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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thank God you are not alive Mr. Gandhi

January 30th 1948 is a day which no Indian can overlook in the calendar. A day when in actual terms the earth stood still, a day when mankind took its last breath and a day when the whole country wailed because the father took an eternal depart from his children. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi a great barrister and the saviour of our country who saved us from the ruthless Britishers took an eternal depart to the other world on this gloomy day.

He always fought for justice, truth and furtherance of mankind with his lethal weapon of non-violence and truthfulness. He was one of the bravest people the world has ever seen and he always taught the mankind to live a peaceful life by maintaining peace in this world and yes, that man gave us freedom. After 66 years of his death Mahatma Gandhi is still remembered in our country but is this remembrance of any importance?


His birth anniversary is celebrated throughout the country, national flag is unfurled on government buildings, schools and colleges are given a day off and most importantly 2nd October is observed as a ‘dry day’…. A nice initiative by the government to give respect to the Father of the Nation but wait a second! A beer shop opens furtively and at a double price supply the need of a customer. He abuses the shopkeeper for the hiked price, then abuses the government for such rule and then abuses the ‘birthday boy’ for being born on that day! In a survey conducted by The Tribune, Chandigarh in year 2006 the team found that many vendors sold liquor in Durgi, Sarbha Nagar, BRS Nagar, Kochar Market and many other parts of the city. The worst part was that the shops were illuminated more on the eve of 2nd October to increase the sales and the banner of one of the shops displayed a notice which read, “Vend would remain closed on October 2 in view of Dassehra”. No one objected on such a notice, not even the Excise Department. The shopkeepers were happy that the last minute sale was high. This maddening scene can also be seen in other parts of the country. A student wakes late in the morning and enjoy the day out with friends in an expensive restaurant, but he doesn’t know the reason for the day off. He heard the teacher saying last day that due to Gandhi Jayanti, school will be closed tomorrow but he didn’t bother to know who is Gandhi, the first reaction was, “phew! A holiday…”

Once Mahatma Gandhi said, "I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man or woman whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him or her. Will he or she gain anything by it? Will it restore him or her to a control over his or her own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj freedom for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and yourself melt away."- (One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought). These words are worth thinking but does this practice apply in the present scenario when about 27 crore people live below poverty line in our country. When such a huge population is poor will it be feasible for us to recall a particular face. Everyday many underprivileged people are dying and a new line of underprivileged are being born in this country, rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer so my point is that in a country where millions of people die in earthquakes, tsunamis or epidemics and no billionaire help them with a penny so merely recalling their faces is not enough. If you were present today Mr Gandhi, even you would have got confused with their faces because every person you will meet today is dying of hunger and suffering from this disease called ‘poverty’!

We do not leave any chance to remember and praise this great person. He is still loved by all and I think the robbers love him the most because they are so obsessed with collecting his photographs on the currency notes that no one else. Sanjay Dutt was seen doing Gandhigiri in his successful flick. He spread the fever of Gandhism among the youth. He was seen following the path of truthfulness in the movie but later Dutt was sent behind the bars for illegal possession of weapons….. where was the Gandhi follower gone! And the Gandhigiri was then nowhere to be seen….

Mahatma Gandhi was shot to death by Nathu Ram Godse on this January day 66 years back. He became the biggest enemy of the country. Before him about 6 attempts were made till 1934 to kill Gandhi but Gandhi’s name was written on Godse’s bullet. Nand Lal Mehta filled the FIR againt Godse for murdering his hero. With ‘Hey Ram’ as his last word, Mahatma left this world. Godse was a murderer but think the other way…. He freed the most honest person of the world from the country of cheats yet to come.


Thanks to Godse he saved Gandhi from a severe heart attack which he would have experienced after seeing the Godhra riots. Thanks to Godse for saving the Mahatma from getting a nervous breakdown which would have got after seeing the ‘dirty politics’ of this country. Just think for a while, what would have happened to the person who always taught ‘Satya’ as the road to success when he would have seen the CWG or 2G graft in the country. He could not have made eye contact with Kalmadi or Raja….
The present condition of the country doesn’t allow much to say about it….. I would only say, Thank God you are not alive Mr Gandhi!   

Ashutosh Asthana
B.A In Media Studies
University Of Allahabad

संगम तट से.....

मकर संक्रांति पर्व से शुरू हुए माघ मेले में आज महापर्व मौनी अमावस्या का महा-स्नान है. देश-विदेश से लाखों लोग संगम की ओर आवागमन कर रहे हैं. प्रशासन के पूर्वानुमान के अनुसार मौनी अमावस्या के पावन पर्व पर अस्सी लाख श्रद्धालु संगम में डुबकी लगाएंगे. विशाल मेला क्षेत्र श्रद्धालुओं से ठसाठस भरा नज़र आ रहा है. लाखों आ रहे हैं तो हजारों अपने-अपने घरों को वापस लौट रहे हैं. इन्हीं महा-स्नान पर्वों पर संगम दुनियां का सबसे ज्यादा जनसँख्या वाला स्थान बन जाता है. जहां विभिन्न देशों, प्रदेशों, क्षेत्रों, गांवों और कस्बों से लोग आकर एक साथ संगम किनारे एकत्रित होते हैं. जहां हजारों संस्कृतियाँ और सभ्यताएं एक साथ संगम के जल में डुबकी लगती हैं. और हर जाति, धर्म और संप्रदाय के लाखों लोग बिना किसी भेदभाव के एक साथ गाते-बजाते, खाते-पीते, नहाते-धोते हैं. सचमुच ये दुनियां का ऐसा एकमात्र अनोखा स्थान है जहां मानवता का महा-संगम होता है.

 इतने बड़े मेले का क्राउड मेनेजमेंटभी प्रशासन के पसीने छुटा देता है. मेले के सफल आयोजन के लिए सच में मेला प्रशासन की व्यवस्था काबिले तारीफ़ है. और इसीलिये संगम पर दुनियां का सबसे बड़ा क्राउड मेनेजमेंटदुनियां के लिए एक मिसाल बन जाता है. आज भी मेला प्रशासन मुस्तैद है. लोगों के मेले में प्रवेश से लेकर भ्रमण, स्नान तथा ठहरने की समुचित व्यवस्था करने के साथ-साथ उनके मेला क्षेत्र छोड़कर सुरक्षित अपने-अपने गंतव्य को रवाना होने तक सारी व्यवस्था का जिम्मा मेला प्रशासन का ही है. मसलन अगर आप मेला क्षेत्र में हैं तो आपके स्वास्थ्य, सुरक्षा आदि की जिम्मेदारी मेला प्रशासन की है. और इस जिम्मेदारी को मेला प्रशासन ने जिस ढंग से निभाया है- अपने आप में एक मिसाल है.!


माघ मेले में शांति बनाये रखने और हर स्थति पर तत्काल नियंत्रण पाने हेतु मेला क्षेत्र को तीन-जोन तथा पांच-सेक्टर में विभाजित किया गया है. प्रत्येक सेक्टर में अलग-अलग कई रैंक के पदाधिकारिओं की नियुक्ति की गयी है, जो हर समय मेला-प्रभारी मुख्यालय से संपर्क में रहते हैं. कोई भी अप्रिय घटना होने पर मुख्यालय सभी सेक्टरों को अलर्ट जारी कर देता है. प्रभारी मुख्यालय से ही मेला क्षेत्र में आये हुए श्रद्धालुओं को दिशानिर्देश जारी किये जाते है जो पूरे मेला क्षेत्र में लगे लाउड स्पीकरों के माध्यम से जन-जन तक पहुँचते हैं.

कड़ी सुरक्षा व्यवस्था
इतनी भारी संख्या में मौजूद भीड़ की सुरक्षा के पुख्ता इंतजाम हैं. ए.टी.एस. की तीन टीमें, दो कंपनी आर.ए.एफ. तथा नौ कंपनी पी.ए.सी, पूरे मेला क्षेत्र में चप्पे-चप्पे पर कड़ी नज़र रखेंगे. वहीं जल पुलिस के 37 गोताखोर स्नान घाटों पर सुरक्षित स्नान हेतु तैनात किये गए हैं. विशाल मेला क्षेत्र में 1287 पुलिस कांस्टेबल, 190 फायर पुलिस के जवान, रेडियो पुलिस के 115 जवानों के साथ ही महिला पुलिस की वीरांगनाएं भी लगातार मुस्तैद रहेंगी.

 मौनी अमावस्या पर स्नानार्थियों की भारी संख्या को ध्यान में रखते हुए मेला प्रशासन ने १२ स्नान घाट तैयार किये हैं. जिससे आने वाले श्रद्धालुओं को संगम में डुबकी लगाने में विलम्ब तथा भीडभाड जैसी किसी परेशानी का सामना न करना पड़े. घाटों पर बेरीकेटिंग कर स्नान के लिए एक सीमा रेखा बना दी गई है जिससे स्नान के दौरान कोई डूबने न पाए. इसके साथ ही स्नान घाटों के आसपास अस्थाई चेंजिंग रूम भी बनाये गए हैं. जिससे स्नान के बाद महिलाओं को खासी दिक्कतों का सामना न करना पड़े. स्नान घाटों के किनारे बालू अधिक होने के कारण  भारी मात्रा में पुआल बिछा दी गई है. 

मेले में आने वाले भक्तों को कड़ी ठण्ड से बचाव के लिए मेला क्षेत्र में ४२५ टेंट के अस्थाई रैन बसेरों की स्थापना की गई है. जिनमें गर्म कपड़ों के साथ ठहरने की समुचित व्यवस्था की गई है. और साथ ही मेला क्षेत्र में मुख्य चौराहों तथा भीड़ वाले स्थानों पर अलाव जलाये जा रहे हैं.
किसी भी आपातकालीन हालात से निपटने के लिए भी प्रशासन ने कमर कस ली है. स्वास्थ्य संबंधी समस्याओं के लिए मेले में २६ एम्बुलेंस २४ घंटे लोगों की सेवा में तत्पर हैं, वहीं २२ चिकित्सालय मेला क्षेत्र में ही स्थापित किये गए है, जिनमे प्राथमिक चिकित्सालयों के साथ ही आयुर्वेद और होम्योपेथिक चिकित्सालय भी शामिल हैं....

......तो आप भी पधारिये संगम तट पर. और पावन गंगा-यमुना-सरस्वती के जल में डुबकी लगाकर खुद को पवित्र करिये. और साथ ही इस मेले में विविधताओं के संगम के अनूठे दृश्यों से रूबरू होइए और मेरा यकीन मानिये आप भी डूब जायेंगे इस भक्ति के संगम में- तन से,,, मन से ... धन से ..!
पधारो संगम तीर..............

Vinay Kumar Yadav
B.A in Media Studies
University Of Allahabad

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

An Accolade to “Aye mere vatan ke logon”


Lata Mangeshkar

A melody, which has quivered every one, which has evolved the emotion of nationalism, which is garden-fresh and esteem for all the extra ordinary people of “bharat”. A melody that was written, near seashore with a borrowed pen and paper did a miracle when the nightingale of India sung it.

27th January 2014 this song completed lifespan of 51 years. A tune that is soul excruciating for all the Indians went through a long age and renowned as the most touching patriotic song which was written by poet Pradeep and sung by Late Mangeshkar.

 The ditty, was engraved as a homage to Indian combatants who perished through the Sino-Indian War in 1962.Lata Mangeshkar, 84, splendidly intoned the song in the manifestation of Nehru at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, just a day after the Republic Day.

The song said to have stirred Nehru to sobbing as the battle had ruined just two months previously and its reminiscences were tranquil renewed. "Those who don't feel inspired by 'Aye mere watan ke logo' doesn't deserve to be called a Hindustani", said Nehru. The song received rave appreciation from across the country.

Lata Mangeshkar with BJP leader Narendra Modi at an event to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the patriotic song in Mumbai
BJP prime ministerial contender Narendra Modi led  over one lakh people in Mumbai on 27th January 2014 in their rendering of the jingoistic song 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon', which captivated the entire country after the loss against China in 1962. This track has gladdened our hearts," Modi said, reimbursing praise to the fabled singer at Shreshtra Bharat Divas Merriments at Mahalaxmi Race Course.

 The song vibrates even today…when we eavesdrop the song we emanate to know of what emerged during the battlefield, the tactic the ditty was carved and the vocal sound in arrears the song is such that even nowadays it senses that as if every martyr is alive and esteemed the history of warriors.

Apoorva Pandey
B.A in Media Studies
University Of Allahabad

Saturday, January 25, 2014

26 January : Republic India

 Indian Republic Day is an occasion that memorializes the day, 26 January 1950 on which the “Constitution of India” emanated to presence by swapping Government of India Act 1935.

This day is very momentous in Indian antiquity as on this day India turn out to be consensus from the ‘British Dominion’. Every year this day feted with much fervor throughout India with a great pomp & show. To smear the prominence of this juncture, each year a majestic pageant held in the Centre, from the Raisena Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Palace), along the Rajpath, bygone India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort.

The diverse squadrons of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force trudge past in all their insignia and official coronets. The President, who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, takes the salute. The Republic Day merriments have exactly become domain famous as one of the utmost lingoes on earth drawing thousands of excited sight-seers from all over the country and corners of the world.

No other nation in the globe can carnival so many anthropologically diverse persons in marvelous liveries as India's Armed Forces. Not merely army men but, from a toddler to a bloke every singular celebrate India’s republic day in altered flair. Still we are incompetent to comprehend the connotation of “REPUBLIC”. In country republic is only wedged with treks, salutation and emblem hosting.

Sensation of jingoism inundated our core on that explicit day and from next day, every sensation speeded out because for us republic day has now become a day of Break when we can sit at liberty in home and relish our day. When we see the economic, political and technical growth, we feel very muddled and so we move forth leaving these all behind, present condition of India is not so worth that it can painstaking as Republic. Corruption, rapes, undergrowth of social side etc are many issues that are really a snarl-up in saying India is a “Republic”.

In concrete India will be republic on the day it gain a constructive merriment not pomp & show. May our nation will become really ‘REPUBLIC’. VANDE MATRAM JAI HIND

Apoorva Pandey
B.A in Media Studies
University Of Allahabad

हर शाम सुरों का संगम

जहाँ सुर सात नहीं, सात हजार से लगते हैं

जहां मधुर ध्वनियों का संगम एक ऐसा संगीत आपके कानों में पिरोता है कि रोम-रोम खिल उठता है, एक सुकून, शांति में मन का पंछी अनायास ही गुनगुनाने लगता है. जहां हजारों भिन्न-भिन्न गीत मिलकर एक नया संगीत बनाते हैं. संगीत का ऐसा संगम दुनियां में और कहीं नहीं मिल सकता है. अनगिनत ध्वनिओं से बना साज़ हमारे मन को छू जाता है,. ऐसा ही एक शाम का सफर माघ मेला में संगम पर ये बता गया कि यहाँ संगम सिर्फ नदियों का नहीं है बल्कि इस जगत की संस्क्रतिओं, परम्पराओं के साथ ही संगीत का भी होता है.

अगर तड़क-भड़क गाने-बजाने से ऊब गये हों, तो गुजारिए एक शाम संगम तट पर, जहाँ मंद-मंद स्वर हवा में घुल कर बहते हैं. एक ऐसा संगीत जो ह्रदय में समाकर धडकनों से गुफ्तगू करता है. रोजमर्रा की भागदौड और शोर-शराबे से घायल कान की परतों पर मरहम लगाता है संगीत यहाँ. कहीं से बांसुरी की सुरीली धुन तो कहीं खनकता इकतारा, सितार की झनझनाती डोर और किसी भजन की पंक्तियाँ, जब एक साथ घुलते हैं तो जैसे कानों में रस घोल देते हैं, बस झूमने को मन करता है.

माघ मेले में मेला प्रशासन की ओर से पूरे मेला क्षेत्र में लाउडस्पीकर लगाये गए हैं, जिनका प्रयोग दिनभर तो खोया-पाया उद्घोषणा के लिए होता है. मगर शाम होते ही शुरू होता है मधुर भक्ति संगीत. साथ ही मेले में लगे शिविरों के अपने-अपने स्पीकर हैं. इन सैकड़ों शिविरों का भिन्न-भिन्न संगीत जब पूरे मेले के संगीत में घुलता है तो फिर संगीत ‘सारेगामा’ के बंधनों से मुक्त होकर स्वछन्द खिलखिलाता है.
माघ-मेले में प्रवेश करते ही आप के साथ-साथ सफर करता है एक सुरीला संगीत. जिसकी आहट भी नहीं होती आपको. आप चलते रहिये, संगीत धुन बदल-बदल कर आपके साथ-साथ  चलता रहेगा. इस संगीत की ये खासियत है कि न तो आपका ध्यान खींचेगा और न हीं आपको अकेला होने देगा.

जहां लाउडस्पीकर अपने नाम के अर्थ बदल देते हैं, उनकी आवाजें कानों से टकराती नहीं हैं बल्कि न जाने कब कानों से अंतःकरण तक उतर जाती हैं. और ये अद्भुत ही है कि जहां हजारों लाउडस्पीकर लगे हैं और शोर नहीं है. मेला प्रशासन के सख्त निर्देशानुसार लाउडस्पीकर एक निश्चित ध्वनि तीव्रता में ही बजाये जा सकते हैं.
किसी शिविर से ओउम के उच्चारण की ध्वनि, तो किसी पंडाल से सामूहिक वन्दना, तो कहीं से लोक संगीत की धुन, और कहीं आरती की जय-जयकार, मन के तारों को झनझना जाती है.
हर पंडाल अपने में विविधता समोए हुए है, हर शिविर से अपनी एक अनोखी धुन गूंजती है. कहीं प्रवचन में डूबे भक्त, तो कहीं भजनों पर तालियों का साज देते श्रद्धालु... कहीं आलाप में सुरों से खेलता गायक तो कहीं उँगलियों से सितार को छेड़ता वादक. अपनी सुध खोकर नाचते-गाते-झूमते स्त्री-पुरुष.... इस सफर में मन करता है बस यहीं ठहर जाएँ.... फिर आगे बढ़े तो सोचा यहीं.... हर पंडाल के दरवाजे पर कदम ठिठक से जाते हैं. और ऐसे ही करते-करते न जाने कब संगम पहुँच जाते हैं.

दुनियां में इतनी विविधताओं का संगम सिर्फ यहीं होता है, और हजारों सुर एक साथ मिल कर बनाते हैं- एक नया सुर. एक नया साज, और एक नयी धुन गुनगुनाती है. और जब ये सारा संगीत एक धागे में मोतिओं की तरह पिरोया जाता है तो स्वर्ग संगम पर नज़र आता है.

तो आइये चलें ऊब से सुकून की ओर... शोर शराबे से मधुरता की ओर... आओ चलें संगम की ओर .!

Vinay Kumar Yadav
B.A in Media Studies
University Of Allahabad

Sunday, January 19, 2014

India’s incredible supremacy battered

Ad agency Taproot physically recreated scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses.

The campaign simply and effectively captures India's most dangerous contradiction: that of revering women in religion and mythology, while the nation remains incredibly unsafe for its women citizens.
“Entreat that we never see this day. Today, more than 68% of women in India are fatalities of domestic viciousness. Tomorrow, it appears like no woman shall be sheltered. Not even the ones we pray to.”

India is incredible country not only with its diverse shades but also in pommelling their incredible supremacy “WOMEN”. Sighting the deteriorated ailment of country a query that strikes my mind: tomorrow this country will be left with girl or not? Even the one we crave will implore or not? Answer is nowhere even not in the stories of granny.


How can people hate with a foeticide inside womb of her mother are the people have completed waned from their cognizance.  Feminine foetuses are aborted and baby girls slayed after confinement, leading to a horrendously slanted sex ratio. Numerous of those who endure face discernment, bias, violence and abandonment all their lives, as single or married women.
UNICEF photo: The daughter of a sex worker, India.

When we talk about the country’s development we forget the incredible power of India at a recent survey it has been proved that ‘Countries that have expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and work in recent decades have largely achieved greater prosperity and moderated population growth while limiting child mortality and achieving social progress for all’.

This is a recreation of the goddess Durga, worshipped for her strength and invincibility.

From the confinement to the last immolation ceremony of parents, males are identify as God that if boy is not than how parents will attain “moksha”. Analysts say entrenched variations in social brashness are desirable to make India's women more dwindling and secure. There is profoundly engrained patriarchy and prevalent misogyny in enormous wraps of the nation. The state has been found inadequate in its fortification of women.

Delhi records fewer crimes against women this year

We say woman is symbol of goddess but looking at the contrary condition of women in nation where women body is only means of pleasure how can we protect our mouth by saying this ,that if the symbol is wounded then in future ill minded may abuse the one they entreat. The current surveys has exhibited a outrageously upshot :The assessment found that coarsely 12% of the missing women disappear at natal, 25% die in juvenile, 18% at the procreative ages, and 45% at mature ages. They found that women died more from "injuries" in a given year than while giving birth - injuries, they say, "appear to be indicator of violence against women".
Gulbar was burnt by her husband in Badghis province

fire burning
Expiries from fire-related episodes are a major cause - each year more than 100,000 women murdered by fiery instance in India. The scholars say countless cases could linked to demands over a dowry leading to women being set on fire. Exploration also found a hefty number of women died of heart diseases when ill humans scold them.
An Indian schoolgirl holds a placard during a prayer ceremony to mourn the death of a 23-year-old gang rape victim, at a school in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

These findings point to life-long neglect of women in India. It also proves that a strong penchant for sons over daughters - leading to sex selective abortions - is just part of the story.
Verses have assumed to influence that they can change everything but I contemplate that verses are also vague in altering depreciated outlook. At last I only want to say to the Incredible power that :

“A woman is the full circle.
Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

Female empowerment and extreme poverty reduction 

Apoorva Pandey


B.A in Media Studies
University Of Allahabad