Everybody walks past a thousand ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who find a subject they care about and which they in their heart feel others should care about. Writing is a grueling and demanding activity that demands too much from the mind. Writing is not always for money but to a large extent it offer some sort of instant gratification for the person who want to put his expressions before the populace. There’s no reason someone should write unless he feel he has something good to say. And getting that something good across to the reader is like undergoing surgery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. As such many writers prefer to write short stories that impact the readers more with optimum consumption of time.
In the back drop, I got a set of short stories about failure of Government and brutalities of Police and sordid stories of hapless migrant workers, written in Hindi by Dr. Adarsh Prakash, a renowned writer from Udhampur, encouraged by the happening noticed on the landscape of the country during this impasse caused by Corona. These stories carry with them the messages for our next generation, common man and government including law enforcing agencies. Some of the stories deserve mention here. The story titled “Corona Precaution” speaks of four childhood friends and now after retirement are morning walkers living in same society. One of them was over enthusiastic as his son and daughter in law living in other city were coming to him, to take care during Corona. On the expected day of their arrival, he was the most dejected, silent and more exhausted man. On quizzing, he very coldly replied that as government has instructed that senior citizens are more vulnerable hence his son and daughter-in-law have cancelled their plan to visit him and have instructed to take care. This story speaks of sacraments towards their parents of our next generation. The two stories worth mentioning revolves around police action but both are worth taking, one for amending and other as to follow. The story “Jawab (Answer)” of two friends from same village, working in Sabji Mandi Delhi, after Lockdown and after exhausting all their available resources, started moving towards their village in Rajasthan on foot. After two days journey without food and water they were stopped by Police at Rajasthan border. Pleading to allow them to move as they are without meals for past two days, the police official reacted by baton and beating mercilessly and shouting have fresh meal. One of the two fell unconscious and after dragged to aside of the road the police officials went to their pitched tent for rest. After gaining conscious, the person got furious about police action that was nowhere permissible in law. To teach lesson to barbaric police, he pick up a chiseled stone and in a state of revenge ran towards police tent. The story inspires us that barbaric police action gives strength to every common man in spite of his physical or living conditions to react upon.
The Story “Kartavya (Responsibility)” speaks of other side of Police reaction. A distress call from pregnant lady Jamilla to local P/S Inspector Raghbir upset the police officer, who was extremely busy in maintaining law & order, implementing restrictions due to corona and what not. The merciful crying voice from a pregnant hapless lady takes Raghubir to that lady whose husband also in police department but posted in different location. The lady is shifted to nearest Hospital and a lady constable kept in service of the Jamila. Raghubir managed the bringing of the husband of Jamila through police vehicle. After two days another call from Jamilla again perturbed Raghubir but it was not a distress call but a call for thanks giving and informing that she has delivered a male baby and Raghubir’s timely help has saved her and the new baby. It was desired by Jamila to see Raghubir again as he has acted like her real brother. These affectionate words again take Raghubir to lady Jamila where he is greeted by Jamila’s husband. Jamila pointing towards her new baby said “Bhayia here is your nephew” and you know we have christened him as ‘Raghubir’. The Raghubir police Inspector failed to express any word and with trembling hands take out a currency note of Rs 500 from his pocket and by touching the forehead of the baby gave to Jamila with the words ‘It is ritual in our family to pay as blessings when someone is born in our family”. On Jamila’s word that she feel her brother Raghubir will take care of her family in future also, Raghubir left for his duties. The story explains that people always look for help towards police when no other option is left and a bit care although a duty, creates a new bond and relation jumping over the religious boundaries. The story ‘Sarkar Ki Shatya (Government Help)’ is the interview by a press reporter of a youth sitting alongside his happy parents who after travelling 2200 kilometers from Nasik reaches his home at Delhi. Expressing his all difficulties from closing down of factory where he used to work, left high and dry, and thrown out from the rented accommodation by landlord, no survival options, by travelling on foot without meals just on few biscuits he was offered at some places but happy to join his parents after odd journey of 22 days. The concluding quarry by reporter of any Government help, he smiling replied, yes he was beaten at some places but the Government help was confined to the extent that he was just allowed to proceed being on foot. The story expose all the tall claims and directions of Modi himself that no worker should be deprived of his job, land owners not to throw out their tenants if they are unable to pay rent, every worker should be fed by government. The mercy shown by police in allowing to proceeds, is construed also a Government help by poor fellow.