Friday, February 27, 2015

आज सिंह गुर्राया है

आज सिंह गुर्राया है
वन में गर्जन छाया है
छुपे श्वान सब अपने बिल में
एक नवयुग उदय कराया है

कर प्रहार, हुए अनेक वार
चोटिल हुआ है बारम्बार
पर अवसरवाद कर तुमने
केसरी को ललकारा है
आज सिंह जो दहाड़ा है
वन में गर्जन छाया है

करो प्रत्यक्ष पर पर्दा किन्तु
दर्पण आज दिख आया है
क्षीण भाव का परिचय बनकर
अपना स्तर तुमने गिराया है
फेर पंजा वनराज ने किन्तु
क्षद्मों को धूल चटाया है

आज सिंह गुर्राया है
वन में गर्जन छाया है
छुपे श्वान सब अपने बिल में
एक नवयुग उदय कराया है

Sunday, February 22, 2015

मृत्यु तू आरम्भ है

मृत्यु तू आरम्भ है
एक अनभिज्ञ आभास का
अभय हो अब आलिंगन कर
करें त्याग हम श्वास का

जो ज्ञात न हो हमें
क्यों व्यर्थ चिंतन उसपर करें
अंतिम क्षण तो पूर्वविधित है
हर मनुष्य के प्राण का

भ्रांतियाँ घेरें अनेक हैं
इस जीवन के दर्पण पर
मात्र एक सत्य कर स्वीकार
करें आह्वान धर्मराज का

मृत्यु तू आरम्भ है
एक अनभिज्ञ आभास का
अभय हो अब आलिंगन कर
करें त्याग हम श्वास का

Saturday, February 21, 2015

वीर-रस

चलें हैं फिर आज हम तो
पुनः सत्य के शूलों पे
उतरें हैं फिर आज हम तो
पुनः अग्नि के कुंडों में
अवगत थे न हम कभी
जीवन की किसी सरलता से
मरुस्थल में पुष्प को खिलाना
वीरों से सीखा है हमने

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

प्रेरनागान


वीर निराश तू कभी न होना
युद्ध से विचलित कभी न होना
अवगत हो अपने साहस से
अंतिम समय बंधे ढांढस से
अन्त निकट अभी नहीं तुम्हारा
उगा सूरज, हुआ उजियारा

जलती चिता में बुझते प्राण
काल आहुति मांगे बलिदान
किंकर्तव्यविमूढ़ न होना
हँसमुख होकर आगे बढ़ना
जीवन नाव कर तटस्थ तुम
पृथ्वी पे फूलों सा सजना

घाव अनेक, पर मृत्यु एक
स्मरण रहे यह क्षण प्रत्येक
वीरों को शोभा नहीं देता
रणभूमि की वेला छोड़ना
रथ सवार कर धर्मराज का
अंतिम चरण में भागी होना

वीर निराश तू कभी न होना
युद्ध से विचलित कभी न होना

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

नव इतिहास को फिर दोहराएं

थका तन, निराश मन
अश्रु और लहु के कण
अनगिनत बार हमने बहाये
यत्नाग्नि में हारे जाएँ
स्वप्न असंख्य टूटे हर बारी
चिता बुझी छोड़ चिंगारी
रात्रि के अँधेरे घेरें
करें श्वान मृत्यु के फेरे
पथ प्रतिष्ठित मगर हैं त्यागे
पग पग कर बढ़ते हम आगे
आशा के सूरज की ओर
एक पग हम अब और बढ़ाएं
भय को अट्टाहास मान हम
व्यर्थ की चिंता दूर भगाएं
सिंह की भाँति जीवन को
अपना उपवन हम पुनः बनाएं
विजय पराजय संज्ञान करके
नव इतिहास को फिर दोहराएं

Monday, February 2, 2015

Delhi Elections and the Silly 'Power Games'

Among utter mudslinging, maligning and language spins, elections to the legislative assembly of the state of Delhi are going to happen on February 7, 2015. It is impossible to believe that to elect members of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (which includes the Chief Minister) we are seeing right now competitive populism at its worst taking place, with no estimates of money being given from anyone. One key area that we need to examine is the electricty scenario of Delhi, whereby everyone wants to power their autorickshaws to the chair of Chief Minister of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had ridden the first bid at power on the protest of power tariffs in Delhi.

Fact is that the power scenario of Delhi is a mess to begin with, encouraged by the political opportunism of hooligans of the likes of AAP who believe that freeloading is the way to go. Seeing this, both the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have also been making similar pledges, with rates on offer going down to one fourth of the existing tariffs. Encouraging defaulters to not pay for the sake of an 'aandolan' has been It is pertinent to observe that while Tata Power led North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) which distributes power to North Delhi has also demanded increased tariffs repeatedly, it is always the Anil Ambani owned Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply (BSES) subsidiaries in Delhi that are targeted. Clearly, invoking the Ambani name goes well with a certain bunch of India's 'intellectuals', most of whom are housed out of New Delhi. This is in contrast to the NDMC areas, which freeload on power tariffs being paid are one fourth, but rely heavily on central government's subsidy. Unless the state debt is allowed to balloon, in the light of burgeoning migrant population, Delhi shall join the auspices of Poschim Banga, Kerala and Punjab in racketing up a huge debt. It will of course be great fun to see the CM of Delhi, much to the delight of several other states who think it is like a spoilt brat, sit with a begging bowl in front of the Prime Minister's office.


Paying the correct price for electricity in Delhi has always been a matter of great political debate. Most people don't know that right across the borders of the city of Delhi, residents of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and other nearby states have been paying much higher per unit prices. Despite that, the electricity scenario is for all to see. Also, most of these distribution companies are owned by the government and not private players, creating monopolies. The real method to reduce tariffs in Delhi will be to introduce competition, much like the manner in which mobile services companies have been forced to reduce call charges. If people are interested they can check up the tariffs charged by various power generation companies, which has been a result of two things - grid dependence on coal and increasing demand between states. With the increases of the power generation costs in India, is it any surprise that end user tariffs will increase? Despite claims by several news channels in India like NDTV, one must also realize that most thermal power plants in India are already running past their dates of decomissioning, and that impacts their ability to generate power. So either we all pay more income tax, and all of us including those who claim to be poor or farmers, pay tax, or we finance upgrades and new plants through the increased tariffs.

Another aspect that everyone forgets is that cheap power is one of the contributing factors to the drastic drop in groundwater tables, since the pump dependent water economy of urban and rural India for agriculture has had to its advantage such harebrained ideas as free electricity in the absence of canals and other water harvesting and supply structures. Punjab has seen the impact of free electricity and the overall economic ruin it has had to suffer consequently. Haryana tried this experiment only to realize just how dangerous it was, and is now abandoning it amidst much protestations and outrage leading to litigation.

However, instead of trying to address the elephants in the room, our political parties are hellbent on populism.

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