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अरुंधति रॉय कौन है?

| Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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कश्मीर कभी भी भारत का अंग नहीं रहा: अरुंधति



अपने बयानों से हमेशा विवादों में रहने वाली लेखिका अरुंधति राय ने जम्मू कश्मीर के भारतीय संघ में विलय की वैधानिकता पर प्रश्न खड़ा करने के बाद कहा कि यह राज्य कभी भी भारत का अभिन्न अंग नहीं रहा.
राय विभिन्न सामाजिक संगठनों की ओर यहां कश्मीर से जुड़े विषय पर आयोजित एक संगोष्ठी को संबोधित कर रही थी.
लेखिका ने कहा कि कश्मीर भारत का कभी भी अभिन्न हिस्सा नहीं रहा. यह एक ऐतिहासिक तथ्य है. यहां तक कि भारत सरकार ने इसे स्वीकार किया है. राय ने आरोप लगाया कि ब्रिटिश शासन की समाप्ति के बाद भारत औपनिवेशिक शक्ति बन गया.






मेरे दोस्त अनूप तिवारी ने मुझसे पूछा अरुंधति रॉय कौन है?केंद्र सरकार क्या अरुंधति राय के खिलाफ ‘देशद्रोह’ का मामला चलाएगी? यह मांग भारतीय जनता पार्टी के वरिष्ठ नेता अरुण जेटली ने की थी और शुरुआती संकेतों के अनुसार, सरकार इस दिशा में कदम उठाने की सोच भी रही थी। भाजपा ने यह मांग क्यों की, यह बताने की जरूरत नहीं। लेकिन अरुंधति ने जो कुछ कहा है, उस पर जरूर थोड़ा रुककर समझने की जरूरत है। नक्सल ठिकानों पर गुपचुप जाने और उनके गुणगान में लंबा लेख लिखकर वह पहले भी विवादों में रही हैं। कश्मीर पर दिए अपने जिस ताजा बयान के चलते वह फिर चर्चा में आई हैं, कुछ वैसा ही स्टैंड उन्होंने डेढ़-दो साल पहले कश्मीर पर लिखे अपने एक और चर्चित लेख में लिया था। तब वह कश्मीरियों के आत्मनिर्णय की बात कर रही थीं।





उनका ताजा बयान कश्मीर के भारत में विलय पर सवाल उठाने वाला है और इसी कारण जेटली को ‘देशद्रोह’ का मामला उठाने तथा सरकार को ऐसे किसी कदम पर विचार करने की जरूरत महसूस हुई। कल फिर अरुंधति ने सफाई दी कि उन्होंने वही कहा है, जो कश्मीरी वर्षों से कहते आ रहे हैं। अब ऐसा भी नहीं है कि यह मसला पहली बार अरुंधति ने उठाया हो। गिलानी तो इसी बुनियाद पर राजनीति कर रहे हैं





और भारत सरकार समेत सारे लोग उनसे रिश्ते रखे हुए हैं। हाल ही में जम्मू-कश्मीर के मुख्यमंत्री उमर अब्दुल्ला ने भी यही स्टैंड लेने की गलती की और उनकी चौतरफा आलोचना हुई। लेकिन इन सबकी बातें राजनीति का हिस्सा हैं।





जबकि अरुंधति के कहने का अर्थ अलग है। पर यह हैरानी की बात है कि आज की दुनिया की हकीकत में किसी की तुलना में अच्छी जानकार लेखिका इस तरह का गैर जिम्मेदारी का बयान दे कैसे दे सकती है। अगर यह मान भी लें कि कश्मीरी भारत सरकार के तौर-तरीकों से बहुत नाराज हैं और पाकिस्तान के हिस्से में गए अपने भाई-बंदों के हाल से भी खुश न होकर ‘आजादी’ की मांग कर रहे हैं। पर आज की दुनिया में छोटे मुल्कों की स्थिति और कश्मीर में अभी चल रहे भांति-भांति के खेल को देखते हुए आजाद कश्मीर की दुर्गति की कल्पना मुश्किल नहीं है। और अरुंधति राय जैसे लोगों को भारतीय राष्ट्र के निर्माण और कश्मीर से भारत के जुड़ाव के हर पहलू का इतिहास मालूम होना चाहिए। कश्मीरियों ने मजहब के नाम पर बने मुल्क में जाने के बजाय भारत से जुड़ने का फैसला किया और तब दोनों ओर के जिम्मेदार प्रतिनिधियों ने विलय के प्रस्ताव पर दस्तखत किए थे। यह सब कहने के बाद भी अच्छा लगेगा कि अरुंधति की बातों को नजरंदाज किया जाए-मुकदमे और हंगामे का मतलब इस मुद्दे को बेमतलब महत्व देना होगा।


अंत में मै अरुंधति रॉय से यह पूछना चाहू गा की वह कहा थी जब लाखो कश्मीरी पंडितो को कश्मीर का बाहर फेका गया था।


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अरुंधति रॉय कौन है?

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Ayodhya -An Authentic Decision

| Friday, October 1, 2010
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The most significant feature of the much-awaited Allahabad High Court verdict is that it has overturned the only other judgment of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute: a Faizabad district court verdict of 1886. At that time, confronted by litigation that arose from Hindu-Muslim tension over the issue, district judge FEA Chamier ruled in March 1886: "It is most unfortunate that a Masjid should have been built on land specially held sacred by the Hindus, but as that occurred 356 years ago, it is too late to remedy the grievance."
It's a day the country has waited for months, years, why even a generation. And when it finally came, it turned out to be one that is truly secular in character. While seeking to settle the issue once and for all, the honorable judges have decreed that Lord Ram was indeed born at that particular spot and that it should be handed over to the Hindus. But at the same time, the court kept open the issue of ownership of the place.

On Thursday afternoon, a majority decision of a the three-bench court disagreed with the fundamental premise of Chamier. It held that because the Babri structure was built after demolishing a pre-existing Hindu temple in 1528, it couldn't really be regarded as a legitimate mosque, at least theologically. As such, it had absolutely no hesitation in endorsing the belief among large numbers of Hindus in the Awadh region that the disputed site was indeed the rightful inheritance of Ram bhakts. The High Court said that, ideally, the 70 acres of so of disputed property should be split three ways but that the Ram lalla (child Ram) idol should be allowed to remain at the site of what was earlier the central dome of the Babri Masjid.
The unambiguous verdict of the High Court was, to say the least, unexpected. Till Wednesday evening, the so-called secular forces and the Muslim leadership were insisting that the verdict would establish the majesty of the Constitution and the highlight the non-negotiable nature of the rule of law.
After the verdict, their enthusiasm is distinctly less pronounced. It has been suggested that the verdict is a tacit legitimization of both the installation of the idols inside the Babri Masjid in December 1949 and its dramatic demolition 43 years later. If the Babri structure was a non-mosque since its construction in 1528, the crime of the kar sevaks was the desecration of a medieval monument and not a place of worship.
Undoubtedly, this interpretation of the dispute is going to be contested in the Supreme Court. That a section of the Muslim community is unhappy with the judgment is obvious. But far more significant than that is the fury with which the judgment has been greeted by the secular modernists. Apart from contesting everything that the "eminent historians" have been suggesting about Ram being born in Afghanistan or somewhere else and about the Babri structure having been built on vacant rock, the judges have attached greater weight to the Archaeological Survey of India report and to the weight of local tradition.
As for the Congress party, it was deeply apprehensive of what the judgment might be. They must be happy now as the BJP does not get to use the Ram Temple issue in future electoral contests to polarize the voters. The most immediate impact of this would be in the campaign for the Bihar elections.

But I am a bit disappointed by the statement of Zafaryab Jilani that he intends to appeal against the judgment in the Supreme Court. No question that he has every right to go to the higher court but i think Muslims as a community should realize that this is the rarest moment in the history of Free India and they will present a really historical example by accepting the decision as it is. History does give us rare moments to rise above the level and set the example for future generations. If they decide not to appeal, it will really be the greatest and proudest moment for all those who have strong belief in secularism and Sarva Dharma Sam Bhav.
This affords political parties the opportunity to fight for the transfer of the land for the construction of the temple and the mosque, thereby opening up a new issue even as it settled one. The judgment is a step forward but a very small one and it is difficult to predict now the complications that lie ahead. Yet it was gratifying to note that the rabble-rousers on either side were conspicuous by their absence.

There are no doubt maximalists on both sides who seek total victory for themselves and a total defeat for their adversaries. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has many such elements in its leadership. Its demand, made only a few days before the verdict, that Hindus must have unhindered possession of all 70 acres of the disputed site and that no mosque should be located within the municipal limits of Ayodhya, suggest an astonishing degree of narrow mindedness which is dangerous for the country. If these bigoted elements start interpreting the verdict according to their convenience, it will be only a matter of time before the whole atmosphere of India is vitiated and the Hindus lose the moral advantage they have at present.
It is important that quick steps are taken to allay all the misgivings of those who see themselves as the defeated side. There will be enough politicians and general busybodies who will suggest that the High Court verdict has menacing implications for all minorities—quite forgetting that the Places of Worship Act of 1991 make it impossible for an Ayodhya-type dispute to emerge in the future. There will be appeals to Muslim victimhood and the sinister suggestion that the community can never expect justice from a biased Hindu-dominated judiciary.
For the Hindus, the High Court verdict was a significant victory. Statesmanship demands that it shouldn't also be translated as a landmark Muslim defeat. The High Court verdict on Ayodhya should end a very troubled chapter of India's history and not initiate a new discord.


For me the most important fact has been the peaceful, mature reaction of the people of India. They have risen above the nightmares of the past and taken a historic stride towards our dreams for the future.But on 30th of September 2010 India proved to itself that as a society, as a democracy and as a grouping of ethnic diversity, it has reached that point where the anfractuosities of its blood-splattered history can be straightened by the obvious apathy of goal-oriented, forward-looking, self-centred young India of today and tomorrow.It is important to note that the judgement will come into force only after three months and the Centre will continue to hold the property as Receiver.It is a transparent and clear verdict over a 60-year-old complicated case. Now, it is up to the people of India to make the best of this historic verdict for peaceful coexistence. For me the most important fact has been the peaceful, mature reaction of the people of India. They have risen above the nightmares of the past and taken a historic stride towards our dreams for the future.


PRATEEK PATHAK
Student B.A in Media Studies www.pathakprateek.blogspot.com , www.prateekallahabad.blogspot.com

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Kashmir:A Satirical Issue

| Friday, September 17, 2010
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Seeing the present situation i can undoubtedly say that Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, home minister P. Chidambaram and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah are in a cockpit, so control things. They are together playing a very dangerous game. After the unfortunate deaths of over 84 people in J&K in the recent spate of violence, the trio instead of going after the perpetrators of the violence are trying to deflect the issue to the armed forces special powers act; its dilution or lifting it from some parts of the state.

Kashmir Issue is a disease which we adapted from very begging of our independence and in spite of so much of cure the disease has not yet vanished. Till the time this dispute has begun it has till now taken lives of more than 80 to 90 thousand lives of innocent populace.
I have listened to number of debates on this issue many state that this agitation is not for governance problems and administration but it is the result of erroneous behavior towards the youth of J&K. This turbulence is not at its peek. They on this point only pressurize government to exclude army interference in Kashmir. When the unemployment expel automatically the turmoil stop.


From my point of view, government should not day dream that automatically t
he crusade will disappear and everything will be in order. We all know that whether it is UPA government or NDA government in the past have treated Kasmiri's awfully. Time to time because of their political quandary and so that kasmiri's are happy both the alliances have constructed the situation so fallacious that now the ball is out of the court. Major amount of fund is available for the commoner of Kashmir in the union budget but if that money has not reached to the populace then question should be asked to the politicians and administrators of the state.


When questions are been raised on the Pakistan's involvement in the dispute. I am not at all in a doubt that it is included in some or the other way. Few days ago as we saw Pakistan and china's army drilling in POK area Pakistan is definitely involved in this so called agitation. In result of this only China have now started to call Kashmir as a impenetrable land.





Tomorrow when one journalist in a press conference asked Rahul Gandhi's interference he politely answered that Omar is taking right steps and i will not solve every issue of the country. From this articulation we can claim that central government definite that it will not take any big risk to stop this clash. It was also audible after the meeting of Mufti Mohammad Saed with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. But in his statement Rahul Gandhi also stated that Kashmir is arduous part to administrate so we should give time and support to Omar. I can only hope that this violence is fenced as early as possible. And government should not buckle under.

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Commonwealth Games

| Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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The 19th Commonwealth Games {CWG}can be undoubtedly termed as most corrupt games ever. From treadmill to the tissue roll, these are charges of corruption of everyone involved in games from top to bottom. Calling these games Corruption games or Crying Games will not be incorrect.  The best we can do as a citizen of INDIA for this festive-fortnight mostly, is a test event for Indian Olympic Administration and specially Mr. Suresh Kalmadi. There are allegations of massive corruption in the construction of DDA flats, MCD road projects, the Cannaught Place beautification project, Commonwealth Games Village and most recent Sponsorship programme seeing the present trend India is appearing not much different from a Banana Republic. The lack of accountability in the system and lack of action taken makes us ashamed as an Indian.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was selected in the top ten world leaders by NEWSWEEK but what’s the point of having an honest P.M if he is powerless to stop Corruption. The charge of corruption is on the officials of every grade. Corruption is now being accepted as way of life in India bit its not about taking a gas connection or water supply for our own household. It’s about nation’s pride. We generally come across articles and speeches where we compare ourselves with China. But if we look at Olympics in China everyone was talking about great design, infrastructure, world class facilities, English conversing volunteers, what a show it was.  Nobody talking about the wisdom to host the games at such a mammoth public expenditure, there is no point hosting the games when India with just 3-4 medals in Olympics is yet to be reckoned as a potent sporting power. The politicians and the bureaucrats choose to host this event and during the preparations will fully delayed things so that they can make big Corruptions money by awarding distressed contracts and accepting sub-standard work at the 11’th hour. Now it’s seems that the situation has gone out of hand so some extent with the 28000 thousand crores spent on CWG, there could have been very useful infrastructure built, even for impound for sports and Indian sport’s man winning at any international event’s could have made us much more proud than the news of massive corruption.  Just compare this to the 1982 Asian’s games. In just 20 months,5 new brand new sport’s complexes and state of the art staid were erected apart from the renovation and expansion of 12 existing others. Forty-nine agencies were involved, yet work happened since there was accountability fixed Buta Singh under the guidance of Rajiv Gandhi. Seeing present scenario India has learned nothing from past experiences.  These games of corruption can also be said as MHAHABHARATA of corruption. But where are Krishna and Arjuna who will take thev responsibility in cleansing the system who will save our country from comp[arision to the banana republic .Nobody can escape from his/her responsibility whether it’s shila,kalmadi,sonia,manmohan or any one. If the 2010 CWG can give us legacy let it be to have Indian sport’s finally focus on it’s champs not its chumps.

Commonwealth Games

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