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तुम्हारी कौम

बुरा हर कौम के साथ हुआ है, 
पर कसूर अकेले कौम का नहीं कहेंगे हम... 
भले ले लो केदारनाथ के मंसूर को या कश्मीरी पंडितों की ही बात को... 
लेलो बजरंगी भाईजान को, या पलघड के जवान को, 
कौमें बुरी नही हुआ करती...। 

मजहब नहीं सिखाता, आपस में बैर रखना, 
कोई मुल्क नही सिखाता, गद्दारी के पग चलना... 
क्यों मनुष्य भूल जाया करते हैं, एक धर्म का होने से पहले, 
एक देशवासी होने से पहले, है वो मात्र एक इंसान... 
और इंसान बदल जाया करते हैं। 

पर, उन इंसानों के साथ, कौमें या उनका देश नही बदलता, 
वो रह जाता है... शायद उनके इंतज़ात में, जो समझते हैं, 
बुरी कोई कौम या बुरा कोई देश नही शायद बसे कुछ लोग हैं। 
और बुरा हर कौम के साथ होता है, चाहें पले किसी भी देश हों... 

कौमें बुरी नही हुआ करती, 
वो होते हैं बस कुछ लोग... 
या शायद सिर्फ एक सोच... 

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वो जिंदा है

कौन कहता है इंसानियत मर चुकी है? वो अभी भी जिंदा है।
हाँ, थोड़ी सहम गयी है, थोड़ी ठहर गयी है… पर इंसानियत, जिंदा है..।
गुस्सा आता है देख, उन लोगों को, जो बाकियों की आड़ में रोना करते है…
दूसरी तरफ वो जो बुराई देख भी आवाज़ नहीं उठाते है।

अपने लोगों के लिए कुछ करना तो चाहते है…
पर संसार की बुराई का स्तर देख, थोड़ा रुक जातें है।

याद रखना, इंसानियत मरी नही, अभी भी जिंदा है,
लोगों के दिल में बुराई ही सही, कहीं ना कहीं अच्छाई का एक टुकड़ा जिंदा है।
और एक दिन कुछ तो बदलेगा… और रावण फिर से हारेगा।
सीता को हरने वाला नही, हमारे अन्दर छिपा, बसा रावण |

इंसान को जानवर बनाने वाला, दुनिया को बुराई की ओर धकेलने वाला रावण।
जिंदा इंसान को लाश बनाने वाला रावण… हारेगा।

तब मंद सी रोशनी दिखेगी… बाहर ख़ुशी से नाचती, एक चमक के साथ सर उठाती, एक सौम्य सी आवाज़ आएगी…
मैं जिंदा हूँ, मरी नहीं, मैं जिंदा हूँ… इंसानियत जिंदा है।

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विरासत

भीगी सड़के, लबों पे तेरा ही नाम...
जन्नत कहूँ या कहूँ सौहार्द,
रचना चाहूँ तेरे लिए मैं पैगाम |
कितने बरस हैं बीत गए,
खड़े हो तुम अब भी शान बन कर,
जड़ों से जुड़े शहर के बीच...
जहाँ कभी नवाबों के हुआ करते थे,
अब पूरे हिंदुस्तान के हो चुके हो|
ये बरसात गुनगुनाए गीत तुम्हारा,
शौर्य, गौरव, न जाने क्या-क्या थे तुम...
अब याद धुंधली भले हो चली है,
पर आज भी बड़े शान से खड़े हो तुम,
तुम्हे देख हर बार पर, आंखे चमक और फक्र साथ चला आता है।
विरासत को भूल ज़माना ज़रूर हो चला है,
पर उसे देख... सुकून जो साथ है ना, उसका अलग ही मज़ा आता है।
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साँझ:

ये अंधेरा घना, बेहद घना है... 
ज़िंदगी रुकी सी महसूस होने लगी है
कहीं कोई खौफ सता रहा है, 
कहीं डरावनी पिक्चरों की परछाई साथ चलने लगी है...

इतने होते हुए भी लोग अकेले हो गए है,
बस ये चील की आवाज़ें, ये जनाज़ों का शोर, 
शायद यही बचा है जो अब महसूस होता है |

बाकी गीली मिट्टी सूख चुकी, अब पत्थर कहाँ पिघलते है...
ये सन्नाटा भी सहन नही होता और वहाँ आवाज़ों का ढेर थमता नही, 
ये जनाज़े याद हैं दिलाते, कैसे शोर शांति में लिपट जाता है, 
कैसे सन्नाटा शोर बन जाता है |

किसी की ज़िंदगी रुकी सी जाती मानो, कोई आगे बढ़ जाना चाहता है,
कोई विलीन हो उठता है, कोई करुणा में बह चला जाता है... 
पर ये सत्य फिर सामने आता, महसूस सबको होता है।
अपनी धड़कन, उंगलियों का भारीपन, चलने की आहट, मस्तिष में बदलते विचार...
जब हर कदम महसूस होने लगे, तब नहीं सब कुछ भारी समझ आता है? 
शोर सन्नाटा हो जाता है, वहाँ घोर घन सन्नाटा शोर में विलुप्त हो जाता है।

PS. I started writing this piece with some different thought in mind but completed it with another one. There might be times when people criticize you or you feel they always do, but remember the fact that you are ‘people’ too. You got the opportunity to change the definition of ‘people’ for somebody else. Just remember the fact that nobody can possibly be with you forever but their wishes and words and shadow do remain.

People asking all over, why everyone gets to remember things only after something traumatizing happens… My friend, at times, it takes a shock to bring people back to normal, we’ve been so indulged in the race of victory, success and money and progress and life, that we forget what important we’ve left or that there might be someone who’s just a kind word away. And not just that people realize lately, it does come with some guilt, though not enough to bring people back. But what can be done is, knowing the fact that we don’t know how and where the person gone is, be there for those aggrieved. That has the power to make peace, I assure. Till time, be the People. Life is in the mid of extremes, just like the evening, neither too bright nor too dark… समय है साँझ का |

Just a kind word away!

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Sayonara..

Sayonara! A word that sounds great…
But has so much feels and pains.
Sometimes easy to say,
But not so, could stay.

Fights and laughs change to memoirs...
The blunders done, crack up!
The gear of new beginning,
With old fear of losing.
Regrets of none,
With tears quite earned.

Knowing the factual at end,
Grieve for the same ease (maybe that's a trend 😉
Break of emotional connect,
which can't be replaced or further met.

The journey too gave inspirational ones...
Or many became just fable,
As pages turned one beyond the other,
Life installed many more cadre.

A word that sounds great,
But has much feels and pains.
Sometimes easy to say...
But not could ever stay!
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हे चिरैया , है आशा की किरण

चिरैया, गौरैया, ना जाने तुम्हारे कितने नाम

फिर क्यों हैं लोग तुमसे और तुम्हारे घटते क्रम से अंजान?

क्या हो गयी तुम इतनी बेसुध और अंजान, कि कोई न जाने तुम्हे,पशु और इंसान?

क्या इंसानों में इतनी आत्मीयता भी नही बची, कि एक नज़र देख ले प्रकृति की ओर,बची है भी या नहीं?

पर आज की ‘हाईटेक’ दुनिया में, जहाँ लोग है एक दुसरे से ही अंजान,

क्या समय होगा इतना,की देख ले प्रकृति को एक नज़र, अपने को सुधार?

मत जाओ गौरैया, होकर इतनी दुखी और उदास, निकलेगा कोई तो हल, जिससे आएगी तुम्हारी आखों में चमक और स्थिति में सुधार…

थोडा़ सा और कर लो तुम इंतज़ार, थोडा सा और कर लो तुम इंतज़ार!

ज़रूर मिलेगी कोई तो आशा की किरण या दरवाज़े की चाबी, जिससे खुल जायेगा इंसानों की आख़ों का ताला…

जानती हूँ की समय लगेगा थोडा़, पर समय के साथ ही तो बदलती है ये दुनिया!

शायद,

नही जानते ये लोग, की जिस छोटी सी गौरैया को हर दिन अपने आंगन में चहचहाता देखा ,उसके साथ खेला, आज वही बेचारी जा रही है छोड़ के अपना बसेरा…

दिल है की पत्थर , थोडा़ ख्याल तुम भी कर लो, आँगन में पानी भर एक सकोरा ही रख दो,

बस, आँगन में पानी भर एक सकोरा ही रख दो…

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I was younger..

When I was younger... I wanted to be a cine star,                                                                                   walk on ramp, and roam in luxurious cars!
some years later... I aimed to be a doctor,
treat the patients and fly over a copter!

Then I thought, what about an air-hostess?
wear western-cloths and travel all around the whole world!
Started loving science of social,
Reminded the old school patriotism, wanna serve my country,
stop the corruption and punish the traitors!

I know it mightn't be innate and not a bed of roses too...
But, I know if your motives are true..., there's nothing to stop you!

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I Wanted To Be A Leader

Once I decided to be a leader.,

Not for any kinda fun nor was I a Traitor…

I just wanna do something for my family, much for my country!

Once I decided to be a leader…

Not for fun, but I wanted my turn,

Where I can safeguard people, do something for them, protect lil’ saples!

But then I remembered…

I’ve to cross elections too,

Will anyone be there to press the key for me?

Do I have anything to say in my achievement speech?

Have I been a player or won medals to show & admire?

May be Yes, May be No…

But I can tell that I’m a good person,

Maybe, others have much more qualifications,

But am proud of my Inner versions…

Once I decided to be a leader,

Not for fun, but just to make all one,

Just wanna be a leader,

Cuz I want my ideas to Feasible!

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बचपन….

मैं जीवन जीने के काबिल हूँ या नहीं,
बस मुझे जीना सिखा दो |
अगर लौट के आ सकता है मेरा बचपन,
तो लौटा दो उसे मुझे,बिना किसी अनबन...

वरना इस दुनिया में...
न तो ज़मीर रहेगा जिंदा,
और न ही कबीर करेगा बुराई की निंदा,
चाहे बन जाये कितना भी बड़ा गरीब(अमीर)...
कभी दिल में फ़क़ीर न होगा जिंदा!

जब लौट आएगा वापस हमारा बचपन...
तो और भी खुबसूरत, और भी ऊचाँ,

मेरे देश का नाम हो जायेगा, हिन्दू-मुसलमान नही,
सिर्फ इंसान ही इंसान पुकारा जायेगा | 
चाहे कितनी बार ही क्यों न गिरो, 
हर बार एक नया मौका मिलता जायेगा, 
ऐसा नही की गलती करने की आदत पड़ जाएगी, 
पर गलती करके सही रास्ते की पहचान हो जायगी |

रिश्ते भूल सिर्फ निंदा और लालच जानते है अभी सब,
जब लौट आएगा वापस हमारा बचपन,
तो मासूमियत के अलावा कुछ न रह जाएगा तब!
जिंदगी शतरंज सी हो गयी है, इसे सूडोकु के समान बनाना चाहिए,
हर मौके पर फतह नहीं,सिर्फ सही रहना आना चाहिये...




 

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Climate ain’t humane

“The sands of times have rendered fear, the Earth sings in the elegy and not the majestic, profound splendor is heard. The next time you look at it, don’t be shocked for its no more wondrous, lend it Peace, it’s tired!”

The regular change in the climate, like rain and hail in the mid of March or the dropping of temperature when it tends to be much high or the extreme rainfall, longer, warmer summers does create fear, if the earth or the human species is going to glide by.
Now, if at all, one can blame the humans for this or not, has been in question for a while; probably what Yuval N. Harari explains, in his book ‘Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind‘, talking about firsts in climate change, occurring due to human intervention in Australia, some 46,000 years ago helps. He says “within a few thousand years, virtually all the giants, like koalas, dragon-like lizards, vanished. Of the twenty-three Australian animal species weighing fifty Kilograms or more, twenty-three became extinct. A Large number of smaller species also disappeared. Australian ecosystem was broken and rearranged, being the most important transformation of the Australian ecosystem for millions of years”, he continues, “During the last million years, there has been an ice age on average every 100,000 years.”
“The giant diprotodon appeared in Australia more than 1.5 million years ago, survived the first peak of the last ice age, around 70,000 years ago. Why then, did it disappear 45,000 years ago (just after humans stepped in Australia)?” “But more than 90 per cent of Australia’s megafauna disappeared along with… The evidence is circumstantial, but it’s hard to imagine that Sapiens, just by coincidence, arrived in Australia at the precise point that all these animals were dropping dead of the chills” There have been more examples which may prove the guilt of sapiens, being the reason for the mass extinction of different species at a different level, for instance, The megafauna of New Zealand which survived all weathers but suffered devastating after the first humans set a foot on the island or the mammoth, which suddenly disappeared to extinction about 4,000 years ago, just when the first humans reached the island. Quoting the book, “The historical record makes Homo Sapiens look like an ecological serial killer.” And there’s less to prove that this doesn’t go along the reality. Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of biology.
Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections. One-third of plant and animal species could be gone in 50 years. Researchers studied recent extinctions from climate change to estimate the loss of plant and animal species by 2070. Their results suggest that as many as one in three species could face extinction unless warming is reduced.

If we go by stats, talking specifically of India, among the most populated countries, India will lose out the most from heat stress. The capital city of India, Delhi which had an Air Quality Index (AQI) ranging from 500-600 in winters, saw an AQI as low as 50, in this lockdown stage. Clear blue skies and empty roads which is seen right now, had become the rarest of rare sites in Delhi, which is always jam-packed with people; Closer home, residents of Jalandhar in Punjab, woke up to a scintillating sight of the Dhauladhar mountain range on one morning, around 2 weeks of the lockdown. They claim that this has happened for the first time in 30 years. Dhauladhar Range translates to the ‘white range’ and they form a part of the Lesser Himalayan range, which lie at least 200 km from Jalandhar, where a decrease in industrial activities and fewer vehicles on road, lead to this drastic yet beautiful change. According to the Global Climate Risk Index released by Germany-based think tank, Germanwatch, India is the 14th most climate change-affected country in the world. In many ways, India is paying for the excesses of the developed world. Long ago, these extreme disparities may have been solely blamed on nature’s vagaries, but now science has established that human-induced climate change is playing a major role. Climate change, caused by emissions from industries and other human activity, is making the world warmer, disrupting rainfall patterns and increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. Human species has ruined or soaked the earth to the level that now, people have started wondering if the coming up of coronavirus (COVID-19) was good, looking at a present scenario that the earth is healing. At the cost of more than 1L deaths till now, people are getting satisfied for life’s getting better with lessen destruction and more of healing that can be witnessed. So, how if sapiens really affect the earth and on what grounds can it be said that in future, humans going to live as long as they expect. If this is what arises in minds, are the humans sure enough that later in life, these sort of lockdowns will play a major role in frequent Earth-healing programs? None know but none who cannot foresee as well, it is high time people realize and recognize what humans have done to the earth and the rate of sustainability for future because finding keys for residing in a different planet won’t be as good a safeguard as trying to save this one with important measures and precautions. The world is at this level, that people don’t have time to think about their surroundings or how the lifestyle affects even them. It’s important or say, a necessity to think and work for a change because lately, simply money or technology won’t be saving one’s generation life further. At this hour of misery, it’s been asked to be caring and sympathize animals, why not understand the fact, that it’s not a sympathy thing but a responsibility, when we’re the ones responsible for them to lose their land and ecosystem (Remembering, being endangered always gives more hope than being extinct). If we knew how many species we’ve already eradicated, we might be more motivated to protect those that still survive.

The COVID-19 crisis has been led to this stage because our world leaders were busy denying its effects just like they deny the various aspects of climate change. The next time, the crisis may be the climate one. So for that, we should be ready. Recovery is possible only if we believe there’s a problem and if we’re ready to choose it over. It’s the eleventh hour for us to help and realize. “This situation shows us that we can change things if we need to. Climate change and the loss of nature are gradual processes and may be less visible, so its hard to point at it because it doesnt affect as directly as coronavirus is doing. But both show that we have to change our relationship with nature. A scientific paper, published in Nature, heralds a rare success in the reversal of environmental damage and shows that collective global action can make a difference. The study also hints that the full healing of the ozone layer.


Now, what to do, individually? Slow down a bit. Understand. Don’t exploit what you don’t have a right at. Give a day or two, in a few weeks to the earth, work from home once a while. Choose an activity you found to be the most productive (let it be, you did in the lockdown time period), which amaze you but does not harm the earth. Participate in goodwill programs; teach your family what’s important. Rest. Take a pledge of not using a product that exploits nature for a certain time frame, if not permanently. Work is important, money too, but what we’ll do if the Earth doesn’t survive at all? Feel nature, respect it.
As reportedly said, The Winbledon paid $ 2m. a year for pandemic insurance for last 17 years, out of which it got $ 141m. from the policy, as a result of cancellation of the event in 2020. A tennis tournament was certainly better prepared for a pandemic than the governments of the world. Informing how much the world talks about being powerful with regards to destroying another part of the world but way under-prepared and fall flat when coming to a virus like this. More policies and better thinking is what needs to be put in and persuaded for the plans of betterment and increase in the chances of survival, being the real superpower.

“If you don’t have the time to fix it, please don’t break it.”

“Perhaps the Earth can teach us as when everything seems dead and later proves to be alive. Now I’ll count up to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go.”