There are many a babas at Mahakumbh, Sangam, at Allahabad, and so is a baba called Computer Baba for the simple reason that he keeps a computer with him all the time, besides mobile phone. There are other Sadhus called Mobile Babas, as they invariably keep a mobile phone with them even while giving their darshan to their disciples. Computer Baba, his original name being Swami Namdev Tyagi, has a conviction that like all other developmental agencies in the world, spreading religious messages too needs necessary technological devices, mainly including computer. He keeps his laptop wherever he moves and does so even while delivering his discourses to his devotees. He also owns a helicopter which has been gifted to him by his followers. What about the austerity measures the seers are supposed to observe?. Computer Baba replies to this saying that those are the practices of the oblivious past, and nothing like that has any relevance in the modern context. Is he redefining the modes of religious pursuits?. He evades any direct answer to this but sticks to the point that every thing continues changing and different religions too have to fall in line with it without any exception. Looks some what funny!. True, computer is helpful in communicational areas exchanging different kinds of messages but it has no role in constructing the thoughts behind particular themes and messages. The seers are known as a symbol of austerity for several thousands of years and no religion ever taught luxury as the purpose of life. Any new definition in the name of modernity is just incapable of replacing the very sanctity of a religion. The kind of life Computer Baba is leading, or preaching, is a matter of sheer materialism and lust denounced by the saints who intrinsically had earned the title of seer-hood by their sacrifices for the sake of the humanity as a whole. Austerity, and not the luxury, has to become the quality of life, as the sages in the real sense preached in the past and are doing so presently. Any religion practised for some sheer luxury is no religion but just a business house.
Sounds too crude a punishment to the men concerned, but in fact this is possibly the appropriate punishment the perpetrators of rape deserve. This is what has since been suggested, and rightly so, by the National Commission for Women. The statement, as given by Mamta Sharma, the Chairperson of the NCW, is quoted below:
“Capital punishment is very important. I suggest that they should be made impotent so that they could repent every day of their life. It is very important and unless such punishments are meted out to the culprits, I don’t think women will feel secure in our country.”
The gangrape victim just the other day, a 23 years old paramedical student, is fighting for life in Safdarjung Hospital at New Delhi (India). She is better now, say the doctors, but still in a condition critical and vulnerable. The ghastly incident caused a big furore throughout the country and the issue rocked the Parliament where the parliamentarian in one voice, a rare occasion of unanimity on any issue, demanded death penalty for the rapists. Media gave it the first page coverage voicing the concern of the people in general in the matter most vociferously. The Indian Law provides the death penalty as a biggest possible punishment, but most heinous a crime as perpetrated by the rapists in the instant case demands some thing more. This shall be in the fitness of the things if rape perpetrators are given a life imprisonment in the meantime rendering them impotent to suffer the each day of their life. Some of the Panchayats, particularly in the rural areas of the country, are at their own resorting to such type of punishment by rendering the rapist or rapists concerned impotent, and this they do forthwith implementing the decision themselves the moment it comes to their notice. If the country doesn’t have necessary scope for the purpose in terms of the Law, this should be enacted afresh. The punishment so to be awarded to the perpetrators of such ghastly a crime like rape must be made lawful with immediate effect which the Parliament of the country is competent enough to do.
A FIR has recently been lodged with the Indore police against Karan Johar and Gauri Khan, Director and Producer respectively of the film ‘Student of the year’ on the allegation that they used some suggestive song in the film calling Radha as sexy with the result that the feelings of those believing in a particular oriental mythology, with Radha and Krishna (Lord Krishna) as their role models, are hurt. The FIR, which was lodged on a Court’s order, has been accepted. The love story between the two is considered to be eternally supreme. Lord Krishna had 108 wives but Radha was not one of them. She in fact belonged to some one else, but she was deeply in love with Lord Krishna, and so was he with her. There are different festivals observed every year worshipping both of them as the God and the Goddess. On every such occasion, there are raas leelas organised by the devotees depicting different scenes of their love. Raas leela is a Hindi word which means staging a romance with different romantic scenes. With a view to glorifying their romance as something of a supremely eternal nature, the devotees avoid any portrayal of direct talk on sex, but they do every thing that nears sexual involvement, and is suggestive in many ways. What’s wrong if English version of raas leela is used some where as sex oriented, meaning sexy.
What does being sexy denote? Dictionary defines it as ‘Arousing or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest’. True, there can be love with sex, or even without it. The latter is, for the sake of convenience and feasibility in any affair, given the name of an eternal love without any feeling of attachment. It just looks utopian and can’t stand the test in practical terms. Present day women, or say even men, feel quite elevated when they are recognized as ‘sexy’. Literally speaking, sexy is the one who has sex, and that is a biological truth which is out of question to be denied by any body, woman or man. That way, all are sexy. It is a different matter that the word ‘sexy’ has assumed much greater a significance and recognition as an object of elevation in the personality of the concerned men and women. This is how the current generation takes it and there is no logical a basis for raising so much of hue and cry on the very address like ‘sexy.
This is a topic so widely responded and shared by the readers through their comments and emails. Some of the readers, who are themselves good research scholars on Prithviraj Chauhan, like a reader who prefers himself to be called as Prithviraj, and they are the ones who are not only well read on the subject but are still doing marathon work adding a new perspective to the story every now and then through their comments. While going through these enormous sized comments running in several pages, at times I develop a feeling as if the topic is assuming proportions beyond history with a major tilt towards a robust romance emanating from Sanyogta as a source, as a sex symbol. My writer friend Prithviraj, in one of his comments, made a mention of how Mohd.Ghori, after he defeated Prithviraj Chauhan, used to have sex with the number of queens of the king so defeated as per his version, at one stage including Sanyogta. He even used to have sex with them even during the period they were having menstrual cycle, or yet even he used to sodomize them. At least I am the one who could never come across such a narrative in whatever large number of books I have gone through on the subject. Films and television serials have of course highlighted the romantic side bordering sex as a theme but they too have not vulgarised it beyond proportions. To me such an expression sounds to be nothing more than imagining what one could do as his obsession for sex. With due regards to Prithviraj, the writer and the commenter, I find myself unable to consider such a narrative essentially as a matter of history, imagination wise this could of course be an exception. As requested by Prithviraj (writer) himself, I have a mind to write more on otherwise much powerful a romantic side of the love story relating to Sanyogta and Prithviraj, later with an encroachment made by Mohd. Ghori, but this may not go beyond the precincts of grace and dignity of love, of course with justice to the very historical reality of the events.
I have no reason to disagree with the said writer on the fact that a large chunk of Indian territory was lost to invaders because of Prithviraj Chauhan’s over lust resulting into a situation where he was just unable to devote the required amount of time with a robust monitoring on war front against the enemy. I don’t take it as the said writer’s prejudice against Prithviraj Chauhan, I rather take it as a hard truth that cost freedom to the country.
Comments on this site of mine on the topic are in several hundreds, and I am requesting the readers to peruse them to the extent they can, as this may enable them to get apprised of the subject in its totality.
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Besides having been the ruler of India (1605-1627), King Saleem Nuruddin Jahangeer, has more of a reputation in history as most judicious a person, as he was much more strict a man in the matters of rules and discipline. Whenever there is an honest and fair a judgement/ decision given by some court or top men in the administration, it is branded as Insaaf jahangeeri even now, an equivalent to Daniel’s judgement. There is a question mark raised by many, including myself, if it was really a fact or just some praise as a matter of sycophancy in his days as a ruler. The saying goes that, as per orders of the King, there was a gong fixed outside the palace, and whenever it was struck to create an alarm bell, he used to come out personally to attend to the grievance of the caller delivering his judgement on the spot. Once a bull struck his horns against the bell creating an alarm sound, and when the King saw the animal as a caller, he felt surprised. What he imagined was that the animal must have been ill treated some way or the other by his master. He called the master, and thrashed him giving an order to give a better treatment to the bull.
If the story so narrated is really true, how it is that so judicious a king like Janhageer was instrumental in getting Sher Afghan, husband of Nur Jahan (Mehrunnishan) killed. An inscription, as I saw it, written on Sher Afghan’s grave at Burdwan (West Bengal) is indicative of it. In fact, Janhangeer felt highly infatuated towards Nur Jahan, an extra-ordinarily beautiful a woman, and he wanted to procure her somehow or the other to satisfy his lust, hence this planned killing. Most judicious a King like Janhageer thus succeeded in his designs to get Nurjahan finally causing her a situation to marry him. It’s a different matter that she virtually ruled the country as a queen in later years. What a justice?
A few lines from my otherwise a big poem are given here:
Bada naam Ooncha hai insaaf mein jo
Janhageer ke faisle ko bhi dekha
Hawis jis ne apnee bujhane ke khhatir
Tha Mehru* ke baghhe mohabbat ko loota
* Sher Afghan lovingly used to call Nur Jahan, his beloved wife, as ‘Mehru’.
A reader friend of mine made a request to me to write ‘more and more’ on the erotic measures of love between Prithviraj Chauhan and Sanyogta. He is not the only one to make such a requisition; there are several others who have been making a similar sort of request to me from time to time. What do they mean by erotic love? Obviously they are talking of erotic sex. I replied to him that this theme is robustly sex oriented and any attempt to work on it with due elaboration is bound to turn into a spam. I am, however, working a way out to see if something meaningful in this direction can be done without compromising decency and grace. Love and lust are just two different things; love is serene and lust is ridiculous, love is superb and lust is ludicrous and, ironically enough, both the sides are equally involved in the case of Prithviraj Chauhan and Sanyogta. The task is gigantic but as I have assured him and others, and as I don’t want to disappoint my important readers I may have to find out some tangible via media for the purpose ensuring that I am able to finally locate some necessary theme to accomplish the job in days to come through my subsequent post(s) on this blog.
I have been writing MyDiary for a long time and at times made certain notes on occurrences or the situations which I came across in course of following my routine schedules personally or business wise. One such instance is given below. Strange the incident sounds to look but more than that it is too callous an instance of rivalry. When I quoted the instance in my diary, it was what I could guess. I was told later that it was true.
Friday, October 09, 1998: While on a routine walk in the Pariavaran Park in the evening yesterday, came across a couple roaming with hankering for some shed or the other for romance but wearing an expression of disappointment for want of it. Lady of the man, though looking married, didn’t appear to be his wife. Explaining the circumstances for his abruptly leaving his main place of work (State Bank Employees School) today morning, gardener Rambabu told me in the evening that he had to rush to a cousin of his at Kalyanpur whose wife committed suicide for the reason that her husband had illicit relations with her own married sister and that both of them were missing for several days. Nothing like any tangible corelation between the two but both the occurrences when read together give a different picture, a painful one -the woman committing suicide has two issues to survive. As it reads on the face of it, the couple so roaming in the park with a hide and seek gesture was the one involved in the episode. Strange are the limits of romance.