Gully Boy

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A story of a slum dweller who refuses to give up on his dreams in spite of all his hardships with a little push from his mother, his over possessive girlfriend, his questionable neighbourhood friends and a Tiger Mentor – This is Gully Boy for you when the sum total of all this adds up into a perfect weekend watch.

I have a confession here that I am tone deaf, do not understand English Songs and only Baba Sehgal comes to my mind when I think of Rap but this film has already made me read about the artists involved in its music, for the film’s music genre is something that no filmmaker has tried exploring and that also so brilliantly.

There are 4 major stand outs apart from the music for me :

  1. Ranveer Singh – As the underdog who refuses to give up on his dreams, this is like never before Ranveer Singh. downloadThe last movie he portrayed such a calm character was in the boring film Lootera. He is shy, non-confident but with the fire simmering within and his eyes speaking volumes. With a shade darker of his skin and bereft of any flamboyance he is the perfect Gully Boy.
  1. Alia Bhat – She portrays the possessive Girlfriend who has no inhibitions fights for and with her man. 3gtnlsno_alia-bhattinstagram_625x300_05_January_19Belonging to a conservative Muslim family but who has her own ambitions, desires and dreams which she isn’t ready to give up for anyone. Like someone recently said that she is truly the Meryl Streep of India. She slays it with her performance.
  1. Mumbai – This is a film that shows where actually Mumbai lives and how it commutes. Living in the slums travelling in the locals, the BEST Buses, sweating it out to survive in this City of Dreams. Some living after suffocating dreams, while others living to make their dreams a reality. imagesOne can actually smell the garbage, the sweat, the hot and humid Mumbai. The Mumbai lingo is pitch perfect.
  1. Zoya Akhtar – She is the perfect example of parents passing on their genes to the kids. All her three previous films have been different and brilliant. If nepotism gives us filmmakers like her and I am all for that. Long Live Nepotism !! More Power and Glory to you.

 

My verdict is very easy on this one – There can’t be anything better to do this weekend than catch up on Gully Boy unless you are going to go one a date with the leading pair of this film. You can select any one according to your preferences for Iove is gender neutral.However considering this scenario is highly unlikely considering their current relationship status : GO WATCH IT !!

UNDERMINING INSTITUTIONS

There is a famous Latin phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” which means “Who will guard the guards themselves?”

The last few days are nothing but playing out of this above phrase in the premium investigation agency of India i.e. The CBI. As the CBI files FIR against its own and the head of the Bureau asked to go on leave. All this is as some leaders like to say ‘happening for the first time in 70 years’.

The moot question that needs to be asked is it just this one off case or there is a pattern in all of this. Is there a pattern to undermine Institutions, to scuttle divergent idea or for that matter to push an agenda through their own man??

Some examples over the tenure of the current dispensation of the BJP led Central Government happen to reinforce the above view:

  • 330px-Raghuram_Rajan,_IMF_69MS040421048l.jpgRBI – The post of RBI Governor is usually overboard and beyond politicking however in the case of Raghuram Rajan with an increase personal attack by the maverick BJP MP Subramanium Swamy, he choose to vacate the post rather than face the usual Mr. Swamy’s unsubstantiated charges. The Central Government didn’t come out in support of him or reign in their MP to undermine the office of the Governor of Reserve Bank India.
  • Niti Aayog – One of the most vociferous supporter of Shri Narendra Modi ji before he became the PM in 2014 download.jpgwas Mr. Arvind Pangaria – Economist and Professor at University of Colombia. He was well rewarded and aptly appointed as the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog in 2015. A tenure that is usually concurrent with the Central Government. However in just two years he chooses to resign from this post to go back to teaching. A person of his stature and knowledge could have been put to better use to drive the engine of Indian Economic Growth but the nation lost out on that due to as some reports are to be believed due to differences with the Finance Minister.
  • Supreme Court – Never before in the history of Independent India have the sitting senior most Judges of the download (1)Supreme Court of India has held a press conference to air their dissatisfaction with the functioning and interference in the working of the courts. To quote Justice Chelameswar “The administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. Many things that are less than desirable have happened in the last few months. Unless this institution is preserved, democracy will not survive in this country.”
  • FTII – download (2)The premier institute in India for film and Television was saddled with a Chairman whose minor claim to fame was being part of the Epic Mahabharat TV Serial and major claim was that he is card carrying member of BJP. The students went on strike, film fraternity objected to his appointment but again who can protest against a brute majoritanism?

These are just few examples for I am sure there are more that quietly die down never surfacing on the forefront. Are these the promised ‘अच्छे दिन’ that the people of India voted for in 2014 ?

A JOURNEY TO REMEMBER

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आज दिनांक 31.7.2018 को हम सब आधुनिक राजस्थान के निर्माता एवं पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री स्व. मोहनलाल जी सुखाड़िया की 102 वीं जयंती मना रहे हैं और इस से बेहतर और क्या दिन हो सकता है जब उनकी धर्मपत्नी एवं पूर्व सांसद स्व. इन्दुबालाजी सुखाड़िया के योगदान को भी याद करें.

इंग्लिश के एक मशहूर कहावत है की – ‘Behind every successful man there is a woman’ यानी एक सफल पुरुष के पीछे हमेशा एक महिला का हाथ होता है और यही बात स्व. मोहनलाल जी सुखाड़िया पर भी लागू होती है. उनके व्यक्तित्व, उनके कार्य, उनके स्वाभाव और उनके राजनैतिक सफ़र के बारे में बहुत कुछ सुना, देखा और पढ़ा गया है. लेकिन कई अनछुए पहलों ऐसे है जो सुखाड़िया जी के संघर्षों में उनकी भार्या के योगदान को समझने का मौका देती हैं.

सन 1942  पर गांधीजी का “करो या मरो” का नारा और जेल भरो आन्दोलन अपने चरमोत्कर्ष पर था. सुखाड़िया जी के विवाह को मात्र 3 वर्ष ही हुए थे. तब उनकी 3 माह की एक बच्ची थी. एक दिन अचानक रात को 1 बजे पुलिस जा धमकी , घर की तलाशी ली गयी. श्रीमती  सुखाड़िया ने उन्हें तिलक लगाकर नारियल देते हुए हँसते-हँसते विदा किया. सुखाड़िया जी को इसवाल जेल में बंद कर दिया गया. अन्य राजनैतिक कार्यकर्ताओं की भांति चंदाश्रित श्रीमती सुखाड़िया को पसंद नहीं था. वे उदयपुर दिल्ली गेट स्तिथ पाठशाला में अध्यापिका बन अपनी आर्थिक आवश्यकताओं के समाधान का माध्यम स्वयं ही खोज लिया.unnamed (3)

तब सुखाड़िया जी को पथ विचलित करने के लिए तत्कालीन पुलिस अधीक्षक सुन्दरलाल त्रिवेदी ने सहानुभूति का नाटक रचा और इन्दुबाला जी को कहा की इतने कम वेतन में कैसे काम चलेगा ? स्तिथि विकट है उन्हें सुखाड़िया जी को समझाना चाहिए , शायद सारी उम्र जेल में कट जाए या राष्ट्रद्रोह के अपराध में फांसी हो जाए. उन्होनें पुलिस की सलाह मान ली लेकिन शर्त राखी की वे अपने पति से अकेले में बात करेंगी.

जब वह उनसे मिली तो सुखाड़िया जी ने पूछा “ तुम क्या चाहती हो? क्या तुम भी सरकार के सामने समर्पित होने को कहती हो?” वह क्षण ऐतिहासिक था, बड़ी सहजता से उन्होनें कहा “आप मेरी औए बेबी की चिंता न करें. मेरे मोह में पड़ कर विचलित हो गए तो इससे बड़ी पमानजनक पीड़ा मेरे लिए और कुछ नहीं होगी. मैं आपसे सिर्फ यह कहने आई हूँ की यदि फांसी पर भी झुलना पड़े तो भूल जाना, लेकिन पथ से डिगना मत.” सुखाड़िया जी गर्व से अभिभूत हो उठे, इन्दुबाला जी उनके इरादों को और पुख्ता कर आयीं थी.

घर की चौहद्दी के अन्दर मुख्यमंत्री स्व. इन्दुबाला जी बनकर ही रहती थी. उनका कठोर शासन सुखाड़िया जी को शिरोधार्य करना पड़ता था. जब सुखाड़िया जी ने स्वेच्छा से मुख्यमंत्री पद से त्यागपत्र दिया तो कई राजनैतिक मित्र, कांग्रेसी विधायक आदि उनको समझाने के लिए आये की वे त्यागपत्र ना दें. तब इन्दुबाला जी द्रढ़ हो गयीं की त्यागपत्र किसी हालत में लौटाया ना जाये. तब सुखाड़िया जी ने चुपके से मुस्कराकर यही कहा की इसने तो साक्षात रणचंडी का रूप धारण कर लिया है.

इस किस्से को याद करते हुए राजस्थान प्रदेश कांग्रेस की अध्यक्षा स्व. लक्ष्मी कुमारी जी चुण्डावत कहा था की रूप जो भी धारण कर लिया हो इन्दुबाला जी ने यदि सुखाड़िया जी ने किसी प्रकार के भी प्रभाव में न आकर त्यागपत्र न लौटाया, तो इसका एक मात्र श्रेय इन्दुबाला जी को ही था !!

पूर्व सांसद, मंत्री एवं किसान नेता स्व. कुम्भाराम जी आर्य ने उनके योगदान को याद करते हुए कहा था “सुखाड़िया सहनशील, कुशल राजनीतिज्ञ थे. उनकी धर्मपत्नी इन गुणों को पोषण और रक्षण देनेवाली धर्मपत्नी रहीं. सुखाड़िया की कीर्ति में बहिन इन्दुबाला का हाथ कम नहीं रहा.”

मृत्यू के कुछ ही समय जब वरिष्ठ पत्रकार बी एल पानगडिया ने सुखाड़िया जी से पूछा की उनके दीर्घ सार्वजनिक जीवन में सर्वश्रेष्ठ घडी कौन से थी. तब सुखाड़िया जी ने बताया की शादी के बाद जब पहली बार नाथद्वारा आये और वहां के युवकों ने “मोहन भैय्या जिंदाबाद” के नारे लगाते हुए जिस तरह नव वर-वधु का स्वागत किया था वोह उनके जीवन का सर्वश्रेष्ठ पल था.

स्वयं सुखाड़िया जी ने इस घटना का निम्न शब्दों में वर्णन किया है :- “आज में सोचता हूँ की मुख्यमंत्री के रूप में भी मेरा ऐसा भव्य और अपूर्व उत्साहपूर्ण जुलुस नहीं निकला. इस जुलुस ने मुझे भावी जीवन के संघर्ष में आगे बढने की प्रेरणा दी. मेरे इर्द-गिर्द सशक्त नौजवानों की अपूर्व भीड़ थी, इस घटना के बाद में मैंने फिर कभी पीछे मुड़ कर नहीं देखा.”

General Elections 2019

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Immediately after the stupendous success of the BJP led coalition in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections and the dismail performance of Congress, I happened to be at a social gathering. Knowing perfectly well where my political loyalties lay a dear friend walked up to me and said “अब तो हिंदूं की सरकार आ गयी, अब अपने हिसाब से सब कर सकेंगे!”

What left me surprised was not that there was a Hindu Sarkar in place but the latter part of his statement. I did ask him what he was it that the previous governments had prevented him from doing?? He was definitely at a loss of words but was so sure that NDA was all set to empower the Hindus to take on the might of others!! BTW I was having this discussion with a professionally qualified supposedly well read individual.

4 years hence I have come to realise this supposedly well read group of people so vehemently putting across their point of views are PHD holders from the ‘Whatsapp University’; as Ravish Kumar so aptly defines it. Most news channels and newspaper are also feeding such phobia and false ideas about supposedly appeasement of minorities by the opposition parties.

What is the minority appeasement that they talk about?? Facts disprove any beneficial treatment meted out to the Muslims as has been pointed out by the Sachar Committee. Muslims were around 13.4% of the total population as per 2001 Census. However there were only 1.3% of them in the total number of students in all the IIM courses and only 3.3% in IITs. The presence of Muslims was found to be only 3% in the IAS, 1.8% in the IFS and 4% in the IPS. Share of Muslims in employment in various departments is abysmally low at all levels. In no state does the representation of Muslims in the government departments match their population share.

However one thing is for certain they is a mass who now represent a major vote bank that no political party wants to offend. So we have parties playing the supposedly ‘Soft Hinduvta’ and prefer not to be seen to close to the minorities especially the Muslims. We have the Prime Minister of our Country wearing all sorts of headgear but not The Skull Cap. I agree this is just symbolism but why this avoidance with symbols of Islam only??

India is sixth largest economy in the world and having a second largest population of Muslim after Indonesia. No party can afford to be just catering to one section of society and not be the voice of its minorities and in this case the Muslims of India.

The run up to 2019 we are once again seeing the rise of Hindu Identity well I too am proud of my Hindu Identity but my religion teaches me inclusion and not exclusion. There is no either-or for me but rather cohabitation with all the religion that make up India.

We can speculate on the results of 2019 Lok Sabha however what is non-negotiable in this mad rush in the ‘first past the post’ system is our duty to stand up and be the one for its weakest members and that is what the President of Indian National Congress Shri Rahul Gandhi recently said during one of his interactions.

GHALIB KA TASAVVUR-E-NISHAT-O-GHAM

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Mirza Asaadullah Beg Khan popularly known as Mirza Ghalib in his lifespan of 71 years gave the world and connoisseurs’ of poetry works that resonates even today after nearly 150 years of his passing away. In spite of being born into Nobility with a high social status he lived a life of penury and an unhappy marriage. He lived to see the death of his seven children, the fall and the demise of Mughal Empire, the war of 1857 and the rise of the British Empire in Hindustan.

All this made him the person that he was and thus gets reflected in his poetry which offers life lessons that is even till this date can be identified by all sections of society from the nobility to the common man, from rich to poor, from the young to the old and from the believer to the agnostic.

To write anything  that has already not been written about Ghalib is a daunting task and more so over when it is to discuss his imagination of Happiness and Sadness i.e. GHALIB KA TASAVVUR NISHAT-O-GHAM , but such is the magic of his poetry that it offers different insights and meaning to the reader. The valuable life lessons that he offers can be imbibed my each one of us in our daily life. He took life with a pinch of salt, something that need not be taken too seriously like in this couplet:

  • ग़ालिब ऐ खस्ता के बगैर, कौन से काम बंद हैं,

          रोइए जार जार क्या, कीजिये हाय हाय क्यूँ …

  • غالبؔ خستہ کے بغیر کون سے کام بند ہیں

          روئیے زار زار کیا کیجیے ہاے ہاے کیوں

He writes, what is the need for such a hue and cry over him? The world wouldn’t stop if he wasn’t there and for Ghalib himself is in dire condition. What can be implied is that no matter what be the status of someone; however powerful and mighty people would continue to live their lives after they pass away as time and tide waits for no one, what has to happen will happen even in their absence. Ones happiness or sadness is independent of other’s existence the emotions felt will be temporarily but in the long run we all live on.

  • बाज़ीचा-ए-अत्फ़ाल है दुनिया मेरे आगे

         होता है शबो-रोज़ तमाशा मेरे आगे।

  • بازیچۂ اطفال ہے دنیا مرے آگے

        ہوتا ہے شب و روز تماشا مرے آگے

The poet says that world is just a child’s playground in from of him and games are being played daily. He watches the ways of the world and its inhabitants enacting their parts every day, he neither condemns or condones these actions because like the children’s games it isn’t permanent nor it is to be taken seriously thus we should sit back and enjoy the games people play and not to get emotional.

  • काबे किस मुंह से जाओगे , ग़ालिब?

         शर्म तुम को मगर नहीं आती

  • کعبہ کس منہ سے جاوگے غالبؔ

          شرم تم کو مگر نہیں آتی

Ghalib was never a practicing, devout Muslim man. He was an alcoholic and had habits that were an anathema to Islam thus he asks himself, with all this how can he ever make that journey of the faithful to Kabba that is the most sacred place in Islam and doesn’t he have the shame to take the Hajj Pilgrimage. To delve deeper into this couplet it also means that he is aware of shortcomings so to say and have accepted them and that there is nothing hidden from the Almighty. The God knows him and should accept him with all his faults and one shouldn’t moan of feel sad for their actions for God is up their watching all of us.

  • होगा कोई ऐसा भी की ग़ालिब को ना जाने?

         शायर तो वोह अच्छा है, पर बदनाम बोहत है.

  • ہوگا کوئی ایسا بھی کہ غالبؔ کو نہ جانے

          شاعر تو وہ اچھا ہے پہ بدنام بہت ہے

In this couplet Ghalib can be seen asking, is there even a possibility that there may be people who may be unaware of him and further goes on to add that he is good poet albeit with a little questionable reputation. He is aware both i.e. the strength and quality of his literary works and also his infamous and questionable reputation and sometimes this infamy takes precedence over his talent. So if there is happiness over his talent there is also a pang of sadness for his own character faults.

Like he was aware of his shortcomings and habits that were prohibited in his religion he was equally sure of his art i.e. poetry. When someone asks about him, he seems astonished and seems at a loss of words, like in this one:

  • पूछते हैं वोह के ग़ालिब कौन है?

         कोई बतलाओ के हम बतलाये क्या ?

  • پوچھتے ہیں وہ کہ غالبؔ کون ہے

          کوئی بتلاؤ کہ ہم بتلائیں کیا

He is amazed at the ignorance of the person for asking about him, for his works had been read and spread across the region and to answer such a question would be boastful. There is an element of ego, self appraisal and spite. He seems to be asking his followers what to answer to such a question?

When someone reaches exalted status in society it’s a presumption that the masses are supposed to have heard about him and to having to introduce oneself,   is task that gets difficult with rising popularity and on the corollary irrespective of one’s popularity there will be people who are still unaware and indifferent to your fame. In a way he is happy about the status that he achieved thru his poetry which has given him recognition.

  • हैं और भी दुनिया में सुखनवर बोहत अछे,

         केहते हैं ग़ालिब का है अंदाज़ ऐ बयाँ और

  • ہیں اور بھی دنیا میں سخن ور بہت اچھے

         کہتے ہیں کہ غالبؔ کا ہے انداز بیاں اور

Again in this one Ghalib is on self appraisal mode. He says that there are many great poets in the world but still people say his work is a little different. People following the same passion and art form need not be alike, each creates his own niche and his own followers and one should be aware of their strength to find happiness.

Ghalib though born in aristocracy lived a life full of struggle living off the grants of others. He travelled all the way up to Kolkata to claim his pension shared an uneasy relationship with his wife and survived to see the death of his children. He was imprisoned, condemned but still had the gumption to retain his feudal lifestyle. He is aware of his peculiar conditions and hardships.

  • हमको मालूम है जन्नत की हक़ीक़त लेकिन

          दिल के ख़ुश रखने को ‘ग़ालिब’ ये ख़याल अच्छा है

  • ہم کو معلوم ہے جنت کی حقیقت لیکن

          دل کے خوش رکھنے کو غالبؔ یہ خیال اچھا ہے

In this couplet he is aware that only solace he can get now is when he is set free from this life and reaches heaven. He knows the truth or the imagination of this promised heaven but that is the only comfort that is helping him lead this miserable life. In life sometimes only happiness that one can hope to achieve is the one imagined or a promise of a better life. Sometimes the present is so painful that an uncertain future is the only hope.

  • दे वोह जिस क़दर ज़िल्लत, हम हंसी में टालेंगे ,

         बारे आशना निकला उन का पासबान अपना

  • دے وہ جس قدر ذلّت ، ہم ہنسی میں ٹالینگے

          بارے آشنا نکلا ان کا پاسباں اپنا

Again in this one he is aware of being ostracised and being thrown out of his beloved’s place but again he finds solace or rather consoles himself that at least the gatekeeper is his friend. Even in difficult circumstances there is always a ray of hope and it is this silver lining that helps to tide over the difficulties.

In these two couplets the poet talks of hardships that one must get used to and have a steely attitude to face any adversity that they stop to matter anymore. One must face the obstacles in life.

  • इशरत-ए-क़तराहै दरिया में फ़ना हो जाना

         दर्द का हद से गुज़रना है दवा हो जाना

  • عشرت قطرہ ہے دریا میں فنا ہو جانا

          درد کا حد سے گزرنا ہے دوا ہو جانا

It is the destiny of a droplet to merge into the water and loose its identity and it shouldn’t moan about it as that is its destiny. The pain sometimes is so much that you tend to live with it and the absence is what makes life uneasy.

  • रंजसे ख़ूगर हुआ इंसाँ तो मिट जाता है रंज

          मुश्किलें मुझ पर पड़ीं इतनी कि आसाँ हो गईं

  • رنج سے خوگر ہوا انساں تو مٹ جاتا ہے رنج

         مشکلیں مجھ پر پڑیں اتنی کہ آساں ہو گئیں

Similarly in this one the pain once acknowledged gets easy and he faced so many hardships that it seized being a botheration anymore. He says we should face the adversities in our life head on and once we do that the sadness or the pain stops being impairment.

These above couplets fits into the dynamics of any relationship that is bound on the foundation of love be it that of romantic liaisons or the one with the almighty himself and the happiness and sadness is a part of life that we all have to live with.

 

Letter to PM

सोमवार, 28 अगस्त 2017

आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री महोदय,

सबसे पहले मेवाड़ की इस धरा पर प्रधानमंत्री बनने के पश्चात् पहली बार कल पधारने पर आपका स्वागत है. पूरा प्रशासन, आपकी पार्टी के मंत्री/नेतागण सब इस यात्रा को ऐतिहासिक बनाने में जुटे हुए हैं, साथ ही जनता भी अपने प्रधानमंत्री को सुनने के लिए तत्पर लगती है.

मैं जो की प्रमुख विपक्षी दल- अखिल भारतीय कांग्रेस से ताल्लुक रखता हूँ आपका भाषण ज़रोर सुनूँगा लेकिन सभा स्थल से नहीं बल्कि टीवी पर, क्योंकि आप से उम्मीद है की आप मेरे शहर के लिए बहुत कुछ तोफे और सौगातें अपने पिटारे से निकाल कर जायेंगे और मेरे शहर के अच्छे दिन आ जायेंगे.

आपकी टीम और राजस्थान सरकार ने आपको कुछ सुझाव अवश्य से दिए होंगे, इस क्रम में मैं भी कुछ सुझाव देना चाहूँगा :

  • निर्माण निषेधषेत्र – झीलों के शहर से नाम से जाने वाला मेरा शहर जहाँ सदियों पहले महाराणा उदयसिंह जी ने झील किनारे बसाया और तभी से उदयपुर वासी पिछोला, स्वरूपसागर अवं फतहसागर के आस पास रहने लगे. लेकिन आज यह स्तिथि हो गयी है के आम आदमी अपने पुराने घर को बढती ज़रोरतों के अनुरूप विस्तार नहीं करा सकता, और वहीँ दूसरी तरफ पाँच सितारा होटल अवं रसूखदार को रोकने वाला कोई नहीं. कृपया करके झील के पास रहने वालों को खुद के रहने के लिए निर्माण करने दिया जाये ऐसी छुट दे के जाएँ.
  • उदयपुर – अहमदाबाद ब्रॉडगेज – सालों से धीमी गति से चले रहे काम को अधिक से अधिक बजट अवं दिशा-निर्देश देवें ताकि मेवाड़ का गुजरात के हुते हुए दक्षिण भारत से सीधे जुडाव हो सके.
  • मार्बल पर जीएसटी – हमारा यहाँ मार्बल की बहुत खदाने अवं भण्डार है और लाखों लोगों की इस से रोजी-रोटी चलती है. हाल ही में करी गयी २८% की रेट इस इंडस्ट्री की कमर तोड़ देगी. माना की यहाँ टैक्स कलेक्शन बहुत कम होता है, लेकिन २८% की रेट से स्तिथि और भी चिंताजनक हो सकती है. इस लिए आपसे गुजारिश है की इस के बारे में अवश्य कुछ घोषणा कर के जावें.
  • फिल्म सिटी – मेरे एक मित्र द्वारा उदयपुर में फिल्म सिटी खोलने के लिए मुहीम छेड़ी हुई है क्योंकि उदयपुर न केवल प्राकृतिक बल्कि इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर की वजह से भी फिल्म इंडस्ट्री के लिए उपयोक्त है. यहाँ सालाना अनेक भारतीय एवं विदेशी फिल्मों की शूटिंग होती है. इस लिए आप से गुज़ारिश है की सुचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री जी को इसके लिए एक कमेटी गठित करने के किये आप घोषणा कर के जावें.
  • महाराणा प्रताप : आप का कल प्रताप गौरव केंद्र पर जाने का कार्यक्रम प्रस्तावित है, इसी मौके पर चाहूँगा की आप महाराणा प्रताप से जुड़े सभी स्थल जैसे की चावंड, हल्दी घाटी, मोती मगरी को राष्ट्रीय धरोहर घोषित कर के योजना बढ विकास कराएँ.
  • उच्च न्यायालय बेंच – उदयपुर और उससे जुड़ा शेत्र आदिवासी बहुल है और न्यायिक प्रक्रिया हेतु यहाँ की जनता को जोधपुर जाना पड़ता है. दशकों से जनता की यह मांग रही है की यहाँ पर उच्च न्यायलय की बेंच स्थापित करी जाए, जिससे मेवाड़ – वागड़ के लोगों को शीघ्र एवं सस्ता न्याय मिल सके. आप से उम्मीद है की यह सौगात आप हमें दे के जायेंगे.

यह मेरी तरफ से एक छोटा सा मांगपत्र है. कृपया करके इस पर गौर फरमाने का कष्ट करें.

आपका देशवासी,

दीपक सुखाड़िया

Tubelight

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With Sisters, nephews and nieces in town, Tubelight seemed the perfect way to usher in the weekend with a 9 AM First Day First Show. After all it was an Eid release of Salman Bhai and everything else could wait. Despite being sleep deprived after a late night and some grudging member of the entourage we just about managed to reach the Cinema Hall in time.

salman-khan_640x480_71497952767As the story line goes it’s about two brothers living in a small hill town in period starting from Pre-Partition days to the 1962 Indo-China War and their emotional connect. The elder one is good hearted intellectually challenged and the younger one is the protector and provider. The 1962 War changes it all as the younger one joins the army and thus begins the quest of the elder on to reunite with his brother.

These two are obviously Bhai and Sohal Bhai. With a brilliant supporting cast of Om Puri, Matin Rey Tangu, Zhu Zhu, Zeeshan Ayyub, Om Puri and the Superb Shah Rukh Khan. The young kid and his mother is the screen stealer and surprisingly Sohail Bhai for once is watchable and impressive.

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Weaving human stories with arch enemies of India i.e. Pakistan and with this movies China seems to be forte of Kabir Khan: From Ek Tha Tiger, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Phantom and now TubeLight. He raises the patriotic feelings and message of Bhaichara perfectly thrown in. Someone please make him an ambassador of ‘Aman ki Asha’ provided he isn’t already. He manages to raise some pertinent questions on being an Indian, slogan shouting of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and likes.

The sets feel lived in and surroundings beautiful and the characters of small town real and noosy. Though the war sequences to me seemed little amateurish and too simple. There is too much of ‘Yakeen’ happening for my comfort and too mush symbolic Gandhism thrown in which feels contrived.

Then there is Bhai: Salman Bhai. What’s with actors trying to get out of their comfort zones to prove a point with different roles and failing, case in point being Bhai with this movie? Bhai is beyond reviews/critics but that doesn’t give him a liberty to ham it up playing this intellectually challenged character. Somehow his acting reminded me of Hritik Roshan from Koi Mil Gaya, just a tad better. I don’t know if that’s the way the actors are supposed to play it but it just doesn’t work for me.

The movie works well minus the hammy Bhai but what’s a Bhai movie without Bhai swag and charisma. Bhai Fans the reviews don’t matter and for the rest this TubeLight shines but not too brightly !!

Uniform Civil Code

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BJP led NDA Government has asked the Law Commission to examine the issues relating to the implementation of Uniform Civil Code. This is the first time a Government has asked the commission which has a advisory role on such a politically controversial legal reform.

Our Constitution under the Directive Principle of State Policy Article 44 states:
“The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India.”

Text quoted below is what Baba Saheb Ambedkar had to say when the issue of adding proviso / amending the above article which was then Article 35 was being discussed by the Constituent Assembly on the 23rd November 1948:
22“In dealing with this matter, I do not propose to touch on the merits of the question as to whether this country should have a Civil Code or it should not. That is a matter which I think has been dealt with sufficiently for the occasion by my friend, Mr. Munshi, as well as by Shri Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar. When the amendments to certain fundamental rights are moved, it would be possible for me to make a full statement on this subject, and I therefore do not propose to deal with it here.
My friend, Mr. Hussain Imam, in rising to support the amendments, asked whether it was possible and desirable to have a uniform Code of laws for a country so vast as this. Now I must confess that I was very much surprised at that statement, for the simple reason that we have in this country a uniform code of laws covering almost every aspect of human relationship. We have a uniform and complete Criminal Code operating throughout the country, which is contained in the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. We have the Law of Transfer of Property, which deals with property relations and which is operative throughout the country. Then there are the Negotiable Instruments Acts: and I can cite innumerable enactments which would prove that this country has practically a Civil Code, uniform in its content and applicable to the whole of the country. The only province the Civil Law has not been able to invade so far is Marriage and Succession. It is this little corner which we have not been able to invade so far and it is the intention of those who desire to have article 35 as part of the Constitution to bring about that change. Therefore, the argument whether we should attempt such a thing seems to me somewhat misplaced for the simple reason that we have, as a matter of fact, covered the whole lot of the field which is covered by a Uniform Civil Code in this country. It is therefore too late now to ask the question whether we could do it. As I say, we have already done it.
Coming to the amendments, there are only two observations which I would like to make. My first observation would be to state that members who put forth these amendments say that the Muslim personal law, so far as this country was concerned, was immutable and uniform through the whole of India. Now I wish to challenge that statement. I think most of my friends who have spoken on this amendment have quite forgotten that up to 1935 the North-West Frontier Province was not subject to the Shariat Law. It followed the Hindu Law in the matter of succession and in other matters, so much so that it was in 1939 that the Central Legislature had to come into the field and to abrogate the application of the Hindu Law to the Muslims of the North-West Frontier Province and to apply the Shariat Law to them. That is not all.
My honourable friends have forgotten, that, apart from the North-West Frontier Province, up till 1937 in the rest of India, in various parts, such as the United Provinces, the Central Provinces and Bombay, the Muslims to a large extent were governed by the Hindu Law in the matter of succession. In order to bring them on the plane of uniformity with regard to the other Muslims who observed the Shariat Law, the Legislature had to intervene in 1937 and to pass an enactment applying the Shariat Law to the rest of India.
I am also informed by my friend, Shri Karunakara Menon, that in North Malabar the Marumakkathayam Law applied to all-not only to Hindus but also to Muslims. It is to be remembered that the Marumakkathayam Law is a Matriarchal form of law and not a Patriarchal form of law.
The Mussulmans, therefore, in North Malabar were up to now following the Marumakkathyam law. It is therefore no use making a categorical statement that the Muslim law has been an immutable law which they have been following from ancient times. That law as such was not applicable in certain parts and it has been made applicable ten years ago. Therefore if it was found necessary that for the purpose of evolving single civil code applicable to all citizens irrespective of their religion, certain portions of the Hindus, law, not because they were contained in Hindu law but because they were found to be the most suitable, were incorporated into the new civil code projected by article 35, I am quite certain that it would not be open to any Muslim to say that the framers of the Civil code had done great violence to the sentiments of the Muslim community.
My second observation is to give them an assurance. I quite realise their feelings in the matter, but I think they have read rather too much into article 35, which merely proposes that the State shall endeavour to secure a civil code for the citizens of the country. It does not say that after the Code is framed the State shall enforce it upon all citizens merely because they are citizens. It is perfectly possible that the future parliament may make a provision by way of making a beginning that the Code shall apply only to those who make a declaration that they are prepared to be bound by it, so that in the initial stage the application of the Code may be purely voluntary. Parliament may feel the ground by some such method. This is not a novel method. It was adopted in the Shariat Act of 1937 when it was applied to territories other than the North-West Frontier Province. The law said that here is a Shariat law which should be applied to Mussulmans who wanted that he should be bound by the Shariat Act should go to an officer of the state, make a declaration that he is willing to be bound by it, and after he has made that declaration the law will bind him and his successors. It would be perfectly possible for parliament to introduce a provision of that sort; so that the fear which my friends have expressed here will be altogether nullified. I therefore submit that there is no substance in these amendments and I oppose them.”

Constituent Assembly member Mr. Naziruddin Ahmad had this to say about Uniform Civil Code: “The goal should be towards a uniform civil code but it should be gradual and with the consent of the people concerned.”

Another member Mr.Hussain Imam said : “I feel that it is all right and a very desirable thing to have a uniform law, but at a very distant date. For that, we should first await the coming of that event when the whole of India has got educated, when mass illiteracy has been removed, when people have advanced, when their economic conditions are better, when each man is able to stand on his own legs and fight his own battles. Then, you can have uniform laws. Can you have, today, uniform laws as far as a child and a young man are concerned?”

The question that Mr. Hussain asked then more than 67 years ago is still relevant today and need to answered before the current political dispensation embarks on a journey to cater to their ideology !!

Letter to Anna Hazare

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Dear Anna,

Hope this letter finds you in the best of health and spirit!!

I have been wanting to write to you since a long time now, but the recent appointment of your colleague and fellow traveler to the post of Lt. Governor of Puducherry made me finally take this call.

I first heard about you while in college in Mumbai as we had a chapter dedicated to the great work you had been doing in Ralegoan Siddhi, then a sleepy hamlet in the interiors of Maharashtra and the next time I heard when you ignited and lit up the nation with your call for a Corruption Free India and Jan Lok Pal Bill.

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Candle Light March in Udaipur. (Me in Striped Blue Shirt)

Like the millions across the nation, I too was sold out on this idea and leaving aside my political ideology had marched in your support in Udaipur. Patriotic Emotions welled up in my heart every time you went on a Hunger Strike and reached the crescendo after the famous run to the Rajghat after being released from the Tihar Prison (http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/anna-runs-surrounded-by-cops-at-rajghat-464895 ) .But how short lived was this dream run??? Like the saying goes “Road to hell is paved with good intentions” this one too didn’t live up to the expectations.

downloadOne by one the nation saw your core team of India Against Corruption go their separate ways and milk each drop of fame and mileage they got from this Andolan.
• Arvind Kejriwal became the Delhi CM and is now nursing National Ambitions.
• Kumar Vishwas jacked up his rates for कवि सम्मलेन as the agitation gave him national recognition.
• Kiran Bedi is now the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
• Shazia Ilmi, Ashish Khetan, Ashutosh have became नेता from पत्रकार.
• Anupam Kher has now become the most loyal voice of His Master besides being a Padma Awardees.

The only people that have lost out is you and the calm Composed Yogendra Yadav. You are a man of small needs so I am presuming going back to Ralegoan Siddhi wasn’t difficult but for Yogendra Yadav he has lost his moral voice of being a psephologist and have to bide his time playing a supporting role to the acerbic Prashant Bhushan.

Anna, where is the promised utopian Jan Lokpal Bill?? Arvind Kejriwal isn’t talking about it nor is the current political dispensation at the Center and now is it factor for the Aam Aadmi. For the Indian Voters have voted in Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD with the maximum seats in Bihar Assembly, Jayalitha whose conviction has been stayed by the courts creates history and gets a second consecutive term as the Tamil Nadu CM.

Corruption is a malice that the country suffers from but as we have seen in the past it is not the main issue. There are far greater issues that demand immediate solutions then the one you remained hungry for.

Please don’t stay away from the limelight, because all governments need your moral compass for course correction.

Regards,
Deepak Sukhadia

Taj Mahal

Taj_2816675gThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, who were on a week-long tour of India and Bhutan, visited the Taj Mahal on the final leg of their tour on the 16th April 2016.

The royal couple posed in front of the monument and this visit to Agra generated much excitement and it was cleared of tourists so as to facilitate their visit .

We have been told and retold that Taj Mahal is the ultimate declaration and symbol of eternal love but what about the Love of the ordinary mortals who don’t have the wherewithal to spend lavishly in memory of their loved ones ??

This reminded me of a poem i recently heard / read by Sahir Ludhianwi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahir_Ludhianvi) on Taj Mahal , where he raises concerns and questions Taj Mahal as the symbol of love in this iconic poem :

ताज तेरे लिए एक मज़हर ऐ उल्फत ही सही,

तुझ को इस वादी ऐ रंगीन से अकीदत ही सही,

मेरी मेह्बोब कहीं और मिला कर मुझ से ..

The Taj, mayhap, to you may seem, a mark of love supreme

You may hold this beauteous vale in great esteem;

Yet, my love, meet me hence at some other place!

बज़्म ऐ शाही में गरीबों का गुज़र क्या मानी,

सब्त जिस राह में हों सतवत ऐ शाही के निशाँ,

उस पे उल्फत भरी रुहूँ का सफ़र क्या मानी

How odd for the poor folk to frequent royal resorts;

‘Tis strange that the amorous souls should tread the regal paths

Trodden once by mighty kings and their proud consorts.

मेरी महबूब पास-ऐ-पर्दा-ऐ-तश-हीर-ऐ-वफ़ा,

तू ने सतवत के निशानों को तो देखा होता,

मुर्दा शाहों के मक़ाबिर से बहलने वाली,

अपने तारीक़ मकानों को तो देखा होता

Behind the facade of love my dear, you had better seen,

The marks of imperial might that herein lie screen’d

You who take delight in tombs of kings deceased,

Should have seen the hutments dark where you and I did wean.

अनगिनत लोगों ने दुनिया में मोहब्बत की है,

कौन कहता है की सादिक़ न थे जज़्बे उन के,

लेकिन उन के लिए तश्हीर का सामान नहीं

क्यों की वो लोग भी अपनी तरह मुफलिस थे,

Countless men in this world must have loved and gone,

Who would say their loves weren’t truthful or strong?

But in the name of their loves, no memorial is raised

For they too, like you and me, belonged to the common throng.

ये इमारत-ओ-मक़ाबिर, ये फ़सीलें, ये हिसार,

मुतलक़-उल-हुक्म शहंशाहों की अजमत के सुतून

दामन-ऐ-दहर पे उस रंग की गुलकारी है ,

जिस में शामिल है तेरे और मेरे अजदाद का खून,

These structures and sepulchres, these ramparts and forts,

These relics of the mighty dead are, in fact, no more

Than the cancerous tumours on the face of earth,

Fattened on our ancestor’s very blood and bones.

मेरी महबूब!! उन्हें भी तो मोहब्बत होगी

जिनका सन्नाई ने बख्शी है इसे शक्ल-ऐ-जामील

उन के प्यारों में मक़ाबिर रहे बेनाम-ओ-नामूद

आज तक उन पे जलाई न किसी ने कंदील

They too must have loved, my love, whose hands had made,

This marble monument, nicely chiselled and shaped

But their dear ones lived and died, unhonoured, unknown,

None burnt even a taper on their lowly graves.

ये चमनज़ार, ये जमुना का किनारा, ये महल

ये मुनक्क़श दर-ओ-दीवार, ये मेहराब , ये ताक़

एक शहंशाह ने दौलत का सहारा ले कर,

हम गरीबों की मोहब्बत का उड़ाया है मज़ाक

मेरी महबूब कहीं और मिला कर मुझ से ….

This bank of Jamuna, this edifice, these groves and lawns,

These carved walls and doors, arches and alcoves,

An emperor on the strength of wealth,

Has played with us a cruel joke.

Meet me hence, my love, at some other place.

https://rekhta.org/nazms/taaj-mahal-sahir-ludhianvi-nazms This is the link to the above quoted poem and do listen to the excellent rendition of this nazm by Hamida Banu ji whose Audio CD is the reason I first came across this beautiful Gem.