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.

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

It’s a wish, I want to live!!!

It’s a hope, it’s a Wish,
I want to live a life, with extreme peace,
May this Christmas, and the New Year,
Bring wisdom and integrity,
Among the world and among us,
We don’t want to face other tragedy,
Be it Assam or Peshawar.

It’s a request to the lords of wars,
Call it enough, please take it far,
No innocent should have to give their life,
No one of us want to suffer, let us survive,
Let us be happy with what we have,
Why you do mistakes and we pay the price?

It’s a plea to those, who trample on others,
For a moment of pleasure,
The please will last longer, just try to revive,
Spread smiles, save a life,
Nothing can satisfy more,
Then the smile who just survived!

It’s a wish, I want to live,
In a world with integrity and peace!!!

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|

What happened to us?

INDIA:  Again 3 Yr. old raped; 6 Yr found with slitted throat, raped possible; Sarbjeet singh died after attack in Pakistan  Coal-Scam and many more.

Recently us public has faced numerous phase which is result of mute governance of our government. Crime was never excluded from any society completely but if we consider incidents and accidents occurring in past few months it won’t be a hype to say that crime  is taking over our society.From rape to harassment, murder to acid attack, Bribery to scam worth millions-billions of $’s is being faced, observed and reported daily. There has been no control; no fear among the criminals and no safety for common man in society, all we are heard from our so-called rulers is few promises(always part of politics to win public heart); consoling words (to make us feel they are from us, for us) and when that is not enough, another problem( inflation) to keep us lost in our day-to-day to life.

 

In the disgraceful incident of 16 December (Delhi) when public protest was on hype and all media attention was on it, two Indian soldiers were slaughtered and got all attention magnetized  Public support went down from the rape issue and the public pressure on government came down in control. It was not long when again protests almost got ignited by the 5-year-old incident, public support were building up, government and police were under pressure and public scanner but again Sarabjeet (Indian prisoner in Pakistan  was attacked with bricks and all and sending him in coma. Attention of media was distracted to this (As always India-Pakistan based issues are more discussed with a rare chance of any outcome) and pressure on Government slipped away as before. And then again 6-yr girl was found with slitted throat and possibly raped. Incident happens once but these coincidence can’t be digested easily. People like Sarabjeet is more likely to be the collateral damage and being used as platform by our so called would be young leader. If you just put some logical thoughts over back to back incidents; [Internal incidents → Public pressure → international incidents → public pressure moves; Media attention on international issues → Internal incidents →→→] it feels it is all going round in a circle . Ruling Party is justifying them-self in whichever way they can and opposition is blaming them in every possible way. Only result we as public can feel is a student lost between mathematics question paper as unable to solve jumping between question to question.

I am not trying to create any controversy or blame someone but can it be possible that all what is happening around is a part of big political game before the elections; Using inverse plan ‘If you can’t score better, make other score low’; trying to keep their clothes clean etc.?  Or a conspiracy?

High level MP’s are asking about if there name is in XYZ scam and from IPS to SP’s involved in crimes, Would be ministers with dark backgrounds and social leaders dividing us on name of religion in so called secularist country. A country boasting to have second highest fastest growing economy is also facing low literacy rate; a market being considered as the best place to invest for business also facing  high level of poverty and jobless People. The huge margin between Upper, Medium, Low and No income families is just unbelievable and government think that by reservation scheme (up to 50%) before and after employment can solve this all. A country known for it culture is more in talk for incidents like rape, violence against women and government negligence. Fast track court are there in paper but in such courts cases are pending for years. A new rule book is made but loop holes can be easily seen. MP’s not supporting  laws which asks for punishment of a person on high chair as it can be them; and many more.

Where are we heading, I don’t know? Where I am heading I don’t know but one thing I feel that Indian Govt is taking a walk back! India is losing its dignity, its pride with all what is happening. Hearing comment like ‘ all Indian are pervert’ from another Indian is not very pleasing; Seeing fellow friends canceling there trip to India is heart breaking.

Still I am positive about the future, Hoping for a rule to consider the degrade we have faced and uplift us, Assuming change and see a society with high and open mentality that we can again say “WE ARE PROUD TO BE INDIAN”.

दानवता के भय से भीगी नारी

सिसकती है, रोती है, गम से खुद को भिगोती है,
मानव की दानवता से हरी हर नारी,
दुनिया में क्यों आई, सोचती है
कोई सुरक्षित है नहीं, हर तरफ एक लुटेरा है,
धन की बात छोड़ो, आज वो नारी की इज्जत का भूखा है|

किस पर भरोसा करे वो, अन्दर किसी के किसने देखा है,
सफ़ेदपोश बन कर कौन सा दानव कहाँ बैठा है?
घर के बाहर हो या अन्दर हो माँ, बहन, बेटी रोती है,
भय से भीगी नारी डर डर के सोती है
जाने कब जागे कोई दानव रूप में,
ले हर चीर किसी का दुह्साशन के भेष में|

आज हर लुटती इज्जत का तमाशा यहाँ बनता है,
पहले दानव मानव ने जिसे लूटा था,
मिडिया और नेता अपने हित के लिए दुबारा लूटता है|
किसी के जीवन से अपनी हित कैसे भुनाई जाये,
सीखे इनसे कोई जो खादी कुर्ते में बैठा है|

टूट गया है विश्वास नारी का,इस समाज में सुरक्षा की आस से,
डरती है, मानव रूप में सड़कों पर भेड़ियों सी टपकती लारों से|
कौन कब किस ओर से झपटेगा, है जनता नहीं कोई,
बाँकी के बचे इन्सान गुजरेंगे वहां से
जैसे इनसे उनका कोई लेना देना नहीं|

सिसकती है, रोती है, गम से खुद को भिगोती है,
मानव की दानवता से हरी हर नारी,
दुनिया में क्यों आई, सोचती है|

We All are Same!!

My Nerves were calm,
Pulses were running with gentle speed,
Nor it was the rush of peak over,
Neither was there any thing to cover.

No guilt was biting me from inside,
Neither I felt any how deprived,
I was happy with what I was,
Cheerfully enjoying my life as it was.

Some thing happened that another day,
Left me soaked in pain as I say,
It was hard on me and every other,
But there was no one who did bother.

He was shouting on the peak of his voice,
Cursing everyone he could see,
Followers behind him were facing the same,
And were joining him with new names.

But no one came to make the change,
Just blaming on each other & taking names,
What was the point I couldn’t see?
No work but giving advise as they are free.

Moreover, it was just not an incident,
The situation is common and permanent,
We just complain around thinking it will change,
But as we all know by now, no one is different.

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|

 

निति प्रकृति की!!!

झरोखे से दिखा आज चाँद,
सफ़ेद निश्छल और शांत,
है कैसी अद्भुत माया प्रकृति की,
सबका हक जिसपे सामान है,
अभी किसी दुनिया के लिए छिपा होगा
लकिन मेरे लिए विद्यमान है|

अभी सूरज अपनी दहक
होगा रहा जला  किसी को,
अपनी निर्मल रौशनी लिए
निर्मल चाँद लुभा रहा मुझको
कैसी ये दोहरी निति है तेरी
कैसा तुने ये संसार बनाया है?

ऐसा नहीं की सारी खुशी तुने मुझे दे डाली,
मेरे जीवन चाँद में हैं दाग कई,
अँधेरे में घिरा मेरा  जीवन कई लम्हों पर,
पर खुश हूँ खुशियों के पल गिन|
पर उनका क्या जिन्होंने खुशियाँ देखा नहीं,
होता क्या है जीना जाना नहीं|

मुस्कुराते हैं गम में वो अपने,
हंस लेते हैं खुद में कर के दो बोल मीठे,
जीते हैं काँटों के बीच हर पल,
बिन भोजन के, बिन आसियाने के,
चीथरों में लिपटे वो थिठुरतें हैं सर्दियों में,
सो जाते हैं चबूतरों पर गर्मी में टांग पसारे |

वातान्कूलित कमरे में बैठे बाबु कोसते हैं
गर्मी कितनी बढ़ गयी है,
सर्दियों में बिन हीटर उन्हें चैन कहाँ है,
रोते हैं हर पल कमियां गिना कर,
असल का जीवन उन्होंने जिया कहाँ है?

हे निति, तेरी द्विनिती समझ के परे है,
जो लादे हैं धन से, असबाबों से उन्हें संतोष कहाँ है?
जिनके पास न छत है न है कपडे सही का,
वो जी रहे जिन्दगी अपनी,
खाने को भोजन के नीचे पत्ते की फिकर कहाँ है?

झरोखे से देख के चाँद आज,
खो गया मैं खुद के विचारों में
अपने खुशी में, दुनिया के दुःख और दिखावे में|

मेरा गाँव मेरा देश!!!

आता है याद मुझे वो देश अपना!
सुबह की घंटी, चिड़ियों का चहकना ,
वो बैलों के गले की घंटी की रुनझुन,
वो बालाओं के पायल की छुनछुन,
आती है महक मुझे अदरक के चाय की,
बछड़ों की अटकल, रम्भाना गाय की,
बारिश के बाद आती वो सोंधी खुशबू
सफ़ेद पगड़ी में बैठे मुखिया बाबु,
पनघट पर जाती गाँव की गोरीयाँ,
सूखे धुल से नहाती वो छोटी गोरयाँ,
बच्चों की टोलियाँ का शोर,
गाता गरेडिया ले कर भेड़ों का होर,
सरसों के खेत की पीली चादर,
नाचते किसान देख के बादर,
कहीं पानी की पम्प की सुनाई देती फटफट,
माँ की नजरों से बच के भागना झटपट,
बसंत के मोसम की फूलों की बहार,
जनवरी से दिसम्बर तक मेलों का इंतज़ार,
घर आते ही दादा के झोले के टटोलना,
वो पुराने रेडियो के पार्ट-पुर्जे खोलना,
वो हासिये पे धार बनता लुहार,
वो रातों को चौकीदार  की पुकार,
वो रातों में लैम्प में बैठ कर पढना,
घी चुपड़ी रोटियों का इंतज़ार करना,
दादी माँ से बालों को सहलवाना,
खुले आँगन में खटिये पे सो जाना,
आता है याद मुझे वो देश अपना,
हर एक पल हैं अनमोल, था वो समय अपना|