सच्चाईका इकतारा — जो टूट गया...

(इकतारा is a single-string musical instrument, not ‘lone star’)

Many times I wondered how nice it would have been to listen to “Tryst With Destiny” live! Today, I feel this is a moment worth celebrating with as much fervor and as much zeal! Aam Aadmi Party’s stupendous success in Delhi Assembly elections marks the beginning of a new era and shines a ray of hope into the abyss of Indian politics. Silencing the “इस-देश-का-कुछ-नहीं-हो-सकता”sayers, it has paved the way for a brighter India through clean politics and transparent governance.

But, the child’s sad… the child that’s there inside all of us… hidden behind curtains of practicality and pragmatism… the same child which wondered “Why not just eat Vicks? And ta-da! Cold gone forever!” The child that did not understand why poor people don’t just go to bank and withdraw some money... The child that thought dead people become ghosts and ‘live’ happily ever after. In its world, simple solutions exist for all problems. In its world, bad people are invariably punished and the good ones always succeed. In its world the AAPs win elections by sweeping margin and the Delhis live happily ever after. That child is sad. Maybe, it deserves to be so… Maybe, that’s life...
दर-दर घुमा, मस्त मैं झूमा
लेकर सच का इकतारा
सुनो कहानी, नहीं पुरानी
अंत में कैसे मैं हारा

राजदुलारी, सुन्दर-प्यारी
इंद्रप्रस्थ एक नगरी थी
भारतवर्षका शासनस्थल,
वह तो खुशहाल-सुनहरी थी

कालचक्रसे वो भी न छूटी,
धीरे धीरे हुआ पतन
दहशत-भ्रष्टाचारसे मलिन
भारतका अनमोल रतन

धीरज छूटा, संयम टूटा,
गली-गली गूँजा नारा
हमें चाहिए लोकपाल अब!
झनक उठा वो इकतारा

अंधःकारका अंत था निकट,
भड़किथी क्रांतिकी ज्वाला
बदलावसे प्रेरित, उतरे पथपे
वयस्क, युवक, बालक-बाला

जनविक्षोभ-संताप देखके
भ्रष्ट वो नेता भागा था
आशाकी एक किरण दिखीथी,
आम आदमी जागा था

शीलहीन, पापी, व्यभिचारी
शासकोंको करने लज्जित
अंतिम निर्णायक महायुद्धको
सत्यके योध्दा थे सज्जित



यह कलियुग है, भूला था
सपना टूटा जब मैं हारा
क्षतिग्रस्त, अब बैठा हतबल
हाथमे टूटा इकतारा…

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