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Friday, June 24, 2016


Reams of paper, Tons of ink, hundreds of megabytes were spent discussing Udta Punjab, thanks to controversy surrounding the ‘Cuts’ as desired by CBFC before granting certification. 

Most of the articles were pushed around by people who actually had not even watched the film and then the usual ‘Sheep’ started sharing those stories after adding their unsolicited comments and opinions.

Then came a tsunami of reviews, almost hours after release of the movie, as if some of them were hitting their key-boards while watching. Now that is sheer ’Need for Speed’ in this digital world of ‘realtime’ news. SPEED is the new Mantra and has gained lot more importance than the CONTENT. Gone are the days when “Content is King” used to rule the digital world. 'Need for Speed’ has completely consumed the concept of quality content. 

Having watched the film, I can say this with conviction that most of the reviews that I read were completely misplaced. Some reviewers could not even delve deeper into the subject and hence failed to understand & pick nuances of this brilliant film.
Let us now talk about the Film, without getting into mundane & boring issues like the storyline, the plot, the cast, credits and other trivia. For all of this, my loud and clear verdict is: 
Go, Watch! You will never regret.

The very first question one would ask after watching the film: what was the problem with CBFC granting Certification? I could not think of even one, and I repeat, even one scene sequence or a dialogue that needed to be censored. Everything fits in so beautifully and perfectly into storyline and the narrative. Thirteen changes and '89 Cuts' in the film as directed by the Revising Committee of CBFC were unwarranted and uncalled for. Total respect to the Judiciary once again. 

Clearly, Bombay High Court judges understood the film much better than CBFC. 

Udta Punjab is brutally honest in holding mirror to the society. WYSWYG: 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' in the film. Be it the language, vices, corruption, drugs, mafia, police, music, entertainment, politician, exploitation of women, and everything else; as close to the reality as it can possibly be shown in a film. 

In spite of this huge opportunity at complete discretion of the director to include 'sex & violence' to the fullest in a film dealing with Noir genre covering Drugs, there is almost NONE. Compared to every silly and stupid film that comes pre-loaded with this package, always in the name of 'creativity', this one is rather CLEAN.

Punjabi Expletives, cuss words and crass language could be the only 'embarrassment' to the newly arrived urban elite, who otherwise may have no problems with the same filth dished out in English. This is original stuff in Punjabi, without any inhibitions. And yet, this is nowhere even close to the daily dose of nasty embarrassment through item-songs, adult-content, double-meaning comedy that we face, again, all in the guise of "creativity". 

The director, Abhishek Chaubey is not new to this genre and has some excellent body of work under his belt - Omkara , Ishqiya Dedh Ishqiya to name a few.

In terms of performances, let me first say this to the people who make jokes on Alia Bhatt : The joke is on you, guys! She is absolutely scintillating in this 'no-make-up' Dehati Girl role. For a Bollywood celebrity daughter, coming from upmarket South Mumbai, dialogue delivery with the accent and diction of Desi mixed with Bihari is awesome. This is second in a row, after the last release  Kapoor & Sons - with yet another brilliant performance.  

Shahid Kapoor delivers a power-packed high-octane performance - lives through the character of Tommy Singh and stays hyper and energised all through the movie, frame after frame. Complete justice to the role and character of Tommy Singh. 

The review will be incomplete without mention of Diljit Dosanjh, a brilliant artist from Punjab -  known as an Actor / Musician / Singer. He plays Sartaj Singh, the ASI who fights the System.  

The film leaves you with some serious thoughts, basically as takeaways so beautifully woven into the script and dialogues. 

Fuddu, The Loser!

The protagonist, Tommy Singh while on stage indulges in some serious talk with his cheering fans, roughly translates to something like this:
"I am no rockstar, I am just a loser. But you guys are much bigger losers than me. Because when I wrote some utter nonsense and delivered it as Music, under the influence of Drugs, you guys took it as Philosophy. You guys made me a Rockstar, a Hero at the age of 22, while I was always a loser. "
This is a real tight slap on the current crop of indi-pop overnight rock-stars, who basically copy music from retro-Bollywood in the name of 'inspiration'; and their Fans, who have no clue about what exactly they are cheering about.

Why this Kolaveri?

The film would not go down very well with Politicians and Police, as it exposes the nexus and shows their brazen complicity in crime. Without the tacit support and involvement of state actors, drug menace in Punjab would not go to the extent that it is today. That, combined with the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab, could possibly be the main reason for all the noise created and politics played prior to the release of Udta Punjab.

Drugs Di Maa Di

Zindagi Toh Sirf Apney Kandho Par Jee Jati Hai Dusron Ke Kandhe Par Toh Sirf Janazey Uthaye Jaatey Hain....

Read more at: http://inspirationalquotespics.com/shaheed-bhagat-singh-quotes-in-hindi-suvichars-thoughts/
Zindagi Toh Sirf Apney Kandho Par Jee Jati Hai Dusron Ke Kandhe Par Toh Sirf Janazey Uthaye Jaatey Hain....

Read more at: http://inspirationalquotespics.com/shaheed-bhagat-singh-quotes-in-hindi-suvichars-thoughts/
The film does not reflect poorly or insult Sikh community or Punjab in any way. Contrary to some of the initial reports had suggested, including objections raised by CBFC. In fact, far from it. 

Sartaj Singh, once a corrupt police officer who tries to fight the system after losing his brother to drugs, when questioned by his superior, replies - 
"it's not about you or me, it's about Punjab". 
In my opinion, that is a hugely patriotic statement and any Sikh or Punjabi or Indian would be proud to hear that a hundred times and will still get goosebumps each time.
 Zindagi Toh Sirf Apney Kandho Par Jee Jati Hai,
Dusron Ke Kandhe Par Toh Sirf Janazey Uthaye Jaatey Hain. ... 
Shaheed Bhagat Singh 

Read more at: http://inspirationalquotespics.com/shaheed-bhagat-singh-quotes-in-punjabi-bhagat-singh-famous-quotes/

Friday, June 10, 2016

100,000 KMs on Tata Aria ...

100,000 KMs, stopped by to capture this while on a highway! 

Before I talk about the Tata Aria and my experience of 100,000 KM journey with it, it would be necessary to go back in time and rewind to discuss how I arrived at this mean machine.

Earlier, I drove Tata Safari, about 120,000 KMs. Let us not try to look for any reasons into my fascination with Tata. To put it simple and straight - even today, I am a big fan of Tata Safari. 

Moreover, with a large family of Five to drive along, it turned out to be more of a necessity than anything else. Two very significant members of our family needed fairly large space. Zara & Marshal - the wonderful lovely couple of German Shepherd. They both loved being driven around and would jump onto the boot as soon as the rear door is opened; and Zara, would refuse to come out as she wouldn't like to be left behind.

Furthermore, being a family of ‘Nature and Wildlife’ enthusiasts, any opportunity of a small get-away and we prefer to look for an off-road destination.

Zara & Marshall in Safari - both loved driving around!

Lastly, this perennial problem of bad roads that really need a vehicle with a very high ground clearance.

It was a difficult choice to find replacement to Tata Safari from the available options at that time, within a reasonable budget. Having given up on my search, I had decided to go for Tata Safari again and called the showroom to enquire about it. The sales manager got curious to know more about a customer who wants to replace Safari with another Safari; and after a brief conversation he requested me to drop by at the showroom.

I walked into the showroom one evening and this monster was parked right there. I didn’t have to spend too much time at the showroom looking around the vehicle - so decided on the test drive and that is it. I found exactly what I was looking for in this cross-over as if, almost tailor made - Tata Aria Prestige 4x2. 

I have since put this machine through 100,000 Kms, across all kinds of terrains and difficult road conditions, including the foods in Chennai last November, when there were hardly any vehicles found navigating the flooded streets.

November 2015 - Floods in Chennai

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve


Four-wheel gears
Willys Jeep
Very briefly, I will talk about this growing rage of ‘four-wheel’ among the consumers. I had my initial driving lessons rather early in life, and that too on the hills and in jungles. Those days we used to get four-wheel system only in Willys and then Mahindra Jeep. From my past experience, having driven around all kinds of terrains & conditions, let me put it very bluntly that ‘four-wheel’ is actually not required in most of the terrains and roads open to public transport - NEVER. Unless one is actually living on coffee plantations, in the mountains or frequently visiting places like these, a normal city driver may never even use the 4-wheel feature in his lifetime.

So, these colourful, screaming and loud body-stickers of 4x4, 4WD or AWD are just plain show-offs from functionality PoV - moreover, they consume lot more fuel than a normal 4x2 transmission. 

Of course, these are path-breaking developments in automobile technology that allow one to go effortlessly ‘4x4 on-the-fly’ or use ’hill-assist’ - driving around today is that much safer, easier and effortless.


Talking about specs of Tata Aria Prestige 4x2:

Same engine as Safari - 2.2 L VTT DiCOR, generating max 138 bhp Power and 320 NM Torque - truly a mean machine. Ground clearance of 200 mm is ideal for any road condition. Massive 4.8 Meters of length is still easy to drive around and manoeuvre, given the sharp turning radius of 5.6 meters.
The driver seat with lumber, recline and height adjustments; plus the huge windscreen provides a complete view, just like a 70mm cinemascope. I haven’t seen bigger ORVMs for a panoramic view on both sides.

View from ORVMs
If you are looking for cosmetics and luxuries, probably this is not the car you would like. 

Let me however clarify that Aria is miles ahead and lot more improved from Safari, with respect to the interior cabin, design aesthetics & build quality. If driving is your real passion and you are willing to compromise on the little fringes, you would love to be at the wheel on Tata Aria. On the highways, at 140 kmph, it is a fine Sedan that moves effortlessly just like an Aria, with tyres well planted and in complete control. 

Turbo-boost at 100+ kmph or 1800+ rpm onwards is just amazing and feels like an aircraft taking off. 

Sathyamangalam Forest on Western Ghats

Road Behaviour & Balance: Once, driving at 120 km/h, I had to use brakes to actually stop within 20-25 meters; and my little princess sleeping on the second-row seats didn’t even realise. That is the kind of balance and road-grip expected of a real Cross-Over. 

On otherwise bad roads and off-road conditions, it quietly converts into SUV - rough and rocky terrain or steep ghats is where you actually get to know the Tourqe of this cross-over beast that still screams like a Safari - ’make your own road’ ! 

Bandipur National Park

The longest I have been at the wheel on Tata Aria was for about 620 KMs, and it did not feel like we actually drove that much - effortless and comfortable.

Driver and passenger seat is very comfortable, including the second row. Last row seats, for which I have heard negative comments for leg space - whenever I have had people sitting on the last row seats and driven them around for 2-3 hours, it was never a problem. Honestly, I never drove long distances with last row also occupied. 

Space provided inside is the first thing that hits everyone in this Car. Unfortunately, Zara & Marshal both are not around anymore - they live in our hearts and we cherish those days and fond memories of the years we spent with them as a Family and driving around.

Mileage: City driving conditions are so pathetic that they are not even worth discussing mileage on any car; but just to share the information on Tata Aria, average 8-9 km/l. On the highways, I normally get upto 13-14 km/l. The pic below was taken exactly at 100,000 km on Chennai-Bangalore highway, and when I checked the average fuel consumption, I was very pleasantly surprised - 16.7 km/l. 

Fuel consumption of 16.7 km/l at 100,000 KMs

Not everything is positive about Tata Aria. There are several issues that should be resolved and improved - some as follows:

Firstly, the projector headlamps assembly should come fitted with HID instead of normal bulbs. Even though with excellent ‘double-barrel’ head lights, overall visibility is not all that great on highways.

Handbrake is too hard to use and hence needs to be pulled all the way up, to be actually effective.

Overall high maintenance cost. Even after timely routine checks & service, the maintenance cost continues to be a dampener. The wear and tear of Diesel engine starts to show up after about 40,000 kms.
TATAs really need to pull-up and improve upon their extremely poor ‘after-sale’ service record. I had very bad time at Tata Concorde getting my Tata Safari serviced each time. After such a terrible experience and poor service, I had already decided not to take my Aria for paid services at TATA Concorde. But, they really make it difficult for outside service centres to obtain spares promptly and in time.

Remembering these lines in a song from the film Chalo Dilli
ये जीवन है Suffering , ये जीवन कभी सफ़र  है 
कभी सफ़र में Suffering , कभी Suffering में सफ़र है  ... 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Indian Liberals - Comrades in new Avatar ...

There are many Liberal think-tanks, Liberal Organizations and Liberal Voices across India, who consider public policy as their core line of activity. While some of these are Libertarian voices, who simply end with the coffee-table conversations, others from Classical-Liberal and Neo-Liberal ideology groups are able to actually showcase and present their work in the public domain.

Liberals are supposed to be highly Rational and Research Oriented in their approach. They are open to new Ideas and Viewpoints. Liberals are supposed to be Rooted & Inclusive. They keep an open mind to listen and respect different Point-of-View (PoV). Putting on top of everything else is the idea of 'Freedom of Expression' (FoE) is the true virtue of a Liberal mind. Above all, they are supposed to be honest to what they actually believe in - the Liberal Ideology.

Having been mighty impressed with the rich and traditional 'Liberal' values of India’s past and political history (for example: Swami Vivekanand, Swatantra Party of Raja Ji & Minoo Masani, B. R. Shenoy etc.), I have been a member of some of these Liberal groups & forums myself.

Therefore I say this with full responsibility that as a general rule, the current breed of 'Indian Liberals' carry NONE of the above virtues, of course there are always exceptions and I respect them.

Indian Liberals are in fact everything that is exactly opposite - they are highly Toxic, abusive to the core, tend to be more Exclusive than Inclusive in their approach (they block anyone with slightest of disagreement), they carry huge load of Ego, show least respect to FoE & PoV, have an Elitist mindset with no understanding of the real India, that is Bharat.

In short, they are nothing but ’Comrades’ in a new avatar - hence I call them Liberals with a ‘Gated Mindset’.
“The liberal idea of tolerance is more and more a kind of intolerance. What it means is 'Leave me alone; don't harass me; I'm intolerant towards your over-proximity.”
~ Slavoj Žižek

I have personally witnessed the kind of Poison and Negativity some of these aggressive Liberals dish out every single day, which is mostly based on here-say, some random posts on SM or at best some questionable source from a corrupt Media. I never see their arguments, data and research-notes based on hard facts & data, sourced from 'authentic' & 'credible' sources. Even the very definition of their sources being 'authentic' is sometimes completely misguided and misplaced.
During last two years of the current NDA2 government, which is commonly known as “Modi Government”, I do not recall one single productive or constructive argument or debate coming from these so-called “Civil-Society” or “Liberal-Intelligentsia” or “Neo-Liberal” representation. The voices from these quarters have always been rather shrill and stupid - always ‘liberal’ with loose comments on Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi - for his Suit, Shawl, Mannerisms, RSS affiliation, Hand-shakes, Election Rally speeches, and if they find nothing else then they go back to ranting over 2002 Gujarat.

But none of these 'Indian Liberals' , who otherwise claim to be the masters at public policy, have ever discussed, argued or commented on the Policies adopted and implemented by NDA2 - Modi Government.

The reason for this can only be one and that is - if one has to be really honest with the analysis, will have to acknowledge the fact that things are moving on the right track. The speed and the modality of policy implementation with some polemics could always be debated, but more or less, it is established beyond doubt that NDA2 means business. With reports like Narendra Modi government’s one-year report card scores itself high, it is very difficult to drive the debate in opposite direction, substantiated with Logic and Numbers.

Now there is a catch to this - the moment any of these Liberal johneys comment in a positive way, they will immediately earn the Label of a Sanghi or Bhakt, which they cannot imagine to carry even for a moment. These labels are coined & used by the anti-Modi establishment of MSM, Left-Liberal intelligentsia, civil-society clan of mostly Commies, serving the Gandhi dynasty. Sanghi or Bhakt is considered 'negative and derogatory' - these terms are used exclusively for people who follow and support Narendra Modi. 

Yes, you guessed it right - I have been called a Bhakt several times already and I have no quarrel with that.

So, coming back to the Indian Liberals, while we take a step back and critically analyze and study the performance at second anniversary milestone of NDA2 (Modi Government), the time has also come when we called their bluff and question the very existence of these Indian Liberal Think-Tanks (Oh, they so love to call themselves as one). If at all, they are totally dishonest to the Liberal ideology. Sheer contempt and utter lack of contribution of this “Gang of Liberals” to the 'Idea of India' renders them completely irrelevant and redundant in the current scenario.

Pic Credit: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/The-underage-optimist

Chetan Bhagat has a nice & easy way of putting across a difficult viewpoint and Anatomy of a ‘liberal’: Indian liberals do not offer solutions, they use the term as a class marker is surely one of those classics. I don't quite agree with all the contents of this article but can't resist sharing few lines that are actually spot on: (Emphases mine)
There is a reason why liberals are derogatorily referred to as pseudo-secular, pseudo-intellectual and pseudo-liberal. For their agenda is not to be liberal. Their agenda is to look down on the classes that don’t have the global culture advantage.

If, for instance, Modi and Amit Shah had gone to Doon School, or studied in college abroad, or at least spoke English with a refined world accent, the liberals would have been kinder to them.

We need people who have new ideas and solutions as well as a desire to be truly inclusive for all Indians. Hating Modi is not going to solve anything. Neither will looking down on the less privileged and their desires and aspirations. Instead, come up with ways in which Indian society can truly change.

If liberals and intellectuals in civil society can build consensus for reform, politicians will also act on it. If you are planning to become a liberal, be solution-oriented, truly open-minded and anti-elitist.
I must admit that I stopped taking Indian Liberals seriously after I saw their continued attack and pointless criticism of Narendra Modi, devoid of any substance and policy discussion. After two years of witnessing this comedy, I now consider them nothing more than cheap entertainment value in the chit-chat rooms of public-policy space.
Pic Credit: https://twitter.com/adarshliberal

Monday, May 9, 2016

भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) और उसके तत्व ...

The best way to permanently enslave a people is 
to replace their memories, their mythologies, their idioms

~ Sanjeev Sanyal

पिछले दो लेखों में हमने धर्मनिरपेक्षता के इतिहास और उसके भारतीय प्रसंग में सामाजिक उपयोगिता पर चर्चा की थी ।
इस लेख में हम कुछ पाश्चात्य शब्दावली के भारतीय परिवेश में राजनैतिक एवं सामाजिक उपयोग और प्रासंगिकता पर बात  करेंगे । ये एक बहुत तीखी लेकिन सरल टिपण्णी होगी, जिससे शायद सबका सहमत हो पाना नामुमकिन होगा - लेकिन "असहमति पर सहमति" का पालन करते हुए हम आगे बढ़ते हैं । 

हम बात कर रहे हैं कुछ ऐसे शब्दों की जो हमारे देश में पश्चिम सभ्यता से आयात किये गए हैं और अमूमन रोज़ाना अख़बार और टीवी के माध्यम से हमें इनकी काफी बड़ी मात्र में ख़ुराक़ मिलती रही है । बहुलवाद (Plularism), सहनशीलता (Tolerance), बहुसंस्कृतिवाद (Multiculturalism) , भूमंडलीकरण (Globalization) जैसे शब्द इसी शब्दावली के अंतर्गत आते हैं , मूलतः जिनका भारतीय सभ्यता से क़रीब ५००० साल पुराना रिश्ता है । 

इन शब्दावली को समझने के लिए हमें भूमंडलीकरण (Globalization) नाम के हाथी को समझना अति-आवश्यक है । 

Globalisation ~ Elephant in the room!

भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) को हमें 'व्यापार' के दृष्टिकोण से अलग करके समझने की कोशिश करना होगा क्यूंकि व्यापार का पहलू आते ही सभी मापदंड बदल जाते हैं और 'सामाजिक और सांस्कृतिक' मतभेद छुपे रह जाते हैं । हमें उन छुपे हुए सामाजिक और सांस्कृतिक मतभेदों को अलग से समझना होगा ।  कुछ कुंजी-शब्द (Key Words) हैं, जिनके माध्यम से हम इन मतभेदों तक पहुँच सकते हैं, जैसे:  
अद्वैतवाद (Monotheism), एक-संस्कृति (Monoculture), मानकीकरण (Standardisation), सार्वभौमिकता (Universalism), अलगाववादी (Exclusivist), भौतिकवाद (Materialism), व्यक्तिवाद  (Individualism) 

ये कुछ ऐसे शब्द हैं जो हमें भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) नाम के हाथी को एक अलग परिवेश में समझने में मदद करते हैं । 

भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) की ये परिभाषा हमारी नहीं है । हम तो 'विविधता में एकता' (Unity in Diversity) वाली 'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्' की संकल्पना में विश्वास रखते हैं । 

Diversity, not Uniformity, is the Idea of India. 

भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) एक तरह से पाश्चात्य सार्वभौमिकता (Universalism) का वाहन है - एक दो छोटे मासूम उदाहरणों से इसे स्पष्ट रूप में समझने में मदद मिलेगी :    
  • अब हमारे पप्पू, बब्लू और मुन्नी विदेश जाकर या फिर यहीं अंग्रेज़ी के दो चार बड़े-बड़े नाम की किताब पढ़ कर अपने अन्यथा बुद्धिमान माता-पिता को ये बताते हुए बेहद गर्व महसूस करते हैं कि चम्मच और छुरी किस हाथ से पकड़ते हैं और उन्हें खाने की टेबल पर कैसे सज़ा कर रखा जाता है । 
  • आज ये हाल है कि एक बच्चा अपनी माँ के हाथ के ताजे बने हुए गरम-गरम आलू के पकोड़े की जगह 'अंकल चिप्स' की तरफ़ ज़्यादा ध्यान देता है ।
सवाल गलत और सही का नहीं है । इस बहस में सबसे पहले हम सही और गलत ढूंढने निकल पड़ते हैं । सवाल है हमारी मूल पहचान, हमारे देश और उसके भूगोल और जलवायु के हिसाब से खान-पान और रहन-सहन का । जब हमारा खान-पान, रहन-सहन, पहनावा सब कुछ इनसे इतना भिन्न और अलग है, तो फिर हम क्यों सार्वभौमिकता (Universalism) के पीछे भेड़ के तरह चलते रहते हैं ? 

Computer chips, YES! Potato chips, No!!

पाश्चात्य भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) का दूसरा उद्देश्य है पूरे विश्व और ख़ास-तौर पर 'एक सौ बीस करोड़' की जनसँख्या वाले भारत देश को 'सभ्य' (civilized) बनाना । अब सभ्यता की क्या परिभाषा होती है ये भी हमें इनसे ही सीखना पड़ेगा ?  थोड़ा ४०० साल पीछे का इतिहास देखें तो असलियत ये है कि इनको चड्डी पहनना हमने सिखाया था जब सत्रहवीं शताब्दी में भारत से बहुत उच्च क्वालिटी का मलमल ईस्ट इंडिया कंपनी द्वारा निर्यात हुआ करता था । उसके भी पहले का इतिहास देखें तो ये ख़ानाबदोश यूरोप-वासी अनपढ़ गँवार लोग थे जो एक दूसरे को लूट-मार कर अपना जीवन चलाते थे। 

An artist's impression of Chanakya
आज से ढाई हज़ार साल पहले चाणक्य ने प्राचीन भारतीय राजनीतिक ग्रंथ के माध्यम से हमें जो ज्ञान दिया था , उसे तोड़-मरोड़ कर दो सौ साल पहले एक नए परिवेश और नए packaging में हमें पश्चिम दर्शनिकों और विचारकों ने अंग्रेजी भाषा में वापस दे दिया । और हम उसे बड़े गर्व और ग़ुरूर के साथ लेकर चलते-चलते बुद्धिजीवी कहलाने लगे । लेकिन हमने कभी अपने वेद-पुराण और चाणक्य को पढ़ने की ज़रूरत नहीं समझी और इसी कारणवश हम अपनी पारम्परिक सभ्यता और उसके अपार ज्ञान-सागर से इतने दूर चले गए की नक़ली को ही असली समझ बैठे। 

चाणक्य के बाद 'मनुस्मृति' (मानव-धर्मशास्त्र) एक ऐसा ग्रंथ था जो सामाजिक-नियम-क़ानून का पूरा ढांचा दो हज़ार साल पहले तैयार कर चुका था । कर्तव्यों, अधिकारों, कानून, आचरण, गुण जैसी क्लिष्ट और विकसित अवधारणाओं पर 100,000 छंद और 1,080 अध्यायों के माध्यम से प्रवचन करने की परिकल्पना भी नहीं कर सकते थे ३०० साल पहले के यूरोप-वासी जो एक ख़ानाबदोश का जीवन जीते थे । वर्तमान कल-युग के परिवेश में मनुस्मृति जैसे ग्रन्थ पर सही या गलत की टिप्पणी करना एक बहुत बड़ी मूर्खता होगी । उसे सही और ग़लत के तराज़ू में तोलने का काम करने वाले हम लोग ही हैं , और आज के सामाजिक परिवेश में उस प्राचीन ढांचे के परिवर्तन का कार्य करना भी हमारे हाथों में है । 

भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) का तीसरा आधार कहें या श्राप - गैर-जिम्मेदार उपभोक्तावाद (Irresponsible Consumersim)  या  भौतिकवाद (Materialism) | इसका सीधा उदहारण हमें यूरोप की १९ वीं शताब्दी की सभ्यता, शास्त्रीय संस्कृति और परम्परा के अंतर्गत कला, संगीत और साहित्य की घटती लोकप्रियता की वर्तमान स्थिति को देख कर मिलता है । अत्यधिक व्यवसायीकरण और भौतिकवाद के कारण आज इनकी दो सौ साल पुरानी सभ्यता यूरोप में अपनी अंतिम सांसें गिन रही है । 

इसका ये अर्थ नहीं है कि भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) से हम अपने आपको दूर रखें या बाहर की दुनिया से बिलकुल बंद कर लें - कभी नहीं । आज के युग में इसकी कल्पना भी करना मूर्खता होगी । लेकिन इस भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) नाम के हाथी को ठीक तरह से समझ कर और उसके सभी अदृशय तत्वों का अपने सामाजिक और सांस्कृतिक पहचान पर असर न होने देने का प्रयास करते हुए हमें बहुत ही सावधानी और कुशलता के साथ आगे बढ़ना होगा ।

हमने तो वैश्विक स्तर पर व्यापार (Global Trade) करना अपने पूर्वजों से सीखा है । एक ज़माना था जब दो हज़ार साल पहले भारतवर्ष का वैश्विक वयवसाय (Global Trade) में  २० % योगदान था । वैश्विक स्तर पर व्यापार करना हमारी दो हज़ार साल पुरानी पारम्परिक धरोहर है जिसे हमने खो दिया है । 

जब भी हम 'बाजार-आधारित अर्थव्यवस्था' (Market-Based Economy) की बात करते हैं , तब हम और हमारे होनहार पढ़े-लिखे अर्थशास्त्रियों को बहुत स्पष्ट रूप से इस भूमंडलीकरण (Globalisation) नामक हाथी के तत्वों को समझना होगा - अर्थव्यवस्था का आधार 'Market-Based' होना चाइये - समाज और सामाजिक तौर-तरीके बाजार (market-based) नहीं , धरोहर और परंपरा (Heritage & Traditions based) पर आधारित होते हैं । कुछ बुद्धि-जीवी इस सोच को दकियानूसी और पुराने विचारों का मानते होंगे परन्तु आधुनिक और उदारवादी होने का मतलब अपनी मूल जड़ों को भुला देना नहीं , बल्कि उनका एहसास और उनके पूरे ज्ञान के साथ आगे बढ़ना होता है । 

संक्षिप्त में कहें तो हम 'बाजार-आधारित' अर्थव्यवस्था (Market-Based Economy) चाहते हैं लेकिन 'बाजार-आधारित' समाज व्यवस्था (Market-Based Society) कभी नहीं । 

हमें अपने पारम्परिक ज्ञान-सागर में उतरना होगा, उसको पढ़ना और समझना होगा। तभी हम अपने आपको इस 'नक़ली प्रकाश' रूपी अंधकार से उबार सकते हैं । तभी हम अपनी सभ्यता और संस्कृति में भरोसा रख उसपर गर्व कर सकते हैं । नहीं तो हम पढ़े लिखे लोग पश्चिन्मी सभ्यता के दास (Slave) बन कर अपनी बाक़ी बची हुई पहचान भी मिटा देंगे । इस पूरी प्रक्रिया में हम उपयोगी बेवकूफ (Useful Idiot) बन कर उनकी पहचान इस महान भारतवर्ष में स्थापित कर देंगे और यही आज की अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय रणनीति का सबसे बड़ा उद्देश्य है । ये वो लड़ाई नहीं है जो रणस्थल में रची जाती है, लेकिन उससे कहीं ज़्यादा ख़तरनाक - एक सौ बीस करोड़ की आबादी पर एक यूनिवर्सल पहचान और वर्चस्व स्थापित करने की लड़ाई है , जिसे हम और हमारे बुद्धू-जीवी समझ ही नहीं पा रहे हैं । 

शिक्षा, गरीबी, जातिवाद, आर्थिक-असमानता जैसी हमारे देश की जटिल समस्याओं को जड़ से ख़त्म करने का हल भी भारतीय सभ्यता और पारम्परिक नींव से ही निकलेगा । 

हमें सबसे पहले अपने घर (देश) और अपने लोगों को 'अपना' समझना होगा। वही हमारी अपनी असली पहचान है। जैसे भी हैं, अपने है - "एड़ा है, पर मेरा है " में भरोसा करना होगा । मेरा देश मेरी पहचान है - जैसा भी है मेरा है और इसके ज़िम्मेवार भी हम ही हैं । कोई दूसरा आकर इसे नहीं सम्हालेगा । इससे दूर भाग कर और दूसरा बसेरा बसा लेने से किसी समस्या का समाधान नहीं होगा , बल्कि हम अपनी पहचान खो चुके होंगे और फिर ना यहाँ के रहेंगे ना वहां के । 

मकान दीवारों से बनता है, घर उसमे रहने वालों से ;
देश सरहदों से बनता है, राष्ट्र उसमे रहने वालों से ;
अपने घर और राष्ट्र को दीमक से बचाएँ । 


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