Many find Allahabad a very tough place to live an honourable life. That’s because even though it came to enjoy a wonderful divine legacy, it never ensured a desired vibrancy for average souls. It never created any scope for living a truly fun-filled life, being all the time involved in dry intellectual activities. Lack of proper encouragement on the part of city towards its vast pool of talented brains have now given way to brain drain sort of affair. Many great souls remained an unsung hero in this city. However, what’s amazing is that it keeps on producing great souls at a regular interval! In nutshell, it’s a city of true beauty, real romance and mysticism. The city teaches you how to remain true to life in a real way, making it very clear to any conscious soul that life is not a bed of roses and it is meant to discover new mysteries of nature. Naturally, average souls running after money, fame, beautiful girl, big house, big car and many other cosmetic affairs would always feel disappointed to be part of this city. Having said that, I hope this city learns to truly honour its exceptional souls and also learns to be bit more blissful!
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Allahabad: A City Wedded To Realism (Photo Feature Part One) Allahabad: A City Wherein Global Salutes The Local (Photo Feature Part 3)
A High Court lawyer Arvind Kumar Pandey was felicitated by a section of lawyers for receiving an award at fifth National Men’s Rights Conference held in Nagpur recently, for outstanding contribution in championing the cause of men in national and International arena, during a programme organized at Indian Coffee House on Saturday.
Addressing the lawyers, Arvind Kumar Pandey said, “Biased criminal laws have spoiled the lives of many men charged under the Dowry Act. The laws like Domestic Violence Act, IPC 498 a, and Maintenance Act, to name a few are heavily tilted in favour of women and have done more harm than producing good effects.”
The Men’s Rights National conference, held at Pench Tiger Reserve in Nagpur was attended by more than 150 men’s rights activists, who represented 40,000 activists spread across India and other parts of the globe.
This year’s national conference was held under the aegis of Nagpur Chapter of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), now being run by Rajesh Vakharia. Few prominent International Men’s Rights Associations like Marital Justice from United Kingdom and INSAAF from USA besides Men’s Rights activists from Germany, Singapore, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Middle East, Japan and Russia also attended the conference.
Informing about the resolutions passed at fifth Men’s Rights conference Arvind Kumar Pandey, who attended the conference as a writer and blogger said, “The first resolution was aimed at formation of Men’s Welfare Ministry while the next resolution aimed at reducing the number of men involved in hazardous professions and another important resolution dealt with creation of gender-neutral treatment in legal aspects. Recognition of the rights of fathers, making shared parenting necessary in wake of separation was another major demand made on the occasion. The activists were unanimous in rejecting the highly biased Marriage Law Amendment Bill, 2010, and demanded its roll back. Lastly, the need to make huge investment in areas of Men’s health was deeply felt.”
The felicitation ceremony at Coffee House, Allahabad, was attended by advocates including Neeraj Shukla, Sampanna Kumar Srivastava, Ashish Nigam, Satyadhar Dubey, Arvind Kushwaha, Pintu Jaiswal, Shubhranshu Pandey, Arun Prakash Srivastava, Mohit Kesarwani and few others.
Some More Pics From The Felicitation Held In Allahabad On August 27, 2013.
This news item also got published in these two newspapers:
P.S. : Advocate Altaf Ahamad, practicing at District Court, Allahabad, also attended the felicitation ceremony held at Coffee House, Allahabad on August 27. His name failed to find mention in the news reports. I regret the error.
हिंदी से गहरा प्रेम बचपन सें है, संस्कृत और उर्दू से भी है. आप मेरे ब्लाग पर फिर से जाए तो ये सही है अंग्रेजी में अधिकतर लेख है क्योकि मुख्यतः वो अंग्रेजी लेखो के लिए बना है एक अंग्रेजी के लेखक के रोल निर्वाहन के कारण. हिंदी में लिखना प्रारंभ इसी हिंदी प्रेम और हिंदी सेवा के खातिर किया. इस के लिए अंग्रेजी के मंचो पर भी विद्वान् लोगो से काफी बहस की. तो बात साफ़ है अंग्रेजी का लेखक होने के बाद भी, समयाभाव होते हुए भी हिंदी में लेख अंग्रेजी के ब्लाग पर लिख ले रहा हूँ, या ऐसे मंचो पे हिंदी लेख पोस्ट कर देता हूँ जहाँ हिंदी पर कुछ कहने सुनने पर प्रतिबन्ध है तो किसी को मेरे हिंदी प्रेम पर कोई शक-सुबहा नहीं होना चाहिए. ये जानकर आपको आश्चर्य होगा किसी अंग्रेजी फोरम पे जहा हिंदी पे पाबन्दी थी उसी मंच पर इन्टरनेट जगत में हिंदी के राष्ट्रभाषा सम्बन्धी सवाल पर एक सबसे लम्बी बहस का आयोजन किया. लिहाजा यथाशक्ति मेरी तरफ से जो हो सकता है वो मेरी तरफ से हो रहा है जबकि ना मेरे पास आर्थिक बल है और ना ही संसाधन. मेरे बहुत से लेखो का लोगो ने जब हिंदी अनुवाद चाहा मैंने उन्हें उपलब्ध करा दिया. कितने हिंदी के पत्रकार बंधुओ के पास अपने ही अंग्रेजी लेख का अपना ही किया अनुवाद पड़ा है जो उनके आग्रह पर मैंने उनको दिया है. अब देखिये आपके ये हिंदी मित्र कब तक इसे पब्लिश कर हरियाली फैलाते है!
लेकिन इसके बाद भी मै रहूँगा अंग्रेजी का लेखक ही. उसके कई कारण है. एक तो हिंदी जगत में व्याप्त गन्दी राजनीति जिससें मुझे घिन्न आती है. एक लेखक होने के नाते मुझे लिखने में दिलचस्पी है ना कि राजनीति में जिसका हिंदी जगत से बड़ा गहरा याराना है. राजनीति मै बेहतर कर सकता हूँ पर तब लिखने के लिए समय कहा मिलेगा? खैर जो सबसे बड़ा कारण है वो आपकी व्यापक पहचान. अंग्रेजी में ना लिखता तो शायद विभिन्न देशों में मुझे इतने प्रतिभवान लेखको, मित्रो का प्रेम मुझे ना मिलता. अंग्रेजी में लिखने का सबसे बड़ा फायदा ये है कि अनुवाद का भय खत्म हो जाता है क्योकि अनुवादित होते ही साहित्य रसहीन हो जाता है ऐसा मेरा मानना है. अनुवादित चीज़े मै केवल मजबूरी में पढता हूँ. सो मेरे साथ ये तो भय नहीं ना रहा कि अपनी बात सही सही लोगो तक पहुच रही है कि नहीं. किसी की इस बात से मै इत्तेफाक मै नहीं रखता कि मेरे लेखो के विषय देश काल से बाधित है. फिर से देखे मेरे लेख और आपको उसमे ग्लोबल मिलेगा लोकल की बाहें थामे.
ये बात भी महत्त्वपूर्ण है कि नीति निर्माता चाहे लोकल स्तर पे हो या ग्लोबल स्तर पर हगते मूतते कैसे भी हो पर समझते अंग्रेजी में ही है. सो जब तक आप इनसे अंग्रेजी में बकैती नहीं करेंगे तब तक ये आप की बात समझने से रहे. ये भी जानना उचित रहेगा कि अंग्रेजी मातृभाषा ना होने के कारण भाव के सम्प्रेषण के लिए कम से कम मेरे लिए तो बहुत सही नहीं लगती और भाषा की शुद्धता को ऊँचे स्तर तक ले जाने के बाद भी भाषा सम्बन्धी गलतियां रह जाती है. इसके बाद भी मुझे बहुत स्नेह मिला है विदेशी भूमि पर गुणीजन लोगो के द्वारा. और ऐसा भी नहीं कि यहाँ राजनीति नहीं हुई. जम के हुई, मेरा विरोध हुआ, भाषा प्रयोग पर कुछ वर्ग विशेष की तरफ से आपत्ति हुई, सम्मान देने के बाद मेरे साईट को ब्लाक करने जैसी अपमानजनक बाते हुई पर ईश्वर की कृपा से पूर्व में अच्छा काम इतना हो चुका था कि मेरी छवि को कुछ नुकसान नहीं पंहुचा. खैर ये सब तो लेखन जगत में आम बात है. मैंने जब डेढ़ दशक पहले लिखना शुरू किया तभी देशी विदेश अखबारों मैग्जीनो में छप चुका था, अच्छे विदेशी संपादको और लेखको से काफी विचार विमर्श कर चुका था, जिसमे जेरेमी सीब्रुक (द स्टेट्समैन, कलकत्ता से सम्बंधित स्तंभकार), रामचंद्र गुहा( द टेलीग्राफ, कलकत्ता) और बिल किर्कमैन ( द हिन्दू, मद्रास) कुछ उल्लेखनीय नाम है इसलिए जब ऑनलाइन हुआ तब ऐसी सतही बातो का मुझ पर कोई ख़ास असर नहीं हुआ. हाँ थोड़ी तकलीफ जरूर हुई.
अब इतना आगे बढ़ चुका हूँ कि पीछे देखनें का कोई मतलब नहीं. अंग्रेजी में लिखना सहज और मधुर लगता है अब. मेरी हिंदी सेवा वाली बात से आप सब निश्चिंत रहे. हिंदी के लिए काम करने वाले सरकारी अफसरों से हम संसाधन विहीन अंग्रेजी के लेखक बेहतर काम कर रहे है बिना नाम-वाम के मोह या मुद्रा के लालच में पड़े. चलते चलते राज की बात सुनते चले कि ईमानदार हिंदी या अंग्रेजी बुद्धिजीवी लेखक कम से कम एक मामले में बराबर है: इनको ढंग का पैसा ना तो हिंदी के प्रकाशक देते है और ना ही अंग्रेजी जगत के प्रकाशक!
The issue is that my blog, Indowaves, which appears on site blog.co.uk is, more often than not, selected as featured blog or, for that matter, blog of the day or blog of the week whatever it is. That has irked some of the British bloggers. An old lady blogger posted an objectionable post about it, wherein many bloggers entered in defamatory remarks. I had to intervene with a clarification. Thank God, I came to know about the drama in time.
Now I know when you emerge victorious as person of achievements, you end up paying a heavy price. I love to maintain a low profile and so always try not to flaunt my achievements in a big way with celebrations etc. However, I am really taken aback by set of gestures which take my simplicity for granted. To be honest, I was always aware of the fact that making one’s presence felt in a strong way on prominent foreign websites means a lot but I never got carried away. Indeed, it’s no joke to gain a larger than life presence amidst group devoid of Indian community. However, I was least aware of such vituperous outbursts.
It’s shocking. It’s not the first time I am facing such a veiled attack. I have frequently intercepted such veiled attacks in my long blogging journey. I started my blogging journey from this very blog.co.uk site, which was then in its nascent stage like my blogging. Luckily, both of us managed to taste the sweet fruits of hard labour. However, there were many rough episodes as well. In the very beginning, the hard hitting topics infuriated the English people and they accused me of “screwing them day and night”. When this did not work, they started finding fault with my grammar. Like always I managed them to convince in a stronger way that author’s ideas are of greater importance than his/her grammar.The explanation worked wonders.The critics turned silent. Later, they again raised their head and this time they called me “racist”. Once again I had enough arguments to prove otherwise. The noise makers /mischief makers once again got marginalized.
Now look at this new drama. Instead of appreciating my efforts, they are trying to prove it “automated”, calling it random. It’s really hilarious to watch how achievements leads to severe heartburn in hearts of under achievers! Look at the paradox. One of the prominent critic in this conversation, who treats the “featured blog” as “random” is himself lamenting that he just couldn’t have the pleasure of seeing his blog in that column as he was in Germany that time. The women who has initiated the debate treats it as a “lottery” even as she is furious as to why she couldn’t hit the jackpot? Isn’t that proves how insecure have we become since we just cannot anticipate/digest the success of others in right spirit? It’s surprising that most of the critics are the freshers- ones who fade into oblivion within a year or two. Anyway, I wish them good luck for their long blogging journey.
Anyway, coming back to the featured blog controversy, the explanation offered by me compelled the so-called critics to give way to defensive mode with weak justification like it was mere a curiosity and no such jealousy or cheap insinuation were behind the publication of her post. However, a close reading of her post and the comments published is enough to present true picture of the subliminal message echoed by the post. The very tone of the post, the type of conversation generated in the comment box and the implications conveyed contribute considerably to the overall complexity that she is being dishonest when she suggests that her post is merely an attempt to analyze the criteria meant for the featured blogs.There is more to it than what meets the eye.
The case is not that simple. It ’s quite apparent that real motive was to downsize the impact generated under the guise of ascertaining the criteria. Had that not been the case, the writer would dare not have implied on the basis incomplete details. For instance, if the writer is really ignorant about real factors, which make a blog attain the stature of featured blogs then how come she is so cocksure that selection is “random” or “automated” ? How come she ascribe the same reason in subtle way when she posts my article as an example? The impression she generates is that had the selection been a conscious one, the more deserving ones would find a place and not mine ones. Though she suggests in her comment that “researches” often delay the publication of post, it’s really frustrating that she just cannot realize this is the same reason which makes my posts gets delayed!
She states that there are many bloggers who are writing research oriented blogs daily but its mine and not theirs that are appearing in the featured section. Now look at her perverted pleasure. She expressed happiness that just after appearance of the post condemning selection made in the featured blog section her blog once again appeared in the featured blog column. Now it appears that “random” overnight turned into a respectable term, signifying merit. However, the day before, the very same selection process was flawed one. However, once her blog appeared, the automated gained a hallowed status! After all , she is a regular user in league with research oriented articles! Oh yes, she has coined one more parameter that only regular users should find a birth in featured section. Now one needs to ask her, what’s so amazing about posting daily that it should make the post find a place in featured blog section ? She boasts about research oriented articles but even a casual look at her articles will reveal the amount of research work done. The serious type of research work she boasts of is absolutely missing.
Even the most dull mind can see that her current post purportedly discussing criteria meant for featured blogs is in actuality is a veiled attack and a crude attempt to downsize the achievements. The harsh truth is that the discussion related with criteria is mere a facade. Was she sleeping till now that she didn’t came to notice the flaws ,if any, associated with the featured blogs? However,the moment she came to see my blog in the featured blog section for one more time, she all of a sudden gained realization that criteria fixed for featured blogs is flawed! All was right till I was not there. Only after my arrival the criteria became substandard. Interestingly , when I posted my comment there, the said lady gave the impression that she did a great favour by not deleting my comment. This very tone is missing when we find her virtually enjoying a casual remark that compares me in bad taste with another Indian blogger bearing somewhat the same name. At that moment, she never conveyed her displeasure to that blogger by stating that his personal remark would be deleted. However, she conveyed the same to me and others that she thought of deleting my comment. May I know why ?
Anyway,I must thank my admirers and supporters for acknowledging my worth in a right way. I must reiterate once again I am a simple person, who is merely interested in presenting thoughts that hit the mind and heart in a strong way. I am not carried away by loads of appreciation or depressed by waves of hatred. These are insignificant for me. However, the words of sincere admirers and critics shall always find a respectable place in my writing journey. They would continue to make me feel blissful, dejected and meditative!