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भगवा अतिवाद बनाम मुस्लिम आतंकवाद

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सहिष्णुता बनाम असहिष्णुता

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वैचारिक, बौद्धिक, सामाजिक असहिष्णुता की बढ़ती घटनाओं के विरोध में, साहित्यकारों के विरोध को, मोदी विरोध, सत्ता विरोध, वामपंथ बनाम दक्षिणपंथी विवाद का रंग देने का कुत्सित प्रयास किया जा रहा है,

सभी सम्मानित लेखकों को कॉंग्रेस और वामपंथी कह कर अपमानित करने का जो प्रयास चल रहा है, वह देश में कलम और कलमकारों को दबाने और कुचलने जैसा है…

क्या वामपंथी विचारधारा, या कॉंग्रेसी विचारधारा से जुड़ा होना कोई पाप है…

कोई विरोध न करे, अगर करे तो वह राष्ट्रद्रोही है, यह कैसी असहिष्णुता है?

विरोध के स्वर सुनने का साहस नहीं है…

कांग्रेस ने जो गलती की थी बाबा रामदेव को गिरफ्तार करने का प्रयास करने और अन्ना हजारे को गिरफ्तार करके; 

भाजपा और उसके आनुषॉंगिक संगठन, वैसी ही गलती की पुनरावृत्ति करते हुये बौद्धिक चेतना को दबाने का प्रयास कर रहे हैं…जो निंदनीय है

और इसके दुष्परिणाम आने वाले समय में भाजपा को चुनाव परिणामों में भुगतने पड़ेगे…

सही को सही, गलत को गलत कहने का साहस

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Kalburgi Killing :
Writers protest against Sahitya Academy

With the investigation team making no progress in probing the murder of noted Kannada writer and rationalist Dr. M.M. Kalburgi, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took the police to task for the delay in identifying the culprits.

Dr. Kalburgi was gunned down in his home on August 30 in Dharwad. The involvement of Hindu right-wing activists is suspected, but the police have not arrested anyone in connection with the case. There is pressure on the police to crack the case.

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Govind Pansare

Who killed Govind Pansare?
He waged a long battle against superstition. He was the communist who also engaged with the caste question.
Written by Ram Puniyani | New Delhi |
Updated: March 11, 2015 8:30 am
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It’s been nearly a month since senior CPI leader Govind Pansare was shot. But police remain clueless about the murder. Following pressure from the opposition, the Maharashtra assembly on Tuesday adopted a condolence motion for Pansare. A rally has been planned in Mumbai today to protest the tardy progress in the investigation. There is a widespread belief that the authorities haven’t done enough to trace the assailants or unearth the motive behind the murder.
The first question that came to mind when I heard of Pansare’s demise was who might have killed him, and why such a saintly person would have been targeted. He was shot at on February 16 in Kolhapur while on his morning walk, accompanied by his wife. He passed away five days later in hospital. His wife has since recovered.
All through his life, Pansare had rubbed the conservative sections, the Hindutva forces in particular, the wrong way. In a lecture at Shivaji University, Kolhapur, in January this year, he had opposed the glorification of Nathuram Godse, the murderer of Mahatma Gandhi, as a nationalist. He reminded the audience that Godse was part of the RSS. He had invited the wrath of Sanatan Sanstha, an organisation under the scanner for blasts in Thane and Goa. The organisation had even filed a defamation case against him. Pansare had received threats in the past. Months after the murder of rationalist leader Narendra Dabholkar, Pansare received a letter that warned that “tumcha Dabholkar karen (you will meet the fate of Dabholkar)”. Pansare, an indefatigable fighter, continued his campaigns nevertheless.
The issue that angered the conservative sections in Maharashtra was his interpretation of Shivaji. In a lecture on Shivaji last year in Pune, Pansare had regaled the audience by narrating the life and work of Shivaji in an insightful and entertaining manner. His presentation was a refreshing contrast to the interpretations made popular by plays like Jaanata Raja and the narrations of Shivaji propagated by communal elements. In these narrations, Shivaji is primarily an anti-Muslim king. It has been popularised in Maharashtra that had Shivaji not been there, Hindus would have been forcibly circumcised and converted to Islam by Muslim rulers. Pansare, through his painstaking research, presented the true picture of Shivaji in his Shivaji Kon Hota. This book has gone into several editions, multiple translations and sold over 1.4 lakh copies. In his Pune lecture, Pansare elaborated how Shivaji respected all religions and that many of his bodyguards as well as his secretary were Muslims. He highlighted that Muslims constituted nearly one-third of Shivaji’s army and his cannon division chief was one Ibrahim Khan. In addition, many generals in his army were Muslims, who are still remembered fondly in many parts of Maharashtra.
A communist eulogising a feudal king! This paradox becomes clear when he elaborates on how Shivaji cared for the welfare of his rayyat (toilers) and reduced the tax burden on them. Shivaji’s respect for women stands out prominently in Pansare’s interpretation. How he sent back the Muslim daughter-in-law of Kalyan, who was brought as part of the plunder, is a legend of sorts in Maharashtra. Incidentally, Hindutva ideologue V.D. Savarkar criticised Shivaji for “letting go” this Muslim woman and thereby throwing away the chance to take revenge for the humiliation of Hindu women at the hands of Muslim kings.
Pansare wrote extensively on a range of subjects, including caste and the rights of minorities. He was always alive to the issues of the masses and was at the forefront of the agitation against toll tax in Kolhapur. As a communist, he did not interpret Marx and Lenin in a mechanistic fashion. For him, Shivaji, Shahu Maharaj and Jyotirao Phule were important ideological guiding forces. He looked at the contributions of Shahu Maharaj and Phule as aiding the process of social equality. He actively engaged with issues related to caste and religious minorities. In a way, by addressing these issues, he was underlining one of the major factors related to the failure of the Indian Left.
Though leaders like Pansare identified with leaders like Shahu Maharaj, Phule and Babasaheb Ambedkar, major icons of Dalit and OBC struggles, the communist Left has not seriously engaged with the caste question. In a caste-ridden society like ours, one cannot empower social movements unless caste is factored in. This is a message from Pansare’s life that needs to be remembered and integrated in the strategy for social change in India.
The pattern of attack on Pansare recalled the murder of Dabholkar, who was shot on August 20, 2013. These outstanding social activists were rationalists and worked on the ground against superstitions. In both cases, the attackers were gunmen who arrived on motorbikes when the targets were on their morning walks.
The writer, formerly with IIT, Mumbai, is associated with various human rights groups.

Tej Prakash, Lucknow, U.P., India

रावण दहन के पहले…

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राम की रावण पर जय में लोग रावण की चर्चा अधिक क्यों करते हैं, रावण को राम से अधिक महत्व दिया जाना, समाज में मूल्यों की अवनति को दर्शाता है|

भले ही रावण का दहन किया जाता हो, फिर भी राम की अवहेलना हो रही है|

क्या रावण का वध करना कोई सहज है? रावण का वध कोई हंसी खेल नहीं है|
रावण का चरित्र, एक पथभ्रष्ट भक्त का है, जो तपस्या और त्याग में अतुलनीय है, परन्तु लोभ और अहंकार के कारण, पतनोन्मुख होकर, भगवान शिव के आराध्य श्रीराम की पत्नी मॉं सीता का अपहरण कर बैठा, परन्तु उसने मर्यादा का उल्लंघन नहीं किया|

परन्तु रावण कायर है, सीता माता का अपहरण छलपूर्वक करता है, अपने सभी पुत्रों, बन्धु-बान्धवों के मरने तक, भगवान राम से युद्ध करने नहीं आता है, अन्त में जब युद्ध करने पर बाध्य हो जाता है, तब मारा जाता है|

दशशीष होने पर भी एक शीश वाले राम से पराजित होता है, क्योंकि राम गुण, चरित्र और निष्कामता में अद्वितीय मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम हैं, इसलिये अहंकार, क्रोध, स्वार्थ और लोभ के प्रतीक रावण पर जय प्राप्त करते हैं|

रावण के दुर्गुणों का नाश होने पर, लक्षमण जी को ज्ञान लेने के लिये भेज कर, पारस्परिक विद्वेष की भावना रख कर, ज्ञान का सम्मान किया|

अतः आज जब जब हम रावण का दहन करने के लिये बढ़ें तो पहले सोचें कि रावण कौन है, क्या हमारे आपके अन्दर बैठा विद्वता का अहंकार रावण नहीं है, हमारे समाज की बेटियों को दहेज के नाम पर मारने वाले लोभी लोग क्या रावण नहीं हैं, कन्या के पैदा होने पर,उसे मार देने वाले राक्षस क्या रावण ही नहीं हैं, रावण की भॉति हमारे समाज में बहू-बेटियों के जीवन का संकट बनने वाले रावण नहीं हैं?

इतने रावणों के शेष रहते, लकड़ी, कागज और पटाखों से बने रावण के पुतले को जलाकर, क्या कहीं हम स्वयं को धोखा देने का प्रयत्न नहीं कर रहे हैं?

रावण के अनेक रूपों में से कुछ रूपों को आपने देखा समझा होगा, समाज के हित में उनसे सभी को परिचित कराने हेतु आपके कमेंट्स आमंत्रित हैं…

Tej Prakash, Lucknow, U.P., India

Be Vegetarian & Humanitarian

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Today is the day when crores of animals are sacrificed for the sake of memory of an incident of miracle observed hundreds year ago, at the time of a famine in Arab country.

Then people were dieing in lack of food, they went to their spiritual leader to take the permission of eating non- vegetarian food, but he denied, he asked to Allah (the God), God permitted sacrifice of the dearest thing he has, he decided to sacrifice his son, because  he was the dearest to him.

When he was praying to God for accepting the sacrifice, and closed his eyes, he cut the head of his son, but when he opened his eyes found that there is a goat (Dumba) in place of his son, his son was saved by this miracle.

After this bloodshed, he was not happy and  not agreed to take the meat as food, only touched it by a finger and touched that finger to his tongue.

After so many years, when there is no famine, we are still cutting crores of innocents, for the sake of memory of that sacrifice permitted of his son.

Do we believe in God, Allah, if yes then why not dare to cut our child for the sake of sacrifice of God?

No we wouldn’t, because we know that this will not going to happen again, no Dumba will come to save his life, because we have no faith like that spiritual leader.

We must know some facts behind this story of real incident :

1. He was a strict vegetarian.

2. He was not agreed to sacrifice any innocent animal, for the sake of hunger even in the condition of famine.

3. God had agreed to accept the sacrifice of the dearest.

4. Even after the sacrifice, he was not happy to see the blood and flesh, because of his tender heart and humanitarian outlook.

5. We must have followed his real instinct.

6. We all must be vegetarian and humanitarian.

Tej Prakash, Lucknow, U.P., India

अधर्म का विनाश करते समय अपना पराया नहीं देखना चाहिये, व्रत का अर्थ समझो!

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परित्राणाय साधूनां, भलाई की रक्षा करना| कृष्ण कथा, कृष्ण के रूप में नारायण हैं, राम कहें तो भी वे नारायण हैं| जब हम राम के नाम से उनकी कथा सुनते हैं तो वह रामायण बन जाती है जब हम कृष्ण के नाम से कथा सुनते हैं तो वह गीता बन जाती है|

जब अज्ञानता का अंधकार होता है तो परमात्मा की ज्योति आती है|

भगवान कर्म बन्धन से बंधे हुये, कर्म फल भोगने के लिये अवतार नहीं लेते हैं|

जन्म लेने से पूर्व ही दर्शन देकर, गोकुल पहुंचाने का आदेश दिया था| पैदा होते ही हथकड़ी बेड़ियॉं खुल गये, यह संसार रूपी कारागार में यह सोच कर बैठे रहते हैं कि ये बन्धन खुल नहीं सकते, तो यह समझना चाहिये कि बंधन उनकी कृपा से खुल सकते हैं|

अगर हमारे मन में भक्ति भावना है तो अन्तर्यामी हैं वह जो हमारी भलाई की वस्तु ही देता है|

लेकिन जो बुद्धिमान है भक्त है वो भगवान को ही पाना चाहता है|

जैसे माता देवकी ने भगवान को अपनी संतान के रूप में मॉंगा, तो भगवान ने स्ंतान के रूप में अवतार लिया|

चिंगारी से भी आग लग जाती है, इसी तरह बालक रूप में होने पर भी वे सर्वसमर्थ हैं|

जब वसुदेव भगवान को सूप में लेकर यमूना जी को पार करने लगे तो उस समय यमुना जी की लहरें ऊँची उठने लगीं, क्योंकि वे भगवान के चरण छूना चाहती थीं|

जिनकी इच्छा से लहरें उठती हैं, वे लहरें भीं भगवान के चरण स्पर्श करने का सौभाग्य नहीं छोड़ना चाहती हैं, जब भगवान ने उनकी इच्छा को पहचाना तो उन्होंने अपने चरण लटका दिये|

भगवान की रक्षा कोई नहीं करता, भगवान सबकी रक्षा करते हैं तभी तो जन्म लेते ही वे स्वयं सारे ताले हथकड़ियो को खोलकर गोकुल पहुंच गये|

कहते हैं कि धर्म के अनुसार किसी का वध करना उचित नहीं माना जाता, लेकिन जो अधर्म का कर्म करता हो वह स्त्री हो पुरुष हो, किसी भी जाति या समाज का हो, वध योग्य है|

पूतना के वध करते समय भगवान ने अपनी अॉंखें बंद कर लीं इससे यह शिक्षा दी कि अधर्म का विनाश करते, समय अपना पराया, नहीं देखना चाहिये|

उत्सव का अर्थ होता है, व्रत रहने से क्या अर्थ पूरा होता है, माता देवकी तो इसलिये लोग उपवास था क्योंकि वे तो कारागार में थीं|

परन्तु हमारा व्रत यह होना चाहिये कि हम ऐसा कुछ नहीं करेंगे जो उनकी इच्छा के विरुद्ध हो, वही करेंगे जो उनकी इच्छा है| श्रीकृष्ण की पूजा करते हैं परन्तु गौओं से प्यार नहीं करते हैं| अतः यह मानकर पूजा करो कि वे हैं|

क्लैव्यता है तुम्हारी कि मानसिक दुर्बलता को छोड़ो, हर वह पर्व तुम्हारे लिये उत्सव का होगा जब हम किसी दुर्बलता का त्याग कर पायेंगे|

भगवान आज भी वही हैं, क्योंकि हम ये मा न कर उनकी पूजा नही करते कि नहीं हैं|

वह परमात्मा सभी प्राणियों  में समान रूप से विद्यमान है|

जब तक श्रीकृष्ण नाम को धारण नहीं करेंगे, तब तक वह हमारा सहारा नहीं बनेगा|

मेरे तो गिरधर गोपाल कहने वाली मीरा  ने गोपाल को हृदय में धारण किया था, तभी तो विष भी हंसते हुये पी गईं और विष का उन पर कोई प्रभाव भी नहीं हुआ|

Tej Prakash, Lucknow, U.P., India

Knowledge

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What is the meaning of knowledge.

What we know about anything is knowledge about it. It makes us aware about the qualities and characteristics of that thing.

But that is also incomplete, as deeper researches reveals new facts about it by scientists.

In jain mythology there is a story about four blinds who were sharing their experience; one touched the tail of elephant and told that Elephant is like a thin robe; the other found the trunk of it and shared that it was like a stem of a tree, the third one found the ears of elephant and said it was like a bouillon, the fourth one caught the legs of elephant and told it was like a trunk of a tree.

All of them were having incomplete knowledge but were very much confident about their own experience.

This is the way, how we get prejudice about anything, form a firm decision without leaving any gap for second opinion.

This is what, we can say sophistry, this keeps us miles away from truth.

Only one aspect is incomplete knowledge.

One who has attained the blissful wisdom, always happy to add new chapter to his knowledge.

Hindu mythology says, Knowledge is wisdom, which relieves us not binds.

Knowledge which gives us feeling of knowing is ignorance, who knows, comes to know that he found only a few precious stones of this sea of knowledge.

Knowledge is like a see, so we must be free from feeling of knowing, we should always be prepared to attain the new gems of this sea.

Each gem has its significance, so don’t underestimate it.

Most precious stones are found underground, and only a goldsmith knows the real value of it.

Every precious stone has to pass an examination process, and to undergo trials then it gets a price tag.

The best teacher is our life and best sessions of understanding knowledge are trials and the so called bad time. This time shapes us, cuts unwanted, adds new dimensions and glow in our life.

Tej Prakash, Lucknow, U.P., India