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Ayodhya Verdict:The Land Belongs To Shri Rama !!!!

Ram Lala Gets The Rights

Ram Lala Gets The Rights

 

The Allahabad High Court has finally delivered the verdict in one of the most unique and sensational cases in Indian legal history called Ayodhya case.The land belongs to Lord Rama,says the High Court in unanimous way in the Babri-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit.The judgment favoured the Hindu theory that disputed land belongs to Hindus in totality,being the birth place of Lord Rama.The bench comprising of Justice S U  Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma was in no doubt over the fact that makeshift Ram Lala temple is the place where Ram Lala was born.It quashed the Sunni Waqf Board’s all claims in this regard.The court ruled arrived at the opinion that site on which the idol of Lord Rama stood belonged to the Hindus and part of the land under the central dome of the Babri Masjid was the Ram Janamsthan which should go to the Hindus.   

However,the Allahabad High Court in order to make the verdict make room for an amicable agreement has decided that disputed land shall be divided into three parts between Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the party representing Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha – the party for Lord Ram.Each one of them will get 1/ 3 portion from the 2.7 acre disputed land. However,the court has made it very clear that in the final division the Rama Janmasthan which lies in the Central dome of the Babri Mosque shall go to the Hindus.As per news reports based on the interpretation of the Allahabad High Court Lucknow’s bench it has been decided that there will be broadly three division:1) Ram Lala, the birthplace of Lord Ram, given to Ram Lala Virajman (2) Sita Rasoi and Ram Chabootra to Nirmohi Akhara and (3) The remaining part to be given to the Sunni Waqf Board.   

Coming to the reactions ,the political parties have appreciated the stand of High Court. The common men and as well as the institutions who wish to see the construction of Ram Temple on that site are happy that now their dream to see a Ram Temple is no longer a distant reality. Yes,it was more an emotive issue than a legal issue.No wonder people from all walks of society remained on the edge wondering what will be the verdict of the High Court.I found many friends who never telephoned me because of so-called lack of balance spent a lot of money in knowing the details !! Progressive souls often enter into blabbering that religion is of no use in modern times as people on street are more involved in bread and butter concern.However,the bright Hindu faces told a different story ,making the theories shared by progressive secular brigade fit enough for the dustbin.No wonder the progressive parties are tight lipped under the disguise of making a proper study of the judgment !!!!   

Great Allahabad High Court Always Creating History

Great Allahabad High Court Always Creating History

 

I also noticed how foreign media loves to distort the truth.After the decision was given it instead of highlighting the main points of judgment went on to talk about the panic like situation in the country and taking into note the Muslim concerns stated that final decision shall come after many years due to Supreme Court’s intervention.The impression it has generated that judgment is vague in nature.That’s far away from truth.The judges have not passed a split verdict.On all the key issues ranging from the actual ownership to nature of division the judges have been unanimous.For instance in a majority verdict it has been proven that “the disputed site is the birth place of Lord Ram.”and” it is established that the property in suit is the site of Janm Bhumi [birthplace] of Ram Chandra Ji and Hindus in general had the right to worship Charan [Lord Ram’s slippers], Sita Rasoi [Goddess Sita’s kitchen], other idols and other object of worship existed upon the property in suit. It is also established that Hindus have been worshiping the place in dispute as Janm Sthan, ie a birthplace as deity and visiting it as a sacred place of pilgrimage as of right since time immemorial”.The Bench also stated that “” it is also proved that the outer courtyard was in exclusive possession of Hindus and they were worshiping throughout and in the inner courtyard (in the disputed structure) they were also worshiping ” and “it is also established that the disputed structure cannot be treated as a mosque as it came into existence against the tenets of Islam.”    

Lastly,the bench made it cleat that “it is further declared that the portion below the central dome where at present the idol is kept in a makeshift temple will be allotted to Hindus in final decree”. I am not sure why is foreign media so confused when court in a majority verdict stated that Hindus are the real owners of the disputed site. Oh !! A pro Muslim verdict would have made them a lot happier and less ambiguous while reporting. That’s why they are now more concerned about panic,about the “partial disappointment of Muslim claimants”, and about Apex court’s intervention !!!   

In fact,the judge DV Sharma has given a different verdict.His dissenting verdict which does not constitute the majority opinion of the bench is crystal clear that entire premises belonged to Hindus.He has clearly stated on basis of findings of ASI that Babri Mosque was built by demolishing “massive Hindu religious structure” and since the Mosque was against the tenets of Islam it cannot be treated as mosque at all.Interestingly,that mosque was built after demolishing a Hindu temple is view both of Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice DV Sharma.Only Justice SU Khan believes that mosque came into existence on the ruins of temple!!! I would also like to make it clear that though majority verdict has allocated 1/3 land to Muslims the judges differed in opinion to what extent Muslims own the disputed land. Justice Agarwal believes that only ” the area within the inner courtyard” belonged to both Muslims and Hindus due to their collective usage of it for a long period.On the other hand S U Khan feels that both Muslims and Hindus are ” joint title holders in possession of the entire premises in dispute”.In nutshell, though the verdict has allowed Muslims to be part of the disputed site ,it’s quite clear that claims of Sunni Waqf Board are baseless and illegal. The foreign media that’s worried about division of I/3 portion of Muslims should take note of the fact that court has stated that ‘a part of the outer courtyard which was in the possession of Hindus could be given to Muslims’.Anyway, the Court has for another three months imposed status quo.   

In the end ,I must say peace loving Hindus are happy.They have no problem with their 1/ 3 portion going to the Muslims.It’s another thing that Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha plans to move Supreme Court challenging the allocation made to Muslims.There is news that even Sunni Central Waqf Board will move SC as it feels that “The Babri mosque cannot be reduced to a part or portion” even as all its claim have been trashed by the Allahabad’s Lucknow Bench !! Let’s this drama continue but by and large the road to Ram Lala Grand Temple is now free of all obstacles.Once again Prayag(Allahabad) the most loved city of Gods and sages has shaped the destiny of Bharata (India) in most divine manner.It’s indeed time to say “Bolo Ram Shri Ram Jai Jai Ram” :-))   

Shri Sita Rama

Shri Sita Rama

 

A Person Living A Simple Life Is Worse Than A Chosen Fool !

It's difficult to be simple !!

It’s difficult to be simple !!

I received a comment on one of my poems titled Memories that made me go into a thinking mode. The comment stated that it’s difficult to be simple. I was soon surrounded by strange thoughts and my consciousness got trapped in the reflection taking place in the mind and intellect. Let me come straight to the question that gave me lot of trouble:Why it’s difficult to be simple ? I am posting my views on this post not to show what I feel in this regard but just to receive views from enlightened readers in this regard. 

I don’t know much about the rise and fall of various civilizations.I don’t know what were the intrinsic attributes these civilizations actually represented.However, I know some of the mighty and glorious civilizations came to end because they left the company of simple ideals for the sake of pompous attributes.That was bound to make them get lost into unheard pages of history forever.Coming back to our times aren’t we Indians committing the same mistakes by giving to false set of plastic values.One needs to analyze that how the nation that treats “jagat” (world) as “Mithya” (illusion) has allowed the dominance of cheap and superficial values ? Or should I say “Jhandu” values. 

Thank God ,I have good parents and some real good friends who have allowed me to remain down to earth without much discomfort till date. Most of my these friends have given way to rat race all in the name of practicality but that has not disappointed me.I am still the same “outdated guy” with old values. My best friends treat me as a person who is not in tune with the values of present times-a view they express behind my back even as they admire my will power to remain in tune with old values. So why it’s difficult to remain simple these days ? 

It’s because people have two sets of values these days. One they actually follow and the other one is merely used as inspirational quote to impress a group.The idea to remain simple falls in the set of values that has the same utility as showpiece items. All our politicians ,writers, professors and successful people use these lofty values as showpiece items. They preach but do not practice.That has given rise to impression that once you start embracing better values the distance between you and the success becomes more and more .To be successful it’s now necessary that you remain at a safe distance from the simple values. 

Let me say in harsh word why any sensible guy will hate to be simple and innocent person in our times.Because to be simple in our times means you are worse than a chosen fool. Even a chosen fool will think twice in embracing simple values.Why ? Have we left any scope for a person in league with better values to live a dignified life ? What’s the gain of a person who dares to remain honest and simple ? He/she comes to gain unending peace within but is the unending peace will allow his/her family members a better life ? 

Have a glimpse of the world around. Even a village boy in tattered clothes loves to flash a costly mobile. I was sitting in a secluded corner of my village temple. A boy only in his chaddhi and no shirt on his body was grazing his buffaloes in the nearby fields.I noticed he was listening a song in his mobile.Later,he happened to meet me and out of curiosity I had a look at his mobile set.It was a beautiful costly set. Now it was his turn to have a look at my set. It’s a simple old set with no camera and no modern features. He gave me a strange look..”Kaisa bekar sa set hai ..Camera nahi..Video nahi”.. (An useless set ! No camera ! No mobile).He left the place with this remark. A son of one of my relatives has got placed in metro.The first thing he came and told all of us is that he saw so many people driving costly cars there !! Well, it’s that the reason why our present day youths who turn into bureaucrats use the postings to make millions and if they are not able to do that they leave the job citing “unnecessary political interferences” as the main reason !!! Look at our Big B,hankering for a farmer status . He has gifted his son Abhishek Bachchan a car that has the price tag in crores. 

It’s easy to understand to that to remain simple means to face series of humiliating episodes one after another.It means life of troubles.True,why should be open ourselves to endless pain and suffering ? If a minister ,bureaucrat,actors,businessman and other such class enter in all sorts of scandals and yet maintain a healthy image why should a common person chased by so many problems entertain simple values ? Why should they starve their family members to death ? Why they let their children give way to uncertain future by making them study in schools which have no roofs ? I mean what’s the gain of living a simple life ? What does simplicity gives ? Unending bliss and peace within ? Is this unending bliss going to attract food and quality life ? The answer is BIG NO. It’s merely going to attract fake compliments of friends who will admire your guts to live in league with good simple values but behind your back label you a creature more than a chosen fool. Is that’s the reward of living a simple life ? The truth is that we have no better epithets to offer to a person in league with good values. 

I will finish the post with a conversation that I had my with one of my best childhood friends Sampanna Kumar Sangharsh in the Allahabd High court premises just a few days ago. In his youths he gave way to Communist ideology.In fact,right from his childhood he lived amidst the communist ideology. After all, his father Sheshji is a known Communist and also an eminent literary figure.Well,we both are poles apart but call it good luck that we have always remained in sync all this years-a thing that many treat it as an unnatural phenomenon.At present Sampanna Bhai has become 100 % practical man, being nowhere near the strong values that he once used to reflect in college days.That doesn’t mean my Sampanna Bhai has given to corrupt practices. He remains the same old good soul. However,I see traces of pain and frustration in his eyes.That pain increases when he happens to see me.After all, I am still the chap devoid of practical values like him. I mean the impression he generates remind me of the line “yeh kaha aa gaye yu hi saath chalte chalte ” (look where we have arrived walking together for long). 

He told me ,” 

Arvind Bhai unless you give way to false set of values it’s hard to survive in present age.The system is so distorted that it has no place for ideal values.Not all can be Karl Marx who will sell the hair of his wife to make both ends meet. Have a close look at lives people around.The writer class or bureaucrats who pose themselves as role models are corrupt in actuality.Look at many Hindi writers of Allahabad who pretend to live amidst penury are in actuality owners of huge property.Arvind bhai our love for idealism has given us nothing and that’s the case be in future as well. 

” 

I said nothing.However,I was left in total pain after this conversation. I came to remember my days spent with him during the college days. The conversations that rested on making this world a better place.We are still doing the same but the thing called uncertainty chases us all the time. Ending the post with a remark in a lighter vein.I didn’t tell that to Sangharsh bhai.I thought within ‘Sagharsha Bhai you have enough reasons to be a practical soul.You have a family.I don’t have one.Let me have a creature called wife in my life. Who knows I may also turn into greatest practical soul of all times ? ‘ 

In the arms of simplicity

In the arms of simplicity

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MEMORIES

             

Sharing Memories With A Friend At Ancient Place!

Sharing Memories With A Friend At Ancient Place!

                                    

 Mind has become the storehouse of memories,
Sweet memories which are mine,
Which are, of course, my prized possession,
When loneliness has gripped me,
They surround me slowly, and make their presence felt.

They neutralise the pain of wounds inflicted by the world,
Innocent charm cast by them
Even makes these wound’s pain sweeter;
Walking down memory lane
I can very clearly see those days,
The days of my childhood;
When success and failure were things of little importance
Where we knew little about morality and idealism,
But still they were part of all our actions.  

With the increase in knowledge
We have become selfish and self centered,
The fire of envy has burnt down morality and idealism into ashes.
We have lost the power to express our true emotions,
An easy task for us during our childhood.  

The purity of heart, which is required is no more,
Indeed a great loss;
Memories which would always be with me, like guiding star,
I wish they would never part from me,
Let them be always on my side till doomsday,
Yes, only thing I like to be surrounded by
When I find myself in the arms of death  

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This  poem in audio form :

Audio Version Of Memories

Poem can also be read onMemories On Voicesnet

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Do We Indians Have Larger Than Life Egos ?

Krishna: A Smile On Face Always !

Krishna: A Smile On Face Always !

The problem with we Indians is that we have larger than life egos. We are incompetent to absorb remarks made in lighter vein though we pretend to be comfortable with them.That’s the reason why sense of humour or wholehearted laughter has gone missing from our lives,making us turn into caricature of sorts who may boast of hi-fi lifestyle but deep within are nothing but mass of emptiness.

We have nothing in our lives apart from our stupid ego..Ego of achievements..Ego of knowledge..Ego of hi-fi lifestyle..Ego Of Money. The list is endless..The death comes and wipes out all the egos in one go..

However, learning right lessons is not the habit of Indians… Their flirtations with ego gains momentum with each passing day,with each passing moment …This is sad state state of affairs in nation that boasts of being a “knowledge oriented” nation !!!

“When I had little knowledge, I had become blind by pride like an elephant (during rut). Then my mind was proud , thinking that I am an omniscient. As and when I realized bit by bit in the association of wise men, my pride waned like a fever, as I came to know that I was a fool, actually.”

India:Time To Make Our Progress Real !!!

Make India's Progress Real

Make India's Progress Real

          

The most hysterical and sweeping analysis of India’s fate in post-independent regime were proved wrong by her near miraculous ability to survive amidst odds with ease . However , one still feels that Nehru’s Westernized perceptions caused more harm than good to the total development of India.

  True ,it’s not possible to downsize his contributions but varying degrees of contradictions that have hit the nation like slavish attitude of modern youth to anything foreign , the vote-bank politics by heir-oriented parties , institutionalized corruption triggered by the ‘licence raj’ and evergreen nature of Kashmir and Chinese complexities have borne out of his diplomatic shortcomings.

It’s nothing short of ‘divine intervention ‘that a country plagued by fragmentary politics has power to wade through modern challenges .Had India been able to introduce system of governance having place for just and honest people in corridors of power one would have really appreciated the change of baton.Today, he way modern netas have morphed into blood-suckers and emergence of generation embedded in materialistic belief make mockery of our so-called ‘Tryst with freedom ‘.

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Unfolding Allahabad’s Glorious Bond With Hindi!

The Temple Of Learning

The contribution of Allahabad cannot be ignored in expansion of Hindi. This great city-the Oxford of East- and the city that played a great role in freedom struggle has played an important role in shaping the destiny of Hindi. It not only produced great leaders but it also gave rise to intellectuals that made significant contributions in various spheres of life. True, the onslaught of commercialization has given rise to “Khichadi” language hailed as Hinglish but that has not weakened Allahabad’s bond with cause of Hindi.  This city has moved ahead with its agenda to enrich Hindi.    

Let’s look at the contributions of some of the people closely associated with the cause of Hindi in Allahabad.  Mahdevi Varma’s name needs no introduction. “She was a major poet of the Chhayavaad generation, a period of romanticism in Modern Hindi poetry ranging from 1914-1938.  With passage of time, her limited but outstanding prose has also being recognized as unique in Hindi Literature.”  She was awarded many prestigious awards by the government of India which include the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979,  followed by the Jnanpith Award in 1982,  Padma Bhusan and Padma Vibhushan.  Her majaor works include Yama, यामा-1936, Neehar (1930) Agnirekha, pagal hai kya, Deepshikha, Rashmi , Sandhyageet and Neerja.  She was born in Jabalpur but came to make Prayag her “Karmabhoomi” (the city of livelihood). She established a forum for wannabe writers. She was also the editor of magazine “Chaand” published from Allahabad.  She came to serve Allahabad (Prayag) Mahila Vidyapeeth as its first headmistress.
  
None can forget the other worldly soul Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’. This soul, originally belonging to Unnao district in UP, was born  in a Brahmin family in Bengal (Midnapore).    However, he shifted to Allahabad and remained there for rest of his life. He lived at Daraganj locality of Allahabad.  Nirla was instrumental in strengthening  Chhayavaad (छायावाद) movement along with Jaishankar Prasad, Sumitranandan Pant and Mahadevi Varma ). He was born rebel and that same spirit could be traced in his writings as well inspired by likes of Ramakrishna Paramhansa,  Rabindranath Tagore  and Michael Mudhusudan Dutt.
   
 His main main literary creations are Saroj Smriti,  Tulsidas,  Aradhana, Parimal, Anaamika, Apsara,  Alka,  Prabhavati,  Nirupama, Chhaturi Chamar,  Sukul ki Biwi, Kullibhat and Billesur Bakriha. He also translated  some important  literary  masterpieces which include Anand Math, Vish-Vriksh, Sri Ramkrishna Vachnamrit, Bhatrat Main Vivekanand and Rajyog.  Niralaji attained larger than life image because all through his life he remained selfless. He was mired in tragedies but kept providing spirit of survival for people trapped in miseries of life. No wonder his words ” Himmat Karne Walon Ki Har Nahi Hoti (Those who have courage never fail)” inspire us till today. Who can forget these memorable lines “बांधो न नाव इस ठांव बन्धु,पूछेगा सारा गांव बन्धु “or” तोडती पत्थर… देखा उसे मैंने इलाहबाद के पथ पर” ?
The  True Saraswati Child

Mahamanav Niralaji

Next in the list of great writers arrives Dr. Dharamvir Bharati. He was “renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India.”  His “Gunahon Ka Devta” is hot favourite among the youths even in our present times  and “Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda” inspired Shyam Benegal to make a movie on it. This movie won the National Award. He was the chief-editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine Dharma Yug published by The Times of India group. He worked as lecturer in Hindi in Allahabad UniversityHis important works include Andha Yug ,Kanupriya, Thanda Loha, Murdo ka Gaon and Thele par Himalayas ( ठेले पर हिमालय).
 
 Now it’s time to remember Sumitranandan Pant. He was a very popular modern Hindi poet who belonged to the Chhayavaadi school of Hindi literature. He came to win Jnanpith Award for collection of his most famous poems,  Chidambara,  and the Nehru Peace Prize by the Soviet Union for Lokayatan. The teachings of Sri Aurobindo left an indelible impression on his mind leading to philosophical poems. His major works include Chinti, Chidambara and Veena.
 
Lastly, let me also say something about Mahavir Prasad as well.  His period known as “Dwivedi” age is significant in making Hindi the language of the nation.  An important figure who is representative of period (1893-1918) sandwiched between Bhartendu Period (1868-1893) and Chhayavad Yug ((1918-1937) in Modern period of the Hindi literature. He became the editor of Hindi magazine Saraswati and in his period (1903-20) the popularity of this magazine attained new heights. On his death his disciple Maithalisharan Gupta said that he wished to see him as his Guru(teacher) even in the next birth.  Mahavirji helped in rise of new set of writers. He knew eight language and his writings reflected the problems of farmers. 

  Well,  these were  some of the prominent figures who added new dimensions in growth of Hindi. Apart from that founder of BHU and Hindu Hostel Madan Mohan Malviya also palyed a great role in expanding the cause of Hindi. Today we find this city having host of literary organizations actively involved in promotion of Hindi. Though I feel they should work in tandem, it’s anyway a positive sign that they are serving the interests of Hindi. Likes of Vasu Malviya have always appeared from time to time here on this part of glorious land. Amarkantji- winner of Sahitya Akadami Award in 2007 for his work Inhin Hathiyaron Se -is also an important figure. The other literary geniuses of this city who have contributed in the growth of Hindi are Harivansh Rai Bachchan (Madhushala), Upendra Nath ‘Ashq’, Rajendra Yadav, Namwar Singh and Kamleshwar. The contributions of Vibhuti Narain Rai, Mrinal Pandey, Virag Mishra and Ram Kumar Varma can also not be ignored.

The publications like Neelabh, Rajkamal and Lok Bharti have kept the literary traditions alive. The institutions like Hindustani Academy(1927) and Hindi Sahitya Sammelan(1936) are doing a good job in promoting the cause of Hindi amidst the onslaught of Hinglish Yug !!! Even the Allahabad University by sponsoring bodies like Hindi Parishad, Hindi Samiti, Hindi and Anusandhan Samiti, to name a few, have ensured that Hindi remains alive.  A branch of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya Wardha is also doing a good job.  

 The prominent Hindi literary organisations like Parimal and Parichay have invoked fascinating trend patterns.  Anyway, it hurts that likes of Amarkantji and Suresh Kumar Shesh did not get the credit they deserve from the people involved in promotion of Hindi. This forced Amarkantji  to live virtually in penury.  If one really wishes to see Hindi gain a proper status in India, the government needs to ensure that people involved in promotion of Hindi are encouraged in  proper ways. One thing more.  The various Hindi literary organizations need not come in conflict with each other over petty concerns. At present, that’s the state of affair in our present day Allahabad. I hope these institutions,  keeping in mind the glorious legac,  shall keep themselves above politics of all sorts

  I am happy that my Hindi friends like  Aradhana Chaturvedi ‘Mukti’,  Navodita Sandhya, and Sampanna Kumar ‘Sagharsha’, to name a few, are involved  in promotion of Hindi in their own unique ways. Though they are trapped in struggles of life,  it’s quite evident from their love for Hindi that in coming days Hindi will shine in the sky of  languages like never before. 

I was once ridiculed on Instablogs as to why I boasted of my Allahabadi roots while discussing the cause of Hindi in one of my debates on my Hindi related article. I hope the person who did that would have now realized why I felt  so proud to be part of this city. Hindi and Allahabad love each other madly. I hope this love story keep fascinating all of us.”   

Allahabad -The City Of Literary Geniuses

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