महाराजांचे देवत्व – एक विचारमंथन

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महाराष्ट्राचे प्रातःस्मरणीय शककर्ते राजे छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज यांची आज “तारखेनुसार” जयंती. त्यानिमित्तानी नुकताच गणेशउत्सवात दिसणाऱ्या “मी येतोय” च्या धरतीवरचा ‘देव येतोय’ असं लिहिलेला वर दिलेला फोटो माझ्या एका मित्रानी एका whatsapp ग्रुपवर पाठवला. पण मला आज हा फोटो पाहून एक गोष्ट खटकते आहे ती म्हणजे महाराजांना आपण देतोय ते ‘देवत्व’. थांबा, कोणतीही टोकाची प्रतिक्रिया देण्या आधी कृपाकरून मी लिहितो आहे ते पूर्ण शेवटल्या शब्दापर्यंत वाचा. छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज अत्यंत थोर, धोरणी आणि दूरदृष्टी लाभलेले महान राज्यकर्ते होते यात शंका नाही. कोणत्याही मराठी माणसाचे याबाबत दुमत असणे अशक्य आहे. किंबहुना मराठीच का, जगभरात त्यांचे समकालीन किंवा त्यांच्या काळानंतर झालेले अनेक अभ्यासक हेच मत मांडतात.
 
महाराजांच्या न भूतो न भविष्यती अशा पराक्रमात त्यांना साथ देणारे त्यांनी टाकलेला शब्द झेलणारे आणि महाराजांसाठी जीव तळहातावर घेऊन काम करणारे लोक कोणत्या जातीपातीचे होते, कोणत्या धर्मातले होते, या वादात मला अजिबात रस नाही. पण महाराजांचे कर्तुत्व, त्यांचे धाडस, त्यांचे शौर्य, आपल्या सामर्थ्याची पूर्ण जाण ठेवून आखलेली विशेष अशी गनिमिकाव्याची रणनीती, निक्षून टाळलेला सैन्यातील हत्तींचा वापर, “रयतेच्या भाजीच्या देठासही हात लावू नये” अशी शिस्त लावणारी आज्ञापत्रे तसेच प्रसंगी आततायी शौर्य न गाजवत हौतात्म्य पत्करण्यापेक्षा चार पावले मागे येण्यातली ओळखलेली योग्यता हे सारे सारे एका प्रचंड मुत्सद्दी आणि तल्लख बुद्धीच्या राज्यकर्त्याची ओळख पटवून देणारे मुद्दे आहेत.
 
सरंजामशाहीत असलेली राजाची पराधीनता ओळखून उभारलेली नवीन सैनिकी व्यवस्था, जमिनीची लावून दिलेली रयतवारी, नव्याने निर्माण केलेली शेतसारा पद्धती, त्याकाळात दुष्काळानंतर उपलब्ध करून दिली जाणारी सरकारी गोदामातून शेतकी मदत मग ती बी-बियाणांच्या रुपात असेल किंवा जनावरांच्या स्वरूपातील असेल, जाणीवपूर्वक केलेली मार्गांची व्यवस्था असेल किंवा पाण्याच्या स्त्रोतांची व्यवस्था असेल, या साऱ्या गोष्टीतून त्यांच्या डोक्यात असलेला ‘रयतेच्या कल्याणासाठी सतत जागरूक राहणारा एक कुशल प्रशासक’ दिसून येतोच की.
 
महाराजांची सगळीच कारकीर्द काही १००% यश देणारी होती असे नाही. विशालगडावर अडकून पडण्याची वेळ असो की आग्र्याला नशिबी आलेली नजर कैद असो किंवा ज्याची परिणीती आग्र्याच्या प्रकरणात झाली ती मिर्झाराजा जयसिंगची महाराष्ट्राच्या उरावर थैमान घालणारी स्वारी असो, हे काही अपयश या महान राजाला पचवावे लागलेच होते. पण महाराजांची जिद्द आणि स्वाभिमान इतका प्रबळ होता की या साऱ्यांच्या नाकावर टिचून महाराजांनी स्वतःचे सार्वभौम राज्य निर्माण केले. सार्वभौमत्व मिळवल्याखेरीज राज्यास स्थैर्य नाही हे ओळखून पैठणच्या ब्रह्मवृंदाने नकार दिलेला असतांना काशीच्या गागाभट्टांना (ज्यांनी स्वतः काशी विश्वनाथावर पडलेले घणाचे घाव बघितले होते आणि या राज्याभिषेकाची आवश्यकता आणि त्याचे महत्व ओळखले होते) पाचारण करून राज्याभिषेक करवून घेतला. राज्याभिषेकाच्या निमित्ताने नवीन कालगणना सुरु करत महाराज ‘शककर्ते’ झाले. छत्रपती झाले.
 
इतके देदीप्यमान कर्तुत्व असतांना तुम्हा आम्हा पामराला त्याजागी देवत्व दिसले नाही तरच नवल आहे. पण आपण कटाक्षाने ते देवत्व या महामानवाला देणे टाळले पाहिजे. महाराजानाचा पराक्रम जर आपण त्यांना मानव ठेवूनच बघितला तर तो अधिक भव्यदिव्य आणि उदात्त वाटत नाही का? एकदा देवत्व दिलं की चमत्कार आले, दैवी ताकद आहे मग “छे त्यांना काय अवघड होतं” हा भाव आला. अर्थात सगळ्यांच्याच मनात येईल असं नाही पण जे आज इतक्या शतकांनी ‘श्रीरामाच्या’ बाबतीत होतं आहे ते छत्रपतींच्या बाबतीत होऊ नये. त्यांचे कर्तुत्व देवत्वाच्या आड झाकोळले जाउ नये इतकीच अपेक्षा आहे.
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महासागराशी…

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महासागराच्या फेसाळत्या किनारी,
तुझे पाय आले, निरव सांजवेळी,

खळाळून लाटा किनाऱ्यास येती ,
करा पाय ओले, तुजला खुणवती,

अनामिक का एक शंका वसावी,
भीती कोण एक मनाच्या तळाशी,

अचानक कधी एक उर्मी उठावी,
पायीचे जोड मागे उरावे किनारी,

क्षणी शांत व्हावी, दुविधा मनाची,
जुळे घट्ट मैत्री, महासागराशी

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हा मार्ग शोधतो मी…

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कित्येक वर्ष सरली, तुज दूर जाऊनीही,
का आज आठवांशी, निशस्त्र भांडतो मी..

का मोजले मला तू, दुजा कुणी म्हणुनी,
हा विद्ध जाहलेला, तक्रार मांडतो मी..

तू दूर लोटले का, मज आपुले म्हणुनी,
कोडे कसे सुटावे, हा मार्ग शोधतो मी…

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Looking forward to 2018

2018-Reflections

This is the time of the year when I sit, and look back at the year which is passing by, and set the direction for which I would like to walk in next year. 2017 has been a good year in general. There are quite a few highlights on the work front, but on the creative front, this was the first year when I successfully completed a campaign. Yes, I survived April A to Z challenge with the support of my amazing community of Blogchatter. Then followed an amazing experience, My Friend Alexa: Season 2So when I look forward to 2018, these two things are definitely going to be on my 2018 agenda.

So guys, let’s begin.

  1. April A to Z: Because of the successful year of 2017 at April A to Z, I am for sure going to take the challenge again in 2018. I was totally skeptical about the challenge this year as it was my first attempt at dedicated, contentious attempt of blogging for a month.  So I had kept no rules for me this time. Writing every day was the goal. Now for 2018, I want to put some higher and tougher target for me.
  2. My friend Alexa: Guys at Blogchatter, please let’s have the September blogging campaign again. That gave me a strong boost as a blogger. I so much want to be a part of it in 2018 too.
  3. 50 Books in a year: One thing I miserably failed in 2017 was “100 books challenge” I couldn’t reach even 20. So in next year, I am putting a goal of 50 new books which I will start in 2018 plus the half read which I am currently reading. You can check how 2017 has been for me as far as reading is concern on this Goodreads link
  4. Vacation time: I can’t even remember when was the last proper long vacation I had. In 2018 I so badly wish to have a 10 day, amazing vacation where I want to visit some new city. Solo trip to a new city, where I can just explore as much as I can.
  5. Pick the rhythm again: I have been planning to pick up the rhythm instrument again for a long time. I used to learn tabla for around 3-4 years in my school days. But now I want to venture in either cajón or Kanjira. I am still figuring out which one I should choose. But in 2018, I am surely looking forward to taking up that journey again.

So this is my 5 pointer checklist for 2018. When in the last week of December 2018, I will be sitting again to take a final look at this list, I so wish and dream that I will be ticking off all the 5 points.

What you guys are planning for? Do write it in the comments, Feel free to share and subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss any of my writing which is coming up in 2018… Wish you all a happy, healthy new year. Have a blast on 31st. See you next year…

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It’s always easy to put it on you.

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Hey guys, I am really sorry for this rant. Today I simply can’t keep myself away from it. I just can’t take the blame game anymore which we like to play as a society. Every now and then we come across “Government of India never cares about its sportspersons” stories in a form of sad photos of the plight of our national and sometimes international champions of sports other than cricket on our social media feeds. It’s true that they are in despair, many of them are struggling even to earn the living, but these social media posts do nothing than pointing fingers at politicians and government. The attitude of “मायबाप सरकार” runs through Indian mindset and it has rooted deep inside. We need to change the focus.

We need to change. We hardly watch any sports on television other than cricket and sometimes football. We don’t even think about or dream about watching the sports event live in a stadium if it’s not a cricket. In cricket, the circle is complete. There are fans, who go and watch, they go and watch so sponsors put the money in. Money is in so facilities are good, which in turn makes players to put the efforts and do well. When players/team does well, it earns a lot. But in other sports, the picture is not that pretty.  Everyone waiting for someone else to take the initiative.

Pro Kabaddi has managed to make a strong entry and has got a significant following on television coverage but on the other hand badminton league in India is struggling. Even ISL teams have to take help of local fan clubs of Europian football clubs to get the following.

Government help for the sports is no doubt crucial. In fact, every district organizes the sports tournament, mini (micro) Olympic in itself. Winners from those tournaments move ahead to State and then to the National events. The central government has many training centers spread across the country. Maybe their condition is not that great. Some of them might be lacking some infrastructure. There is no point in denying the fact that these efforts are not enough for our huge country. Let’s not forget, the government has a limited money to spend, which we give them as taxes and a part which multilateral funding agencies put in.

There are some people working to make a change. Reliance Foundation is working on promoting the sports in India through their “Youth Sports” initiative. Organizing hundreds of events for football in 32 cities and athletics in 16 cities around the country is a big step forward in itself. Sports for all in Mumbai doing a great job of organizing 2-week sports fair in December where 35000 school kids participated in 2016 events.

It’s time for us to take up our share of responsibility, not just share on social media. I am making it a point to start acting on this. From this new year, 2018, I am making it a point to go and watch these local sports events from the city. Come, join me for some sporting events and let’s enjoy that cheerful spirit in a stadium.

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Guest Post #1 – Looking Through My Glasses – Disha Prashant

DP 20171203_191722Hey guys,

Here I present you the amazing Disha Prashant as my first guest writer for Adi’s Journal. Disha and my friendship is very modern “Internet Era” friendship as we have met only couple of times. But, the bond we share is cemented with our love for books and the virtual cups of Hot Cocoa we shared when we read at late night. I kind of owe the success of Adi’s Journal to Disha as she is the one who trusted me and asked me to keep writing in English. The next text you read will be written by her. Over to you Disha.

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LOOKING THROUGH MY GLASSES

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Hola Amigos!! The weekend is almost about to end but since it’s December the entire month seems to be weekend. So here’s to the weekend where in I got an opportunity to interact with all of you through my best friend Adi’s blog. Today I will share insights about my feature write ups and venturing into book blogging. Me and Adi have known each other for long and it is indeed a pleasure to write for his blog.

Working in the field of journalism I secretly wished to try my luck at feature writing for that is where my soul longed to be. The best thing about feature write ups is that you can put your heart and soul into what you write irrespective of any unknown being judgemental about it. To precisely define it, feature is your perception about things that make you happy, it is about sharing things that would make someone smile or help them into exploring a jazz chapter of their life.

Thanks to a friend from a newspaper I got this opportunity of writing features for a newspaper and there began a journey for which I had booked my tickets way back (P.S… A lot of waiting you see). What made me happy while writing these features was I met many people belonging to different fields, hailing from different countries, liking different genres and creating a story of their own thereby making this planet a better place to live.

I came across numerous topics and places which I assumed only existed in dreams and were able to explore them by myself. Writing features not just gave me an identity but it also brought me closer to an altogether unique world of infinite possibilities.

Walking on unknown paths brings you closer to lovable oblivion as you come back with hands full of little treasures. I was never into reading books as such, rather I ran away from bookstores. A chance meeting with an old friend and the book stars collided. He gave me my first book to read and insisted on reading it. I was not so keen on reading it but then things never go as planned and this time I was glad they didn’t. That one book came like a wild drug and I took a deep plunge into the enigmatic world of books.

Venturing into book blogging was never on the agenda. However after reading a book I wanted to share all the stories, the excitement, the suspense and a lot more bookish masala to share with fellow readers but failed at finding such company. And again the book fairy struck me and I chanced upon meeting people who were in love with books just the way I am. Adi was that first friend with whom I shared a bookish relation.

It was this friendship that triggered me into writing book reviews and blog them on my page. So far the journey has been a roller-coaster ride and fingers crossed hope it stays like that. Thank you Adi for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to write for your blog. Awaiting more such opportunities. Till then love you beloved bibliophiles…. HAPPY READING… Signing off LAZY LIZZIE TALES.

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