अधूरी मुलाकात

एक दिन यू ही हम बज़ार की ओर चल दिये
चलते चलते हम उनसे टकरा गए
मुनासिफ है कि जनाब वो भी हमसे टकरा गए
फिर क्या था आंखे चार हुई
हमारे नामों की भी मुलाकात हुई
और कुछ लफ़्ज़ों में ज़ालिम दिलों की दो बात भी हुई
बातों बातों में कुछ किस्से वो कह गए
कुछ हमारे होंठ कहते कहते रहे गए
उस दिन वो हमारे किस्सों के इंतेज़ार में ही रह गए
चंद मिनटों बाद वो अपनी ओर चल दिये
ओर फिर क्या था हम भी अपनी ओर चल दिये।

किन्तु अब चलने का अंदाज़ जरा अलग सा था
क्यों कि दिल में एक अहसास नया सा था
कुछ मिलों चले तो किसी ने ये कह के रोक दिया
की पीछे से आपको कोई पुकार रहा है “जिया”
जब मुड़कर संदेह भरी नजरों से देखा तो कोई न था
बगल में देखा तो कोई न था
सोचा चलो एक बार उनकी राह पर चल कर देखेंं
चले हम थोड़ी शरारत के साथ, इश्क़ की इबादत के साथ
अचानक कदम रुक गए
देखा कि सफेद जीप खड़ी है
लोगों की भीड़ बड़ी है
पूछने पर कोई कह गया कि “हॉरर किल्लिंग” का मामला है
सोचा आगे बढ़ उस नए जोड़े को मैं भी तो जरा देखो
उनकी मौत की जीत का जशन मनाते चेहरों को भी देखों
लेकिन कदम यह सोच कर वहीं रुक गए कि मोहतरमा
जिनके नाम का फ़ितूर कुछ घड़ी पहले आपके दिल पे छाया है
वो ओर कोई नही एक दूसरे धर्म का व्यक्ति है
भूल जाओ किताबो में पढ़ी जोधा-अकबर की बातें, हीर रांझा की मुलाकातें
क्योंकि यहां जो माहौल है वहां लोगों का कानून चलता है
आज भी हिन्दू खुद को ‘हिन्दू’ कहता है और मुस्लिम खुद को ‘मुस्लमान’
कहने में कोई बुराई नहीं है, बुराई तो सोच में है
विचार में है, समाज में है
हिन्दू ओर मुस्लिम के बीच खींची दीवार में है
जहाँ दो लोगों की मौत को धर्म से तोल दिया जाता है
कानून को किताबों के लिए छोड़ दिया जाता है
इस ख्याल ने मानो दिल को जिंझोड़ सा दिया
हमें फिर अपनी राह की ओर अकेला मोड़ सा दिया
फिर क्या था उन्हें पीछे छोड़
हम भी चल दिये चुपचाप अपनी राह की ओर।

– श्वेता कुकरेती


Juvenile crimes: A lost childhood

Globally, India is often praised for having worlds’ largest youth population as compared to the most powerful and developed nations such as the U.S. and China. Therefore, the country has an ability to face any situation and crisis with collective consciousness and energy of the youth.

“My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the services of others, and obedient good to themselves and the country at large”, said the great Indian philosopher Swami Vivekanand. But, sadly this hope seems to turn futile with the recent spurt in the crime cases registered against juveniles. If we look at earlier data and figures of various NGOs and NHRC, such crimes were restricted in the backward rural areas due to lack of education and awareness among the youths. Now, the scenario is different as children from affluent families are stepping into the world of crimes. Under IPC about 34,000 cases were registered against children below 18 years of age in the year 2014. Later, seeing such rise in the crimes, the Union Cabinet passed a proposal to amend the Juvenile Justice Act in 2015. A section of lawyers and NGOs criticised this reform but there were many others who believed that this amendment was a need for the goodwill of the society and next generation. Further, this act was an effort to prevent juveniles from committing heinous crimes like rape and murder. The proposal seeks to try juveniles between 16 and 18 years as adults if they have been accused of heinous crimes, under laws meant for adults. Moreover, former IPS and incumbent Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi wrote in the Hindustan Times, “The amended Juvenile Justice Act is a message for several sections of society. If each one of them appreciates this, society will be safer. And we will have more responsible generations.”

The whole world left shocked when the Nirbhaya Gang Rape Case took place, rape is such a barbaric crime but Nirbhaya Case crossed all the levels of shame and inhuman behaviour. Further, a charge sheet on the case declared that the juvenile suspect assaulted the female student twice and pulled out her intestines with his bare hands. The juvenile also wanted to strip the victim naked and throw her off the moving bus. Though all the accused were arrested and charged with sexual assaults, the juvenile defendant was released on 20 December 2015. And it was then that people protested against his release and just after two days of release, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill 2015 was passed by the Rajya Sabha.

This year in Ryan International School Murder Case, the Class 11 student of RIS Gurguram, was arrested by the CBI for allegedly killing seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur. The shocking revelation in the case was that a student was killed by his senior because he wanted to get the exam postponed. Really! Is this what we learn at the temple of knowledge? A mind that needs to be nurtured with good thoughts and values, used a sharp-edged weapon to slit a child’s throat. Later, the juvenile confessed to his crime in front of his father and an independent witness.

Just a few months later, another crime occurred and it ripped our souls apart when Delhi Police filed a case against a four-and-a-half-year-old boy. Obviously, it was hard for many of us to believe in the authenticity of the news due to accused’s age. Also, how can a child whose mind is less likely to even grasp a word would carry out such a crime called rape? Yes, you heard it right rape, a child was booked for raping his classmate, who is of the same age. After the victim’s mother told that her daughter confessed, a boy unbuttoned her pants and used his finger and a sharpened pencil to assault her sexually. Further, in her statement to police, she said after returning from school her daughter complained of pain in her lower abdomen. It was then, she noticed her child was sexually assaulted and her private parts were wounded.

Within a week, another painful incident came into the limelight: a class 5 student in Ghaziabad sexually assaulted a class 2 student. Don’t you think these juvenile criminals are entitled to strict punishment? Sadly, the Indian Penal Code (IPC) provides children below seven years of age certain protections against prosecutions and juveniles can’t be charged under the law. However, if they can commit a crime in the age of innocence then without a second thought, they are old enough to deserve a legal punishment for it. And now, it is high time to re-frame the lines for such criminal acts as all these cases were among the cruelest crimes enacted by the juveniles this year.

By the end of November, it was felt that our society will learn from these incidents and teenagers will now act as responsible citizens. Unfortunately, there was no change and UP police recovered two dead bodies in Greater Noida West. After an investigation, it was revealed in the case that the criminal was a 16-year-old teenager who killed his mother (42) and sister (11). While citing a reason for killing, the boy said that he was often scolded by his parents over his poor performance in school as compared to his younger sister who was brilliant in her studies.
For this changing scenario and bitterness in teenagers, we can blame a few things such as peer pressure, Internet exposure and the violence shown by media channels. But, two wrongs never make one right.

The Greater Noida twin murder case has blown out all the hopes for a positive society filled with moral values as not just the surroundings, even the air we breathe has become so polluted that teenagers have lost both their childhood and innocence. And with that, it also seems that we have lost our country’s future.

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Say it loud, “Bharat mata ki jai”

It’s better to say what they want you to, or else you’re gone.

With his appointment as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath Yogi, said the protection of Cows was very significant for both his government and the BJP administration at the center. Just days after an announcement, he ordered a ban on illegal slaughter houses in his state.

Yogi believes that rural economy thrives around cows and his belief came into limelight with the several steps taken by his government to encourage Cows protection. Such efforts by the safron leader caught plenty of attention and praise from his Hindu followers on different media sites. The decision of shutting down illegal slaughter houses turned out as closure of thousands of meat shops in UP.  It wasn’t a bombshell on vegetarians but to a few hardcore non-vegetarians who cherish delicacies like tundey and gulati kababs.  The agenda of Cows protection is not confined to one state, the Maharashtra state government in 2015, introduced a ban on illegal bulls, bullocks and buffaloes. The Bombay High Court in January this year also struck down relevant sections of the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act that prohibited possession of the meat.

The announcement to protect the holy Cows leads to a sudden rise in the numbers of cow vigilantes who claimed to be real patriots of India or say Hindutva. They consider themselves as the true guards of holy mothers and few fools call them cow vigilantes (who take law into their hands to penalize what they may perceive to be crime) rather than gau rakshaks. Since then extra-judicial killings and violence are occurring in the name of cow protection. Such murders aren’t surprising to the nation, 86% killed in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslims, reported an IndiaSpend content analysis of the English media. The mayhem of the 2015 Dadri mob lynching in UP is still fresh in our minds, where mob of villagers late night attacked the house of a Muslim man and slew a 52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi on the suspicion of slaughtering a stolen calf. The mob dragged the entire family outside the house and repeatedly kicked and stabbed Akhlaq son, Danish, who was left half-dead in the streets.

A report by IndiaSpend also reveals that about more than half (56%) attacks were based on rumors. These vigilantes have not only killed people but also gang-raped women. In an appalling incident in August 2016, in Mewat, Haryana, a woman and her 14-year-old minor cousin were allegedly gang-raped after being accused of eating beef. Their two other relatives were murdered. Later when the case was registered in the Police station, it was verified that the victim family didn’t consume beef meat. Four men were arrested and charged with rape and murder. What even if they had consumed beef? Does it give authority to these vigilantes to demonstrate their double-standard patriotism by raping a woman? By a few so called protectionists, this can be easily justified in a quip that they provide protection to our holy cattle (Gau Mata) and the rules and laws made by these gau rakshaks are of course above the decrees mentioned in our Indian Constitution.


A few months ago, a phd scholar in IIT, Madras, was attacked in the vegetarian mess, allegedly for beef eating. Pehlu Khan and Junaid (a minor Muslim boy) were beaten to death by Cow vigilantes. According to the witnesses, these Gaurakshaks (Predators) termed victims (Prey) as “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”, and taunted them with terms such as “mulla” or even asked them to loudly shout “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

These killings of men and women taking us back to the Independence movement where the nation was provoked by the zealotry and religious politics. Even these Gaurakshaks who said to be followers of Gandhi are seemed to be ignorants of the fact that Mahatma Gandhi himself opposed killing of Cows but he also asserted that he would not kill a human being for a protection of Cow. He also said “Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put an end to it.”

By quoting such lines here, I’m not agreeing to Cows killing even, why only Cows I strictly oppose the killing of any beast for meat such as goats and hens because if it is about giving us something back, the way cow does then these two equally deserve protection like their Cow mate.

Therefore, before it gets too late we need to understand, slaughter of men in the name of Cows threatens to hack the soul of diverse India and there is an urgent need to stand for its very soul.


Dalit vs Dalit: A Game Of ‘Political Tokenism?’

This Presidential election not only a Dalit vs Dalit but Bihar vs Bihar too.

In India when two of the most prominent social groups (Dalits and Muslims) are facing havoc delivered by Hindutva politics, in this stir scenario the powerful Centre thought to stay on safer side by playing an ‘ace card’ in the name of political opportunism. BJP provided the presidential race a caste twist and with that opposition too didn’t shy away to accept the challenge of ‘political tokenism.’

The opposition aptly picked a Dalit woman candidate from Bihar to take on someone who has been a governor from the same state. Hence, Either Congress contender Meira Kumar or Centre candidate Ram Nath Kovind, in a few days, India will have a Dalit president for the second time in its history. The first Dalit to occupy that palatial building for five years was K.R Naryana from 1997 to 2002.

In fact earlier, father figure of BJP, Lal Krishna Advani, was making the rounds in media for presidential candidature till BJP Chief Amit Shah announced the name formally in a press meeting. History has witnessed that poor Advani, who have nurtured the aspiration at different times to be Prime Minister or President of India was unluckily denied the support by his own party members. It is interesting to note that rise of Modism turned out as the end of Advanism. In 2009 Modi popularity shunned his guru Advani charisma, we thought at this moment he will pay back some dues by pushing him to the top position but once again he brought all our speculations to nix.

A few experts say it’s a sturdy competition to choose one among two Dalits while others have predicted, whether opposition like it or not, NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind is all set to win Raisina race. Both Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar come from the Dalit social group. The political lineage of our country aware of the fact that neither a Muslim nor a Dalit face will ever change the fate of their communities untill their representatives are used in the name of identity politics to retain hegemony and power. If we will go back to 2002, we will get to know that same seeds were rooted there when APJ Abdul Kalam was installed as President of India to bury the stains of communal riots occurred in Gujarat. But did it change Muslims fate? 

Without any learning from past, even after 15 years the similar opportunism is being used to cover every day tortures, attacks and murders experienced by Dalits. Not to forget, 12th President of India, our very first lady to hold the office, Pratibha Patil, who was chosen as a symbol of ‘women empowerment’ just to show that our government stands against women plight and implanting immense efforts to end their woes.

The final battle will take place on July 17 and we cannot predict in which direction the political waves will flow in. For now JD(U), BJD and several other smaller parties came out in support of Kovind. If we sum up the numbers of their votes, they are more than enough to win the battle as it makes around 60 percent. But we also know that loyalties of politicians keep shifting with trend. Eventually, it’s going to be the most symbolic fight where the margin of victory or defeat will matter more than the voting numbers.


Planning career goals? Here’re some superb tips

Choosing a precise career plays vital role in your life because it’s a lifelong process, which will gradually form your identity. The process begins by opting for the course stream of your choice as it will become the base of what you hope to be doing throughout your work life. Therefore, it is a complex and an introspective task that requires lot of research to arrive at accurate conclusion. And once you make a final call, there is no looking back.

You need to find your skills and potential. What if you’re an introvert and pursue your career in journalism just because you’re mesmerized by the fame of glamour world? Such steps may have worst impact in your life and will definitely turn out to be naught. There are some factors one should consider in determining long-term career satisfaction. Here, we are sharing a few factors which will surely assist you to make an effective choice.

Evaluate your skills: The foremost aspect to be taken into consideration is your skill set. Every individual has unique skills which differentiate an individual from the crowd. Pursuing a course where you can utilize your natural skills enhances your chance of success both in the academics and profession. Suppose you’re computer savvy then you can go for computer engineering and if you like to move your belly perfectly on some dancing numbers then nothing is better than joining a dance academy. In simple words, do self evaluation to find out what you would enjoy life long.

Draw a list of suitable occupation options: After self-evaluation, it should be clear in your head what kinds of careers you should look for. You’re not a robot of course, as it is impossible for you to pursue each one of them. Select at least 5 academic or professional courses that interest you and where you want to build your career. There are about 10,000 career options in the world out of that you have to decide which one is yours. To know the right one you should attend seminars, workshops and meet people from the same field you’re considering. It would be very helpful to have a word with professional people who are actually doing it. Choosing a career, which may give you a sense of satisfaction, is an ultimate key to success.

Growth of industry: It is required to know how many jobs a particular industry generates before you set your shoes into one. Are there future opportunities? We know many people whose professional lives delayed by a lack of opportunity at the right time. To know about industry growth, you need to read newspapers, go through internet research to know which sectors government and private firms will invest in near future. It will enhance your chance to get placed at flourishing industry by the end of your course.

Know about work culture: Will you ignore, if there are layers of despotism seeded throughout? What if you don’t get recognized for the contribution you made to uplift the firm? What about salary, incentives, bonuses and raises? These are some question which will cross your way again and again and it may leave you in a perplexed situation. It’s always better to do some preliminary research to discover about on-going industry standards from experienced person.

Create professional training plan: If you’re done with the steps mentioned above then its time for some action. Make out another list of colleges and institutes where you can receive required training and education to attain your goals. For this, you can look at various sites which provide holistic view about various colleges ranging from India to abroad. Here, you will get information starting from college structure and fees to campus placement.

To obtain an ideal training programme within your budget will probably save your time because just after your training you will be at start of professional career.

Good luck!

Tubelight actor Matin Rey Tangu shuts down a Journalist

Matin teaches in a press conference that Journos need to do their homework.

Like it or not, there is no doubt that in India we still view Northeast Indians differently. Despite of several government efforts and laws, knowingly or unknowingly, whenever we see someone from north-east walking on the roads of North India, we usually give a shout out ‘chinki.’ The term  which is usually used as an ethnic slur and the use of such term is considered offensive.

Recently, in a promotion of Salman Khan’s co-star from Tubelight, eight-year-old Matin Rey Tangu, who is from Itanagar, Arunacahl Pradesh, was asked an inapt question at a press event for the film. However, without any shy this kid gave an amazing and perfectly apt reply.

A reporter asked a silly question to him, “Kya Aap pehli baar India aye ho?” If this is the first time he is visiting India, assuming he is Chinese. The journalist was corrected by another scribe sitting beside her, who told her Matin is from Arunachal Pradesh. Realising the goof-up, she changed her question to, “If this is the first time you have come to Mumbai?”


Without a doubt, Matin seems confused as being an Indian, why he was subjected to such question. Did a reporter forget to do her homework properly or Is she also used to same bigotry tradition that we Indians blindly follow?

Later, Matin asked the reporter to repeat the question twice and when Salman intervened and explained the question to him then Matin finally replies, “Hum India par hi mein rehta hai toh India par aega hi kaise? (I live in India, how will I visit India?)”

Unfortunately, the crowd loudly cheered Matin’s for his witty reply but no one consider the very fact that this inappropriate question leads us back to naught. This wasn’t something to laugh at because racism towards the people who hail from the north eastern states is deeply entrenched in our society. People from the north east residing in Indian cities, especially in the north of the country, regularly face slurs and in some cases, even physical violence.

The question which needs attention is; why our own people face alienation in every aspect of their daily lives, and are routinely asked whether they are from India’s neighbouring states?

Watch the video here.





India vs Pak: Did you tweet?

It doesn’t matter whether it’s cricket or hockey, India vs Pak encounter, is the best treat to viewers’ eyes as the fans get a chance to entertain themselves, and they just can’t take their eyes off the TV screens for a second. The howl of Champions Trophy final on Sunday between these two neighbours at the Oval in south London gathering more than a billion viewers worldwide.

A few minutes left, Title-holder India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the final with courage to become the team with the most number of Champions Trophy won. As we all know that these two teams met in their opening game where India won by 124 runs but surprisingly Pakistan has improved gradually against other teams. It has become visible in their most astounding victory when they won over England by eight-wickets in the semi-final. India has already created history by reaching fourth time to the Champions Trophy final and they are ready to beat Pakistan, who have never made to the final.

India, on the other hand, have been convincing throughout the tournament barring the hiccup against Sri Lanka in the second group game. Pakistan has also managed to bounce back in the tournament by defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka.


However, it won’t be the only sport encounter taking place between India and Pakistan as the Indian men’s hockey team will be squaring off against their Pakistan counterparts in London in a Hockey World League (HWL) semi final round match.

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth who defeated World No 1 Son Wan Ho to enter the men’s singles final of the Indonesia Superseries Premier will also fight against Sakai Kazumasa.

Fans are going crazy and Jokes and memes started flooding on social media.

Here you can look at some amazing posts.

Bleed Blue!