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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Varanasi: The City Of Moksha (Salvation)-Photo Feature

Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in world. A city which believes in living life to its fullest. It teaches us the art to associate with life in a fun-filled way. It’s a city which is sandwiched between traditional values and modern beliefs, wherein traditional vibes enjoy an upper hand over global ideas! It’s also a city where life enjoys a wide space even in most congested lanes. The city cries foul about encroachments yet congested lanes constitute the heart of city pulsating with cultural, spiritual, literary and colourful happenings. Needless to state its popularity has transcended national boundaries. It’s one of the cities which enjoy constant arrival of foreign tourists from distant lands. It’s strange to notice that dusty lanes do not disappoint such sophisticated and sensitive foreign visitors, who are really overwhelmed and impressed after interacting with so many unique shades of life at Lord Shiva’s abode! It’s hard to decipher why this city, also known as Kashi, enjoyes so much respect among foreign visitors, but for Indians the reason of its popularity within themselves is so evident: It’s a city which belongs to Lord Shiva known as Vishwanath- the one who rules over the entire universe. He is the one who promotes nothingness yet never allows the colourful life to lose its relevance as long as one finds meaning in it! That’s the reason why people wish to breath their last breath in this city even as the city never misses to offer enough food to every hungry person who happens to venture into this city. And that too everyday-thanks to Goddess Annapoorna who happens to be the giver of food and nourishment! 

My Train To Varanasi  Just Left  Allahabad Junction's paltform :-)

My Train To Varanasi Just Left Allahabad Junction’s Platform :-)

Beautiful and serene Ganges :-)

Beautiful and serene Ganges :-)

And Arrives Varanasi-The City Of Lord Shiva :-)

And Arrives Varanasi-The City Of Lord Shiva :-)

 

The City Close To My Heart :-)

The City Close To My Heart :-)

Varanasi : One of the oldest living cities in the world :-)

Varanasi : One of the oldest living cities in the world :-)

The Square (read crossing) always enjoys a heavy traffic in Varanasi :-)

The Square (read crossing) always enjoys a heavy traffic in Varanasi :-)

You will not find streets empty in Varanasi :P

You will not find streets empty in Varanasi :P

Mall Culture Also Prevails In Varanasi :-)

Mall Culture Also Prevails In Varanasi :-)

Photogenic Kids Playing In One Of The Lanes In Varanasi :P

Photogenic Kids Playing In One Of The Lanes In Varanasi :P

Varanasi Breathes In Lanes :-)

Varanasi Breathes In Lanes :-)

Every time I Visit Varanasi I Always Notice Streets In Making :P

Every time I Visit Varanasi I Always Notice Streets In Making :P

Benaras Hindu University Hospital

Benaras Hindu University Hospital

 

Roads Spread On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University Were Not Only Clean But Also Empty!

Roads Spread On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University Were Not Only Clean But Also Empty!

A Beautiful Road Leading To New Vishwanath Shiva Temple situated on the campus of Benaras Hindu University :-)

A Beautiful Road Leading To New Vishwanath Shiva Temple Situated On The Campus Of Benaras Hindu University :-)

Benaras Hindu University Has A Huge Campus :-)

Benaras Hindu University Has A Huge Campus :-)

New Vishwanath Shiva Temple :-)

New Vishwanath Shiva Temple :-)

Myself Outside The Temple :-)

Myself Outside The Temple :-)

My Brother-in-Law who works at BHU Hospital Happily Played The Role Of Lensman For Images Which Feature Myself :P

My Brother-in-Law Who Works At BHU Hospital Happily Played The Role Of Lensman For Images Which Feature Myself :P The Statue Behind Him Belongs To Sri Madan Mohan Malviya Ji Who Was The Founder Of This Great Benaras Hindu University (BHU)

Beautiful View Of New Vishwanath Temple :-)

Beautiful View Of New Vishwanath Temple :-)

Inside The Temple :-)

Inside The Temple :-)

Extremely Beautiful Ceiling :-)

Extremely Beautiful Ceiling :-)

Beautifully Built Temple :-)

Beautifully Built Temple :-)

The Temple's Walls Are Full Of Inscriptions Carved On It Over Marble Slabs :-)

The Temple’s Walls Are Full Of Inscriptions Carved On It Over Marble Slabs :-)

Nandi The Bull : Vehicle Of Lord Shiva :P

Sri Nandi The Bull : Vehicle Of Lord Shiva :P

Greenery Is In Abundance :-)

Greenery Is In Abundance :-)

Nand The Bull Also Acts As Transmitter :P Devotees Of Shiva Believe That Whatever One Speaks Into The Ears Of This Bull Reaches Straight To Lord Shiva :-) My Brother-in-Law Did Not Miss The Opportunity :P

Sri Nandi The Bull Also Acts As Transmitter :P Devotees Of Shiva Believe That Whatever One Speaks Into The Ears Of This Bull Reaches Straight To Lord Shiva :-) My Brother-in-Law Did Not Miss The Opportunity :P

For Me It Was Enough That I Came To Have The Company Of Nandi Maharaj :P

For Me It Was Enough That I Came To Have The Company Of Nandi Maharaj :P

On The Stairs Leading To Lord Shiva :-)

On The Stairs Leading To Lord Shiva :-)

Happy Divine Moments :-)

Happy Divine Moments :-)

Enveloped in divinity :-)

Enveloped in divinity :-)

The Simple Structure Behind Brother-in-Law Is Used By The Devotees To Engage In Chanting Mantras :-)

The Simple Structure Behind Brother-in-Law Is Used By The Devotees To Engage In Chanting Mantras :-)

Rose Garden :-)

Rose Garden :-)

Extremely Beautiful View Of Temple :-)

Extremely Beautiful View Of Temple :-)

Evening Arrives :-)

Evening Arrives :-)

It's A Two Storey Temple :-)

It’s A Two Storey Temple :-)

Glad To Notice Sri Adi Sankara's Bhaja Govindam Strotam :-)

Glad To Notice Sri Adi Sankara’s Bhaja Govindam Strotam :-)

Lord Shiva's Statue On First Floor :-) Jai Shiva :-)

Lord Shiva’s Statue On First Floor :-) Jai Shiva :-)

That's The Statue Of Lord Shiva Situated On The First Floor :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

That’s The Statue Of Lord Shiva Situated On The First Floor :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

Beautiful Ceiling That I Noticed On First Floor :-)

Beautiful Ceiling That I Noticed On First Floor :-)

Also Notice Sri Laxmi- Narayana Ji's Statues :-) Salutations To Both Of Them :-)

Also Noticed Sri Laxmi- Narayana Ji’s Statues :-) Salutations To Both Of Them :-)

 

Complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita Inscribed On One Single Marble Slab :-) Jai Sri Krishna :-)

Complete Srimad Bhagavad Gita Inscribed On One Single Marble Slab :-) Jai Sri Krishna :-)

Also Noticed Sri Gautam Buddha In A Shiva Temple :-)

Also Noticed Sri Gautam Buddha In A Shiva Temple :-)

One Feels Great Peace Of Mind At This Place :-)

One Feels Great Peace Of Mind At This Place :-)

Goddess Durgaji's Statue Inside The Temple :-) My Pranama To The Mother Of Cosmos :-)

Goddess Durgaji’s Statue Inside The Temple :-) My Pranama To The Mother Of Cosmos :-)

Brother-in-Law Sitting Under In Meditative Mudra Under Ashoka Tree :-) That's The Same Tree Under Which Sitaji Sat When She Was Held Captive At Lanka. It's Believed That This Tree Has The Power To Make You Rise Above All Worries :-)

Brother-in-Law Sitting  In Meditative Mudra Under Ashoka Tree :-) That’s The Same Tree Under Which Sri Sitaji Sat When She Was Held Captive At Lanka. It’s Believed That This Tree Has The Power To Make You Rise Above All Worries :-)

Kanha My Cute Cousin Really Taken Aback On Seeing Me Leaving Varanasi. He Came To Bid Me Goodbye :-) Relax! I will Come Again And Again :P :P :P

Kanha My Cute Cousin Really Taken Aback On Seeing Me Leaving Varanasi. He Came To Bid Me Goodbye :-) Relax! I will Come Again And Again :P :P :P

Hope Lord Shiva's Blessings Always Keep Me In State Of Bliss :-)

Hope Lord Shiva’s Blessings Always Keep Me In State Of Bliss :-)

Mother Ganges At Mirzapur Which I Noticed While Going To My Village From Varanasi :-)

Mother Ganges At Mirzapur Which I Noticed While Going To My Village From Varanasi :-)

 

 

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मोदी से जुडी कुछ बाते: ना पक्ष में और ना विपक्ष में !

मोदी आ जरूर रहे है लेकिन उनके लिए प्रधानमंत्री का मुकुट किसी कांटो से भरे ताज के समान ही होगा। देखना यही है कि इन विषम परिस्थितियों में वे किस तरह देश को विकास के राह पे ले जाते है. सबसे बड़ी बात यही है कि हिन्दू जनमानस के भावनाओं का वो कितना ख्याल रख पाएंगे इस तरह के माहौल में जहा सिर्फ मुस्लिम अधिकार या क्रिस्चियन अधिकार ही सेक्युलर भावना का आधार बन चुके है!

मोदी आ जरूर रहे है लेकिन उनके लिए प्रधानमंत्री का मुकुट किसी कांटो से भरे ताज के समान ही होगा। देखना यही है कि इन विषम परिस्थितियों में वे किस तरह देश को विकास के राह पे ले जाते है. सबसे बड़ी बात यही है कि हिन्दू जनमानस के भावनाओं का वो कितना ख्याल रख पाएंगे इस तरह के माहौल में जहा सिर्फ मुस्लिम अधिकार या क्रिस्चियन अधिकार ही सेक्युलर भावना का आधार बन चुके है!


चुनाव के वक्त किसी एक बड़ी लहर का होना एक विशेष घटना होती है. लहर तभी होती है जब किसी जनप्रिय नेता का अचानक निधन हो जाए दुखद तरीके से या राजनैतिक हलकों में किसी स्कैम या स्कैंडल की वजह से किसी ख़ास पार्टी की तरफ लहर का माहौल बन जाए. इसलिए मोदी के पक्ष में लहर कई कारणों से अनोखी है. एक तो ये किसी दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना की उपज नहीं है और दूसरी ये कि ये किसी बड़े कारण से नहीं उपजी है. इस लहर के पीछे कारण सिर्फ ये है कि लोग बदलाव चाहते है. कांग्रेस के कथनी और करनी में फर्क को देखते देखते लोग त्रस्त हो चुके है. ऐसे में नरेंद्र मोदी जिन्होंने गुजरात में अच्छा काम कर दिखाया तमाम विघटनकारी शक्तियों से सामना करते हुए वे लोगो के नज़रो में आशा की एक बड़ी किरण बन के उभरे है. और इस कदर उभरे है कि हर गली कूंचो में लोग इनके बारे में चर्चा कर रहे है. इन चर्चाओ में हर तबके के लोग शामिल है और हर उम्र वर्ग के लोग शामिल है. देहातो में आप निकल जाए वहा भी मोदी की लहर है. और ये सिर्फ सुनियोजित प्रचार के चलते संभव नहीं हुआ है बल्कि आश्चर्यजनक तरीके से मोदी में उपजे विश्वास के चलते सम्भव हुआ है.

नरेंद्र मोदी ने गुजरात में अच्छा काम किया ये तो है ही लेकिन कांग्रेस का दोहरा चरित्र लोगो ने भली भाँति समझ लिया ये एक बड़ी वजह है. लोगो ने ये समझ लिया है कि कांग्रेस राज के चलते इस देश में कुछ भी सही संभव नहीं. ये सिर्फ लोगो का शोषण करने के लिए बनी पार्टी है जिसमे नेता के नाम पर किसी एक परिवार के प्रति सम्मान रखने वाले चापलूस भरे पड़े हैं. ऐसा शायद ही कभी इस देश में हुआ हो कि किसी  प्रधानमन्त्री की छवि इतने असहाय और कमजोर व्यक्ति के रूप में उभरी हो जबकि उसके पास गुणों का भण्डार रहा हों. उसकी सबसे बड़ी वजह ये थी कि कांग्रेस ने कभी भी अच्छे आदमी को ताकत नहीं सौपी. सिर्फ उन्ही लोगो को आगे बढ़ाया जिन्होंने चमचागिरी और चाटुकारिता में यकीन रखा. अच्छे लोगो को कांग्रेस ने निकम्मा बना के छोड़ा. अब की  पीढ़ी ने ये कांग्रेस का चरित्र समझ लिया और वो बदलाव चाहती है. मोदी ना होते कोई और नेता इतने ही कद का होता तो वो भी लहर को जन्म दे देता. लेकिन नियति ने यह एक मौका मोदी को दिया है.

अगर हम मोदी के नज़रिये से देखे तो ये एक अच्छी घटना भी है और अच्छी नहीं भी है. वो इसलिए कि विरोधाभासों से भरे इस देश में जब आप किसी एक व्यक्ति पे इतना भरोसा कर लेते है और उससे इतनी सारी उम्मीदे पाल लेते है तो ऐसे में उसको अपने पोटेंशियल को आज़माना और सब की उम्मीदों पर खरे उतरना असंभव सा हो जाता है. लोगो का मोदी के प्रति उत्साह देख कर तो ये लगता है कि मोदी के आने के बाद क्रन्तिकारी बदलाव आएगा उस देश में जो पिछले साठ-सत्तर सालो क्या कई युगो से गुलामी के चक्र में पिसता चला आ रहा है. ये लोगो का इस कदर उम्मीदे पाल लेना, इतना उत्साह से लबरेज़ हो जाना खलता है. लोगो को उम्मीदे पालने में तार्किक और न्यायसंगत होना चाहिए ताकि आने वाला आदमी कुछ सही कर पाये वरना कुछ समय बाद लोग फिर चिढ़ने, कुढ़ने और गरियाने लगते है.

गुजरात के दंगो की बात करने वाले गोधरा नरसंहार पे चुप्पी साध लेते है !

गुजरात के दंगो की बात करने वाले गोधरा नरसंहार पे चुप्पी साध लेते है !

आप पहले इस देश का चरित्र देखे. जिस कांग्रेस पार्टी ने इतने सालो तक राज किया उसके पास किस तरह के नेता है. जो इनका यूथ  आइकॉन है इनकी नज़रो में और जो दुर्भाग्य से इनका प्रधानमंत्री पद का दावेदार भी है वो इतनी निकृष्ट सोच रखता है कि वे किसी की निजी जिंदगी में कीचड़ उछालने से बाज़ नहीं आता जबकि यही पार्टी महिलाओं का सम्मान करने का दम्भ पालती है! ये पार्टी युवा सोच का सम्मान करने वाली के रूप में अपने को प्रमोट कर रही है. तो क्या युवाओ की सोच इतनी सतही हो गयी है कि सत्ता का मोह किसी के निजी जिंदगी के उन किस्सों को उजागर करे जिनका वर्तमान से कुछ लेना देना ना हो?

इस देश में कांग्रेस के अलावा कुछ तथाकथित सेक्युलर पार्टिया भी है जिन्हे अपने प्रोग्रेसिव होने का दम्भ है और विगत वर्षो में ये कुछ इस कदर प्रोग्रेसिव हुई कि मुख्यधारा में शामिल राजनैतिक दलों के समूह से ही इनका लोप हो गया. बल्कि राजनैतिक दल के रूप में मान्यता भी घटे वोट प्रतिशत के कारण समाप्त हो गई. लेकिन इनके कुछ प्रकाशन अभी भी इनके नाम का भोंपू बजाते रहते है बेसिर पैर के लेखो के जरिये. सो इन प्रकाशनों के जरिये ये सन्देश दिया जा रहा है कि मोदी के आ जाने से “नरम फांसीवाद” का उदय होगा और ये कुछ ऐसा ही है जिस तरह हिटलर ने सत्ता प्राप्त की थी. इस तरह की सायकोटिक और पैरानॉयड सोच की वजह से ही भारत की जनता ने इन्हे मुख्यधारा से ही हटा दिया. इनका खुद का इतिहास ही क्रूर तानाशाहों से भरा रहा है लिहाज़ा इनका इस तरह से भयाक्रांत होना और लोगो में भी बेवजह भय उत्पन्न करना इनका एकमात्र धंधा बन गया है. ये खुद कितने साफ़ सुथरे चरित्र वाले रहे है इसका नमूना तो आप पश्चिम बंगाल में देख सकते है जहा मार्क्सवादी गुंडों ने कितने सालो तक आर्गनाइज्ड बूथ कैप्चरिंग करके किसी को सत्ता में आने ना दिया. कथनी और करनी में कितना ज्यादा फ़ासला हो सकता है ये इस पार्टी ने देश में सबको दिखाया।

इसी पार्टी की विचारधारा के लोगो ने देश और विदेश की  मेनस्ट्रीम मीडिया में अपने दलाल रख छोड़े है जिनका मुख्य काम यही है कि जहा दक्षिणपंथी सोच हावी होते हुए दिखे वहा पे तुरंत इस बात को प्रचारित करना शुरू कर दो कि देश की कल्चरल डाइवर्सिटी को खतरा है, मुसलमानो के बुरे दिन आ गए है, क्रिस्चियनस के बुरे दिन आ गए है इत्यादि. गुजरात के दंगो का जिन्न भी निकल कर बाहर आ जायेगा. याद करिये जब गुजरात में मोदी एक बार फिर बहुमत से जीत कर आये थे तो इलेक्ट्रॉनिक मीडिया उस वक्त किस नज़रिये से जीत को देख रही थी; ये देखे कि इस बात पे बहस हो रही थी कि मुस्लिमो का वोट प्रतिशत क्या रहा है और कहा पे मुस्लिमो ने वोट दिया और कहा नहीं दिया! मुस्लिम वोट के नाम पे होने वाले तमाशे को खुद मुस्लिम ही अगर सुलझा सके अपनी कबीलाई मानसिकता से ऊपर उठ कर तो बेहतर होगा. क्योकि बाहर से कोई इन्हे समझाए प्रेशर डाल कर तो खुद इनके भीतर और बाहर भी एक गलत सन्देश जाता है. लिहाज़ा इन्हे ही कुछ करना होगा ताकि इनके नाम पे होने वाले वीभत्स तमाशे बंद हो सके. पता नहीं क्यों मुस्लिमो ने हमेशा अपने को इस्तेमाल होते रहने देना पसंद किया है? इनके अंदर अभी भी बंद दिमागों का प्रभाव है जो इन्हे कभी भी वर्तमान में सही तरीके से जुड़ने से रोकता है और हर गलत ताकत से इनको जोड़ देता है. हो सकता है इनको अपने इस्तेमाल होते रहने में हित सधते दिखते है!

अमेरिका को ना पाकिस्तान में हुए हिन्दुओ पर अत्याचार दिखा और ना ही कभी उसे पाकिस्तान में कल्चरल डाइवर्सिटी खतरे में दिखी! केवल भारत में ही उसे ये खतरा दिखता है और वो भी चुनावो के वक्त या किसी और नाजुक समय में!

अमेरिका को ना पाकिस्तान में हुए हिन्दुओ पर अत्याचार दिखा और ना ही कभी उसे पाकिस्तान में कल्चरल डाइवर्सिटी खतरे में दिखी! केवल भारत में ही उसे ये खतरा दिखता है और वो भी चुनावो के वक्त या किसी और नाजुक समय में!

ऐसा नहीं कि हैलुसिनेशन का शिकार मेनस्ट्रीम मीडिया या राजनेता सिर्फ भारत में ही हलचल मचाते है बल्कि ऐसे नाज़ुक क्षणों में विदेशो में भी इस तरह के हैलुसिनेशन से ग्रसित लोग हर तरह की नौटंकी करने लगते है. अब अमेरिका में देखिये जैसे ही वहा के लोगो को मोदी के सत्ता में आने की संभावना दिखी वही पे अमेरिकी कांग्रेस में अच्छी खासी बहस छिड़ गयी कि मोदी के आगमन का मतलब कल्चरल डाइवर्सिटी को खतरा है जबकि भारत ही वो देश है साउथ एशिया में जहा कल्चरल डाइवर्सिटी सबसे स्थिर रही है. बिडम्बना देखिये कि रेसोलुशन ४१७ तब कभी नहीं लाया गया जब पाकिस्तान में अल्पसंख्यक हिन्दू और सिख संप्रदाय पे बर्बर जुल्म हुए और उनका प्रतिशत लगातार घटता रहा इनके पलायन की वजह से. खुद अपने देश में कश्मीरी पंडितो पे हुए जुल्म को किसी अमेरिकी संस्था ने संज्ञान में लेने की कोशिश नहीं की. इस रेसोलुशन में गुजरात दंगो के लिए मोदी को जिम्मेदार माना गया जो ये दर्शाता है कि निहित स्वार्थ के चलते सोचने वाले दिमाग कितने संकीर्ण हो जाते है. ये बहस तब हो रही है जब सुप्रीम कोर्ट की निगरानी में चले गहन इन्वेस्टीगेशन ने मोदी को क्लीन चिट दी और यहाँ तक कि गुजरात दंगो की दोबारा जांच की मांग को भी ख़ारिज कर दिया. गोधरा में ट्रेन में हुए नरसंहार को भी स्पेशल कोर्ट  ने एक संप्रदाय विशेष को ही दोषी माना और इसमें शामिल लोगो को मौत की सजा दी. अमेरिका जो ऊँची सोच का दम्भ रखता है शायद उसे भारत की न्याय परंपरा से अधिक संकीर्ण सोच से ग्रसित और गलत ताकतों द्वारा पोषित मेनस्ट्रीम मीडिया के कुछ प्रकाशनों पे ज्यादा ही भरोसा है.

 मोदी आ जरूर रहे है लेकिन उनके लिए प्रधानमंत्री का मुकुट किसी कांटो से भरे ताज के समान ही होगा. देखना यही है कि इन विषम परिस्थितियों में वे किस तरह देश को विकास के राह पे ले जाते है. सबसे बड़ी बात यही है कि हिन्दू जनमानस के भावनाओं का वो कितना ख्याल रख पाएंगे इस तरह के माहौल में जहा सिर्फ मुस्लिम अधिकार या क्रिस्चियन अधिकार ही सेक्युलर भावना का आधार बन चुके है! क्या वो विखंडित हिन्दू आस्था को  एक बेहतर मजबूती दे पाएंगे? क्या  इतनी सारी उम्मीदे पाले असंख्य लोगो की  आशाओ पे मोदी खरे उतर पाएंगे? ये तो सिर्फ अब आने वाला वक्त ही बतायेगा. बेहतर तो यही है कि इतनी सारी उम्मीदे पालने से अच्छा है कि मोदी को अपने हिसाब से चलने दिया जाए!

अमेरिका में मानवाधिकार की ऊँची ऊँची बाते करने वाली संस्थाओ ने कभी भी कश्मीरी पंडितो के दुर्दशा को संज्ञान में नहीं लिया !

अमेरिका में मानवाधिकार की ऊँची ऊँची बाते करने वाली संस्थाओ ने कभी भी कश्मीरी पंडितो के दुर्दशा को संज्ञान में नहीं लिया !

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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!

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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

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Allahabad enjoys a glorious legacy. It’s a city that has been dominated by best minds since time immemorial. Its ancient name Prayag is associated with Rishis (saints) and Devas (demigods) eager to have an opportunity to live in this city.  Sri Rama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu,  and, Sri Shankaracharya, incarnation of Lord Shiva,  both came to interact with this city in their own ways.  Needless to state about Kumbh Mela, which provides it a global appeal.  And who can forget its role in Independence movement? And in post- Independence  era, it still continues to dominate the course of this great nation by giving birth to remarkable thought patterns. Leading politicians, top bureaucrats, great literary figures and etc.  all belong to this city. This city wedded to realism is very very slow in embracing ultra-modern changes, but now it has  started accepting bizarre changes all in the name of being in tune with time!

Even Allahabad's Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speak About Saints :-)

Even Allahabad’s Skyline Above A Busy Corner Of The City Speaks About Saints :-)

This city has imbibed secular spirt so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated my modern India's so-called secular leaders. It's beauitul Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

This city has imbibed secular spirit so well without any adherence to so-called secularism demonstrated by modern India’s so-called secular leaders. It’s beautiful Central Methodist church located in Civil Lines.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called "All Saints Cathedral" ( Patthar Girja)!  Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

Another beautiful church located in Allahabad called “All Saints Cathedral” (Patthar Girja)! Designed by William Emerson this church depicts Gothic style.

A Busy Street In Chowk Area. It's always a great rush here!

A Busy street in Chowk Area. It’s always a great rush here!

Another corner of Chowk Area.  This area comes in old Allahabad.

Another corner of Chowk area. This area comes in old Allahabad.

Don't be confused! It's not a  gali of Benaras. It's Allahabad's Loknath Ki Gali :-) Here too, like Varanasi's gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people :P :P :P

Don’t be confused! It’s not a gali of Benaras. It’s Allahabad’s Loknath Ki Gali :-) Here too, like Varanasi’s gali, you would find Lord Shiva, Bull, Bhaang, Mithai, Chaat and sea of people :P :P :P

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It's called Imarti :P :P :P

Yum! Yum! Yum! Sweets being made in Loknath Ki Gali. It’s called Imarti :P :P :P

Parrots on sale :P

Parrots on sale :P

 

This is Baldau's famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj :-) These two brothers  started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

This is Baldau’s famous newspaper corner at very busy crossing of Johnstonganj :-) These two brothers started this shop in late 90s and even in era of Internet they have done well to retain the flow of customers!

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images :P :P :P

And here Lord is on sale..I mean their images :P :P :P

Hot Popcorns :P :P  Garma Garam Aur Karare :P :P

Hot Popcorns :P :P Garma Garam Aur Karare :P :P

It's the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It's the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

It’s the place which defines the existence of Prayag..It’s the place which bears testimony to one of the largest gatherings on planet earth called as Kumbh Mela..This is Sangam area, which is confluence of three rivers, namely, Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati!

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place :-)

Visitors from distant lands arrive at this divine place :-)

These are Pandas-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers...

Usually one finds  Pandas beneath such constructions-the people who perform religious rituals on banks of rivers…However, at this time, we are noticing only the devotees :P

Well, it's a great feeling to be at this place...It fills you with positive energy!!

Well, it’s a great feeling to be at this place…It fills you with positive energy!!

 

Evening Hours At Sangam :-) So Beautiful :-)

Evening Hours At Sangam :-) So Beautiful :-)

On Road To Sangam :P

On Road To Sangam :P

During Mela time It's absolutely  jam-packed !

During Mela time it’s absolutely jam-packed!

This routes are created during Mela days to allow  smooth passage of vehicles!

These routes are created during Mela days to allow smooth passage of vehicles!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Beautiful View Of The Sangam Area!

Now That's The Place Which Millions Of Devotees Each Year :-)

Now That’s The Place Which Witnesses Millions Of Devotees Each Year :-)

I also left my footprints here :-) :-) :-)

I also left my footprints here :-) :-) :-)

 A Bird's Eye View Of The Sangam Area :P

A Bird’s Eye View Of The Sangam Area :P

Glimpse of Devotees At This Place. They come from various parts of India in a hope to have their wishes fulfilled.  But not without taking a dip in the icy waters :P :P :P

Glimpse of devotees at this place. They come from various parts of India with a hope to have their wishes fulfilled. But not without taking a dip in the icy waters :P :P :P

This Is Allahabad's Fort built  by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it's under the control of Indian Army!

This Is Allahabad’s Fort built by great ruler King Ashoka! Now it’s under the control of Indian Army!

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 AD !

This beautiful fort was repaired by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D. !

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort.  This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annhilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sita Maiyya and Lakshmana!

This is famous Akshayavat Temple situated inside Allahabad Fort. This temple has so many great stories associated with it from being the only place to survive during great annihilation of universe by the Lord to a place associated with visit of Lord Rama, Sri Sita Maiyya and Sri Lakshmana!

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads :P

In Uttar Pradesh very few cities have beautiful roads :P

 

This is Bade Hanuman Ji's Temple located in Sangam Area. It's an extremely popular temple among the devotees!  Notice the huge number of devotees at this place!  Interestingly, it believes that every year Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once :-)

This is Bade Hanuman Ji’s Temple located in Sangam Area. It’s an extremely popular temple among the devotees! Notice the huge number of devotees at this place! Interestingly, every year Sri Hanumanji, who is in lying position in this temple, is made to have total bath by Ganges at least once :-)

Life around this temple. It's so colourful and serene :-)

Life around this temple. It’s so colourful and serene :-)

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends :P :P :P

These three fellows were having great arguments among themselves..Later they became friends :P :P :P

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced :P

Modern upper class women might not be interested in buying any item from these shops but women from rural belts spend a long time on these shops to have their beauty enhanced :P

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji.  Sri Adi Shankara ji was India's greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

This is a temple dedicated to Sri Adi Shankaracharya ji. Sri Adi Shankara ji was India’s greatest philosopher who added new dimensions in Advaita Darshana. This temple is managed by Shri Kanchi Kamkoti Peeth.

Entrance  Gate Of This Temple.

Entrance Gate Of This Temple.

Various episodes from the life of  Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Kumarila Bhatta :-)

Various episodes from the life of Sri Adi Shankara have been shown via images carved on the walls of the temple. In this one, we find him having a dialogue with another great philosopher of his times Sri Kumarila Bhatta :-)

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara's debate with Sri Mandana Misra- a great Hindu philosopher :-) :-) :-)

Now who can forget Sri Adi Shankara’s debate with Sri Mandana Misra- a great Hindu philosopher ?  :-) :-) :-)

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

Just close to this temple one would find this beautiful shop selling decorative items made of brass and other metals!

It's a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area :-)

It’s a beautiful affair to have a lonely walk on these roads in Sangam Area :-)

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad's  Daraganj area. Allahbadi's best remember it for Niralaji's presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

Close to the Sangam area lies Allahbad’s Daraganj area. Allahbadis best remember it for Niralaji’s presence, who happened to be doyen of Hindi literature. Notice his statue behind the vegetable shop!

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique :-)

The rustic feeling which one gets on being streets leading to Daraganj is quite unique :-)

This street is bit cleaner without losing  its rustic appeal :P

This street is bit cleaner without losing its rustic appeal :P

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm :P

And Daraganj area has its own railway station. Small stations have their own unique charm :P

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area :P :P :P

And I also came to notice these very beautiful calves in Daraganj area :P :P :P

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Ma's Temple.  During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees :-)

Daraganj area has many well-known temples. One of them is associated with Goddess Shakti: Alopi Devi’s Temple. During Navratris there is huge flow of devotees :-)

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi's Temple :-)

Inside view of Sri Alopi Devi’s Temple :-)

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind :P :P This temple known as  Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It's learnt that  Srila Prabhupada took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja!  Jai Sri Krishna :P :P

Now how can Lord Krishna remain far behind :P :P This temple known as Rupa Gaudiya Math is part of Vaishnava cult. It’s learnt that Srila Prabhupadaji  took initiation here from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati ji Maharaja! Jai Sri Krishna :P :P

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple :-)

And the life goes on in routine way on streets running parallel to this temple :-)

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College Associated With Sampoornananda University, Varanasi :-)

And I also came to notice this Sanskrit College associated with Sampoornananda University, Varanasi, in Daraganj area :-)

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla :P  If not, then it's time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas :P ...And notice the huge crowd :P

Have you tasted Dehati Rasgulla :P If not, then it’s time for you to taste them :P. My favourite shop lies in Bairahana area..During my college days, this was my favourite place for Rasgullas :P …And notice the huge crowd :P

They taste really good :P...Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad :P :P

They taste really good :P…Just have them before I come back with Part 2 of photo feature associated with Allahabad :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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 References:

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

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?

Khushwant Singh: The Writer Who Made Reading An Interesting Affair!

I would not remember Khushwant Singh as a writer who dealt with women, wine, kisses and sex in his writings, but I would always remember him as a writer who made it easy for me to write simple English in an age when writing has got wedded to complexities!

I would not remember Khushwant Singh as a writer who dealt with women, wine, kisses and sex in his writings, but I would always remember him as a writer who made it easy for me to write simple English in an age when writing has got wedded to complexities!

I have always been a great fan of writings of Khushwant Singh. That’s because his style of writing made reading an interesting affair, an engrossing episode. In fact, I did not subscribe to his ideological leanings but, nevertheless, I always found enough time to have a look at his write-ups. In literary circles, he was known for bringing forth history of Sikhs. It was a voluminous affair and he did that with perfection. Besides that novels like Train to Pakistan substantiated his fame as a writer.

I remember well that I had habit of reading novels in college days but slow reading never allowed me to finish the novels in one go. Being student of English Literature my bond with English novels deepened with each passing moment in those years. One of my classmates, who loved to buy novels in his limited pocket money, bought this novel but kept it a secret, knowing well that if by chance I came to know about the whole thing, the novel would soon become a history for him. Unfortunately, all things hidden secretly are spotted easily by me. I carried this novel to my home, much against his desire, but I returned this novel to him just after few days. It came as a huge surprise for him since I was infamous for keeping novels for months at my home. I told him that this novel was written in such a lucid way that it made reading a pleasant affair.

Train to Pakistan records tragic events related with Partition of India. It was a complex theme of which I had become aware of through TV serials like Tamas. And so I was not interested in reading again anything related with same theme but once I started reading this novel not for a moment I found reading becoming a dull task. It was written in such a soul-stirring manner that you were left with no other alternative other than to read from start to finish, devoid of long breaks! That explains as to why he emerged as such a popular writer among all the class of people. His writings were devoid of flamboyant and bombastic expressions. He wrote in simple English- something that you also notice when you are reading works of R K Narayan- which attracted even those readers having aversion for anything written in English!

Nowadays I meet many readers who complain that reading has become such a difficult task because modern day writers, especially award-winners, have given way to complex phrases, weird expressions, and meandering sentence constructions which more often than not leave them confused and irritated. However, this was not the case with Khushwant Singh. His column “With Malice towards One and All” which featured in English dailies and “Na Kahu Se Dosti Na Kahu Se Bair” which found space in Hindi newspapers broke all records of popularity. The anecdotes, and daily dose of humour which marked these columns served as life-line for many readers besides ensuring a respectable circulation.

Now having turned writer myself, I feel grateful to writers like Khushwant Singh, R K Narayan and Ruskin Bond, who taught me the art of writing simple English. I mean they taught me how to narrate serious episodes in easy language without compromising with seriousness inherent in them! I would not remember Khushwant Singh as a writer who dealt with women, wine, kisses and sex in his writings, but I would always remember him as a writer who made it easy for me to write simple English in an age when writing has got wedded to complexities!

One of the most important works of Khushwant Singh!

One of the most important works of Khushwant Singh!

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आमिर खान: गम्भीर समस्याओ को समोसा चटनी न बनाये तो बेहतर होगा!

देश की फिक्र के लिए क्या बस ऐसे ही लोग मिले थें?

देश की फिक्र के लिए क्या बस ऐसे ही लोग मिले थें?

मुझे सत्यमेव जयते कार्यक्रम के फॉर्मेट से बेहद आपत्ति है. इस तरह के कार्यक्रम जटिल समस्यायों को सिर्फ समोसा -चटनी के सामान चटपटा बनाकर पेश करने का माध्यम बन गए है. इस से गम्भीर समस्या के और जटिल संस्करण उभर के आते है. आमिर टाइप के कलाकारो का क्या नुक्सान हुआ? कुछ नहीं: महँगी फीस बटोरो और तथाकथित जागरूक इंसान का अपने ऊपर ठप्पा लगवाकर चलते बनो और जा पहुचो देश की फिक्र करने किसी कोक-शोक की दूकान पर. ठेस और चोट उनको पहुचती है जिनकी संवेदनशीलता का भद्दा मजाक बनाकर इस तरह के कार्यक्रम सफलता के पायदान चढ़ते है. आमिर टाइप के लोग कलाकारी अगर बड़े परदे पर करे वही उनको शोभा देता है. गम्भीरता का पुतला बनने की कोशिश छोड़ दे. कम से कम आमिर टाइप के कलाकार ये कोशिश ना ही करे तो बेहतर होगा.

संवेदनशील मुद्दो की या देश की फिक्र करने के लिए इस देश में वास्तविक गम्भीर दिमागो की कोई कमी नहीं. फिर ये समझ से परे है कि दूरदर्शन जैसे सम्मानित सरकारी माध्यम क्यों इस तरह के सतही लोगो को गम्भीर मुद्दो पर विचार विमर्श करने के लिए बुलवाते है? एक बात और समझना बेहद जरूरी है: क्या गम्भीर समस्याओ को ग्लैमरस रूप देना जरूरी है? क्या यही एक सार्थक तरीका बचा है गम्भीर मुद्दो के साथ न्याय करने का? कुल मिला कर इस बात को महसूस करना बेहद जरूरी है कि अगर आप वाकई देश की फिक्र करते है तो उनका सम्मान करे जो सम्मान के योग्य है. इनको बुलाये और ये आपको बताएँगे कि किसी संवेदनशील मुद्दे पर क्या रूख रखना चाहिए. और अगर सही लोगो को बुलाकर चीज़ो को सही सन्दर्भ में समझने का धैर्य नहीं है तो कम से कम आमिर जैसे लोगो को बुलाकर गम्भीरता का मज़ाक ना बनवाये. इतना तो किया जा सकता है कि नहीं?

 अगर सही लोगो को बुलाकर चीज़ो को सही सन्दर्भ में समझने का धैर्य नहीं है तो कम से कम आमिर जैसे लोगो को बुलाकर गम्भीरता का मज़ाक ना बनवाये। इतना तो किया जा सकता है कि नहीं?

अगर सही लोगो को बुलाकर चीज़ो को सही सन्दर्भ में समझने का धैर्य नहीं है तो कम से कम आमिर जैसे लोगो को बुलाकर गम्भीरता का मज़ाक ना बनवाये। इतना तो किया जा सकता है कि नहीं?

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