Wednesday, 31 August 2011

तुम 'तुम' नहीं होते, मैं 'मैं' नहीं होता

आईने से अगर चेहरे हुआ करते तो क्या होता
तुम 'तुम' नहीं होते, मैं 'मैं' नहीं होता !!

मुकद्दर में बराबर सब अगर होता तो क्या होता
जो न होता कोई बर्बाद, कोई आबाद नहीं होता !!

आने जाने का सिलसिला नहीं होता तो क्या होता
न होती किसी में जान, कोई शमशान नहीं होता !!

आवारा 'राही' काफ़िर नहीं होता तो क्या होता
जो न होता कोई नापाक, कोई पाक नहीं होता !!

फ़रिश्ते सभी से मिला करते तो क्या होता 
न होता कोई शैतान, कोई भगवान् नहीं होता !!

आईने से अगर चेहरे हुआ करते तो क्या होता
तुम 'तुम' नहीं होते, मैं 'मैं' नहीं होता !!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The fun of being a Demo'Crazy' country.

The moment that the so called 'whole of India' has been waiting for finally arrived on the Sunday morning of 28th August as Anna Hazare broke his fast and the 'whole of India' which accounts to be if scientific calculators work right about 0.5% of India's population when I exaggerate, celebrated the victory of democracy. India can take a lot of pride in its democratic system. If we start making analogies with the living beings then democracy can surely be equivalent to the soul of that living being.
India's constitution was written by really prominent and intellectual people who were great visionaries and thus democratic system fell into the place. Those were the people who were not only intellectually great but were really very sensitive to morality. They put forth a constitution which proposed equality for all. One of the biggest menace, even bigger than corruption which existed in the British Raj where we had concept of untouchables not really being treated as equals and it was promoted by the colonials for their benefit of'course. The success of our constitution can be judged by the fact that we did not need Nelson Mandela to remove that inequality. So I respect the constitution.
More so, because it not just countered the inequality of casts but all the others. Today in our country we see people like Hazare and the 'whole of India's' middle class protest and have an aandolan against corruption even though they themselves are deeply involved in it. But the assumption which gives them power to protest without guilt is that they only suffer of it and politicians, government employees are the criminals who make them suffer which is a very naive presumption. More over they talk of morality and ask the Prime Minister of the country to resign on the moral grounds. They forget that on moral basis they should start the charity from their home and get better of themselves first. The double standards which are embodiment of this protest take the back seat as the bribe payers, criminals by law are shown as heroes on the news channels. But in democracy of course as we were taught which is for the people the ideals and principals take the back seat. They are only to be implemented by the politicians. 
A man whose dictator like attributes which he calls enforcing the law is said to struggle in Ralegan Siddhi where he did bring development in sight but keeping the constitution aside. Beating people who wish to drink or smoke and getting the liquor shops to close by force. A place where constitution takes the back seat and elections are not conducted Hazare though not owning a house in his name had a nice time. But again the beauty of our constitution and democracy allows that man to stand for the constitutional and fundamental rights even though in his village liberalization and choosing to drink is abandoned by power, perhaps another high for the democracy in our country.
I was surprised to see that during all the debates, sensible and senseless comments being made on the news channels, every one kept talking of the rights. I do not really understand then why my respected teachers in school put so much on stress on the duties part of the constitution. No body ever mentioned it. It was like a crime not to support Anna Hazare during his campaign when you talked to people, even if you were much better than them morally and did your bit by being lesser corrupt. The point of views do vary and majority of course rules. The majority have a relative index to it with parameters like time and place playing an important part. So was I caught often in minority in this case. And of course in democracy majority enjoys the privileged right to win, but with the sense of duty to give respect and protect the point of views of the minority rationally.   
There are so many things in our constitution that just keeps impressing me and demand more respect all the time, like electing our representative. The right to exercise your vote. The best part is even if you fail to fulfill your duties to exercise this right and have your say in the election, you can still demand of that person and ask for your other rights irrespective of the duties. Perhaps, you can claim the elected representative an illiterate and use terms like 'traitor', 'stupid' and so many like them and get away. The whole point is that our constitution has made our nation a purely democratic country where the picture is always very clear. 
I heard people shouting on TV, "by the people, of the people and for the people" to which I absolutely agree. They claimed that these principles were not being reflected in current times though I strongly disagree the fact. Rather these principles have been so well imbibed in our constitution that the face of our nation is the nature of its people.
If we have so called corrupt and bad leaders in the Parliament and the Legislatures then it is so because the voter turn out is ridiculously less in our country. The educated class do not go to vote and people who are still waiting for something to happen which will transform them from being just literate to educated vote and even then they are pretty much less in numbers. As the people ignore their most important duty and the most powerful right, they change the face of the nation by showing the lack of concern really. The people who are in the parliament are people like us and of us, thus fulfilling the 'of the people' principle. This is strongly supported by the fact that any Indian citizen like us who is more than or 25 years of age can contest. They are elected by us and thus the second principle falls into place.
The third principle i.e. 'for the people' seems to the most debatable in the current scenario. The good is done for the people and the bad is too. For the people who elected them and exercised their right to vote whilst at the same time fulfilling their duty to do the same. To stand up and say that we elected them and now we are fed up of the government in two and half years is a shame because most of those who say this did not even vote. 
Thus, the constitution and the democratic system of our country never seizes to amaze me as people who didn't vote and elect can also stand and say that they are fed up of their representatives. Not surprisingly, even  this kind of inequality is taken care of by the constitution. The plurality of our thoughts, may they be weird or reasonable is the fun in our country. We have in our culture, mostly learnt to respect the inequality of thoughts among each others and still be united while putting forward our thoughts on the floor strongly. The constitution thus promotes the dialogue by giving equal respect to thoughts of the people in the country. The way we are, way we live, way we exercise our rights and fulfill our duties is the way the face of our Nation looks like.
How ever crazy it may be , we think and we entertain other's views too and thats for me is the fun of being a Demo'Crazy', country. 

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Lets do our Legends proud.

The population of young people in India promises a lot for the future of the nation. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports apparently faces an uphill task in the development of Youth. The National Youth Policy of 2003 recognized few sectors of importance in development of the youth in the country,  Recreation and Sports being one of them. Whenever we have talked about youth development in general, Recreation and Sports has never really been given the importance it beholds.
The country has produced many great athletes and sports persons. They have done the nation proud but has the nation made them proud too? The question above doesn't only asks to give honors and money to the players who have performed outstandingly well in their sports but more importantly it complains about the development of sports in the country. The recent doping scandal is just one example of lack of attention in the area. The scandal just opens floodgates for many questions. The most fundamental of it is lack of proper information and system organization. There is definite lack of organized processes and communication in Sports in India.
After the Being Olympics the heroes like Abhinav Bindra, Vijender Singh and Sushil Kumar were in the limelight but only for a brief period. The Common Wealth Games 2010 were successful for India expect the scams side of it. The heroes, who were cherished, mostly unidentified then and forgotten now.  The reason could be the success of the Indian cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2011 which was held in the sub continent giving a touch more rise to the passions. Cricket which is like a religion in the country, has been one of the most followed and successful sports in the past two decades. Indian Premier League's four seasons have been a little contributor in the development of cricket in the nation and changing the mindset.
It is disappointing to state that wanting to be a cricketer in future is still a taboo in some parts of the country. The sport which has risen so much in the past four years. There has been a change of mindset in the metros where kids want to be cricketers and parents do support them to pursue the dream and career in cricket. This rise has to taken as the benchmark for the  upliftment of other sports.
It is high time now that the system needs to be shaken up. A revolution in the system for the development of youth in Sports is the need of the hour. Years have gone by and gone is the glory which hockey used to bring to the nation. It is shocking to see such state of the National Sport in our country. Do we lack talent in the young men and women of India when it comes to Sports other than Cricket? The answer is pretty simple, we do not. Then why every Olympic's medal tally has very less for India? Why does the headlines like India again fails to qualify for a World Cup or Olympics common for the football fans in the nation?
There are many youngsters who after a great start and passion for the sports have to leave it or accept it as a hobby to move along and earn their bread and butter. Some do not get enough infrastructure to progress and improve. The fact that we lack infrastructure for sports is not very unknown one. The other aspect is the prospects for the budding players. The security for the future which encourages people to let their kids and people who stop playing professionally at the age of 24-25 keep playing. 
When we talk of youth development in other important sectors of youth development, there are many options for the pursuer. There are many institutions like colleges and skill development centers set up by the government. To bring the change in the system and to develop youth in Sports we need to change the concept  of sports from just limited to fields, courts and pools to extend it to class rooms and sciences. The change should be brought in the way sports is perceived in the society. There need not only just academies but Sports should be introduced as a subject after the secondary education (High School Tenth Standard) and there should be graduation courses in Sports. Courses like Physical Education do exist in the country but they have failed to attract a large audience. To develop the youth and encourage young talent to continue graduations in Sports with specialization in individual sports is the need of the moment. The courses should include detailed information about the diet plans, drugs which should not be user to avoid doping, physics of sports and other detailed things. Today only the international players get awareness. The specialization in making sports instruments can be an important part of skill development.
Innovative measure have to be taken now to revive and develop the sports in India and to encourage young Indians to become sports persons and make the country proud. Amazingly, when I look at the fact that we lack infrastructure, system and academies but still our nation has produced legends in the field of Sports it does make sense to say that we have a lot of talent here. The pool of talent is there and now is the time that we develop the raw talent and bring glory to our nation. Just as the American Journalist Howard Cosell rightly said,  "Sports is human life in microcosm.", lets work to build the glory and bring the much needed change and do our legends proud.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011


मद्धम मद्धम जल रही है 
थोड़ी पुरानी थोड़ी नयी है
खुद को ज़िंदा रख रही है
वो किसी को जलाती नहीं है
वो है गर्म इतनी सी बस
कि वो बुझ चुकी नहीं है
गुनगुना सा ऐहसास देने वाली
वो किसी को दिखती नहीं है
अनकही ख़ामोश सी है
शबनम नहीं शोला नहीं है
झिलमिलाती लड़खड़ाती छोटी सही
मुझमें भी एक आग है
मुझमें भी एक आग है.!


वो सच नहीं जो सब कहा करते हैं 
सच वो है जो तेरा दिल कह रहा है

जो दूर है कुछ तो मलाल क्या है
जो कुछ मानले तू, वो ही तेरा है

कुछ पा लिया तो न बघार शेखियां तू
आखिरी घडी में सब यहीं लौटाना पड़ा है

जो बिछड़ गए वो भी दोस्त थे 
जो नया मिला वो अब हमसफ़र तेरा है 

यूँ मील के पत्थर न गिन 'राही'
ये ज़िन्दगी एक लम्बा रास्ता है !!