Friday, October 29, 2010

Arundhati Roy……..a perennial critic

 

Well, there is something about her, you will always find her on the opposite side of the majority view. She has become the Goddess of Small Things in her own way. Pick up any issue may it be Naxalism, Kashmir, Sardar  Sarovar Project, Indian nuclear policy, death sentence to Afjal guru and so on, she will always oppose the India as state. Her opposition does not seem to be anti government but anti state in its basic premise.

While speaking for the Kashmiri independence, I doubt she has given a thought regarding the history of region. Moreover let us put the issue whether it belongs to India or Pakistan aside for a moment, and think deeply, is Kashmiri independence really a solution to anyone’s problem? As far as Kashmiris are concerned, one might look at the conditions of people in PoK and their brethren on this side of border. Also everyone knows once liberated, Pakistan will undertake the region in its influence and there will be no end to miseries of the people. And what is the guarantee that Pakistan will not use this region to spread more violence and chaos in surrounding region? Pakistan’s apathy to the region can be easily understood by the fact that it sold a major part of its occupied Kashmiri territory to China and rest is already under heavy Chinese influence, waiting to be transferred. Kashmiris  are better in India and its in best interest of India and Kashmiris also that they should not ask for separation. I accept the human right violation incidents but the demands must be acceptable, then only you stand any chance to get them fulfilled.

The only solution to the problem is a responsible behaviour from local politicians and central government. The anti India sentiments must not be used for Vote bank and neither to gain unnecessary international fame. I support the right of free speech and in no way should Ms Roy be charged for sedition. But there are two aspects to every thing, one is law and other is morality. Law is there, means we would have to follow it, government cannot really charge her for sedition for her little speech, but shouldn’t Ms Roy exercise some restraint before reigniting the issue which is silently settling down, at least for the interests of millions of Kashmiris? Its a matter of conscience Ms Roy, just decide what is humanity and what are human rights.

Her support to Naxalism is equally annoying, Naxalists are against the ‘Indian State’ and not Indian government. They hardly ever kill any politician or some powerful person(Its not that I want this to happen), only people who have to face the Naxalite problem are the people they claim to fight for. And do you really think Ms Roy, Mr Mao will allow you to make such speeches when Naxalite demands of a separate state are fulfilled?

The list against her arguments is long, probably I can write a Devil of Big things, (Devil is what she claims Indian government/State is, and big we already are). But the bottom line will always remain that the talent of such an extraordinary Indian must become vehicle of positive change and not a tall building standing on which she will make herself definitely taller but will also become an obstruction to people’s view to see what lies beyond………….

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

हाय रे काजल

 

हाय रे काजल तेरा  काजल…..images

 

पल पल जो ये झपकती हैं

हँसे जो तू तो संग हँसती हैं

बरसती हैं तेरी बातों के संग

मुस्कान के संग खेला करती हैं

जिन आखों की हो गई सारी दुनिया कायल

उनका पहरेदार, तेरा अनोखा काजल

हाय रे काजल तेरा  काजल…..

 

चुप रहती है तू पर बातें ये करती हैं

दिल में तेरे क्या है झपक झपक कर कहती हैं

झूम उठती है जिंदगी आसमान सा बाहों में पाकर

जब पलट पलट कर कनखियों से तू देखा करती है

तेरे सुन्दर मन का दरवाजा हैं तेरी आँखें

और उस दरवाजे की बंधनवार है तेरा काजल

हाय रे काजल तेरा  काजल…..

 

आँखों से तेरी जैसे फूलों कि खुशबू आती है

आँखों कि धूप तेरी, अँधेरे मेरे पी जाती हैं

कभी सुनाती हैं बांसुरी तो कभी वीणा की झंकार मुझे

कभी मीठे मीठे से प्यारे गीत सुरीले गाती हैं

रूप तेरा मधुशाला है तो आँखें उसकी हैं हाला

पीता हूँ जब जब मैं इसे, साकी सा सजता तेरा काजल

आँखों का पहरेदार ये काजल

बंधनवार ये काजल

हाय रे काजल तेरा  काजल…..

Sunday, October 10, 2010

जीवन तेरा है विजय पथ

 

क्या हुआ जो विजय नाद है आज धीमा पड़ा

क्या हुआ जो विश्व सारा, है मुंह बाएँ खड़ा

क्या हुआ जो पराजय के प्रेत हर ओर नाचते हैं

क्या हुआ जो इस भंवर में तू अकेला है खड़ा

 

कौन चलना सीखा है आज तक गिरे बिना बता

क्यूँ पंगुओं के हास्य से फिर तू डरता है भला

जीवन पथ पर आगे चलना ही देख तेरा धर्म है

मत सोच अब तू पाप पुण्य, बस अपना धर्म निभा

 

चमक सकेगा क्या मेरे जैसा, सूर्य चुनौती देता तुझे

कर हिम्मत और जा मुठ्ठी में भर ले तू उसे

ताप सूर्य कि सजा नहीं, तेरे लक्ष्य कि वो प्रीत है

शीत सा होगा वो स्पर्श, जो होती तेरी जीत है

जल गया तो भी न सोचना, तू खोयेगा पहचान तेरी

जलने का साहस बनेगा, विश्व में पहचान तेरी

सुयश कुयश के बारे में  अब सोचना है व्यर्थ सुन

चीखने दे चमगादडों को, बस अपने मन कि ही सुन

 

माना है ये रात अँधेरी, तारा तक नहीं कोई दिख रहा

बादलों के पीछे बैठा, चाँद भी है डर रहा

उठा मशाल ऐसे में, जोडता चल असंख्य दीये

जल उठें एक साथ सारे, इस अँधेरे को पीयें

 

चाहे तो ब्रह्म भी कर ले आज अपना यत्न सुन

हटना नहीं तू पीछे पर, थम न पाए तेरा प्रयत्न सुन

यौवन है सुन अश्व तेरा, साहस तेरा है युध्द रथ

हुंकार तेरी जय घोष है, जीवन तेरा है विजय पथ

जीवन तेरा है विजय पथ

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ख्वाब टूटा ऐसा कि …..

 

चांदनी उस रात में

जब बहारें झूम रही थी

एक पल में अचानक

चाँद कहीं खो गया

और अमावस सी स्याह हुई थी

वो रात, जब चाँद भी था सो गया

 

हुई रात वो काली इतनी

हाथ को हाथ ढूँढता रहा

रास्ते वहाँ थे भी या नहीं

नहीं किसी को पता लगा

 

सालों से सहेजे ख्वाब

बिखर गए जो ठोकर खाई

ख्वाब टूटा ऐसा कि

नींद रात भर ना आई

 

जानता हूँ मैं कि उस चाँदनी में भी

ना सपनो का महल कोई बना पाता

जानता हूँ साथ होते तुम तो भी

न कोई प्रेम गीत तुम्हे सुना पाता

पर साथ होते तुम

तो धडकनों का शोर भी

राग मधुर सा एक बन जाता

महल न होते साथ तो भी क्या है

साथ तुम्हारे जीवन ऐसे ही कट जाता

 

अब सोचते हैं

कैसे बीतेगा बाकी समय

और रीतेगी (रीतना = emptying) ये रात

कब होगी जाने सुबह

और होगी धूप की बरसात

Monday, October 4, 2010

No interference……Please….

The recent war of words between government and Supreme Court regarding distribution of rotting food grains has again brought the issue of judicial interference and its necessity under debate. As a matter of fact almost everyone aware of constitutional institutions agrees over the fact that judiciary must exercise restrain while dealing with policy matters. This paper tries to see why judicial activism is necessary and whether it is required to impose any limits on this in an administrative setup that exist in India?

 

The history of judicial activism in India

The history of judicial activism in India can be traced to mid 1970s when Public Interest Litigations (PIL) found legitimacy in our judicial system, thanks to Justice P. N. Bhagwati and Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer. PILs have seen mainly three phases of the manner in which it was used. In first phase, till 1980s PILs were used as an instrument to get justice for disadvantaged sections of society.

The next phase of PILs is found in 1990s when PILs started to address issues related to anything and everything of public importance including environment and Right to Education. This was a decade of political uncertainty in country, so judiciary came forward to fill the gap in governance, especially in later half of the decade.

Come 2000 and PILs became an instrument of achieving selfish private interests. The courts were full of frivolous PILs and it became an instrument to get publicity. This was the time when everyone started talking about ‘managing’ PILs.

 

The need of judicial activism

The administrative structure in India is known for its apathy towards the public concerns and mass scale corruption. These problems in bureaucracy have been traditionally attributed towards two things, lack of transparency in the decision making process and complete absence of a grievance redressal mechanism.

The Right to Information Act tried to address both the problems but partially. The citizens now have a right to know why some official action was taken and if officials are not ready to reveal the information, there is a grievance redressal mechanism. The question arises over how effective these tools have been. While RTI registered a phenomenal success in initial years in bringing bureaucracy on its toes, the piling number of cases and continued bureaucratic apathy poses danger of making this mechanism ineffective completely.

Next question is once people have the information that something wrong has happened, what to do with that? In the absence of any other mechanism they are left with nothing but judiciary to approach for. And how helpless will people feel if judiciary also says, “Sorry, we cannot help you, it’s a policy matter and we don’t have a jurisdiction in that area.”

Take the example of recent controversy over rotting food grains. In past decade, country is facing a problem of fluctuating food grain reserves. We had surplus food grain reserves in years 2003-04 and 2008-09 and deficit in 1998 and 2007. These anomalies were result of a flawed price structure policy and a malfunctioning Public Distribution System (PDS). In years of surplus, Government used some mechanism get rid of this surplus, part of which was exporting it at reduced price to international market (where it was used to feed cattle) and increase the supply in PDS. The same condition has occurred in 2009-10. Now if a citizen is concerned about that why such bad decisions are made which produce a paradoxical state of surplus rotting food reserves, double digit inflation in food commodities and around 40% of starving population, what he should do. Should he wait for the next election when Ruling Party will come to him to clarify its stand or he should he try to take the judicial route to pursue government to put its act together.

The basic problem is that nobody heeds the ‘common man’. Is there any forum on which a villager can go and ask the government that why did you choose to refurnish the road in a village from where ruling party has won instead of another much more needy village without any road but from where it lost? There is neither a system of hierarchical accountability in administration, nor a system where the administration is bound to respond to the complaints.

In this scenario is our Prime Minister really justified in saying that judiciary must not interfere in policy matters? Instead of clarifying the reasons which led to the rotting food grains in country, he went on to tell judiciary to mind its own business. If government really wants that judiciary must not interfere in its business, it needs to conduct its own business with more accountability and responsibility. There is an urgent need to put a system into place that makes public officials more accountable to citizens.