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Lawyers and Spiritualism: Sounds Incredible Yet It’s Possible in Allahabad! ( Photo Feature )

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( Lord Hari said to Narada in Padma Purana: “Naham Vasami Vaikunthe Yoginam Hridaya Na Cha, Madbhakta Yatra Gayanti Tatra Tishthami Narada”, “I am not in Vaikunthe and not in the heart of Yogis, but I am there where people worship me and sing my name, O Narada”. )
 

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ( Albert Einstein ) It’s not often the case that you find lawyers gathering at some place to discuss about issues pertaining to spiritualism. However, in a city like Prayag, which has been seat of intellectual discourse since time immemorial, the unconventional route is not a rarity. Lawyers may or may not emerge as spiritual giants yet they are potentially more divine than others. Let me explain how. Is there any other section of society other than lawyers which witnesses most tragic ironies from such close angles? It’s entirely impossible to beat lawyers in being face-to-face with chosen paradoxes of life. They witness darkest chapters of life almost daily from shattering of human bonds to heinous episodes involving treachery and killings! They see all. That makes their soul crave for peace more and more.

The commonplace observation about lawyers and doctors is that they are extremely materialistic, greedy and manipulative. There is, indeed, an element of truth in such misplaced notions. Yet the greater truth is that they are the most logical, methodical and damn accurate about happenings of life. It’s an easy task for lawyers to change the course of destiny only if they really desire so! Mahtama Gandhi did it for us in beginning of 20th century, and so did Muhammad Ali Jinnah, trained as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn, when he played an instrumental role in creation of Pakistan.

The Indian Independence movement involved selfless gestures of so many lawyers having diverse political orientations. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Lala Lajpat Rai, Pandit Govind  Ballabh Pant, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, P.V. Narsimha Rao, Purushottam Das Tandon, Tej Bahadur Sapru and Pandit Madan Malaviya, to name a few, provided excellent leadership at different levels to make “India’s tryst with destiny” a significant affair in the history of world. Interestingly, Clement Attlee, Britain’s Prime Minister at time of India’s Independence, was also a trained lawyer! One thing more. Some of the these lawyers had close connection with Allahabad.
 

In modern India, nowadays, false notions about lawyers dominate psyche of average mass of people. In fact, a large section of Indian people still believes that studying law is last option for hopeless creatures rejected in other professions! It’s only now that tough entrance, introduction of standard professional approach, and creation of state-of-the-art institutions offering law degrees have virtually sealed the scope for mediocre minds to enter in this profession. However, even now there are lots of loopholes which have ensured that “black gown” is held hostage to lesser minds. If that’s not enough the irresponsible approach of Bar Councils have ensured that life for hardworking lawyers remains like walking on the razor’s edge! And how can we ignore the fact that block-headed, shrewd and arrogant judges are killing the scope of emergence of young lawyers as successful lawyers!!

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( Kudos to all the souls involved in spreading the words of Lord Krishna )

Against the backdrop of this sorts of dismal scenario, the emergence of group of lawyers at Allahabad High Court for uplifting the cause of spiritualism under different banners comes as whiff of fresh air. Kudos to Mr S C Upadhyaya for spreading the message of Lord Krishna under aegis of “Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being”.  One also can’t ignore role of Adv. Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Ex Vice-President of High Court’s Bar Association, and Adv. Sanjay Mishra, to name a few, for ably steering the course of spiritual wave at Allahabad High Court. This should not sound as exaggeration that Devendra ji with his academic bent of mind is setting good precedents in an era wherein lawyers are being perceived as opportunist and shallow creatures. I have been lucky enough in having long conversations with both Mr Tiwari and Sanjay Mishra and realized immediately that both of them excel at carving excellent strategies. No wonder that augurs well for expanding cause of spiritualism in distant lands. Very recently “Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being” organized a spiritual discourse on very first day of 2016 at Brahma Vidya Kendra situated inside historic Company Garden located in heart of Allahabad!

Overall, the year began on great note for lawyers-cum-spiritual enthusiasts! The pictures bear testimony to this assertion. It would be a fatal blunder on my part if I omit the name of few sincere activists promoting the message of Krishna with total application of mind and heart. I notice them in almost every event organised under different banners. Adv. Shashikant Kuswaha, Adv. Ramendra Giri, Adv. Adarsh Upadhyaya, Adv. Shashank Singh, Adv. Naveen Pandey and Adv. Pankaj Upadhyaya are some of the faces which are often involved in their tasks in fast and furious way. However, I need to appreciate Shashikant who happens to be my friend since college days. He deserves appreciation not because he happens to be my close friend. He deserves praises because he has evolved as good human being, performing with sincerity whatever tasks fell his way! His down-to-earth approach is infectious!! As concluding remarks I need to mention words of SMA Kazmi, former Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, whom I served as junior in early days of my legal career, that it’s talent alone which ensures bright future provided lady luck at the same time remains kind towards you! So hope and wish that lady luck smiles on all my colleagues serving both humans and Lord at the same time!!

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( Neither the position of Brahma nor that of Indra, neither suzerainty nor the rulership of the nether regions, neither power that comes through Yoga nor liberation- the man who has surrendered his mind unto Me desires nothing else but Me- Words of Lord Krishna for Great Yogi Uddhava in Uddhava Gita )

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* Pics Related With Events On January 01 And January 02, 2016 *

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( As I headed towards Brahma Vidya Kendra situated inside beautiful Company Garden, the rustic charm prevalent there took my breath away )

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( I love walking on such muddy routes than being placed on metalled roads )

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( Although I was getting late for the event. these bright flowers stopped me for a while )

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( That’s the Brahma Vidya Kendra inside Company Garden )

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( Both these lady saints manage the affair at this Kendra. They were truly in league with divine wisdom. That was so evident in humility exhibited by them. )

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( That’s the team which orgainsed this event at Brahma Vidya Kendra on very first day of 2016. Some of the prominent ones are Adv. S C Upadhaya, Adv. Sanjay Mishra, Adv. Dr. Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Adv. Ramendra Giri and Adv. Pankaj Upadhyaya besides , of course, lady saint. )

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( Adv. S C Upadhayaya and Adv. Devendra Kumar Tiwari garlanded Adv. Ramendra Giri for  ensuring excellent arrangement of Prasada distribution among the devotees. He prepared the prasada not from the hands but through the heart immersed in devotion towards Lord! )

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( From Left To Right: Adv. Devendra Tiwari, Lady Saint, Adv. and Writer, Arvind K. Pandey ( i.e. myself 😛 ) and Adv. S C Upadhyaya.  )

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( Senior Advocate Mr. S C Upadhyaya, President, Gita Mission For Cosmic Well-Being, throwing light on the role of mission while addressing the media-persons present on this occasion. )

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( Some of the other advocates- the spiritual stars 😛 – who made this event a memorable affair 🙂 From Left to Right:  Adv. Ramendra Giri,  Adv. Nawal Kishore Pandey,  Adv. Shashikant Kuswaha,  Myself ( author of this post 😛 ) and  Adv. Shashank Singh )

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( Green Bananas waiting to turn into yellow 😛 😛 😛 . The Kendra has lots of fruit trees, small and big ones which  makes this place a spectacle of greenery. )

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( Anwala Tree 🙂 🙂 🙂 )

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( Peepal Tree is loved by Lord Krishna!! It’s considered very sacred. Probably that’s why some devotee thought it to be a perfect gesture to hang image of Gooddess Durga ji 🙂 )

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( Well, first day of New Year gave others a nice chance to play Cricket in Company Garden. I noticed that at every corner of the park  people of all ages were deeply involved in playing cricket!! )

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( Advocates involved in a spiritual discussion at a different place on a different day in Allahabad! A pleasant sight since lawyers are usually involved in heated discussions 😛 )

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( Advocates who visited my home ( and that’s my room 😛 )  and we had exchange of views on interesting issues. From Left to Right: Adv. Shashikant Kuswaha, Adv. Dr. Devendra Tiwari,  Adv. Nawal Kishore Pandey and my father Mr. Ram Murat Pandey, who as a Review Officer at UPPSC dealt with legal issues pertaining to engineers and others )

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( Advocate Sanjay Mishra also paid visit to my home. He is , indeed, a very capable lawyer, dominating both in legal and spiritual world with his distinct aura! His rich insights made me re-think over some of the life’s burning issues. I wish to meet him often. Hope that’s  Will of Lord too 😛 In this short visit, he discussed about genesis of religion and effect of women empowerment in modern times!  )

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( On the second day of New Year we all advocates gathered at residence of Adv. Shashikant Kuswaha wherein party of “litti-chokha” was organised! Notice Shashikant that whatever be the role, he gets involved in it with total dedication! )

 

My friend Adv. Shashikant Involved in preparation of Chokha with help of his brother!! ( My friend Adv. Shashikant Involved in preparation of Chokha with help of his brother!! )
Tomatoes being baked with help of Upali fire! Upalis are prepared from cow's dung! ! ( Tomatoes being baked with help of Upali fire! Upalis are prepared from cow’s dung! ! )


Advocate Ramendra Giri here also ensured that food prepared is of excellent quality. And it did turn out to be quite delicious! In the meantime, he also entertained lawyers there with his short skits based on episode of Ramayana!
( Adv. Ramendra Giri here too ensured that people gathered here do come to relish on tasty food 🙂 Indeed, we all enjoyed his preparations )

 

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( Guavas were tempting the child in us to steal them even as they were too close to us 😛 😛  At Shashikant’s place one notices lots of greenery comprised of fruit trees and flower plants of various types. )

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( Felt glad on noticing Sri Tulsi ji! She is so dear to Lord. )

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Advocates getting a chance to relish on Litti Chokha 🙂 Once upon a time it was darling of poor people. Now I notice it party of elites 😛 😛 :P )

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( Being inherently a village soul, enjoying  background of farmer’s family, the Liiti-Chokha always manged to be part of my diet! In fact, it appears that Litti-Chokha manages to find me always 😛 😛 )

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( Blessings of saints work wonders 🙂 )

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( Feel glad to be in company of such good souls. Myself with Advocate Ramendra Giri ( Extreme Left ) and Advocate Sanjay Mishra ( Extreme Right ) )

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( Let’s hope we all stay together helping each other in best possible ways. It’s need of the hour that good souls remain together. That’s the only way to rule over negative powers, weaken negative forces. Jai Radha Govinda 🙂 )

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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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!!

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission: Let’s Hope It Regains Its Lost Glory!

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The “Y” Factor Killed The Reputation Of Commission!

For a writer it’s a matter of great satisfaction if the issues raised by him get snowballed into crucial developments at grass-roots level. I am really happy that Allahabad High Court quashed appointment of Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission on grounds that it was “arbitrary” and “”breach of provisions of Constitution”. I had taken note of the grievances of agitating students much before it turned into a sub judice affair. I had kept a close eye on the affairs pertaining to the world of students besides taking note of key developments taking place inside the corridors of Public Service Commission. There was a personal reason as well. My father had served this institution and therefore issues related to it meant a lot for me at emotional level. It was really upsetting for me that such an impartial constitutional body had become playground of vested interests. The key posts went to people with chequered past. But none could raise objection since it was an autonomous body enjoying immense power. Of course, everybody knew that it was being controlled by “Y Factor” ( Yadav factor )

Being resident of this city, I always met students who informed me about the malpractices going on unabated inside Commission. The whole examination process for various examination had become a farce, interviews were being conducted in most discriminatory way. That meant end of road for meritorious students wishing to be part of system as  government officials. Although I do not believe in being head on with district administration, I was devoid of saner choice other than asking students to demonstrate on the streets in a ferocious way. Fortunately, the agitations took the same shape with students going berserk! Number of petitions got filed in the court regarding the misuse of power and abuse of constitutional provisions. Like always Court had the last laugh when it showed the door to Secretary and Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission within gap of few days. The High court set side appointment of  Chairman treating it to be “ultra vires” of Article 316 pertaining to the guidelines related with appointment of Chairman and other members of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission.

I came to vigorously pursue this issue through my writings. This post The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission! which first appeared this website on July 29, 2013, referred to dirty games and shady deals happening on the premises of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission. I dispatched this article to offices of mainstream newspapers but none dared to show enough guts to take anti-government stance in such a brazen fashion! Luckily, this article elicited huge interest of readers on my website. Obviously, now when High Court has finally ensured that natural justice and rule of law are above dubious interests of political masters by quashing the appointment of Chairman, I feel a deep sense of satisfaction within. At least, it makes me have this realization that pen is mightier than sword! That written words never go in vain if they truly represent anguish and dissent.

I need to clarify that Allahabad High Court dealt with this issue on entirely different grounds as ones raised in my article, “The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission!,  published on July 29, 2013. However, in the end, it culminated into the end as desired by me.Let’s hope constitutional bodies come to serve the people instead of serving political masters!

Real Credit Belongs To These Students Who Protested On Streets And Took The Matter To Court!

Real Credit Belongs To These Students Who Protested On Streets And Took The Matter To Court!

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I am posting below my article which first appeared on this website on July 29, 2013.

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 The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission!

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission is a constitutional body, which has been assigned the task to make selections in various governments department at a State level. One expects it to discharge its duties in impartial and sound manner. However, of late, this prestigious constitutional body has become like a caged pigeon in the hands of its incompetent officials, who are acting at the behest of political masters. The latest reservation policy row provides insight into the mindset of officers working at this prestigious office. The implementation of caste-based quotas at the preliminary level of many important examinations, mainly to benefit certain “caste”, without worrying about the collateral damage caused by it is an ominous sign. It’s supposed to act in neutral manner so as to ensure that the selections take place in a fair way. However, the new mantra for it seems to be that “foul is fair”. The appeasement of political masters is more important than selection of meritorious candidates through right process.

This government agency some decades back enjoyed a good reputation of conducting examinations, and later, making final selections in honest way. It had such an impressive track record that many other government agencies sought its help in making proper selections in their own departments, granting it the authority to conduct examinations. However, the scenario inside the office has changed dramatically in last few years, especially in the regimes of Bahujan Samjwadi Party and Samajwadi Party- the political parties which were in control of Uttar Pradesh in last few years. Their casteist approach demolished the reputation of this prestigious body. In their regimes, the key positions went to officers who played havoc with the selection process.

The students who ensured that controversial reservation policy gets scrapped are absolutely right in demanding that a high level inquiry committee should be formed to take note of the irregularities made in selections during last few years. The students need to be appreciated for their act of seeking relevant information in this regard under Right to Information Act. At present two officers from Yadav community are holding key positions in this office. Isn’t it highly shameful that students now treat Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission as ” Yadav Selection Commission”? Most of the bright students after completing the graduation go in for examinations conducted by Public Service Commission since selections to most of the the key administrative posts are made by it. Don’t these corrupt officials realize that by making selections in such arbitrary manner they are causing irreparable damage?  First, they are destroying the future of genuine applicants, and second,  they are paving way for incompetent people to act as government servants in future. What sort of decisions such government officials would make who got selected through such flawed process?

The reservation was introduced by makers of the Constitution for a specific period to enable marginalized castes attain a dignified position in the society. The sentiments of people, who introduced reservation, were really aimed at the welfare of weaker sections of society. However, that’s not the case now. It’s the most effective tool to destabilize societal structure. It’s the instrument to remain in power. It’s a weapon in the hands of dirty political minds to ensure that they remain relevant in political landscape. It’s high time courts and conscious citizens teach fitting lesson to corrupt political leaders and bureaucrats, who are demolishing the image of constitutional bodies.

Is That's The Way Youth Icon, Akhilesh Singh, Play With Future Of Students By Appointing Such Tainted Officials?

Youth Icon, Akhilesh Singh, Playing With Future Of Students By Appointing Such Tainted Officials!!

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Not Many Feel So Consciously About Leaving A Glorious Legacy For Future Generations In Legal Landscape !!

From Left To Right On Dais: Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Advocate & Author; B.N. Singh, Advocate, and Mr. Jaiswal, Advocate.

From Left To Right On Dais: Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Advocate & Author; B.N. Singh, Advocate, and Mr. Yogendra Jaiswal, Advocate.


Normally, I hate to be part of any election campaigning. That’s the reason why I am always at a safe distance from anything remotely associated with election process, no matter what’s the nature of it. That’s because I prefer to be a neutral and an independent observer. It’s something which gets severely affected once you somehow, much against your wishes, get associated with election process related to one particular group or, for that matter, any individual. Keeping my approach in mind, I have maintained a respectable distance from ongoing ferocious campaigning pertaining to Allahabad High Court Bar Association Elections.

Having said that, a deep curiosity drew me towards an election meeting organized in favour of Devendra Kumar Tiwari, whom I recently met during a book-launching ceremony. Devendra Kumar Tiwari besides being an advocate is also a  noted author of many specialized books on legal matters. Recently, he penned a book “Lawyer’s Referencer” for wannabe lawyers who wish to attain excellence inside the premises of High Court in an easy-going way! I attended the book-launching ceremony of this book and that’s the time when I  first became aware of this author’s heartfelt progressive views! His keynote address delivered on this book-launching event  was very moving one! It was not charisma of oratory, but, in reality, it was reflection of deep concerns for betterment of legal world. Precisely that’s the reason why I preferred to be part of the election meeting organized by Devendra Kumar Tiwari even as I was initially pretty reluctant within. I wanted to hear him more and that made me attend the meeting!!

Needless to say, the time I spent there, listening his election speech did not appear to have go down the drain! I noticed that there were many other speakers who also spoke about improving “Bench and Bar” relations in aftermath of elections but none sounded so genuine as Devendra Kumar Tiwari, contesting for prestigious post of “Secretary”. Unfortunately, the meeting was devoid of suitable decorum, being marred by lots of disturbances, which made it almost impossible to hear the speech with proper concentration. However, even amid such chaotic atmosphere, some of the speakers spoke very eloquently and, powerfully too, for the cause of lawyers reeling under tyranny of Judges, who are using “contempt proceedings” in mindless manner! It was a great experience to hear them, to notice their genuine sentiments for improvement of happenings inside the Bar.

Pandit Kanhaiyya Lal Mishra, Advocate. He commanded huge respect even in courts outside Uttar Pradesh!

Pandit Kanhaiya Lal Mishra, Advocate. He commanded huge respect even in courts outside Uttar Pradesh!

 

What’s so unique about Devendra Tiwari is that he can speak at great length without any written note, yet at no stage he sounds out of tune or less authentic! That shows his genuine involvement with welfare of lawyers. On this occasion, he made important revelations. He was pretty unhappy that owing to fractured mindset of present generation of lawyers, the Bar is on verge of total collapse. It has got limited to vested interests of petty minds. That’s quite alarming since future generations would curse previous generations for leaving such a dark future for them, wherein nothing seemed inspiring! If that remains the case, parents will not prefer to see their child emerge as a lawyer since in their eyes it would be a sheer waste of  costly education which they ensured for their child after bearing so much troubles!! That’s why Mr Devendra Tiwari so rightly pointed out that this generation needs to make “choices” in most judicious manner, keeping in mind the interest of future generations. He said that when he or the senior lawyers entered in this profession they had got a stable and strong bar in legacy. Today most of the institutions (like Board of Revenue) are facing identity crisis, having been weakened by corrupt powers in a systematic way. The same corrupt forces are deliberately eroding the influence of High Court, which can only be controlled when we have responsible people in Bar!

He sounded so true that representatives who get selected in aftermath of elections are reflection of thought-process exhibited by the lawyers. Hence, it’s futile to condemn their elected representatives inside the Bar after a certain period! After all, they got elected because of our own “flawed choices”. That’s the reason why we need to be highly conscious while making a choice! Allahabad Bar Association in the past has been associated with legal luminaries of great stature who went on to represent most important constitutional posts of this nation. R. S. Pathak, who belonged to this Bar, served as a Judge at International Court of Justice. Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra, belonging to this Bar, commanded huge respect to an extent, that whenever he appeared to argue in courts other than ones prevailing within Uttar Pradesh, the sitting judges used to stand up in admiration! No wonder it’s the responsibility of present generation of lawyers to add new dimensions in the stature of Allahabad Bar Association. That will remain a distant dream, if we keep making bad choices, taking into consideration flimsy aspects!

 R. S. Pathak from Allahabad High Court (Second From Left). He served as a Judge at International Court of Justice

R. S. Pathak from Allahabad High Court (Second From Left). He served as a Judge at International Court of Justice

 

B N Singh, a very conscious and experienced lawyer, who spoke on this occasion, in support of candidature of Devendra Kumar Tiwari, referred to extraordinary power vested in young minds of new lawyers. The young lawyers constitute a huge section of lawyers practicing at Allahabad High Court. Unless they make decisions, based on equity, it would not be possible to change the face of Bar. The young lawyers need to sharpen their fighting spirit in a right way, by marginalizing all those elements which misguide and mislead them. A better and a strong Bar Association is need of the hour. The young lawyers will play a pivotal role in ensuring its emergence! Hope these young minds do not act like a drop of lemon juice added into boiling milk! Let’s pray that right people get placed inside chambers of  Allahabad Bar Association, who ensure that future generation can boast of illustrious legacy! I need to end this post by praising Shashikant Kuswaha, a promising young Advocate, who worked really hard to ensure that no mess prevailed during the meeting of lawyers! I also need to point out perfect coordination of the event done by Advocate Mr. Yogendra Jaiswal, who also happened to be quite young!

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Lawyer’s Referencer: A Prefect Book For The Upcoming Lawyers

Writer of this post i.e. myself,  Arvind K. Pandey, Writer & Advocate,  with Devendra Kumar Tiwari, author of the recently launched book.

Writer of this post i.e. myself (second from left), Arvind K. Pandey, Writer & Advocate, with Devendra Kumar Tiwari, author of the recently launched book.

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Lawyer’s Referencer: A Prefect Book For The Upcoming Lawyers

Launching Moment Of

Launching Moment Of “Lawyer’s Referencer”: ( From left to right on dais) D K Tiwari, Advocate & Author ; Ashok Mehta, Additional Solicitor General of India; Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand; Dharam Pal Singh, Criminal Expert , and B B Paul, Expert, Revenue Matters.


Young lawyers are often haunted by so many misapprehensions, when they enter inside the premises of any High Court for first time. The complex relationship between young lawyers and senior lawyers gets added to the woes of fresh, young lawyers arriving at High Court after enrollment at Bar Council. This lack of information regarding the code of conduct and sheer ignorance about rules and regulations governing High Court play a spoilsport with future of young lawyers. That kills their precious moments, which if saved, could have been used in deeper studying of various cases. As a result of that, initial years of any young lawyer is usually a saga of frustration and gloom. He not only runs short of financial resources, but also gets bereft of  proper knowledge which ensures greater frustration. I am really happy that Dr. Devendra Kumar Tiwari, a  very experienced lawyer at Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, who owns a doctorate degree in law, gave a serious thought to this pertinent issue. His deep concerns for the new lawyers made him pen the book titled ” Lawyer’s Referencer”. It’s a terrific condensation of important details sought by any lawyer who wishes to be familiar with proceedings at High Court.

A Perfect Evening.....

A Perfect Evening…..

The book launch saw gathering of some high-profile lawyers, who shared their experiences with audience which comprised of eminent legal hawks belonging to Allahabad. Of course, Devendra Kumar Tiwari, being the host and author of the recently launched book, had a lot to share. I must say that despite  being a very influential lawyer, he maintained a very low profile. He exhibited a humility, which is rarely noticed in a lawyer who attains a high position at High Court! His initial days of academic career was marred by unspeakable problems and since he belonged to rural world, the world dominated by elites offered a little solace! However, he carved a niche for himself largely because of his grit and determination. He penned many law books in Hindi, which got awarded by Indian government. Medical Jurisprudence & Toxicology and Law of Pleadings, are two such prominent books written by him. In his welcome note, he stated it categorically that lawyers who made significant contributions at Allahabad High Court were the ones who belonged to rural world. It’s these lawyers, who ensured justice to litigants at low cost!

However, what hurt him most, was abusive behaviour targeted at young lawyers. The young lawyers are being constantly harassed by senior lawyers and judges for want of required knowledge. Everybody expects these young lawyers to be efficient during the legal proceedings, but, at the same time, nobody ensures that they can have access to details that matter. That’s why  he feels that his book, which has necessary “practical” tips besides terminologies, regularly used in High Court, would come in handy for new legal practitioner!

Advocate Devendra Kumar Tiwari Addressing The Audience.

Advocate Devendra Kumar Tiwari Addressing The Audience.

Ashok Mehta, Additional Solicitor General of India, in his lecture delivered on this occasion as a special guest, lambasted the Bar Council for playing with the future of young lawyers by keeping them in dark about necessary details!! His insightful lecture thrilled the listeners to a great extent. He is wonderful orator and so he used this opportunity to express his heartfelt sentiments. He was shocked that the task of creating awareness among young lawyers was being done by lawyers like Devendra Kumar Tiwari, which is primarily the task of Bar Coucil of India. He wished to know what is preventing Bar Council to use its financial resources to sensitize fresh lawyers? He was also pretty unhappy about lack of quality books in Hindi and what dismayed him  was that even after so many years of Independence “the spirit of Macaulay”  haunted High Courts. All the proceedings of High Court are conducted in  English, which ensures huge problem for both lawyers and litigants. Anyway, he felt that juniors of Allahabad High Court are the best ones in Indian landscape. He ensured them a great future, provided they worked hard and, above all, if lady luck favoured them at right turns of life!!

Additional Solicitor General of India, Ashok Mehta, addressing the participants!

Additional Solicitor General of India, Ashok Mehta, addressing the participants!

Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman, Human Rights Commission, Uttarakhand,  who attended the event as a Chief Guest, spoke at length about utility of this book. He felt that lack of knowledge of frequently used terminologies at High Court creates an embarrassing situation. It’s something which could be avoided. In his opinion, this book is not only useful for young lawyers but it’s also serves a huge purpose for senior lawyers. Dharampal Singh, noted criminal lawyer, who shared the dais as a distinguished guest, felt that this tussle between young lawyers and senior lawyers would always exist. In reality, no senior lawyer is ever interested in making a junior lawyer pretty informed. However, a senior lawyer like him, is always ready to provide help by encouraging all the initiatives aimed at brightening the future of young lawyers. B B Paul, expert in revenue matters at Board of Revenue,  who attended the glittering evening as one of the special guests, also spoke about documentation about proceedings,related to High Court, which in his eyes would make the legal affairs bearable for fresh entrants at High Court.

Writer of this post i.e. myself,  Arvind K. Pandey, Writer & Advocate,  with Devendra Kumar Tiwari, author of the recently launched book.

Writer of this post i.e. myself, Arvind K. Pandey, Writer & Advocate, with Devendra Kumar Tiwari, author of the recently launched book.

I would like to highlight some interesting aspects about this book. For instance, this book speaks about “plea bargaining” . This is a very important portion of Criminal proceeding wherein there is provision of out of the court settlement of criminal affairs provided the punishment does not exceed beyond seven years. The senior lawyers expressed grave concern about little usage of this provision which if frequently applied would lessen the burden on trial courts. In fact, criminal experts were of the opinion that courts should first ensure that whether or not there is scope of “plea bargaining” at the start of trial. They should come to proceed in usual way only when there is no scope! In rent and control cases, often lawyers, make a grave blunder of not mentioning about “mesne profit” while filing suits and as a result of this blunder they cannot avail necessary benefit. ” Mesene profits” are the profits which a person in wrongful possession of the property actually recovered or might with ordinary diligence have received therefrom together with interest on such profits excluding the profits due to improvement made by the person in wrongful possession. Interestingly, the book refers to usage of simple term “status quo” which is often wrongly used! In case of re-gaining  the possession, the aggrieved party, who has been deprived of the possession, should ask for “anti-status quo” instead of seeking “status quo”!!

Myself with Ashok Mehta, Additional Solicitor General of India.

Myself with Ashok Mehta, Additional Solicitor General of India.

It was a perfect star-studded evening for both young lawyers and senior lawyers at the conference hall of popular big  hotel at Allahabad. Luckily, it was not confined to merry-making!  On the contrary, the evening ensured that lawyers further enriched their legal knowledge by imbibing rich legal insights shared by expert lawyers present on this occasion including Shailendra Awasthi, Advocate & Author, and Uma Sharnkar Tiwari, prominent Advocate at District Court, Allahabad.  I need to refer to my friend, Shashikant Kushwaha, Advocate, Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, who played an instrumental role in coordinating the event quite successfully. He has also written law books meant for competitive students. In fact, he has been awarded by Allahabad Bar Association for promoting Hindi.

Lawyer's Referencer: A Good Book For Legal Hawks!

Lawyer’s Referencer: A Good Book For Legal Hawks!

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Dharam Pal Singh, Criminal Law Expert.

Dharam Pal Singh, Criminal Law Expert.

My one of the best friends since college days. Too happy to see his progress!!

My one of the best friends since college days. Too happy to see his progress!!

 

Remembering S M A Kazmi: My Mentor In The Field Of Law ( A Tribute )

Mr. S.M.A. Kazmi: A Perfect Lawyer

Mr. S.M.A. Kazmi: A Perfect Lawyer


“The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,

And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
Awaits alike the inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”

    ( Thomas Gray In ‘Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard’ )

When I was in school days these lines by poet Thomas Gray left an indelible impression on my mind’s landscape. I always wondered about its real purport. Now very recently when I heard about the tragic death of Mr. S.M.A. Kazmi, senior lawyer, Allahabad High Court, in a fatal road accident it not only left me in a state of deep shock but also made me realize the true purport of lines penned by Gray. In this world the only reality is death! Rest is illusion which looks real enough to keep humans trapped in life’s drama!

I met S M A Kazmi very shortly after Allahabad University granted me a law degree in year 2002. Although I was not pretty interested in getting enrolled as a lawyer at Allahabad High Court in prime of my life, I had to give way to destiny’s will of becoming part of Allahabad High Court- a High Court having a glorious legacy of delivering path-breaking judgements on par with global standards! I was fortunate that one of my childhood friends, Sampanna Kumar Srivastava, also a lawyer, and in those days a student  leader associated with Communist Party, introduced me to Mr Kazmi in his chamber. I had by then carved a niche for myself in the world of media as a freelancer. Mr. Kazmi was a lawyer with a difference. He was a good orator besides being a  good writer who enjoyed organizing literary gatherings. So he was quite happy in finding someone like me having similar mental orientations akin to his literary bent of mind.

In very short span of time I became one of his favourite juniors. I loved his penchant for perfectionism. His aggressive mannerism really threatened others but on me it had little impact. Like him I believed in working hard and, therefore, rarely felt short of his expectations. And that did not provide enough space to Mr. Kazmi to direct his anger towards me. He always believed that if one wishes to emerge as a good lawyer at High Court level then one must be ready to read enough besides being good at interpretation! It’s really saddening that emerging lawyers are merely interested in attaining riches than attaining right skills! As a result of that most of the lawyers fail to attain great heights in real sense!

That was not the case with Mr. Kazmi. He came from a teacher’s family with no previous legal history in his family. However, his legal journey which began in early 80s saw all glorious episodes which any lawyer wishes in his/her career. In prime of his age he became Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh, and later became politically active which yielded him ministerial birth. Every successful person has many adversaries in form of friends! He too had many such friends who said good words in his front but despised him at his back being always loaded with set of conspiracies. He warned me that I should not waste my energy in forming counter-strategies to negate such vicious network! The best way to defeat negative souls in your profession is to keep doing exceptional work. That sort of attitude demoralizes negative souls! At this point I come to remember words of Indira Gandhi that there are many who wish to take credit in aftermath of any successful endeavour, but competition is less when it comes to do some original work!

Mr. S.M.A Kazmi: Attained Glorious Heights in Advocacy Very Soon!

Mr. S.M.A Kazmi: Attained Glorious Heights in Advocacy Very Soon!

Anyway, relationship between juniors and seniors has plummeted to all-time low. However, the juniors associated with Mr. Kazmi had better experiences and not bitter experiences. The ones who worked hard always managed to strike a favourable chord with both his personal and professional life. He did not believe in carrying aura of bossism but ensured that his leniency does not get misused. I must admit that he helped me financially besides making me in tune with various shades of advocacy. His chamber was not a dull place! Besides dealing with complex cases, the young lawyers also got introduced with lifestyle mired in royalty. The weekends were reserved for having a good time at some famous restaurant. He believed in spending money with people around instead of using the money to ensure petty personal gains. That’s why he was sincerely involved with several charitable trusts operating in Allahabad.

He was not happy with my decision to distance from legal profession for he was quite satisfied with my progress. He saw in me the rare attributes which had now gone missing. That’s why he lamented that people who should be really part of legal institutions are the ones engaged in different profession and the ones who are not supposed to be lawyers are the ones dominating the show at various legal institutions! Legal profession is now in grip of mediocre minds! He understood my temperament well, and, therefore, did not compel me to remain engaged in active advocacy. However, I did not wish to hurt his sentiments and, therefore, to honour his sentiments I remained part of Allahabad High Court via my legal reporting! I assured him that great values I intercepted at his chamber would always stay with me for rest of the life.

Indeed, right now when his death has left me in deep pain, side-by-side there exists a deep sense of satisfaction encircled by great mental peace within! I added a new dimensions in the values I inherited at his chamber. Happily, my friends never forgot that I was one of the juniors of Mr Kazmi! Their remembrance of my association with Mr Kazmi keeps me in right state of mind, enabling me to pursue different legal tasks with greater concentration and greater degree of perfection. Mr Kazmi believed that hard work never goes in vain and that has ensured I remain above short cuts to attain success! Yes, he had many flaw in his personality, like any soul trapped in earthly life,  but the greater truth is that they took a backseat when contrasted against his noble virtues!  His soul might have ascended to higher world, but for mine eyes he would always remain as real as any living person! May his soul rest in peace!

 

Alllahabad High Court: A Glorious Legacy!

Alllahabad High Court: A Glorious Legacy!


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An Evening With Friends At Historic Coffee House in Allahabad (Photo Feature)

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” (Charles Kuralt) That’s one of the reasons why I always look for moments when I can be in company of my old friends. Their company helps me to assess my one’s own growth in better light. It’s interesting that one always looks for substantial cause to enter into celebrations. That’s something which makes me uncomfortable since I love to celebrate even if there is no such weighty reason around! This time I managed to persuade all my old friends to be at historic coffee house, Allahabad, all in the name of celebrating grant of fellowship by Aavartan Research Institute, Gorakhpur. That was enough to tame the curious minds of some of my friends too anxious to know the exact reason! The real reason, however, was to spend some fun-filled moments with them. Life has become so hectic that it does not allow two individuals, however close they may be as friends, to sit together and get lost in old memories. That was the ultimate purport of organizing this get together with some chosen friends!

Why Coffee House? Allahabad has recently developed a lot having so many bright and glamorous food outlets but I selected Coffee House simply because being there means becoming part of its glorious history! This place is always occupied by legal hawks, writers and journalists during noon hours and by evening well-known oldies occupy the seats for long hours. This place in the past since early 50s witnessed development in lives of well-known geniuses belonging to Allahabad. Eminent literary figures like Firaq Gorakhpuri and Harivansh Rai Bachchan were frequent visitors to this place. Apart from them, the place has also witnessed rise of new creative wonders! The vibrations there ensure that there is no dearth of good souls in future!

I must thank to my friends from core of my heart that despite being trapped in busy schedules they managed to be part of this informal event at right time! It’s habit of the guests to worry the organizers with a deliberate delay! Mercifully, that’s not the case with events organized by me. I am spared this harassment for which I am really grateful to my friends. I must mention this fact that most of the friends who were part of this event have been my old friends and it makes me really happy when I state that they have all emerged as achievers! It was a moment of satisfaction for me to find them hale and hearty!

Obviously, the event was not solely attributed to dine together! We had some thought-provoking discussions. My friend Sheel, pursuing research in philosophy, rightly suggested that philosophy should also be taught at school level since that goes well with cultural legacy of this nation. Rajesh Kumar Pandey, legal correspondent associated with The Times Of India, lamented that Philosophy, of late, has become popular only because it helps students get good marks in competitive exams! It’s really hurting that a nation which is mired in philosophies of highest types has no mention about it at school level! My friend Ashish Nigam, on the other hand, asked me as to what was the method involved in my fellowship. I promptly informed him that besides books I was involved in interviewing concerned individuals. He also came to throw light on the glorious past of Coffee House, mentioning that visitors at this place love to sit here for long hours! It would not be out of tune to inform that most of the friends who gathered here were advocates associated with Allahabad High Court, who were also once upon a time had been my batch-mates!

There were some hilarious moments too when my childhood friend Pintu, lawyer at district court, got engaged in circulating images which showed us together as students in nursery days! Sangarsha Srivastava, who in past was a  ferocious Communist leader and now an advocate, made everybody laugh by exhibiting that Coffee tastes less sweeter if you add more sugar in it! The only thing you should ensure is that stir it not well enough with a spoon and then drink it fast! Advocate Susheel Kumar Tiwary, Advocate Shashikant Kushwaha, Advocate Satyahdhar Dubey, Advocate Vinay Vishwakarma and Advocate Neeraj Shukla, who happens to be my brother-in-law, spent some qualitative time with me rising above constraints of time and without worrying about the fact that they have to return back home traveling long distance in night hours only to face ire of their anxious wives! It was heart-warming to hear Satyadhar ji asking me to make visit to this place till fag end of my life this way just like the oldies engaged in deep and interesting conversations sitting beside our gathering!

In the end I need to make special reference to contribution made on part of Arvind Kushwaha, advocate/computer programmer, and Arun Prakash Srivastava, District librarian. Arvind ensured that moments get captured in his camera while Arun ji ensured that all goes well in terms of management. Happily, the event ended on a high note with so many good feelings. That’s not possible without grace of Lord and, therefore, let’s thank the Almighty too for successful culmination of this event! “Take no pride in your possession, in the people (at your command), in the youthfulness (that you have). Time loots away all these in a moment. Leaving aside all these, after knowing their illusory nature, realise the state of Brahman, and enter into it. (Sri Adi Shankara in Bhaja Govindam; Verse 11)

With Friends At Historic Coffee House In Allahabad!

With Friends At Historic Coffee House In Allahabad!

Happy to find old friends for one more time :-)

Happy to find old friends for one more time 🙂

It's a hearculean task to ask friends to be present at one place on a working day! And they all appeared at appointed time!

It’s a herculean task to ask friends to be present at one place on a working day! And they all appeared at appointed time!

Between interesting talks from philosophy to business we also ate :P :P :P

Between interesting talks from philosophy to business we also ate 😛 😛 😛

The ambience inside Coffee House permits deep and meaningful talks! You can see few people engaged in deep talks :P :P :P

The ambiance inside Coffee House permits deep and meaningful talks! You can see few people engaged in deep talks 😛 😛 😛

This time I did not say anything and simply enjoyed the whole affair. My friend Sangharsha did say few words in hilarious style :P :P :P

This time I did not say anything and simply enjoyed the whole affair. My friend Sangharsha did say few words in hilarious style 😛 😛 😛

Coffee House Is Best Known For South Indian Dishes :-) Dosa is so delicious :P :P :P

Coffee House is best known for South Indian dishes 🙂 Dosa is so delicious 😛 😛 😛

Sheel Could Not Resist The Temptation Of Riding Royal Enfield :P

Sheel Could Not Resist The Temptation Of Riding Royal Enfield 😛

Some of us  decided to sit again and taste Coffee for one more time :P It's called partying after party gets over :P :P :P

Some of us decided to sit again and taste Coffee for one more time 😛 It’s called partying after party gets over 😛 😛 😛

The Party Virtually Ended :-)

The Party Virtually Ended 🙂

Now Only The Memories Of This Get Together Prevail!!

Now Only The Memories Of This Get Together Prevail!!

The Party  Ended On A Blissful Note! I Am Really Thankful To Lord For Sucessful Culmination Of This Event! Hope All My Friends Remain Hale And Hearty In  Post-Party Life :-)

The Party Ended On A Blissful Note! I Am Really Thankful To Lord For Sucessful Culmination Of This Event! Hope All My Friends Remain Hale And Hearty In Post-Party Life  🙂 Let me mention names of people who gathered: (From Extreme Left) Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Sangharsha Srivastava, Pintu Jaiswal, Sheel Kamal, Swajit Gupta, Arun Prakash Srivastava, Pankaj, Shashikant Kushwaha, Neeraj Shukla 🙂  The Author Stands In The  Middle 😛 😛 😛 Those who are not in the frame Arvind Kuswaha, Satyadhar Dubey and Vinay Vishwakarma.

 

समाज की दशा और दिशा तब सुधरेगी जब पुरुषो का उत्पीडन बंद होगा, पुरुष विरोधी कानूनों का खात्मा होगा!!

नागपुर  अधिवेशन में आये पुरुष अधिकारों को जाग्रत करने ये समर्पित कार्यकर्ता

नागपुर अधिवेशन में आये पुरुष अधिकारों को जाग्रत करने ये समर्पित कार्यकर्ता 🙂

नागपुर में पिछले महीने पुरुष अधिकारों के प्रति समर्पित सेव इंडिया फॅमिली फाउंडेशन (SIFF) ने अपने पांचवे राष्ट्रीय सम्मलेन का भव्य और सफल आयोजन किया। मुख्य समारोह जो तीन दिनों का था, १६ अगस्त से लेकर १८ अगस्त तक, का  आयोजन नागपुर से १०० किलोमीटर दूर पेंच टाइगर रिज़र्व के शांत और रमणीक स्थल पर हुआ. पेंच के जंगल नोबेल पुरस्कार विजेता रुडयार्ड किपलिंग से सम्बन्ध रखता है जहा पे उन्होंने मशहूर किरदार मोगली को जन्म दिया। बहरहाल इसी जगह पे तीन दिनों तक वैचारिक कसरत में सलंग्न रहना एक संवेदनशील मुद्दे पर एक सुखद और यादगार अनुभव रहा. ये कहने में कोई सकोच नहीं कि पुरुष अधिकारों के प्रति अभी भी बहुत बड़ा वर्ग उदासीन है लिहाज़ा ऐसे आयोजन समय की मांग बन गए है जो इस मुद्दे पे देश और देश के बाहर एक उपयुक्त भूमि का निर्माण कर सके.

इस सम्मलेन का आयोजन राजेश वखारिया और नागपुर की SIFF टीम ने नागपुर में अन्य महत्तवपूर्ण संस्थाओ के साथ मिलकर किया जिनमे रविन्द्र दरक का योगदान सराहनीय था. इस राष्ट्रीय सम्मलेन में  SIFF की देश भर में फैली शाखाओ ने शिरकत की जिसमे बेंगालूरू , पुणे, मुंबई, लखनऊ, कन्याकुमारी, चेन्नई, इलाहबाद, हैदराबाद, नई  दिल्ली और अन्य जगहों से आये सत्रह राज्यों के कुल १५० से अधिक् जुझारु कार्यकर्ताओ ने अपनी सहभागिता दर्ज करायी जिन्होंने देश भर में फैले 40,000 एक्टिविस्ट्स का प्रतिनिधित्व किया। इसके साथ ही कुछ प्रसिद्ध विदेशी संस्थाओ जिसमे मैरिटल जस्टिस, यूनाइटेड किंगडम और  इन्साफ, यूनाइटेड स्टेट्स ऑफ़ अमेरिका, प्रमुख थे ने भी अपनी उपस्थिति दर्ज कराई। उल्लेखनीय बात ये रही कि जर्मनी, जापान, ऑस्ट्रेलिया, रूस, सिंगापुर और मिडिल ईस्ट से भी एक्टिविस्टस का आगमन हुआ.

सम्मलेन में चलती रही ऐसी कई परिचर्चाये सम्मानित सदस्यों के बीच !!

सम्मलेन में चलती रही ऐसी कई परिचर्चाये सम्मानित सदस्यों के बीच !!

समारोह में मैंने एक लेखक/ब्लॉगर की हैसियत से अपनी सहभागिता दर्ज कराई। चूंकि पुरुष अधिकारों में बहुत पहले से विचार विमर्श में सलंग्न रहा हूँ जो मेरे कई लेखो में उभर कर सामने आये है लिहाज़ा इस समारोह के जरिये मुझे कई और पहलुओ को बारीकी से समझने का अवसर प्राप्त हुआ.यद्धपि इस सम्मलेन में हुई चर्चाओ का फलक, विषय विन्दु कुछ सीमित सा रह गया, कुछ जरूरी सन्दर्भ जो परिवार के विघटन के प्रमुख कारण होते है जैसे उपभोक्तावाद, सांस्कृतिक हमले, इन पर कोई ख़ास चर्चा नहीं हुई और इसके अलावा संचालन में प्रक्रियागत ख़ामिया भी रह गयी लेकिन इसके बावजूद कई मुद्दों पर सार्थक चर्चा हुई. डॉ पोनप्पा, जो कि मैसूर से पधारे सर्जन थें, ने सही व्यक्त किया कि जिन मुद्दों को हम लेकर चल रहे है वे एक गहन गंभीरता की मांग करते है जो अगर इस तरह के समरॊह में भी अगर न दिखे तो तकलीफ होती है.

ये सर्वविदित है कि  IPC 498a, डोमेस्टिक वायलेंस एक्ट जैसे घातक कानूनो ने समाज की कमर तोड़कर रख दी है. इनका जिस तरह से व्यापक दुरुपयोग हुआ है उसको सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कानूनी आतंकवाद की संज्ञा दी है. ये बेहद अफ़सोसजनक है कि कांग्रेस अपने वोट बैंक के चलते इस स्थिति में कोई सुधार नहीं कर पा रही. उलटे महिलाओ का वोट पक्का करने के लिए हिंदी विवाह अधिनियम (संशोधन) बिल, २०१०, पारित करा रही है जिसके पास हो जाने के बाद पुरुषो को आपसी सहमती से हासिल तलाक के उपरान्त अपनी गाढ़ी कमाई से अर्जित संपत्ति से हाथ धोना पड़ेगा। इस लाचार और पंगु सरकार के पास अपने अस्तित्व को बचाने के लिए सिवाय इस तरह के आत्मघाती कदमो के अलावा कोई और कदम नहीं सुझाई पड़ता है. सरकार में बैठे शामिल मंत्री और महत्त्वपूर्ण संस्थाओ को चला रहे अफसर शायद रेत में शुतुरमुर्ग की तरह सर गाड कर बैठे है कि उनको ये सरकारी आंकड़े जो कि ये दर्शाते है 242 पुरुष और 129 स्त्री हर दिन आत्महत्या करते है ( NCRB) की नाजुकता और गंभीरता समझ में नहीं  आती है. इसको और बारीकी से देखे तो 71 प्रतिशत के लगभग शादी शुदा पुरुष आत्महत्या करते है तो लगभग 67 प्रतिशत शादी शुदा महिलाये आत्महत्या करती है.

और सब बुनते रहे नए सपने, नए मकाम पुरुषो को उनका अधिकार दिलाने के लिए

और सब बुनते रहे नए सपने, नए मकाम पुरुषो को उनका अधिकार दिलाने के लिए

कितने अफ़सोस की बात है कि जहा महिलाओ का पक्ष सुनने के लिए कई संस्थान है वही पुरुष को सड़ने गड़ने को छोड़ दिया जाता है उसको अपनी तमाम समस्याओ के साथ. खैर आधुनिक सभ्यता अपने उस मकाम पर आ गयी है जब पुरुषो का हर तरीके से शोषण बंद हो चाहे वो किसी भी रूप में हूँ और किसी स्तर पर हो. उनके योगदान का सही रूप से मूल्यांकन हो. लेकिन तमाशा देखिये कि कांग्रेस सरकार ना केवल परिवार संस्था को तहस नहस करने में लगी है बल्कि कानूनी आतंकवाद के जरिये पुरुषो को लाचार और अक्षम बनाने पर तुली है. आखिर हिन्दू विवाह अधिनियम (संशोधन) बिल, २०१०, जैसे अपूर्ण और भ्रामक कानून को बनाने का उद्देश्य क्या है जो संविधान के कई मूल पहलुओं की उपेक्षा करता है? जेंडर इक्वलिटी के दायरे में में क्या पुरुषो को आपत्ति करने का कोई अधिकार नहीं है? फिर ऐसा कानून लाने की क्या जरूरत है जो सिर्फ हिन्दू संपत्ति के बटवारे की बात करता हूँ? ऐसा ही संशोधन मुस्लिम पर्सनल कानून पर क्यों नहीं लागू होता? कितने खेद की बात है कि कांग्रेस की अक्षम सरकार ने विवाह नाम की संस्था की धज्जिया उड़ा दी पर हिन्दू खामोश है और नर के भेस में नारी समान पुरुष खामोश है.

इसलिए नागपुर में आयोजित राष्ट्रीय सम्मलेन ख़ासा महत्व रखता है. ये एहसास दिलाता है कि इस तरह के आयोजन अनिवार्य हो गए है सरकार को शीशा दिखाने के लिए और समाज में एक सार्थक बदलाव लाने के लिये. इस सम्मलेन में कुछ महत्त्वपूर्ण प्रस्ताव पारित किये गए जिनमे प्रमुख है पुरुषो के लिए अलग मंत्रालय बनाने के लिए ताकि उनके समस्याओ पर बेहतर चिंतन हो सके; पुरुषो की जिंदगी को खतरनाक धंधो में भागिरदारी कम की जाए; वैवाहिक कानून जो कि  आज समानता के कानून की  अवहेलना करते है उनको “जेंडर इक्वल” बनाया जाए कानून की चौखट में; पिता को भी समान रूप से शेयर्ड पेरेंटिंग के भावना के अंतर्गत बच्चो को पालन पोषण करने की छूट दी जाए तलाक मंजूर होने के उपरान्त ताकि बच्चो को माता पिता का सामान रूप से सरंक्षण प्राप्त हो. इसके अलावा इस बात पे भी बल दिया गया कि पुरुषो की स्वास्थ्य सम्बन्धी समस्याओं का निराकरण करने की एक सार्थक पहल हो सरकार और समाज दोनों द्वारा।

सम्मलेन का समापन हिन्दू  विवाह अधिनियम (संशोधन) बिल, २०१० को तुरंत वापस मांग लेने के साथ हुआ. सम्मलेन में बहुत से लोगो को पुरुषो के अधिकार के प्रति चेतना जगाने लिए सम्मानित भी किया गया जिसमे इस लेख के लेखक हिस्से में भी ये सम्मान आया, जिनका इलाहाबाद में इलाहाबाद हाई कोर्ट के वकीलों ने एक समारोह आयोजित कर इस उपलब्धि के लिए सम्मानित किया। बहुत जरूरी है ऐसे सम्मलेन, इस तरह के सम्मान समाज का अस्तित्व बचाने के लिए और इस बात को बल देने के लिए कि पुरुष भी स्त्री की तरह समाज की एक प्रमुख इकाई है. SIFF और इससे जुड़े लोग बधाई के पात्र है इस तरह के क्रांतिकारी पहल के लिए. उम्मीद है इस तरह के संस्थान समय के साथ नयी ऊंचाई को प्राप्त कर समाज को नयी दशा और दिशा देने में निश्चित रूप से कामयाव होंगे।

नागपुर में कुछ इस तरह हुआ सम्मान इस पोस्ट के लेखक का  पुरुष अधिकारों के प्रति समर्पित रहने पर!!

नागपुर में कुछ इस तरह हुआ सम्मान इस पोस्ट के लेखक का पुरुष अधिकारों के प्रति समर्पित रहने पर!!

....और इलाहाबाद में सम्मलेन से लौटने पर इलाहाबाद हाई कोर्ट के वकीलों ने सम्मान किया

….और इलाहाबाद में सम्मलेन से लौटने पर इलाहाबाद हाई कोर्ट के वकीलों ने सम्मान किया

References:

The Times Of India

Northern India Patrika

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फोटो जो हमने और अन्य साथी मित्रो ने खींची सम्मलेन की, और कुछ फोटो फुरसत के पलो की!!!

 

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मैसूर से पधारे डॉ पोनप्पा को सुनना और मिलना एक सुखद अनुभव रहा

 

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सुरेशराम जो चेन्नई से आये थें उनसे कानूनी पेंचो को समझने में काफी आसानी हुई

स्वरुप सरकार  से तो काफी मुलाकाते हुए थी आभासी जगत में लेकिन यथार्थ के धरातल पर मिलन रोचक रहा. जिस अंदाज़ में ये बोलते है फेमिनिस्ट ब्रिगेड को कुछ ऐसे ही एग्रेसिव हथौड़ो की जरूरत थी :P

स्वरुप सरकार से तो काफी मुलाकाते हुए थी आभासी जगत में लेकिन यथार्थ के धरातल पर मिलन रोचक रहा. जिस अंदाज़ में ये बोलते है फेमिनिस्ट ब्रिगेड को कुछ ऐसे ही एग्रेसिव हथौड़ो की जरूरत थी 😛

मेरे संवेदनशील मित्र जोयंतो जो अपने इलाहाबाद के होते हुए भी नागपुर में पहले पहल मिले :-) बीच में शायद राजेश वखारिया जी ही जैसा कोई शख्स दिख रहा है :-) बगल में हम है और उसके बाद शम्मी जी है जिनसे सम्मलेन समाप्ति पर कार में काफी रोचक बाते हुई!

मेरे संवेदनशील मित्र जोयंतो जो अपने इलाहाबाद के होते हुए भी नागपुर में पहले पहल मिले 🙂 बीच में शायद राजेश वखारिया जी ही जैसा कोई शख्स दिख रहा है 🙂 बगल में हम है और उसके बाद शम्मी जी है जिनसे सम्मलेन समाप्ति पर कार में काफी रोचक बाते हुई!

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स्वर्णकार जी जो शायद विलासपुर से पधारे थें मेरे कमरे में ही रुके थे। अध्यात्म और अधिकारों का गठजोड़ बहुत हुआ फुरसत के क्षणों में इनके साथ

स्वर्णकार जी जो शायद विलासपुर से पधारे थें मेरे कमरे में ही रुके थे। अध्यात्म और अधिकारों का गठजोड़ बहुत हुआ फुरसत के क्षणों में इनके साथ

राजेश जी मिलना होगा सोचा ना था। बहुत पुराने साथी है मेरे।  खैर दिल्ली और इलाहाबाद के वकील मिले तो आपस में :-)

राजेश जी मिलना होगा सोचा ना था। बहुत पुराने साथी है मेरे। खैर दिल्ली और इलाहाबाद के वकील मिले तो आपस में 🙂

गोकुल से मेरी पहली मुलाक़ात वर्षो पहले हुई थी  इन्टरनेट पे अपने ही किसी पोस्ट पर चर्चा के दौरान। और मिलना सालो बाद नागपुर में हुआ

गोकुल से मेरी पहली मुलाक़ात वर्षो पहले हुई थी इन्टरनेट पे अपने ही किसी पोस्ट पर चर्चा के दौरान। और मिलना सालो बाद नागपुर में हुआ

अनाडी" जी जो लखनऊ से पधारे ने जो "चाय" पिलाई कि उसकी मिठास अभी भी बनी हुई है. इन्होने ये तो साबित ही कर दिया कि हास्य और व्यंग्य वो विधा है कि जिसकी मार बहुत गहरी होती है

अनाडी” जी जो लखनऊ से पधारे ने जो “चाय” पिलाई कि उसकी मिठास अभी भी बनी हुई है. इन्होने ये तो साबित ही कर दिया कि हास्य और व्यंग्य वो विधा है कि जिसकी मार बहुत गहरी होती है

 

मन में जगह कर गया. आप जैसे और लोगो की जरुरत है जो देश में बेहतर सोच को जन्म दे सके

पांडुरंग कट्टी से मै पहले कभी नहीं मिला था सो मिलना मन में जगह कर गया. आप जैसे और लोगो की जरुरत है जो देश में बेहतर सोच को जन्म दे सके

अर्नब गांगुली से भी मेरी ये पहली मुलाक़ात थी !

अर्नब गांगुली से भी मेरी ये पहली मुलाक़ात थी !

अमर्त्य का लगाव देखकर प्रसन्नता हुई. अमर्त्य में अच्छा ये लगा कि कम से कम कुछ लोग तो पढने में यकीन रखते है गहरे में जाकर। दीपिका जी का योगदान इस मामले में महत्त्वपूर्ण है कि डाक्यूमेंट्री विधा को एक ऐसे मुद्दे में इस्तेमाल कर रही है जिसको वाकई विस्तार की जरूरत है. बहरहाल दोनों लोगो से मिलकर ख़ुशी हुई.

अमर्त्य का लगाव देखकर प्रसन्नता हुई. अमर्त्य में अच्छा ये लगा कि कम से कम कुछ लोग तो पढने में यकीन रखते है गहरे में जाकर। दीपिका जी का योगदान इस मामले में महत्त्वपूर्ण है कि डाक्यूमेंट्री विधा को एक ऐसे मुद्दे में इस्तेमाल कर रही है जिसको वाकई विस्तार की जरूरत है. बहरहाल दोनों लोगो से मिलकर ख़ुशी हुई.

श्रीनिवास से मिला तो समझ में आया कि इस फेमिनिज्म ने कितना नुक्सान पहुचाया है घरो को उजाड़कर

श्रीनिवास से मिला तो समझ में आया कि इस फेमिनिज्म ने कितना नुक्सान पहुचाया है घरो को उजाड़कर

प्रकाश ने जो सहूलियत प्रदान की सम्मलेन में और सम्मलेन के खत्म होने के बाद बारिश में भीगते हुए कुछ दूर तक छोड़ना याद आता है. पहले भी नागपुर आया था तो तब भी मिलना इनसे अच्छा लगा था. प्रकाश में सम्मलेन मेंकोई पेपर तो नहीं पढ़ा लेकिन अगर ये कुछ कहते तो उसको सुनना दिलचस्प रहता।

प्रकाश ने जो सहूलियत प्रदान की सम्मलेन में और सम्मलेन के खत्म होने के बाद बारिश में भीगते हुए कुछ दूर तक छोड़ना याद आता है. पहले भी नागपुर आया था तो तब भी मिलना इनसे अच्छा लगा था. प्रकाश में सम्मलेन मेंकोई पेपर तो नहीं पढ़ा लेकिन अगर ये कुछ कहते तो उसको सुनना दिलचस्प रहता।

रविन्द्र दरक से पहले मै नहीं मिला था लेकिन इस उम्र में एक गंभीर मुद्दे पर इतनी सक्रियता देखकर मन में बल का उदय हुआ

रविन्द्र दरक से पहले मै नहीं मिला था लेकिन इस उम्र में एक गंभीर मुद्दे पर इतनी सक्रियता देखकर मन में बल का उदय हुआ

गंभीर चर्चा बिना खाए पिए कैसे हो सकती है :P

गंभीर चर्चा बिना खाए पिए कैसे हो सकती है 😛

पारंपरिक मीडिया में नागपुर अधिवेशन सुर्खियों में रहा

पारंपरिक मीडिया में नागपुर अधिवेशन सुर्खियों में रहा

पारंपरिक मीडिया कब तक हमको इग्नोर करती!!

पारंपरिक मीडिया कब तक हमको इग्नोर करती!!

नागपुर का टाइम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया क्यों पीछे रहता भला

नागपुर का टाइम्स ऑफ़ इंडिया क्यों पीछे रहता भला


Fighting For The Rights Of Men Can Also Bring Honours!

 

Author Of This Blog Post Being Awarded At Men's Rights  Conference Held In August, 2013, in Nagpur.

Author Of This Blog Post Being Hnoured At Men’s Rights Conference Held In August, 2013, in Nagpur.

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.

 

A section of lawyers belonging to Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Felicitating Me At Historic Indian Coffee House in Allahabad...

A section of lawyers belonging to Allahabad High Court, Allahabad, Felicitating Me At Historic Indian Coffee House in Allahabad…

Some More Pics From The Felicitation Held In Allahabad On August 27, 2013.

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The News Got Captured By Prominent Newspapers Like The Times of India..

The News Got Captured By Prominent Newspapers Like The Times of India..

Another Newspaper Published From Allahabad, Northern India Patrika, Also Published The News ....

Another Newspaper Published From Allahabad, Northern India Patrika, Also Published The News ….

Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Legal Correspondent, Did Not Hesitate To Offer Me This Bouquet :P

Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Legal Correspondent, Did Not Hesitate To Offer Me This Bouquet 😛

This Picture Is A Proof That We Also Came To Eat Something :P :P :P

This Picture Is A Proof That We Also Came To Eat Something 😛 😛 😛

The Entrance Of Historic Indian Coffee House In Allahabad. It's Associated With Leading Writers/Intellectuals Since 1950...

The Entrance Of Historic Indian Coffee House In Allahabad. It’s Associated With Leading Writers/Intellectuals Since 1950…

And That's Why It Has Become Necessary To Talk About Rights Of Men!!

And That’s Why It Has Become Necessary To Talk About Rights Of Men!!

References: 

This news item also got published in these two newspapers:

The Times Of India

Northern India Patrika

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.

The Tragic Transformation Of Public Service Commission Into Yadav Service Commission!

Students Allege That Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Has Turned Into Yadav Selection Commission!

Students Alleged That Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission Has Turned Into Yadav Selection Commission!


Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission is a constitutional body, which has been assigned the task to make selections in various governments department at a State level. One expects it to discharge its duties in impartial and sound manner. However, of late, this prestigious constitutional body has become like a caged pigeon in the hands of its incompetent officials, who are acting at the behest of political masters. The latest reservation policy row provides insight into the mindset of officers working at this prestigious office. The implementation of caste-based quotas at the preliminary level of many important examinations, mainly to benefit certain “caste”, without worrying about the collateral damage caused by it is an ominous sign. It’s supposed to act in neutral manner so as to ensure that the selections take place in a fair way. However, the new mantra for it seems to be that “foul is fair”. The appeasement of political masters is more important than selection of meritorious candidates through right process.

This government agency some decades back enjoyed a good reputation of conducting examinations, and later, making final selections in honest way. It had such an impressive track record that many other government agencies sought its help in making proper selections in their own departments, granting it the authority to conduct examinations. However, the scenario inside the office has changed dramatically in last few years, especially in the regimes of Bahujan Samjwadi Party and Samajwadi Party- the political parties which were in control of Uttar Pradesh in last few years. Their casteist approach demolished the reputation of this prestigious body. In their regimes, the key positions went to officers who played havoc with the selection process.

The students who ensured that controversial reservation policy gets scrapped are absolutely right in demanding that a high level inquiry committee should be formed to take note of the irregularities made in selections during last few years. The students need to be appreciated for their act of seeking relevant information in this regard under Right to Information Act. At present two officers from Yadav community are holding key positions in this office. Isn’t it highly shameful that students now treat Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission as ” Yadav Selection Commission”? Most of the bright students after completing the graduation go in for examinations conducted by Public Service Commission since selections to most of the the key administrative posts are made by it. Don’t these corrupt officials realize that by making selections in such arbitrary manner they are causing irreparable damage?  First, they are destroying the future of genuine applicants, and second,  they are paving way for incompetent people to act as government servants in future. What sort of decisions such government officials would make who got selected through such flawed process?

The reservation was introduced by makers of the Constitution for a specific period to enable marginalized castes attain a dignified position in the society. The sentiments of people, who introduced reservation, were really aimed at the welfare of weaker sections of society. However, that’s not the case now. It’s the most effective tool to destabilize societal structure. It’s the instrument to remain in power. It’s a weapon in the hands of dirty political minds to ensure that they remain relevant in political landscape. It’s high time courts and conscious citizens teach fitting lesson to corrupt political leaders and bureaucrats, who are demolishing the image of constitutional bodies.

Reservation should not be a tool to kill the future of bright students!

Reservation should not be a tool to kill the future of bright students!

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