In the three years that it has been in office, the present government has taken several decisions; some of them fired, some misfired and some backfired. A lot of discussion and media coverage has been given to nearly all of them. How far are the various claims correct would anyway be known in future. Among all this downpour of decisions, schemes and proposals, a small decision was also taken by the government, which did not attract that much media attention. Perhaps it was not that glamorous as GST or controversial like demonetization. Or perhaps presumably it did not directly affect most of the population. At least they thought so.
Over the last few months we came across several news items one after another related to what could be called as ‘parallel’ religion. The enormity of the issues was such great and the coverage in media was so exhaustive that not much is left for me to add. In addition to reporting the developments in the cases, there have also been thorough analyses and commentaries on various aspects of the issue. Continue reading
यदि किसी से “जो गरजते हैं वो बरसते नहीं” का अर्थ उदाहरण देकर समझाने के लिए कहा जाए, तो मेरे विचार से अधिकांश लोग वेंकटेश प्रसाद और आमिर सुहेल के द्वन्द्व का वर्णन करेंगे । घटना है बीस साल पहले 15 मार्च 1996 की । कितनी आश्चर्यजनक बात है न, कि सभी ऐतिहासिक घटनाएँ हमारी स्मृति के रसातल से 20 साल बाद ही सतह पर आती हैं । ओ हेनरी की इसी शीर्षक की एक कहानी है, और विश्वजीत-अभिनीत एक हिन्दी फिल्म भी है । बहरहाल, हम बात कर रहे हैं 1996 की । Continue reading
Today I would narrate the story of my first and only Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in 2003. This festival is not celebrated in the part of the country where I live. In our customs, we celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi that falls in the Kartik month. So it was out of added curiosity and interest that I accepted the lady’s kind invitation for a community prayer and celebration of the festival. It was indeed a very colourful event as the devotees and participants came from different parts of the country who communicated with each other in Hindi, English and C. I found that the basic essentials of this festival were the same as the one we celebrate in Kartik month, except the immersion part. That means, there was the same story telling, same prayers, and same aarti. Continue reading
— यदि आप हमसे पूछें तो रसखान जैसा कवि हिन्दी साहित्य में दूसरा कोई नहीं है । – कहकर उसने अपनी गर्दन को कबूतर के जैसे एक ओर घुमाया और सडक पर थूका, फिर अपने विचारों का सारांश बताया –
— लोगों को तो सूर, तुलसी, कबीर और आजकल निराला, दिनकर से आगे कुछ दिखता ही नहीं है । वरना रसखान को तो समझो बस रस की खान । – कहकर उसने फिर से थूका । Continue reading
I am writing to you after a long gap. A sudden unanticipated inflow of work kept me occupied for the last two weeks. Such unexpected change in work schedule is part of scientific research. The work is not yet finished, but now I am getting used to the extra work. It also means that a lot of routine work has piled up — cleaning, organizing, refreshing social contacts, and yes, getting updated with what is going on in the world. So I sat down and browsed through the large pile of newspapers looking for anything interesting that I might have missed. Continue reading