreign visitors throughout  the year but in Allahabad foreign visitors come only special occasions like Kumbh Mela, International Conferences and etc.  Here they are seen waiting for train at Allahabad Junction!

Varanasi sees foreign visitors throughout the year but in Allahabad foreign visitors come only during  special occasions like Kumbh Mela, International Conferences and etc. Here they are seen waiting for train at Allahabad Junction!

Hope they had nice experiences in Allahabad :-) :-) :-)

Hope they had nice experiences in Allahabad :-) :-) :-)

A Bird's Eye View Of My Locality From Rooftop Of My House :-) :-)

A Bird’s Eye View Of My Locality From Rooftop Of My House :-) :-)

This pic is especially for the likes of Sucheta ji, living in foreign lands :-) I hope Suchetaji, living in USA,  at least come to notice one cute activity taking place on Indian roof :P :P

This pic is especially for the likes of Sucheta ji and Carmenji living in foreign lands :-) I hope Suchetaji, living in USA,  comes to notice at least one cute activity taking place on Indian roof :P :P Kids from my family having a great time on the rooftop :-)

Allahabadis love flying kites :-) View of the beautiful sky over my roof :-)

Allahabadis love flying kites :-) View of the beautiful sky over my roof :-)

And these are students of the year :P :P :P

And these are students of the year :P :P :P

Kids engaged in serious discussion right in the middle of the street! Kids have become so serious nowadays :P :P

Kids engaged in serious discussion right in the middle of the street! Kids have become so serious nowadays :P :P

This corner at my locality remains quite busy during festivals :-) :-)

This corner at my locality remains quite busy during festivals :-) :-)

walking in the middle of the railway tracks! That's why tragedies  take place!

A Railway Over-bridge close to my locality!! And notice one guy walking in the middle of the railway tracks! That’s why tragedies take place!

Sports Stadium Belonging To Railways!

Sports Stadium Belonging To Railways!

 

And evening prevails :-)

And evening prevails :-)

On the road near Baluva Ghat!  This area is in old Allahabad!

On the road near Baluva Ghat! This area is in old Allahabad!

Activities Near Baluva Ghat. Well, ghat in India signifies that we are close to the bank of a river!

Activities Near Baluva Ghat. Well, ghat in India signifies that we are close to the bank of a river!

Lord Hanumanji in the making :P :P :P

Lord Hanumanji in the making :P :P :P

Ma Yamuna ji ..She is very dear to Lord Krishna...And I am really disappointed to see so much garbage on its banks..Let's not forget that it's a very busy place owing to religious ceremonies taking place throughout the year.

Ma Yamuna ji ..She is very dear to Lord Krishna :-)  And I am really disappointed to see so much garbage on its banks..Let’s not forget that it’s a very busy place owing to religious ceremonies taking place throughout the year.

Who has allowed black beauties ( read buffaloes) to take dip in Yamunaji  :-( :-( :-(

Who has allowed black beauties (read buffaloes) to take dip in Sri Yamunaji :-( :-( :-(

Scenes around Baluva Ghat made me feel I have traveled back in time!

Scenes around Baluva Ghat made me feel I have traveled back in time!

Black Beauties Have Now Attained  Regular Moksha :P :P :P

Black Beauties Have Now Attained Regular Moksha (liberation)  :P :P :P

Myself at Khusro Bagh :-)

Myself at Khusro Bagh :-)

India is land of great rivers and great mountains. It's our duty to keep them clean. Why are we so casual in keeping them in good shape?  Hope Sri Yamunaji remains evergreen in this nation.  Just see what we have done to her in Delhi area?  Let's not the same happens to her in Allahabad. Jai Sri Yamunaji..Pranama to Everybody: Sri  Radha Krishna, Gopas, Gopikas And Cows  :P :P :P

India is land of great rivers and great mountains. It’s our duty to keep them clean. Why are we so casual in keeping them in good shape? Hope Sri Yamunaji remains evergreen in this nation. Just see what we have done to her in Delhi area!  Let’s not the same happens to her in Allahabad. Jai Sri Yamunaji..Pranama to Everybody: Sri Radha Krishna, Gopas, Gopikas And Cows :P :P :P

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allahabad: City Of True Beauty, Real Romance And Mysticism (Photo Feature Part 2)

Many find Allahabad a very tough place to live an honourable life. That’s because  even though it came to enjoy a wonderful divine legacy, it never  ensured  a desired vibrancy for average souls. It never created any scope for living a truly fun-filled life, being all the time involved in dry intellectual activities.  Lack of  proper encouragement on the part of city towards its vast pool of talented brains have now given way to brain drain sort of affair. Many great souls remained an unsung hero in this city. However, what’s amazing is that it keeps on producing great souls at a regular interval! In nutshell, it’s a city of true beauty, real romance and mysticism. The city teaches you how to remain true to life in a real way, making it very clear to any conscious soul that life is not a bed of roses and it is meant to discover new mysteries of nature. Naturally, average souls running after money, fame, beautiful girl, big house, big car and many other cosmetic affairs would always feel disappointed to be part of this city. Having said that, I hope this city learns to truly honour its exceptional souls and also learns to be bit more blissful!  

 

That's one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji's  temple situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it's so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place  :P

That’s one of the major Lord Hanuman Ji’s temples situated in the heart of the city.. Anyway, it’s so ironic to see love birds engaged in romantic talks at this place :P

The Streets Of Civil Lines Makes People Of Other Areas Jealous :P

The Streets Of Civil Lines Make People Of Other Areas Jealous :P

Hard To Forget This Guy...During university days, I came to buy so many  greta classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment.  He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of  his magazine corner...This shop is hot favourite among  students!  Although Internet has affected the sales.

Hard to forget this guy…During university days, I came to buy so many great classics, costly magazines at very reasonable rates..And this person made way for all sorts of desired adjustment. He proudly told me that someone from Times of India also came to click image of his magazine corner…This shop is hot favourite among students! Although Internet has affected the sales, it was good to anticipate the great spirit of his father, also seen in the pic, who digested the change in philosophical way. Now that’s called wisdom!

Quite a romantic place to have tea!  It's adjacent Company Garden!

Quite a romantic place to have tea! It’s adjacent Company Garden!

 

When I say it's a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines are we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance :P

When I say it’s a romantic place I really mean it too..Just close to this tea shop in Civil Lines area we have many beautiful plant nurseries.. So the air is full of fragrance :P

Allahabad Museum Inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park ( Alfred Park or Company Garden). This musuem displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

Allahabad’s museum inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park (Alfred Park or Company Garden). This museum displays the vehicle which carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi for immersion at Sangam and many other articles of great historical significance!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary  Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices  new- age romance :P Anyway, it's a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

This park established in the memory of great revolutionary Chandra Shekhar Azad is now favourite place for morning walkers living in the heart of city.. In the noon time, one notices new- age romance :P Anyway, it’s a great place for an outsider wishing some isolated hours!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

At such places, like this old man, one gets lost in deepest memories hidden in subconsciousness!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful  Government Public Library.  This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne.  This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887.  Let's not forget it was capital city from of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days and even now I am the most frequent visitor!

Company Garden has the honour of having this wonderful Government Public Library. This majestic building built in Gothic style was designed by R. Roskell Bayne. This building is of immense significance since here only Legislative Council for the North Western Province and Oudh held its first meeting on January 8, 1887. Let’s not forget that Allahabad was capital city  of United Provinces from 1902 to 1920! Anyway, I am happy that in my college days I was the most frequent visitor! Even now also I can be seen here :P

It's not that one notices only romance in parks..Here most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

It’s not that one notices only romance in parks..In Allahabad most of such parks are occupied by serious students preparing for competitive examinations!

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociousely involved in Cricket match :P ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

And those students who are not studying inside Company Park are seen ferociously involved in Cricket match :P ..This is the biggest park of Allahabad.

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time :P :P :P

Just see the vastness of the park that many teams are playing at the same time :P :P :P

Saint Joseph's College View Which Lies Adjacent To Company Garden :P

Saint Joseph’s college  which lies adjacent to Company Garden :P

That's the road which connects Company Garden To Civil Lines-the heart of  city dominated by glamour and modernity!

That’s the road which connects Company Garden with  Civil Lines-the heart of city dominated by glamour and modernity!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

The Mall Culture In Civil Lines!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Well, this new age glamour does attract me but not for long!

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture :P

Statue of Subhas Chandra Bose Amidst Mall Culture :P

Laxmi Book House Is First Choice Of Any Journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other :P :P :P

Laxmi Book House is first choice of any journalist! By the way, how many times do you notice cinema hall and prominent magazine/newspaper corner close to each other :P :P :P

Palace Theatre enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It's one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, it's old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes  from "Thodi Se Bewafai" (1980) to " Ship of Thesus" (2012)  at this Palace :P :P :P

Palace Theater enjoys a great place in the memories of all good cinema lovers. It’s one of the oldest theaters in the city. However, its old charm has given way to this new modern appearance ! My choice also witnessed drastic changes from “Thodi Se Bewafai” (1980) to ” Ship of Thesus” (2012) at this Palace Theater :P :P :P

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again.  This hall needs to be rennovated at the earliest.  Two prominet movies which I came to see when they got realeasd were Richard Attenborough's Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielber's Jurassic Park (1993).

However, this historic cinema hall in old Allahbad, Niranjan, failed to start again. This hall needs to be renovated at the earliest. Two prominent movies which I came to see here when they got released were Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi(1982) and Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993).

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class.  It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Indian Coffee House enjoys a special place in hearts of all literary class. It has witnessed many great literary and political figures carving a niche for themselves at global level since late 50s!

Resting place of capitalist forces :P

Resting place of capitalist forces :P

Worried about your future :P Consult him in Civil Lines under this tree :P

Worried about your future :P Consult this astrologer  at Civil Lines under this tree :P

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines :-(

A Tree taken aback by pomp and show at Civil Lines :-(

Public Service Commission - an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Public Service Commission – an office where my father worked as an officer. And we lived in the residence situated on the huge campus of this office. Later, we shifted to Lucknow branch of the same office! Allahabad is city devoted to prominent government offices in Uttar Pradesh. Civil Lines area is mainly occupied by such government institutions.

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

Allahabad is also known for coaching institutes!!

And that's the place where I work:  Allahabad High Court :P

And that’s the place where I work: Allahabad High Court :P

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court :P :P :P

Greenery is in abundance at Allahabad High Court :P :P :P

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika's  office holds a special place in my heart.  This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika.  Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper.  Today it's not that financially successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high.  V.S Datta, seniormost jourmalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments to him as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

Nearly all newspapers have their offices in Civil Lines area. However, Northern India Patrika’s office holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the oldest newspapers in India which started in year 1868. It was then named Amrita Bazar Patrika. Today, all good news editors and journalists are by-products of this newspaper. Today it’s  financially not that successful but editors like V.S. Datta have kept its standards high. V.S Datta, senior-most journalist from Allahabad, is its editor since early 60s. And when my first article appeared in print in this newspaper in year 1995 he was the one responsible for its publication. I owe a lot to him for all my accomplishments  as a writer/journalist. May Lord give him long life and good health!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

A Journalistic road..The road running parallel to Patrika House!

Lawyer's Hanuman Temple :P :P :P It's situated close to Allahabad High Court.  Most of the lawyers firts have Hanumanji's blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers :P :P :P ...Well, it's time for now to take a litle break before I come back with Part three of photo feature related with Allahabad :-)

Lawyer’s Hanuman Temple :P :P :P It’s situated close to Allahabad High Court. Most of the lawyers first have Hanumanji’s blessing and then proceed towards their respective chambers :P :P :P

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

Geeta Niketan Temple In Tula Ram Bagh!

 

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a vist ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy telphone department that I have to come here to buy phone related instruments quite often :-(

These areas are so over-crowded that one thinks twice before paying a visit ! This place is called Kotha Parcha. Courtesy Telephone Department that I have to come here quiet often to buy phone related instruments  :-(

One of the busiest rail bridge!

One of the busiest rail bridge!

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee's Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It's situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

Pathar Chatti Ramleela Committee’s Venue which hosts many programmes related with cause of Hindus! It’s situated in Ram Bagh area of Allahabad.

This Hanumanji's temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad :-) Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad :P

This Hanumanji’s temple in Rambagh is also quite well-known temple in Allahabad :-) Hanumanji rocks in Allahabad :P

Cute Street At Rambagh!

Cute Street At Rambagh!

It's a place which gives rise to new doctors :P :P :P

It’s a place which gives rise to new doctors :P :P :P

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt?  :P :P

Allahabad has proper roads, any doubt? :P :P

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. " Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process."

Theosophical Society in Allahabad. ” Blavatsky portrayed the Theosophical Society as being part of one of many attempts throughout the millennia by this hidden Hierarchy to guide humanity – in concert with the overall Intelligent Cosmic Evolutionary scheme – towards its ultimate, immutable evolutionary objective: the attainment of perfection and the conscious, willing participation in the evolutionary process.”

 

Roads teach you a lot!

Roads teach you a lot!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaj with Lord Rama...However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers :P ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu's incarnation,  would always remain one of the most significant moment in the history of Prayag!

This place bears testimony to meeting of Rishi Bharadwaja with Lord Rama…However, this park is nowadays chosen spot of lovers :P ..Anyway, meeting of Sri Rama, Sri Vishnu’s incarnation, with Rishi Bharadwaja would always remain one of the most significant moments in the history of Prayag!

 

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi :-)

Sometimes some places in Allahabad give you the feeling that you are moving in Kashi :-)

That's the ancestral home of India's first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That's why visitors never miss this place :-)

That’s the ancestral home of India’s first prime minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru which Indians know as Anand Bhawan. It played a significant role in Indian freedom movement. That’s why visitors never miss this place :-)

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a  famous planetarium.

Hope new generation gets right message from being at such places. This place also has a famous planetarium.

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy  has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

Places like Anand Bhawan are not picnic spots but these places are now best remembered for spending few hours in fun-filled way..Anyway, historical legacy has ensured survival of these small shopkeepers selling eatables!

P.S. :- The copyright of these images rests with the author of this post. Anybody making use of them without prior permission of the author, or without giving due credit to the author, could be penalized as per legal norms.

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Reference:

Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One)

Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Aadhaar (Unique Identification Number) Too Dangerous?

Aadhaar: A Gate To Disaster?

Aadhaar: A Gate To Disaster?

 

The Aadhaar project started with great fanfare, but it’s now on the verge of meeting an untimely death. It became the converging point of great expectations, to an extent that it was hailed as image of “new and modern India”. That’s why  it created great chaos among middle classes, which like always, showed vain excitement to have it by hook or by crook, bothering least about the pros and cons of owning unique identity (UID). This project, bearing close resemblance to similar scheme in United Kingdom, was mired in contradictions right from the beginning. On the top of it, continuous conflicting statements from government, regarding its utility, kept the average mass guessing about its actual worth.

It needs to be informed that several experts in the West have already given enough signals that such project of this type having sensitive data based on biometrics could be used in a wrong way. In fact, they could be used to eliminate and target a large community not serving the interest of people in power. However, in countries like India, where we know how government agencies function, it’s always a great possibility that data could be misused, even if there is no such threat of this magnitude as apprehended by experts in West. It would be interesting to know that similar project in United Kingdom met tough resistance on part of British citizens for many years, which left British government with no other option other than to quash it. A report prepared by London School of Economics made mockery of  tall claims made by the government about its significance and it revealed that “biometrics was not a reliable method of de-duplication.”

However, neither the government nor Nandan Nilekani made Indian citizens aware of such serious flaws inherent in this project. On the contrary, it created tension by giving the impression that not owning it meant losing benefits and subsidies involved in various government run schemes. Ironically, just visit any camp where Aadhaar cards are being prepared and one would be taken aback by the mess which prevails there. It’s hard to believe that government has enough will power (forget about enough infrastructure)  to keep the data safe! I am sure ones whose data get stored either in wrong way or with wrong sorts of details would definitely face huge issues in coming days. Even at infrastructure level, the picture that emerges is quite threatening since its budget has increased phenomenally from nearly 32 billion rupees to over 88 billion rupees for coming phases.

That’s why Supreme Court’s judgement came as a whiff of fresh air. It directed the government not to make it mandatory for Indian citizens, and that it could not be a ground to deny services introduced by government. Above all, it made it clear that details collected by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) would not be shared by it with any other government agency without prior permission of the concerned individual. At this point, it would not be out of place to refer to Social Security Number (SSN) used in USA, which does not compromises with right to privacy. The most shocking thing is that despite strict provisions there to stop identity theft such cases keep happening there leading to huge revenue loss. Now imagine the state of affairs in India where rules can be easily manipulated to benefit the vested interests! Who would guarantee that data protection and privacy would always remain a top priority in India?

The Supreme Court made this observations in PIL filed by retired Karnataka High Court judge Justice KS Puttaswamy and Maj Gen (retd) SG Vombatkere which dealt with constitutional validity of Aadhaar. As per their counsel even if there was any statute to provide validity to this project, it would still be violation of Fundamental Rights under Articles 14 (right to equality) and 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution. The project facilitating surveillance of individuals was a direct assault on the dignity of any individual. The main arguments rested upon these concerns: “…the (Aadhaar) project is also ultra vires because there is no statutory guidance (a) on who can collect biometric information; (b) on how the information is to be collected; (c) on how the biometric information is to be stored; (d) on how throughout the chain beginning with the acquisition of biometric data to its storage and usage, this data is to be protected; (e) on who can use the data; (f) on when the data can be used.” (As quoted in moneylife)

In fact, Goa case had already made it clear how could biometric data be used against the interests of any individual. In this case UIDAI had challenged  a decision of Goa Bench of Bombay High Court. It had  asked it to share biometric data with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) so that the case involving gang rape of a seven year old girl in Vasco reached to its logical culmination.

Anyway, the Supreme Court’s decision to not to make it mandatory is enough to make Indian citizens heave a sigh of relief. It’s high time that before government embarks upon sensitive project it needs to take enough measures to ensure its appropriateness, relevance and significance quite well.

How will it keep intact the privacy of an individual in such a huge country devoid of infrastructure?

How will it keep intact the privacy of an individual in such a huge country devoid of infrastructure?

My Recent Write-Ups Which Appeared In Blogosphere As Well As In Mainstream Media!

It’s quite a strenuous affair to be sandwiched between demands of social media and mainstream media. Both the mediums in our times have attained new heights. However, it’s a great accomplishment if a writer/journalist is getting sufficient space in both the mediums at the same time. Fortunately, my writings managed to appear in mainstream publications without much canvassing on my part. I never had to heed to confrontational attitude to convince the editors from mainstream media to understand the relevance of writings which had first appeared in virtual world. 

That’s because before I moved to virtual world I had already found space as Writer/Contributor/Freelancer/Letter Columnist in all leading national and International publications which include Time, Newsweek, The Hindu, The Telegraph, The Statesman, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, India Today, Outlook, The Week, Harmony, The Sunday Indian, Hardnews, Critique, Tehelka, Northern India Patrika and Soham, to name a few. Today when I have primarily got confined to virtual space, the write-ups still appear in Northern India Patrika- a leading newspaper published from Allahabad. It’s one of the oldest newspapers published in India, being sister publication of now defunct Amrit Bazar Patrika (Kolkata) which had started in 1868.

Recent write-ups which appeared in mainstream media:

1.  Vishal Bhardwaj: A Genuine Music Composer In Times When Indian Music Directors Have Become Copycats

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 08, 2014.

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 08, 2013.

2. Unleashing Magic Of “Triple S” Of Indian Cinema: Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni and Shailendra!

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 22, 2013

Appeared in Media Musings Column of Northern India Patrika On December 22, 2013

3. Rape Allegation That Led To Suicide of Kurshid Anwar: A Resounding Slap On The Face Of Media!

Appeared in Northern India Patrika's Editorial Column On January 07, 2014.

Appeared in Northern India Patrika’s Editorial Column On January 07, 2014.

4. Swami Vivekananda: A Spiritual Powerhouse Who Really Understood The Potential Of Youths!

Appeared in Northern India Patrika's Editorial Column On January 18, 2014.

Appeared in Northern India Patrika’s Editorial Column On January 18, 2014.

5.  News Item Related With Speech I Gave In Allahabad On January 12, 2014, At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College.

News Related With Speech I Delivered As A Guest Speaker In An Event Organized At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College To Celebrate The Birth Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda. It's The Same Venue  Where Couple Of Days Back President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Addressed The Gathering Of Students!

News Related With Speech I Delivered As A Guest Speaker In An Event Organized At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College To Celebrate The Birth Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda. It’s The Same Venue Where Couple Of Days Back President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Addressed The Gathering Of Students! This News Item Appeared In Northern India Patrika On January 13, 2014.

5. The Times Of India’s News Coverage

The Times Of India News Item Related With Speech I Delivered.

The Times Of India News Item Related With Speech I Delivered. This News Item Appeared On January 21,2014

6. That’s Myself Giving Speech At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College On January 12, 2014.

Giving Speech In Allahabad Is A Great Feeling. After All, It's A Place Associated With Great Thinkers, Intellectuals And Writers!  I Gave The Speech At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College On January12, 2014. That's The Same Venue Where President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Also Delivered The Speech Some Days Back.

Giving Speech In Allahabad Is A Great Feeling. After All, It’s A Place Associated With Great Thinkers, Intellectuals And Writers! I Gave The Speech At Jagat Taran Girls Degree College On January12, 2014. That’s The Same Venue Where President Of India Pranab Mukherjee Also Delivered A  Speech Some Days Back.

 

 

 

Swami Vivekananda: A Spiritual Powerhouse Who Really Understood The Potential Of Youths!

Author of this post with Swami Nihilatmanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Allahabad. Absolutely Overwhelmed That I Received His Blessings!

Author of this post with Swami Nihilatmanandaji, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Allahabad. Absolutely Overwhelmed That I Received His Blessings!


(These are excerpts from the speech delivered by Arvind K.Pandey at Jagat Taran Girls Degree College, Allahabad,  on January 12, 2014 in a programme organised by Kritisankalpa Society to celebrate birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Other notable speakers who expressed their views on this occasion included Swami Nikhilatmananda, President, Ramakrsihna Mission, Allahabad; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand;  Justice. Palok Basu (Retd.), Allahabad High Court;  Dr. Milan Mukherjee; Devendra Tiwari and Senior Advocate Ashok Mehta.)
 

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 Today we find that youths are at the receiving end of so many challenging issues.The transition phase has introduced them to complex living patterns, which has left them high and dry. They not only remain the most exploited lot but also remain frustrated and depressed. That’s because pressure to perform is at its peak in materialistic times. They are unable to choose right means of survival. Worse, imposition of outdated patterns of living by the silver hairs has made youths a sorry figure. Against this backdrop, the values shared by Swami Vivekananda seem to be last ray of hope as they infuse within the being supreme confidence and positive feelings.

Swami Vivekananda truly recognized the potential of youths. He always believed that “strong, vigorous, believing young men, sincere to the backbone” can change the face of globe. “A hundred such and the world becomes revolutionized.”  However, when we look at the state of affairs prevalent in their lives, it leaves any thinking soul quite worried and sad. Very recently, police entered inside the campus of Allahabad University and students got beaten black and blue with laathis as if they were hardcore criminals and not innocent students. If you hear about the experiences of these youths, you would be in great pain to hear about their exploitation. Acharya Manu rightly states that silver hairs alone do not constitute wisdom but in Kaliyuga the white hairs have become confirmed sign of knowledge! No wonder they are always in conflict with younger generation. They are more often than not involved in quashing the innovative spirit of youths, leading to dissipation of enthusiasm from the lives of youths.

Swami Vivekananda believed that each soul is a “potentially divine soul” but misguided silver hairs with their outdated notions have turned these younger souls, bubbling with optimism, into a potentially destructive soul. Swami Vivekananda possessed a revolutionary spirit who had dared to ask uncomfortable questions from older lot. He rightly believed that “each generation should be inspired afresh” and “men should not be taught to imitate a personal ideal, however great”. One of the fatal errors committed by older generation is that it tries to impose its views all in name of sharing experience.

Some of the well-made flicks like Three Idiots, Rang De Basanti, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, and Paan Singh Tomar, to name a few, capture well the conflicts generated by old minds in the lives of youths. It’s evident that optimism and energy found in youths deeply impresses any conscious thinker of Vivekananda’s stature interested in creating new order of things.” My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions.” It’s another thing that in a nation which prefers argumentative tradition-something highly praised by Amartya Sen-the youths get tamed on one pretext or another.

Swami Vivekananda's Thoughts Would Never Lose Their Lustre..

Swami Vivekananda’s Thoughts Would Never Lose Their Lustre..

 

The lives of youths seem to have got trapped in ills of modernity. Or, why else are we seeing advertisements related with prevention of AIDS on National Youth Day? Isn’t this sad reminder of the fact that there has been erosion of values among the youths? Or is this indicative of fact that things have gone out of control since what was once upon a time treated as immoral has gained some sort of acceptance in Indian society? Whatever it is, it indicates crisis of values. We also need to accept that priorities of youths have changed and their role models have also changed. Their role models are the ones which do not inspire them to be do good and be good. They are the ones which encourage them to earn name and fame within short span of time. So what’s the role of a spiritual powerhouse amid this new set of perceptions?

Even if we take into account new changes that have hit the lives of youths, there is still much space left for spirituality. That’s because materialism cannot give them real peace of mind. It cannot quench the thirst which exists  inside our soul. No wonder youths have been hit hard by giant dragon called depression. Let’s also not forget that India is land of discovering inner peace. It’s not the land to multiply external source of happiness. And so likes of Swami Vivekananda would always be influencing our lives. They are the ones who keep us above from the realm of negativism. Youths are depressed because external world has limited means of satiating one’s desires, wherein seekers are more than suppliers! On the other hand, the inner world is infinite in nature and the competition to own this inner world is less. So people in race of inner peace have greater chances to remain happy than the majority which is in the race to conquer external world.

Swami Vivekananda’s views will always remain relevant among youths since they enable the youths to rectify their approach towards life. They rejuvenate our dull spirit, by making us shift attention from the external world to inner world and in the process this great truth gets revealed: “The aim of life is to realize God…He alone is real and everything else is false…Religion is realization.”  And once you attain realization you come to feel every moment that” all power is within you, you can do anything and everything.”

Other notable speakers who expressed their views on this occasion included Swami Nikhilatmananda, President, Ramakrsihna Mission, Allahabad; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand;  Justice. Palok Basu (Retd.), Allahabad High Court;  Dr. Milan Mukherjee; Devendra Tiwari and Senior Advocate Ashok Mehta.

Other notable speakers who expressed their views on this occasion included Swami Nikhilatmananda, President, Ramakrsihna Mission, Allahabad; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand; Justice. Palok Basu (Retd.), Allahabad High Court; Dr. Milan Mukherjee; Devendra Tiwari and Senior Advocate Ashok Mehta.

P.S.: This post also appeared in Northern India Patrika On January 18, 2014.

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Acquittal of Kanchi Seers: A Sad Reminder Of The Fact That Propaganda Is More Powerful Than Truth!

The Acquittal Of Kanchi Seer: Truth has won over propaganda!

The Acquittal Of Kanchi Seer: Truth has won over propaganda!

Any close observer of the happenings in modern India would easily confirm that secular governments have unleashed a sort of war against Hindu saints. They have been framed in number of heinous crimes right from sexual crimes to crimes against national security. The paid media ensures that one-sided coverage gets highlighted not only within Indian landscape but also in International arena. In such matters wherein Hindu saints are involved, a striking feature is that news coverage is full of lies and twisted truths spread by secular press. None of the mainstream media dares to reveal both sides of the story in an impartial way.

One important reason is that most of the Indian media houses are in some way controlled by hidden powers in Western nations. How can we then expect truth to make its presence felt? After all, the mainstream media which harps about involvement of Sadhvi Pragya in blasts never found it important enough to report in same candid fashion about severe violation of rights of prisoners, about inhuman treatment meted out to her inside the jail! The same media is so hyper-sensitive about rights of Devyani who made mockery of India’s honour in West but yet she is being portrayed as if she committed no crime at all! That’s because she is part of the system. But anybody who dared to expose the misdeeds of government was branded as criminal in a well-planned manner!

What I am trying to ascertain that we have given way to era wherein propaganda has become more powerful than version close to truth. One of the most important job of media is to reveal the real picture but exactly opposite has taken place: Media has become carrier of falsehood and distorted versions. It’s main agenda has become to shield dubious powers in rule. Like a prostitute it keep changing its loyalty or, in other words, it generally speaks the language of rulers! Remember the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati in year 2004 in most humiliating manner for allegedly playing a role in murder of Sankararaman, manager of the Sri Varadarajaswamy Temple. The then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,J Jayalalithaa, in an attempt to appear more secular than others and to give an impression that no one is above law ensured his arrest! The Kanchi seers were charged with” criminal conspiracy, misleading the court by giving false information, criminal trespass and supply of funds to carry out the criminal activity.”

The Truth Had The Last Laugh!

The Truth Had The Last Laugh!

The head of a 1,000-year-old Brahmin monastic order was presented as petty criminal in mainstream media and even before case was put to trial he was portrayed as accused. Let’s remember that Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is one of the oldest Hindu mutts in the country and Shankarcharyas belonging to this mutt command a great respect among Hindu communities across the globe. In fact, Swami Jayendra Saraswati is a highly respected figure having profound knowledge of Hindu scriptures. He like his predecessors provided new heights to this mutt established in 9th century by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, enjoying similar status the way Vatican enjoys amid Christians. However, clash of interests between J Jayalalithaa and DMK chief Karunanidhi, who represented anti- Brahminical movments, ensured that this highly revered pontiff got disgraced.

Prominent media analysts of that period conveyed the impression that “police would not have acted unless they had sufficient evidence.” Ironically, the prosecution at that time was supremely confidant about involvement of Kanchi seers in abetting murder of Sankararaman, claiming that it had “incriminating evidence”. The investigating officer Prem Kumar came out with version that made mutt head appear guilty: “We have strong evidence about the involvement of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi in Sankararaman’s murder. There has been animosity between the two for the past four years and further investigation is on to corroborate the evidence collected on the involvement of the Kanchi Acharya.” The allegations had deepened with revelations of  Tamil magazine Nakkeeran. Amid these bizarre turn of events, the case got transferred to Pondicherry to ensure fair trial. To make the matters worse for Kanchi mutt head, even allegations of sexual exploitation surfaced. (The Hindu)

However, the truth had the last laugh when verdict delivered by a special court in Pondicherry acquitted all the accused involved in this sensational murder. The verdict was delivered on November 27, 2013 after nine years of suspense and drama of all sorts. They were acquitted of all the charges which included “criminal conspiracy, misleading the court by giving false information, criminal trespass and supply of funds to carry out the criminal activity.” The main witnesses failed to corroborate the prosecution’s theory. More than 80 witnesses went against the story presented by the prosecution.

Well, it’s true that Kanchi seers got acquitted but in the process it caused irreparable damage to the reputation of an institution, which represented the collective psyche of Hindus. This “collective psyche” of Hindus made its presence felt again the way Kanchi Mutt Head responded to this verdict: ” Dharma has prevailed. Truth has won. That is what matters…I have been trained by my Guru to bear everything. There is no question of situation being tough. Times were challenging because we were facing completely new set of situations. ..There are several invaders who vandalized our temples. Today when you see the disfigured temples you remember the invaders and their acts of vandalism. What was perpetrated on the mutt has been termed as an act of vandalism by several people.” (Kanchi Sathya Org)

Swami Shraddhanand:  Killed By A Muslim Fanatic in 1926.  He Was Part Of The Movement To Reconvert Muslims Back To Hinduism!

Swami Shraddhanand: Killed By A Muslim Fanatic in 1926. He Was Part Of The Movement To Reconvert Muslims Back To Hinduism!

It’s really saddening that moments allegations against Hindu saints surfaces, the whole mainstream media goes berserk and paints them in wrong colours, forgetting that its main task is to report the incident and not to conduct trials. Worse, when the allegations are found false and saints get acquitted the same news item does not get prominence. Acquittal is never important than false stories planted by vested interests. No wonder acquittal of Kanchi’s Shankracharya did not get the same coverage. After all, it strengthens cause of Hindus, which is antithetical to secular spirit of this nation. The mainstream media is more interested in propaganda than emergence of truth.

The secular forces always convey the impression that no one is above law.  And so will they dare to arrest Shahi Imam Syed Ahmad Bukhari against whom so many cases have been registered? Will they dare to bring in open and convict Christian missionaries involved in conversion of tribals in remote corners of India? That will never take place. The law exists only for Hindu saints. It’s an instrument of oppression for Hindus and all that which represents self-pride of Hindus. It’s there to support propaganda and not to sustain truth.

Swamy Lakshmanananda Saraswathi and four of his disciples namely Sadhvi Bhaktimayee, Baba Amritanand, Kishor Baba and Puranjan Ganthi at his Ashram in Jaleshpatta of Kandhamal district in Orissa by a group of Christian zealots on the Janmashtami day, 23 August, 2008.  But the mainstream media made no uproar!

Swamy Lakshmanananda Saraswathi and four of his disciples namely Sadhvi Bhaktimayee, Baba Amritanand, Kishor Baba and Puranjan Ganthi at his Ashram in Jaleshpatta of Kandhamal district in Orissa by a group of Christian zealots on the Janmashtami day, 23 August, 2008. But the mainstream media made no uproar!

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खुर्शीद अनवर की आत्महत्या: समाज, कानून और मीडिया के गाल पर झन्नाटेदार तमाचा!

गम्भीर मुद्दा ये है कि सतही मीडिया ट्रायल के चलते जिस भीषण मानसिक कष्ट से गुजरना होता है और जो सरेआम अपमान सहन करना पड़ता है क्या उसका कोई अस्तित्व नहीं? क्या इसका कोई मोल नहीं? क्या ये बिलकुल उपेक्षित कर देने वाली बात है?

गम्भीर मुद्दा ये है कि सतही मीडिया ट्रायल के चलते जिस भीषण मानसिक कष्ट से गुजरना होता है और जो सरेआम अपमान सहन करना पड़ता है क्या उसका कोई अस्तित्व नहीं? क्या इसका कोई मोल नहीं? क्या ये बिलकुल उपेक्षित कर देने वाली बात है?


खुर्शीद अनवर की आत्महत्या कई गम्भीर सवाल खड़े कर गयी आज के समाज के बारे में, पत्रकारिता के स्तर के बारे में और कानून के उपयोग और दुरुपयोग के सन्दर्भ में. खुर्शीद अनवर एक प्रसिद्ध सामजिक कार्यकर्ता थें जो नई दिल्ली में इंस्टिट्यूट फॉर सोशल डेमोक्रेसी नाम की संस्था चलाते थें. इसके अलावा वे जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्‍वविद्यालय के छात्र भी थें. खुर्शीद अनवर ने पिछले साल १८ दिसम्बर २०१३ को आत्महत्या कर ली थी जब उनपे एक मणिपुरी औरत ने  अपने साथ दुष्कर्म का आरोप लगाया था. ये खबर कुछ एक समाचार चैनलों पर प्रमुखता से दिखायी गयी और इसके बाद सोशल नेटवर्किंग साईटस पर अंतहीन बहस छिड़ गयी. पहले तो खुर्शीद इस आरोप से हिल गए और इसके बाद मीडिया चैनलो द्वारा कीचड़ उछालने के बाद सदमे से ग्रस्त खुर्शीद ने आत्महत्या कर ली. बाद में उनके पास से बरामद सुसाइड नोट में इस बात का उल्लेख था कि मणिपुरी लड़की के साथ उन्होंने बलात्कार नहीं किया था बल्कि आपसी सहमति से शारीरिक सम्बन्ध बनाये थे.

इस घटना ने मुझे श्रीनिवास सिरास के आत्महत्या की याद दिला दी जो प्रोफेसर थे अलीगढ मुस्लिम यूनिवर्सिटी में. इस प्रकरण में न्यूज़ चैनलो नें इस प्रोफेसर के निजता के साथ खिलवाड़ किया था और उनकी गोपनीयता को सरेआम उजागर करके उनके समलैंगिक सम्बन्धो को विकृत स्वरूप दे दिया था. इलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट ने इस प्रकरण में सुनवाई करते हुए प्रोफेसर को थोड़ी राहत प्रदान की थी पर मीडिया चैनलो द्वारा की गयी गुस्ताखी उन पर भारी पड़ गयी और उन्होंने आत्महत्या कर लिया. कोर्ट इस तरह के मीडिया ट्रायल पर अक्सर चेतावनी देती रही है पूर्व में कि न्यूज़ चैनल जब केस ट्रायल स्टेज में हो तो किसी भी निष्कर्ष पर अपनी तरफ से पहुचने की हड़बड़ी ना दिखाए और न्यायालय की कार्यवाही को प्रभावित करने की कोशिश ना करे लेकिन बड़े कॉर्पोरेट संस्थानो द्वारा संचालित ये न्यूज़ चैनल न्यायालय के द्वारा इन पारित आदेश को सिर्फ कागज़ का एक टुकड़ा समझते है और उन्हें किसी प्रकरण में निहित संवेदनशीलता से कुछ नहीं लेना देना होता सिवाय इसके कि उसका माखौल किस तरह उड़ाया जाए. ये सही है मीडिया ट्रायल एक जटिल मुद्दा है लेकिन उससे बड़ा सच ये है कि सनसनीखेज मीडिया ट्रायल के चलते किसी के इज्जत और उसके आत्मसम्मान के साथ जो खिलवाड़ होता है और इससे जो अपूर्णीय क्षति होती है उसकी भरपाई असंभव होती है. मीडिया  किसी दोषी व्यक्ति के अधिकारो के हमेशा अतिक्रमण करती आयी है और समय आ गया है कि सही तथ्यात्मक रिपोर्टिंग और रिपोर्टिंग जो गलत इरादो से की गय़ी हो सिर्फ न्यूज़ चैनल के टी आर पी या फिर अखबार की बिक्री बढ़ाने के उद्देश्य से की गयी हो दोनों में एक स्पष्ट रेखा का निर्धारण हो.

“सनसनीखेज रिपोर्टिंग तो हमेशा होगी क्योकि सनसनीखेज घटनाये भारत में हमेशा रहती है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट इस पर लगाम लगाने में असमर्थ है. ये सही है कि रिपोर्टिंग सही होनी चाहिए पर इसका ये मतलब निकालना कि ये मीडिया के द्वारा ट्रायल है एक निन्दात्मक अभिव्यक्ति है. कोर्ट या किसी के पास कोई स्पष्ट मापदंड नहीं है जो ये निर्धारित कर सके कि मीडिया ट्रायल क्या होता है.” (सीनियर अधिवक्ता राजीव धवन, द टाइम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया). खैर इस बात से इंकार करना असम्भव है कि मीडिया के द्वारा किसी भी दोषी व्यक्ति के अधिकारो का हनन और किसी के भी निजता के साथ खिलवाड़ करने के कृत्य का अपने तरफ से दूषित स्पष्टीकरण कोई भी मतलब नहीं रखता। ये सिर्फ एक व्यर्थ का  प्रलाप होता है, बेवजह अपने को सही ठहराना होता है. उसकी स्पष्टीकरण से उस अपूर्णीय क्षति की भरपाई असम्भव है जो इस वजह से होती है. इन दोनों प्रकरणो में दो व्यक्ति ने अपनी जान ले ली इस वजह से और अब हम ये कभी नहीं जान पाएंगे कि सच्चाई क्या थी. क्या ये दो जाने वापस मिल जाएंगी? क्या खोया सम्मान वापस मिलेगा? शायद कभी नहीं।

वरिष्ठ पत्रकार सईद नक़वी शायद सच के ज्यादा करीब है जब ये कहते है कि “पत्रकारिता में शायद निष्कर्षो पर पहुचने की हड़बड़ी है. ये उसी दिन किसी को मुजरिम ठहरा देता है जिस दिन किसी पे आरोप लगते है, इसके पहले कि कोर्ट किसी बात का निर्धारण करे. ये बहुत दुखी कर देने वाली बात है. कैसे मीडिया इतनी जल्दीबाज़ी में किसी निष्कर्ष पर पहुच सकती है और किसी को इतनी हड़बड़ी में दोषी करार दे सकती है? मीडिया को इस बात का इन्तजार करना चाहिए कि कम से कम प्राथमिक रिपोर्ट तो दर्ज हो, कम से कम जांच तो पूरी हो जाए” (डी एन ए न्यूज़ रिपोर्ट) ये बिलकुल चकित कर देने वाली बात है कि मीडिया कभी भी इस तरह के सनसनीखेज मीडिया ट्रायल के दौरान अपूर्णीय क्षति और इनके अंजामो के बारे में कभी भी ईमानदारी से आकलन नहीं करती. गम्भीर मुद्दा ये है कि सतही मीडिया ट्रायल के चलते जिस भीषण मानसिक कष्ट से गुजरना होता है और जो सरेआम अपमान सहन करना पड़ता है क्या उसका कोई अस्तित्व नहीं? क्या इसका कोई मोल नहीं? क्या ये बिलकुल उपेक्षित कर देने वाली बात है? ये बिलकुल स्पष्ट है कि मीडिया ट्रायल अधिकतर एकतरफा, भ्रामक और तथ्यो के साथ खिलवाड़ होता है जिसमे इस बात की बिलकुल परवाह नहीं की जाती कि कम से कम तथ्यो के असलियत का तो निर्धारण कर लिया जाए सूक्ष्मता से.

इस पूरे प्रकरण में दो बहुत गम्भीर पहलू शामिल है. पहला तो ये कि ये समाज के इस विकृत बदलाव को दर्शाता है कि समाज में हड़बड़ी में निष्कर्षो पर पहुचने की लत लग गयी है अधकचरे दिमाग के साथ. इसे चाहे वो प्रशंसा  हो या फिर आलोचना दोनों को बिना किसी आधार के आत्मसात करने की आदत सी हो गयी है. ना आलोचना का स्तर विकसित हो पाया और ना ही प्रशंसा के आयाम निर्धारित हो पाये. आलोचना अगर हो रही है तो तो वो भी तब जब कि कोई भी तथ्यात्मक या तार्किक आधार आलोचना के पक्ष में मौजूद नहीं है. दूसरा पक्ष ये है कि जिन कानूनो को स्त्री की अस्मिता की रक्षा करने के लिए बनाया गया है वे अब निर्दोष लोगो को प्रताड़ित करने का अस्त्र बन गए है. ये कितने तकलीफ की बात है कि जहा किसी स्त्री के सेक्सुअल हरस्मेंट का मामला उभरता है वही पे समाज का एकपक्षीय भेदभाव ग्रस्त दिमाग उभर कर सामने आ जाता है और मीडिया हमेशा की तरह दोषी के ऊपर हर तरह का लांछन जड़ देता है और इसके पहले वो अपने बेगुनाही को साबित करे वो मुजरिम साबित करार कर दिया जाता है. ये सर्वविदित है कि जो नए कानून की परिभाषा है सेक्सुअल हरस्मेंट को रोकने कि उसके प्रावधान इस तरह के है कि आप तकरीबन मुजरिम ही है और इस बात को गौण कर दिया गया है कि आप के पास भी बचाव के सही रास्ते होने चाहिए. और सबसे घातक ये है कि एकतरफा मीडिया ट्रायल शुरू हो जाने के बाद जो उसके पास अपने को बचाने के जो रास्ते होते है वे भी बंद हो जाते है क्योकि मीडिया आपके विपक्ष में माहौल खड़ा कर देता है हर तरफ.

“भारत में और अन्य देशो में जहा इस तरह के कानून पास हुए है औरतो के साथ होने वाले अपराधो को रोकने के लिए उसमे बर्डेन ऑफ़ प्रूफ को सुनियोजित तरीके से बदल दिया गया है. अब दोषी के ऊपर ये जिम्मा है कि वे अपनी निर्दोषता साबित करे. ये परिवर्तन निहित रूप से बहुत गलत है पर शायद ये इसलिए किया गया है कि ताकि इन प्रकार के अपराधो में स्त्री के पास सामान स्तर के अवसर हो अपने साथ हुए अन्याय के भरपाई के लिए. लेकिन जो अब नए कानून बने है सेक्सुअल हरस्मेंट रोकने के लिए उसमे ये बर्डन ऑफ़ प्रूफ इस सख्त स्वरूप में है कि जहा दोषी (पुरुष) के पास बचाव के सारे रास्ते बंद हो जाते है. अगर एक बार आप पर आरोप लगे तो इस बात की सम्भावना कम है कि आप अपने को निर्दोष साबित कर सके या आपको बेहद मशक्कत के बाद ही कोई रास्ता दिखायी पड़े. ये शायद नैसर्गिक न्याय के सिद्धांत के विपरीत है.” (वरिष्ठ पत्रकार प्रेम शंकर झा, द टाइम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया)

संक्षेप में समाज और मीडिया दोनों का स्तर रसातल में चला गया है क्योकि ये दोनों भावनाओ के प्रवाह में बहने के आदी हो गए है और इन दोनों को तथ्यो और तार्किक सोच से कुछ लेना देना नहीं रह गया है. दोनों को इस विकृत खेल में रस आने लगा है जहा किसी निर्दोष के भावनाओ के साथ खिलवाड़ होता है, उसके आत्मसम्मान के जब टुकड़े टुकड़े किये जाते है. लेकिन खेद कि बात ये है कि न्याय परंपरा/व्यवस्था भी इसी विकृत रस का शिकार हो गयी है, इन्ही घातक प्रवित्तियों का शिकार सा हो गयी है, खासकर उन मामलो में जहा स्त्रियों से जुड़े अपराधो के निष्पक्ष अवलोकन की बात आती है. खैर सब की जिम्मेदारी बनती है कि  भावनात्मक प्रवाह में बह कर लिए गए निर्णयो के बजाय सोच समझकर तार्किक रूप से लिए गए निर्णयो को प्राथमिकता दी जाए. ये बहुत आवश्यक हो गया है समाज के बिखराव को रोकने के लिए, एक मूल्य आधारित समाज के निर्माण के लिए.

पाठक इस लेख का अंग्रेजी संस्करण यहाँ पढ़े:

Rape Allegation That Led To Suicide of Kurshid Anwar: A Resounding Slap On The Face Of Media!

खुर्शीद अनवर की आत्महत्या: समाज, कानून और मीडिया के गाल पर झन्नाटेदार तमाचा

खुर्शीद अनवर की आत्महत्या: समाज, कानून और मीडिया के गाल पर झन्नाटेदार तमाचा

References:

Activist Khurshid Anwar’s suicide: Was media trial responsible?

AMU’s ‘gay’ prof commits suicide

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