Demonetization: The other side of story

Social media, access to information (right or wrong) and changing politics has turned us all into critics. Everyone is giving their opinion which they are free to do so and abusing others for their opinion publicly depending on which side they are on which I don’t know how they will justify.  As far as this piece, I know I am giving my opinion as well and turning into a critic and for that call me a HYPOCRITE. Along with all the social change, one thing I am fed of is the logic being used to justify or going against certain changes, bringing references to Indian army in every possible scenario and running away from ground reality. We have created a bubble around us and no one accepts to be in it until they will fall on their face after  the bubble burst.

The situation is not that different in case of a very strong step taken by our PM, “DEMONETIZATION”. Aiming to take a step towards stalling black money growth, it certainly was a huge step and bold move. The thought appeared to be with very good intentions. Personally I appreciate the step. It will make sure that if not all the owners of black money stocks, at least the people who have been invading taxes on their income get penalized for it. The ripple was obvious as it brought tsunami for many, they stared getting rid of the demonetized notes by just throwing it away, shredding it or put their workers in charge for converting some of their black to white which they can keep as black again.

However the step also appears to be politically motivated as it brought a storm for oppositions prior to Uttar Pradesh and Punjab election. However, for me this is not the main concern. Aside to all the tremor it brought, Let us focus on ground which lights up on the fact that this is such an unplanned planned step.

  1. Lot of villages in Bihar, UP, Bengal and other northeast state have still small access to bank and ATM’s forget online banking. My own village has only 1 banks in around 20 km radius. Most of the villagers rely on cash for all the transaction and to get cash of 2000 or 4500 they have to travel for such distance. Farmers, villagers and housewives of semi urban cities life have been tormented by this sudden change and we should not deny this.
  2. This is prime time for agriculture and it has been hit hard. Farmers were about to start sowing wheat and maze and prepare beds for paddy season and the need of cash is something none of us can ignore. Yes government is recent change have stepped up the limit for farmers but when every day is crucial framers are queuing up in banks for days to fulfill their monetary need.
  3. Prime wedding season has also felt the tremor for obvious reasons. While for many it can be a small worry as they have access to online shopping, online payment but a huge population are still unknown to these ways of life. It has taken them a while to plan and execute weddings, collect and loan money and the whole planning going in vain can give anyone a heart attack.
  4. Genuine patients and their families for whom time and money both are crucial are vulnerable to this sudden change. While most part of India government medical institutions are not very reliable and private institution are not taking the old money. Many of those money was saved over a long time  and this step has put them in very tough situation. This is evident from some of the deaths occurred in last few weeks.

If I say that a great plan but with very bad execution and if not bad execution than at least a very bad timing, many of us will agree.

Now the other issue comes when many of us are trying to justify the step and problems incurred due to the change. STOP bringing army, country into everything. I have read statements like

  1. If army can stand at border for all day long why can’t you,
  2. If you say I don’t have black money why should I get troubled than why army should die for you if they don’t have any relation to you and others.

While the service they are providing is commendable and I salute them for that, one should not use them as an example for every situation. As well as it was them who selected to be an army member as their career and they are getting paid for it. I absolutely salute their courage and determination but that should not be used as an example every time to demolish ones opinion.

A lot has been said about the impact on economics and politics so I won’t go into all that but one thing government will face backlash on is the deaths ( patients, farmers and suicides) occurred due to all this and nothing can justify that. Not even the saying that it was all for good cause.

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टूट रहा भारत, बिखर रहा हिंदुस्तान मेरा!!!

टूट रहा भारत, बिखर रहा हिंदुस्तान,
जाति – धर्म के नाम पर विफल हो रहा इंसान,
है मची मार काट, हिंसक हो रहा अपना समाज,
दो जुबान के कहने पे है मचा दानव सा उत्पात!
नेता बन बैठा उपदेशक, विष प्रहार कर रहा,
भोला भला इंसान देश का,
फिर भी उन नेता का पद प्रक्षालन कर रहा,
रो रहा देश मेरा, बह रहा इसका लहू,
दो कर्कश बातों के कारण,
पुत्र, पुत्र को बीध रहा!

आरक्षण, धर्म जस नाम के मुखोटों से ढक,
कोई अपनापन जता रहा,
अपना अपना कह हम सबसे वो,
अपना स्वार्थ निभा रहा!
जागो इससे पहले टूट जाएँ हम इस कदर,
इस राजनीती के अग्नि से भाग भी ना पाएं चाह कर,
सरक्षण का वादा कर लूट रहे हमको जो,
शिक्षित हो, पहचानो उनको, और बचा लो खुद को!

टूट रहा भारत, बिखर रहा हिंदुस्तान,
जाति – धर्म के नाम पर विफल हो रहा इंसान,
है मची मार काट, हिंसक हो रहा अपना समाज,
दो जुबान के कहने पे है मचा दानव सा उत्पात!

A letter to Sir Modi: Please Come Home!!

Dear Mr Modi Sir,

I am not against you and neither am I saying that you haven’t done anything in 15 Months of your chair time. On many edges you have been amazing, bringing ample amount of funding, convincing foreign investors to be part of ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ campaign, and building and strengthen relations with foreign governments are few of your many achievements so far. Clean India and opening more than 80 thousand bank account within 100 days of your governance are few steps towards the better India I always hoped for and I can’t thank you enough for these.

However, I feel you have failed on few departments. Yes, it is not possible to see each side in the small term you have been on chair so far. So I will mention here one of the important one. No excuses can justify that no steps has been taken to tackle communal based problems. Sir, we are one of the few secular countries who have been proud of our history, integrity and brotherhood and it is getting hurt every day now. Hate speech from both side and I guess you won’t deny to the fact that some of the speeches are coming from leader of BJP branches are disgusting.

Sir, cleaning starts from home and who knows that better than you, overall you are our Brand ambassador for ‘Swach Bharth Abhiyaan’. So when the campaign will come, where anyone initiating such communal hatred on and off line will be apprehended and brought to justice. When we will see a peaceful India where the spark of 1947 doesn’t appear anymore. I am sure you agree that Godhra, Muzaffarnagar, Dadri are black holes of our social integrity and day by day such incidents will make our society hollow.

When the earning member of family lives far away from home, it doesn’t matter how much money he sends home, he cannot guarantee smooth maintenance of the house hold. So Sir, it is a humble request from me and many others like me, please take a breath from foreign trips and come home. You are our PM before BJP campaigner, you are not only there to earn money for the family but also there to make sure that every family member is getting equal care and food.

Come home Sir and help us Please, make the pillars strong before the house falls and guide us towards a clean and fair society.

Please!!

One of the citizen

Why are we not there yet?

December 2012, it was experienced that the whole India has joined hands against women attacks. Huge protests, new committee to rewrite laws, etc. were the hopes for the women against the fear they lived in. It was believed that there will be rapid drop in the number of rape and murder incidents against women from that moment.

From celebrities to minister, gave their quotes against any of similar incidents. But alas, it has been 18 months and such news still filling up half of the news paper space. The expectation of declination of such incident has dropped exponentially.

Every day we see news which shatters our faith in humanity again and again. The recent incident in UP when two teens were raped and hanged to be found other morning is one of the hundreds of incidents happen every day.

So how far we progressed?

Nowhere!!

The society moral has not changed yet. The culprits of such insane acts are not only the illiterate ones. Such incidents get support for some authorities like two policemen in UP rape case or leaders like Aasharam who is involved in act of insanity under their white dress. Why are we not there yet?

The security of women is threatened with every such incident and hard steps from authority can only push the psychos to step back and prevent us from such incidents.

BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH!!!!

Any of such criminals come from the society which we live in. Their confidence is high; they are ready to go up to any extreme; psychologically they are motivated for performing such insanity. Why?

Most likely they were not opposed when they performed their mistake for the first time or they got support from similar psycho who is already involved in such act. They need to be opposed, brought in light with their crime and punished. If they are let go, they will repeat and other life will suffer.

We have to start from home.

  • Talk to your kids (boy or girl) from early age, guide them about wrong and right.
  • Ask your kids to tell you if any sexual or physical assault is conducted even by any relative
  • The person behind crime could be your closest relative or friend, trust your children
  • If you are the victim of someone let the world know, hiding your assault will only encourage the criminal
  • Such crime can happen with a girl or boy so not believing in a boy can lead to a ruined life or evolving criminal of future.
  • Don’t hold to thoughts or instincts and let someone know who can deal with it maturely.

There are other preventive measure can be taken for your and others safety.

So, SPEAK UP!!! SHOUT!!! IT WILL SAVE YOU AND SAVE OTHERS!

We have to build a better India, safer India! Such a country, that makes us proud in every possible. We just don’t want to boast about our education, economy but also a safe village, a safe city and a safer country.

My other poems on Similar topic.

कह उठी एक दोस्त मेरी,रहना नहीं दिल्ली में अब!

दानवता के भय से भीगी नारी 

Diminishing AAP: Breaking Dream of a Common Man

Almost A year and half back the shine of changing politics was felt by many concerned citizens when AAP emerged as Political Party. The motto of the party to uproot corruption from society and politics was praised by many around the globe. The inspiration was from some protest against corruption and other social plagues under the leadership of Anna Hazare. Mr Arvind Kejrwal believed that to bring the change from outside will be tougher than cleaning it from inside. He went against many and formed a Political party. However this is all old stories.

AAP emerged as shining star after Delhi election and the performance was just flattering for AAP and the believers. However, some mistakes were made during campaign of election. Promises were made but the time spans promised to fulfil the promises were not realistic. The media and opposition which don’t even care about promises got their chance to stab. The government was under pressure. Being a chief minister he could have dealt with situation more effectively and sensibly but he flowed with emotion and took some worst decision of his newbie political life. The moment of justification were fading too.

He thought that he can pull it off with Loksabha election and took horns with strongest opposition. There was nothing wrong in that but the campaign was very much about complains and it did cost the party. They collapsed like those mediocre marathon runners who try to match steps with professional and collapse midway. The party is failing with their every decision.

Similarly, Arvind is losing it now. While he is trying to make change he also needs to remember that he is not above judicial system and there is a proper process to deal with court related issue. If AAP member are comparing him to Gandhi, then they are making fool of themselves. This is not 1947, and the fight is not the same.

His recent activities after he resigned from post of Delhi CM have provoked the loss of faith towards him from his many supporters. His decisions are immature and some time baseless. I feel, he is making fool of himself in the same global picture where he emerged as shining political star a while back. Moreover, I can sense a bit ego in the party leader, humanly possible after the emphatic win in Delhi. He need to come out and listen to their other party members Like Kumar Viswas. AAP hasn’t lost it all. They are in millions which still have faith in its motto and can see a brighter future for the party but to maintain that, AAP members have to snap out of the dream and face reality.

For now AAP should concentrate on accessing their faults. Take mature decisions and plan their future properly.

A country man willing to see better INDIA

 

मैं जनता!!!

हुआ शिकार मैं उनका जिनको चुना था मैंने,
जिनकी लज़ीज़ बातों की गहरीयों मैं भीग गया था,
जिनके वादे दिखा गए थे कई सपने,
एक सुनहरे कल की आस, एक नयी दुनिया की चाहत,
मजबूर कर गयी थी मुझे, धुंध बन छा गयी मेरी सोच पर|

आज उन्ही के हाथों लुट रहा हूँ,
वही खड़ा भीग रहा हूँ, छत की आस में बैठा था मैं जहाँ पर,
वादों को याद कर के भी क्या, बदल गयी है समाज ये,
काली मानसिकता से भरे समाज पर कर रहा कौन राज ये,
वही जिसकी सफ़ेद लिबास पर छींट की बूँद भी न थी,
आज लाल हो बैठी है खून से जा आये हममे से|

फिर भी मूक है, खुद को सही बता रही,
इनके प्रतिरूप विरोधी भी बस बैठ कीचड़ उछाल रहे,
वो भी होते तो कोई विशेष परिवर्तन नहीं होता,
आज ये लूट रहे हैं, नहीं तो वो लूट रहे होते,
अपने घड़े को कैसे भरा जाये कोई इनसे सीखे|

मैं इन्सान लुट रहा रोज, कभी छोटी बच्ची बन,
कभी बन के सिपाही, कभी बन नागरिक साधारण,
मेरे दुःख की सीढियों पर चढ़ रहा नेता कोई,
रो कर, हल्ला मचा कर जता रहा अपनापन,
आड़ में आसुओं के आपनी जेब भुना रहा हर कोई|

हुआ शिकार मैं उनका जिनको चुना था मैंने,
जिनकी लज़ीज़ बातों की गहरीयों मैं भीग गया था,
जिनके वादे दिखा गए थे कई सपने,
एक सुनहरे कल की आस, एक नयी दुनिया की चाहत,
मजबूर कर गयी थी मुझे, धुंध बन छा गयी मेरी सोच पर|

Independent!! Are we?

Independence!
A feel to make you proud!
To let the world
Listen how you sound.
You do everything what you want,
Enjoy, dance or chant.
That also means,
Everyone has freedom
Same as you do,
Your fun shouldn’t hurt them,
So have fun with calm.

We were gloried with ‘Independence’
Years ago we were told to dream,
A country with equality,
A country of our choice,
But what we heard seem were just noise.
Promises are made by the leaders we choose,
You will be filled as your field turns to gold,
There will be light in every corner of your home,
After they get their posts promises are gone.

What is the difference?
In that time and now,
They were Mughals and British,
They took whatever they liked,
Our money went to Swiss,
By the politicians whom you liked!
Where is the independence
Where is peace,
Which we all dreamt of
On that night which was filled with amazing grace.

Every year we hoist the flag,
Become the most proud citizen in the world,
Shout slogans with our heart out,
But in real can you feel any feeling’s sprout?
This is not Independence,
This is not what you are proud of,
This is virtual freedom you are living in,
Come out of dream and think
‘Where and how have you been’?

हे इन्सान तू क्यों रोता है !!!

हे इन्सान !
तू रो क्यों रहा आज,
कल तू दूसरों को लुटता देख रहा था
तू क्या सोच रहा आज,
कल खुद में मदमस्त पड़ा था,
कल वो कष्ट सूली पर था,
आज तू खड़ा वहाँ है,
कल वो दया की भीख मांग रहा था,
आज तू दुहाई दे रहा है,
हुआ था वो अभिशापित कल जिस कारण,
आज वही शाप दर्द तुझे दे रहा है,
कल वो लुटा जा रहा था ,
करम ऐसा कि आज तू लुट रहा है,

सोचा न तुमने हो सकता था वो तेरे साथ,
तुझे खुद की पड़ी थी,
अपने आँखे मीचे तू छिपा खड़ा था,
लूटने दो उनको जो हैं नीचे
गर तू खड़ा होता उस दिन तो
आज बनता वो प्रभाव रक्षक तुम्हारा,
अगर देख लेते एकता उस दिन,
न करते कोशिश वो दानव दुबारा|
जिस कर्म को तू बोता है,
फल लगता हैं उसमे वही,
आज रोने से क्या होता है,
कल तुने माना था उसे सही|

 

तेरी बोली – तेरा परिचय!!!

तेरे लफ्ज छेड़ सकती है खुशबू कहीं,
कही गम का पैमाना बहा सकती है,
दे ध्यान तू खोल जुबान उस वक़्त,
जब तेरी खामोशी दर्द बढ़ा सकती है,
या तेरी बोली खुशी फैला सकती है!!

हर शब्द, हर नगमे ढोती हैं भाव कई,
होता है कई रूप छिपा उनमे,
हँसा कई हो वो रहा,रुला किसी एक जाता है,
हसने वाला बस ले रहा होता है मज़ा,
रोने वाला चुपके से बद्दुआ दे जाता है|

आशीर्वाद तो देते हैं कई हमे,
कई चाहते हैं हमारा भला,
असर होता है उनका कभी कभी,
दे बद्दुआ गर कोई यारों, कसम से
अक्सर असर उसका हो जाता है||

तेरी बोली तेरा नाम बना सकती है,
छोड़ सकती है दमन में दाग भी,
किसी की मुस्कुराहटो का कारण बन सकती
तो तोड़ सकती है ग़मों का पहाड़ भी
खोल जुबान बस उसी वक़्त,
जब हो उससे किसी का भला|

मत खोल जुबान गर है तुझे पता,
चोट किसी को लग सकती है,
किसी की आहें आहात हो कर निकले तो,
असर तुझ पर भी हो सकती है|
तेरे लफ्ज छेड़ सकती है खुशबू कहीं,
कही गम का पैमाना बहा सकती है|