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Samay samay ki baat hai..

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on June 2, 2017

हम लोग कमाल के समय में जी रहे हैं.
बचपन में माताजी एक कथा सुनाती थीं: कोई अगर आप से कहे कि कौवा आपकी नाक ले कर उड़ गया, तो पहले अपनी नाक देखनी चाहिए, ना कि कौवे के पीछे भागना शुरू कर दें.. भैया आपकी नाक अपनी जगह पे ही लगी है.

आज के समय में, हम अपने पूर्वाग्रह से इतने ज़्यादा ग्रसित हैं कि हम सिर्फ़ कौवे को पत्थर मारना चाहते हैं. भले वो मेरी नाक ले कर उड़ा है या किसी और की, या फिर वो बेचारा सिर्फ़ घड़े का पानी पीने के लिए पत्थर जुटा रहा है, हमें कोई फ़र्क नहीँ पड़ता. और तो और, यह कौवे और इस एक आदमी की लड़ाई राष्ट्रीय आपदा बन जाती है, तथा ३० ओबी वेन, ४० कैमेरे, और ५० रिपोर्टेर आपको लाइव टेली कास्ट भी दिखाएँगे. फिर, तुलसी बाबा के शब्दों में “जाकी रही भावना जैसी, हरि मूरत तिन देखी तैसी”, संपूर्ण राष्ट्र दो धड़ों मे बँट जाएगा. आधी दुनिया कौवे को बुरा बताएगी बाकी आधी उस आदमी को. और साहब, एक बार हमने राय कायम कर ली, तो कर ली!! अब तो जंग है… पूरे लाव लश्कर के साथ जुट जाएँगे फ़ेसबुक और ट्विटर पे, यह साबित करने को, कि हम कैसे सही हैं. शायद उस से भी ज़्यादा ज़रूरी यह साबित करना होता है कि तुम कैसे ग़लत हो. कैसे कैसे अनर्गल प्रलाप!!

सूचना संचार क्रांति के इस दौर में, जब कि यह अपेक्षित था कि तमाम जानकारियाँ सहज सुलभ उपलब्ध हों, और एक आम इंसान एक सूचित राय कायम कर सके, हम अपने पशुवत प्रवृत्तियों से बाहर नहीं आ पा रहे हैं, यह बहुत अफ़सोस की बात है. दुष्यंत कुमार की पंक्तियाँ याद आती हैं:

कहाँ तो तय था चिरागा हर एक घर के लिए,
यहाँ चिराग मयस्सर नहीं शहर के लिए.

शायद दिनकर जी ने यह कुरुक्षेत्र पहले ही देख लिया था जब उन्होने लिखा था:

सावधान मनुष्य यदि विज्ञान है तलवार .
तो उसे दे छोड़, तजकर मोह स्मृति के पार |
हो चुका है सिद्ध कि तू है शिशु अभी नादान,
फूल काँटों की तुझे कुछ भी नहीं पहचान,
खेल सकता तू नहीं ले हाथ में तलवार ;
काट लेगा अंग तीखी है बड़ी यह धार ||

तो लब्बोलुआब यह है कि ये फ़ेसबुक ट्विटर आदि दोधारी तलवार हैं. आप इनका प्रयोग करके राष्ट्र निर्माण भी कर सकते हैं, और अनर्गल प्रलाप के लिए भी. या फिर आप मेरे जैसे समाधिस्थ भी रह सकते हैं. समाधि का अर्थ है: सम+ आधि. अर्थात आप संतुलन बना कर रख सकते हैं, दोनो तरफ के तर्क सुन सकते हैं, उन पर विचार कर सकते हैं, एक सूचित राय कायम कर सकते हैं, लेकिन किसी की राय बदलना आपके(वो भी बल पूर्वक) कार्यक्रम का हिस्सा नही होना चाहिए.


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We-the-people in Dance-of-Democracy

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on March 29, 2014

Off late there are so many political posts in social media with people supporting for Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal or Narendra Modi. But I dont see the debate on what they say about the leader they support… Alas, we only talk about what the other leader didn’t do.
– I will not vote for Modi because Gujarat development was not done by him alone: OK, what about developments done by Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal?
– I will not vote for Rahul Gandhi because congress government has scams: OK, does BJP government or third front governments were scam free? Dont you see that even people of AAP are also asking for Money?
– I will not vote for Arvind Kejriwal because he is still holding his government quarter? OK.. do i really need to give counter example on this one? Satyapal Singh for one is still on his house in Mumbai, So is Mira Kumar holding two houses in Delhi… The examples are countless.

I can argue on both sides, but the point i am trying to make is how hollow is our support arguments! We are turning blind eye towards the leader we adore, forget all his shortcomings, and try to poke around even the smallest of the issue in other leader.

But that is not the point for which i am writing this post. This is about an ulterior issue which, either no one looks at, or at least no one wants to ponder upon. The point is simple:

No person or party would do what they have committed or what they are promising right now either in their rallies or election manifesto unless they have complete majority (2/3 seats) or at least simple majority (1/2 seats).

Small parties, when asked to join the govt to complete this number, do blackmail the major party running the government and either the big brother bows down to their demand or resign… Either ways we, the people, loose… And it will keep on happening unless there is a complete majority for one party. You love one political leader, one ideology is one thing… but if that one is not going to get the majority, you’d probably do more harm to him and the country by voting for him than for the one who can provide a stable government. 2009 election cost 2000 Cr on public treasury ( and 4 times more by the candidates and parties), and God only knows how much will be this time, considering inflation and other economic factors, but don’t you think if there are re-elections, it is ultimately we, the people, who’d pay?

If i’d honestly look around, it would be a fantasy and a romantic thought to have a corruption free government. WHY? Because we, the people, are corrupt.. And the leaders do not come from outside universe… they are someone or the other from amongst us… Unless we change ourselves, there will be no end to corruption… But on the other hand, look at China, one of the world famous corrupt government, and yet see the development. I never saw anyone claiming there is no corruption in US or UK. Corruption is everywhere… but their government still delivers..

I see the trend in Indian politics these days… All smaller parties look for 20+ seats.. Thats it!! They know it, that no party is going to get a majority at the centre and each of these 20+ seats will THEN come for a cost!! A berth in cabinet, a blind eye towards what they are doing in their ministry or the parent state.. the leaders be obliged with clean chits from CBI on various corruption cases.. what not!! Hell !! Sometime they could also influence the foreign policy ( Voting against Sri Lanka last year is glaring example of the same) which is supposedly independent of any party at the center!! Remember the FDI in retail proposal of Economists like Manmohan Singh shot down by Communist parties? I dont know if these decisions were correct or not, but the point i am trying to make is: It is a party which has very small number of presence in country and in Lok Sabha, and yet they made the central govt do what they wanted to do. And you know what? We, the people, give them the power to do so!!

Voting for all the regional parties at Lok Sabha election is probably not the best thing in my opinion, and that is what we always do. Vote for them in local body elections, vote for them in State assembly elections, but when it comes to central elections, think of it before you vote. Your vote can really make a change.

We, the people, think we are the juggler in this dance of democracy. But alas, we are played nicely by the leaders who project themselves as monkeys dancing on our command, but in essence, it is exactly the other way round.

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Posted by Sudeep Pandey on January 22, 2011

There were very old days, as we read in Vedas, when people were identified and tagged with a caste,based on what profession they were in. Castes were not inherited from father to son… And anyone based on their merits/demerits was identified as brahmin/vaishya/kshatriya/shudra. Then came an era when they started to inherit it from fathers and forefathers.. Principally it was not correct and there were a lot of movements, many enlightened souls, who tried to eradicate this casticism in pre-Independence era. Our government is “strictly against” any such policy. Or at least so I hear. What baffles me is the fact that why they still have almost every government form for any application have this column called religion and caste?? They were suppose to diminish this line of division, isn’t it? How could they eradicate this casticism by associating every Indian to his/her caste and almost identifying everyone by their caste? Some learned souls now even want census based on caste…. God!! what do I do with my politicians….

P.S.: I have been out of it since long… some more pressing things in life made it impossible to continue here. But a few people I listen to, made me come back.

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A party dying slowly…

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on August 25, 2009

While I was growing up and just started to understand governance and politics, it was dawn of Mandal era with V. P. Singh coming up with his great brainstorming idea of reservations for backwards. The images of young people setting fire to themselves been shown on TV are something which are here to stay in my (then too young) memory for years to come. I could not understand the whole idea, and even now I am not too sure if this was a good or bad idea but those images have made me hate such politicians. I personally never hated/discriminated/befriended/envied any other human-being just because of his/her caste or religion. Then came the great idea of Babri mosque in Ayodhya by BJP. Yet again I found countrymen being divided on the basis of religion. As a young mind, I failed to understand why we can’t be just Indian? One sole identity bound by the constitution of India? I hated them as well… Now comes the infamous Narsimha Rao’s congress government with Harshad Mehta’s allegations and JMM bribery scandal.  I hated them as well…

So, when it actually came to the time when I was allowed to vote for the first time in my life, I was to decide between third front, congress and BJP (and few others). It was something like picking the best amongst the worse. I chose BJP!! The sole reason was few things in their agenda which I admired to the core, namely removal of article370 and common civil code for all Indians.

Article 370 because this is THE reason why Kashmir was not progressing. That was the time of heightened terrorist attacks in Kashmir valley. Young kashmiri boys were lured to become terrorists! Because they don’t have anything else to do! Because there is no economy or industrial progress in the valley! Because this article hinders any outsider to come and setup industry in Kashmir! Why do we discriminate people of Kashmir with anyone residing elsewhere in Indian Territory? This article was a follow-up of UN resolution to maintain status-quo so as to take a mandate in Kashmir, the resolution which we ourselves have discarded in 1971 Shimla agreement!! I couldn’t comprehend why do we need to maintain this article and let people of the valley suffer? Same goes for common civil code. We all are Indians first and then anything else. Though we are free to follow whichever religion we want to, we should at least have common civil laws. Variable laws for same actions based on ones religion was something again beyond me. Though they had few things in their agenda I didn’t like but yes I was ready to give a chance to someone new to bring fresh ideas into the system. The party was led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee; one of the most admired politicians and was full of intellectuals which were not blood related to each other or not the sons/daughters of senior leaders. And the infamous confidence-vote lost by BJP because Giridhar Gomago was allowed to vote despite being CM of Orissa again made me feel that BJP led government was taken down by manipulation. That too when this government made India proud by Pokharan-II without bowing against all the economic sanctions imposed by UN and other countries.

That was the BJP I loved!! That was the party I admired!! The party which was democratic, who thought about the nation first! Today’s BJP is nowhere near to what it was those days. The downfall I guess had started after Vajpayee left BJP and active politics. His leaving party created a vacuum which Advani tried to fill in but failed terribly. And the last loksabha elections were the last nail in the coffin. Even sitting in the opposition for last five years, they had never looked towards the benchmarks set by Atalji who, while in opposition, praised whole-heartedly Indira Gandhi and called her as “Durga” when she went on with nuclear tests. All Advani did was opposing to everything which government is doing including nuclear deal with US. They might be correct but they had never been able to present their stand in front of common man who was still facing the rise in inflation and still waiting for basic amenities to be given to him. The split between Arun Jaitley and Sudhanshu Mittal during the election had all the desired results. The party is slowly and gradually becoming the next congress party. Expelling Jaswant Singh in first 30 minutes of “Chintan baithak” without giving him a chance to clarify his stand, while Advani doing almost similar thing was spared, shows the kind of democracy is prevailing inside the BJP. Senior leaders like Arun Shourie and Yashvant Sinha writing to president of setting responsibilities to the person(s) responsible for such defeat fell into deaf ears. Lobbying and marksmanship is at peak, and the common-civil-code that BJP had promised for whole India does not exist in party itself. probably Aurn Shourie would be the next one to be shown the way out and Sudhindra Kulkarni has already resigned because of ideological differences with the party.

Its tragic to see the party dying in such a way which I once considered as the future of Indian politics.

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what is between mulayam and reservation: they are “just friends”

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on June 10, 2009

The flag-bearer of reservation in school/collage/govt. jobs/private jobs and where not for ST/SC/OBC/muslims and who else not, our own mr. mulayam singh yadav has now some problems with the woman reservation bill… Reason? Now he thinks that if this reservation is implemented, people (his exact words were “Leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi, Sharad Yadav, Basudeb Acharya have reached this stage not in one day but through hard struggles” ) who have worked hard all their life will be deprived of what they deserved… wonderful, isn’t it?

So now we have two categories of what one deserves after their hard work:
1) Students from upper caste (incidentally who have no hand whatsoever in deciding which caste of family they would like to be born in), who slog, study hard, and yet denied admission in good collages due to reservation. Professionals who work hard to get a position in an organization but are again denied because the seats are reserved.
2) The most elite class of India, the political leaders: Who work hard to earn (perhaps snatch would be the correct word) every single penny which would have been used in public welfare and development. Now that the Indian politics has largely been dominated by male, and those set of people have created their own place in this system, are now afraid of their horizon being shortened because now 33% of them will not be given an opportunity for “hard-work” which they’d been doing till now.

Remember, this was the same Mulayam singh yadav, who had implemented the decision of providing seats to reserved candidates in medical/engineering collage even if they’ve got 0 (zero) marks in entrance exam.

And I was thinking that only I am insane.

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Alarming situation in Pakistan

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on April 24, 2009

With every passing day the situation of pakistan is increasingly making me more afraid of its consequences. The latest thing being Buner held by Talibans and their counter-assault on forces sent to save people there. And the worst part is the policitians there are still clueless about what to do next. The more I read in news and internet about the situation (and I read quite a lot, from different and diverse sources, to have unbiased assessment), I now tend to believe even the people of pakistan have gone in denial mode which is not good. They still think that its India which is behind this… I mean grow up people! They are merely 100 Kms from your national capital. And you are still cribbing over the drone-attacks on afghan border and Indian presence in Afghanistan? I know its a mutual tendency of both country’s nationals to blame everything on each others country, but accepting sharia law in swat, cease-fire with talibans, dont tell me Indian “RAW” has infiltrated pakistan government to such an extent to have whatever executive decisions be made for themselves. I am scared because the day Pakistan goes down to talibans, India would be first recipient of the attacks by those fanatics.

Indian government is not a bit less either. They are sending NSA to Sri Lanka where LTTE is fighting lost battle.

In the meantime Indian people are enjoying IPL as well as elections. I cant enjoy either.

I hope and pray to God that sense will prevail before its too late.

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Emergence of new Indian voter

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on January 8, 2009

Shibu Soren, the CM of Jharkhand has lost the by-election in Tamar assembly seat.

For all, who have a short-term-memory-loss problem, it all started with famous nuclear deal, and the then chief minister Madhu Koda has to give way to Soren as CM (a deal mediated by our very own Lalu Yadav) in lieu of 5 “precious” votes for the nuclear deal in parliament. He has taken the office on 27 august 2008 and since he was not the member of house, he was supposed to get elected as a member within 6 months. So technically he still has a good 2 months left before he will be forced out of CM’s office, being a running CM and then loosing an assembly election (keeping in mind, its India) and when whole government functionary would be forced to work out the favorable result, shows the new face of Indian voter!!

Kudos people!!

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Jana Gana Mana…

Posted by Sudeep Pandey on December 14, 2008

I usually go to watch movie every friday… A bachaler like me has nothing much to do during weekends. One thing I loved and really look forward to, while I go watch movie in a theatre in this part of India. I am not sure of it whether it happens in other parts of India because I seldom went to movie in other parts of India. And that thing is they play “Jana Gana Mana” before the start of the movie. Everytime when I listen to him (this is deliberate: its not listen to “it”, its listen to “him”), I have a uncontrollable urge to sing along with the singers. This whole thing reminds me of morning prayer assembely in school days and the yell of “Jaaaai Hind!!” after national anthem is complete. Yet I cant do it. But some people does… I have heard them singing along…

Guys, We are talking about our national anthem, and like anything national, we have some rules associated.
For the benifit of you and all my fellow Indians, I am listing down them here (I mysef have learnt fifth point while I searched for the rules in yahoo answers):

1. Always be in attention position during the National Anthem.
2. In some countries people use to keep their right hand fist on the heart while National anthem; this is not allowed for Indian National Anthem.
3. National anthem if started then should be completed in anyways.
4. National anthem could not be sung under roof. National anthem should always be sung in open area under the sky.
5. Never use (it) for National Anthem while writing about National Anthem. He’s Live.

This is the fourth point which we should take care of while national anthem is being sung inside theatre… you cannot sing along because you are standing under a roof, its only required to be in attention position. Please do not move, stand-up if sitting, and feel the warmth and glory associated. Following rules is just another way of showing respect towards your country.

Jai Hind!

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