It dates back to ancient times and the culture on this front has already blossomed to pinacle after Adam and Eve arrived on earth or say, as quoted by Jaishankar Prasad in his Kamayani, Manu and Shraddha.That day onwards the phenomenon has travelled in much larger a measure and the current generation of humanity is fondly enjoying it cosily and with much greater an enthusiasm and anxiety.No body can evisage as to what shape it would acquire in days to come. Rahul Sankrityayan describes in his masterpiece Volga to Ganga an instance narrating that an young man requisitioning sex to a woman who responds “…Look, only yesterday I had it with another man and have agreed for today also to sleep with some body else. You can take the chance after a few days from now”. With media so active on this front, today that sort of modus operandi so much in vogue, there is nothing left to be resorted to in relation to romance and sex. The moment you open your laptop, you get face to face to a mammoth crowd of aspirants seeking love and sex and your email is flooded with such naked and nude propositions and one cannot afford even a sort out at the cost of your otherwise the genuine mails warranting your attention to the work related issues. If the scenario in the offing improves further, it is a sheer abuse of the culture likely to hamper India’s cultural heritage.
It’s a mirage in itself as to what the world as a whole is and what is the purpose which it stands for. Is there some God who created it or it just emerged at its own with or without any massive volcanic eruptions devastatingly colluding with one another and the resultant mass was called the world. But authenticity part on this version is still sans an acceptable truth. What historians and anthropologists talk on the subject is all guess based. The role of the mythologists too has worsened the confusion in a form worse confounded.
We can of course talk about the real world of which we are the inhabitants, we can visibly see it, we can use it, we can share our views with one another candidly and frankly, and above all we can secure some little space somewhere as our own with plenty of ifs and buts to add or subtract from any where to any where. If it suits Jigar Moradabadi, an eminent Urdu poet he fumes and frowns saying “…na jaane kidhar se na jaane kidhar ko, azal se abad tak baha jaa raha hoon…”. As if it was not enough, Shakespeare finds the world as a whole suffering from loopholes and his Hamlet proclaims that he is the one born to set these disorders fixed. Hamlet cries with a shriek “The world is without joints and I am born to set it right”. The world continues the way it suits it and the critics have no pause against whatever they could at the maximum, say beyond a limit. We may have to keep ourselves contended that there are actually two worlds –one that we could never see and the other one that we could see with snags at every step.
Like every body wants every thing in the world they equally aspire, nay hanker, for an elevated recognition irrespective of the fact whether or not they are able to retain even their zero level. Why such fancies and of what advantages except a meaningless exposure for self?. A great Ram Leela used to take place in my Village at a large scale with a big fun fare and jointly with other boys I too used to be there all the days Ram Leela continued. It was all so interesting
The committee organised Raj Darbar with Raja Ram himself present there to listen to the grievances of the people. One Pandit ji appeared (see picture) and after obeisance started narrating his problem like ‘I am fully conversant in several of the almost all the alphabets of Devnagari script and despite thatno body calls me pandi ji’. Bhagwan Ram told him ‘don’t worry Pandit ji, go to the boys and when they look at you tell them loudly ‘Look boys, don’t call me pandit ji, and they would instantly start calling you ‘’pandit ji, pandit ji, pandit ji”. The trick worked and the boys in the crowd of the venue itself continued repeating the spree till late in the mid night. This one is just a frugal instance but the very propensity of men and women to secure more, rather much more, recognition in different modes bordering a lusty hanker is a menace beyond repairs.
As per the news flashed by the media, the ruling party BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) is all set to ban the Hindi Bhajans sung by the music legend Mohd. Rafi and several others in the film industry like Naushaad, Sahir Ludhianvi, Javed Akhtar, Shakeel Badayuni and a huge number of Muslim artists. The purpose? not legibly clear. But one thing is clear enough that the proposed list for the purpose begins with a Muslim artist and it ends too like that. The major chunk of Muslim populace in India have their faith in Ganga-Jamuni culture that recognizes both Hindus and Muslims totally at par without the least of any discrimination. The dialogues of the great epic Mahabharat, a maga TV serial in the past, were written by a muslim scholar, the top list of popular most Hindi bhajans were sung by Mod. Rafi with an astounding graph of popularity amongst the masses from all castes. Who can forget Hindu na banega na Musalmaan banega, Insaan ki aulad hai insaan banega: Kab logey khabar morey Ram baree der bhayee: O duniya ke rakhwaley: The shehnayee maestro Bismillah Khan once said to me ‘bhai mazhab ki baat to main karta nahin, main to itna jaanta hoon ki main Kashi ka niwasi aur Banaras sey kuchh lena dena nahin. Like that there are numerous instances quotable in volumes. If this contemplated version of the news is really implemented, this is only unfortunate.
Mirza Ghalib was, like Keats in English, a poet of romance and had nothing to do with politics or governance but what he wrote impliedly or otherwise applies quite much to the people in general in their life on this earth. An unending wait for the verdict on grievance used to be a valid ground for punishment for delay so caused at the level of the Qazees, the then magistrates in olden times. Much above Paleolithic age, we are greatly civilised a society today claiming to be ultra modern but certain practices like those in Law appear to be not only outmoded but utterly out of date with thousands and thousands of the victims groaning with pain for an awful delay in timely delivering the requisite judgment –for example Pensioners case in State Bank of India where nothing could be done by the courts even after a lapse of decades. This is all brutally callous. Wait and wait till eternity is the scenario. The pangs of pain like Ghalib said as quoted below equally apply to the victim pensioners knowing no end. Possibly a maga revolution is the need:
आह को चाहिए एक उम्र असर होने तक
कौन जीता है तेरी ज़ुल्फ़ के सर होने तक।
Society does undergo a change in course of time and it is changing fast currently. Clubs and gyms have mushroomed every where and a woman is no more confined to house hold activities alone –she is free in most of the cases to walk to some club or a gym of her choice selecting her partners in exercise the way she wants. Such a life pattern has been quite common globally in different developed countries now spreading its wings in a country like India, the country till now known well for its Vedic culture, a family based culture with a discipline. The new culture as it obtains now permits a free styled life hardly knowing any boundaries or limitations and all this is practiced in the name of neo culture. It is this style vagabondly kept in vogue that is responsible for a rupture in family relationship in the cases of many and it further results into disharmony and even divorce which has become feasibly a handy tool in relation to number of couples who otherwise had a healthy and well knit married life earlier. The gyms, says a report, are most popular an area where ladies from well to do families initially get familiar with their trainers ultimately leading to a close relationship including the sexual side. This, reiterates the report, leads to divorce in several cases ruining the otherwise normal husband and wife relationship. This is an aspect where the laws of the land are of no help and only a radical improvement at the level of the society can overcome the menace. The need is for the society to feel alerted and wake up.
As per news in the media, the heads of a love couple were severed in Pakistan for the simple reason that they had their love marriage against the wishes of their family members. Pakistan is otherwise known well for discouraging love marriages. The heinous act was performed treacherously. The couple was invited by the girl’s father on the pretext of blessing them on the auspicious event. When they turned up both of them were tied to a tree with ropes beating them mercilessly followed by severing their heads by the girl’s father himself who had the grudge that his daughter had married a boy 15 years older to her who was 16 and that he belonged to a caste lower to his. Matter is being investigated by the local police. In an era of 21st century when there is a global competition on who emerges as the best in relation to a progressive and ultra modern a society, this episode is in an extreme contrast to all that. Where are the advocates of human rights? Are they all in a deep slumber? Most condemnable an act like this is a hard slap on the face of those who claim that they are on way to becoming most progressive a society in the world. Twenty first century is not supposed to tolerate a society riddled with rigidities of an outmoded dogma which has already outlived its life. An enlightened society is the one that knows respecting any consensual love and not ridicule it.