ख़ून गिरा पी गई कचहरी!

आज एक श्रेष्ठ गीतकार स्वर्गीय रमेश रंजक जी का एक और गीत शेयर कर रहा हूँ| दिल्ली में रहते हुए उनसे मिलने के, उनका ओजस्वी काव्य-पाठ सुनने और उनके समक्ष अपनी कुछ रचनाएँ प्रस्तुत करने के भी अवसर प्राप्त हुए थे|
जैसे कोई योद्धा युद्ध में वीर-गति को प्राप्त होता है, रंजक जी के साथ ऐसा हुआ था कि दूरदर्शन के लिए कवि गोष्ठी की रिकॉर्डिंग के दौरान ही उनको दिल का दौरा पड़ा था, जो उनके प्राण लेकर ही गया|

आजकल अभिनेता सुशांत सिंह राजपूत जी की दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण मृत्यु के संदर्भ में ही नेताओं और अपराधियों के तंत्रजाल के संबंध में काफी चर्चा हो रही है|
ऐसे ही सदियों से चले आ रहे दुष्चक्र को उद्घाटित करता है रंजक जी का यह गीत–

परदे के पीछे मत जाना मेरे भाई !
टुकड़े-टुकड़े कर डालेंगे, बैठे हुए कसाई ।

बड़े-बड़े अफ़सर बैठे हैं,
माल धरे तस्कर बैठे हैं,
बैठे हैं कुबेर के बेटे,
ऐश लूटते लेटे-लेटे,
नंगी कॉकटेल में नंगी, नाच रही गोराई ।

इधर बोरियों की कतार,
पतलूनों में रोज़गार है,
बड़े-बड़े गोदाम पड़े हैं,
जिन पर नमक हराम खड़े हैं,
परदे के बाहर पहरे पर, आदमक़द महँगाई ।

जिसने उधर झाँककर देखा,
उसकी खिंची पीठ पर रेखा,
काया लगने लगी गिलहरी,
ख़ून गिरा पी गई कचहरी,
ऐसा क़त्ल हुआ चौरे में, लाश न पड़ी दिखाई ।

तेरी क्या औक़ात बावले,
जो परदे की ओर झाँक ले,
ये परदा इस-उसका चंदा,
समझौतों का गोल पुलंदा,
ऐसा गोरखधंधा, जिसकी नस-नस में चतुराई ।

जो इक्के-दुक्के जाएँगे,
वापस नहीं लौट पाएँगे,
जाना है तो गोल बना ले,
हथियारों पर हाथ जमा ले,
ऐसा हल्ला बोल कि जागे, जन-जन की तरुणाई ।

आज के लिए इतना ही,


Justice for all!

Today again discussing on an IndiSpire prompt. Question is whether law is lenient towards the rich and powerful.



We have seen examples in society and as reflected in fiction, films etc. When somebody goes for a pilgrimage, taking trouble of walking a lot or travelling a lot, and then submit his or her devotion, respect and humble offerings before the lord, or the deity there, somebody knowing that the fellow is going there, by taking a lot of trouble, gives him something, money or some sweets etc. to submit there, as offerings from his or her side. So the fellow knows that the lord can be pleased by sending some presents, or offerings!

In movies or stories we see and read, and it is still evident in some far off places, that the police officer or some government official posted there, first visits the local big landlord or may be gang leader, in civil attire, for reporting. If they miss that, such a person invites them as a guest and tells how much important position he holds there.

So, I think it has always been understood that the rich and powerful are beyond the reach of law. They can hire the best lawyers and not only remain away from jail but continue to hold respectable position. Until now we had not seen such people getting punished or put in jail.

I can say that it is only recently that there has been a little ray of hope and we find that Mr. Lalu Yadav is behind bars, it happened after a long time, but it has happened anyway. There are several such other people, some known gangsters who have faced the music and several others are in the process, may be Robert Vadra, Chidambaram etc. and the political family considered to be the strongest in India, are out on bail, many such people are just delaying justice.

Today we find that there is fear in the eyes of the offenders, criminals etc. There are so many legal proceedings for which the political bosses did not grant permission and for several cases facts were not properly presented in the courts which helped the political criminals, like Lalu Yadav roam free for long, I feel that the atmosphere today is much more better and I feel with the awakened and aware common people, this disparity before law would become less and lesser with time.

In far off villages the things might take more time but in modern cities, the police officials also behave in more civilized way, since they feel that any person might be in a position to approach some high official or politician for seeking justice.

So I feel that there has been and still is disparity in delivery of justice and yes it still takes a lot of time but with time things are improving and have to improve, with the wider reach of people and media, and the general awareness continuously increasing. We must hope for the best to happen in coming times.

It is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt – Why is Law lenient on the rich and powerful in India? A rich and powerful person often gets away with even the gravest of crimes while a common man has to run from pillar to post for getting justice. Are the scales of justice lopsided? #SwamiChinmayanandGetsBail

Thanks for reading.