Saikat Mukherjee

Now I ask my name….which I found at first in my way… –A sweet smell of desire…… it has things to say.

Historical Lessons for India

If we read Indian history from 700 AD to 1700 AD it will show thousands of X invasions, all the destructions of indic architectures starting from Martand Sun temple of Anantnag (Kashmir) which had been built by Lalitaditya Muktapida of Karkota dynasty circa 800 AD were destroyed by Sikander Shah Miri( an X invader), Nalanda University destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji, Kashi Vishwanath temple destroyed in shifts by Mohammad Ghori- Sikander lodhi-Aurangzeb, Somnath temple destroyed by Mahmud Ghazni several times, till the time of the creation of pakistan based on the X faith. They tried to change the demography of the Indian subcontinent.

 People who blabber that Kashmir has never been a part of India should know that it had all the cultural ingredients which are indigenous to modern day culture of the majority of the Indians only.

In today’s perspective patronizing terrorists, talking the language what they like to hear don’t make us wise and secular, rather these make us a threat to our sovereignty. 

This is a fraction of Indian history that some people of India wish not to talk about. Intentionally avoiding those parts of history which deal in the brutality displayed by the predecessors of a modern day minority sect(viz X) of India has nothing to do with secularism. Because secularism doesn’t deal in patronising crime. History teaches us lessons so that the same mistakes are not repeated. 

People talk about X-phobia, there is so many terrible events, in fact the whole period of foreign invasions in India is so terrible that those are more than sufficient to create phobia, because sadly the Xs have not evolved much, their medieval mindset hasn’t changed, because the preaching that had caused the plunders remains the same and the ardour of following that preaching remains the same. And as we say that they have assimilated into our culture, it is only politically. It causes more phobia when we see some Xs glorifying those plunderers(& invaders). But a light of hope is not all Xs are the same.

There is a proverb “once bitten, twice shy”.

But in this case there are crores of bite marks, so the shyness is inevitable. 

This shyness should not lead to hate crimes but the knowledge, the power of accepting the truth and the caution have to be there. Governments will change, but these have to be there to maintain the demography of India.


Arbitrary Pricing Policy of COVID-19 Inoculation

The vaccination at Govt hospitals and municipality wards is free of cost but  these institutes have to take a heavy toll of population for vaccination because private institutions are demanding various prices for a single shot of vaccine, as an example apollo is taking 850₹.   As economically backward people (who have the most share of population percentage) can’t afford arbitrary pricing and this  leads to a long queue around the govt hospitals and wards for free vaccination. Affluent group of people aren’t bothered with that different pricing of a life saving vaccine. They can bear the cost if they don’t want to stand in the queue.Now what is happening is a great share of economically weak people are not getting vaccinated because a day long standing idly in a queue hampers their business.

Now what is happening is a great share of economically weak people are not getting vaccinated because a day long standing idly in a queue hampers their business.

 A free of cost vaccination drive like polio vaccination should be insisted and promoted by all the people who are socially awake, that will also reduce the burden from the government institutions. Government must realise this arbitrary pricing policy of vaccines will lead to a long term and partial vaccination and can’t exterminate this viral disease as a whole. Throughout India the inoculation should be fully subsidised by the central govt as an attempt to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection and rate of death cases.

India is the people of India

The deadline for the 20000crore vista project which is absolutely unnecessary has been fixed. Will they show the expenditure details of 20000 crore? Hundreds of crores will be deposited into some unintended sinks to have this project finished, let alone how much they might have paid the party to get this contract.
But for COVID funding they don’t have money, referring to a public donated fund PMCARES. And a life saving vaccine which is made from our direct taxes has to be bought giving indirect taxes again. Now poonawala is investing 240million pound in UK & we are so fool that we don’t understand anything.

Increase in direct taxes, decrease in the subsidy, diminishing all kind of savings interest and disinvesting the public property are four of the many disasters that this country is facing at this moment. This PiYem is burying this nation in every possible means.
Realise their level of authoritarianism and social blindfold that keeps them at bay from the sufferings and needs of the Indians. Whenever there is a uprise from some wise and sensible people against the odds they create policies that keep people busy in getting harrassed physically and mentally. Doubling the suffering of the people is a tool they have been using to divert the people from criticising the govt. They don’t even want to address those because addressing the real issues won’t serve their purpose of creating dominance over each part of the country. Every medieval king however despotic he might be would think about the needs of the people of his kingdom. This guy, our PM and his party has always addressed the ‘distress of hinduism’ as the main issue. Because there are many literate people in our country who have medieval mindset and think that saving the religion(which is not at all in distress) is of the primary need and not building a proper industrially rich nation. BJP addresses issues like hostile neighbours, their criticism about India(which we actually deserve) but never addressed the poverty as an issue because if they do so they have to fight poverty and fighting poverty needs real men and power, and spending money, rather inciting issues of jingoism to make fight among people is easier and that helps deviate the people from the real issues and budget doesn’t need to be allocated for education, agriculture and industry and squandering the public wealth become easier and nobody questions. Whoever points their deception out and goes against them have to face strictures and may be a change in legislation so that that deception can be turned into a legal procedure. That is how much despotic they are and selfish not to think about the Indians’ need and development.

Oil on stretched canvas



সৈকত মুখার্জ্জী

বিরহী তুমি? কত পাথর রেখে বুকে,

এগিয়ে চলছো একা জনমানবের ভিড়ে!
কত কথা আসে কানে, অদ্ভূত ভাবনা গড়ে মন;
তবুও থামতে দিও এগিয়ে চলা এই জীবনপারবারের বুক চিরে।

মস্তিষ্ক বড় জটিল বোধহয়, কত চিন্তা আসে যায়;
তবু ছাপ রেখে যায় কত ভাবনা;
হয়তো বা তুমি একাকী, সখাধন্য নও;
তবুও হয়তো তুমি পারবে রুখতে দৈনন্দিনের এই যাতনা।
এই যাতনা যে শারীরিক নয়, আবরণে থাকেনা এর চিহ্ন।
উপেক্ষা এর কাম্য নয়, নজর দিলে তবে হবেই জয়,
এই বিষয়ক আলাপচারিতা কিন্তু করে তুলতে পারে একে নগণ্য।

প্রত্যাশানুরূপ যদি বা না পাও ফল,
দুঃখ বিষাদ স্বাভাবিক; এর মীমাংসা শুধু আবার চেষ্টাতেই থাক,
পুনর্গঠনের সুযোগ এ অমূল্য জীবন বারবার দেয়,
সে যতই তার উপর দিয়ে ঝঞ্ঝা যাক।

দ্যাখো কত মহামারী এলো গেলো, কত গরিব এর প্রাণ গেলো।
ছিলনা তাদের পায়ে জান, তবু তাঁরা হেঁটেছিল আপ্রাণ।
ছিলনা পানীয় জল, ছিল শুধু পায়ের নিচের তপ্ত তল।
তবু তারা কিন্তু মানেনি হার, ওজন বয়েছে যারযার।
তোমারও বিষাদের ওজন বয়ে তুমি
এগিয়ে চলো জীবনের প্রান্তর পেরিয়ে,
কষ্টে হও দৃঢ় আরও,
কোন সুখের খোঁজ পাবে এ জীবন হারিয়ে!

মৃত্যু হোক সৈনিক সম
বা যেন স্বাভাবিক হয়;
স্বেচ্ছামৃত্যুবরণ তো কাপুরুষচিত;
এ তো কখনোই সমাধান নয়।
পারবে কি তুমি? তোমার জীবনপারাবের কান্ডারী হতে,
এ অমূল্য জীবন যুদ্ধে হার না মানতে।
ভবিষ্যৎ তোমার আশায় প্রতীক্ষারত;
পারবে কি তুমি? জগতের অন্ধকার গলিতে সামান্য আলোর উৎস হতে!

Dhoni might not hit once more

He is the man who brought us so much pride that we never had had before and may be we could never have had without his underlying understanding of the game. If the fans or the haters think it’s the time for him to bid cricket good bye, yes they are rightly logical, he has no more than ten percent of his original abilities right now. Age is catching him up faster than he can run.
But the fact is he has shown his ability to play the game of cricket and the necessary temperament to drag the team towards the winning line and cross it even from the jaws of defeat for several times which nobody is even near to beat his numbers.
He has never been a beautiful to watch batsman, he has neither got the proper footwork nor the proper copy book techniques to bat but his numbers say otherwise. He is the oldest and still the fastest on the field and on the pitch. But I, we detest him for his slowness, some of us can only see the outcome and the shots played, they don’t have the insight of the game, they don’t have the ability to see any difference with a ODI from a bilateral series and a ODI from world cup group stage and a ODI from a knockout. Anyway, this old man has still given us runs which were much required in certain precarious stages of certain matches in this world cup with a second highest scorer of the semifinal. He has not been the keeper he used to be. He is not the captain, but the captain who should not be the one, rightly feels he is the captain; this amount of reverence cannot be bought, it can only be earned, it is priceless. He had given us hope and fulfilled on several occasions. In his last world cup match he was not sent by his captain where he might have sent himself if he was the captain. But still every Indians including the haters of this man cultivated a hope, a dream and rather a substantial amount of faith of qualifying for the finals that till he was at the crease in a stage like knockout he would not let us down and they still believe he would not have let us down if…there are many ifs including his slowness and usual umpiring incapabilities which could have changed the length of the ball bowled and so the result. I cannot finish while writing about this man, some say i am biased, I would tell them I am not a seasonal cricket watcher and I am still less hurt than the 2003 world cup final.
Anyway this man had started his career with a runout and finished a golden circle of cricketing life with the same. May everybody’s wish (singular because wishes are same) of him retiring right now comes true.

Indian Doctrine

India has been an epitome of tolerance. Like a deity who bestows on us with tolerant skills and no controller to vary its parameters according to its needs. This is what we are taught since childhood. This is our cultural upbringing and have never gone at par as the situations have demanded over the ages. Our small heads unknowingly get wisely taught about our civilisation and behavioural attitude towards human being. A weird elementary lesson of kindness is inherited in our worldly bodies to bear and go on with those without much significant reactions. We had been looted but are lucky to be fair with the help of some diplomatic and selfish British brains with whom we could construct our country driving book, the biggest of its kind, the Indian Constitution. Somehow we are proud of what we have got as a country and its rules to reside in. Actually the rules say to be a human to be a dutiful citizen, other than this it expects nothing from us. Our society is stratified but not our economy on its basis. Our secularism, liberalism and fraternity(in one word ‘Democracy’) describe Indian society as egaletarian with no exception on any basis. And when our constitutional secularism and real life implications come face to face they somehow always fail to reflect each other. Democracy fails to sustain almost in every federal issue of Indian Federation. Undoubtedly the largest democratic federation of the world are again lucky enough to have been enjoying the same political and civil rights of citizenship all over the country. Mere fights out of political corruptions and ego hurt the citizens of India more than anything else. Here fights refers to cold or hot on the basis of vulnerability of the political faces. Here steps taken often contradict fraternity, liberalism and seldom secularism. So it connotes a weakness of liberalism lies in the intention and implication of stopping others from being liberal. This is an example where our constitution fails and are brought under the eyes of the guards of the legislation. However be the conflicts among various states in India as these always have been since thousands of years, we keep it among ourselves. And no one to blame for such federal issues but ourselves. As is expandable our democracy so is open our fraternity. As we put forward our fraternity to our bellicose neighbour they assault back with more daunting than the last attack. And the most impeccable democratic barrier stands tall when we suffer from animosity from our neighbour. Preposterous actions are taken which are so much at par our democratic delusion. And much to our impatience we condemn our fraternity and long surviving culture of secularism.
As the bullet bearers belong to the same culture of assimilation they never fail to show allegiance even with the fire of vengeance inside.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose showed us the way it is done. With utmost veneration towards our constitution and Armed Forces we must let the avengers loose for the first time(I guess). From the literate and dutiful citizens and members of legislative assemblies of our country amendments of some needful acts have to be put forward for the sake of our country and our soldiers so that they can take actions on their own at certain predescribed spur of emergency. Because it won’t harm our fraternal and democratic practices, it might only liberalise the defence system of our sovereignty when needed.


সর্বোপরি তোমার কাছে, ধুলো ঘামের মিশ্রণের সাথে,
বুক চিঁড়ে বহিত ধারার ছোঁয়ায়
জন্ম মৃত্যুর ধারাবাহিকতার সঙ্গে,
আজও জানু দুটো তোমার সামনেই নোয়ায়।

সর্বোপরি তোমার জন্য অদ্ভুত নিবিড় টানে,
তোমার ঘোলাটে বিভার মাধুর্য প্রীতে
কদাচিৎ নীলাম্বরের দর্শনেও অবিকার থাকি,
তোমার ভারী বাতাসের শীতে।

সর্বোপরি মৎস্য বিমুখ হয়েও,
অভ্যস্ত হয়েছে বিহারের নিরামিষ ভোজে।
তবু তোমার দেখার জাদু স্পর্শে,
মাছের আঁশেও কেন জানি সুবাস খোঁজে ।

সর্বোপরি প্রাত্যহিক জীবনের শব্দ দূষণে,
ভ্রু কুঞ্চন আর সহস্র বাতির চোখ ধাঁধানোর শেষে,
অকৃত্রিম দুটো বাংলায় হাঁক যেন বলে ওঠে,
যেন মৃত্যুর মুখদর্শী হই তোমারই ঘর্মাক্ত বেশে।

এবং সর্বোপরি যখন ভেসে ওঠে- ছাই রাস্তার বুক চিঁড়ে
অসংখ্য লৌহ রেলের সমাহার;
তখন স্বর্গোদ্যানের দর্শনে আর বি.বা.দি বাগের কাননে বারংবার ধ্বনিত হয়
কোথায় আছে শহর, দ্বিতীয় এই প্রকার!


-সৈকত মুখার্জ্জী


স্বপ্ন হইয়া আছো জড়াইয়া,
আজও বাস্তবের সাক্ষাতে।
ক্ষনিকের পথে আর সঙ্গদোষে,
আলোকিত কায় নিস্তব্ধ প্রভাতে।

শান্তি হইয়াছে নিবিড় যত,
দুর্ভেদ্য মনে তাহাই হাজারো অব্যক্ত।
মস্তিষ্কে বাধা ভাবনাসকল,
আজ প্রভাত ধারায় তমসা সিক্ত।

কেমনে থাকি না ভাবিয়া,
যাহারে লাগে এতো আপন,
বসতি গড়িয়াছে যে পারাবার তীরে,
কেমনে করি তাহারে সংবরন।

একদিন সর্বপরি, উহার উক্তিগুলি
ব্যয় করি, নিঃশেষিত হইবে।
মনের আঁধারে, বিস্মিত বারে বারে,
স্মৃতির আবেগ উহার সাথেই রহিবে।

উহার ভাবনায়, মোহিত ক্ষণকালে,
অকপট প্রেমের সরস সংযোজন।
বসুধা মাঝে, উহার কাছে নিরর্থক সাজে,
সুসজ্জিত কত বহুমূল্য আয়োজন।।

-সৈকত মুখার্জ্জী