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आमिर खान के वक्तव्य की असल मंशा को समझना बेहद जरूरी है! घातक प्रवित्ति की निशानी है ऐसे वक्तव्य !!

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( हिन्दू आधार पे निर्भर रहने वाले इस तरह के स्टार्स को जिस दिन हिन्दू समाज प्रत्यक्ष और अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से समर्थन देना बंद कर देगा उस दिन के बाद से इनकी हैसियत कुछ भी नहीं रहेगी. अब यही करने की जरुरत आ गयी है. आमिर खान के वक्तव्य का सही जवाब यही है. सही प्रतिरोध यही है. )
 

आमिर खान के वक्तव्य की गंभीरता को समझना आवश्यक है. इसकी असल थाह लेना बहुत जरूरी सा है. इस परिपेक्ष्य में नहीं कि ये आमिर खान ने कहा है बल्कि एक दूसरे सन्दर्भ में इनके वक्तव्य को परखना अति आवश्यक है. पहले ये समझना पड़ेगा कि ये असहिष्णुता पे चर्चा पूरी तरह से सुनियोजित षड़यंत्र है सरकार को अस्थिर करने की. इसमें तो कुछ देश की ही ताकते है जैसे  खिसियाये हुए अलग थलग पड़ गयी राजनैतिक पार्टिया है तो दूसरी तरफ छुपी हुई विदेशी ताकते है जिनके अपने हित नहीं सधते दिखाई पड़ रहे है. सो जब कुछ नहीं मिला तो  “असहिष्णुता” को ही मुद्दा बनाकर सरकार पे कीचड फेकना शुरू कर दिया. जाहिर सी बात है कि इसमें बिकी हुई मुख्यधारा की मीडिया भी शामिल है. सो असल सवाल ये बनता है कि इस प्रायोजित असहिष्णुता वाली बहस में आमिर खान को कूदने की क्या जरुरत थी? और यही से आमिर खान के  वक्तव्य की असल मंशा उभर कर सामने आ जाती है!! असहिष्णुता को भी एक पंक्ति में समझते चले कि अगर दंगो का इतिहास देखे तो आजादी के बाद तो सबसे नृशंस तरीके से हत्याए कांग्रेस के शासन काल में हुई!! आश्चर्य इस बात का है कि कभी भी इनके शासन काल में असहिष्णुता पे इतना हो हल्ला नहीं मचा पर मोदी के शांतिपूर्वक एक साल पूरे होते हुए ही अचानक असहिष्णुता  एक भारी मुद्दा बन गया. या बना दिया गया!! 

आमिर खान के वक्तव्य की आने का समय देखिये. पेरिस में हमले के बाद दुनिया की सारी ताकते मुस्लिम आतंकवाद के वीभत्स नए चेहरे आईएस से निबटने की तैयारी में लगी है लेकिन हमारे यहाँ बहस आमिर खान के निरर्थक वक्तव्य पे केन्द्रित है. दुनिया एक तरफ बेचैन है कैसे इस्लामिक आतंकवाद से निबटा जाए पर हमारे यहाँ बिके हुए बुद्धिजीवी और प्रेस्टीटयूट स्पॉन्सर्ड असहिष्णुता पे आधारित चर्चा में सलंग्न है. कुछ दुखद घटनाए हुई जो नहीं होनी चाहिए थी पर उनसे निबटने के तरीके और भी थें पर उसको राजनैतिक स्वरूप देकर लगभग अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुद्दा बना दिया गया. ये पूरी बहस उतनी ही सतही है जितनी ओबामा का भारत दौरे के खत्म होने के बाद अपने देश में जाकर दिया गया वक्तव्य कि भारत में वर्तमान में फैली धार्मिक असहिष्णुता देखकर महात्मा गांधी को तकलीफ होती!! यद्यपि ओबामा जब तक भारत में थें तब तक इन्हें सब सही लगा लेकिन वाशिंगटन पहुँचते ही इनके सुर बदल गए. इस वक्त तो सभी राष्ट्रों में चर्चा इस बात पे होनी चाहिए कि पेरिस में आईएस के खतरनाक हमले के बाद किस तरह हम वो व्यवस्था करे कि पहले इस तरह का हमला ना हो और दूसरे किस तरह इस्लामी आतंकवाद को जड़ से उखाड़ फेंका जाए. लेकिन हमारे यहाँ के स्खलित बुद्धिजीवी निरर्थक चर्चा में सलंग्न है. अंग्रेजी में इसे मच अडू अबाउट नथिंग कहेंगे.

इसी वक्त हमारे सदन में संविधान के औचित्य और प्रासंगिकता पे माननीय प्रधानमन्त्री और अन्य सम्मानित सांसदों ने अपने बहुमूल्य विचार रखे. चर्चा के केंद्रबिंदु में तो इनके रखे विचार होने चाहिए थे जिसमे मोदी जी ने देश के सनातन धर्म की व्याख्या करते हुए कहा कि इस संस्कृति में एक ऑटो पायलट अरेंजमेंट मैकेनिज्म सरीखी व्यवस्था है जिसके तहत हमारी विरोधाभासो से भरे समाज में अच्छे लोग उभर कर भारतीय समाज को नयो दिशा दे जाते है. या ये कि भारतीय संविधान एक कानूनी दस्तावेज ही नहीं वरन एक सामजिक दास्तावेज भी है. लेकिन इन गंभीर बातो पे चर्चा के बजाये चर्चा एक निरर्थक बयान पे हो रही है. इस देश की सोच को बिकी हुई मीडिया संचालित करती है ऐसी सतही बहस को जन्म देकर.

अब आमिर खान की बात को पकड़ा जाए. फ़िल्म स्टार्स के बीच से उपजी बातो का ज्यादातर समय  कुछ सार नहीं होता सिवाय इसके कि इन्हें कुछ समय तक सनसनी या सुर्खियों में रहने का कुछ समय के लिए मौक़ा मिल जाता है. आपको याद है शाहरुख़ खान का लोकसभा चुनावों के दौरान दिया गया हुआ वो वक्तव्य जब देश में एक नयी बहस रूपी हवा चली थी कि नरेन्द्र मोदी के प्रधानमन्त्री बनने के बाद कौन देश में रहेगा कौन नहीं जिस वक्त अभी असहिष्णुता आधारित बहस की हवा चल रही है. तब शाहरुख़ ने कहा था वे देश में नहीं रहेंगे अगर मोदीजी प्रधानमंत्री बनते है!! तो क्या उन्होंने देश छोड़ा? नहीं ना!! इसी तरह आमिर खान की पत्नी ने उनसे क्या कहा और उन्होंने क्या सोचा ये एक अत्यंत निजी मसला है जिसको तो पहले तो सामने आना नहीं चाहिए था और अगर आ ही गया तो एक इतने बड़े मुद्दे के रूप में उभरना नहीं चाहिए कि इसको लेकर मुख्यधारा की मीडिया इस पर चर्चा करे. लेकिन इस पर चर्चा यूँ हो रही है जैसे आमिर खान ने बहुत बड़ा  रहस्योद्घाटन कर दिया हो!!  इन सतही बहसों से फायदा क्या होता है? सबसे बड़ा फायदा तो यही होता है कि गंभीर मुद्दों से ध्यान हट जाता है!! दूसरा प्रचार के भूखे या प्रचार आधारित जीवन शैली जीने वाले इन बकवास स्टार्स को  अस्तित्व में आने का मौका मिल जाता है. इसका नतीजा ये होगा कि इनके आने वाली फिल्मो या शोज को अपनी जड़े ज़माने में मदद मिल जाती है.

अंत में ये बेहद गंभीर बात. इन स्टार्स का क्या इस्तेमाल कब, क्यों और कैसे ये मुख्यधारा की मीडिया करती है इस पर मनन तो होता रहेगा लेकिन समय आ गया है ये हिन्दू युवक युवतियाँ इन्हें अपना आइकॉन मानना छोड़ दे खासकर “:लव जेहाद” जैसे प्रकरण सामने आने के बाद. ये “खान” स्टार्स अपनी फूहड़ फिल्मो के साथ किसी भी सभ्य हिन्दू समाज में कोई अहमियत नहीं रखते. आपको क्या लगता है ये “खान” स्टार्स कभी देश छोड़कर जाने की सोच सकते है? कभी नहीं. क्योकि इनके जैसे वाहियात स्टार्स की दूसरे देशो के असल स्टार्स की बीच कोई ख़ास पूछ होने वाली भी नहीं!! और वैसे कहा जायेंगे? पाकिस्तान, सीरिया, इराक या सऊदी अरब? क्या इन जगहों पे ये सेफ है या नहीं ये समझना छोडिये, पहले ये समझिये कि क्या किसी भी मुल्क में अमेरिका और ब्रिटेन को शामिल करते हुए इन्हें अपने  फिल्मो के चलाने वाले प्रशंसक मिलेंगे इनके फिल्मो के बकवास कंटेंट को देखते हुए? चेन्नई एक्सप्रेस, हैप्पी न्यू इयर, वांटेड या धूम ३ जैसे बकवास फिल्मे और कहा चल सकती है सिवाय भारत में!! इतना पैसा वो कहा बना सकते हैं! और ये सब हिन्दू लड़के लडकियों की मेहरबानी है कि इन जैसे बकवास स्टार्स को समर्थन देती है इनके फिल्मे देखकर. जिस दिन हिन्दू आधार इन्हें मिलना बंद हो जाएगा ये देश के बाहर रहे या भीतर ये प्राणविहीन हो जायेंगे!!

सो असल बात ये है कि खान ब्रिगेड से संचालित हर चीज़ को हिन्दू आधार मिलना बंद हो. पब्लिसिटी चाहे नकारात्मक हो या सकारात्मक आपको फायदा  देती है. ये रीढ़विहीन स्टार्स अच्छी तरह जानते है. ये कही नहीं जाने वाले. ये यही रहेंगे. यहाँ ये सेफ है और आर्थिक रूप से मजबूत है. ये हिन्दू आधार लेकर पनपते है और फिर विदेशी ताकतों का शह पाकर इसी हिन्दू आधार की जड़ काटते है. गलत ये नहीं है.  गलत हिन्दू लड़के और लडकिया है जो इन्हें सामजिक और आर्थिक हैसियत प्रदान करते है. हिन्दू आधार पे निर्भर रहने वाले इस तरह के स्टार्स को जिस दिन हिन्दू समाज प्रत्यक्ष और अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से समर्थन देना बंद कर देगा उस दिन के बाद से इनकी हैसियत कुछ भी नहीं रहेगी. अब यही करने की जरुरत आ गयी है. आमिर खान के वक्तव्य का सही जवाब यही है. सही प्रतिरोध यही है. 

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बीबीसी की भ्रामक और खतरनाक रिपोर्टिंग से बच के रहे भारतीय!!

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(नरेन्द्र मोदी की लोकप्रियता ने विदेशी मीडिया को अचंभित कर दिया है!! इस कदर कि वे दुराग्रही हो चले है!! )

बीबीसी और वौइस् ऑफ़ अमेरिका भारत के समाचार प्रेमी लोगो के बीच अच्छी घुसपैठ रखते है. इनको पारदर्शिता के लिहाज़ से बहुत उच्च कोटि की रिपोर्टिंग का दर्जा  हासिल है. लेकिन अगर इनकी रिपोर्टिंग को ध्यान से देखा जाए तो आप पाएंगे ये सबसे ज्यादा पक्षपाती और द्वेषपूर्ण खबरे प्रकाशित करते है. इनकी मंशा सिर्फ खबर प्रकाशित करने भर की ही नहीं  रहती वरन इन खबरों के जरिये एक ख़ास प्रकार का माहौल बनाने की रहती है जिससे पाठको के बीच भ्रम और घृणा की उत्पत्ति हो. ये सारे समाचार के श्रोत अभी भी पुरानी  ब्रिटिश नीति का अनुसरण करते है कि फूट डालो और राज करो!!

इसका अनुभव मुझे एक बार फिर एंड्रू व्हाइटहेड की इस खबर  “Why Indians abroad succumb to ‘Modimania’ पढ़ने के पश्चात हुआ. एंड्रू व्हाइटहेड बीबीसी के भारत में पूर्व संवाददाता रहे है. खबर की शीर्षक देखिये ये बताता  कि विदेशो में रहने वाले भारतीयों का मोदी प्रेम एक मेनिया है ( पागलपन है )!! इसका अर्थ ये हुआ कि जो भारतीय अपने नेता के प्रति वे प्रेम दर्शा रहे है वो प्रेम का विकृत रूप है, शुद्ध प्रेम नहीं है!! ये खबर वेम्ब्ले, ग्रेट ब्रिटेन, में नरेंद्र मोदी  आगमन से ठीक कुछ समय पहले प्रकाशित हुई थी. इस आगमन को लेकर जो वहा के भारतीयों में उत्साह था और जिस  संख्या में भारतीय वहा इकट्ठा हुए, लगभग साठ हज़ार लोग, उसने ब्रिटिश नेताओ और वहा के मीडिया में एक हलचल मचा दी. हाल के वर्षो में इसके पहले किसी विदेशी नेता के आगमन पर इतनी संख्या में लोग उपस्थित नहीं हुए थे कि आयोजको को भी टिकट के लाले पड़ जाए!!

एंड्रू व्हाइटहेड का लेख उन कारणों की पड़ताल कर रहा था जिसकी वजह से विदेशो में इतनी संख्या में भारतीय लोग नरेन्द्र मोदी की सभा में उपस्थित होते है. जरा देखिये तो कितनी गन्दी नीयत से इसने कारणों की खोज खबर ली है. ये बड़े बड़े संस्थानों में ऊँची फीस देकर इस तरह के संवाददाता या प्रोफेसर्स इस तरह की ओछी मानसिकता का परिचय देते है. इस बौद्धिक धूर्तता के क्या मायने निकाले जाए? एंड्रू व्हाइटहेड का यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ़ नाटिंघम और क्वीन मैरी, यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ़ लंदन से भी सम्बन्ध है पर इन्होने विश्लेषण कितने निम्न तरीके से किया है. वहा बसे सी बी पटेल जो कि नरेंद्र मोदी के समर्थको में से है के हवाले से पहले तो “मेनिया” शब्द का उल्लेख किया और फिर मोदी प्रेम का कारणों का उल्लेख करते हुए ये बताया कि “भारतीय पैसे की पूजा करते है और वे अमीर होना चाहते है” और मोदी कि आर्थिक नीति इसमें सहूलियत प्रदान करती है. ये एप्रोच विदेश में बसे भारतीयों को बहुत रास आ रही है!! दोनों ही बाते  दोषपूर्ण है और हास्यास्पद भी है. पहले तो भारतीय पैसे की पूजा नहीं करते और दूसरे किसी भी राष्ट्र का नागरिक अमीर होना चाहता है तो भारत का नागरिक अगर अमीर बनना चाहता है तो तकलीफ या आश्चर्य किस बात का? पैसे की पूजा वो राष्ट्र करते है जिन्होंने सोने की चिड़िया के पर नोचे!!

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 ( ये भीड़ भारतीयों की है. किसी खास से जुडी नहीं!! ) 

सबसे खतरनाक कार्ड एंड्रू साहब तब खेलते है जब उन्होंने इस बात का उल्लेख किया कि गुजराती जो केवल पांच प्रतिशत ही है भारत में वे पंजाबियों के साथ मिलकर सबसे बड़ी संख्या संख्या में ब्रिटेन में बसे है. ये फरमाते है कि ये “गुजराती प्राइड” का जलवा है!!  “Gujarati pride is also at play.” मतलब ये  भारतीय लोगो का सामूहिक प्रेम नहीं है! ये प्रांत विशेष का प्रेम है!! किस तरह एंड्रू साहब  ने इसे एक समुदाय विशेष का प्रेम साबित कर दिया!! एंड्रू साहब यही पर ही नहीं रुके. इसके बाद वे इस बात का उल्लेख करने से भी नहीं चूके कि भारतीय एक बड़ी रकम भारत भेजते है और ये रकम भारत में राइट विंग राजनीति को पोषित करती  है!! “…academic experts say there is little doubt that right-wing movements do well from this source of funds.”  भारत में मोदी प्रधानमन्त्री क्या हुए विदेशी कूटनीति ने अपना दानवी चेहरा दिखाना शुरू कर दिया? इसी बीबीसी ने आपको कभी बताया कि मुस्लिम राष्ट्रों से खुद उनके देश में, अन्य देशो में और भारत में आतंकी घटनाओ को अंजाम देने के लिए कितना पैसा आता है!! कौन है जो मुस्लिम आतंकियों को फंड देते है? इस बात की पड़ताल कब होगी?

इसके बाद इस ब्रिटिश संवाददाता ने वही पुराना राग अलापना शुरू किया जो विदेशी मीडिया की पहचान है. ये मोदी की जीत हिंदुत्व की जीत है. ये हिन्दू वर्ग की जीत है. ठीक ऐसा ही हमारे यहाँ एक सेक्युलर आत्मा सोचती है. ये एक औसत मुस्लिम वर्ग की भी सोच है. और अब ये समझ में आता है कि एक पढ़े लिखा उन्नत विदेशी दिमाग जो कई यूनिवर्सिटी से संबद्ध है वो भी यही सोचता है. ये भारतीयों का प्रेम नहीं है. मोदी केवल हिन्दू वर्ग का प्रतिनिधित्व करते है. ये खतरनाक कार्ड तुरुप का पत्ता होता है. इस संवाददाता ने ये भी चल दिया। “While the organisers insist that Indians of all religions, regions and backgrounds will be present at Wembley, Modi’s success reflects a Hindu cultural revivalism which is at least as evident, some would say more so, among the diaspora as in India.” इस संवाददाता ने ये दर्शाना भी जरूरी समझा कि मोदी की तुलना में चीनी राष्ट्रपति का स्वागत बेहतर हुआ था और उसमे बेहतर राजनैतिक एजेंडा शामिल था!! “British government’s overture to China is seen as a bold and distinctive foreign policy initiative, there’s not the same diplomatic buzz about the Indian leader’s arrival.”  खिसियानी बिल्ली खम्भा नोचे!!!

इससे ये साफ़ समझ में आता है कि विदेशी मीडिया या विदेशी राजनैतिक मंच मोदी की लोकप्रियता से भयभीत है. या हम भी साफ़ साफ़ ये क्यों ना कहे कि हिन्दुओ की मजबूती बाहरी लोगो को रास नहीं आ रही है. वे हर हथकंडे अपना रहे है जिससे लोगो में गलत सन्देश जाए. ब्रिटिश शासन को खत्म हुए एक युग बीत गया लेकिन इनकी फूंट डालने वाली नीतियाँ  नहीं बदली. इस दुष्प्रचार के लिए वे किसी भी हद तक गिर सकते है. भारतीयों को इससे सजग रहना पड़ेगा! विदेशी मीडिया से प्रकाशित खबरों को ध्यान से पढ़े. बिल्कुल पढ़ना बंद करना संभव होता तो वो भी कहते लेकिन ऐसा सम्भव नहीं. सजगता से पढ़े ये कहना ज्यादा सही है. इन खबरों से तो मेरा मोह उच्च विदेशी संस्थानों से टूट सा चला है.  इतने बंद दिमाग भी ऐसे संस्थानों की उपज हो सकते है ये सोचा भी नहीं जा रहा है जो भारत के विरोध में सब गलत तरीके आजमा सकते है. भारत की उन्नति विदेशी लोगो को रास नहीं आ रही है पर भारत अब बढ़ता ही जाएगा!!

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( इनसे समाचारों में पक्षपात की उम्मीद की उम्मीद हम नहीं करते लेकिन जमीनी हकीकत कुछ और ही है, ये खबरों को ख़ास विकृत स्वरुप में प्रस्तुत करते है )

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My Suggestions To Department of Justice: Collegium System Should Not Make Citizens Feel Cheated!

Supreme Court is determined to improve the face of collegium system!

Supreme Court is determined to improve the face of collegium system!

I came to submit my suggestions before Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, honouring the intentions of Supreme Court aimed at improving the collegium system. It has asked the government to seek suggestions from public and Bar Council of India. Interestingly, as I came to flip through news items in the aftermath of sending my suggestions, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction that my views were well-within the ambit of concerns of other top-notch legal experts grappling with issue of elevating standard of collegium. The Supreme Court eager to ensure transparency feels that a permanent secretariat for collegium would prove handy. It’s also all prepared to improve the complain mechanism against the candidates besides ensuring a perfect methodology to determine candidate’s eligibility.

It’s certain that on this sensitive matter views of legal experts are bound to be divided. Fali S Nariman pointed out the flaws in present collegium system in quite strong terms. He seemed to be highly frustrated the way members of colleguim circle turned a deaf ear to concerns of right voices!! “The Dinakaran episode told us that there was lack of receptivity in the collegium. If a responsible member of the bar wants to tell the collegium about a person being considered for the post of a judge, why should the collegium members not hear him out.” ( Fali S Nariman, The Times of India )

Justice Chelameswar who has left everybody stunned with his strong condemnation of present days colleguim system sounds harsh yet very genuine in regard to reforms in this direction.  “To assume or assert that judiciary alone is concerned with the preservation of liberties and does that job well, is an assumption that is dogmatic, bereft of evidentiary basis and historically disproved… To wholly eliminate the executive from the process of selection would be inconsistent with the foundational premise that government in a democracy is by chosen representatives of the people. The records ( information shared among collegium members )  are absolutely beyond the reach of any person including the judges of this court who are not lucky enough to become CJI. Such a state of affairs does not either enhance the credibility of the institution or good for the people of this country” ( Justice J Chelameswar, The Times of India )

Collegium System Is Still The Best Method!

Collegium System Is Still The Best Method!

However, former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam, is adamant about highest level of confidentiality regarding deliberations among collegium members! ” The moment information gets leaked about a person being considered by the collegium at the Supreme Court or the high court level, immediately, vested interests swing into action. They launch a motivated campaign to deride and defame the person in the zone of consideration. The person who is awaiting a final word about his appointment as judge from the collegium suffers greatly in silence. Collegium meetings have to be conducted in absolute secrecy. Names of persons being considered by the collegium for the post of judges should never be leaked out. It unnecessarily puts the candidate’s reputation in peril.” ( Gopal Subramaniam, The Times of India)

The opinion seems to be strongly divided. The ball now lies in the Supreme Court. We all eagerly await its final words in this regard. My suggestions are pretty simplistic in tone since I am quite aware of the fact that legal bodies would have sent enough cumbersome ideas!! For instance, I had a look at the suggestions sent by Save Indian Family Foundation ((SIFF) fighting for the welfare of men in India. Few of them appeared to be well-carved suggestions but  certain ideas were outrageous and flabbergasting. Overall, this institution fighting for the cause of men did a good job.

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My suggestions are as follows:

1. There should be thorough scrutiny of the credentials of the candidate. It should be ensured at the very first stage that names recommended represent the best minds.

2. Though it’s a good idea that there should be fair representation of women and SC/ST quota, it should be ensured that it in no way compromises with the merit. The point is that merit should be the criteria instead of adhering to notion of fair representation in rigorous way.

3. If possible let us citizens be made aware of criteria/qualification on which the final selection got made. There should be maximum transparency, and minimum confidentiality. It’s the notion of confidentiality that has created maximum damage in the field of judiciary. The point is that if at any stage it’s found that there is something fishy about final selection, there should be a mechanism to prevent the entry of wrong person in league with doubtful credentials.

4. It should also be ensured that whistle blowers who dare to expose wrong names should not be targeted.

5. It’s a redundant practice in field of law that only heirs of big lawyers or lawyers enjoying patronage of judges get recommended and thereafter selected! This practice should stop. Let those names be recommend who truly represent the legal values.

6. This may sound an abstraction but I feel that let those lawyers be recommended who have genuine inclination towards rule of law and natural justice instead of making way for lawyers who have simply dry understanding of rules and regulations.

( The Writer Of This Post Is Advocate Associated With Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. )

Let's Hope Reforms Initiated By Apex Court Ensure That We Get The Best Judges!

Let’s Hope Reforms Initiated By Apex Court Ensure That We Get The Best Judges!

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Srimad Bhagavad Gita: It’s More Than A Scripture! It’s Realization Simplified!!

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita: It's Realization Simplified!

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita: It’s Realization Simplified!

You rarely get a chance to listen about glories of Lord in Kaliyuga. It’s manifestation of grace, sign of good fortune, and blessings of great souls that you come to hear about tales of Lord from people dealing in supreme knowledge found In Indian scriptures. That’s how I felt while attending a seminar held at Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, which dealt with discussion pertaining to Srimad Bhagvad Gita in light of human values, spiritual values and equality among all religions.

Many distinguished speakers expressed their views which included  Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Honourable Governor of West Bengal; Vibhav Bhushan Tripathi, former Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand; Justice Sakharam  (retd); Dr Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, and Shri Rishikant Pandey, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Allahabad. The event was held under aegis of “Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being” which is being run by Shri Satish Chandra Upadhyay, Advocate, Allahabad High Court. The event was also attended by Shri Janak Pandey, former Vice Chancellor, Bihar Central University and Shri R K Ojha, President, Allahabad High Court Bar Association, Allahabad. However, it was pretty unfortunate that constraints of time did not allow Janak Pandey to express his views. Mr. R S Verma ( retd IAS ) presented the vote of thanks on this occasion in a heartfelt way.

Pandit Keshari Nath Tripathi: A profound and influential speaker on matters pertaining to Indian scriptures!

Pandit Keshari Nath Tripathi: A profound and influential speaker on matters pertaining to Indian scriptures!

I had never heard Mr Keshari Nath Tripathi before but I have been quiet aware of his oratory skills. He is a profound and influential speaker on matters pertaining to Indian scriptures besides, of course, being legal expert of great stature. His keynote address did not disappoint us. It was an engrossing talk related with significance of Bhagavad Gita in modern times. He hailed it as scripture that in essence dealt with significance of knowledge from various level of thoughts. He referred to fact that knowledge of cosmic affairs is better than earthly knowledge pertaining to life sciences. In other words, he was referring to supremacy of metaphysics over physics! That’s not surprising since ancient Hindu scriptures like Upanishads have talked about distinction between Para Vidya ( Higher Knowledge ) and Apara Vidya ( Lower Knowledge). It’s not inappropriate if one excels in earthly knowledge but it’s better that if having attained human life one devotes it to study of higher knowledge.

In regard to supremacy of this higher knowledge one needs to recollect words of Swami Vivekanand: ” Western Scholars are now striving to understand this ideal which is enshrined in our Sanskrit literature and philosophy, and which has been the characteristic of India all through the ages.”  I must say this term “knowledge”, especially “Higher Knowledge” is not interchangeable with term “education”. Education nowadays is a medium to generate money than imparting refined knowledge which draws you towards your “real self”

Mr Keshari Nath emphasized upon the fact that had life ended on what we treat as “death” the terms like “Moksha” ( liberation ) would have sounded defunct. However, that’s not the case. There is life after death and if that’s the case one is bound to find meaning in Srimad Bhagvad Gita. In his eyes, it’s quite striking about Srimad Bhagavad Gita that it does not try to disown antithetical views. It tries to assimilate views contradictory to the views expressed by Lord Krishna. That’s the supreme beauty of Srimad Bhagvad Gita which with Upanishads and Brahma Sutras constitute Prasthanatrayi Texts in Hindu Philosophy. He gave example of Mahabharata Age that each day at the end of war fought at Kurukshetra, the army heads belonging to Pandvas and Kuaravas visited camps of each other. Mr Keshari Nath sounds well that relevance of this scripture is not limited to mere troubled times but it’s also a scripture meant to improve the affairs of life in stable period. He ended his speech on this thought-provoking idea that one needs to ascertain what really Parabrhman is all about whenever Lord  highlight his supremacy by hailing himself or his “I” as Parabhrahman?

Assistant Professor Rishikant Pandey: He finds its amazing that Srimad Bhagvad Gita got portrayed as ultimate treatise of different branches of Indian philosophy!

Assistant Professor Rishikant Pandey: He finds its amazing that Srimad Bhagvad Gita got portrayed as ultimate treatise of different branches of Indian philosophy!

Professor Rishikant Pandey referred to the philosophical dimensions present in Srimad Bhagvad Gita. He finds its amazing that same scripture got portrayed as ultimate treatise of different branches of Indian philosophy! Sri Adi Sankara treated it as epitome of Advaita ( Non-dualism ). Sri Ramanujacharya perceived it to be the ideal scripture for followers of Bhakti Marga ( path of devotion ). In modern times, thinkers like Bal Gangdhar Tilak and Swami Vivekananda popularized it as scripture hinting at supremacy of Karma ( action ). Quoting an episode from the life of Swami Vivekananda he said it was a scripture which is associated with deeper realization than mere academic interception. Swami Vivekananda once met a person whom he noticed was reading Gita holding it upside down. When he inquired about it, the man gave a wonderful answer: “It’s a scripture not meant for casual reading! It’s only about intense realization.”  Professor Pandey referring to religious tolerance said that all religions need to seen as various routes to reach the same destination. He appreciated the insights of Lord Krishna by stating that Krishna never asks anybody to discard his/her style of worshiping, but, on the contrary, He strengthens faith of devotees in whatever path they select!!  However, it’s better if the seekers learn to appreciate the “Will of Lord” instead of acting on par with their whims and fancies.

Vibhav Mani Tripathi, constitutional expert and former advocate general, said that whether one chooses Bhakti Marga or Nishkama Karma Marga ( Selfless Action ) the final resting point gets revealed with dawn of Higher knowledge.

Vibhav Mani Tripathi, constitutional expert and former advocate general, said that whether one chooses Bhakti Marga or Nishkama Karma Marga ( Selfless Action ) the final resting point gets revealed with dawn of Higher knowledge.

Vibhav Mani Tripathi, constitutional expert and former advocate general, reiterated precepts shared by Professor Pandey in a finer way. He said that whether one chooses Bhakti Marga or Nishkama Karma Marga ( Selfless Action ) the final resting point gets revealed with dawn of Higher knowledge. In other words, there is no liberation or realization without one embracing Higher knowledge. No wonder in eyes of Lord Krishna a “Gyani Bhakta” ( a knowledge-oriented devotee )  is most dear to Him!  “Nahi Jnanena sadrusham pavitram iha vidyate-certainly, there is no purifier in this world like Knowledge” ( Bhagvad Gita 4.38 )

Justice Rajesh Tandon talked about the relevance of this scripture in light of his experiences. He said that increasing cases of violation of human rights could be curbed if one gets in tune with human values highlighted in Srimad Bhagvad Gita! We need better human values since their absence has ensured that poor people reel under unspeakable issues!! Justice Sakharam also referred to increasing relevance of this scripture by drawing parallel to verses found in Mundaka Upanishad! Dr Devendra Kumar Tiwari while speaking about objectives and mission of  “Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being” informed that real inspiration came from Swami Harihar Ji Maharaj. He informed us that besides creating awareness about this Holy Text at worldwide level, the Gita Mission was also involved in public welfare schemes like planting saplings!

Sawmi Hari Har Maharaj Ji: Spreading the message of Lord Krishna is the ultimate goal of life! He is known for establishing Geeta Centres across the globe!

Sawmi Hari Har Maharaj Ji: Spreading the message of Lord Krishna is the ultimate goal of life! He is known for establishing Geeta Centers across the globe!

I can’t end this write-up without sharing with readers interesting insights shared by Satish Chandra Upadhyay, President, Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being. He informed that during one of his conversations with  Swami Harihar Ji Maharaj he was surprised to know that Srimad Bhagvad Gita had something to offer about state of mind of judge! That sounds interesting since right now Supreme Court is very seriously involved in improving its collegium system. Srimad Bhagavd Gita states that a person interested in emerging as perfect justice should be owner of detached mind, ferociously concerned with nothing else other than cause of justice. We all know that Srimad Bhagvad Gita has laid great emphasis on equanimity! Gautam Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.” That’s what we need in an ideal judge!!

Mr Upadhyay said that Srimad Bhagvad Gita has given birth to psychological theories prevailing in our times. It provided inspiration to great souls like Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. In fact, one can’t achieve the “supramental consciousness” mentioned by Sri Aurobindo if one has no clue about ideas expressed in Srimad Bhagvad Gita! Mr Upahdyay rightly stated that ultimate meaning of “Adhyatma” or spirituality is to get situated in one’s “Great Self” lying in our inner being. That would make us “Sthitpragya” ( attainment of equanimity when one gets in tune with Higher Self ). Let’s hope all seekers attain this state as early as possible to make journey of life a fruitful affair!

Writer of this post, Advocate Arvind K.Pandey, with Advocate Satish Chandra Upadhyay, President, Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being.

Writer of this post, Advocate Arvind K. Pandey, with Advocate Satish Chandra Upadhyay, President, Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being.

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Prasthanatrayi Texts

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The event was organized at Mehta Auditorium , Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.

The event was organized at Mehta Auditorium , Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad.

Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand, delivering his lecture.

Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand, delivering his lecture.

Justice Sakharam addressing the audience.

Justice Sakharam addressing the audience.

Dr Devendra Kumar Tiwari with Advocate Satish Chandra Upadhyay, President, Gita Mission For Cosmic Well- Being!

Dr Devendra Kumar Tiwari with Advocate Satish Chandra Upadhyay, President, Gita Mission For Cosmic Well- Being!

Writer of this post with his long time friend Advocate Shashikant Kushwaha. He is known for spreading Hindi at Allahabad High Court. I must say he is a selfless worker- a genuine follower of Nishkama Karma Yoga. This time too I found his name was missing from the card of the programme even as he was one of the key persons involved with this event. And I noticed that he did not create ruckus about it!!

Writer of this post with his long time friend Advocate Shashikant Kushwaha. He is known for spreading Hindi at Allahabad High Court. I must say he is a selfless worker- a genuine follower of Nishkama Karma Yoga. This time too I found his name was missing from the card of the programme even as he was one of the key persons involved with this event. And I noticed that he did not create ruckus about it!!

Suicide Of A Worker In Allahabad: Hope It Does Not Go Unnoticed!!

 

This power plant is generating more controversy than energy!!

This power plant is generating more controversy than energy!!

Shankargarh, an area falling in Allahabad district, has gained notoriety for being in news for all the wrong reasons. This area is infamous for illegal sand mining. If that’s not enough labourers in this area keep dying due to consumption of cheap liquor. We also often hear about fatal road accidents happening in this area, which make many families lose their only bread earner. Very recently, a police officer posted in Bara Tehsil of Allahabad was murdered by dreaded criminals in this region. And now it’s in limelight again after suicide of a worker named Ramesh Tiwari previous week. He was working for Bara Power Project, managed by Prayagraj Power Generation, a subsidiary company under aegis of Jaypee Group,

The exact reason for his suicide remains unknown. It’s learnt that he was working at this power plant since last two years. For past one year, he had allegedly been irregular at work due to medical reasons. His falling physical and mental health did not permit him to gain regularity, leading to financial crisis at his home. Incidentally at the same period a group of farmers, who had previously registered their protest for land acquisition done for construction of this power plant, entered into fresh sit-in-protests at the head office of this company situated at Bara Tehsil. Among many demands the most pressing was regularization of workers who have been working at this power plant. They also demanded for hike in their salary. To avoid the confrontation between management and workers attaining a vulgar shape, a meeting was convened by the company which made workers, management and local government officials sit together to solve the impending crisis arisen out of sit-in-protest. However, the talks failed. That led to pale of gloom among the workers.

It appears that Ramesh Tiwari on hearing about failure of talks became hugely depressed and before anybody could think of making him gain normalcy, he committed suicide. The farmers who were already agitated in regard to sad developments lost their cool on hearing about death of this Ramesh Tiwari-a farmer turned worker! They took possession of the dead body, not allowing the police officials to carry out the regular process. In the form of procession, they all reached to company’s main gate and there they staged a dharna (sit-in-protest) placing the dead body there. They wanted to have dialogue with company’s officials to seek assurances about proper compensation and job guarantee to one member of the deceased family. Strangely none of the officials of this company thought about diffusing the latest crisis. The company officials did not arrive on the spot to have words with the demonstrators.

Farmers make lots of sacrifices and compromises! But what do they finally get? Nothing.

Farmers make lots of sacrifices and compromises! But what do they finally get? Nothing.

Soon huge number of police officials appeared with Sub Divisional Magistrate who first ordered mild lathicharge, followed by the order to forcibly take into possession dead body of the worker. That’s how body was sent for postmortem. It’s a tragic coincidence that few weeks ago at the same power plant a welder named Lal Bahadur Singh met with serious accident. After preliminary treatment at local hospital, he got hospitalized in Allahabad, wherein he succumbed to his injuries. That time too workers had gone berserk, forcing the management to grant compensation of Rs Ten Lakhs.

This is travesty of natural justice that farmers who were first made to give up their lands in name of land acquisition are being made to face this sort of animalistic treatment once they have decided to be part of power plant as workers. They would have never imagined about receiving this sort of discriminatory behaviour, This area is also reeling under environmental crisis after this power plant came into operation. Many serious health issues seem to have started bothering residents of this area. However, people who made many sacrifices to make this power plant a reality, have been left at the mercy of fate!! In case of Ramesh Tiwari, an official of this company, on condition of anonymity, said that this worker had already left this company few months back and thus management can do nothing about him.

This has become order of the day that MNCs and some well-known Indian companies are prone to act of omission and commission in wake of fatal accidents occurring on their premises. Their immediate effort is to sweep the incident under the carpet. At this point I come to remember tragic death of Ambika, who died on 31st October, 2010. She was a permanent employee of Nokia Telecom Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Sriperumbadur in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. She met with fatal accident after she was allegedly compelled to work at panel loading machine in the factory. Originally she was handling task assigned to a assembly line worker and she did not at all have the expertise to get involved with technical task associated with panel loading machine. Unfortunately, call her bad luck that she met with terrible accident which killed her. A joint investigation by State Labour Commissioner and Factories Inspectorate swung into action but management at that point of time decided to play safe by engaging in shrewd manipulations.

Coming back to suicide of this worker, I am not sure what’s going to be the fate of this case. However, right now the situation remains tense in Bara Tehsil of Allahabad. Shankargarh area is once again in grip of volatile developments. Let’s hope Ramesh Tiwari gets justice. Let it not be one of the cases wherein death gets unnoticed.

( With inputs from Shri Rajendra Mishra, Human Rights Activist And Senior Journalist,  Kashiwarta,Varanasi )

Negative side of generating power!!

Negative side of generating power!!

 

References:

बारा पॉवर प्रोजेक्ट में कार्यरत मजदूर ने की आत्महत्या: शुरू हुआ लीपापोती का खेल!!

Suicide of a worker in Allahabad: Hope it does not go unnoticed: LinkedIn

Sangharsh Samwad

Dainik Jagaran

Bebak 24

Bara Thermal Power Plant

Death Of Another Worker At Bara Power Project

Death of Ambika: Kafila Publication

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