अहेतु की कृपा ..

हैरान हूँ!
तेरी सृष्टि से अनजान हूँ
पहेलियों से परेशान हूँ
दर दर भटकता हूँ
छोटे से प्रश्नों पर भी अटकता हूँ
तुम्हें हर जगह ढूँढता हूँ
आँखे भी मूँदता हूँ
पर तुम हो कि तुम्हारा कोई
पद चिन्ह नहीं दिखता
मन से मेरे संशय का
बादल भी नहीं छटता
शास्त्रों को सुना
तत्वदर्शियों से मिला
तुम से मिलने का मार्ग भी जाना
अफ़सोस है कि मैंने अब तक
खुद को न पहचाना
मार्ग मिलन का तुमसे
दुर्गम है, कठिन है
पर हम तो सामर्थ्यविहीन हैं
अहेतु की कृपा का मैं हूँ प्रार्थी
कब कृपा होगी मुझपर भी, हे पार्थ के सारथी !!!

…….अभय ………

शब्द सहयोग:

अहेतु की कृपा : Causeless Mercy
तत्वदर्शियों: Those who know the ultimate reality
सामर्थ्यविहीन : Without having any capacity
पहेलियों : Enigma
संशय: Doubt

गीत गाऊँ

जीवन में अगणित फूल खिले
सुख के दिन चार ,
दुःख की कई रात मिले
आशाओं की ऊँची अट्टालिकाएं सजाई
नियति को उनमे , कई रास न आयी
कुछ ही उनमे आबाद हुए
कई टूटे , कई बर्बाद हुए
किसे दोष दूँ मैं ,
किसे दुःख सुनाऊँ
जाने मैं कौन सा गीत गाऊँ

स्वयं की खोज में मैंने
कईयों को पढ़ा
सैकड़ों ज़िंदगियाँ जी ली मैंने
मैं सहस्त्रों बार मरा
सोचा था कि तुम संग,
चिर अन्नंत तक चलोगे
मुझे क्या पता था कि तुम
पग – पग पर डरोगे
किसे मैं जीवन के ये अनुभव सुनाऊँ
जाने मैं कौन सा गीत गाऊँ

ये भ्रम में न रहना कि
मैंने ये दुःख में लिखा है
या अपने आसुंओ को मैंने
स्याही चुना है
ये उनके लिए हैं
जो ज़िंदा लाश नहीं हैं
या उनके लिए है
जिन्हे अभी खुद पर विश्वास नहीं है
अन्नंत आघात हैं मुझपर, फिर भी मुस्कुराऊँ
“विपदाओं में टूटकर बिखरो नहीं”, मैं यही गीत गाऊँ

……….अभय ………

Media, unbiased?

Media is considered as fourth pillar of representative democracy. It is also known as bulwark of it. But in recent days, while surfing social Media (Twitter to be precise) I found that a connotation is interchangeably used for it and that is #Presstitute. I searched in dictionary yet even Oxford did not come to my rescue.

Then I researched a bit and found out the whole matter. It is a pejorative term used by netizens to denounce Media. According to them Media has forgotten its responsibility to be impartial and now is sold out to some ideologies or to corporates.  That is the reason, it derives it’s name.

I did not like this connotation given to them. I have a strong view that free, bold and impartial Media is for the benefit of the General Mass.

 I recollected the role of Media Played during the Indian National Movement. During those days every popular leader used Media as a tool to denounce government. Kesari, Nav Jivan, Anand Bazar Patrika etc. to name a few. In those days Media was not meant for profit, but public service was their goal. Hence, I never saw portrayal of Journalist as rich, but only one generalized image of journalist wearing Kurta Payjama and having a hanging bag on their shoulder comes to my mind whenever I think about journalists of those days.This was valid even early post independent India.

Time has changed. Social service has taken a back seat for media enterprises. Profit is the sole driver. Gaining advertisement is their sole motive. Building narrative and perception is their favourite task. By spending 10 minutes on any news channel or reading couple of articles in any tabloid, you will get to know the political side which that particular Media House is taking.

I don’t have any problem even in that case, because they are entitled to free speech and expression by our constitution. But I feel the pqin when I see the below tweet by one particular media house, when it compares my religious belief and practices to unemployment. Look at the below tweet by a reputed Media House?

I will not write anything on this subject. But, will request you all to have your say on this. Are you okay with this narrative?
Is this secularism?

विदाई

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सुनो कि अब तुम हो नहीं कि
घर का हर कोना सूना है
सब उत्सव जीवन से गए कि
अब बस, मन ही मन रोना है

~अभय

Recently attended a marriage ceremony. I was from the bride side. Despite having tremendous work load, I saw the hollowness in the father’s heart and his feeling towards his only daughter. To portray that feeling in words is difficult especially if you haven’t gone through it. I wrote just four lines, hope you would like it!

Why loan waiver is a Bad Idea for India?

There is no doubt that despite achieving high growth rate since post liberalization phase, agriculture sector remained lack luster. The growth rate in agricultural sector not only saw a variable pattern, but during some years it displayed a negative growth. Our coutry is still heavily dependent on agriculture. Nearly 58% of the population is directly or indirectly dependent on it, yet the contribution of agri-sector is just around 15% of the GDP. This means more than 58% of the population generates 15% revenue year on year.

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This is not good for economy.

Since their income is less, hence they are from the most vulnerable section of society. If 58% of the population will be vulnerable than nation will itself be vulnerable. Every year we listen the news of farmers’ suicide. When a person doesn’t find any ray of hope for survival, he takes such an extreme steps.

Reasons of farms distress in India.

Too many people involved in this activity which is less remunerative than service and manufacturing sector.

Dependence on monsoon which is simply unpredictable even for scientists.

Low productivity per hectare compared to other big agricultural producer countries. For example USA produces double quantity of Paddy from the same field size. We have 2.4% of the total land area of the world but more than 17% of the population.

Low level of technological awareness in agricultural field.

Poor irrigation system.

Poor and informal credit system. Since farming is a risky business in India and Farmers are predominantly poor in our nation, so they need credit before each sowing season for seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. But many of them are unbanked and away beyond the reach of formal credit system. Hence they take loan from Moneylenders at exorbitant rates and even in slightest of variations in their expenditure pattern such as any marriage ceremony, illness etc. they are web trapped.

The list goes on and on. Even though the problem persists for many decades, the government did not perform well in addressing their issues permanently. Only band aid solution was provided and that too at the time of election.

Waving of farmers’ loan is one such example. Farm loan waiver means government pays the loan taken by the farmer back to the Banks in case if the farmer is unable to repay it.

No doubt majority of  Indian farmers are cash strapped but waving of farmers loan only for the sake of winning the election is not good for the nation’s economy.

Some of the reasons could be:

It destroys the formal credit system of the nation.

Every time government wave off the loans, the burden falls on the government. Indian economy has always seen a high Debt to GDP ratio. This additional burden worsens the condition.

Fixed Capital Formation gets severely impacted because of the loan waivers. For example in Uttar Pradesh nearly Rs. 36,000 crore was waived off. This could have been utilized in building infrastructure such as rail, road educational institutions, hospitals etc.

It impacts farmers’ behavior and in anticipation of loan waiver before elections, they become willful defaulters and they shy away from paying it

India is already struggling with Non Performing Assets. These unpaid loans also have a role to play in it.

Loan waiver can’t help the all the famers as India still lacks financial inclusion in credit system. Many of the farmer takes loan from money lenders and loan waiver is only helpful for those who have taken loan from formal credit agencies.

So instead of giving loan waiver government should make effort for the permanent solution to the permanent problem. Some of the measures in right direction could be increase in investment in farm technology, increasing the formal credit system among farmers, interest subvention, increase in irrigation facility, better remunerative price and procurement policies.