रथ का इक सैर सपाटा था

रथ का इक सैर सपाटा था | #MyFriendAlexa

This poem was written on the backdrop of the infamous Rath-Yatra and the court case associated with it. The judiciary yesterday( 30.09.2020) acquitted all the members that remained alive in the long standing case and the verdict in some ways means no one demolished the mosque.

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रथ का इक सैर सपाटा था,
जो ख़त्म हुआ बस ख़त्म हुआ,
कई बरस बीत गए,
कुछ मंदिर बने,
कुछ मस्जिद ढहे,
जो मस्जिद गिरे उनका क्या हुआ,
अरे पगले तेरी आँखों का धोखा था,
कुछ गिरा ही नहीं, कुछ टूटा भी नहीं,
ये तो बस इक सैर सपाटा था,
जो ख़त्म हुआ बस ख़त्म हुआ…

कुछ चिर निद्रा में सो गए,
जो बचे वो गहरी नींद में खो गए,
कानून ने पट्टियाँ बांध रखी है,
वो जो तब काली थी अब अंधकारमयी है,
इंतज़ार सुबह का करते करते,
कई ने रात में ही दम तोड़ दिया,
ना मस्जिद टूटा ना मंदिर टूटा,
बस रथ का इक सैर सपाटा था,
जो ख़त्म हुआ बस ख़त्म हुआ,

कितनें घरों के चिराग़ बुझे,
और उनपर कितनों की रोटियां सिकी,
बरस दर बरस बीते,
कितनों की इंसाफ की आस रुकीं,
सरकारें आयीं सरकारें गयीं,
वो रथ टस से मस ना हुआ,
पर ये क्या!
रथ का इक सैर सपाटा था,
जो ख़त्म हुआ बस ख़त्म हुआ…

रथ पर किसी ने सवार होकर,
गीता का उपदेश दिया था,
और ऐसे ही
किसी ने आने वाले आर्यवर्त का.
ये जो दूर से सुनहरी सुबह जैसी दिख रही,
वो वास्तव में मृगतृष्णा है,
सैकड़ों के बहते हुए लहू की,
खैर आख़िर,
इक रथ का सैर सपाटा था,
जो ख़त्म हुआ बस ख़त्म हुआ.

मानस ‘समीर’ मुकुल

Meaning: मृगतृष्णा – mirage. अंधकारमयी – Full of darkness.

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52 Responses

  1. kathamukh says:

    Insightful poem. Thank you for writing

  2. Ruchi says:

    Where are we moving towards ? Seems no one learns from history ..it’s just another school subject …moving towards Doomsday I guess

    • Manas Mukul says:

      True… Its doomsday nearing faster than ever… And it will be of the worst kind which no one ever expected.

  3. You took me back to 1992 and seriously how it all ended like a question mark.
    An odd circle of sair sapata rounds that has lot inside it which is not known or told.

    • Well worded and weaved. Another great poem from you.

      • Manas Mukul says:

        Thank you ji. Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by 😊😊👍🏼👍🏼

        • Every word & line is worth a read…
          More power to your pen…

          काश आँख खुले और रथ से उतर कर चारो और दिखे
          इस सैर सपाटे में कौन और क्या कुचला गया
          क्या शुरू हुआ क्या क्या ख़त्म हुआ
          जाने अनजाने फिर जाग उठे

          #PraGunReads #MyFriendAlexa #Blogchatter

  4. Shilpa Mishra says:

    This is so thought provoking and worth being adapted by schools of tomorrow for the generation needs to know the truth.
    Writing is beautiful, very mature and responsible. Today most indians (except bhakts) can vouch for every emotion it entails.

    Thank you for this one Manas.

  5. Rashi Roy says:

    You have this unique talent of presenting serious issues with ease and you effortlessly hit the nail on the head. In such less words you have spoken so much and how beautifully it has come out. Keep writing. Looking forward to read all your posts.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so very much Rashi ji for this constant support and encouragement. Means a lot. 😊😊👍🏼👍🏼

  6. Shwetanshu says:

    Waah ekdum Ramdhari singh dinkar ke takkar ki hai

  7. Deepika Sharma says:

    Beautifully written and expressed. Such a poignant subject touched with such simplicity and meaning. Another great poem by you.
    Deepika

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you Deepika ji. Its always a pleasure to read your motivating replies. It’s so encouraging. 😊👍🏼

  8. Deepika Sharma says:

    Beautifully written and expressed. Such a poignant subject touched with such simplicity and meaning. Another great poem by you.
    Deepika

  9. soniadogra says:

    सचमुच में सैर सपाटा था। I love the sarcasm Manas. They say it’s a great tool to convey relevant issues. And you’ve mastered the art.

  10. soniadogra says:

    I meant satire. Please read as..

  11. Archana says:

    I know very few people you can express the political issues in such a light and ease way that too without loosing the seriousness of the matter, My papa was one of them for me, I must say Manas ji you belong to that cadre.Kudos!

  12. Archana says:

    I know very few people who can express the political issues in such a light and ease way that too without loosing the seriousness of the matter. My Papa was from one of them for me, I must say Manas ji you belong to that cadre. Kudos!

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Wow. That’s some really big compliment. I am not sure I belong to that cadre but will definitely keep writing. Keep visiting and motivating 😊👍🏼🤗

  13. Very beautifully penned with an undertone of sarcasm & satire! loved it.

  14. Very nicely penned down with an undertone of satire imbibed in it.

  15. Loved the way you intepreted the entire incident in few meaningful lines …

  16. TheMomSagas says:

    Wonderfully penned.

  17. Such deep and thought provoking poem. You have a gift… Keep writing and sharing.. I feel this poem should be a part of school syllabus. Need to reach more audience.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      I don’t know whether it is worth putting in a syllabus but it really humbles and at the same time fuels me to write more and more. Thanks again Swati ji.

  18. Sweetannu says:

    Your opening lines were so thought provoking. Well written poetry. Enjoyed and awaiting more. Happy Alexa to you

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating it. You can check other and latest poems in Hindi. Would try to post more of Hindi poems in the coming weeks.

  19. Geethica says:

    There’s always reality behind these words of yours. They maybe just a poem but they hit hard at the right chords. Kya bana kya toota sab kuch aankho ka pher hai. Yahin hai sab waisa hi hai baj kuch palo ka dhoka hai.

  20. Manas, you have very well captured the essence of the matter in the poem. We all need to look around and learn and we shall start early as delay would mark begin of another era with misconceptions.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much both of you for appreciating the poem. It was a difficult one to write. 😊👍🏼

  21. It’s a vicious circle where no one knows if they have won, lost or what?
    An amazing way to describe the situation today.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      True. The irony is that the verdict in a way takes away the credit of the work that they claim they single handedly did. Thanks for appreciating it.

  22. shelly says:

    nice …its true lines

  23. jainnehas says:

    It is a beautiful poem. Use use your words nicely. It sure is a sair sapata to a depth for the readers.

  24. Such poems are required to see different perspectives, also writing on subjects that are related to the present help the immediate readers understand the underlying tone. Visiting your blog is always a pleasure.

    • Manas Mukul says:

      Thank you so much Srishti ji that you could relate to the emotions and thoughts behind this one. These words really motivate to keep going. Thank you so much 😊👍🏼

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