Saturday, December 31, 2011

With Apologies to Majaz

Tere mathe pe ye aanchal bahut hi khoob hai lekin
Tu is aachal se ik parcham bana leti to achchha tha

This veil on your face is  beautiful in the extreme but
How nice it'd have been if you had turned it into a flag

People go into ecstasy while reciting this couplet. Such a revolutionary couplet, they say. Very inspiring and very encouraging and refreshing and what not. But is it really that? Why can't the man himself make a flag? It would be alright to borrow a spare veil from your daughter, your wife or your mother. In their enthusiasm to promote revolution such people, who indulge in this type of activity, forget that they have abdicated their duties as men. If you have a house then the identity of the house is by the women in it. Not men. Some people may not like it but in spite of the fact that reality has been distorted beyond recognition some signs still remain and we shall be better for us to clutch dearly to these signs. It shall be worthwhile to spend few moments to ponder over this fact that house is made by women. Nor the bricks and the walls but the nest that is cozy. It is a spiritual, moral and social crime to destroy this institution. Have your revolution at the cost of everything else, and you would not like to destroy many other things too, but not the family not the house. Make your flags yourself, make your revolutions yourself but deliver some dough in the evening to her and let her create those miracles that only she can do or she does better than you. And leave the exception out. Exceptions are not the rules. Whether pushing of woman out of the house has been due to socialist thinking or due to capitalist thinking the result is the same in both cases - destruction of house and decreasing number of children in the family. And if the world is still increasing with good speed then please know that this is not happening in your backyard. Most probably there are no kids playing in your compound. If you have them kids in your backyard then yours truly will assume that you have understood everything that we have written here including the fact that there are many people who have to ponder over these things.