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कल डेरा-समर्थकों का उपद्रव पूरे देश ने देखा। हरिशंकर परसाई ने लिखा था, “भीड़ का हृदय होता है, मस्तिष्क नहीं”। मुझे लगा कि कल हमने यह वचन सार्थक होता देखा। मैं गुरु, क़ानून, शासन – किसने क्या किया या नहीं किया, इसमें नहीं जाना चाहता। दुःख इस बात का कि इस मस्तिष्कहीन भीड़ में इस देश का दिग्भ्रमित युवा ही था, हर पत्थरबाज़ भीड़ में होता है – कश्मीर से पंचकुला तक।

परसाई ने लिखा था, “दिशाहीन, बेकार, हताश, नकारवादी, विध्वंसवादी बेकार युवकों की यह भीड़ खतरनाक होती है. इसका उपयोग खतरनाक विचारधारा वाले व्यक्ति और समूह कर सकते हैं. इस भीड़ का उपयोग नेपोलियन, हिटलर और मुसोलिनी ने किया. यह भीड़ धार्मिक उन्मादियों के पीछे चलने लगती है. यह भीड़ किसी भी ऐसे संगठन के साथ हो सकती है जो उन्माद और तनाव पैदा कर दे. फिर इस भीड़ से विध्वंसक काम कराए जा सकते हैं. यह भीड़ फासिस्टों का हथियार बन सकती है. हमारे देश में यह भीड़ बढ़ रही है. इसका उपयोग भी हो रहा है. आगे इस भीड़ का उपयोग सारे राष्ट्रीय और मानव मूल्यों के विनाश के लिए, लोकतंत्र के नाश के लिए करवाया जा सकता है।”

कल यही नाश हमने देखा…

अमर युवा-शहीद सरदार भगत सिंह अपने एक लेख में युवावर्ग के बारे में लिखा था:

“16 से 25 वर्ष तक हाड़-चर्म के इस संदूक में विधाता संसार भर के हाहाकारों को समेट कर भर देता है…
युवावस्था में मनुष्य के लिए दो ही मार्ग हैं –
वह चढ़ सकता है उन्नति के सर्वोच्च शिखर पर;
वह गिर सकता है अध:पतन के अँधेरे खन्दक में।
चाहे तो त्यागी बन सकता है युवक, चाहे तो विलासी;
वह देवता बन सकता है तो पिशाच भी…”

इन गुरु-अंधभक्त पिशाचों को भगत सिंह की यह बात समझे, ऐसी उम्मीद करता हूँ…


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August 26, 2017 at 9:54 AM

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This New Year, Let’s Find God Within Us All…

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imageFifteen long years ago, around the same year-end time, I had read this heart-touching story. I was deeply moved; and as a habit, noted it down in my diary. As a young lad, this story left a deep impression upon me at the time and since then, I start my each new year reminiscing it.

This year, as all of us get ready to usher the new year in, I am sharing this piece with you: 

One cold evening during the holiday season, a little boy about six or seven was standing out in front of a store window. The little child had no shoes and his clothes were mere rags. A young woman passing by saw the little boy and could read the longing in his pale blue eyes. She took the child by the hand and led him into the store. There she bought him some new shoes and a complete suit of warm clothing.

They came back outside into the street and the woman said to the child, “Now, you can go and have a very happy holiday.”

The little boy looked up at her and asked, “Are you God, Ma’am?”

She smiled at him and replied, “No, son. I am just one of His children.”

The little boy then said, “I knew you had to be some relation.”

Touching, isn’t it? This story helped me stay more human year on year, welcoming the new year on a nicer note… I wish you all a very happy new year 2017; hope that you find your reasons and means to show you are the chosen one by the Lord Almighty to play His children, same way as the young lady in the story.

God bless you all…

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December 30, 2016 at 7:45 PM

That Tree Still Shakes Delhi…

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Circa 1984.

“Some riots took place in the country following the murder of Indiraji. We know the people were very angry and for a few days it seemed that India had been shaken. But, when a might tree falls, it is only natural that the earth around it does shake a little.”

 – Rajeev Gandhi; 19 November 1984, Prime Minister designate

Circa 2005.

“I have no hesitation in apologizing not only to the Sikh community but the whole Indian nation because what took place is the negotiation of the concept of nationhood, as enshrined in our Constitution. On behalf of our government, on behalf of the entire people of this country, I bow my head in shame that such a thing took place.”

– Dr. Manmohan Singh; 11 August 2005, the then Prime Minister, served India till year 2014

It is 2016 now.

That same tree continues to haunt the streets of Delhi and no apology from anyone whatsoever has helped the cause of justice as yet.

As the seekers of justice gather today and lament the delay in justice in the matter of over 3000 citizens of a minority community massacred over three days in 1984 in broad daylight on the roads of Delhi, I am deeply anguished and saddened to wake up to a morning 32 years later from the day this ghastly event manifested in the most barefaced manner on the streets of Delhi.

Well, didn’t someone say justice delayed is justice denied? May be, the phrase wasn’t meant for the commoners in India…

Authors Manoj Mitta and HS Phoolka, the tireless warriors for justice in the matter and conceivably the most knowledgeable people on this case, wrote in their well-researched book, ‘When A Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath’:

“Whichever way you look at India, whether as the world’s largest democracy, or as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it is hard to imagine that any genocide could have taken place a few years ago right in its capital.”

Well, it did happen. And it is no solace that the masterminds and perpetrators of this rather well organized crime roam so freely, to date.

How I wish the apology of our last Prime Minister translated into actions. To a commoner like me, that would have been far more reassuring.

Not to be, as yet. The fight is on…


Disclaimer: The views expressed above are author’s own and not of the organisation he is associated with.

रावण की कुदृष्टि…

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October 11, 2016 at 10:20 AM

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शहीदों के विचार…

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bhagat_singh_1929_140x190आज शहीद सरदार भगत सिंह का 110वां जन्मदिवस है – एक तरीक़े से, आज शहीद उत्सव है।

मैं आपसे शहीद भगत सिंह का उनके अंतिम समय का एक कथन
बाँटना चाहता हूँ; ना जाने क्यों आज मुझे यह बहुत याद आ रहा है –

“ऊषा काल के दीपक की लौ की भांति बुझा चाहता हूँ। इससे क्या हानि है जो ये मुट्ठी भर राख विनष्ट की जाती है। मेरे विचार विद्युत की भांति आलोकित होते रहेंगे…”

कितना गंभीर और निश्छल, परन्तु सत्य वचन है; और इतिहास इस बात का साक्षी है कि उनके विचार आज भी हमें आलोकित करते है…

आईये, आज सोचें कि क्या हमारे आचरण में, विचारों में इतना तेज है कि वो हमारे जाने के बाद भी याद किये जायेंगे और लोग उनका अनुसरण करेंगे?

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September 27, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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