2 years ago

Suppressing the Press: Anarchism to Anti-democracy

Kejrival government in Delhi has been going through problematic situations rights since 2014 Delhi assembly elections where it had won 28 seats. After the 49 days of AAP rule, when Kejrival resigned as the CM of Delhi, all political parties and media houses called him Bhagoda (escapist). In the 2015 elections people of Delhi gave AAP an overwhelming victory. Kejrival returned as CM and formed government in Delhi exactly in one year’s time. But, once the government was in place, AAP had to go through a very tuff time. There was a major internal clash in the party. Kejrival was called to be undemocratic and authoritarian in his style of working. Important party leaders like Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra yadav got expelled. Party got divided in two groups, one supporting Kejrival while the other supporting Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. At that time, voices were being raised from different sections of the society, calling Kejrival undemocratic. After 2014 elections when Kejrival had resigned from CM office, he was called Bhagoda (escapist) and an anarchist. It was said that APP has no political ideology than Anarchism.

But after the ousting of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav and the inhuman treatment given to them, yesterday’s circular again showed APP as an undemocratic party. When its leaders got expelled, it was the question of the internal machinery and functioning of the party organization in an undemocratic manner. But the recent circular issued by APP on 6th May has led to a new controversy. It has clearly showed AAP’s undemocratic agenda and the authoritarian attitude that its leadership carries, may be even taking it to the next level.

The circular issued on 6 May said that any comments made against any government officials including the chief minister, other ministers and different secretaries in media to be reported immediately. It as to be reported to the main secretary. After the legal consideration on the complaint, a case can be filed under IPC section 499 and 500, dealing with charges of defamation.

This announcement made by Kejrival government is a very unfortunate attempt aiming at suppressing the press. It clearly shows that AAP government is not respecting the freedoms given to the citizens by the Indian democracy. Such circular is clearly an ill-will executive move which will result an undemocratic atmosphere in Delhi.

It is also interesting to note here that Kejrival who wants to charge media of defamation charges, he himself was against the sections 499 and 500 of IPC till few days back. Kejrival had said that defamation should only be a civil crime, hence demanding decriminalization of section 499 and 500 of IPC. Ironically, there are cases of defamation against Kejrival also, one of them being against union minister Nitin Gadkari. On background of all this, the circular puts a serious question mark on what authority does Kejrival administration enjoys to issue an order against alleged defamation when Kejrival himself is facing defamation charges.

It clearly shows the ill-intentions of Delhi government to repress the fourth pillar of the government (media) in any democratic system after judiciary, legislature and the executive. The circular issued aims at taking away the democratic right to criticize the government guaranteed in the Indian constitution. It also represses the right to question the authority and to reason the legitimacy of its rule. Kejrival Ji did not understand while taking on the media that truthful comments do not come under the purview of defamation. If he means that providing people of Delhi with information about Delhi administration, providing people with factual data, its schemes and misappropriations in the execution of those schemes, giving information about the departmental work and releasing all the public-oriented info amounts to defamation, then I guess it’s time to tell Kejrival that boss, sorry, please leave. We are not living in the time where people just accepted king’s rule because it was considered to be divine. We are not even living under any autocratic regime that people will not be allowed to open their mouth about the ruler’s performance. WE are living in a democratic system that guaranties right to free speech and expression. Today media has come to play very crucial role. A vigilant journalist is as important as a soldier fighting on the border. Media as the fourth pillar of administration has to have some freedom and immunities to work effectively. Therefore APP’s agenda to clutch the wings of journalists under the pretext of freedom from defamation is very unfortunate and can’t be justified on any ground. My message to Kejrival Ji: “If you are so afraid of getting defamed, well, rather than shutting other people’s mouth, work towards good-governance so that there will be nothing to defame you”.

2 years ago

Meri Mohabbat

Meri Mohabbat is kadar mujhse khafa kyu hui,

Jo mere dil ki vafa thi vo bevafa kyu hui.


Mai jo puch baitha mere dil ko todane ka sabab,

Usne muskarate hue kaha, bas yun hi.


Dil lagana agar gunhah hai to tu hi karde insaf,

Tere gunhahoka to fir kuch bhi hisab nahi.


Tujhe bhi hua tha pyar ye to kar dena Kabul,

Usne kaha ye sach hai ke mujhse bhul hui.


Ai neer agar meri vafa ka ye hai insaf,

Kyu na mai bhi uski taraha banu bevafa hi sahi.

2 years ago

Bheed hoti hai logoki mere idhar

Bheed hoti hai logoki mere idhar,
Fir bhi tanha hi kyu rehe jata hun mai?
Log milte hain aake bahut mujhase lekin,
Milkar bhi unhe mil na pata hun mai.

Vo sunate hain kitane hi kisse mujhe,
Unse apni kabhi kehe na pata hun mai.
Itna shor akhir ye karte hain kyu?
Ke khud ko bhi khud na sun pata hun mai.

Uthke jane lage log ek-ek karke,
Sab ke jane ke baad rehe jata hun mai.

Bheed me jo kabhi dhunta hun me khudko,
Mujhko bas akela hi pata hun mai.

Ye na socho ke mai akela nahi hun,
Apni tanahayi ko bas chupata hun mai.

Bheed hoti hai logo ki mere idhar,
Fir bhi tanha hi kyu rehe jata hun mai…

2 years ago

my 6th story that got published in mid-day

This story was only published online. It was not there in the hard copy of mid-day. So do not miss on it. Visit http://www.mid-day.com/articles/cop-murder-suicide-fallout-mumbai-policemen-to-get-psychological-help/16185170

2 years ago

My 5th story in mid-day


2 years ago

To all journalists

This is the poem that I wrote after my one month internship experience with mid-day. It is written from a common man’s point of view and it is addressed to all the journalists. Happy reading


Mujhe bata, tujhe pata hai kya vo sab mujhe bata,

Kya naya hai, kya alag hai, kya gajab mujhe bata.


Tu hi janata hai is sheher ke halchal ko,

Localoki bheed ko, sadak ke bure hal ko,

Ky huva tha aur kaha huva ye kab mujhe bata.,

Kya naya hai, kya alag hai, kya gajab mujhe bata.


Chunav ho gaye hain aab, Natije bhi to aa gaye,

Kon ban gaya hai ab avam-i-rab mujhe bata.


Khel-kud ki bhi batoko bhi likh de jara,

Kabbadi hockey aur cricket world cup mujhe bata.


Lifestyle me jara entertainment la,

Bollywood ki dunya ki gapshap mujhe bata.


Reporters likh dete hai apni news ko,

Tu karta hain edit uske wordings or views ko,

Editing ke baad bhi jo hai vo sab mujhe bata,

Kya naya hai, kya alag hai, kya gajab mujhe bata…

2 years ago

On Buddha Pornima

Buddha or Gautama Buddha; Siddhārtha Gautama, or sometimes simply referred to as Sidhartha was the sage who mostly taught in the eastern part of India and on whose teachings Buddhism is based. He is believed to have lived anytime between 4th and 6th century B.C. The literal connotation of the word Buddha is someone who is awakened or enlightened. His teachings were the most radical of his time that challenged the then existing dominance of the Brahmins. The whole new spiritual path called Buddhism is built on the foundation of the inspiring and guiding principles that Buddha taught more than thousand years ago. In the course of time, Buddhism offered itself as an antithesis to Hinduism; but at the time when it originated, it made valuable contributions to the human life by giving perhaps the most liberal and as we would call in today’s time, most secular principles to guide and direct the human mind and soul. Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and his 8-fol path are very much relevant even today. Buddhist principles like right view, right thought, right speech, right action and right effort are useful in all time for all people in any part of the world. But, we have to accept the fact with an open approach that in spite of the eternal relevance of the Buddhist principles; Buddhism has undergone a lot of change, good or bad, only the time will decide.

DR Ambedkar converted himself into Buddhism. Along with DR Ambedkar, his one hundred thousand followers embraced Buddhism who are called Neo-Buddhists. The whole new branch of Buddhism called neo-Buddhism is nothing but a political face of a section in the society. If it was not the case, then there would not have been the whole quota politics of SCs. What an irony! People take pride in calling themselves ‘Backward’. People and communities are out there to be tagged themselves as “Backward” to avail the benefits that come with the backward identity. Politicization of Buddhist religion in India had a very serious negative impact. The whole provision of reservation in the Indian constitution is very controversial and the debate on this issue is never-ending.

Anyway, coming back to Buddhism, as mentioned earlier, Buddhism offered itself as an antithesis to Hinduism. Buddha completely discarded the idea of idol worship. When Hindu upper cast like Brahmins were taking advantage of the system of idol worship which was full of rites and rituals, to strengthen their dominance, Buddhism provided the masses with a new liberal spiritual path of worship. But when Ambedkar’s followers (neo-Buddhists) embraced Buddhism to get rid of the Hindu Dalit identity; did they totally understand the teachings of Buddhism? When Buddhism is based on the idea of non-idol worship; Neo-Buddhists are worshiping the images of Ambedkar in the rallies on his birth and death anniversaries. Ambedkar who fought throughout his life against the Hindu practice of idol worship, his own followers are “Worshiping” his images. When Buddhism was chosen by Ambedkar to get rid of class-discrimination under the Hindu fold; Neo-Buddhists are also being discriminated today against the Buddhists. Also, all Buddhists are not Dalits of Hindu upper cast who converted themselves into Buddhism. There are Buddhist monks and nuns (Bhikkus and Bhikkunis) who have been traveling in different parts of the world since ages to spread the message of Lord Buddha. For these traditional Buddhists the emergence of Neo-Buddhism has led to some kind of identity crisis.

Therefore, when one critically analyzes the transformation that Buddhism has undergone with coming up of Neo-Buddhism; the picture that one sees is not so well. When we worship the images of the man who fought against idol worship, when we use religious identity to get the political benefits, when we are discriminating among ourselves when we actually come from that background which is known to have fought against all sorts of discrimination, then we really need to think, do we really deserve to be called real Buddhists. Moreover, in the end I would say that on this occasion of Budha Pornima all true devotees of Buddha should pray to the almighty that in order to truly follow and walk on the path that Buddha suggested to the mankind, we should be able to grasp the true meaning of the principles and teachings of Buddhism.