Saturday, August 1, 2020

हास्य-व्यंग मेरा नया धंधा


हास्य-व्यंग
                  
मेरा नया धंधा
-- अम्बा चरण वशिष्ठ 


बेटा:   पिताजी|
पिता:   हाँ, बेटा|
बेटा:   मेरी दुकान का काम तो चौपट हो गया है|
पिता:   क्यूं?
बेटा:   आजकल कोई ग्राहक आ ही नहीं रहा है|
पिता:   क्या हो गया?
बेटा:   पिताजी, आपको तो पता है आजकल कोरोना वायरस का प्रकोप चल रहा है| काम तो 80-80 प्रतिशत कम हो गया है| हमारी मार्किट वालों ने तो 60-60 प्रतिशत कीमतें कम कर दीं| अखबारों में इश्तिहार छपवाये  पर फिर भी  कोई सामान खरीदने निकलता ही नहीं है|
पिता:   बेटा, यह महामारी है ही ऐसी नामुराद कि सब घबरा गए हैं| अभी तक तो इसकी कोई दवाई-उपचार भी तो नहीं निकला है|
बेटा:  उलटे कई तो वह डाक्टर भी इसके शिकार हो गए हैं जो जनता की देखभाल कर रहे थे|
पिता:   बेटा, इस बीमारी  ने तो बड़े-बड़ों को नहीं बक्शा है| अनेक देशों के स्वास्थय मंत्री, प्रधान मंत्री तथा अन्य गणमान्य व्यक्ति भी इसकी चपेट में आ गए हैं|
बेटा:  इस महामारी से तो जल्दी छुटकारा मिल पाने की आशा भी तो नहीं लगती|
पिता:   यह तो ठीक है| फिर तू क्या करेगा?
बेटा:   मुझे तो अब एक ही धंधा लग रहा है जो सदाबहार है और उसमें कभी मंदी नहीं आ सकती|
पिता:   वह कौनसा कमाल का धंधा है?
बेटा:   जन प्रतिनिधि अदला-बदली का| इस धंधे में सेल सारा साल चलती है| न इसमें कभी बिकने वालों की कमी आती है और न ही खरीदने वालों की ही |
पिता:   तू कोई अकल की बात कर| यह भी कोई धंधा है?
बेटा:   मैंने एक बार टीवी पर देखा था| जसपाल भट्टी होते थे न?
पिता:   हाँ’-हाँ| हास्य-व्यंगकार|
बेटा:   हाँ, वही| उनको मैंने एक टीवी शो में देखा था| वह कहते थे कि मैं ऐसा व्यापार करता हूँ| अब तो उनका स्वर्गवास हो गया है| तो मैं सोचता हूँ कि क्यूं न वही काम कर लूं?
पिता: अब भई मेरे को तो इस काम की समझ है नहीं| इसके लिए तू संसाधन कहाँ से लायेगा? इस काम में तो बहुत धन लगाना पड़ेगा| 
बेटा:   आप इसकी चिंता मत करो| पिताजी, यह तो काम ऐसा है जिसमें हींग लगे न फटकड़ी, रंग चोखा होय|
पिता:   फिर भी कुछ प्रबंध तो करना ही पडेगा|
बेटा:   कुछ नहीं बस अपनी दुकान का कायाकल्प करना पड़ेगा| अपना कार्यालय तो उच्च कारोबारी का लगना ही चाहिए| ठाठबाठ भी पूरा होना चाहिए न|  
पिता:   यह तो बेटा ठीक है| यदि कार्यालय का ताम-झाम न हो तो लोग समझते हैं कि इसका कोई काम नहीं चलता है|
बेटा:   आजकल तो पिताजी लोग चीज़ बाद मैं देखते हैं| वह तो वस्तु की पैकिंग देखते हैं| वह बढ़िया पैकिंग देखकर ही सामान खरीद डालते हैं|
पिता: लोग तो मेकअप देखकर ही प्रभावित हो जाते हैं| मेकअप उतर जाने पर किसी की शक्ल चाहे कितनी ही भौंडी क्यों न हो| बिना मेक-उप के तो कई बार लोग बड़े-बड़े अभिनेता-अभिनेत्रियों को भी पहचान पाने में विफल रहते हैं|
बेटा: फिर हमने तो जनप्रतिनिधि की सेवा करनी है| उसे बढ़िया अवसर दिलाने हैं| उनका वैभवशाली भविष्य सुनिश्चित करना है|
पिता:   कुछ भी है बेटा हाथ सोच-समझ कर ही डालना| इस राह में कांटे बहुत लगते हैं|
बेटा:  पिताजी जब गुलाब की खेती करनी है तो काँटों से खेलना तो  पड़ेगा ही|
पिता:   बातें तो आज तू बड़ी समझदारी की कर रहा है|
बेटा:   आखिर बेटा भी तो मैं आपका ही हूँ न|
पिता:  काम तू इसी दुकान से चलायेगा?
बेटा:  मैं दुकान के दरवाज़े घुसते ही एक सुंदर सी लडकी स्वागत केलिए बिठा दूंगा जिसकी मुस्कान ही आगंतुक हम से बड़ा प्रभावित हो जायेगा|
पिता:   पर यह भी न हो न कि ग्राहक पैकिंग देखकर सामान तो खरीद ले पर पैकिंग खोलते ही वह अपने आप को लुटा हुआ महसूस करने लगे|
बेटा:   ऐसे नहीं, पिताजी, कुछ भी हो मुझे तो अपने ग्राहकों को खुश और संतुष्ट करना ही होगा| वरन काम कैसे चलेगा?
पिता: यही तो बेटा, तेरी कामयाबी का साधन बनेगा|
बेटा:   आपको तो पता ही है कि आजकल चुनाव हर मौसम में होते रहते है| ठीक ही कहते हैं कि आम का तो मौसम होता है पर चुनाव का कोई नहीं| यह हर मौसम में पैदा होने वाला फल है| इसलिए जब भी चुनाव होंगे हर पार्टी को मेरी सेवाओं की ज़रुरत पड़ती रहेगी|
पिता: पर बेटा, जब से मोदीजी आये हैं उन्होंने तो चुनाव का नक्शा ही बदल कर रख दिया है| 2014 के चुनाव से पहले तो यह धारणा सब के मन में घर कर चुकी थी कि देश-प्रदेश में तो अब एक पार्टी के बहुमत और शासन के दिन लद गए| अब तो बस सांझा सरकारें ही चलेंगी| 
बेटा:   इस वातावरण में तो हम जैसे लोगों की सेवाओं की हर पार्टी को  ज़रुरत रहती थी| पर मोदीजी ने तो  केंद्र और कुछ प्रदेशों में भाजपा और एनडीए को स्पष्ट बहुमत दिलाकर आया-राम,गया-राम का धंधा ही चौपट कर दिया है|  
पिता:   फिर भी बेटा पीछे जब दिल्ली, छत्तीसगढ़, राजस्थान व मध्य प्रदेश की विधान सभाओं के परिणाम निकले हैं उनसे तुम्हारे धंधे के रौशन होने के आसार बढ़ गए हैं|
बेटा:  बिलकुल ठीक| अब मध्य प्रदेश में जो कुछ भी हुआ हो उससे तो मेरेजैसे के भाग्य ही चमक उठे हैं| अब लगता है कि हमारे व्यवसाय की मांग बढ़ जाएगी|
पिता:   तूने पहले नहीं सोचा वरन मध्य प्रदेश में जो घटा उसमें तुम्हारी मांग बढ़ जाती|
बेटा:   यही तो मैं महसूस कर रहा हूँ|
पिता:  पर भाजपा ने तो अपने दम पर ही सरकार बना ली|
बेटा:   पर मैं तो कांग्रेस सरकार को बचा सकता था यदि कांग्रेस ने मेरी सेवायें प्राप्त की होतीं|
पिता:   बेटा वैसे तो चुनाव में प्रशांत किशोर जी भी बहुत सक्रिय रहते हैं| उनका करिश्मा इस बार कुछ चलता नहीं दिखा |
बेटा: हम दोनों के कार्यक्षेत्र अलग है| प्रशांत किशोर जी चुनाव अभियान में सक्रिय रहते हैं पर हमारा रोल आता है चुनाव परिणाम निकल जाने के बाद|
पिता:   पर प्रशांत भी तो सब जगह विजयी नहीं रहे हैं|  
बेटा:   पर हमारी कार्यप्रणाली अलग है| मैं तो मन, वचन और कथन से पूरी तरह सेकुलर रहूँगा| मैं सब पार्टियों को एक ही नज़र से देखूँगा| मेरे लिए कोई भी पार्टी अछूत नहीं होगी| मेरी सेवायें तो सब को उपलब्ध रहेंगी चाहे कोई किसी को सेकुलर समझता हो या साम्प्रदायिक| जो यह मध्य प्रदेश में घटा, मैं उसमें कांग्रेस और भाजपा दोनों को ही अपनी सेवायें प्रस्तुत कर देता|
पिता: यह तो ठीक है|
बेटा:   मैं भी हमारे वकीलों के आदर्शों पर चलूँगा| वह सब के मुकद्दमें की पैरवी करते हैं   चोर के भी, साध के भी; हत्यारे के भी और निर्दोष के भी; बलात्कारी की भी और ब्लात्कात्कार की शिकार महिला की भी| उसी प्रकार मेरी दुकान के द्वार सब के लिए सदा खुले रहेंगे चौबीस घंटे हर दिन| पूरा साल 
पिता:   हाँ, तुझे करना तो ऐसे ही होगा| दुकानदार केलिए तो सब एक होते है| जब कोई ग्राहक उसके द्वार पहुँचता है तो वह यह नहीं जानना चाहता है कि उसकी जाति, धर्म और उसकी राजनितिक पार्टी का नाम नहीं पूछता| दुकानदार कोई भेदभाव नहीं बरतता |
बेटा: जब मैं ऐसे उच्च असूलों पर चलूँगा, तभी सफल हो पाऊँगा, पिताजी|
पिता:   तब अभी से काम शुरू करना पड़ेगा ताकि यदि कोई काम मिल जाये तो तेरे कार्यालय में आपा-धापडी न मच्च जाये|
बेटा:   मैं तो पिताजी हर समय युद्ध की स्तिथि में रहूँगा| फिर आप ही तो कहते हैं कि कोई नहीं जानता कि मौत और ग्राहक कब धमक जाये|
 पिता: हाँ, यह बात तो सच है ही|
बेटा:   किसी दल का एक पक्ष देर-सवेर अपनी पार्टी से दु:खी हो ही जाता है क्योंकि चुनाव के समय जनता के साथ किये गए वादों को सत्ताधारी दल पूरा नहीं कर रहा होता है| तब वह पार्टी में रह कर घुटन महसूस करने  लगता  है| उसके मन में अपने और अपनी पार्टी से पहले जनता और देश का हित सर्वोपरी होता है| ऐसी स्तिथी में डूसरे दल में जाकर जनसेवा कर सकता है| तब मेरी सेवाओं की सत्ताधारी और विपक्ष दोनों को ही मेरी सेवाओं की आवश्यकता पड़ जायेगी| मैं उस समय सत्ताधारी दल की सरकार को बचाने और गिराने दोनों में ही महत्वपूरण रोल अदा करूंगा| मेरी भूमिक भी वही रहेगी जो एक कानूनी विशेषज्ञ की होती है| उसके लिए हत्यारे को सजा से बचाना और  सजा दिलवाना एक समान होता है|
पिता:    तेरा काम भी तभी चलेगा|
बेटा:   जन प्रतिनिधियों को कहाँ ले जाना है ताकि वह विरोधी पक्ष की  काली नज़र दूर रहें,  यह मैं ही तय करूंगा| यह इतना गोपनीय रहेगा कि उनके विरोधी तो क्या, गूगल भी अपनी अति विकसित तकनालोजी  से उन्हें ढूंढ नहीं पायेगा|    
पिता:  यही तो आवश्यक है वरन तेरा सारा काम ही विफल हो जाएगा|
बेटा:   मैं उस दल के सभी प्रतिनिधियों को पांच-सात सितारा होटलों में ले जाऊंगा| उनके मनोरंजन केलिए उनकी इच्छानुसार सब प्रबंध करूंगा| डांसबार की सुविधा का भी प्रबंध करूंगा| जो जिस प्रकार का मनोरंजन चाहता है, मैं उसका प्रबंध कर दूंगा| घर से दूर उनके अज्ञातवास को मैं अविस्मरणीय बना दूंगा, इतना अविस्मरणीय कि वह चाहेंगे कि ऐसा मौक़ा उन्हें बार-बार मिले|  उनकी हरकतों की कोरियोग्राफी भी कर दूंगा ताकि कोई मुकर न सके|
पिता:   इस पर तो खर्च बहुत ज्यादा होगा?
बेटा:   यह तो ठीक है| पर सरकार बनाने या गिराने के लिए तो यह कुच्छ नहीं है| और एक फायदा और होगा|
पिता:   क्या?
बेटा:   जब मैं इन जनप्रतिनिधियों को लेकर जाऊंगा तो कोई भी यह अंदाजा नहीं लगा पायेगा कि मैं किस के पक्ष और किसके विरोध में यह सब कर रहा हूँ|
पिता:  इस काम को तुझे बड़ी समझदारी से करना पड़ेगा|
बेटा:  यदि दोनों ही पक्ष मेरी सेवायें लेंगे तो 50 प्रतिशत छूट भी दे दूंगा| सावधानी और भी अधिक बढ़ा दूंगा|  ऐसी सावधानी कि बाएं हाथ को भी यह भनक न लग पाए कि दायाँ क्या कर रहा है |
पिता:   यह तो बेटा बड़ी ईमानदारी का आदर्श है जो पालिटिक्स में ओझल होता जा रहा है|
बेटा:   पर मैं इसे ओझल नहीं होने दूंगा| इसी आदर्श पर तो मेरी दूकान सजेगी| पार्टी पैसे खर्चने वाली होनी चाहिए| मैं तो उनको विदेश में बढ़िया स्थान पर ले जाऊं जहाँ पहुँच जाने का तो उन्होंने कभी सपने में भी न सोचा हो|
पिता:   यह  तो है| ऐसे मौके तो किसी होनहार और किस्मत वाले को ही मिल पाते हैं|
बेटा: अभी जो भोपाल में घटा, यदि उन्होंने मेरी सेवायें प्राप्त की होतीं तो मैं इस काम में भी अपनी छाप छोड़ जाता| मैं ऐसा काम कर दिखाता कि आगे के लिए ऐसे मौकों पर सभी मेरी ही सेवायें प्राप्त करना चाहते|
पिता: लगता है बेटा तेरा यह सपना भी जल्दी पूरा हो जाएगा|
बेटा:  कैसे?
पिता:  तू ने राजस्थान का तमाशा नहीं देखा?
बेटा:   मैंने इसे ध्यान से नहीं पढ़ा| आप ही बताओ|
पिता:   वहां तो विपक्ष के ही नहीं, सत्ता दल के जनप्रतिनिधियों को भी 5 सितारा होटलों में रखा गया है|  सब अपने-अपने होटलों में मौजमस्ती कर रहे हैं|
बेटा:  तब तो इसका मतलब है कि हमारा व्यवसाय दिन दुगनी रात
चौगुनी तरक्की करेगा|
पिता:  यही नहीं, अब तो वहां के मुख्य मंत्री भी कह रहे हैं कि विपक्ष ने सदस्यों को 25-50 करोड़ तक पहुँच गया है|
बेटा:   तब तो हम भी अपना रेट बढ़ा देंगे|
पिता: बेटा धंधा तो अच्छा है| यदि चल जाये तो बारे-न्यारे हो जायेंगे| ***
Courtesy: Uday India weekly Hindi

Thursday, July 16, 2020

“Surrender Modi” boomerangs on Rahul as “Surrender Congress”

“Surrender Modi” boomerangs on Rahul as “Surrender Congress”

 By Amba Charan Vashishth

 By hurling a “Surrender Modi” tweet on PM Narendra Modi, the former Congress President Rahul Gandhi exposed his own poverty of knowledge of the facts of history. History proves him wrong. The epithet “Surrender Modi” boomerangs on Rahul and sticks tightly on his party’s forehead as “Surrender Congress”. The reports of Indian National Congress having signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Communist Party of China (CPC) has startled the politics in the country, particularly when it is well-known that it is not possible to draw a line of distinction between the CPC, Peoples Liberation Army and the Chinese government.


 In the context of former President of the Indian National Congress (INC) Rahul Gandhi hurling a “Surrender Modi” tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the midst of India-China stand off on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, two contrasts strike the mind of the countrymen: the behaviour of the then and the present main Opposition party in similar situations. ONE. When India was at war with Pakistan in 1971 the then Jana Sangh President Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared that at this hour we are all with the government and there is only one leader of the country and that is the Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi. TWO. During the last 49 years much water has flown down the Ganga. Political situation in the country, too, has gone through many upheavals since then. The ruling INC then looked invincible. It is now as much weak an opposition as much comfortably strong is BJP-led NDA in power. Defence Minister in Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA government George Fernandes had once declared that China is country’s enemy No. 1. Many people, then, may not have agreed with him calling his assessment as exaggerated. They then seemed to believe that it was Pakistan and not China which deserved this position. The developments in Doklam in 2017 and now in June 2020 in Galwan (Ladakh) have proved George right, though Pakistan continues to be hands in glove with China against India. When Shri Narendra Modi took over as the country’s Prime Minister in May 2014, he tried to mend fences with country’s neighbours, including China and Pakistan. But the perfidious nature ingrained in the very blood of both these countries remains the same. Both seemed to interpret this measure as a sign of weakness of the Modi government newly in power. In 2020 China seems to be living in the dreams of 1962 ignoring the present day realities. Today it is 1962 neither for China nor for India. Today it is not the Mao and Zhou Enlai duo calling the shots in China. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who then held the key to India’s destiny is no more. What is common then and now is that the present Chinese leadership continues to be as treacherous as it was 58 years back. To stab its friends from the back is not something new for China. It has done so with India not just once but many times. Each time in the past when China threatened India on the borders, it was an INC government at the Centre. But this time when China again dared to pose a similar challenge to India, it found, to its dismay, that the present BJP-led NDA government at the Centre with Shri Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs was quite the opposite and not willing to put up with any non-sense at the border under any circumstances. To both China and Pakistan he has proved to be a hard nut to crack. To the world PM Modi has proved to be a committed and honest friend but at the same time, in the words of US President Ronald Trump, a hard task master when it comes to promoting and protecting India’s interests. Modi Government has given the brave and patriotic Indian Army a free hand — a never before — to deal with the situation as it develops at the border. Now the army has not to look back towards the government for orders whether or not to use the gun in their hands to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. But this time the stand of the INC, the country’s oldest political party, then headed by Shri Rahul Gandhi during the Uri and Pulwama attacks by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists in J&K has bewildered the nation. It is not in tune with the public sentiment. Post-Uri the Indian Army retaliated by mounting a surgical strike on Pakistan. When Pakistan aided and abetted terrorists repeated Pulwama killing India’s 40 patriotic army men, India taught a lesson to Pakistan by launching Balakot operation inside Pakistan destroying terror training camps killing over two hundred terrorists. Initially Pakistan denied India’s claims and the Congress leadership wanted proof. This made headlines in the Pakistani print and electronic media. Pakistan government used the statements of INC leaders to strengthen its case against India in various national and international forums. Later, Pakistan admitted the fact of both the surgical strike and Balakot operation. It was Modi government’s diplomatic sagacity that Pakistan got isolated in the world community and many countries like USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Israel and others recognized India’s right to strike back to defend herself from cross border terrorism. In the year 2008 during UPA-1 INC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Communist Party of China (CPC), the only political party there, for exchanging high level information and cooperation between the two political parties. MoU provided for the two parties an “opportunity to consult each other on important bilateral, regional and international developments”. The MoU was signed in the presence of the INC President Smt. Sonia Gandhi by her son Rahul Gandhi, the then Congress General Secretary and on China side by none other than Xi Jinping who was then the Chinese Vice-President and who is now the President of the Republic of China. The MOU signed by INC with CPC has never been made public, not even to the members of the party. Do Congressmen and people of India have no right to know the contents of the MOU as it concerns the whole country? Congress wants transparency on every other matter in government and other political parties. But when it comes unto its own self, it wishes to keep itself behind iron curtains of secrecy like China. It is also worth recalling that during the stand-off on Doklam in 2017 Shri Rahul Gandhi had met the Chinese Ambassador to India in Delhi. It is not clear whether his visit was in pursuance of the MoU. The stand-off ultimately paved the way to China’s withdrawal from the intruded territory. In 2008 Smt Sonia Gandhi visited Beijing alongwith her son Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, son-in-law Robert Vadra and their two children to attend the opening of the Olympic Games. Surprisingly, the PM Dr. Manmohan Singh himself or any other minister in government was not invited for this official function. By inviting only the Gandhi family, it appears, China too has come to recognize that Congress party stands squeezed into a family outfit where all others don’t matter. A year before, Smt. Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi had also led a delegation of the Congress party to China. On June 15-16, 2020 China again dared to pursue its expanshionist policy at Galwan (Ladakh). In the skirmishes at the border India lost 20 of its brave soldiers including an officer of the Colonel rank. But it was not a one-sided affair. Indian soldiers killed about 43 Chinese soldiers including some officers. Chinese mouth-piece the Global Times did admit its losses, including that of its officers, but did not disclose the exact numbers. The most inhuman face of China laid bare when reports came in that it cremated its soldiers secretly without informing the families of those who died in clash with India. Informing bereaved families would have exposed the fact of China’s great loss of men. Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, left China — and Pakistan too — know in no uncertain terms that India would not compromise on even an inch of her territory and was prepared for any eventuality come what may. Many countries like USA, Japan, UK and Australia supported India’s fight against China’s expanshionist policy. After a number of meetings between India and China’s military brass, China had to agree to withdraw its military presence two kilometers from the LAC. This victory of India’s right stand took place two days after Prime Minister Narender Modi made a surprise visit to the border post in Ladakh where clashes had taken place between Indian and Chinese forces. He was accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Indian Army. He met and patted the injured soldiers who were recuperating at the Army Hospital. The brave Indian soldiers told the PM that they were anxious to be fit soon to once again take on China on the front. This visit heightened the morale of the soldiers on the border front. Simultaneously it sent out a message to both China and Pakistan that India could not be cowed down by threats. Pakistan felt so much rattled that on that very day PM Imran Khan immediately called a meeting of its security group. PM Modi visited the border posts at a high altitude of more than 11000 feet at the heat of the moment when armies of the two sides were standing eye to eye to strike the enemy at any moment. Retd. Major-General S. K. Sinha appreciated Shri Modi’s visit saying that a visit to the high altitude required acclimatizing of the person. He recalled when he was posted to this place, he was shut up in a military rest house for a weak where he was kept confined to a room for a week to get acclimatized. He was not allowed to come out of his room and everything he needed was provided in the room itself. The BJP-led NDA governments can rightly feel proud that under their tutelage India had never compromised on even a single inch of territory during their tenure. It was under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru that India lost over 38,000 square kilometer of territory to China in 1962. Further, a media report (IANS) on May 28, 2020 has stated that China had occupied 640 Sq Km of Indian Territory in Eastern Ladakh during the second term of the UPA government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In 2013, former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran was Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council of the UPA government. After a visit to the region he informed the government that the People''s Liberation Army (PLA) patrol had set a new Line of Actual Control, thus occupying 640 sq km of Indian territory in Eastern Ladakh. Yet Manmohan government kept quiet. In one of his tweets, former INC President Rahul Gandhi called PM as “Surrender Modi”. It looks that the Nehru-Gandhi scion is poor of Indian history, even the recent one. Besides surrendering over 38,000 sq. Kms Indian territory of Aksai Chin in Ladakh to China in 1962 when Pandit Nehru was the PM, Congress PMs in 1966 and 1972 had surrendered back to Pakistan those parts of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir which Indian forces had liberated during 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan. They presented to Pakistan on a platter those parts of Kashmir which rightly belong to India and which had been liberated in a war at great sacrifice of our officers and men of the patriotic Indian army. When these areas were part of J&K why were these handed over back to Pakistan? This act is a betrayal of a number of unanimous resolutions passed in Parliament stressing that PoK rightly belonged to India? We had since 1948 been telling the world that the only dispute to be resolved with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue is the vacation of PoK by Pak. The only complete and real victories India recorded against both Pakistan and China were during the reign of BJP-led NDA rule. In 1999 late Shri Atal Bihari government recovered from Pakistan every inch of Indian territory in Kargil. In 2017 and 2020 NDA government led by Shri Narendra Modi made China vacate every inch of land in Doklam and Ladakh. Because of these hard facts Shri Rahul Gandhi’s taunt of “Surrender Modi” boomerang as “Surrender Congress”. *** Writer is a Delhi-based political analyst and commentator.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

PM Modi’s Historic Achievements Opposition’s Blurred Vision fails to See


  
ONE YEAR OF MODI GOVERNMENT 2.0
PM Modi’s Historic Achievements
Opposition’s Blurred Vision fails to See

By Amba Charan Vashishth

                 
          A friend threw a grand dinner party on the occasion of his son’s marriage. The arrangements were perfect, fault-proof. The menu was so lavish that everybody found something of his taste. Dessert items were so many that one could hardly take one spoon of each if one wanted to taste the all. He served drinks, both soft and hard, of everyone’s choice. After dinner two friends came out. One said, “It was a marvellous dinner. He had spent lakhs of rupees on making perfect arrangements. But one important item was missing paan. Many people want to chew it at the end of a dinner. But this item remained missing. It would not have cost much”.
          “Yes. You’re right”, his friend agreed: “There are people who wish to smoke immediately after the dinner. Had he arranged some good cigarette packets that would have been fine and perfect, added to the pleasure”.
          That seems exactly true of our Opposition which can never find anything to appreciate in any action, programme and policy of government.
Problem lies with the polity that has evolved in the country since independence. Our Constitution does not recognize political parties in formation of a government. Article 75 just provides that the “Prime Minister shall be appointed by the President” (obviously who enjoys confidence of the House), “the other Ministers shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister” and the “Council of Ministers shall be collectively responsible to the House of the People”. From the words and actions of the Opposition it transpires  that Shri Modi may be the Prime Minister of India yet, for them —quite funny indeed — he is just the prime minister of the political party/alliance he belongs to. This outlook seems to betray the well-established concept of “a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” They also seem to forget that a member of the Lok Sabha may be voted by a particular parliamentary constituency yet when elected, he is a member of the Parliament of India representing a particular constituency. Once elected the person becomes the representative of all the constituents of the constituency, even of those who didn’t vote for him.
 Shri Narender Modi commenced his second inning with a thunder. He launched upon giving shape to the promises held to the people. The Modi government shifted additional security forces, abruptly discontinued the Shri Amarnath Yatra, and asked tourists staying in Kashmir to leave the valley immediately. The people did start anticipating that something extraordinary was going to happen in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) but could not visualize what.  The notable aspect was that there was not even a slight murmur of protest by any section of the affected people. That is the barometer of the amount of confidence the Modi government had been able to generate among the people.  Everybody seemed to have the satisfaction that whatever it may be, it was sure to be in the best interests of the country.
          The mystery got unraveled when on August 5, 2019 the Home Minister Amit Shah rose to move a Bill in the Lok Sabha to sound a death knell to the “Temporary and Transitional” Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution. The new law created two Union Territories, one for Jammu & Kashmir and the other for Laddakh region. It ushered in complete integration of the J&K with India, a step which successive governments during the last 70 years had been evading for vested political interests overlooking the interests of J&K and the country. The Bill instantly generated a sense of glee all over the country. The law was passed with a respectable majority, more than the actual strength of the NDA in the two houses of Parliament. Even some groups outside the NDA did vote for the enactment. The opposition termed the measure to be against the people of J&K, undemocratic and unconstitutional.  If a law passed by the parliament after a debate in the house is not democracy, then what else can be?
During the debate Home Minister Amit Shah challenged the Congress and other opposition parties to declare that if they ever came to power at the Centre they would bring back Article 370 and 35A. But none was forthcoming. Obviously they were just opposing for opposition sake.
          As PM Modi completed his first year of his second term (2019-2024) his achievements outshone him as a leader who has a vision and the strength to make it a reality.        
Some 30/40,000 innocent civilians, security and paramilitary personnel stand devoured by the proxy war Pakistan has been waging against India for the last over 3 decades. This figure is more than what the country lost fighting the Chinese aggression in1962 and four wars with Pakistan in 1948, 1965, 1971 and the 1999 Kargil mis-adventure.
 During the last one decade rule of Congress-led UPA with Dr. Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister till May 2014 terrorists always had a field day. With a sense of pride they could strike at will anytime, any day, anywhere and walk away safely after realizing their objective. They left behind a trail of hundreds of women widowed, children orphaned and aged people deprived of their only life-sustaining help in the twilight of their life. In the process, the country lost hundreds of innocent civilians and security forces on duty at the international borders and the Line of Actual Control in J&K to safeguard the territorial integrity of India. The security personnel performing their duty with utmost sense of valour and patriotism did have guns but not the authority to use these to retaliate against Pakistan-sponsored terror. They had to look up, in vain, for orders to use their arsenal against the enemies of the nation. At the end of each terrorist adventure Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was heard repeating every time: They (the terrorists) cannot defeat our resolve to continue the dialogue process with Pakistan. This, on the one hand, lowered the morale of India’s security forces and, on the other, emboldened terrorists to be more aggressive and ruthlessly violent against the country.
           The dawn of Shri Narinder Modi as Prime Minister of the country with full mandate from the people changed things overnight. He gave the security forces a free hand to sternly deal with the perfidy of Pakistan. When Pakistan committed Uri attack India reciprocated with a surgical strike. When Pulwama happened, Indian forces launched Balakot operation inside Pakistan destroying terror camps and killing about 200/300 terror-trainees there.
          Today Kashmir terrorists are on the run. Modi government has launched a campaign against Pak-sponsored terrorists either to surrender or are being eliminated. Gone are the days when terrorists struck in J&K and elsewhere and safely went back to their hideouts. A sizeable number of commanders and deputy commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad etc. have been done away with, something unheard of earlier.
           Pakistan and the main opposition party Congress appeared to be on the same wavelength on this issue. They earned appreciation in Pakistan and  hogged headlines in Pakistani media.
                   Modi government also passed an amendment to the Citizens Act (CAA) which provides for grant of Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Budhists, and Christian minorities being persecuted in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, etc. forcing them to leave their country and seek refuge in India. Some opposition parties wanted Muslim to be included. It looks funny that Muslims would be persecuted in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to an extent they are made to leave their country for India.   
          First, China tried to test the waters of India’s ocean of strength in 2017 by raking up the Doklam border issue. India stood firm behind a lifetime friend, Bhutan on this border dispute. Trying to overawe India by reminding her of the 1962 war, Modi government made China understand that India was not what she was in 1962 and was now under a much different leadership of PM Modi which can make any sacrifices to protect the territorial sovereignty at all costs. The strong stand paid and China made a retreat.
          In May 2020 China once again repeated its treacherous game in Laddakh region. Modi government reiterated its firmness to brook no nonsense. That made China to see the reality. It drew India to talks at the level of Lt. Generals to settle the matter peacefully. But China cannot live without its treacherous mind. While, on the one hand, it was seeking to settle the dispute through mutual talks with three rounds of negotiations had already taken place and, on the other, it killed 20 brave Indian troops while its own loss was reported to be about 43. The sentiment in the country is now tit for tat. PM Modi has already declared that the sacrifice of patriotic soldiers will not go waste.
          During the last six years of the reign of Shri Modi the very outlook of India throughout has witnessed a sea-change. Today India is looked up with respect and her view matters, is sought after and it is she which sets the agenda. India has come to be recognized as a world leader. Under Shri Modi every country, be it USA, UK, France, Arab countries, Germany, Israel and others wish to have the best of relations with India. India succeeded in isolating Pakistan which tried to seek support of Muslim and Arab countries against India on latest steps in J&K. No country came to Pakistan’s side on the issue.
          What else could be the proof of India’s standing in the world that she has been elected to the two-year term as member of the Security Council garnering 184 out of 192 votes cast.
          Prime Minister Modi has brought great laurels to the country. He has been conferred more than eight international awards for himself. It is an honour both for Shri Modi and the country. No politician and Prime Minister had been able to receive such and so many international honours for the country in the last 73 years.
          India has come to be recognized as a world leader. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly declared that India is a great friend of the world’s oldest democracy of the world. He has invited India to the G-7 summit. This step is ultimately expected to pave the way for India joining this prestigious group of nations in the times to come.
          It goes to the credit of Prime Minister Modi to have taken India’s friendship with USA to greater heights.
          The ‘Howdy Modi’ event organized by American citizens of Indian origin in Houston (USA) on September 22, 2019 was attended by 50,000 people. This not only established PM Modi’s popularity among Indian diaspora but also provided the US President Donald Trump an occasion to meet and address such a large audience in USA. The occasion provided President Trump the opportunity to address such a large a gathering unheard of in USA.
          In February 2020 an event “Namaste Trump” was held in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) in which US President was entertained to address a gathering of more than one lakh 25 thousand people, another unusual event for the American President. Enthused by the sea of humanity that had gathered to greet him, President Trump declared, “America loves India, respects India”. To the roars of approval by the audience, he added, “India gives hope to all of humanity”. In his gushing speech paying tribute to PM Modi as an “exceptional leader….and a man I am proud to call my true friend”, President added, “Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough”, obviously referring to occasions when matters of interests of India are concerned. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/24/namaste-donald-trump-india-welcomes-us-president-narendra-modi-rally)
          Besides USA PM Modi has taken India’s friendship to much higher heights with Japan, Israel, Russia, UK, France, Germany and many Muslim nations. He was greeted in those with feelings of greater warmth.
          The Modi government has vowed to take India’s economy to $3 trillion mark in two years. It had taken numerous positive measures in this connection. But in the meantime Covid-19 stepped in. The lockdown for about 60 days has taken a great toll of our economy. PM announced a Rs. 20 lakh crore financial package to boost the country’s economy.  The role of the Reserve Bank of India in these difficult times had also been very helpful. It is expected to make up many of the country’s losses. The lockdown was also followed by a huge exodus of labour, skilled and unskilled, to UP, MP, Bihar, Jharkhand etc. It will also cost the agricultural and industrial production sector heavily because labour is going to be scare. The government is looking into this aspect of the problem also.
          It was Modi government’s apt handling of the Covid-19 problem that for about more than 3 months India’s share of infections was minimal. Had it not been for Modi government and the States to have taken steps in time, India would have stood at number one position in this calamity unknown in the history of mankind. In contrast to smaller countries, the Covid-19 is much under control as compared with the situation in other countries. PM Modi prepared the people of the country for hard steps when he first gave a call for a one-day janta curfew and later lockdown.
          The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded "India's tough and timely actions" against the Corona virus under the leadership of Prime Minister Narender Modi. Bill Gates too has showered praises on India’s handling of the situation.
          India could not be put under lock for indefinite period. It would have proved very destructive for the country. 
           But the role of the Opposition has always been critical and negative. First it criticised the lockdown. Now that lockdown has been made to usher in unlock, it is again critical. It has no constructive suggestions to make.
           Some chief ministers in States have failed to handle the situation effectively. Some are even indulging in politics to deal with this humanitarian and health problem. The worst States in the country in the matter of dealing with Covid-19 are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and Rajasthan. 
          From June 8 some States have opened places of worship, hotels, restaurants and malls while observing the social distances norms a must. Their effect needs to be watched. The success of this measure will make the government take a decision in other matters as well in the time to come.
Despite the Modi government having done exceedingly well in so short a time for the welfare of every section of society, Opposition’s blurred vision unfortunately fails to see the reality.        ***
The writer is a Delhi-based political analyst and commentator.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Country to stand by Ghaddaars?

Country to stand by Ghaddaars?

By Amba Charan Vashishth

    Yes. This can happen only in India because she is a unique, the largest democracy in the world, secular and socialist. USA too is a democracy, the oldest one in the world. It has many a time celebrated Hindu festival like Diwali, the festival of lights with puja and chanting of shlokas even in the White House, the official residence of the President of United States of America.
   The United Kingdom (UK) is a monarchy with a parliamentary form of government. It is a democracy with a Westminster system of parliamentary government. India’s Constitution is, more or less, based on this very system. Though secular, yet its present Prime Minister Borris Johnson had no hesitation to visit an Indian guru, pay obeisance to him and perform puja. Nobody criticized him or labeled him ‘communal’.
   Yet, both USA and UK did not lose their adherence to the spirit of secularism and governments there were not dubbed ‘communal’. Had this happened in India, the birthplace of these Hindu rituals, our too-vigilant opposition, the ‘liberal-secular’ intelligentsia (L-SI) and a section of media (SoM) would have raised a hell for the government accusing it of lynching the spirit of secularism. 
   One more unique thing is going to happen.  And this too can happen only in India. It may be a new trendsetter for many secular democracies in the world. The Union Minister of State Anurag Thakur during election campaign for Delhi assembly raised a slogan “goli maro gaddaron ko” which received a spontaneous response from the audience. He received support from BJP MP Parvesh Verma also. The vociferous
( L-SI) has created a great furore over it. It is out-and-out trying to interpret this slogan as a “hate speech” and demanding Thakur and Verma’s prosecution for this “criminal offence”. But the “hate speech” against whom? The persons being accused of the ‘crime’ did not direct their slogan or insinuation, directly or indirectly, towards any individual, group, community or caste.  It is agreed that a ghaddar (traitor) has no caste, no religion, no gender and no region. Then the “hate” slogan is directed towards and meant against whom? Obviously the ghaddaar, the traitor. But which individual or the group is the ghaddaar? Nobody, neither the persons raising this slogan nor those demanding criminal action against these persons have identified the persons who have been hurt physically and emotionally. Unless the persons operating as ghaddars are nailed or people themselves come out in the open to aver that it is they who have been hurt and humiliated by such slogans, the case against the likes of Thakurs and Vermas will not be able to stand the test of judicial scrutiny in courts.
   This situation raises another question: since when has the government, the people and the law turned patrons and protectors of the traitors? Which Article of the Constitution extends protection to the traitors?
   To proceed further, the police have first to identify the ghaddars to whom Thakur and Verma said, “goli maro ghaddaron ko”.  We have so far heard of police filing an FIR against unknown persons for the murder or rape of a person when the name or identity of the persons who committed the heinous crime is not known. But in the instant case the victim is not known.  Filing a criminal case against anybody, say Mr. Thakur, for a “hate” slogan not speech will only amount to putting the horse before the cart. It will, perhaps, be the first and the rarest of the rare examples in the history of criminal jurisprudence where the victim is not known.  The investigating agency will have first to identify an individual or a group who are the ghaddaars adversely affected.   If that happens, it will also be a rarest of the rare case in which ghaddaar/ghaddaars are eulogized and deterrent punishment is given to the people who demand punishment to ghaddaars so that no one else dares to do that in future.
   The democracy in India seems to be passing through a period of political churning because of the too vocal, but minority of the people who constitute the elite LSI and  SoM. The unfortunate part is that the silent voice of the majority remains unheard and ignored. Actually many of our troubles flow from this section which gives the impression that this ancient land of  India was bankrupt of any understanding of what nationalism, patriotism and secularism meant until the British made us slaves and later left us independent. They think that Indian literature and scriptures had no understanding of these ‘virtues’. The fact is that these great men and women have either not read the great Indian classics and thought or they are so blinded with western influences on their intellect that for them the Indian thought looks absurd, orthodox and obsolete.
   For them the opinion of great western writers and thinkers about India appears sacrosanct.  Modern thinkers like Swami Vivekanand who took the world by storm, Maharishi Arbindo, leave aside the Bhagwat Gita and other great Indian classic scriptures are, to them, without knowledge and wisdom.
   In his grave Lord Macaulay, the great English man of letters who gave to the country the Indian Penal Code and the Education Policy about two hundred years back, must be feeling happy and proud that if not earlier he has been successful in his mission “to form a class of persons Indian in blood and colour and English in taste, opinions in morals and in intellect.” This elite group considers itself always right in what it does or thinks.  
    But the reality is otherwise. They always stand by the minority. Thus they come out to be rank communalists always standing with the minority whether its cause is right or wrong.  It amounts to ‘minority communalism’ if they charge others with communalism.  It cannot be that the communalism they practice is an act of piety and what their opponents do is a sin and crime.   A theft is a theft whether of a hundred rupees and of 10 lakh rupees.       
   The great writer and thinker Mark Twain found India as the “cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions…”
   A sane voice like that of Mark Twain fails to impress these L-SI and SoM. And that is the real problem too.


   Referring to the wise sayings and thought of our great thinkers in our classics does not appeal to their logic in the present age. But they take pride in quoting what Dr. Johnson said more than 250 years.  A few years back, the veteran writer Ashis Nandy wrote an article in the weekly OUTLOOK quoting Dr. Johnson’s words that patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel. This writer wrote back that if not more, at least 99 percent of Indians are ‘patriots’ and therefore, according to Nandi’s interpretation ‘scoundrels’ and asked why Ashish was then living among ‘scoundrels’. It was so kind of the Weekly to publish it in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column. Ashish didn’t react. 
   Before the Muslim invaders came, India had throughout been secular. No kingdom, big or small, in India ever adopted any religion as its official faith. Sarv dharm sambhav (all faiths are equal) was the ruling dictum. The only exception is when Ashoka the Great adopted Buddh dharma as the official religion. To India the world is one family. India daily prays for welfare and peace all over the world. It is only after the Muslims came that they forced their religion on the Indian population. They declared that their religion was the superior among all. When British rule dawned on India, the preaching of Christianity got a great boost.
   To these brown Sahebs nationalism and patriotism are outdated and abominable concepts. They think that forsaking these “isms” from the life of the countrymen will lead to ultimate peace and bliss in the country.  To be a nationalist, patriot and a fighter against traitors to the nation (ghaddaars) is a matter to feel ashamed of, an act of crime. They also want that the crime of treason should be erased from our Statute Book as it militates against the 21st century ethos and times. But it was these concepts which were the sole motivations for our freedom struggle. Sending these to exile will sap the very soul of our freedom. They want the country to blindly copy the western and global thoughts and standards. Human rights and environmental issues too should be governed by western and world stand points. They desire India to be turned into a mental slave to foreign thought. On the contrary, an overwhelming majority of the countrymen wish to make India retain its Indian identity. Otherwise the Indian government will be turned into slave to the world bodies. 
   They find nothing obnoxious in seditious activities like shouting slogans “Pakistan zindabad”, “Bharat tere tukde honge, insha illah, insha illa”, “Bharat ho barbaad, ho barbad”, questioning the hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab involved in 26/11 Mumbai attack, and earlier of Kashmiri terrorist Maqbul Butt. These are only some of the numerous instances. These activities should be respected under the right to opinion and expression.  The paid stone pelters in Kashmir, for them, were innocents. For some they needed to be honoured like ‘freedom fighters’. Any act of retaliation in self-defence by police and security forces was dubbed as a ‘heinous crime’.  When unruly, anti-social and anti-national elements attack innocent men, women and children, the security forces should silently stand bowing their heads before them and not to protest and cry even if they are hurt grievously. What a hypocrisy that these very ‘liberal-secular’ apostles of peace dub the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru as ‘judicial murder’ and acquittal of his accomplice SAR Gilani by the same court in the same case as ‘justice’. But can these elite men do the same in countries like China, Pakistan, Banglasdesh, and other Muslim and other countries?
      AIMIM leader Waris Pathan, a former Maharashtra MLA, in a  rally in the last week of February 2020 said that when the entire Muslim community of 15 crores comes together, they can become a bigger force against 100 crore people (referring to Hindus) and that Muslims are capable of "snatching away the aazaadi" from the majority community. In other words, in the opinion of Pathan the Muslim population which did not migrate to Pakistan at the time of Partition did not do so out of their love for India but preferred to live here without aazaadi. Pathan’s utterances, in a way, amount to threatening something like a civil war between the two communities. Is it an act of piety or a crime?  But the ‘liberal-secular’ intelligentsia, the Aamir Khans, Naseeruddin Shahs and the ‘heroes’ of award wapsi, as usual, continue to maintain a stoic silence.
      We need to understand that goli maaro is a phrase commonly used in day-today life and discussion. “Main tumhen goli maar doonga” (I will kill you) is an oft-used phrase even within a family when a child or wife/husband is going to commit something wrong not in tune with the family’s and society’s traditions. Generally, it is an empty threat. In cases where girls and infants have been murdered after rape, the victims, their families and general public have always been demanding goli maaro un gunahgaaron ko” (kill the guilty). In the notorious Nirbhaya rape and murder case, people all over the country demanded goli maaro in gunahgaaron ko. Is it all a crime?
Even when two or more persons are discussing the conduct of some people for a long time, they usually say “goli maro yaar usko” (leave him) and let us talk something else.
When some individuals and groups chant “Pakistan zindabad” and want tukde-tukde of Bharat before the cameras that clearly means that they have no love for the country from which they derive all the benefits available to every citizen of the country. This situation requires immediate enactment of a law to deport them out of the country to go to the land of their choice to have the aazaadi of their choice. What a hypocrisy, if we allow these people to shield themselves behind the right to opinion and expression and treat those as criminals who demand goli maro ghaddaaron ko!
   Our law says that murder/rape/treason is a heinous crime and if anybody does commit it, his/her sentence could be as high as being hanged till death. Recently, a new law has been enacted providing for a very high punishment or fine for breaking traffic rules. Does this law amount to threatening the innocent people? Our law does threaten, but only the law-breaker and not the innocent law-abider. If one is not a traitor, why should one feel hurt and lose sleep by people shouting goli maaro in gaddaaron ko?
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 The writer is a Delhi-based political analyst and commentator.