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The struggle to be backward is the most forward notion

During late 70s , the chief minister of Bihar Karpuri Thakur rose to the podium as the first backward face with such a large momentum and vote base . Thakur broke the logjam of upper caste dominance in politics and arguably is considered the first leader who united the backward vote bank . Though Lalu Prasad did the same in a better and more stable way with a guarantee of longer period sustainability until Nitish Kumar came out with a backward- forward handshake formulae using Advani's Ram mandir wave. However it was Thakur's 1977 ministry in which backwards surpassed forwards in cabinet roles , at least in number.


In Thakur's 1977 cabinet 42 % ministers were backwards compared to 29% forwards. 
Thakur capitalised the momentum by bringing in the karpuri formulae of reservation. Thakur straight away allocated 26 % of reservation to OBCs in State government Jobs. And this was almost 12 years before V P Singh's OBC reservation in 1990. However Thakur had sense of economic status of different castes in Bihar , he realized that the Bhumihars , who contribute a good fraction of upper caste in Bihar, were largely in economic turmoil. Most of them were tenants , hardly able to generate something from soil. The prior belief of Bhumihars being the landlords was way diverted from realism. True , most of the landlords were Bhumihars and rajputs but most of the Bhumihars were not landlords. Under the suggestions and influence of given substance Thakur decided to bring Bhumihars in Other Backward Classes. And when Bhumihar leaders realized this is going to happen , they ran to Patna , argued and demanded that their forward status is their pride , it should not be challenged. And the chapter of extension of OBC status to Bhumihars closed forever. 

Today when a 22 year lad with a little knowledge (p.s. little knowledge is a dangerous thing) takes the centre stage and demands reservation for such a caste which is known for its economic stability and quoted for its Iron man image and business etiquettes  , I got reminded of this Bihar story. Every little kid in a Bhumihar family listens to this story from his grandparents , whenever the results of civil services , IIT  and PMT exams flash on the front page of newspaper. 


A demand for reservation from Patels/Patidars will be followed by a demand from lalas , a demand from Bhumihars( hope they are done with their pride thing and want their kids to be educated) , a demand from Brahmins , a demand from Rajputs .This story is never ending .

This will create a reverse caste system. Almost every caste/community is fighting to be called 'backward', to benefit.
After 50-60 years everyone except the top 0.1% will be backward. Then a special reservation for the 0.1% will be created to make them flourish re-creating the original problem that reservation was meant to solve. Sad, dismantling . 

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 "माचिस है?" 
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AMRITA PRITAM :A Diary Entry

"There was a grief I smoked
in silence, like a cigarette
only a few poems fell
out of the ash I flicked from it."
:Amrita pritam

The afternoon of october 31,2005, literature sensed the demise of an embodiment that was capturing the intensity of social dilemma, emotions of feminism and precisely the perpetual state of love making since time immemorial.

Those days I started nourishing my keen interest in hindi literature through translated works of this lady.  To be more qualitative behind the every craftsmanship that I started edging out with time , behind the reflection that my lines managed out of emotional and relational dictum there lies some inspiration .

Writings of Amrita Pritam were not like advises rather a demand redefining the norms and the social structure.
Today I erased my house number;
gifted the street plate
 to the long grown darkness.
And identity that defines
the road to my street
I immersed that to tidal waves.
Yet I have an answer
to your desperation to meet …

मौत कोई कविता नहीं है |

पिछले एक महीने में आई आई टी  खड़गपुर से दो छात्रों के सुसाइड की खबर, खबर से कहीं  ज्यादा उस एक सत्य की तलाश भी है जिसे हम आपने अर्सों से झुठला रखा है | लेकिन हर बार घूम फिर के सारा दोष संस्थान पे फेक देना भी उतना ठीक नहीं है | कभी कभी ये भी जरुरी है की हम अपना आत्मविश्लेषण करें - आखिर क्या कमी रह गयी जो हम एक लम्हे भर के आक्रोश को रोक नहीं पाए | एक छात्र का निर्माण घर से शुरू होता है, कॉलोनी वाले , आस पड़ोस वाले उसके इंस्पिरेशन बनते हैं और कहीं न कहीं सफलता की परिभाषा भी उसी दौड़ में गढ़ी जाती है | स्कूल आपका स्तम्भ है, कॉलेज उसपे पताका बांधता है | ऐसे में हर बात पे आई आई टी को सारा दोष देना भी तो ठीक नहीं | एक छात्र की हार में जितना जिम्मेदार कॉलेज है उतना ही उसका पिता भी, उसका परिवार भी, उसका समाज भी, उसका स्कूल भी | क्योंकि इनसब ने मिलकर तय किया था सफल होना , बुलंदियों को छूना, और जीतना का एक फ़र्ज़ी डेफिनिशन |

मौत कोई कविता नहीं है | 

वो इस सदी का सबसे बेवक़ूफ़ शायर है
जिसने कह रखा है
"मौत तू एक कविता है |"
मौत कोई कविता नहीं है
कविता है - मौत के खिलाफ विद्रोह |
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