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 ह…
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.
The reason why I have taken up to write a review of Nero’s Guests is because it needs to be widely circulated, written and talked about, as much as possible; so that everyone gets to see it, those who still do not get the time to watch it, may further need to be motivated to do so, and only then it will reach out to the wider audience and be able to make a real impact. The mainstream media today is totally degenerated and corrupted as it does not cover anything that is not “breaking news” or that is not considered “glamorous” enough to catch eye balls. For this obvious reason, Nero’s Guests has been completely ignored by the mainstream media (both print & electronic) and is not given its due space & visibility. The subject itself is not new to any of us and it has become a part of our daily lives - mere statistics. It is about the severe agrarian crisis that the country is faced with, as a result of which farmers are still committing suicide and as many as 200,000 farmers have a…