Words Of Aurobindo Ghosh And Poetry Of Neeraj Besides Sanskrit Verses On India’s Glory!

 

Sri Aurobindo: His Birth Anniversary Falls On Day When India Got Independence!

Sri Aurobindo: His Birth Anniversary Falls On Day When India Got Independence!



The views expressed herein unfold Sri Aurobindo’s methadology to deal with huge challenges India was going to face in post-Independence era.  Sri aurobindo conveyed these views between 1910-1922 in Arya- an English monthly published by Sri Aurobindo.

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“How shall we recover our lost intellectual freedom and elasticity? By reversing, for a time at least, the process by which we lost it, by liberating our minds in all subjects from the thraldom to authority. That is not what reformers and the Anglicised require of us. They ask us, indeed, to abandon authority, to revolt against custom and superstition, to have free and enlightened minds. But they mean by these sounding recommendations that we should renounce the authority of Sayana for the authority of Max Muller, the Monism of Shankara for the Monism of Haeckel, the written Shastra for the unwritten law of European social opinion, the dogmatism of Brahmin Pandits for the dogmatism of European scientists, thinkers and scholars. Such a foolish exchange of servitude can receive the assent of no self-respecting mind. Let us break our chains, venerable as they are, but let it be in order to be free, in the name of truth, not in the name of Europe. It would be a poor bargain to exchange our old Indian illuminations, however dark they may have grown to us, for a derivative European enlightenment or replace the superstitions of popular Hinduism by the superstitions of materialistic Science.”

“Our first necessity, if India is to survive and do her appointed work in the world, is that the youth of India should learn to think, to think on all subjects, to think independently, fruitfully, going to the heart of things, not stopped by their surface, free of prejudgments, shearing sophism and prejudice asunder as with a sharp sword, smiting down obscurantism of all kinds as with the mace of Bhima….”

“Let us not, either, select at random, make a nameless hotchpotch and then triumphantly call it the assimilation of East and West. We must begin by accepting nothing on trust from any source whatsoever, by questioning everything and forming our own conclusions. We need not fear that we shall by that process cease to be Indians or fall into the danger of abandoning Hinduism. India can never cease to be India or Hinduism to be Hinduism, if we really think for ourselves. It is only if we allow Europe to think for us that India is in danger of becoming an ill-executed and foolish copy of Europe…. We must … take our stand on that which is true and lasting. But in order to find out what in our conceptions is true and lasting, we must question all alike rigorously and impartially. The necessity of such a process not for India, but for all humanity has been recognised by leading European thinkers. It was what Carlyle meant when he spoke of swallowing all formulas. It was the process by which Goethe helped to reinvigorate European thinking. But … Europe has for some time ceased to produce original thinkers, though it still produces original mechanicians…. China, Japan and the Mussulman states are sliding into a blind European imitativeness. In India alone there is self-contained, dormant, the energy and the invincible spiritual individuality which can yet arise and break her own and the world’s fetters.”

Source:  Bharat Vani

He Was The Most Perfect Manifestation Of Absolute!

He Was The Most Perfect Manifestation Of Absolute!

His Writings Soaked In Divinity Impressed Everybody!

His Writings Soaked In Divinity Impressed Everybody!


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These beautiful verses in Sanskrit unfold glory of India’s past. They make you aware of great souls who made their presence felt on this great divine land. The verses also let you know about beautiful places, rivers and mountains which make this part of the world a poetry carved on planet earth. I first noticed these verses on page of  Sri Vijay Krishna Pandey.

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ॐ नमः सच्चिदानंदरूपाय परमात्मने
ज्योतिर्मयस्वरूपाय विश्वमांगल्यमूर्तये॥१॥

 

प्रकृतिः पंचभूतानि ग्रहलोकस्वरास्तथा
दिशः कालश्च सर्वेषां सदा कुर्वंतु मंगलम्‌॥२॥

 

रत्नाकराधौतपदां हिमालयकिरीटिनीम्‌
ब्रह्मराजर्षिरत्नाढ्याम् वन्दे भारतमातरम्‌ ॥३॥

 

महेंद्रो मलयः सह्यो देवतात्मा हिमालयः
ध्येयो रैवतको विन्ध्यो गिरिश्चारावलिस्तथा ॥४॥

 

गंगा सरस्वती सिंधु ब्रह्मपुत्राश्च गंदकी
कावेरी यमुना रेवा कृष्णा गोदा महानदी ॥५॥

 

अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी कांची अवंतिका
वैशाली द्वारका ध्येया पुरी तक्शशिला गया ॥६॥

 

प्रयागः पाटलीपुत्रं विजयानगरं महत्‌
इंद्रप्रस्थं सोमनाथस्तथामृतसरः प्रियम्‌॥७॥

 

चतुर्वेदाः पुराणानि सर्वोपनिषदस्तथा
रामायणं भारतं च गीता षड्दर्शनानि च ॥८॥

 

जैनागमास्त्रिपिटकः गुरुग्रन्थः सतां गिरः
एष ज्ञाननिधिः श्रेष्ठः श्रद्धेयो हृदि सर्वदा॥९॥

 

अरुन्धत्यनसूय च सावित्री जानकी सती
द्रौपदी कन्नगे गार्गी मीरा दुर्गावती तथा ॥१०॥

 

लक्ष्मी अहल्या चन्नम्मा रुद्रमाम्बा सुविक्रमा
निवेदिता सारदा च प्रणम्य मातृ देवताः ॥११॥

 

श्री रामो भरतः कृष्णो भीष्मो धर्मस्तथार्जुनः
मार्कंडेयो हरिश्चन्द्र प्रह्लादो नारदो ध्रुवः ॥१२॥

 

हनुमान्‌ जनको व्यासो वसिष्ठश्च शुको बलिः
दधीचि विश्वकर्माणौ पृथु वाल्मीकि भार्गवः ॥१३॥

 

भगीरथश्चैकलव्यो मनुर्धन्वन्तरिस्तथा
शिबिश्च रन्तिदेवश्च पुराणोद्गीतकीर्तयः ॥१४॥

 

बुद्ध जिनेन्द्र गोरक्शः पाणिनिश्च पतंजलिः
शंकरो मध्व निंबार्कौ श्री रामानुज वल्लभौ ॥१५॥

 

झूलेलालोथ चैतन्यः तिरुवल्लुवरस्तथा
नायन्मारालवाराश्च कंबश्च बसवेश्वरः ॥१६॥

 

देवलो रविदासश्च कबीरो गुरु नानकः
नरसी तुलसीदासो दशमेषो दृढव्रतः ॥१७॥

 

श्रीमच्छङ्करदेवश्च बंधू सायन माधवौ
ज्ञानेश्वरस्तुकाराम रामदासः पुरन्दरः ॥१८॥

 

बिरसा सहजानन्दो रमानन्दस्तथा महान्‌
वितरन्तु सदैवैते दैवीं षड्गुणसंपदम्‌ ॥१९॥

 

रविवर्मा भातखंडे भाग्यचन्द्रः स भोपतिः
कलावंतश्च विख्याताः स्मरणीया निरंतरम्‌ ॥२०॥

 

भरतर्षिः कालिदासः श्रीभोजो जनकस्तथा
सूरदासस्त्यागराजो रसखानश्च सत्कविः ॥२१॥

 

अगस्त्यः कंबु कौन्डिण्यौ राजेन्द्रश्चोल वंशजः
अशोकः पुश्य मित्रश्च खारवेलः सुनीतिमान्‌ ॥२२॥

 

चाणक्य चन्द्रगुप्तौ च विक्रमः शालिवाहनः
समुद्रगुप्तः श्रीहर्षः शैलेंद्रो बप्परावलः ॥२३॥

 

लाचिद्भास्कर वर्मा च यशोधर्मा च हूणजित्‌
श्रीकृष्णदेवरायश्च ललितादित्य उद्बलः ॥२४॥

 

मुसुनूरिनायकौ तौ प्रतापः शिव भूपतिः
रणजितसिंह इत्येते वीरा विख्यात विक्रमाः ॥२५॥

 

वैज्ञानिकाश्च कपिलः कणादः शुश्रुतस्तथा
चरको भास्कराचार्यो वराहमिहिर सुधीः ॥२६॥

 

नागार्जुन भरद्वाज आर्यभट्टो वसुर्बुधः
ध्येयो वेंकट रामश्च विज्ञा रामानुजायः ॥२७॥

 

रामकृष्णो दयानंदो रवींद्रो राममोहनः
रामतीर्थोऽरविंदश्च विवेकानंद उद्यशः ॥२८॥

 

दादाभाई गोपबंधुः टिळको गांधी रादृताः
रमणो मालवीयश्च श्री सुब्रमण्य भारती ॥२९॥

 

सुभाषः प्रणवानंदः क्रांतिवीरो विनायकः
ठक्करो भीमरावश्च फुले नारायणो गुरुः ॥३०॥

 

संघशक्ति प्रणेतारौ केशवो माधवस्तथा
स्मरणीय सदैवैते नवचैतन्यदायकाः ॥३१॥

 

अनुक्ता ये भक्ताः प्रभुचरण संसक्तहृदयाः
अविज्ञाता वीरा अधिसमरमुद्ध्वस्तरि पवः
समाजोद्धर्तारः सुहितकर विज्ञान निपुणाः
नमस्तेभ्यो भूयात्सकल सुजनेभ्यः प्रतिदिनम्‌ ॥ ३२॥

 

इदमेकात्मता स्तोत्रं श्रद्धया यः सदा पठेत्‌
स राष्ट्रधर्म निष्ठावानखंडं भारतं स्मरेत्‌ ॥३३॥

जयति पुण्य सनातन संस्कृति…जयति पुण्य भूमि भारत…
सदा सुमंगल…वंदेमातरम…..
जय श्री राम

Source: Vijay Krishna Pandey

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These verses in Hindi written by famous poet Neearj unfold the charishma of  feeling called love!

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जब तक आँसू साथ रहेंगे,
मुझको याद किया जायेगा;
जहाँ प्रेम की चर्चा होगी,
मेरा नाम लिया जायेगा ।
जब भी कोई सपना टूटा,
मेरी आँख वहाँ बरसी है;
तड़पा हूँ मैं जब भी कोई,
मछ्ली पानी को तरसी है ।
गीत दर्द का पहला बेटा,
दुःख है उसका खेल खिलौना
कविता तब मीरा होगी,
जब हँस कर ज़हर पिया जायेगा ।
जहाँ प्रेम की चर्चा होगी,
मेरा नाम लिया जायेगा ।

   -By Neeraj

Neeraj: The Poet Who Talked About Love In Impressive Way!

Neeraj: The Poet Who Talks About Love In Impressive Way!

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एक दिन जब हम नहीं होंगे ( रहस्यवादी प्रेम कविता )

 

सब से दूर जहाँ दुनियाँ के साये नहीं है, जहा सिवाय प्रेम के कुछ नहीं :-) :-) :-)

सब से दूर जहाँ दुनियाँ के साये नहीं है, जहा सिवाय प्रेम के कुछ नहीं :-) :-) :-)


आओ चले हम उस जहाँ में

जहा वक्त रुका रुका सा हो
थमा थमा सा हो
वहा बैठे हुए एक दूसरे के साये तले
फिर ये सोचे उन दिनों क्या होगा
जब हम तो नहीं होंगे
पर ये हसींन नज़ारे तब भी होंगे
और यूँ  दे अपने अस्तित्व को नए मायने
उस मौन में जो तेरे और मेरे
मौन से मिलकर बना  हो
जिसमे हम धीमे धीमे घुलते जाए
साथ ही समाते जाए उस परम मौन में
जो लम्हा लम्हा हमारे पास खिसकता रहा
चोरी चोरी से चुपके चुपके से
और निगलता रहा दोनों के एक हुए मौन को
मिल गया हमारा मौन उस परम मौन से
मिट गाये सारे भेद
और अपना एकत्व
अनित्य के दायरे से दूर
अखंड हो गया
पूर्ण हो गया।

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English Version Of The Poem:

When I Be Absent In This World ( Mystical Love Poem )

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Information About The Picture:

The picture clicked by me depicts a spot located at my village situated in Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh, India.  It’s related with my childhood memories.

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When I Be Absent In This World ( Mystical Love Poem )

 

Moving Towards A Place Where Earthly Meets The Divine :-)

Moving Towards A Place Where Earthly Meets The Divine :-)



Let’s venture out to quiet place

Where time has come to standstill
Where moments love to freeze
And at such a place
Sitting under shade of each other’s soul
Ponder about those days
When we be missing from this world
And yet life’s beauty be prevailing around
In all its majestic grandeur
And such an introspection
Would add a new dimension
In our existence
In our collective silence
Conceived as your silence merged with mine
That annihilated our beingness
And as that happened
We kept coming close
To the realm of  Absolute
Which steadily and slowly
Kept moving towards us
Silently embracing our collective silence
The separation vanished altogether
And prevailed absolute oneness
Untouched by impermanence
Gaining entry into realm
Where oneness gets wedded to totality
In light of incessant togetherness.

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Hindi Version Of The Poem: 

एक दिन जब हम नहीं होंगे ( रहस्यवादी प्रेम कविता )

 

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Information About The Picture:

The picture clicked by me  shows River Ganges  flowing through my village situated in Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार बनने की कोई जरूरत नहीं !!!

ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार बनने की जरूरत नहीं!!

ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार बनने की जरूरत नहीं!!

इस मुद्दे पे लिंक्डइन के एक प्रतिष्ठित फोरम में आयोजित चर्चा में विदेशी और देशी मीडिया के अति सम्मानित पत्रकार, मीडिया समूह के मालिको और  पारंपरिक  मीडिया से हटकर सोशल  मीडिया का प्रतिनिधत्व करते सम्मानित ब्लागरो ने गंभीर चर्चा की. इस चर्चा में  मुख्य मुद्दा ये रहा कि ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार माना जाए कि नहीं. पारंपरिक मीडिया से जुड़े अधिकांश लोगो ने सतही कारण गिनाते हुए ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार का दर्जा देने से साफ़ इनकार कर दिया. इनका ये कहना था कि इनमे  वो प्रोफेशनल दक्षता  नहीं है जो कि एक पत्रकार में पायी जाती है. इस समूह का ये भी मानना था कि पत्रकार पत्रकारिता का कोर्स करके और कार्य कुशलता हासिल करके मीडिया के क्षेत्र में आते है लिहाजा इनके पास बेहतर  आलोचनात्म्क  वृत्ति होती है, रिपोर्टिंग स्टाइल बेहतर होती है और ये किसी मुद्दे पे पर बहुत सुलझी हुई प्रतिक्रिया देते है. इस वजह से ये ब्लॉगर से कही बेहतर होते है.  पर मेरी नज़रो में चर्चा में शामिल बड़े नामो ने इस  अति महत्त्वपूर्ण  दृष्टिकोण की  उपेक्षा कर दी: एक  ब्लॉगर को एक अच्छा पत्रकार बनने की जरुरत ही क्या है ?

इस बात को  बहुत अच्छी तरह से महसूस किया जा सकता है कि ब्लागरो के लगातार बढ़ते प्रभाव ने पारंपरिक मीडिया में एक खलबली सी मचा दी है. खैर इस मुद्दे पे पारंपरिक मीडिया से जुड़े पत्रकारों से मै उलझना नहीं चाहता. मै तो उन ब्लागरो को जो कि एक अच्छा पत्रकार बनने की उम्मीद पाल कर ब्लागिंग आरम्भ करते है उनको यही सन्देश पहुचाना चाहता हूँ कि  एक अच्छे पत्रकार  के रूप में अपना सिक्का गाड़ने कि सोच से ये सोच लाख गुना बेहतर है कि ब्लागिंग में जो अद्भुत तत्त्व निहित है उनको अपना के संवेदनशील मुद्दों को बेहतर रूप से जनता के बीच पहुचाएं.  

अच्छी ब्लॉगिंग करने के लिए गज़ब की मेधा और दृढ इच्छाशक्ति चाहिए .

अच्छी ब्लॉगिंग करने के लिए गज़ब की मेधा और दृढ इच्छाशक्ति चाहिए .

मेरा ये मानना है कि पत्रकार और ब्लॉगर में भेद बना रहे. ये अलग बात है कि एक अच्छा पत्रकार और एक सिद्ध ब्लॉगर दोनों लगभग एक सी ही उन्नत सोच और लगभग एक सी ही कार्यशैली  से किसी मुद्दे पर काम करते है. लेकिन इतनी समानता के बावजूद  ब्लॉगर को आधुनिक पत्रकारिता के सांचे में नहीं ढलना चाहिए जिसमे पत्रकारिता का एक धंधे में रूपांतरण हो चुका है अपने  मिशनरी स्वरूप से. ये बात भी हमको नहीं भूलनी चाहिए कि पारंपरिक मीडिया से जुड़े पत्रकार और संपादक आज के समय में किसी भी मुद्दे पे भ्रामक और स्वार्थपरक  रूख रखते है. नीरा राडिया जैसे लोगो का दखल और प्रायोजित सम्पादकीय इसके सर्वोत्तम उदाहरण  है.

इसका दूसरा उदाहरण विदेशी अखबार और मैगजीन है. इन सम्मानित समाचार पत्रों में अगर आप भारत से जुडी खबर पढ़े तो आपको विदेशी पत्रकारों का मनमाना और पक्षपातपूर्ण रूख  द्रष्टिगोचर हो जाएगा.  इसके बाद   भी विदेशी मीडिया समूह अपनी निष्पक्षता और पारदर्शिता का हर तरफ बखान करता है. अधिकाँश ब्लॉगर किसी  बाहरी दबाव से मुक्त होते है. इनपे किसी का जोर नहीं कि किसी मुद्दे को ये ख़ास नज़रिए से देखे. इनको मुद्दे को किसी भी दृष्टिकोण से प्रस्तुत करने की आज़ादी रहती  है. ये अलग बात है कि सहज मानवीय  गुण दोषों से ये भी संचालित होते है और किसी के प्रभाव में आ कर स्वार्थ से संचालित हो सकते है.  

ब्लॉग्स पर एक समझदार आदमी ज्यादा भरोसा करता है!

ब्लॉग्स पर एक समझदार आदमी ज्यादा भरोसा करता है!

इस बात को पूरी तरह से खारिज किया जा सकता है कि किसी को एक अच्छे लेखक या पत्रकार के रूप में उभरने के लिए पत्रकारिता संस्थान  से जुड़ना अनिवार्य होता है. ये विचार हास्यास्पद है कि अच्छा लिखने की कला का विकास पत्रकारिता संस्थान से जुड़कर होता है.  एक उन्नत बोध जो समाचार के तत्त्वों से वाकिफ हो उसको आप कैसे किसी के अन्दर डाल सकते है ?  इस तरह के बोध का उत्पादन थोड़े ही किया जा सकता है पत्रकारिता संस्थानों के अन्दर.  ये बताना बहुत आवश्यक है कि ये आधुनिक समय की देन है कि लोग पत्रकारिता की डिग्री को अनिवार्यता मान बैठे है. यही वजह है की कुकुरमुत्ते की तरह पत्रकारिता संस्थानों की बाढ़ आ गयी है भारत में जो पत्रकार बनने की आस लिए युवको का शोषण कर रहे है.

खैर इसका मतलब ये नहीं कि पत्रकारिता से जुड़े अच्छे संस्थानों का कोई मोल नहीं. मेरा सिर्फ ये कहना है कि सिर्फ इस आधार पे ब्लॉगर और पत्रकार में भेद किया जाना उचित नहीं कि एक के पास डिग्री है और दूसरे के पास नहीं है.ब्लॉगर के पास अनुभव का विशाल खज़ाना होता है जिसकी अनदेखी सिर्फ इस वजह से नहीं की जा सकती कि इसने  किसी पत्रकारिता संस्थान से कोर्स नहीं  किया है !

अंत में यही कहूँगा कि ब्लॉगर को  पत्रकार बनने की लालसा से रहित होकर लगातार उत्कृष्ट कार्य करते रहना चाहिए, बेहतरीन मापदंड स्थापित करते रहना चाहिए. ब्लॉगर को ये नहीं भूलना चाहिए कि वे सड़ गल चुकी पारंपरिक मीडिया से इतर एक  बेहतर विकल्प के रूप में उभरे है.  इनको  पत्रकारों के समूह और मीडिया प्रकाशनों में व्याप्त  गलत तौर तरीको से बच के रहने  की जरूरत है. ब्लॉगर ये कभी ना भूले कि उसे पत्रकार जैसा नहीं वरन पत्रकार से बेहतर बनना है.

ब्लॉगिंग के महत्त्व को सब प्रतिष्ठित प्रकाशनों ने एकमत से स्वीकार किया है.

ब्लॉगिंग के महत्त्व को सब प्रतिष्ठित प्रकाशनों ने एकमत से स्वीकार किया है.

ये लेख मेरे कैनेडियन अखबार में छपे इस अंग्रेजी लेख पर आधारित है:

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Chunar: A Town Wedded To Mysterious Forces Of Nature (Photo Feature)

Chunar a small town sandwiched between Mirzapur and Varanasi district is virtually wedded to supernatural forces.  If you happen to be in this city you will surely come to feel what one really means when one says time has come to a standstill! This town as per legends is believed to be the place where Lord Vishnu placed  first step during His Vaman incarnation, and thus,  this place  got its name  “Charanadri”. This in turn got converted to Chunar with advent of time. The place also known as Nainagarh was depicted as place haunted by supernatural events in novel penned by Devaki Nandan Khatri known as Chandrakanta.

Anyway, the popularity of this place rests on Chunar fort built by KIng Vikramaditya of Ujjain to facilitate the meditation of his brother Bharthari, who happened to be a great Yogi. This fort later fell in hands of Mughal rulers via Shershah Suri. Finally it came under British rule and remained in its possession until India gained freedom in 1947.  This place is surrounded by Vindhya Hills. In rainy season, this place is no less than a paradise since greenery prevails everywhere.  The presence of river Ganges provide its a divine touch and so many beautiful waterfalls  located close to this town are like icing on the cake for distant visitors!

Let’s have a glimpse of the beauty which prevails in this area via the photographs.

Chunar Station lies on Howrah-New Delhi route. Many important trains from Allahabad have their stoppage at this Junction station.

Chunar Station lies on Howrah-New Delhi route. Many important trains from Allahabad have their stoppage at this Junction station.Beautiful Landscape before arrival of this station.

Vast Open Fields...

Vast Open Fields…

Rainfall makes train journey visual delight....

Rainfall makes train journey visual delight….

 

Two old ladies engaged in heartfelt conversation....

Two old ladies engaged in heartfelt conversation….

Mirzapur Station....

Mirzapur Station….

India belongs to farmers....

India belongs to farmers….

View outside the train's window...

View outside the train’s window…

Visual Delight...

Visual Delight…

Treat for the eyes....

Treat for the eyes….

Very Close To Arrival Of Dagmagpur Station after which arrives Chunar Junction :P

Very Close To Arrival Of Dagmagpur Station after which arrives Chunar Junction :P

Express train was running like a passenger train owing to track related problems :P

Express train was running like a passenger train owing to track related problems :P

Dagmagpur Station Has Arrived :P :P :P

Dagmagpur Station Has Arrived :P :P :P

Unknown Dusty Road. Now that's the rustic charm :-)

Unknown Dusty Road. Now that’s the rustic charm :-)

Notice That Hills Gain Prominence Before Arrival of Chunar Junction!

Notice That Hills Gain Prominence Before Arrival of Chunar Junction!

Hills are clearly visible if you happen to take road route...

Hills are clearly visible if you happen to take road route…

That's the road which connects my village falling in Mirzapur district with  Chunar :P

That’s the road which connects my village falling in Mirzapur district with Chunar :P

Glimpse Of Road Journey To Chunar!

Glimpse Of Road Journey To Chunar!

Even Road Journey In Rainy Season Is Awesome..

Even Road Journey In Rainy Season Is Awesome..

Chunar Station....

Chunar Station….

Chumar is famous for pottery work. It's known for its Plaster of Paris crafts ...

Chumar is famous for pottery work. It’s known for its Plaster of Paris crafts …

An overview of Chumar Station...

An overview of Chumar Station…

Chnuar Is A Junction station. One trtack leads to Howrah while the other track leads to Shaktinagar ,Tatanagar and etc.  In the picture one can see CCM arriving from Chopan route. Other well known trains in this route are Moori Express, Swarna Jayanti Express and Triveni Express.

Chnuar is a Junction station. One track leads to Howrah while the other track leads to Shaktinagar ,Tatanagar and etc. In the picture one can see CCM arriving from Chopan route. Other well known trains in this route are Moori Express, Swarna Jayanti Express and Triveni Express.

 

Not many are aware that a dusty road from Varanasi leads to Chumar via Chunar Ghat. The interesting part of this route is that you get an opportunity to have a boat ride across Ganges. That's the road originating in Varanasi in good shape but as we move towards Chunar it gets converted into dusty road..

Not many are aware that a dusty road from Varanasi leads to Chunar via Chunar Ghat. The interesting part of this route is that you get an opportunity to have a boat ride across Ganges. That’s the road which originates  in Varanasi in good shape but as we move towards Chunar it gets converted into dusty road..

That's the landscape which appears if you happen to take road route to Chunar from Varanasi...

That’s the landscape which appears if you happen to take road route to Chunar from Varanasi…

A well known Shakti Peeth On Varanasi-Chunar road route. It's called Sheetala Maa Temple :-)

A well known Shakti Peeth On Varanasi-Chunar road route. It’s called Sheetala Maa Temple :-)

Scene Around Chunar Ghat....

Scene Around Chunar Ghat….

Passengers On Way To Catch Boat To Chunar :-)

Passengers On Way To Catch Boat To Chunar :-)

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Skyline At Chunar Ghat...

Skyline At Chunar Ghat…

Chuar Fort's Rear View From Chunar Ghat Side...

Chuar Fort’s Rear View From Chunar Ghat Side…

This Pontoon Bridge Remains Operational All Through The Year But In Rainy Season This Becomes Dysfunctional ...

This Pontoon Bridge Remains Operational All Through The Year But In Rainy Season This Becomes Dysfunctional …

This permanent bridge is under construction!

This permanent bridge is under construction!

Cool Backdrop ....

Cool Backdrop ….

Nature's Paradise...

Nature’s Paradise…

View Of The Fort From The Boat :-)

View Of The Fort From The Boat :-)

View Of The Fort On  A Day When Dark Clouds Ruled The Roost...

View Of The Fort On A Day When Dark Clouds Ruled The Roost…

Rain waters came to change the face of Ganges...

Rain waters came to change the face of Ganges…

Hard to find suitable phrase to honour the prevailing beauty...

Hard to find suitable phrase to honour the prevailing beauty…

In The Company Of Nature's Beauty...

In The Company Of Nature’s Beauty…

Dance of The Nature...

Dance of The Nature…

Who will love to wipe out such scenes from mind's landscape?

Who will love to wipe out such scenes from mind’s landscape?

 

Magic Of Ganges...

Magic Of Ganges…

 

Beware don't use my cousin Kaanha's this toy steamer to cross the river :P :P :P

Beware don’t use my cousin Kaanha’s this toy steamer to cross the river :P :P :P

That's The Ghat (River Bank) at Chumar's Side...

That’s The Ghat (River Bank) at Chumar’s Side…

Beautiful Shiva Temple ....

Beautiful Shiva Temple ….

Ganges Inside The  Chunar Town...

Ganges Inside The Chunar Town…

Passengers from Chunar going to Varanasi...

Passengers from Chunar going to Varanasi…

It's time to wander on the streets of Chunar to understand that some place are cut off from the usual pace of time..

It’s time to wander on the streets of Chunar to understand that some places  are cut off from the usual pace of time..

Chunar being close to Varanasi has  developed love for congested lanes..

Chunar being close to Varanasi has developed love for congested lanes..

Rustic charm prevails everywhere in Chunar...

Rustic charm prevails everywhere in Chunar…

Streets Of Chunar...

Streets Of Chunar…

Life goes on...

Life goes on…

Life in  a small town is very close to real shades of life....

Life in a small town is very close to real shades of life….

Inside the Chunar Town..

Inside the Chunar Town..

A Popular Corner At Chunar...

A Popular Corner At Chunar…

Streets In Sync With Peace...

Streets In Sync With Peace…

Market Of Chunar...

Market Of Chunar…

Streets In League With Ancient Charm...

Streets In League With Ancient Charm…

Look At The Way Homes Have Been Constructed...Not much different than ones noticed in remote corners of Peru...

Look At The Way Homes Have Been Constructed…Not much different than ones noticed in remote corners of Peru…

The Sky Too Is Witnessing Ancient Appeal...

The Sky Too Is Witnessing Ancient Appeal…

View Of  Chunar From The Top ...

View Of Chunar From The Top …

View Of Sanskrit Paathshala...The building in dilapidated state bears testimony to poor state of Sanskrit teaching...

View Of Sanskrit Paathshala…The building in dilapidated state bears testimony to poor state of Sanskrit teaching…

I came to notice that this city has lots of small and big Shiva temple...

I came to notice that this city has lots of small and big Shiva temple…

Shiva Temple In Company Of Flowers..

Shiva Temple In Company Of Flowers..

Shiva Temple In The Company Of  Greenery..

Beautiful Flowers…

Showcasing Greenery...

Showcasing Greenery…

Rainy Or Winter season are the perfect period to witness the beauty of flowers..

Rainy Or Winter season are the perfect period to witness the beauty of flowers..

Ancient Shiva Temple Known As Boodhenath Baba Situated Inside Fort of Chunar...

Ancient Shiva Temple Known As Boodhenath Baba Situated Inside Fort of Chunar…

 

Beautiful Kid...

Beautiful Kid…

Innocent Sparrows.. A specie in danger :-(

Innocent Sparrows.. A specie in danger :-(

Cows pretty excited about being clicked :P :P :P

Cows pretty excited about being clicked :P :P :P

View Of Chunar Fort...

View Of Chunar Fort…

View Of The Fort From Distance...

View Of The Fort From Distance…

Chunar Fort Looks More  Ancient In Monsoon Period!

Chunar Fort Looks More Ancient In Monsoon Period!

This fort has witnessed so many centuries....

This fort has witnessed so many centuries….

Fort That Survived The Onslaughts Of Time...

Fort That Survived The Onslaughts Of Time…

Saintly Figure Ma Anandmayi Rested At This Place During His Chunar Visit in 50s.

Saintly Figure Ma Anandmayi Rested At This Place During His Chunar Visit in 50s.

Time Changes...

Time Changes…

 

View Of The Fort From A Corner Famous For Dussehara Festival...

View Of The Fort From A Corner Famous For Dussehara Festival…

Got An Opportunity To Visit Nearby Jungle  Close  To Chunar...

Got An Opportunity To Visit Nearby Jungle Close To Chunar…

Wet Greenery :-)

Wet Greenery :-)

A Poetic Path Leading To House In Jungle :P

A Poetic Path Leading To House In Jungle :P

Greenery's Dominance..

Greenery’s Dominance..

Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Being Prepared....

Delicious Makuni Ki Litti Being Prepared….

Litti ( An edible prepared from flour) being prepared :P :P :P

Litti ( An edible prepared from flour) being prepared :P :P :P

Inside The Isolation Of Jungle..

Inside The Isolation Of Jungle..

Connected With The Stillness...

Connected With The Stillness…

Always Very Close To Ganges...

Always Very Close To Ganges…

Close To The Fort..

Close To The Fort..

Shiva Temple And Ganges: Hope They Always Find Me...

Shiva Temple And Ganges: Hope They Always Find Me…

That's The Shiva Temple Always By My Side Since Childhood..

That’s The Shiva Temple Always By My Side Since Childhood..

The Same Shiva Temple From A Different Angle....

The Same Shiva Temple From A Different Angle….

With A Senior Journalist Of Varanasi/Chunar,Shri  Rajendra Mishraji. He is also a well knowm social activist.

With A Senior Journalist Of Varanasi/Chunar,Shri Rajendra Mishraji. He is also a well knowm social activist.

Ganges At Evening Hours At Chunar...

Ganges At Evening Hours At Chunar…

Samadhi Site Of One Of The Greatest Saints Of India lying Inside District Court, Mirzapur.

Samadhi Site Of One Of The Greatest Saints Of India lying Inside District Court, Mirzapur.

That's The Place Where He Became One With Supreme Consciousness. Hope His Blessings Continue To Prevail In Our Lives He Was A Great Divine Figure...

That’s The Place Where He Became One With Supreme Consciousness. Hope His Blessings Continue To Prevail In Our Lives. He Was A Great Divine Figure…

His  Ashrama At This  Secluded Place Situated On Bank Of Ganges..

His Ashrama At This Secluded Place Situated On Bank Of Ganges..

Noticed This Cute Shiva Temple On Bank Of Ganges In Mirzapur...

Noticed This Cute Shiva Temple On Bank Of Ganges In Mirzapur…

Ganges In Mirzapur....

Ganges In Mirzapur….

Ganges In Mirzapur Exhibiting  Her Hugeness...

Ganges In Mirzapur Exhibiting Her Hugeness…

Boat And The Passengers ...

Boat And The Passengers …

Evening Hours At Chunar...

Evening Hours At Chunar…

Majestic Sky...

Majestic Sky…

Many Moods Of Sky...

Many Moods Of Sky…

Hope To Find Chunar Again- Native Place Of My Mother...

Hope To Find Chunar Again- Native Place Of My Mother…

P.S.:  All Images Clicked By The Author Of This Post. Unauthorized Use Of Images Without Permission Of The Author Is Strictly Prohibited

 

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!

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Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way

Aavartan: A  research journal published from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by Ishwar Saran Memorial Trust.

Aavartan: A research journal published from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by Ishwar Saran Memorial Trust.

( First Published In Spring & Summer Edition Of  Aavartan, 2014. It’s A Research Journal Published From Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh)

India is melting pot of most beautiful philosophies. On one hand we have lofty themes embedded in Advaitic domain, which expand our limited consciousness, and on the other, we have principles related with Kama, explored beautifully in Vatsayana’s Kama Sutra. However, having said that, I must say we have strayed away from these concepts, leading to disturbed living patterns at various level of human existence. Neither we have been able to act as Grihastha (householder) nor able to emerge as a perfect Yogi. At this point, it’s better to stick to distortions that have trespassed into healthy sexual beliefs.

One should not forget that sex is a powerful force, which can even shake the beliefs of yogis lost in deep meditation. The stories of Indra sending Apsaras to distract the sages are quite well known- a fact which mythological TV serials have cashed-in so well! Osho comes to describe the impact of sexual power in his inimitable style. He says, “Ninety percent of our thinking is sexual. Whatsoever you are doing outside, inside sex is a constant concern – you may not even be aware of it. You are sitting in a room and a woman enters: your posture changes suddenly. Your spine is more erect, your breathing changes, your blood pressure is different. You may not be aware at all of what has happened, but your whole body has reacted sexually. You were a different person when the woman was not there; now again you are a different person.”

That’s being the case, it’s really baffling average human being has been taught to remain in denial mode about it. Now that’s not only strange but also a dangerous state of affair. It leads to unhealthy suppression of one of the most basic instincts. Why do we forget that such unhealthy denial would prove suicidal for the greater good of human society? It would only lead to negative manifestation of sexual energies. Worse, self-proclaimed Gurus in field of spirituality have created huge mess by proclaiming that sexual beliefs are obstacle in attainment of realization. Kama has been portrayed as villain. That’s not true. Had it been villain, it would not have attained a dignified position as one of the aims associated with Purusartha (aims considered vital for human existence). The truth is not what these commercial Gurus are preaching.  What we need to remember is that sex need to be enjoyed but not at the cost of cherished human values. It needs to be honoured but in a dignified way.

So now we come to an altogether different aspect. We are living in age of technological boom. Sexting is so common, pornographic materials are available at one click and women and men are now being hailed progressive in such matters, but still an enlightened understanding is missing. Mind you, bundle of information cannot ensure a conscious approach. We need a proper mindset, a proper approach to develop a mature understanding in this regard. This “mature understanding” is something which has not made its presence felt. It’s not going to come through titillating advertisement, wherein particular flavour of condom is being preferred. Nor it can be achieved by witnessing gyrating bodies in Bollywood movies. Most of the henious crimes we are witnessing have some sexual misconception as their primary cause. Imagine infants are being raped and even older women are also being raped! Rapes are not only about man exerting his power over woman in wrong way as preached by feminists, but it’s more about sexual miseducation.

Jeremy Seabrook, a prominent British author, expressing his concerns about sexual miseducation rightly states that “if it’s true that silence over sexuality risks blighting lives, it is certain that leaving instructions of the young in sexual matters to the free market is a disaster…..It is clear that new forms of ignorance can be conjured out of the very knowingness which the newly initiated into the secrets of sex they have gained.” If that sort of so-called knowledge about sex is lethal, one could easily imagine that restrictions imposed by society on having access to fulfillment of sexual desires would be cause of greater sorrow. That’s because digital era has made transfer of sexual knowledge and explicit images a very commonplace affair. So if you are not proving it smooth outlet, you are simply creating world of perverts. It’s hard to imagine how can tough laws ensure prevention of sex-related crimes? They can act as deterrent, leading to lesser number of crimes, but they cannot eliminate the desire.

Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita unfolds this dilemma more succinctly: “Because of the destructive idea propounded by some spiritual traditions, that spiritual fulfillment is only possible if one denies sex, there is a great lack of any kind of intelligent sexual education. And because our species’ survival depends on sex, of course our bodies make it a priority.” The message is loud and clear: Make room for sex in intelligent way. It’s better to channelize our sexual desires in conscious way, but, at the same time, not forsaking principles related with honourable life.

Ironically, in another arena, the law commission, the courts and law enforcing agencies do not see sex related crimes in wider aspect. They treat it as a sexual offence wherein a man is a “dangerous criminal” and woman the “most helpless victim”. Rape in my eyes is representative of the collective failure of the society! Rape is seen as one of the most heinous crimes, and, indeed, it should be the case. However, does that ensure one accused of such a crime be treated in barbaric manners. In a nation which cares damn about prison reforms, one can imagine that those found guilty of sexual crimes or under-trials are treated in most miserable way. They also conveniently forget that when laws were framed the situations were quite different. The attitude of women was not brazen as it has now become and when one says one is not suggesting that a woman’s modesty needs to be outraged simply because she dared to display bizarre traits. It’s being suggested to merely show the changes that have occurred with the passage of time, wherein vulnerability has increased due to many complex developments which until now were quite unknown to Indian society. Earlier, there was lesser generation of porn movies but now in USA almost 211 porn movies are being made in every week. Needless to state, the Asian countries offer great market. The point which I wish to prove is that in given scenario the way we look at sex and sex related crimes needs to change.

Sadly, the Indian landscape is marred by contradictions in this regard. It’s open to Reebok shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and Wrangler Jeans, but it tries hard to ignore the impact of permissiveness, and licentiousness too, these items have unleashed. Why there is so much ambiguity when it comes to having a candid opinion regarding the worth of sex in Indian society? It’s high time we  have a proper mindset and clinical approach to deal with sex related crimes. Let’s not treat one guilty of sexual crime merely as “sick pervert” and treated to legal process in most cruel fashion, but subject him to greater reforms which help him emerge as good human being. We have borrowed from West so many lesser aspects, but failed to borrow their methodological approach encircling complex issues. One cannot emerge as good human being by merely highlighting on one’s T-shirt “Being Human” message.  One need to go beyond such cosmetic gestures.

It’s not merely enough that sex education gets introduced. There has to be a greater space for assimilation of sexual beliefs besides channelization of sexual desires. After all, celibacy is abnormal and outdated in both progressive and orthodox societies! For progressive thinkers it’s akin to introduction of Hindutva! Against this backdrop, the only path that remains is to provide space to unleash sexual desires. Is Indian society really prepared for that? However, the harsh truth is that it has no other way left. So let’s have proper sex education; introduce state-of-the-art sex clinics in villages and smaller cities to deal with sexual disorders/sex related diseases, and, above all, improvise the legal mechanism to deal with sex related crimes. It’s still marred by archaic methods. It’s never too late to give way to better ways, ideas and beliefs. Let’s accept the new changes in a wise way before the damage becomes irreparable!

List of Articles In Spring and Summer Edition, 2014.

List of Articles In Spring and Summer Edition, 2014.

  "Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way"by Arvind K.Pandey; Aavartan, Spring & Summer Edition, 2014.

“Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way”by Arvind K.Pandey; Aavartan, Spring & Summer Edition, 2014.

  "Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way"by Arvind K.Pandey; Aavartan, Spring & Summer Edition, 2014.

“Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way”by Arvind K.Pandey; Aavartan, Spring & Summer Edition, 2014.

  "Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way"by Arvind K.Pandey; Aavartan, Spring & Summer Edition, 2014.

“Learn To Embrace Sex And Sexuality In A Positive Way”by Arvind K.Pandey; Aavartan, Spring & Summer Edition, 2014.

Spring and Summer Edition In PDF format:

Aavartan’s Spring And Summer Edition, 2014.

References:

Aavartan

Jeremy Seabrook: Article Titled “Sexual Miseducation”  

Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita: Paradigm Shift; Nov-Dec.2010

Osho’s Literature

Defending Smriti Irani: Rotten Academic Degrees Do Not Define Worth Of Intelligence!

It's performance that matters!

It’s performance that matters!


It’s pathetic that Congress party can go to any extent to embarrass ministers belonging to newly formed NDA government. It has questioned the ability of Smriti Irani to handle HRD department citing her academic credentials. In this regard, it needs to be stated emphatically that intelligence is not limited to rotten degrees alone! Read life sketch of great minds and one would notice that they were dropouts. And as I say so neither I am advocating futility of studying nor I am quashing worth of degrees. I am simply adding a different perspective!! Our former PM Manmohan Singh ji had brilliant academic record and he possessed prestigious degrees offered by foreign universities. However, this general feeling now rules the minds of electorates that his prestigious degrees were of little use as they did no good in solving major issues plaguing the nation. It’s so ironical that Congress members are not aware of the fact that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!

An interesting conversation in this regard took place on various social media sites.  I am posting here views of some of the participants for my readers.

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Rajesh Sharma said:

Educated lot is more stupid and unrealistic because they are not street smart!  Educated people are making more mess in every field. Uneducated lot is involved in corruption in conventional manner which can be traced but ones committed by educated lot involves hi-tech means and thus remains untraceable.  Highly educated  ministers in previous UPA government like Kapil Sibal, A Raja and others remained hand in glove with controversial forces instead of taking appropriate decisions to serve the interest of nation. They simply viewed the Indian issues from Western perspective! Most of the IIT Graduate are supporting Arvind Kejriwal who introduced a welcome move of distributing tickets to uneducated people belonging to lower echelon of society.

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Suresh Ram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, said:

Please understand the difference between “Structured Academic Education of West” and “Knowledge imparted by system”. Politics is all about society and people. Guru imparts Knowledge and Professors of premier institutes like IITs, IIMs and AIIMS are academicians only are at the beck and call of Irani only! It is high time educated fools understand that they are fools involved in fooling common man!! It is like fire brigade on way to “Putting down Burning Flames of India” is attempting to sweep the dirt on the road leading to spot. And claim dirt should be removed. Why are you objecting??

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Mra Satish Awaiting Justice, Thane, Maharashtra, said:

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, though only a Minister of State, performed eggscellently in MEA / HRD etc. in the previous government, looked after cricket and love affairs etc. free for the country, side by side. All the world loves a lover. So maybe he was not booked also for certain matter, in which common man with family taken into immediate custody and harassed. So for higher Cabinet ranked Smriti, it sure can’t be easy, if one compares!

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Hariharan Subramanian, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, said:

Why not Smriti for HRD? For a minister what is important is decision making at right time and at right place with the help of officials. A minister’s task is to intercept the best idea, which he/she can easily do after entering into consultation with experts.

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Vivek Deveshwar, IITian, Bangalore, Karnataka, said:

Maybe professors need to join politics and become minister. BTW, IITs are nowhere in global rankings and research output.

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Gursharn Singh, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, said:

Uneducated lot have the same potential as the educated lot. They have performed well whenever they got an opportunity. It’s time to harness their potential. We should not jump to rash conclusion stating the appointment of Smriti Irani a blunder.

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Sara Chimthanawala, Nagpur, Maharastra, said:

Education is not only College Degrees, it is the knowledge & wisdom one acquires with the various situations & events in life. I am not saying that college degrees are not necessary, of course they are mandatory, specially in today’s competitive world. History shows that most of the brilliant minds & discoverers etc are not graduates, but they left a mark in the world & a trail for us to follow. Let’s “Think out of box ” as they say & give this lady a chance to prove herself. Let us not sit on judgement even before the goods are delivered, let us keep doing our best & bring glory to our country.

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Sunil Kohli, New Delhi, said:

Our former PM had so many qualifications but of what use?  Bill gates,who is hardly educated, created wonders. What matters is how and how much you deliver. Yes if you don’t deliver then people will find loopholes. Congress did not deliver as expected by people. So people started digging the past of Sonia Gandhi but that was not so when UPA came to power in 2004. Old saying: If company of books makes you educated then librarian would have been the most educated person. Similarly, if degrees could make you perform then Man Mohan Singhji should have been the most successful PM. Therefore, its performance, performance and performance.

A king had no woman in his cabinet. So he inducted one. One day the cabinet ministers went for boating. Centre of the river the boat capsized. This woman minister ran over water, brought another boat and saved every one. Next day the male members complained to the king “Sir, what type of minister have you inducted in to your cabinet!! She doesn’t even know how to swim.”

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Bhanu Prakash said:

I think development matters more than entering into debate about being educated or uneducated!

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Yaksh Nigam, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, said:

I can prove that, educated persons are more dangerous that the uneducated ones. A leader should be good from heart and not only academically good.

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Sanjeev Sharma, Jalandhar, Punjab, said:

Tell us what should be the qualification of a Defence or Home or Finance or HRD minister?  She is quite a capable lady. A  good manager need not to be a management graduate.

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Rupesh Masand said:

As very rightly said, it’s ‘performance’ in the end of the day & educational qualifications don’t seem to influence it. So dear friends, let’s wait and watch Smriti handle the proceedings (though handling IIT & IIM might be a real tough job!!!!), rather being judgmental from Day One.

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Ritesh Kumar Tiwari, Pune, Maharashtra, said:

Do people belonging to IIT and IIM have more brains?

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Rohan Dharesh, Bangalore, Karnataka, said:

Formal education is a complete failure and we see this in real life. People who get high ranks fail in real life. Theory and practical is totally different. Indian education system is based on Lord Macaulay’s prescription for slave countries but the Nehruvian constitution has continued with it shamelessly. We need to kick out this system of education that is all about corruption, donations, extortion, marks and passing exams. Today’s textbook theories and postulates have no place in real life. Albert Einstein was a dropout; so were most of the great people. This stands as evidence that western form of education is flawed.

Manmohan Singh Ji had umpteen degrees and doctorates and the way he would govern was horrible. Every speech of his was written and prepared by his secretaries and his voice was so meek that he himself would hardly be able to hear. His degrees taught him that the poor are responsible for inflation, that money does not grow on trees, that minorities had the first right to natural resources, that history would be kinder to him etc. Manmohan has proved to be the worst PM ever and even the Pakistan PM called him Dehati Aurat!

If we really believe in independence, then we need to change the education system immediately from the Macaulay slave system of education to that better suited to an independent country. We need to get rid of western concepts of exams, marks, extortion in the name of education. IITs and IIMs need to be reformed and Indianised from the present Westernisation.

 It's so ironical that Congress members are not aware of the fact that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

It’s so ironical that Congress members are not aware of the fact that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!

Reference:

Congress Criticizes Appointment Of Smriti Irani

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MNCs Are Real Culprits: Corrupting Sensibilities Of Innocent Buyers By Misrepresentation Of Facts

 

Are these artificial drinks  as good for health like the drinks prepared from  fruits in natural way?

Are these artificial drinks as good for health like the drinks prepared from fruits in natural way?

MNCs are real culprits: First, for playing havoc with sensibilities of innocent buyers; Second, for brutally misrepresenting facts. They make you feel inferior and then they use the resultant guilt complex to sell soaps, fairness creams, shampoos, deodorants and etc. That’s how they make contribution in growth of a nation. And women are the easy victim in this whole game! Perhaps they never really understand the whole game. Just because MNCs make you  available few products in easy way do not absolve them of their gory crimes. After all, it’s they who kept us deliberately in dark about real facts. And instead of true facts brainwashed our minds with wrong ones using ferocious advertising resting on celebrities. I wish to substantiate my views by presenting few examples..

We have so many natural fruit juices like ones prepared from green mangoes, ones prepared from sugarcane, ones prepared from Bael fruit or ones prepared from lemon but then they made Indian kids/youths to believe that soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are the best!! And yes, when a girl drinks Coke with a boy it creates more seductive impression! One needs not simple milk but milk mixed with Bournvita which works wonders for kids. Many propagate a false view that these natural product are not available and even if they are available consumers are not aware of it, but I like to let you know what’s happening where these are available and where people know about them. In our villages Neem tree’s branch was best to clean teeth but now children use toothpaste and that too fluoride mixed! Everyone knows excess amount of fluoride is lethal for teeth but MNCs will never let you know that. Village women now use shampoos and they feel shy to use mud of Ganges which I rememberl was used quite frequently in my childhood days!! I mean MNCs have changed the whole mindset. Worse, you can notice wrappers of shampoos, soaps etc. on the banks of rivers!
The real danger arises from the conditioning that follows once we become addicted to useless products made by the MNCs. Not a long time back Sarees and Salwars were most desired clothes on part of women in our country. Now most women wear jeans despite the fact that medically it’s ominous. Definitely, they ensure availability of necessary things of everyday use in easy way but at what price? Now modern kids prefer fast foods. So isn’t good food available in kitchen? No it’s available but since women have become working ladies, having no time to make food, MNCs used fast food as healthier and tastier food than home-made foods!

MNCs Make Money By Eliminating Mountains, Jungles And Rivers!

MNCs Make Money By Eliminating Mountains, Jungles And Rivers!

Similarly silicon implants have become order of the day since that makes them more confidant which comes with notion that bigger is beautiful!! Whether or not a woman has values but if she is fair looking, of course, after using certain cream, at least in India, she becomes center of attraction. She not only gets many rich boyfriends but also gets a decent job! And yes, if man is good natured, it means nothing if he has dark colour. So become fair and then every woman will seduce you..And if you own a certain brand of bike or car then that would be much better. What’s the implication? A man with good values and living simply is good for nothing!

So please meditate over it. It’s not the issue of easy availability and it’s also not about vanity alone. It’s more about demeaning the glory of simplicity and simple life. It’s about distorting our mindset and in turn corrupting our living patterns, corrupting our approach towards life.

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Views Of Two Readers Who Participated In A Conversation On This Issue On One Prominent Social Networking Website:

Rohan Dharesh, Bangalore, Karnataka, said:

All cleaning products are available in nature. Mud of a certain type is the best cleaning agent for both the body and utensils. MNCs would never want people to know natural cleaning products and even if they know, they would indulge in propaganda and make product usage by people fashionable. Its like making people believe that Coke and Pepsi is good for health. Many of the world’s movements are also done similarly and with ulterior motives and feminism stands as a fine example. Feminism and the so-called women’s empowerment is a part of this marketing strategy. They want women to ‘feel’ disempowered and oppressed, fight with the men, work and earn money only to be spent on cosmetics and luxuries. I have seen many women refuse to give money to their husbands for running their families. Many others waste their money on beauty products, shopping, shoes, clothes, bags, perfumes, foreign tours and more. Remember all the Miss worlds, Miss universe shows that were held since decades now. In the 1990s, all of a sudden from nowhere, many of the titles went to Indian women. Post-2000, its gone to other countries mostly. This is a marketing trick to make women in India feel attracted towards their products. Every woman since then wants to be a Miss world.

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Carmen Ampuero, Lima, Peru, said:

I am sure that we could find cleaning products in nature but how many are aware of them? Do people know about such naturally available products? Is it feasible  to use them? Are they easily available in various parts of the world, especially within close proximity of their surroundings?  I think that led to mass manufacturing of such products in artificial way by the MNCs. Yes,  vanity is an important factor in growth of cosmetics. Both the sexes around the world are being “USED” to ensure profit gains for MNCs. By the way, of late, I see more men than women tempted by the desire to use cosmetics.

 

Do MNCs Ever Make Consumers Aware Of The Negative Side- Effects Of Beauty Products?

Do MNCs Ever Make Consumers Aware Of The Negative Side- Effects Of Beauty Products?

 

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मोदी के जीत के मायने कुछ अनकहे संदर्भो के दायरे में!

 ये मोदी की भी जीत नहीं है।  ये उस युवा सोच की जीत है जो अपने राष्ट्र को सचमुच विकास के राह पे ले जाना चाहता है तिकड़मी गन्दी राजनीति से ऊपर उठा कर। ये उस हिन्दू आस्था और स्वाभिमान की जीत है जिसके दायरे में संकीर्ण हित नहीं वरन संपूर्ण विश्व आता है।

ये मोदी की भी जीत नहीं है। ये उस युवा सोच की जीत है जो अपने राष्ट्र को सचमुच विकास के राह पे ले जाना चाहता है तिकड़मी गन्दी राजनीति से ऊपर उठा कर। ये उस हिन्दू आस्था और स्वाभिमान की जीत है जिसके दायरे में संकीर्ण हित नहीं वरन संपूर्ण विश्व आता है।


मोदी के जीत में कुछ गहरे आयाम है। मोदी का जीतना एक विलक्षण घटना है।  इसको कई संदर्भो में समझना बहुत आवश्यक है। ये समझने की भूल ना करे कि ये भारतीय जनता पार्टी की जीत है।  ये मोदी की भी जीत नहीं है।  ये उस युवा सोच की जीत है जो अपने राष्ट्र को सचमुच विकास के राह पे ले जाना चाहता है तिकड़मी गन्दी राजनीति से ऊपर उठा कर। ये उस हिन्दू आस्था और स्वाभिमान की जीत है जिसके दायरे में संकीर्ण हित नहीं वरन संपूर्ण विश्व आता है। ये उसी हिन्दू आस्था की जीत है जिसे सदियों से दासता के आवरण में रखकर खत्म करने की कोशिश की गयी हर तरह के आक्रमणकारियों के द्वारा लेकिन जिसने दम तोड़ने से इंकार कर दिया। मेरी नज़रो में तो प्रथम दृष्टया मोदी की जीत इस विखंडित हिन्दू आस्था को जीवंत करने के दिशा में एक शुरुआत है जिसमे अभी कई  स्वर्णिम पड़ाव आने है।  मोदी में लोगो को इस राष्ट्र को सेक्युलर मायाजाल से ऊपर उठाकर सचमुच के विकास को मूर्त रूप में लाने और इसे गतिमान बनाये रखने की असीम संभावना दिखी। इस कारण उन्हें पूरे राष्ट्र ने कन्याकुमारी से लेकर कश्मीर तक उन्हें हाथो हाथ ले लिया। इस आकांक्षा में मोदी कितने खरे उतरते है ये वक़्त बताएगा लेकिन खरे उतरने के अलावा उनके पास विकल्प भी कोई और नहीं है। मोदी तो भारत के राजनैतिक पटल पर एक चक्रवर्ती सम्राट बन कर आ गए लेकिन इसके पहले आसुरी शक्तियों ने चुनावी माहौल में जो करतूतें की उस पर एक नज़र डालना जरूरी हो जाता है।

लोकसभा २०१४ के चुनाव प्रचार सबसे विकृत और बिल्कुल एक व्यक्ति विशेष के विरोध पर केंद्रित थे। ये बहुत दुखी कर देने वाली बात है। आप अमेरिका के राष्ट्रपति के चुनाव को देखे। वह मुद्दो पे आधारित बहस होती है। राष्ट्र हित सबसे ऊपर होता है और कुछ छींटाकशी वहा पर भी होती है लेकिन इसके बावजूद वहाँ राष्ट्र हित से जुड़े हर संवेदनशील मुद्दो पर गंभीर बहस होती है। हमारे यहाँ  राहुल गांधी ने जिनके पास तो अपनी एक टीम भी थी पर युवा सोच के नाम पर मोदी के पत्नी को लेकर टीका टिप्पणी की! शायद हमारे यहाँ विकास इसी तरह किसी के निजी ज़िन्दगी के बारे में इस तरह की सोच रखकर होता है। किसी भी पार्टी ने देश हित से जुड़े मुद्दो पर अपनी राय स्पष्ट रखने की जरुरत नहीं महसूस की। वामदाल प्रकाशक/समर्थक तो लगता है जब तक अस्तित्व में है तब तक वे अपने गढ़े हुए निरथर्क शब्दों के जाल में उलझे रहेंगे और हर वो दंगे जिसमे उन्हें मुसलमानो का समर्थन हासिल हो सके उनकी सहानभूति बटोरकर वे उन्हें उभारते रहेंगे। ये मनहूस पलो को हरा रखते है ताकि जब जरुरत हो इनसे वोट मिल सके। अमेरिका आदि देशो में भी ऐसे ही टाइप के लोग है जो मोदी को गुजरात  दंगो के लिए जिम्मेदार ठहराने वाली बात पे बहस तभी  करते है जब भारत में चुनाव जैसे महत्वपूर्ण क्षण आते है। इसके अलावा हमारे यहाँ कुछ क्षेत्रीय दल है जिनके नेताओ के पास नीति तो कुछ नहीं सिवाय जातिगत राजनीति के विकृत मोहरो के अलावा लेकिन अकांक्षा सिर्फ यही है कि प्रधानमन्त्री कैसे बने। इनके पास भी राष्ट्र को देने के लिए कुछ नहीं सिवाय सीमित लफ़्फ़ाज़ी के कि सांप्रदायिक शक्तियों को रोकना है। जबकि सबसे गन्दी सांप्रदायिक राजनीति ये छोटे क्षेत्रीय दल खुद करते है।

सो इस बार के चुनावी संग्राम में इलेक्शन दर इलेक्शन बेहतर सोच को अपनाते मतदाताओ ने जिस तरह चादर से धूल हटाते है वैसे ही कुछ दलों को भारत के राजनैतिक नक़्शे से निकाल फेंका। ये दल अभी तक केवल विष ही बोते रहे है। इनके पास विकास के एजेंडे के नाम पर लोक लुभावन नीतियों के अलावा कुछ नहीं होता था और उसे भी ठीक से क्रियान्वित नहीं कर पाते थे। इन्होंने इतने सालो तक ना ही केवल मतदाताओ को ठगा वरन देश की संप्रुभता और अखंडता को भी तकरीबन गिरवी रख कर छोड़ा।  वाम मोर्चा के सदस्यों ने तो केवल फ़ासीवाद ना उभरे हर हिन्दू विरोधी गतिविधि को जीवित रखा कांग्रेस के छुपे सहयोग के दम से और सब हिन्दू समर्थक या राष्ट्र समर्थक नायको को हिटलर की संज्ञा देते रहे।  सही है जिस पार्टी ने सबसे बड़े तानाशाहों को जन्म दिया हो गरीब मज़दूरों के हितो के लड़ाई के नाम पर उनका इस तरह के मतिभ्रम का शिकार होना आश्चर्यजनक नहीं लगता। इस पार्टी विशेष के लोगो का आलोचना के नाम पर आलोचना करना कौवों के कर्कश कांव की तरह जगजाहिर है और इसीलिए इनके पेट में जब तक मोदी राज रहेगा तब तक रह रह कर पेट में मरोड़े उठती रहेंगी।

मोदी की जीत सोशल मीडिया की जीत नहीं पर हां ये जरूर है कि कांग्रेस के फैलाये झूठ का पर्दाफाश करने में  इसने अहम भूमिका निभायी। अब तक कांग्रेस अपने मायाजाल को,  स्व-निर्मित अर्धसत्य को लोगो पर थोपते हुए लोगो को ठगती आई।  लेकिन सोशल मीडिया के दमदार इस्तेमाल ने मेनस्ट्रीम के बिके पत्रकारों जो कांग्रेस के लिए झूठ बेचते थे की दाल न गलने दी। कांग्रेस की करतूत वैसे भी सबको मालूम  थी लेकिन सोशल मीडिया ने इस सन्दर्भ में युवा सोच को बेहतर ढंग से जागृत किया। एंटी इंकम्बैंसी भी हमेशा सक्रिय रहती है  लेकिन मोदीराज के आने में  सोशल मीडिया और  एंटी इंकम्बैंसी से भी ऊपर युवाओ की इस सोच ने कामयाबी दिलाई कि अब केवल उसी को सत्ता मिलेगी जो सच में विकास करेगा या विकास लाने में काबिल होगा। इसी वजह से सडको पे हर तरफ युवा धूप में बिना किसी प्रचार के मोदी को सुनने गए, सोशल मीडिया पर मोदी से जुडी हर गतिविधि को ट्रैक किया और फिर हर गली और मुहल्लों में चाहे शहर हो या गाँव उत्साह से भरे रहे। वंशपोषित राजनीति जो समाजवादी पार्टी और कांग्रेस करती आई रही थी उसका इन्होने इस तरह से नाश कर दिया। ये पहली ऐसी लहर थी जिसका निर्माण किसी घटना विशेष ने नहीं किया। इस राष्ट्र प्रेम से ओतप्रोत लहर ने ही हर तरह के जहरीले प्रचार कि  मुस्लिमो का पतन हो जाएगा को दबाते हुए हिन्दू सोच को सत्ता पे आसीन किया जिसने सदियों से पूरे विश्व को अपना समझा।

मोदी आ जरूर गए है लेकिन अब इनके सामने बेहद दुष्कर कार्य है।  सो मतदाताओ को अपनी आकांक्षाओं में ना सिर्फ संयमित रहना पड़ेगा बल्कि बदलाव की अधीरता से पीड़ित ना होकर मोदी जी को अपने हिसाब से काम करते रहने देना होगा। बदलाव कोई जादू की छड़ी से नहीं आते कि आपने घुमाया और बदलाव हो गया।  वर्तमान में इस राष्ट की ये दशा ये हो गयी है कि जैसे कोई गंभीर बीमारी से पीड़ित मरीज़ अंतिम साँसे ले रहा हो।  सो ये सोचना कि सत्ता संभालते ही एक दिन के अंदर ऐसा मरीज़ दौड़ने भागने लगेगा केवल कोरी कल्पना है। हां मोदी को इस बात को समझना जरूर है कि अब उनके पास सिवाय अच्छा करने के और कोई अन्य विकल्प नहीं है। हिन्दुओ को अगर दिग्भ्रमित करने की चेष्टा करेंगे तो उन्हें भी हाशिये पर लाने में युवा ब्रिगेड देर ना करेगी। हिन्दू तो वैसे भी अपनी निष्कपट मन के कारण हर तरह का छल का शिकार होता आया है लेकिन अब और नहीं। इसी सोच ने इस अविश्वसनीय  बदलाव को जन्म दिया और यही सोच अब इस बात को भी सुनिश्चित करेगी कि राष्ट्रहित में अच्छे कार्य होते रहे। और इसीलिए ये जरूरी है कि अब आने वाले वर्षो में कोई भी हिंदू विरोधी पार्टी अस्तित्व में ही ना आये।  ये तभी संभव होगा जब मोदीराज में ईमानदारी से सार्थक बदलाव होते रहे। मोदी जी ऐसा ही करेंगे हम सब राष्ट प्रेम से जुड़े लोगो का यही मानना है।

ये जरूरी है कि अब आने वाले वर्षो में कोई भी हिंदू विरोधी पार्टी अस्तित्व में ही ना आये।  ये तभी संभव होगा जब मोदीराज में ईमानदारी से सार्थक बदलाव होते रहे। मोदी जी ऐसा ही करेंगे हम सब राष्ट प्रेम से जुड़े लोगो का यही मानना है।

ये जरूरी है कि अब आने वाले वर्षो में कोई भी हिंदू विरोधी पार्टी अस्तित्व में ही ना आये। ये तभी संभव होगा जब मोदीराज में ईमानदारी से सार्थक बदलाव होते रहे। मोदी जी ऐसा ही करेंगे हम सब राष्ट प्रेम से जुड़े लोगो का यही मानना है।

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