आज फिर स्वर्णिम इतिहास से युद्धो की जब याद हुई , पर मैदानो मे दव्दं तो अब पुरानी बात हुई । अब तो भीतर का दव्दं ही , कोलाहल मचाता है , और वर्तमान अबकी बार इतिहास को कठघरे मे बुलाना चाहता है ।
पूर्वजो की आदर्श मूरत को हम सब ही मानते है । पर कहानी थी पूरी , क्या हम ये जानते है ? जलते सूरज सा सत्य है , क्या आप मिट्टी सी शान को जरा पीछे छोड देंगे । और भयभीत न हो हम रोशनी से, ऐसी आप क्या शिक्षा देंगे ?
कहता प्राकृतिक सिद्धांत, जीता वही जिसमे बल है । और आज बलवान वही , जिसके पीछे अंधा दल है । लोकतंत्र है, सब समान है फिर क्यो भीतर एक डर है । आम हूँ , हर मुद्दे पर बोलने से कतराता हूँ । था वह आँखो के सामने ही , पर मानने से मुकर जाता हूँ । वह तो सब खरीद सकते है, पर मै नही बिकना चाहता हूँ । अभिमान बचाए, कब तक वह हमे सीधी उंगली से घी खाने देंगे ? सही के साथ खडे रहे हम, ऐसी आप क्या शिक्षा देंगे ?
आज प्रगति चलन मे है , हर रोज कुछ नया बनता है । पर सीखा है हम सभी ने , जल्दी करने से बनता काम बिगडता है । जल्दी से फूल उगाओ , ऐेसा पौधो पर दबाव नही । प्रातःकाल से पूर्व सूरज आया , यह किसी को याद नही । फिर क्यो सामाजिक दौड मे, बचपन पिस जाता है ? उसे औहदे का लोभ नही वह तो पतंग उडाना चाहता है । पर निराशा मिटाने को हम, आरक्षण को दोष देते है । र्वण-व्यवस्था भी राजनैतिक थी , यह हम क्यो भुला देते है । दिखा सपना आसमान का , आप स्वयं ही हमारे सामने जला देंगे । पर फिर भी जिदंगी का हाथ न छोडू मै , ऐसी आप क्या शिक्षा देंगे ?
भिन्न होकर भी एक है हर मनुष्य , फिर अनेक समुदाय किसकी रक्षा कर रहे है । “जो मुझसा नही दिखता वह हीन ही होगा “, हम यह किस सोच से चल रहे है । उपनाम मेरी पहचान है , यह बात किसने समझाई ? दाड़ी बडी या मूँछ यह बात कहां से आई ? इसी धर्म मे गौरव है, मैने कब इसपर चिन्तन किया। किस घर मे मै जन्म लूँ इसका मैने कब चयन किया। “ढुढूंगा पहचान मेरी , यह पहचान तो मुझ पर थोपी है ।” पर यह विचार तुम्हे नही सताएगा , इसकी रक्षा की जिम्मेदारी तुम्हे जो सौपी है । रंग कृष्ण नही तो दाग , लिंग शिव नही तो पाप है । घुटता हूँ मै हर समय , पहचान मेरी अभिशाप है । किताबो मे तो कही लिखा नही , तो आप अनजान अनाथ को क्या नाम देंगे ? पर यह भी अनदेखा कर मै वद्रोह न करुँ ऐसी आप क्या शिक्षा देंगे ?
वर्तमान न तो पीडित है , न इतिहास कोई दोषी है । समय और समझ दोनो अलग है, सिर्फ प्रयासो से समस्या हल होती है । सोच का न होता देश कोई , यह तो समाज का र्दपण है । न पूरा अधिकार है मेरा मुझपर , न जीवन का अर्थ सर्मपण है । मै जीवन चक्र मे हूँ या जीवन चक्र मेरे अन्दर , किसकी कल्पना आप बहतर कर लेंगे ? हम अब राजा नही नायक बनने की सोचे, आप ऐसी क्या शिक्षा देंगे ?
स्मृतियाँ भी, श्रुतियाँ भी, दादी नानी की कहानियां भी, मनोरंजन का साधन थी, सीख कुछ सिखाती थी। पाठ्यक्रम का हिस्सा थी, मैडम भी पढ़ाती थी। बोल देवो की वाणी है, सपनो में आती है। पुरखों ने ढोही है, लकीरें बनाती है। शक्ति है, अदृश्य है, न ये बातें बचकानी है। भीतर भी, बाहर भी, जो भी सब घटता है, मानो ना मानो, वही सारी कहानी है।
कहानी भी सत्य है, सारे सच्चे है पात्र। सियासी इस जंगल में, दल दल के पास, खड़ा शेर तेजस्वी, मिचकती ये आँख। आडम्बर खड़ा हो गया? अब ले लो बैठ सांस। नायक के भेस में शासक, ये कैसा विरोधाभास? माया तो बस, मन का भ्रम है। गीदड़ पर चढ़ा, सोने का पानी है। भीतर भी, बाहर भी, जो भी सब घटता है, मानो ना मानो, वही सारी कहानी है।
शक्लें भी बदलती है, आधुनिकता भी फलती है। पर रोटी इस शासन की, मेरे चुहलें पर ही पकती है। उनके रेशम के कीड़े क्यों मुझ पर, ये धोती तो सूती है? महा यज्ञ ये सत्ता का, इसमें मेरी ही आहुति है। एकड़ों का बंजर, आंकड़े बस बनकर, आश्वासन ही ला पाए, अभागे के घर पर। रिंकी के पापा, सोये तो बिस्तर पर, पर अगले दिन पेड़ पर, उनकी देह गरदन के बल लटकी है। जिज्ञासु सब पूछे, कौन जात के थे? आंकड़े का अंक ही तो था, फर्क पड़ना बेमानी है। भीतर भी, बाहर भी, जो भी सब घटता है, मानो ना मानो, वही सारी कहानी है।
शीर्षक क्या था? किसकी थी लिखाई? कौनसी थी लीपी? संदर्भ तो बता दो भाई। पटल पर लिखी थी, किसी कुटिया में मिली थी, हुई थी अकाशवानी, और धरती पर गिरी थी। हम सबने देखा, तो लकीरें खिंची थी, एक भले मानुष ने समझा, और जीवन दर्शन भ्रान्ति कही थी। है बंदा वह खुदा का, सारी भीड़ ने ये माना, कोई मिथक विद्या नहीं ये, ये इतिहास सबने ना जाना। एक बार की बात है, मेरी दादी ने कही थी, संदेह शुभ नहीं होता, नानी ने भी हाँ भरी थी। और यूँ ही चल आ रही पारी पाटी, सहज ज्ञान की मनमानी है। भीतर भी, बहार भी, जो भी सब घटता है, मानो ना मानो, सारी ही कहानी है।
Recently it started spreading on social media that China has experienced a new virus outbreak named as “Hanta Virus”. The internet quickly took the information and began serving it to you without any form of confirmation as memes, jokes, and tweets et cetera et cetera. With the false rumor, about Coronavirus being a biological weapon made by china, lurking in the corners of internet; this new information was like adding fuel to the fire. But the question still remain, is it true? Let’s see some facts you should know about Hantvirus.
What is Hantavirus?
Orthohantavirus, which is commonly known as ‘Hantavirus’ is a family of virus which comes under the order of ‘Bunyavirales’. Rodents are the host of this virus but it doesnt cause any illness in them. It is named after Hantan River situated in South Korea where an outbreak occured initially. It is fatal and has a 38% mortality rate.
Is it a New Virus?
No. The very first outbreak is said to be during the war between USA and South Korea (1950-53). A South Korean virologist named Ho-Wang Lee isolated the Hantavirus from a striped field mice in 1976. So it is not a new virus and it did not originated in China.
How does a human get Infected?
One can get infected if come in contact with saliva, excrete, and urine of infected rodents. Another way is being bitten by an infected rodent.
Does it Spread Among Humans?
Except for one specie of Hantavirus known as ‘Andes Orthohantavirus’, it does not spread among humans. Therefore it is wasy to avoid being infected if we just keep away from rodents and clean our surroundings regularly.
The now superpower America is in news again, but not because of being the worst affected country from Covid-19 or some stupid remarks by their president but for something more serious. A black man named George Floyd was murdered by a policeman in broad daylight for using a counterfeit bill of 20$ in a store. But unlike Indians, American people didn’t validate the police’s reaction instead they asked “why for such a petty crime the guy was killed so brutally? Why police need to perform judgment on the street like an uncivilized barbarian?” maybe like us Indians they are not fans of encounter or movies where the policeman is a violent superhero who kills for justice.
Now when the video of the whole crime scene broke the internet, the people started to react and took to streets even in the whole pandemic situation against police brutality and which is specifically targeted against the African-Americans. The incident is new but the reason behind isn’t, the long history of slavery and treatment of blacks in America has affected generations, though steps are being taken still systemic racism prevails.
When the whole movement of Black Lives Matter went global, Indians have also started responding to it; even many public figures have spoken (who are apolitical by the way). But after this, a new debate took birth that we are hypocrites because we outrage selectively as most people have never condemned police brutality or racism in our country. People have been saying that “privileged turn a blind eye to racism in India as it strengthens their ease of living” And yes we are obviously privileged and ignorant so we don’t have a clear answer to it so the next best step was to educate ourselves and here is what we have found.
Are We Historically Racists?
One may say Black Lives Matter doesn’t make sense in India because we are neither black nor white but a brown race, racism is a foreign concept” and this is true. The creators of The Vedas, Aryans have emigrated from Iran to India and they had wars with the original residents of Indian subcontinent Dravidians but these wars were for the control of land and cattle not because of skin color. If we go look back to that very first document, we can find the earliest classification”VarnaVyavastha”, which was based on occupation, which assigned Brahmans with education, Kshatriyas with fighting and ruling, Vaishyas with business and Shudras with craftsmanship.
Later in history powerful people have improvised it according to their convenience and linked it with birth and declared noble occupations with high status and unclean occupations with low status and that’s how you get a 3000-year long history of discrimination but that is the story to tell on some other day.
The discovery of different sea routes connecting continents facilitated the trade business but it was quickly followed by the idea of invasion. Muslim invaders came to India in the early 8th Century and but during their dominance the discrimination based on the skin was still not happening, even though the invaders were light-skinned.
Then came The Englishmen, people with different facial features and ego of considering themselves intelligent & superior. It changed everything. In their rule, entry of “Black Indians” was prohibited in restaurants and educational institutions with boards outside stating “Indians and dogs not allowed.” But Britishers were outnumbered they can’t run a foreign country without the help of natives so they start employing light-skinned Indians by providing them low-status jobs. And the skin prejudices formed a new system where light-skinned were allies and they were getting more benefits than their black counterparts.
Britishers even formed settlements named “White Town” and “Black town”. And this went on for two hundred years which forms the common notion of White Skin with power, desirability, and beauty. As the already prevailing caste system coupled with skin color made the discriminatory situation so worse that it still exists, seemingly invincible.
Systemic Racism in India
As we are evidently not a British colony now but we are still not free from the concept of white supremacy. The uncle who always complains about the western influence on you is right about this racism bit. The lengths of trouble we all go to make our skin tone light or keep it fair are the evidence of it. The concept of beauty is directly proportional to the fairness of the skin. All the beauty products are basically “tone down skin tan” products. The business on an individual’s insecurity is a multibillion-dollar industry and they are successful just because we as a society are racist.
No matter how much we glorify the sacred bond of marriages which is basically the matrimony of souls is plain bullshit when your matrimonial advertisement says “fair bride or groom required”. You definitely are marrying flesh and blood instead of souls for sure and maybe that is why products to make your genitals clean & fair are in the market too (no kidding).
Similarly, A policymaker needs to be unbiased but in this case, they aren’t. Politicians too are racist and many have made derogatory remarks in past, one such example is of Tarun Vijay, a BJP MP who said “if we were racists, we wouldn’t be living with south-Indians” and he made this statement on national television after an African student was attacked. This is unacceptable as people like him deciding our future will make sure to maintain a biased society.
All mainstream media hire “fair” people. You can simply get an idea from counting the number of movies you have seen with a dark-skinned protagonist, which is simply none, at least in the mainstream. Whether they are TV shows, or ads or news anchors wherever you see a face it is fair-skinned, which tacitly establishes the notion that fairness is required for success.
So, the idea of fair skin as a blessing and dark skin as a curse is not true but its omnipresence in the system is enough to mess up lives. Talent and beauty simply rejected for its color.
Why Racism is Poisonous?
Englishmen considered blacks as animals and no doubt on some level we do too. After labeling them unworthy of beauty and success we went one level below and denied their human existence.
“Kala” is a word in the Hindi language which means black but used as an insult. The tone of it is disrespectful and a reminder that you are not one of us. Thanks to caste system lower caste have been associated with low-status jobs thus making them work in fields rather than cubicles. So We presumptuously label them as unhygienic just because they are dark-skinned. Not sharing food with them, not bringing them to your place or going to theirs, and treating them as filth.
The north Indians are fairer in skin color than people from other parts of India so they have different insults for them like “Madrasi”, “Bihari”, “Bengali”. Some northeast Indians are also insulted with the calls of “Nepali” or “Cheeni (Chinese)”. Again the disrespect in the tone generally implies that they are inferior, unhygienic, foreign, and thieves by nature.
Hate crimes in India against the Africans are not invisible. Mostly Nigerians came to India for better education and life but it becomes their worst experience. There are more than a million Nigerians in India. They face racism at every turn. They are considered drug dealers and prostitutes and called “monkey” and whatnot. The inhumanity of various incidents of a mob attacking Nigerians just because of prejudices is a serious matter. As these people came here to know the very culture that we all are very proud of but will only know that we Indians treat others as animals.
Protests are ongoing in America, we have seen violence too but you can’t argue that with systemic racism for eternity. You can’t hack the movement by saying “All Lives Matter” as not everyone is facing racism right now. In this time where we are boycotting foreign products and moving on a way to be self-reliant then we should boycott racism first. When an Indian gets attacked in a foreign country we condemn it and show our outrage but when we attack an African and justify or defend it as them being potential threat then yes we are nothing but hypocrites.
When we debate about merit in professions and deprive opportunities to others because of their skin color yes it made us hypocrites. When we say God created all men equal and every soul beautiful then do not treat them as such then yes we are hypocrites. If I ask you to trade your life with a dark-skinned person, will you? If not then yes you are both racist and hypocrite.
Even if this realization comes as shocking, all is not lost. There is a future tomorrow and we can free it from this evil if we begin to change right now. Change our attitude, build our understanding, and build a world where equality is not just a word.