Monthly Archive May 2018

Peace, Nation and Fire within…

‘दो न्याय अगर तो आधा दो, पर, इसमें भी यदि बाधा हो,
तो दे दो केवल पाँच ग्राम, रक्खो अपनी धरती तमाम।
हम वहीं खुशी से खायेंगे,परिजन पर असि न उठायेंगे!’
Nearly a decade ago I read these lines in my Hindi textbook, often wondering why Krishna, who was master diplomat went with this irrational proposal when he knew that Duryodhana wouldn’t change his stance. Perhaps I realized now, there are some with whom you can’t reason with. It took Krishna this elaborate shenanigan to make Pandavs understand. I wonder what it will take us Indians to understand this again. India is standing on the crumbling plate, surrounded by enemies within and around. The only way to survive it is to outfight all but often opposition comes from within. Whether it’s in form of criticizing army in Kashmir or incubating terrorist camps in UP & Bihar by the secular government or most recent siding of West Bengal’s CM with Rohingyas. In the process, she completely ignored all the protocols and federal structure. The whole thing was done merely for some votes & while giving it a communal angle. With recent evidence unearthed by Amnesty International about Rohingya’s involvement in mass murder of Hindus in Mynammar, it was the first time Amnesty brought it forward while NSA was shouting it from a while ago. Maybe the problem is we Indians never appreciate what we have, we love patriotism only in the movies and unable to take a stand even on a basic issue. I can understand parties with different ideologies winning and losing the political battle but I am unable to understand how in my country people are able to criticize the nation and side with enemies while enjoying VVIP and star status. A lot to learn from Israel and to end a few other lines from the same poet: 

‘क्षमा शोभती उस भुजंग को जिसके पास गरल हो
उसको क्या जो दंतहीन विषरहित, विनीत, सरल हो।’