Since childhood, by grace of god and by efforts of my parents we could live in peace. That environment was better than in which my son is living. It was at IIT Kanpur campus, we grew up and had some kind of misplaced thinking of our great India.
now only I realize that it was wrong on our part to think that this land is of great people, who fought with the rulers and thought of getting freedom.
Years ago in 1991 and 1992 when i went to Shillong for an interview in Assam Rifles. I stayed near Bara Bazaar or gadi khana. In those days as evening approached we used to listen that “Don’t venture outside after dusk” stay at home. WHY? there i felt some tension.
However the journey from Guwahati to Shillong in BUS was the most memorable one for me. It was majestic. The mountains, green forests, The big FERNS, The huts and villages on both side of road.the road side shops, the beautiful people, Majestic meadows, The great Himalaya, the crown of India. simply that was serene.
In 2011 again i got chance to visit the great himalaya, the place of lord as i call it. I was in Gangtok during the september 2011. On the way and while in Gangtok I felt the difference. we were put in at Tashi delek hotel. On the way the magical and majestic forest enchanted me. I was fuly engrossed by the river valley and the hills on the other side. But i could also see the hard life of villagers. The labourers working to repair the mountain road. How they had to travel back to their home after finishing work. How people made the temporary shelters alongside of road, as if standing on ONE LEG. I mean the houses were made on a raised platform, which stands on long wooden logs resting on slopy hills alongside the road and the platform rest on the road. People traveling with me know that on the sight of those houses i screamed and said My god how they are going to survive an earthquake. Since i had experienced an earthquake followed by Tsunami in Andamans. So first thing i could notice was the threat from an earthquake. And it was bad luck that just after few days earthquake struck Sikkim and other parts of country. I tried to phone many people there, but the phone lines were also badly effected. But once i got to talk to somebody in Tashi delek hotel the other side told that it was Ok and few cracks are there in building.
There is unrest in every part of our nation. Be it in Manipur, or Nagaland, The Arunachal pradesh-they have border tension and as few years back i got to read somewhere that the elders were worried to preserve their Tribal culture. there was tension in Kuki and Naga and Manipur etc. In meghalaya also the tribal and non tribal thought were going on. We had seen the Assam tensed with Bodo Andolan, the AGP won the election and ruled the state. Bengal region has along history of unrest since british times (i think)
Orissa, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chatishgarh had problem of Naxal type. Punjab had another kind of tension. i still don’t understand their problem. When Guru Nanak ji himself was originally from an Indian Family and worked for upliftment for poor ir-respect of religion. then in the name of guru nanak ji why they do not shun violence??
I don know but i have heard many times that in earlier times in punjab the families used to give their eldest son to the Guru Panth. thus that boy used to become a Sikh. But younger sons remained with what they were. Is that true?? if so then why they are fighting with their own blood?
In Jammu and Kashmir the tension i think originated from some idea which is an imported one. The KALHAN wrote the RajTaringini which has the lineage of Kings who ruled the Kashmir kingdoms. I do not know how many of us have read it, since it is written in Sanskrit.? Many old sites are their. all are lying in state of despair. why? And who knows how and when the AMARNATH cave came into being and came to know to all the parts of India? do anyone knows when the Vaishnav Devi shrine got the fame??
Maharaja Pratap Singh and Maharaja Hari Singh were the rulers of the Jammu and Kashmir kingdom.
how come then the tension has been arosed on the lines of religion? why so much tension. I really wish to go to Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Dal lake, Chasm-e sahi, Shalimar Nishat Bagh. again. all those places were very beautiful. Tension should go away first. In TN often i heard people start fighting over the issue of Srilanka?? Why?? or over the issue of River water. In another state from which the ChatraPati Shivaji people have tension due to the language or Martha feeling? guru Ramdas, Even if you try to google one can read somewhere that the Bhonsle clan has their connection with the Rana of Mewar, the kin family of Maharana Pratap, Uday Singh ji etc.. can we believe it? then why there should be tension?
I felt very bad when i heard that UP has been partitioned into Uttarakhand. I loved the Kumaun, Garhwal region, since i have had read about it through the works of Smt Gaura Pant “Shivani” ji. Almost all her heroines of her works (stories or novel) are from the Hills. but they got separated from me? why?
while I stood on the mall road in Mussuri was thinking al this and looking down the hill towards the Dehradoon?