Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kissa KURSI ka...!!

I am turning out to be a critic...a die-hard Gandhi follower...!!
Well these days am trying to pull myself together, bring myself back from dead.

So coming back to my thoughts. Tough times teach us as is said by the "wise men". They do teach us, i couldn't agree more. It brings out the true colors of people. But this time it not only showed me the true colors of people around me but the bureaucracy that surrounds me too. I might sound coward and shrewd at the same time, but every "common man" with the only "super power i.e voting" would agree to me.

Government has come down with many reforms, made them available to the "aam janta"; is trying its level best to make people aware of their fundamental rights and how to execute them. For instance, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi ; it is for people run by high profiled bureaucrats is for action against violation of Human Rights. It is in reach of the common man, one just need to give a written complaint and measures would be taken.Even higher, just write to President, the petition would move forward in a speed more than light.

I appreciate these measures taken by the government, but i still put up question, how "executable" are these? Does this mark a full stop forever on Corruption?

It still send shivers down the spine of any common man complaining  about any bureaucrat. No matter how many Human Right cells govt opens, 24X7 call center they set up for the awareness of people. the one thing, the most important thing that they forget to do is to take out the "FEAR" out of people.

Fear of being disgraced, misunderstood, not being heard. Democracy we call it, but its more or less autocracy, monarchy, dictatorship.
People in power take it "US" and their " POWER" both for granted. They have now become so sure that nobody would be able to dent their image.
A sting operation on one negligent politician or bureaucrat, this does not show how effective these measures are. It wasn't that "one person", the entire system.
Yes. i too agree with that "JAAGO RE" advertisement, "YE KHATE HAI KYUKI HUM KHILATE HAI".....but i ask bina khilae kaam banta bhi to nai hai...!!

Most common example, passport office, yes now it can be available to you in just a month after application, but how many of us can obtain it without the help of "Agent" ; imandari se line me khade hokar...!!

Yes i am whining and cribbing about our system but i also say it would change when we enter this system.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bharat Bandh : Closer or Closure..!!

July 5th, 2010.... yet another "historic day"
India had set another example of unity in diversity, proved that we are the "revolutionaries".
They proved the unity and how.... closing the NATION..!!

It freaked me out when my daddy came back home and told me INDIA is not FUNCTIONING today.It was not just my father, all schools, colleges, institutes, offices observed "BANDH" ; n those who disagreed had to face violent measures and forced to shut down. It was a national holiday.

It was by the opposition parties against price rise. Nobel cause indeed it was, the "aam janta" was suffering a lot due to price rise. Price of milk had increased twice in the same month, first Rs. 30 and then Rs. 32. Sugar became expensive and so did sweet dishes, even tea and coffee. Minimum fare for autos increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 19, rate of pulses is now equivalent to ghee. Surveys showed that with such price inflation, a commoner cant even spent Rs. 20 each day for his/her meal.

This is cruel, how do they expect people to survive, one cant forgo everything at least not food.

But was this the right way to put forward our demands?? I am not in favor of  the center or opposition nor am against it. I totally support the cause of bandh and the reason they put forward, Congress could have waited for a few more days for parliament session to begin and then with everybody opinion do the right thing. But calling OFF a NATION...this was huge.

I was some where happy because of this "BANDH", due to this the news channel didn't show anything about M.S.Dhoni marrying, i was so sick of it. I pity these celebrities at times, being famous is not a cake walk.

So, bandh was all over the national television, the "neta's" had taken over Dhoni n Sakshi.

The footage of Bandh remined me of Anil Kapoor's "NAYAK". What a film it was, kudos to S.Shankar.
They had this scene in the movie which showed a bus driver caused "CHAKA JAM", flamed the entire city of Mumbai. When asked about his identity he said he belonged to the lower community, same as the chief minister (Amrish Puri). The Commissioner calls the CM to ask what should he do, he says " NO TEAR GAS, NO FIRE, THODI DER CHIKENGE, CHILAENGE, FIR CHUP HO JAENGE AUR BHOOL JAENGE. (No tear gas, no fire, for some time they would scream and shout , and would make peace afterwards)
He said so, because those college kids would help him in election and those lower community people would give him support.

What irony it is, we are the biggest democracy in the world, but we have to take up such violent measures to be heard and put forward our views.

Just two days before this "national holiday" our Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugrated the 8th best airport in the world, IGI, New Delhi. Our country would be hosting Common Wealth Games, this year is very eventful for our nation. The world is looking at us and this is a bad example set, a bad picture shown.

I would again like to make it clear that am not supporting the center, this price rise has affected my family in the same way it has others. I don't belong to the family to maharajah's to Birla's, my father has retired too n with no other working member in my family it is tough times. But still i do not support the measures of opposition.

This bandh caused economic losses to the national, inconvenience to common man. If it was in favor of common man then why was he punished, burtaly beaten.This national holiday was even more cruel on daily wage earners.

I would like to question the masihas of common man, would this bandh bring down the prices back to normal?
Are they not doing it to fill there vote banks?

To conclude i would use both opposition and center's own words, because tehy themselves describe there intentions clearly.

"It's the people's struggle....aaj to trailer hai, picture abhi baki hai mere dost...." - Nitin Gadhkari | BJP President

"It's actually an anti-public interest step masquerading as public interest activity." - Abhishek Manu Sanghvi | Congress Spokesperson.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

You make me smile...!!

You´re better then the best
I´m lucky just to linger in your life
Cooler then the flip side of my pillow that´s right
Completely unaware
Nothing can compare to where you send me
Lets me know that it´s ok yeah it´s ok
And the moments when my good times start to fade

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed
Sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head
Spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
Buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh you make me smile

Even when you´re gone
Somehow you come along
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack and just like that
You steal away the rain and just like that

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of
bed sing like bird
Dizzy in my head spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh you make me smile

Don´t know how I lived without you
Cuz everytime that I get around you
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed
sing like bird
Dizzy in my head
spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold
buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Ohh you make me smile
Ohh you make me smile
Ohh you make me smile.!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

जो बीत गई सो बात गई

जीवन में एक सितारा था
माना वह बेहद प्यारा था
वह डूब गया तो डूब गया
अंबर के आंगन को देखो
कितने इसके तारे टूटे
कितने इसके प्यारे छूटे
जो छूट गए फ़िर कहाँ मिले
पर बोलो टूटे तारों पर
कब अंबर शोक मनाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई
जीवन में वह था एक कुसुम
थे उस पर नित्य निछावर तुम
वह सूख गया तो सूख गया
मधुबन की छाती को देखो
सूखी कितनी इसकी कलियाँ
मुरझाईं कितनी वल्लरियाँ
जो मुरझाईं फ़िर कहाँ खिलीं
पर बोलो सूखे फूलों पर
कब मधुबन शोर मचाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई
जीवन में मधु का प्याला था
तुमने तन मन दे डाला था
वह टूट गया तो टूट गया
मदिरालय का आंगन देखो
कितने प्याले हिल जाते हैं
गिर मिट्टी में मिल जाते हैं
जो गिरते हैं कब उठते हैं
पर बोलो टूटे प्यालों पर
कब मदिरालय पछताता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई
मृदु मिट्टी के बने हुए हैं
मधु घट फूटा ही करते हैं
लघु जीवन ले कर आए हैं
प्याले टूटा ही करते हैं
फ़िर भी मदिरालय के अन्दर
मधु के घट हैं,मधु प्याले हैं
जो मादकता के मारे हैं
वे मधु लूटा ही करते हैं
वह कच्चा पीने वाला है
जिसकी ममता घट प्यालों पर
जो सच्चे मधु से जला हुआ
कब रोता है चिल्लाता है
जो बीत गई सो बात गई
—   हरिवंशराय बच्चन
This one poem by the legendary writer has always been an inspiration for me . If nothing else, it has brought me back from dead.

Many mothers of my Kashmir will cry today

On June 30, Asif Rather, aged nine, ran out of his home in Baramulla in search of his older brother. Minutes later, he fell victim to a bullet fired by securitymen. He was just 150m from his front door. An elegy on the death of an innocent by Dr Syeda Hameed , writer and member of the Planning Commission

He stood at the sunlit door
A nine-year old with tousled hair
Asif Rather, student of class four,
Baramulla, 55 km from Srinagar
‘Where is Touqeer?’
He sought his older brother.
‘Nowhere! You come back now
Here’s tea and last night’s bread
My baby, let me comb your hair’
Outside, the sounds Allah o Akbar
Chanting at once, one thousand strong
‘Mother, I’ll get him back’
‘No child, Touqeer is big, he’s with friends
My youngest, you’re too small
See here is cream skimmed off the milk
Now come, you make me angry’
The little form at the sunlit door
Ran out, unheeding
The face appeared, smiling at the window pane
‘Mother, you can’t be angry; I’ll make you cry today’
And he was gone
Outside the milling crowds of tall and lanky youth
And one lost boy in a forest of long legs
And long sticks cut from poplar trees
Some hands clutch roadside stones
‘Touqeer!’ he called out
Was that his blue shirt?
But there were hundreds in blue
He felt the tears well up
Quick jammed with grimy fists.
He stood confused, afraid, ashamed
‘I should have had the milk and last night’s bread
So hungry and so far from Ma..
But Touqeer, where’s he?’
And then it burst
The tear gas shell tore his tender flesh
‘Allah’ he cried his small hand
warding off
the evil that drew blood.
The crowd stood still
A dozen hands reached out
To hold the falling body
His bullet broken neck
Gently rested on still hands
Of weeping boys
The tousled head of hair
Blood drenched, hung in strands
On a shining forehead...
And twisted in the sinews
of my mind
Are seven words
(Seven lines of Quran’s first Surah)
‘Mother I will make you cry today’
How many mothers of my Kashmir
The place where I was born
Will cry today?
Will cry tomorrow? 

(ref: Many mothers of my Kashmir will cry today)


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