अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता

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अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता,
नए भारत में तेरा भी राज होता,
चीर हरण अब आम बात है,
सब दिशाओं में तेरा भी नाम होता…

दोष मंढ देते उसी बेटी पर,
तुझे ना कोई कुछ कहता,
क्या ओढ़ना क्या पहनना,
उसी को सारा समाज कहता,
अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता…

नौ दिन तू भी चुन्नी चढ़ाता,
बाकि दिन उन्हें तू नोचता खाता,
जंघा पर तू उसे बिठाता,
वासना का शिकार बनाता,
पर लीपा पोती करके,
सब रफ़ा दफ़ा हो जाता,
अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता…

अभिमन्यु की तरह काश वो भी सुन पाती,
चक्रव्यूह बाहर कैसे रचा जा रहा,
भय से उसकी आत्मा ठिठुर जाती,
और वहीं कोख़ में उसका दम घुट जाता,
अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता…

अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता Pinterest

काश तू भी बिहार का लड़का होता,
तो कई वीरांगनाएं कूद पड़ती,
पर देश की बेटी का सवाल है प्यारे,
मूक दर्शक बन जाता सारा संसार,
रक्षक रक्षक बनते बनते,
भक्षक हर कोई बन जाता,
अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता…

बेटी बचाओ बेटी पढ़ाओ की नौबत क्यों आती,
बेटे पढ़ाते तो कितनी बेटियां बच जाती,
तू भी एक नयी स्मृति लिख जाता,
और समाज में सदियों तक सड़ांध फैलता,
अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता…

भारत माँ की जय कहना बंद करो,
वो भी किसी के बाप के नाम पर रख दो,
वैसे भी तो रोज चीर हरण करोगे,
तो क्या अपनी माता के साथ भी ये व्यव्हार करोगे…

अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता
नए भारत में तेरा भी राज होता.

मानस ‘समीर’ मुकुल

Meaning: सड़ांध – Smell when something is rotting. भक्षक – Predator. दोष मंढ – To Accuse.

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127 Responses

  1. Archana says:

    Reading “Are Duryodhan kash tu aaj hota” has given me chills, this has become the saddest reality of our society and system Manas ji. Sometimes it makes me think that do we really mean when we say “Mera Bharat Mahan” or “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”? You took the words right out of our mouth. Outstandingly penned as always!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I am glad that you could relate to it. Coming from a woman it means a lot. All I can say this poem didn’t come from a happy place with in me but really pained to see where we are heading. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting 🙏🏼🙏🏼😊😊🤗🤗👍🏼👍🏼

  2. Pr@Gun says:

    Soul stirring, mind blowing…
    Harsh truth of our times…
    You took me back to Hindi literature laurels in your writing style.
    बहुत खूबसूरत तरीके से दुर्योधन के व्यक्तित्व को आज के समय से जोड़ा है आपने…

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you for being such a constant support and appreciating whatever I dish out. Means a lot. 😊🤗👍🏼

  3. soniadogra says:

    Manas amazing. Kudos. This should be read out loud. Well done!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Sonia ji. Will definitely try or ask someone to put it in audio. 😊👍🏼

  4. Ruchi says:

    Even in times of Duryodhan …he couldn’t touch Droupadi ..how much he tried . What the world has come to. Seriously reading this makes me feel numb.. yes this is the reality ..every year 1-2 such cases touch the headlines and they are just the top of iceberg .. we are not even discussing the ones within the confines of marriage and family.

  5. Rashi Roy says:

    I have no words. This has been penned outstandingly well. It’s sad that we are in a time when such poems are relevant. Each and every word reflects the current situation we are in. More power to your pen. Keep them coming.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thanks for reading and appreciating. True, it’s sad that we still have to use references who lived thousands of years ago and yet are so relevant today.

  6. Poorvi says:

    This is beyond words Manas…gut wrenching lines! Kudos to you for writing this.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation Poorvi ji. These words are my fuel. 😊😊👍🏼👍🏼

  7. Ritu says:

    Your words gave me goosebumps, Manas. Very well written. Kudos. Each word resonated with the reality of our times. I doubt anything will ever change.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Ritu ji for the motivation. Sadly, I too doubt that. Hopefully, Someday… Maybe.

  8. I got goosebumps while reading the entire poem. Amidst the spine chilling events that has become the norm in today’s world, we question our very existence & the Bharatiya Sanskriti that we tend to show off. More power to you.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Whatever was happening was bothering me and the only way I know to vent is through written words. Hope this reaches to people. Thanks for the appreciation 😊😊🙏🏼🙏🏼

      • The trend is certainly disturbing and I pass on all the credit to you for making this noble attempt. I wish your power packed words bring some sense back in people who seem to have lost humanity.👌👏👏

  9. Very well expresses Manas,the act which is heinous is getting slipped from every angel. We have also penned a hindi poetry on this issue , shall share soon.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you both of you. Means a lot. Will be waiting for that one. Ap dono ne likhi hai to definitely achi hi hogi 😊😊👍🏼👍🏼

  10. Neha says:

    Truth of today’s society. Duryodhan everywhere but no Krishna to protect her.
    This is kalyug.very well written.

  11. Anuj Tiwari says:

    Super poem very well written Manas G each words tuch the reality. …it is fact of the society…. I loved the all lines 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👌👌👌👌👌 but kalyug ke duryodhan ka bhi kuchh krna pdega manas G.

  12. Really good Manas. Absolutely word for word you’ve described the situation very well!! Yes Duryodhan would definitely be made a hero today!!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Radhika ji. What a travesty that would be… Anyway. Thanks for supporting 😊👍🏼

  13. Very powerful lines.

  14. Jyoti Jha says:

    This is heartwrenching and shuddering! Very eloquently penned!

  15. Piya Gajbe says:

    So well written. The happenings around us has left me numb. Our hypocrisy is looking starkly into our eyes

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Piya ji. Slowly but surely people have started accepting this as a reality and it doesn’t affect them as much as it used to.

  16. The poem is so impactful and relatable in today’s time too. We can only hope and wish kaash Duryodhan aaj hota

  17. ghazala786 says:

    The situation of women safety is so bad in our country that it’s difficult to describe in words and phrases but you have depicted it so well via poetry.

  18. Jhilmil says:

    Mans, what a brilliant poem you’ve written! I had goosebumps and my heart was filled with pain as I read it thrice!

  19. Hindi mein ye sab kehte rehna aur bhi zaruri hai kyunki that’s the language of the masses, well -attempted

  20. The other day, during a Twitter chat on BlogChatter, I had mentioned that only jaw-dropping and clutter breaking content will get noticed in the clutter of the new normal. Your poem falls in this category. I have read your poem multiple times and shared it with my entire family. We had many discussions about your perspective. Thank you for writing such a FABULOUS piece. God bless you, Manas. India needs more thinkers like you.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I must take a print out of this and frame it. I mean this would be THE comment on my blog. Thank you dil se so so much. I was Humbled and floored by the gesture when you called to appreciate the poem. Nothing means more than that. Hugs. Cheers. 😊😊🤗🤗👍🏼👍🏼

  21. This is such a fabulous poem. I just had goosebumps while reading this. You penned the sad reality of our society perfectly…

  22. Mayuri6 says:

    Make a video of this narration, MM. Reading this gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. Powerful, hard hitting and sensitive , all at once.
    While we have men like Duryodhan and his ilk, we also have men like you. May your tribe increase!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Yes will try to make an audio one atleast. Thanks for appreciating it. So overwhelming. Glad it reached out. Thanks again for your kind words. 😊👍🏼

  23. Sayali says:

    Sachchi baat. Hardhitting!

  24. Wow! As always you have played with words so beautifully, this is really a great. And congratulations for your site, I am insanely occupied at work front and then lockdown, havnt been so active around. Glad i connected again thanks to #MyFriendAlexa and #Blogchatter

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I remember writing one for your hop which was well received and motivated to write further. Thank you so much for reading and appreciating. Keep in touch. 😊👍🏼

  25. Hema says:

    Amazing amazing poem. Wish Duryodhan was here . love the choice of word. Very well said #MyFriendAlexa #Hemareads http://www.zenithbuzz.in

  26. Ginia says:

    I read hindi with a bit of difficulty ad its not my mother tongue. But this poem touched me to the core. It is very heartening to see that there are at least a few people left in our country who are thinking in this way. Thank you so much for writing this.

  27. Mind blowing poem showcasing the reality of our society. Powerful and hard-hitting words. Its simply amazing. Bravo.

  28. Harjeet Kaur says:

    The future of our country seems really bleak! Every single minute a baby girl, a little girl, a teenage girl, a young girl, woman , woman in her prime and even a woman in her 90’s is being raped and our great leader is busy buying planes, building a new Rashtrapati bhavan when he have the best structure in the world!अरे दुर्योधन, काश तू आज होता
    नए भारत में तेरा भी राज होता…seriously very well penned

  29. Kash yea log apna burayion koe bhul kar insaniyath samaj patha tho ladkiyaan zindagi mae shanthi sae reh payangae

  30. Aesha says:

    Such powerful poetry. Though I dont read Hindi poetry, this hit the right chord because as a young school going girl I faced this , as a teenaager I faced this, as an adult woman I have faced this and now I really fear for my daughter.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thanks for praising the poem Aesha ji. I too fear that the things are going from bad to worse. Where are we heading as a society..??

  31. Ninu Nair says:

    Really strong words from you! I think these sentiments should be shared widely…education and economic development may take decades to come by but attitudinal change can be brought about in our society in a much lesser time period.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thanks for appreciating the poem. It requires change at all levels right from education to attitude to society to mindset.

  32. Madhu Bindra says:

    Ritu had read out this poem the other day to me and I loved it. You write really well, beta. Keep them coming.

  33. Madhu Bindra says:

    Ritu read it out to me the other day and I loved it. You write really well, beta. Keep them coming.

  34. Varsh says:

    Manas, the Abhimanyu line was truly hard-hitting. How we dream about bringing a life in this world but don’t realise the rotten atmosphere they’re going to live in once they face the world. Navratri pe kanya dhundte hain, usse poojte hain, aur baaki samay uspar tedhi nazar rakhke usse nochte hain. We really need to raise our sons well. Girls can look after themselves.

  35. Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma says:


  36. Ruchie says:

    I really loved the way you have penned down the current situation and feel sad about this situation!!

  37. Deepa says:

    First of all I am a big fan of Hindi and loved reading it. Secondly, the poem is so well written, so deep, and so poignant at the same time. This is a sad reality of our country right now and this poem shows how and what it is! Good one Manas!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Deepa ji and thank you again. Firstly for liking hindi – I feel emotions are portrayed better in the language we speak…and secondly for liking and appreciating the poem. Please keep visiting. Would love your feedback on other hindi poems as well.

  38. This is a crude reality of our society today, just not India across world. When I read stories of ISIS abuse survivor girls, it gave me sleepless nights. The problem lies in the deep roots of our genetic code associated with parenting. Simple things, innocent things like ‘do you want a boy or girl’, type of question itself starts the bias. If we want to stop this, as a society we have to change the mindset.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      True. For the change to come in…we will need to change our mindset. Thanks for visiting and commenting Dipika ji.

  39. Roma says:

    A bang on heart wrenching satire Manas. How I wish other men thought like you

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you Roma ji for appreciating it. All I can see is whatever amount of good that might be in me is because of my mother’s upbringing.

  40. Aurora M says:

    I am speechless! Harsh truth and painful reality. Will this ever be changed ??? No answers…

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I don’t think so things will change soon or fast. Even the educated ones are propagating the same mindset so it becomes really difficult. Thanks for liking it.

  41. Shalzz says:

    That’s the way our society actually functions, right? I think I like your Hindi poems better now and when you come up with something as eloquent and relevant as this, words fall short to appreciate you.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating the hindi poems. Keep reading and commenting. Thanks again.

  42. richamina says:

    Once again you did a great job with your soul stirring poem. The way our country has deteriorated that we’ve accepted the line “one more incident” instead of “what an incident”. i wish things could change…

    • Manas Mukul says:

      The change isn’t simple or won’t be quick. The problem is we aren’t ready to accept that there is a problem. Thanks for liking and motivating Richa ji.

  43. Shamik says:

    Such powerful lines and soul stirring poem. And so true, especially things that are happening today everywhere in the country. I loved reading your poem.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating and sharing it brother. Just wish it reaches to more and more people and can atleast make them think.

  44. How beautiful ,inspiring poem. Itne achi poem aaj tak nahi padhi. Mujhe nahi pata tha ek ache blogger aur dancer k sewa ache poet bhi ho.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Abhi tak to khud ko poet nahi manta…bas kuch dino se mann me bechaini thi to shabdon se bayan ki hai…You are too kind to say that this one is the best you ever read…but will add to my list of top compliments. Means a lot. Really.

  45. upasna1987 says:

    Manas ye kavita dil ko chune wali hai. Samaaj ka ye haal dekh Duryodhan bhi soch mein pad jata agar aaj wo hota. Beton ko padao, jaanwar se insan bnao.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Upasna ji for liking this one. Ye mere liye kafi special hai. Aur ap tak pahunchi kavita mere liye bahut imp hai. Sorry pehle reply nahi kar paya as this comment was in spam aaj jake clear kiya. Please keep visiting and motivating.

  46. More power to you Manas . Such harsh reality and you have said it with such an ease. Your writing has a magic of making people think and introspect.

  47. Nazish says:

    How amazingly you have captured so many emotions in this poem and have given a loud message. Amazingly written.

  48. I am not sure where we are headed as a society, instead of progressing, we are going back without respecting women, the reason for our birth and the people who are targeted.. A very sad state and your poem captures the need for a revolution! One that empowers and treats women as equal human beings and most importantly with respect!

  49. Kavita Singh says:

    I am speechless, this brought tears to my eyes. When the words are written with true emotions, it has power to connect with the reader. Aboslutely loved reading this, keep writing and keep inspiring 🙂

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Didn’t intend to make you emotional… Just felt strongly about it and hence wrote. Thank you for appreciating. It really means a lot. 😊👍🏼🙏🏼

  50. vartika says:

    An excellent and hard hitting piece, Manas. It portrays the terrible times we are living in. Hope you submit this creation of yours in lights camera chatter as this needs to be read out loud!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much. Dekhte hai… Lights camera chatter usually happens in July… So next July tak wait karna padega… Thanks for liking it. 😊👍🏼

  51. Harshita Nanda says:

    In olden days the joker would be the only one who , in the name of satire, tell the King the truth. Today, your blog name “contemplation of a joker” seems to be very apt. You seem to be showing a mirror to this country by your words. It is a hard-hitting, poem which needs to be read by everyone!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Wow these words are really precious. There is a certain logic to why I named it this way – the blog and the use of the word Joker. Keep appreciating Keep motivating Keep supporting.

  52. Nils says:

    That is such a deep poem. So beautiful and visceral. You penned your words so wonderfully and brought out this important topic to the fore. Loved it.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much. I am glad this one reached out and you could connect. Its a special one for me. Hope it reaches where it is intended to 😊👍🏼

  53. preety85 says:

    This poem gives me chills. Don’t know when this all will end ,it hurts to see these type of news.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      True. Hoping against all hope that we live long enough to see all this come to an end. Thanks for visiting 😊

  54. The sad reality of our times and it pains my heart see this state of affair. Monsters go free and a innocent life is ruined.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      True. The times are regressing. Hope it changes in the near future. Thanks for visiting 😊👍🏼

  55. Manas, you’ve beautifully penned the world’s ugly truth. I’m seriously speechless with all the rage and helplessness I feel right now and on an every day basis.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Nitisha ji for appreciating the write up. This one is real close to heart. I am glad it connected with you. Thanks again. Keep visiting. 😊👍🏼

  56. jaya1966 says:

    Brilliant words Manas. Bharat mata kehna bandh karo. Kya uske saath bhi yehi vyavhar karoge. Those lines are so telling. Also kash bete padathe tho betiyon ka aaj ye hal na hota. Lovely numbing poetry reflecting the state of women in our country. It is truly Duryodhan raj that is going on in this country.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much sir for reading and commenting. Its sad that these words find so much relevance in todays times. Hope things change. Maybe Someday. Thanks again for the motivation. 😊👍🏼

  57. I got my mom read it and we both loved it.. so beautifully penned.

  58. So, so poignant! I got goosebumps reading it

  59. The words of this poem are so powerful and telling.
    You have conveyed perfectly the irony in a country we call Bharat Mata.
    Where are we and the country headed?
    Brilliant poem!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for relating with the emotions of the poem Radhika ji. We are only regressing day by day that is all I can say. Sad but that’s the truth. Thanks again 👍🏼👍🏼

  60. judy morris says:

    OMG this truly such a bang on poem in the the present times.. Even Duryodhan would have shied away seeing this obnoxious misdeed.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I am glad that the poem reached out and connected with you. Thanks for appreciating the work. 😊👍🏼

  61. Omg!!!! This is one of the best poems I have ever come across. Unfortunately we live in such a world that still holds the victim as guilty. Loved every bit of your writing. So impactful and bang on the point.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Amritha ji. These words are really motivating and fuels to write more. Do check out other poems and would love your feedback on them. Heartfelt gratitude 😊👍🏼

  62. practicalmumnupur says:

    bravo! your words are chilling and gut wrenching. Bahut khoob likha hai aapne. Apke shabdon ne rongtey khade kar diye…
    I’m saluting you for your word-craft, and at the same time crying at how terrible the times are that we live in.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for the wonderful appreciation. I am glad that it connected with you 😊😊👍🏼👍🏼

  63. mummatalks says:

    Manas, kudos to ur writing. Such a sensitive topic and so well penned. It’s a sad reality of today’s world that women are still objectified and men think of women as a mode of entertainment and not as a human being.

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