Hope! जीने का सहारा!

” साहब, जाना तो बनता ही था. सब जाते हैं, तो हमें भी जाना ही था. बचपन से यही सुनते आये, कि हमारे मामू जान बाहर से कितने पैसे कमा कर यहाँ लाते हैं. हमारे लिए वो अनेक तोहफे भी लेके आते. ऐसा लगता मानो यही ज़िन्दगी है. मैं और मेरे तीनो भाइयों के लिए वो सलमान खान से कम ना थे.

मामू जान के किस्से सुनके हम सब बड़े हो रहे थे. अम्मी जान को वो हर महीने पैसे भेजते और इसी से हमारा घर चलता. अम्मी भी हमें अपने मामू की तरह बनने की हिदायत देती. हमारी ज़िन्दगी का केवल एक मकसद था. अपने मामू की तरह बनना.

मामू जान वो इंसान थे जिनसे हम सबको अपने से ज्यादा उम्मीद थी. कहते हैं उम्मीद पे दुनिया कायम है, और उस दिन मामू जान ने अम्मी से मुझे दुबई ले जानी की इज़ाज़त ले ली. मेरी तो मानो ख़ुशी का ठिकाना ही नहीं रहा. मैं सपने देखने लगा था. मुझे एक हसीं ज़िन्दगी की ख्वाइश अंदर ही अंदर सच होती दिखाई दे रही थी.

मगर मुझे क्या मालूम था, कि जिसे मैं हसीं ज़िन्दगी समझ रहा था, वो एक ऐसी खाई थी जिसमें एक बार गिर कर बाहर निकलना नामुमकिन था. दुबई पहुँचते ही मैं मामू जान की दूकान पे काम करने लगा. कभी कभी वो मुझे एक पैकिट लेके कुछ लोगों को देने के लिए कहते और मैं अपने हीरो की बात बिना सोचे समझे मान लेता.

एक दिन वही पैकिट देने जाते समें मुझे पुलिस ने पकड़ लिया. मेरे कागज़ात मांगे जो मैंने उन्हें दिखा दिए. फिर वो मुझे पुलिस स्टेशन ले गए और मेरे सामने वो पैकिट खोला. एक सफ़ेद रंग का पाउडर देख उनका शख सच में तब्दील हो गया.

तीन घंटो तक वो मुझे मारते रहे और मेरे कई बार मना करने पे कि मुझे इन ड्रग्स के बारे में कुछ नहीं पता था और ये कि ये पैकिट मेरे मामू ने मुझे देने को कहा था, उन्होंने मेरी कोई बात ना सुनी. तीन घंटे बाद जब मैं मार खाके बिलकुल बेजान हो गया, तब उन्होंने मेरे दिए गए नंबर पे कॉल किया.

उधर मेरे मामू जान ये खबर सुनके फरार हो गए. मेरे दिए हुए नंबर को किसी ने नहीं उठाया. अपने खिलाफ सारे सबूत होने कि वजह से कोर्ट ने मुझे सजा सुना दी. मेरा पासपोर्ट भी मेरे पास ना था. और किसी ने मेरी कोई मदद नहीं करी.images

आज आप पहले इंसान हो, जिसने मुझे एक हिंदुस्तानी होने का एहसास दिलाया है. मेरे जैसे यहाँ बहुत से ऐसे लोग है जो अपनी ज़िन्दगी गुमनामी में गुज़ार रहे हैं. कोई मामू के कहने पे तो कोई चाचा के कहने पे यहाँ आया और यहाँ आके बुरा फस गया.

कहते हैं ख्वाब देखना अच्छी बात होती है, लेकिन अगर ख्वाबों का ये अंजाम होता है, तो मैं किसी को ख्वाब देखने की हिदायत नहीं दूंगा. मुझे पता है कि आप भी मुझे शक की नज़रों से देख रहे हैं. आये तो थे आप ड्रग्स का सच जानने, अब आप को ऐसा लग रहा होगा कि मैं आपको अपनी दुःख भरी दास्ताँ क्यों सुना रहा हूँ.

हो सके तो आप मेरी बातों पे भरोसा कर, मेरे जैसे बेगुनाह लोगों को यहाँ से छुड़ाने की कोशिश ज़रूर कीजियेगा. अल्लाह हाफ़िज़. 

If you are wondering who this guy is, he is one among the many who are lured by the thought of making a wonderful life for themselves. He is one among the innocent and impoverished lot who don’t have a clue what they are getting into. He is one among the many who want to lead a normal life just like ourselves but are never given a chance, instead are used by many and then thrown out into the dungeons of a world which you would never want to get into.

There are many like him, who are languishing behind bars and have lost all hopes from the beautiful life that God has bestowed upon them. I don’t know where these people will find that one ray of hope from. But I am hopeful that someday guys like him would surely get justice and will be given a chance to lead a happy and peaceful life which they had all dreamt of as a kid.

Source for Image: http://mommiesofmiracles.com/support/hope/

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The City of Extremes!

What people refer to as the city of dreams, I would also want to give it a title of the city of extremes. On one hand, where you have the glitter and glamour associated with the Bollywood industry and the rich businessmen, on the other hand, you can find the famous slums of Bombay, where every morning people get up hoping that the day would turn out to be a life changer.

Most, who fall on the other side of the table, by the time the sun sets, return home still wanting that one magical day in their lives which they dream about every night the moment they hit their beds.

They feel disappointed and even curse the one and only for giving them the life, but wake up every morning hoping and believing that their time would come. In this entire cycle of hope and despair that they tend to go through each day, they are faced with numerous life threatening challenges.

Only few are able to successfully come out of the vicious circle that they tend to find themselves the moment they are born. Rest are left to go through the excruciating pain each day, which they all start referring to as life.

Of the majority, some chose to find renunciation in the world of dreaded dreams, which all colloquially refer to as the underworld. The world which is often showcased in our movies has its own set of rules and regulations.

Often the world provides the much needed relief to the psyche of our youth with no jobs, but comes along with its own set of deadly consequences. Youth get easily attracted to the glitter which tends to take them into a different zone altogether where they start to feel that they have made it big.

With the real estate offering hafta and the rich and famous having no choice but to pay them hefty amounts for their own security, the underworld blossoms big time. As a result, the gangs go on a hiring spree looking for impoverished candidates who are frustrated and are trying to find a means of getting away from their day to day lives. images

To increase their clout, the recruitment is not just limited to one specific gang. As time passes by, the once impoverished youth become most wanted criminals. Some of them end up getting encountered by the specialists in their field and only a few who are really lucky go on to become dons, who then act as role models for the impoverished lot who aspire to become just like them when they grow up.

If you are wondering, how these gangs tend to gain sympathy from the have-not in our society, it is because the leader of the gang tend to nurture them with all kind of materialistic support for both them and their families in need. They truly become messiah for the perpetually needy lot.

All the above brings us to significant questions, “What if the youth was not impoverished? What if the youth had decent white collar jobs? What if their families were well fed? What if the governance was good? Won’t they be just like us who do our regular jobs and try to live our lives in a peaceful manner?”

If the answer to the above is yes, then who is it who should be blamed for the scheme of things that take place in their lives. Is it the politicians, is it the bureaucrats, is it the aam aadmi? 

Or more than wondering about who is responsible, why not think about who can make things better? Is it our politicians, is it the bureaucrats, or the aam aadmi? Possibly each one of them need to work together.

It is always said, where there is a will, there is a way”. I just wonder where the will in this case will come from and will that will result in affirmative actions aimed at rectifying the scenario.

Source for Image: http://www.mumbai-metro.com/category/construction-and-technology

The Welfare Concept

When I was a kid, I used to wonder why is it that some parents tell their kids: “it’s a scary world out there” and used to deliberate over the thought process that would have gone behind parents telling their children about the same.

As I grew older and stepped out of the safe and protective ambience of my house to come in contact with the real World, I realized the fallacy of the concept of a welfare state that our country takes great pride in projecting herself as such on all international forums.

Some pessimists and non-reformists in the intelligentsia of our country would compare our country to malfunctioning states like Somalia and Afghanistan and would come to the conclusion that India is indeed a welfare state.

But as a common man, when I step out of my house, say, at 11 p.m at night, to take a casual stroll, why do I have to worry about being robbed or caught by the very same people who have been enthrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding our lives? Why do I have to worry about the nexus that has evolved between the politicians, bureaucrats and criminals in our country?

Why is it that girls in our country have started fearing venturing out at night, especially in cities like Gurgaon and Delhi? Are all the above examples indication of the welfare of our citizens which our nation wants to achieve?

If not, then what are we as a society and our administration as caretaker of the citizens of this country, doing in order to reverse this tide of an ever increasing crime rate?

Our government on its part is always lauding the steps taken by it in order to improve the governance in our country. But the question that needs to be asked is:

How effective and efficient are these measures turning out to be?”

Source for Image: http://peterjmunson.blogspot.in/2012/01/welfare-state-thesis.html

Support System

Everyday, our newspapers are flooded with reports of crimes against women folk. Everyday, someone gets burnt due to non payment of dowry, everyday some women are so brutally beaten up by their husbands that they end up being hospitalized, everyday some women are humiliated and threatened.

This makes me wonder as to what’s the reason behind such a behaviour on part of men. Are we as men trying to prove that we are physically more strong and can go to any extent of imposing our decisions on women? Are we as men become so grossly infected by our desires and whims that we tend to lose all forms of morality and dignity?

It makes me immensely sad about the increasing expression of aggression in our society. Why all the frustation and angst is taken out on the women? Why the hell have we forgotten to give due respect to women? Why are we bent upon treating women like animals?

Why have we forgotten the fact that if there was no woman then there wouldn’t be any one in this society? And the most surprising and unfortunate thing in some incidents is that women too collude with their sons or husbands and become a part of making either their daughter-in-laws or their daughters go through all the atrocities.

Whatever might be the reason for such a behaviour, the behaviour itself needs to be ridiculed and suitably punished. Indeed punishment is surely going to act as a deterrent for those who might have such motives, but we must try to dig deeper and try to focus on the root cause of such incidents.

Why are such incidents taking place? Is it in the nature of a human to be brutal? And if it is then why is is that the norms and value system in our society which is supposed to be the guiding force behind all the legal laws and codes in place and is supposed to condition a human being into a fully functional societal being, are unable to fulfill its purpose?

There must be something very wrong in our teachings that we end up doing things such as those described above. Things certainly need to change. Again the question is where should this reform process start from? Should we focus on our schools, along with homes, and try to instil teachings from Bhagvad Geeta and other religious texts in the curriculum so that our children grow up into decent and virtuous individuals?

At the end of the day, it is extremely important that individuals, in this case especially men, are taught the virtues of respecting the fairer sex. But this alone wouldn’t solve the problem. Inspite of all teachings there will surely be some deviants who would try to bring malaise to the whole system.

What is needed along with the teachings, is an establishment of a society where in women feel free and empowered to voice out their opinions. And we as virtuous men need to function as a support system for the women folk.

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Speak Up

Yesterday, I had written about the kind of incidents that are taking place in our society and the insecurity of our parents which is but natural to arise. What is surprising though is that hundreds of such incidents such as eve teasing, go unnoticed and unreported.

Is it because our parents are scared about the social consequences that might follow the very act of reporting? Is it because our parents are well aware of the treatment that their child might have to face in our society? Is it because of the inefficiency of the justice delivery mechanisms in place in our country?

Whatever might be the reason, it is extremely important to understand that if such incidents are not reported and the perpetuaters are not booked, then it is bound to lead to an increase in the occurence of such incidents. Those involved in such acts are bound to gain in confidence and in turn their evil motives are bound to prevail over our justice system.

Such reporting needs to be supported by the investigating agencies and the judiciary in our country by providing an effective environment where in justice can be delivered in an efficient and effective manner.

But the most important question that is haunting and will continue to haunt all of us is:

Do we have the courage to come out of our houses and take a stand against such incidents happening in our society and how many of us are really prepared to support such people who are taking an initiative in this regard?

Source of Image: http://borderbuster.blogspot.in/2009/07/speak-up-on-global-trade.html