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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Survivors story, acid attack survivors

I was sitting in the food lounge with my luggage in Indira Gandhi International Airport. In two hours we had to take our scheduled flight back home to the United states. GK had gone to grab something to eat from a nearby food stall. A bunch of people came into the lounge area and acquired the seats on the next table. They were acid attack survivors. Till now I have heard their stories on talk shows, but today I was watching them for the first time in the real world. They were engaged in dialogs among themselves.  They seemed confined, but happy and contended. 
Acid attacks are reported in 39 countries in the world which include both developed and developing nations. Bangladesh has reported the highest number of attacks. Other countries mainly include India, Nepal, Pakistan, UK, Vietnam, France, Germany, Iran, China and Cambodia.  Chief reasons behind such attacks are the rejection for sex or marriage proposals, unpaid dowry, women going against father, brother, husband or his family.

Globally 80% of the acid attack victims are women and girls. However, in London, this ratio differs. Victims of acid attacks there were around 50 males and 50 females each year from 2007 to 2011. In 2016, the number of attacks on men increased dramatically to 352. From 2017, it is illegal to carry acid in London with an intent to harm and measures are taken according to the degree of harm it has caused. In 2008, an acid attack victim in Iran sentenced her attacker to be blinded by acid in both eyes under the law of an equivalent justice. However, later she pardoned him. In India, the minimum punishment for this crime is 10 years imprisonment, which can extend up to lifetime imprisonment with a fine. But many attackers bribe the system and get bailed out without punishment.
Victims of acid attacks go through huge trauma, including physical, mental and financial stress. They need a safe place to stay, a steady income to manage their expenses and financial aid for several painful surgeries to live a normal life. The government does give them aid, though not sufficient. They also need to gain back their lost confidence and acceptance from others to continue in mainstream without judgmental or prying eyes.
While looking up online about acid attack survivors, I saw pictures of the women who were at airport, on the website of New York fashion week. This fashion show took place after almost two weeks from that day. Walking on the stage surely have helped the survivors in boosting their self-confidence and creating awareness about them among the masses present there. 
Picture courtesy:
Recently, my sister- in- law told me about a café in Agra, Uttar Pradesh named Sheros (She-heros), which is run by the survivors of acid attacks. Females, who is attacked by their male stalkers, rejected lovers, relatives or fathers, are serving food and working as chefs. It is a justice to the struggles they have been through, to empower them to live a respectful, confident and independent life, even though sometimes their pains are unheard and unattended legally. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

10 positive quotes from famous people about women #womenequality

Here are the 10 inspiring, funny, positive quotes about women that you may love to read:









Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Protests across the globe for women safety, equality and freedom

India: After the heinous crime of gang rape and brutal murder of 8 year old girl named Asifa in Kathua village, Kashmir, an outrage triggered in entire nation. Thousands of people protested across India and demanded quick prosecution of rape suspects. Almost 3 months have passed since the unfortunate incidence, with no major advancement. 

Iran: March 7, 2018, A woman of 32, was sentenced to 2 years in prison on the charge of encouraging people for corruption by removing hijab in public.  Soon after it on March 19, 2018, another Iranian woman got arrested for protesting compulsory hijab and was sentenced to one year in Prison for demanding freedom. So far 29 women have been arrested for involvement in hijab protest. Hijab was not always part of the Iranian culture. On March 7, 1979 a compulsory hijab was imposed on women after declaring Iran as an Islamic state, which was followed by protest. These protesters are being called daughters of Revolution Street.
An excerpt from the book Persepolis

Poland: March 23, 2018:  Women protested and demanded to liberalize abortion. Abortion in Poland is illegal. However, there are three exceptions to it, (a) rape; (b) when there is irreversible damage to the fetus; and (c) if mother’s life is in jeopardy due to pregnancy.

Russia: April 17, 2018, Women protest sexual harassment in the absence of laws against sexual harassment. Hashtag #IAmNotAfraidToSayIt became popular and was shared extensively in Ukraine and Russia. 

Japan: April 6, 2018: A woman mayor protested sexist rules of sumo tradition. According the tradition a woman can not step up to the ring and greet sumo because women are considered as “unclean.”

Women all over the world are standing up for equality and their rights.
P.S. India: March 31, 2018: Muslim women protested anti triple talaq bill. Do they really think it will be better for their own and their daughter's future? What do you think of it?
Images are taken from google. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ogling and Objectifying women

It is natural for a man, (or even a woman) to get attracted to a woman. Women do not hate attention from men either. But some people instead of a subtle decent glance, ogle at women's body inappropriately. Such an obscene way of staring becomes an obnoxious experience for them. Women are humans, not objects, hence one should be considerate of their feelings while unpleasantly staring at them with owl-eyes.  

Ogling at women is not the only way they are objectified. Using them as an object to flaunt in front of the family, friends, and professional circle without treating them as normal intelligent being is another way of objectification. Bollywood has also played a major role in inciting the objectification of women.
Let us be mindful of other's feelings next time by stopping ourselves, consciously or subconsciously from gawking at other women. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Reasons to raise kids with gender neutrality

Raising kids with gender neutrality is no easy task. Even if parents raise their kids with neutrality in their homes, it becomes challenge for kids to survive with the standards and expectations of the society when they go out. Gender neutrality focuses on eradicating the bias and stereotypes based on gender. For instance, all roles can be performed by anyone, pink or blue can be worn by anyone. A boy can learn any dance and a girl can show interest in machinery. Some of the reasons to raise kids with gender neutrality are:

1. Gender neutrality promotes gender equality.
2. Give child more choices to choose from.
3. Enables holistic development of a child. 
4. Provides more exposure hence instills more confidence in children.
5. Makes it easy for the child to communicate with all types of people. 
6. Removes gender biases and prejudice from mind. 
7. Boosts creativity. 

Raising a child in a certain way is the dream of every parent. For instance, dressing up kids in a particular fashion or teaching them their native language (many languages unlike English use gender-specific verbs). Hence, if not completely, raising kids with neutrality can be done partially. For instance, not restricting a child to the activities based on gender, rather providing them with all available options can boost her/his creativity and widens interests.
There should be a balance of yin and yang, of femininity and masculinity, of nurturer and protector to balance the universe around us. However, many roles that define femininity are socially-constructed rather than biologically. Our society focuses on gender roles, and then typecast people who do not follow them. During our evolution some of the activities were divided among genders due to biological reasons, which hold least or no value in today’s world. Today most of the jobs do not require physical strength but experience, expertise and technical know-how. And hence age-old gender-roles can be twisted, swapped, and traditional norms can be broken. Many men at present look after kids at home, and women are breadwinner of the family. A large chunk of conservative, patriarchal society would find it absurd, but evolved one would see it as normal. Anyone can be the breadwinner, and anyone who is willing to leave or is less ambitious can raise children, irrespective of their gender.

Bringing up a child with gender neutrality (partially or fully) can help them in respecting everyone equally. Together we can make small efforts to create a society where no daughter gets harassed and no son troubles or stalk anyone’s daughter. Do not let the daughters pay a price because for a biological reason, y chromosome didn’t meet x. It is nature’s work. Every kid is important, irrespective of his/her gender. 

P.S. One of my closest friends, who is from Iran inspired me with her to write this post. A special thanks to her for bringing up this topic in our discussion.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Motherhood issues #womenissues

While motherhood has its own joys, women world-wide struggle with many complications after becoming mothers. Here is another doodle with motherhood issues this time

Sometimes we complain that our mothers worry a lot. We must realize it started from the day we were born and this habit of hers has protected us till we became independent and grown up.  Be patient to her, she has gone through a lot while bringing us up. 
P.S. : To Hindi-poetry lovers, long time back I posted a poem on mother-daughter relationship.titled Anubhuti

Anubhuti in English means a realization, a feeling of experiencing something. If you like poetry, you may like it too.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Liner Equality #humor

Gk & Me

For the 12th letter of April, L, here is an attempt for bringing up vanity issues in women's life. Many of us love the idea of beautifying ourselves occasionally. And for the occasional enthusiasts, sometimes there are days when we struggle hard to attain equality in the liner application on both the eyes.
Do you have such days as well?

P.S. Meanwhile, men were facing  another issue in their lives.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Killed for honor? What did they kill, their child or their soul? #womenissues #socialissues

A barbaric idea fermenting in minds of some nomadic humans is that honor of a family can be redeemed by killing their children. In this century, we still come across about the news honor killing. This is one of the problems that is prevalent in the entire world, there are cases of honor killing in both developed and developing nations. More than 90 percent of the victims are women. What do these women do different than their male counterparts to deserve a death? And does family’s honor is restored or instead it is stained with blood of their own child’s death and continued for generations to come!
Families with strong patriarchal roots get offended the most by women who want to live their lives other than the established norms of their families. Some of the reasons for which they are killed are refusal to submit to forced arranged marriage, marrying a person against the will of family, seeking for divorce without the consent of husband, having a sexual orientation different from majority of people in the world, and sometimes those women, who are raped, get killed by their families, as if it was their fault. What sort of honor the family is saving itself from by killing women who did nothing! Ever heard of a man being killed by a family for raping a woman, abusing his wife, or bedding with another person outside the family. 

Data adapted from

Highest rate of honor killing is reported in Jordan. In Jordan such butcheries are legit by the law, for families to redeem their integrity.  Until 2016, even the law in Pakistan, was similar, if a family pardons such slaughter, the law doesn’t punish the killer. However, in the famous case of Qandeel Baloch, the court passed anti-honor killing law. And soon after it, the bill was passed in the parliament under which the assassin will get minimum of 25 years of imprisonment. 
In India the cases of honor killing are also no less, especially in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan. As per the law, a killer is entitled to strict punishment like any other murderer. Although many cases do not get reported and are kept secret by the groups in village. Government, due to lack of documentation, stays ignorant. 

Can the honor of such families be redeemed after a dreadful, heinous crime? Although, with advancing world, mindset of people is changing too. Media and education is playing a great role in it as well. Let us be brave to breathe till the humans and humanity both will be considered prime religion than any other, and entire world has a mind to let go of trivial issues honorably.

P.S. It was a tough day for me today. Going through the media reports and global scenario of honor killing was awfully depressing. Possibly I couldn't justice to the topic, I hope these atrocities end in the world forever.
Expect a light post tomorrow, outside this years self declared-challenge theme! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

10 Things for which women are Judged and pestered more than men

Here I am sharing some weird and funny reasons for which women are judged more than men. Read on:

1. For not wanting to marry: It becomes worse as she advances to further age.

2. For gossiping with other women.

3.  For being competitive at workplace.

4. For not wanting to have children.

5. For getting paid more.

6. For being overweight or underweight.

7. For sitting with legs wide spread.

8. For having a hairy body.

9. For having too many gray hair, especially at a young age.

10. For having messy rooms.

Do you know any other?

With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


She couldn’t call it her abode. Living there was an inflicted penalty on her. His venom was turning her pale every day. She was becoming suicidal and depressed. He never trusted her. Any minute conversation with a male coworker or a vegetable vendor, ignited suspicion in him. Daily her character was assassinated for no apparent reason. A fear started creeping in her that her son after growing up won’t respect her either. Someday he may even ruin someone else’s life like his father. One morning, she decided to leave him for a dignified life ahead with her hope, her son.

P.S. Many insecure men put restrictions on women to roam out freely. Such men are not normal but sick. For their insecure and weak minds assume that women in their lives have no strong character. Women continue to live with them, sometimes under social and parental pressure, despite being financially independent.

For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent. 

With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays.

Drabble is the piece of fiction strictly in 100 words.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Women Health #WomenIssues

Health of women across the globe has always been compromised due to traditional and cultural practices along with gender bias especially in patriarchal societies. In developing nations, pregnant mothers in low-income families are taken often neglected, and hence deliver babies with low birth weight and poor health. In addition to that, post-delivery anemia is common among such mothers during their lactation period. In India, in many traditional homes belonging to low and middle income groups women health and nutrition is neglected especially after delivering a girl child.  According to WHO, in 21 out of 41 countries with data, more than one third of girls belonging to the age group of 15 to 19 years are anemic. Reason behind their vulnerability to anaemia is due to insufficient iron in their diets, menstrual blood loss in periods of rapid growth. Another reason of poor health among women is low socio-economic status, domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse. Studies claim that women are more vulnerable to STDs and HIV infection than men. 
WHO stated that women worldwide are more susceptible to depression than men, which is found to be the leading cause of disease burden in low, middle and high-income countries. More than half a million women across the globe die due to cervical cancer and half a million of them die due to breast cancer. The reason behind high deaths is due to unavailability of screening, prevention and treatment in developing nations. In addition to that most of the aged women suffer and die from cancer or cardiovascular diseases than men irrespective of the country they live in. 
As mentioned on India tops the chart for top ten countries with high stress rates for women. The possible reason behind it might be overburden of responsibilities on them. Many working women are loaded with responsibilities of their in-laws, husbands and children along with their jobs, which poses a threat of high stress on them. Due to this, they tend to neglect their own health and nutrition-intake. Also, traditionally women used to engage less in physical activities like walking, running etc, which is changing now. However, even today many in-laws or parents demotivate women in their homes to exercise. They associate joining gym with body-building, and getting muscular bodies, and associate running to unnecessary weight loss activity. Learning to swim is considered a pointless activity in many homes. Some traditional homes in backward areas do not allow their female members to engage in any sort of fitness activity either due to the rule of obligatory Hijab or Ghoonghat outside home, or because of the street Romeos loitering around.

Women health is as important as men-health. In a country like India, where women on one hand are worshiped as Goddess, and are looked upon as a nurturer in the family, taking care of everybody’s well-being, their health take a backseat in the process. I would like to render one message to every woman reading this, take care of yourself first and to every man who loves his woman, never let her ignore herself.

P.S. Belonging to metropolitan city of India, prior to coming here, I had noticed more women engaging in fitness activities like jogging, walking or yoga than before. I even saw one women, jogging in saree. I think it is the time, when women should focus more on their health than succumbing themselves to imprudent traditional practices.


In this years AtoZ challenge, I am writing about women issues. If you are not a blogger and want me to write about certain issue related to women-discrimination or have a story regarding the same, do post your suggestions in the comment box or write to me on my Facebook page.

With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Getting labeled for getting dressed…

“Did you hear that news?” I asked him. 
“Which one?” he inquired. 
“There are people who never get tired of labeling women with respect to what they wear. When we wear traditional attire, they call us behenji. When we dress in contemporary fashion, they blame our clothes for mounting rape and molestation incidences. Why such mindless generalization? It is nauseating that someone daily has something to comment on our attire. Recently a Botany professor in Kerala made that preposterous comment stating that women who wear jeans, shirts and dress up like men give birth to transgenders. Everyone there protested against him.”

P.S. It is surprising to see on one hand scientists are making new discoveries and on the other hand, some educated people (with limited facts) are trying to blame women for everything they can think of. 

P.P.S. Women across the globe are marred by such generalizations, with a culture or religion police on their head.  In many countries women are also banned from using red-lipstick among other things.

Even in normal families, we can find objects like this professor, commenting and talking about what women should and shouldn’t wear. 


For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent.
With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays.

Drabble is the piece of fiction strictly in 100 words.

Friday, April 6, 2018


“Beta, can you cook?” Mother of the boy started conversation with an old age question. Today was the formal meeting between two families for the alliance of their children. 
Feminist father of the girl replied, “No, she cannot. You see, we never pushed her in kitchen.”
He paused, turned his face towards the potential groom for his daughter, smiled and inquired, “What about you son, I hope you know how to cook? 
DNA information imprinted on Y-chromosomes was taken aback, X-chromosomes present there were perplexed too, something that has never occurred before just happened. Every creature present there was frowning...
कभी पूछ ही लेते 
शाम की चाय के लिए 
 ताउम्र तरसी हूँ मैं 
किसी और ज़ायके के लिए ।

P.S. Cooking is not gender specific and hence not the sole-role of women. In many homes situations are changing but in many homes time is stagnant. Couples are happy where things are changing, husband might be happy where time is stagnant.
P.P.S. Cook for the women in your life (especially mothers) if you have not yet, they would cherish those special warm and fresh meals from you.
For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent. 

With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays.

Drabble is the piece of fiction strictly in 100 words.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Educating her...

Lightly rolling her hands on the bulge of her stomach, she smilingly said, “everyone says it will be a girl”. Her face was pale, eyes were dry, she seemed tired yet somewhere in tranquility. In 6 months pregnancy, she was coming on the job of cleaning utensils in households.
“Are you happy?” I pried.
“ It’s God’s wish, but girl or boy, I will teach my child. I want it to become something, not like me.” She took a sip of milk from the steel glass in her hands and looked far away with golden sunrays falling on her face.

Image courtesy : PoetryLikers

P.S. According to All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), India has registered its best performance on the Gender Parity Index (GPI) at 0.94 in 2016-2017 from 0.86 in 2010-11. More women are educated than men in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Kerala.
However, i
n many traditional families, living majorly in backward states or rural areas, women still struggle with their basic rights to get higher education to empower their lives. The dogma behind not educating girls in many backward households is that educating a girl is waste of money since their ultimate role is to give birth and take care of the entire family. In some areas, people fear their daughters’ security will be compromised, since schools and colleges are far from their homes.
What is the situation of girl education in the place you live? 


For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent.
With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays.
Drabble is a piece of fiction strictly in 100 words. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Desire a daughter, not dowry…

“You are twenty-five, if you want to study ahead, you can do it after your marriage. It is a good family”, exclaimed her parents. 
“What if they are not okay for it papa?” she asked.
“Then it is your destiny.”
“I want to study.”
“We can either afford your education or marriage. In our community good homes ask for lot of money, we don’t have funds for both.”
“Forget about my marriage, I will only marry in the self-respecting family who have no demands. Else I won’t. Please papa, let me finish my studies and let me be something.”

P.S. Later, that lady finished her MBA and supported her wedding expenses without any dowry. She had set an example for many women to not to support dowry in any circumstances.
Why bride’s parents must pay to the groom’s family to marry their daughter? Are parents getting rid of their daughters with those huge pay checks? Or groom’s family is so poor that they cannot provide for one more member in the family? Were they not using any refrigerator or furniture before their son’s marriage? 
Will you as a woman pledge not to marry in a family who asks for dowry of any kind? Even if you can afford demands, can you stand to set an example for those who cannot?


For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent. 

With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays. 

Drabble is a piece of fiction strictly in 100 words. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Career and compromise: women story

Sir, as we said earlier your daughter can work, we are open minded and understand she has a career too. But she disregards home, she comes late, many times doesn’t even cook meals. We told her she should be back by 6 p.m. and should pay some devotion to home. Sometimes she even comes later than our son. Last time she brought a maid on our head. We do not eat food prepared by cooks, nagged parents-in-law of the daughter. I think you should tell your daughter to pay attention to home, we won’t mind if she leaves job.

P.S. She spent same time studying like him, worked hard like him, then why they never expected him to cook when she was late? They never expected him to come home early?  If he wants a career, it is more than enough. Many women face this discrimination in their homes. Are they at fault for making a career or choosing to get married?
A man and woman should share the responsibility equally. If the man is not career oriented, its okay, he can take care of the family. A woman should be treated as a human, and not superhuman. Simple adjustments can be made, and no life should be compromised.

For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent. 

Drabble is the work of fiction strictly in 100 words. 

Blame him, not her

They were plaguing their daughter-in-law for their miseries. They always said she corrupted their son. She was accused of every misery and pain he had brought to them, when he ill-treated or abused them. None of them understood that he was an equal adult as she was. He was more in command than she was. Never anyone criticized him since he was theirs, and no one took her side since she wasn’t. Why she was more culprit when they invested their youth on him not on her. Like always its someone else’s daughter who was a criminal, not their son.

P.S. Are women to be blamed for everything, even if they haven't done it? They are being blamed for wearing inappropriate clothes, for not following traditional rules of the family, sometimes they are even blamed for laughing loudly and seeking attention. While real flaws in men are ignored and considered to be normal. As they say, you should not complaint, men are like that. It is time to address this issue. Blame him, not her.
Do you know any such stories? Have you held liable for the things you haven't done? Did this post give you new perspective of looking at things? Post your views, if any.

For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  Some of these issues might be globally prevalent. 

With AtoZ challenge like all- bloggers worldwide, I too pledge to write on each day of April, except on Sundays. 

Drabble is a piece of fiction strictly in 100 words. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Abuse: the tale of an independent woman

She was extremely beautiful, said he. She was more qualified, whispered her achievements. She earned more, mumbled her paycheck. Post their wedding, marred by complexes, he asked her to leave her job to take care of their family. She was disheartened but still agreed with him on his decision. Soon she was tortured and beaten, she was called names and was introduced among friends as a bucolic, uneducated, good for nothing home-maker. She was constantly ripped off of her dignity. She was punished for being a woman who once did better than her egomaniac man.  

मेरी पढाई भी उतनी,
औहदा भी उतना,
इज़्ज़त भी उतनी,
तनख्वा भी उतनी,
तुम्हारा बड़ा है
तो अहंकार,
और छोटी है
तो तुम्हारी सोच.
Translation: My education is same,
so is my designation,
my respect is same,
so is my remuneration
what you have big is
your ego,
and have small is
your thinking…

P.S.: The right to get respected has no connection with education and remuneration. Even a less qualified and less earning person has an equal right to be respected with equal dignity (men and women alike). In many homes, independent women face the wrath of their men and submit themselves to their male-ego and inferiority complexes.
Abuse of any kind is not normal, raise your voice against it. 
Do you know any such stories? How can we fight with this issue? What can be done if we know such a man and such a woman? 

For this year's April A to Z challenge, I will put forward 26 women issues from 26 alphabets. These issues will be inspired by "real-life events" and will highlight social issues and other faced by women.  S
ome of these issues might be globally prevalent. 

In #atozchallenge, which happens every year in the month of April, bloggers world wide challenge themselves to write on each day of April except on Sundays.

Drabble is a piece of fiction strictly in 100 words.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

बंजर धरती

पास पड़ी बंजर धरती से
सड़क किनारे खड़ा किसान
एक दिन यूँ ही पूछ उठा
सोच रहा जो खड़ा खड़ा :

"तू यहां कब से पड़ी है,
किस्मत तेरी रूठी बड़ी है.
क्या तुझे कभी ऊब नहीं होती
उस पार हरियाली को देख
तू  दुःख से व्याकुल नहीं होती
क्या ईर्षा कभी तुझमे में आती है
जो तुझमें फलने की आस जगाती है
साँझ  का तुझको भय नहीं होता
सूनेपन से तेरा ह्रदय नहीं रोता
कैसे आते हैं तुझमें विचार
कैसा होता है तेरे भीतर हाहाकार?

धरती मुस्कुराई
पर दुःख से उसकी आँखें भर आयीं
छुपाना चाहती थी बहुत कुछ
किन्तु समय ऐसा रहा
कुछ छुपा नहीं पायी
दो पल सुबकी छुप-छुपकर
और कुछ कंपाई रुक-रूककर
फिर ह्रदय एक सा करके
अपने भीतर मज़बूती भरके
वह आखिर बोल पड़ी
मन की कड़ियाँ खोल पड़ी
"सुन किसान तुझको राज़ बताती हूँ
बरसों से चुभती व्यथा सुनाती हूँ
मेरे अंदर भी ऊब होती है
पर बंजर धरती शायद ऐसी ही होती है
क्या जलायेगी मुझको  ईर्षा
भिगो नहीं पाती मेरा तन  बाढ़ और वर्षा
हे किसान, दिन में मन मेरा खाली होता है
रात को फिर सन्नाटे में  चिल्लाकर रोता है

एक समय मैं भी हरी थी
इस बाँझ की तब गोद भरी थी
मैंने भी सुख से खूब फल उपजाया
उस किसान को अपना पुत्र बनाया
वह जितना बीज मुझमें भरता था
उसका दुगना अंकुर मेरी मिट्टी में  फलता था
फिर एक लाचारी हुई
अनाज बहुत था
पर ना  जाने क्यों
भूखी मारा मारी हुई
मेरी बेकद्री हुई
और बेटे की बेकारी हुई

स्वयं ही सोचो
जिसने बीज लगाया था
खून-पसीना बहाया था
वो ही बना भूखा लाचार
चूल्हा उसके घर का हुआ बेकार
तब पुत्र मेरा, वह किसान
बहुत दुखी और हताश हुआ
मेहनत के छले जाने से घोर निराश हुआ
वो एक दिन झूल गया पंखे से नीचे
पास पड़े थे उसके बीवी बच्चे
पीड़ा से व्याकुल हो मैं रोइ बहुत
सोचा काश आ सकती मुझको वह मौत
जो नन्हे हाथ मुझको सहलाते थे
मिटटी में दिन भर लोटे जाते थे
वे भी दूर चले गए
दुर्भाग्यवश कितने जीवन हरे गए
कौनसी माँ देखना चाहेगी ऐसा मंज़र
इससे  अच्छी हूँ मैं अब होकर बंजर।।

P.S. Wrote this poem long time back, for some unknown reason it stayed there in my personal diary for a long time. It is disheartening when farmers of our country work hard to grow food and themselves die of hunger and life-threatening struggle they go through to earn a living for their families. We often hear the news of mishandling of food, bad and ignorant ways of storage, people hoarding, black-marketing and thus creating unnecessary shortages to gain maximum profits. On top of it, there are natural calamities and new unknown technology for them to deal with where many of them have no back-ups to sustain the loss. An online site showed that nearly 4 lac farmers have committed suicides since 1995. Its heart-wrenching to see people who work day and night to cater to our hunger-needs, which is a necessity for survival, suffer so much. With this poem, I tried to present to agony of farmers.
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