Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ज़रा एक नज़र इधर भी

कोई ब्लॉगर साथी इसका तर्जुमा हिन्दी में कर दे तो मेहरबानी होगी। इस प्रविष्टी का ब्लॉग जगत ही नहीं दूसरी जगहों में भी पढ़ा जाना नितांत आवश्यक है। ये शोभा डे द्बारा लिखित 'Bombay Times' में छपा लेख है जो मुझे ई-मेल के ज़रिये मिला। हालांकि लेखिका के कथा साहित्य से मैं प्रभावित नहीं हूँ, फिर भी इस लेख का मैं क़ायल हो गया। ग़ौर करें -

Me, Marathi
written by Shoba De

Correct me if I am wrong, Raj... but I consider myself an assal Marathi manoos। Born in Maharashtra to Maharashtrian parents etc. Proud to be Marathi (even though my language skills in my mother tongue are embarrassingly dodgy). I don't know how to make the perfect puran poli but I do love aamti.. This is clearly not enough anymore. Going by the checklist, I could be disqualified on several scores. I am married to a Bong, who has lived and worked in Mumbai for over 30 years (but alas, has not been appointed ambassador to the state of West Bengal yet!). He attends Durga Puja regularly and prefers maacher jhol to vangi bhaat. Fortunately, we don't have a daughter-in-law to name a college after, either in Kolkata or Mumbai.... And our children (like yours) did not attend Marathi-medium schools.. We employ people based on their competence, not caste or region. And I have never asked the vegetable vendor, breadwalla, taxi driver, dhobi, sweeper, elevator attendant, security guard, pizza delivery boy or any of the other people who make my life easier, which part of India they come from. This is Mumbai, meri jaan! Who cares where anyone comes from? Dhanda is all that matters.. Mumbai is India's most powerful magnet. Once you get here, you never leave. Don't believe me? Ask those innocent bhajjiwallas and doodhwallas who were beaten up and stoned by your men last week. Even with blood-soaked bandages around their heads, and broken hearts, they are staying put. As they should. Aaah, the natak of your dramatised 'arrest' was not lost on anybody. Had Rakhi Sawant's slapping stunt not grabbed those eyeballs on Valentine's Day, viewers would still be stuck with the image of a nattily dressed you (mmmm...loved the styling), clambering in and out of the police van. If Rakhi cleverly stage-managed the incident, what should one say about your brilliant coup? Overnight, Raj Thackeray was elevated from being the discarded Thackeray to a national figure. In one well-orchestrated move, you went from being a neglected nephew of an ageing tiger, to a sharp-clawed, teeth-baring cub with an independent act of his own. The circus acquired a brand new star attraction - you! It was never easy being a Thackeray. Ask Balasaheb. If he targeted south Indians in the '60s, you smartly headed north. Same agenda, diametrically different directions. By questioning the bona fides of those who have made Maharashtra their home, both of you tapped into the vulnerabilities of the average Marathi manoos. It is worth asking the very people whose interests you are protecting, whether they really want to do the dirty work currently being handled by the northies. Will the Marathi manoos agree to put in 18 hours a day plying taxis, selling veggies, washing clothes and so on? Who's stopping them from turning into vendors of milk, food grains, and other commodities? Perhaps, the Marathi manoos considers such occupations demeaning? The truth is, these jobs have always gone abegging, and there have been any number of hungry, unemployed people from other states ready and willing to grab them. Kick the 'outsiders' out at your own peril, and see what happens... Why do farmers commit suicide in such numbers only in Maharashtra ? The answer, dear Raj, may surprise you. In your defence, let me say you received the worst press - biased at best, and shrill to boot. Most of the semi-hysterical reporters from prestigious news channels were embarrassingly ill-informed as they blabbered incoherently each time a leaf moved outside the magistrate's court! Surely, you are not complaining? Everything seems to be going according to the master plan. You have 'made it' in one swift move. And women are finding you kinda cute in that sleeveless baby blue pullover. Great copy, great photo ops. What more does a neta want? To keep Mayawati and Lalu out of Maharashtra ? Now, that's a tall order!

End of the day, Be Indian!!! Don't follow blindly the 'divide and rule' policy of any selfish politician!!!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

आएन्स्टाइन और मानवीय सौहार्द

अपने भावुकता के क्षणों में एक महान वैज्ञानिक के विचार आपके सम्मुख रखना चाहता हूँ। पेश है-

"Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each one of comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that the man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends."

- Albert Einstein

धरती पर हमारी स्थिति बहुत निराली है. हम में से हर एक यहाँ अल्प-कालिक भ्रमण के लिए आता है, बिना जाने क्यों. फिर भी ना मालूम क्यों हमें किसी दिव्य ईश्वरीय प्रयोजन की प्रतीति होती है. पर अगर दैनिक जीवन के दृष्टिकोण से देखा जाए, तो एक बात तो निश्चित रूप से जान पड़ती है, वो ये कि आदमी एक दूसरे के लिए है. किसी और कारण से भी अधिक, हमारी अपनी ख़ुशी, दूसरे की मुस्कान और उसके कल्याण पर ही निर्भर है.

- एल्बर्ट आएन्स्टाइन

अनुवाद करने के उद्दंडता मैं करता रहता हूँ।

Monday, November 3, 2008

सपना और शुरुआत

स्व. वेणुगोपाल जी की ये पंक्तियाँ बहुत दिनों से दिमाग़ में गूँज रही थीं। सोचा आप सभी से बांटता चलूँ।

"न हो कुछ भी,
सिर्फ़ सपना हो,
तो भी हो सकती है शुरुआत।
और ये शुरुआत ही तो है,
कि वहाँ एक सपना है। "

Saturday, November 1, 2008

चल राज ठाकरे घर आपनो

एक ई-मेल आया, जिसे हू-ब-हू आपके सामने रख रहा हूँ। भेजने वाले की मंशा सामाजिक चेतना जागृत करने की है, पर मैं नहीं जानता कि बेहया मोटी खालों में ऐसी सूई चुभेगी या नहीँ। यद्यपि ये बातें गूढ़ नहीं हैं, फिर भी तार्किक और विचार्णीय हैं। मुलाहिज़ा हो -

This is a wonderful mail circulating in favour of RAJ Thackerey have a look We all should support Raj Thackeray and take his initiative ahead by doing more...

1. We should teach our kids that if he is second in class, don't study harder.. just beat up the student coming first and throw him out of the school.

2. Parliament should have only Delhiites as it is located in Delhi.

3. Prime-minister, president and all other leaders should only be from Delhi .

4. No Hindi movie should be made in Bombay. Only Marathi.

5. At every state border, buses, trains, flights should be stopped and staff changed to local men.

6. All Maharashtrians working abroad or in other states should be sent back as they are SNATCHING employment from Locals.

7. Lord Shiv, Ganesha and Parvati should not be worshiped in our state as they belong to north (Himalayas) and Ram who is from Ayodhya (UP).

8. Visits to Taj Mahal should be restricted to people from UP only.

9. Relief for farmers in Maharashtra should not come from centre because that is the money collected as Tax from whole of India, so why should it be given to someone in Maharashtra?

10. Let's support kashmiri Militants because they are right to killing and injuring innocent people for benifit of there state and community......

11. Let's throw all MNCs out of Maharashtra, why should they earn from us? We will open our own Maharashtra Microsoft, MH Pepsi and MH Marutis of the world .

12. Let's stop using cellphones, emails, TV, foreign Movies and dramas. James Bond should speak Marathi.

13. We should be ready to die hungry or buy food at 10 times higher price but should not accept imports from other states.

14. We should not allow any industry to be setup in Maharashtra because all machinery comes from outside.

15. We should STOP using local trains... Trains are not manufactured by Marathi manoos and Railway Minister is a Bihari.

16. Ensure that all our children are born, grow, live and die without ever stepping out of Maharashtra, then they will become true Marathi.

This mail should somehow reach Raj Thackrey so forward it to as many ppl as possible.This mail needs to be read by all Indians.So please help in this cause.Keep Forwarding.


अगर आप सहमत हों, तो इस मेल का प्रचार करें।

जिन्ना, राज ठाकरे, तोगड़िया, शाहबुद्दीन जैसे लोग और धार्मिक ग्रन्थ.

क्षमा, अहिंसा, आपसी सद्‍भाव वग़ैरा वग़ैरा मानवीय संवेदना से उपजे भाव हैं. इन्हे सीखने या समझने के लिए किसी क़ुर'आन, वेद, गीता या बाईबल की ज़रूरत नहीं है. इन ग्रंथों की सार्थकता तब रही होगी जब ये ४५०० साल से लेकर १५०० साल पहले तक लिखे गये थे, आज नहीं है. कोई बच्चा पैदा होते ही इन निरर्थक ग्रंथों को नहीं पढ़ने लगता है. उसमे ये बीज बोए जाते हैं और वो धर्म के आधार पर स्वयं को अन्य धर्म अनुयायी बच्चों से पृथक समझने लगता है. इन सभी भावों के पालन करने का संस्कार हमें अपनी बुनियादी और इब्तिदाई परवरिश में मिलता है. इन 'मदरसों' और 'सरस्वती शिशु मंदिरों' के बारे में तो मुझे ख़ास इल्म नहीं है, पर इतना ज़रूर जानता हूँ कि किसी भी अन्य स्कूल में ये भावनाएँ इन अविकसित ग्रंथों के ज़रिए नहीं सिखाई जातीं, ना ही कोई माता पिता ऐसे संस्कार देना चाहते हैं. राज ठाकरे, विनय कटियार, सैय्यद शाहबुद्दीन, प्रवीण तोगड़िया और बुख़ारी जैसे लोगों में यही तुख़्मी (बीज संबंधित) ख़राबी है. यहाँ जिन्ना का नाम नहीं लूँगा. इन जाहिलों और जिन्ना में ज़मीन आसमान का फ़र्क़ है.