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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 😛 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 😛 😛 .. 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 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 We are still inside University’s Campus 😛 😛 😛

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 😛

 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 😛 😛 😛

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 😛

 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 😛 ..Name itself is so cute 😛

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 😛 😛 😛

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery :P :P :P

Sri Krishna Selling Jewellery 😛 😛 😛

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 😛

Peace  prevails here :P

Peace prevails here 😛

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 😛

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 😛

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 😛

Cricketers giving  a pose :P :P :P

Cricketers giving a pose 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 ..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 😛

PINKISH BLISS :P :P :P

PINKISH BLISS 😛 😛 :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 😛 😛 😛 “Girls don’t trust me” 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 😛 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 😛 😛 😛

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 😛 😛

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 😛 😛 😛

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)  😛 😛 😛

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 😛 😛 😛

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Reference:

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

इस असीम संभावनाओ से भरे भारत देश को टॉनिक नहीं सर्जरी की जरूरत है

 सार्थक बदलाव सिर्फ उम्मीद के सहारे नहीं होते

सार्थक बदलाव सिर्फ उम्मीद के सहारे नहीं होते


उम्मीद पे दुनिया कायम है. ऐसा मैंने बहुत से लोगो को कहते सुना है, महसूस करते देखा है. पर क्या उम्मीद के भरोसे चमत्कारी परिणाम की उम्मीद की जा सकती है? नहीं, बिल्कुल नहीं. सिर्फ उम्मीद का दामन थामने से काम नहीं चलता. बड़े और सार्थक बदलाव सिर्फ उम्मीद के सहारे नहीं होते बल्कि उम्मीद और कुशल नीति के समुचित सम्मिश्रण के दम पे होते है. अभी कुछ दिनों पहले मै अपना ही किसी पुराने मित्र को लिखा पत्र पढ़ रहा था. उस में अपने मित्र को जो सिर्फ प्रतीकात्मक तरीको को सब कुछ मान बैठा था को ये समझाने की चेष्टा थी कि सिर्फ मोमबत्ती जुलूसो इत्यादि क्रियाकलापों से बात नहीं बनती. उस पत्र का सम्पादित अंश मै आप सब के सामने रख रहा हूँ.  वैसे ये अजीब सी बात है कि मै अपना लिखा हुआ जब कई सालो के बाद पढता  हूँ तो ऐसा महसूस होता है कि जैसे किसी दूसरे का लिखा हुआ पढ़ रहा हूँ, ये यकीन कर पाना मुश्किल होता है कि मैंने खुद ये बाते कभी किसी को लिखी थी. सो सबकी तरह मै अपना ही लिखा एक अजनबी की भांति पढता हूँ और अब यही कर रहा हूँ इस पत्र को दुहराते वक्त.

” मित्र जिस देश में कफ़न से लेकर चारा तक में घोटाला हो रहा है वहा पे सिर्फ आशावाद या प्रतीकात्मक कदमो से काम तो नहीं चलने वाला. ये तो वही बात हो गयी कि जिस मरीज़ को सर्जरी की जरूरत हो उसे डॉक्टर साहब टॉनिक देकर घर जाने को कह दे!!  इस असीम संभावनाओ  से भरे देश को टॉनिक नहीं सर्जरी की जरूरत है. हमारे यहाँ के काबिल नौकरशाह जब पढ़ लिख कर कुर्सी पर बैठते है तो पैसा लूटने की मशीन बन जाते है. कामनवेल्थ से पहले की लूट खसौट पे गौर करो.  मायावती के जिन्दा लोगो के “welfare ” के बजाय  बेजान मूर्तियों से लगाव को देखो. मधु कौडा ने झारखण्ड जैसे कम विकसित राज्य में भी चार हज़ार करोड़ का घोटाला कर दिया इस पर भी गौर करो!! अब बताओ मित्र क्या सिर्फ प्रतीकात्मक आशावाद से इस देश का कल्याण हो सकता है ?

मित्र आपने कभी गौर किया है कि जो एलिट क्लास कभी वोट  देने भी नहीं निकलता पर फिर भी हर सुविधा का पूरा हिस्सा डकार जाता है अपने से कम हैसियत वालो को समाज पर बोझ  समझता है और इनसे दूरी  बना के रखता है. ये अलग बात है कि इस देश को भूखे नंगे किसान, साधनविहीन लोग ही चला रहे है. आश्चर्य नही कि  बाहर वाले इन्हें “slumdogs ” कहते है और हम इस पर ताली बजाकर जय हो करते है. आप का कहना है कि छोटी सी पहल बहुत दूर तक ले जाती  है. सही कह रहे हो मित्र.  आशावाद के दृष्टिकोण से पर यथार्थ में तो वोही होता है जो मुक्तिबोध बाबा कह रहे है इस कालजयी कविता में :
                           
 “भूत बाधा ग्रस्त
कमरों को अंध -श्याम साँय-साँय
हमने बताई तो
दंड हमी को मिला
बागी करार दिए गए ,
चांटा हमी को पड़ा ,
बांध तहखाने में-कुओ में फेंके गए
हमी लोग !!
क्योंकि हमे ज्ञान था ,
ज्ञान अपराध   बना !!
 
खैर मै घोर आशावादी हू इसलिए मै सार्थक पहल वाली तुम्हारी बात की  मै उपेक्षा नहीं करना चाहूँगा. ये जानता हू कि भ्रष्टाचार से भरे समाज में प्रतीकात्मक कदमो से कोई ख़ास बात नहीं बनने वाली पर फिर भी  दुष्यंत साहब कि ये पंक्तिया भीतर एक अच्छा एहसास पैदा करती है:  कौन कहता है कि आसमां में छेद नहीं होता, एक पत्थर तो तबियत से उछालो यारो.”

इस असीम संभावनाओ  से भरे देश को टॉनिक नहीं सर्जरी की जरूरत है

इस असीम संभावनाओ से भरे देश को टॉनिक नहीं सर्जरी की जरूरत है

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Prashant Bhushan: Please Remove Corruption And Not Play Politics In Its Name!!

Prashant Bhushan: Please Remove Corruption And Not Play Politics In Its Name!!

It’s extremely unfortunate that Prashant Bhushan was roughed up at his chamber. Though the whole incident smacks of conspiracy, it’s clear that such examples set a bad precedent in a mature democracy. However, I need to know who has given the right to likes of Prashant Bhushan to make controversial statement in matters extremely sensitive in nature? Why they believe in flaring up the conflict with such a crass remark?

Why people making lots of noises over Prashant Bhushan’s beating kept quite when a journalist was publicly manhandled in front of many prominent journalist at a conference organized by a prominent Muslim leader? Prashant Bhushan should concentrate on eliminating corruption and not enter in cheap politics, which is already the prime task of so many other prominent leaders !!

The Team Anna is here to ensure a better mechanism to eliminate corruption and not to enter in cheap gimmicks. The waywardness on part of Prashant Bhushan is giving a bad name to Team Anna and also raises doubt over the motives of Team Anna. If the members can give way to such insensitive remarks at this stage when they are out of power, it’s not hard to imagine that they can too give way to atrocious policies by joining hands with wrong elements once they are in power

It’s better that Team Anna should ensure a better image for itself by being true to the hopes they have unleashed by committing to the task of elimination of corruption. The message on the wall is clear: Eliminate corruption but let’s not play politics in name of removing corruption. We have produced enough leaders to play politics. Let’s not Team Anna strengthen the tribe of corrupt leaders by playing in the hands of wrong elements.

Prashant Bhushan: Please Remove Corruption And Not Play Politics In Its Name!!

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Video Of Journalist Beaten

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Unfolding Missing Elements Of Present Crusade Against Corruption

Unfolding  Missing Elements  Of  Present  Crusade Against Corruption

Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption was at its zenith in last few weeks. The people from all walks of the life -the oldies and youngsters- all came to gather at Ramlila ground exchanging swords not only with corrupt forces but also battling with rough weather. The most remote corners in country were buzzing with activities related with Anna’s tirade against corruption. The likes of us who were not part of freedom struggle came to have an idea about sort of activities which took place in the Raj Era India.

The most interesting part of the crusade is that not many are aware of the clauses related with Jan Lokpal Bill but that has not come in the way of people’s association with this movement. They are on the streets against one of the most corrupt regimes in Indian political landscape. Interestingly, the battle between virtue and vice once again started from a ground, Ramlila Maidan, devoted to the victory of good over evil! It’s another thing that one pays a heavy price when one is fighting with negative forces. However, the resurrection of “Dharma” needs to be done at any cost. One of the reasons why people are on the street is that they are fed up with system that shows utter disregard for their being and causes associated with them. So they felt that it’s the right time to protect the “Dharma” (Religion) from the clutches of ” Adharma” (irreligion). It’s to be noted that the word Dharma differs from it’s English counterpart “Religion”. In Hinduism it’s related more with “personal obligations, calling and duties” and primarily means supporting or holding the order of things with help of natural laws.

The dreams always remain dream if there are no proper steps taken to convert them into a reality. The dreams remain dream if we fail to associate with the cause in a real way. One needs to know the enemy quite well before coming face to face with it on the battle ground. The Congress party has a checkered past. It’s more poisonous than the most venomous snake roaming on planet earth. About it Sri Aurobindo stated during the freedom struggle that ” I say, of the Congress, then, this, – that its aims are mistaken, that the spirit in which it proceeds towards their accomplishment is not a spirit of sincerity and whole-heartedness, and that the methods it has chosen are not the right methods, and the leaders in whom it trusts, not the right sort of men to be leaders; – in brief, that we are at present the blind led, if not by the blind, at any rate by the one-eyed.” His words have, sadly, come true. Though I hate the attitude of Winston Churchill against India and Indians, he was quite right in reading the working style of Congress calling it “cruel and wicked negligence”. In fact, he believed that departure of the Britishers meant ” India will fall back quite rapidly through the centuries into the barbarism and privations of the Middle Ages”

Unfolding  Missing Elements  Of  Present  Crusade Against Corruption

In modern India the common man is dictated by the likes and dislikes of unholy nexus between bureaucrats and corrupt political leaders. The corrupt political leaders become more dangerous when they get support of brand like Congress. A brand that promotes slavish mentality and sycophancy towards the party supremo. To the world outside India might be a successful democracy but the people who are aware of the real face of Indian political landscape know quite well that politics in India is dominated by muscle-power and illegal flow of cash. Politics in India is to ensure the most incompetent a luxurious life for ages not only for themselves but for their future generations as well. That’s why Swiss accounts and accounts in foreign banks are so popular in India! The “angoota chaap” (illiterate) or semi-literate (the so called B. A. or M. A. degree holders) people contest elections with the help of dubious elements and on gaining the seat reward these very dubious elements. That’s the way democracy in India functions! The likes of Indira Gandhi move a step further and start treating the constitutional bodies as their private property. In this great Indian political nautanki ( drama) the fate of common people is to get exploited at hands of strong people on one pretext or another.

The Anna’s movements has seen huge participation of people because it has provided a ray of hope to common people who feel that now they have got chance to tame the corrupt monsters. Though I know quite well that it’s quite a an amateurish way to tackle the corrupt forces, it’s still a good sign that people are now beginning to realize the power latent in them. I am aware of the fact that bringing into effect another law or, for that matter, to set up an another constitutional body is not the ideal way to sabotage the corrupt forces. However, to make a beginning or take a small step towards the goal is always a safe approach than deadly stalemate. Anna’s movement has done the same thing. It has initiated a process. It has made people realize that democracy is people-centric and not ruler-centric.

The problem is that Indian political class has lost its sheen. For people there is huge lack of reliable and dynamic political party. So even if they come on streets and compel the present regime to step down, the absence of alternative makes the whole effort pass though a black hole. We have BJP. It appeared as alternative to Congress but once in power it failed to retain the difference between it and its enemy Congress. In it’s short association with power politics it gave way to same ambiguity exhibited by Congress in its long rule over this nation! We have the Leftists. The party that’s comprised of derailed intellectuals, whose love for common people made them further away from the common people, to such an extent that in most parts of the world it came to lose its identity altogether. Like always the positive happenings in this nation has made them an anxious and worried lot. These dirty Leftists rats have now come out of their holes and trying to make a dent in the people’s movement. They are busy coining stupid phrases in articles published in their various mouthpieces. They term the whole outburst as reactionary response of middle class.

Unfolding  Missing Elements  Of  Present  Crusade Against Corruption

The Leftists also harbour the illusion that Anna’s movement has defined the corruption in a very limited way. It’s also afraid of the fact that the whole movement has presence of right-wing political parties and thus it has got moral right not to be part of this movement. However, this has been the salient feature of Leftists: To enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labour! Most of the articles penned by their arm chair intellectuals are full of insipid details not worthy of taking into cognizance by any sane mind. It’s very clear that Leftist, who live under the false impression, that they are real representatives of people on street, in reality, have utter disregard for the thinking of the common people. The superiority complex which is present in Leftist intellectuals has made Leftist ideology part of yellow pages of worn out books. It’s better I leave their babbling with them and discuss other significant features of movement triggered by Anna Hazare.

One of the main drawbacks of Hazare’s initiative is that it rests upon shoulders of people with dubious achievements. If you go back in past, you would find that followers or disciples have always led to demise of powerful movements or institutions. Unless the movement gets controlled by right minds with proper vision and perfect line of action, it would be nothing more than a wishful thinking to imagine about a better future. You have likes of Swami Agnivesh who are no better than Mir Zafar!! I can very easily see that Anna Hazare has failed to see through the trap set by cunning minds within the Congress, especially Kapil Sibbal.

However, if this initiative fails to brings desired result it wouldn’t downsize the Herculean efforts of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal. Lack of desired result should not be perceived as failure of Anna Hazare’s movement. It needs to be understood that total elimination of corruption is no less than utopia. It’s not that easy to wipe out corruption without changing the system in a big way. It’s absurd to think that a certain law or certain body with a “big boss” like head would altogether end the corruption. I am convinced that unless “we, the people of India” give to way better ideals in natural way, it would be sheer stupidity to rest hopes on any new institution. I am certain that if we do not become conscious individuals, the Lokpal would meet the same fate as we have seen of premier government bodies like Election Commission and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC ). If we have desire to live a life resting on the show of money, it’s hard to assume that corrupt practices would ever come to end. One also needs to analyze that it’s we the people who are really responsible for the rampant corruption. It’s we who promoted wrong people and ended up sending wrong people as our representative in various government bodies be it Parliament or Village Panchayat.

Anyway, let’s not weaken the will to change. It’s more than enough that people have realized that their active participation would alone make their representatives more responsible towards their rights. One hopes that efforts of people, now on streets, would lead to better changes. One needed a beginning. A way has now been shown by Anna. One hopes we would find many such leaders in future to make this movement attain its logical culmination. Let’s not be disappointed over not getting results in proportion to the expectations. It’s said that” “When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.” ( Leo Burnett)

Unfolding  Missing Elements  Of  Present  Crusade Against Corruption

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आंधी में सोच समझकर बहे मतलब जोश में होश भी रहे!

 

 

 

 

 

जोश में होश भी रहे !

जोश में होश भी रहे !

 

जो भी वास्तव में सोच रहे है वो देख सकते है कि कौन कौन से खतरे अन्ना को नीलने के लिए खड़े है.  जैसा कि जे पी के साथ हुआ बहुत संभव है वो अन्ना के साथ भी हो . उसकी वजह यही है कि अन्ना सांपो के साथ चल रहे है जो कभी भी पलट कर डस सकते है. कमजोरी भीड़ में तो है ही जो कि सदा जोश से काम लेती है होश से नहीं पर सबसे बड़ा दोष नीतिगत है.  नीतिगत इस मामले में है कि जिनके हाथ में वास्तविक कमान है उनका लोकतान्त्रिक मूल्यों से कोई ख़ास सरोकार नहीं है. अब जब लोकतान्त्रिक प्रक्रिया से आप को कोई ख़ास लगाव नहीं है तो ज़ाहिर है ये उम्मीद रखना कि भविष्य में आप लोकतान्त्रिक मूल्यों का सम्मान करते हुए आप  मर्यादित आचरण कर पाएंगे मुझे नहीं लगता.

सीधी सी बात है मजबूत ईमारत कभी कमजोर नींव पे नहीं खड़ी हो सकती. काबिल लोग जाने क्या सोचते है ये तो वो जाने  पर मै तो इतना जानता हू कि यहाँ नींव बेहद कमजोर है. कोई मुझसे कह रहा था पता नहीं वो कितना सच कह रहा था या झूठ पर उन्होंने कहा कि जो सदस्य लोकपाल की ड्राफ्टिंग में शामिल है वोही महाभ्रष्ट की श्रेणि में आते है. एक महाभ्रष्ट अग्निवेश नाम के पाखंडी को तो मै भी जानता हू. जब इस तरह के संदिग्ध आचरण वाले आपके नीतिगत फैसलों में दखल देने का अधिकार है तो समझ में नहीं आता कि लोकपाल के सन्दर्भ में लिए जा रहे फैसलों का वास्तविक स्वरूप क्या होगा.  मुझे तो जॉर्ज ऑरवेल के द्वारा रचित “एनिमल फार्म ” की याद आ रही है जिसमे सत्ता के मद में सूअर नियंत्रण से बाहर होकर तमाम कुकर्मो में लिप्त हो जाते है. ऐसा तभी होता है जब आपकी शुरुवात ही गलत तरीकें से हो. तकलीफ तो यही कि हम एक तूफ़ान को जन्म तो दे देते पर अक्सर इसकी पृष्ठभूमि में कमजोर स्क्रिप्ट होती है. अंतत: जनता ठगा सा महसूस करती है और एक नया भ्रष्ट तंत्र खड़ा हो जाता है. जनता एक बार फिर अपने विश्वास के टुकड़े टुकड़े होता देखती रह जाती है.

चूहे के पीछे बिल्ली और बिल्ली के पीछे डागी और उसके पीछे कोई और तो ऐसे तो कोई फायदा नहीं होगा. कुल मिला के चीखना चिल्लाना तात्कालिक रूप से जायज हो सकता है पर सही जीत चिंतन, मंथन और उसके समुचित क्रियान्वन से होती है. और मुझे लगता है इसका नितांत अभाव है अन्ना की आंधी में. बात ये है जब तक हम खुद व्यक्तिगत स्तर पे ईमानदार नहीं होंगे तब तक कोई भी संस्था कुछ नहीं कर पाएगी चाहे वो सुपर लोकपाल ही क्यों ना हो.  इस आन्दोलन कि दो सबसे बड़ी कमिया है. एक तो ये कि ये भी अभी तक जो जन लोकपाल का मोटा मोटा स्वरूप समझ  में आ रहा है वो तो यही है कि एक ही संस्था में असीमित शक्ति होगी और इसकी जवाबदेही किसके  प्रति और किस स्वरूप में होगी ये बिल्कुल अनिश्चित है. यही इसका सबसे बड़ा दोष है.  दूसरा सबसे मूलभूत फर्क ये है कि जनता की अपेक्षाए और उनकी अपेक्षाए जो इस जन लोकपाल नाम का तीर छोड़ रहे है उसमे बहुत फर्क है. जनता  तो शायद यही समझ रही है या उसें महसूस कराया जा रहा है कि जन लोकपाल एक ऐसी जादू की छड़ी है कि घुमाया और सब समस्या ख़त्म. 

अन्ना लहर देखे क्या गुल खिलाती है?

अन्ना लहर देखे क्या गुल खिलाती है?

बात ये है कि इसके स्वरूप को लेकर  इसके बनाने वाले और जनता की सोच में बहुत फर्क है.  जनता एक व्यापक पैमाने पे परिवर्तन की आस को लेकर सडको पर है और वोही जनलोकपाल एक ऐसी संस्था है जिसे और संस्थाओ की तरह ही लोकतान्त्रिक दायरों में रहकर ही समस्या का निदान करना  है.  इतनी उम्मीदें एक संस्था से पालना कितना सही है और भविष्य में अपने बिखरी उम्मीदों के साथ इस संस्था से कैसे तादात्म्य रख पायेंगे ये सोचने वाली बात है. मेरे कहने का तात्पर्य ये है कि अगर जनता खुद अपने आचरण को पहले सुधार कर फिर क्रांति क्रांति करती सडको पर तो समझ में आता कि जन लोकपाल वास्तव में अलादीन का चिराग साबित होता. बिना व्यक्तिगत स्तर पे सुधार के हम सोचे कोई संस्था आकर हमारा कल्याण कर देगी बिल्कुल वाहियात की बात है. एक ढोंग है.  एक महा पाखण्ड है और कुछ नहीं. समझ में नहीं आता कि जनता को  सडको पे उतारने वाले जनता को इतना चराते क्यों है. क्यों नहीं अपने मूल उद्देश्यों को भली भाँती जनता के सामने और उनके सामने नहीं रखते जिनसे वो आग्रह रखते है अपनी बात मनवाने का. और यही पे आके सारी क्रांति और जोश का सत्यानाश हो जाता है. भ्रम या अँधेरे में रखकर या रहकर या अति उत्साह में उद्देश्यों से अनजान रहकर स्वर्णिम भविष्य की उम्मीद रखना मै नहीं समझता बहुत जायज है. 

बहरहाल जनता सडको पर है और ये हर्ष की बात है. ये भी सुखद है कि सत्ता के नशे में चूर लोगो को उनकी औकात समझ में आ गयी. मनीष तिवारी और कपिल सिब्बल जैसे लोगो को कम से कम इतना समझ में तो आया कि जनता से और जनता को लेकर चलने वालो से कैसे “जी” लगाकर बात करनी चाहिए. मुझे कोई शौक नहीं आसमान में उड़ते गुब्बारे में छेद करने का. सो चलिए इस आंधी में हम भी बहते है इस उम्मीद में कि आंधी वैसे तो कभी अच्छा फल नहीं देती पर क्या पता इस आंधी  से विध्वंस के बजाय कुछ काम का निर्माण हो जाए. पर हा फर्क यही है कि  आंधी में बहते हुए भी मैंने अपनी समझ को बहने नहीं दिया. सो ये सोचने पे मजबूर हू कि विश्वास को बार बार  टूट कर जुड़ते हुए देखना या इसकी कोशिश करना बहुत ही तकलीफदेह होता है. इस दर्द को सहज रूप से आत्मसात करना खेल नहीं. और ये खेल अफ़सोस है कि संवेदनशील भोली भारतीय जनता के साथ बार बार खेला जाता है.

 सच तो ये है कुसूर अपना है …
चाँद को छूने की तमन्ना की
आसमा को जमीन पर माँगा 
फूल चाहा कि पत्थरों  पर खिले..
काँटों में की तलाश खुशबू की 
आरजू  की कि आग ठंडक दे 
बर्फ में ढूंढते रहे गर्मी 
ख्वाब जो देखा, चाहा सच हो जाये 
इसकी हमको सजा तो मिलनी थी 
सच तो ये है कुसूर अपना है..


(जावेद अख्तर )

आप की कोशिशे रंग लाये!

आप की कोशिशे रंग लाये!

 

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My Thoughts and Views Frankly Expressed

the wuc

a broth of thoughts, stories, wucs and wit.

A Little Bit of Monica

My take on international politics, travel, and history...

Peru En Route

Tips to travel around Perú.

Health & Family

A healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit

मानसिक हलचल

ज्ञान दत्त पाण्डेय का ब्लॉग (Gyan Dutt Pandey's Blog)। मैं गाँव विक्रमपुर, जिला भदोही, उत्तरप्रदेश, भारत में रह कर ग्रामीण जीवन जानने का प्रयास कर रहा हूँ। ज़ोनल रेलवे के विभागाध्यक्ष के पद से रिटायर रेलवे अफसर।

Monoton+Minimal

travel adventures

Stand up for your rights

Gender biased laws

The Bach

Me, my scribbles and my ego

Tuesdays with Laurie

"Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing." —Laurie Buchanan

The Courage 2 Create

This is the story of me writing my first novel...and how life keeps getting in the way.

A Magyar Blog

Mostly about our semester in Pécs, Hungary.