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DUST, THOU ART!


So when God pronounced DEATH as a sentence to Humanity, for Adam and Eve having transgressed the commandment of God, He said, ” DUST, THOU ART AND TO DUST SHALT THOU RETURN!”

Neither did Moses live at the time these things took place, nor are we the generation during which time these things happened. But as successors in Life to Moses, we are at Liberty to buy that story or not. Whether Adam and Eve really existed or not should not be our concern, as it would be one man’s word against another man’s belief!

So between the DUST to DUST journey, many things happen which make up our lives.

This DUST story got triggered this morning, as i went through the News headlines which said that the ASHES OF RAJESH KHANNA had been immersed in the Ganges.

As is the custom of our TV News channels, whenever a celebrity passes away,they line up a set of people who are ascribed proximity to hat celebrity while he was alive. In the true media tradition, Mumtaz, Hema Malini and Sharmila Tagore were lined up and questions were asked about their association with Super Star Rajesh Khanna. So the comments made by Mumtaz (from London) and Sharmila were charitably reminiscent, whereas Hema Malini’s comments were not only without the verve that accompanies the reminiscences of the youthful days, but extremely constipated, especially when the persistent newscaster asked her about her association, she said, “RAJESH KHANNA WAS LIKE ANOTHER CO-STAR………..AND HE USED TO ACT IN SOME SETS AND I WAS ALSO BUSY AND ACTING ………..etc. etc…”. This was not merely lackadaisical, but also demeaning to the first SUPER STAR! So i, who am a greenhorn to Hindi movies, asked my friend, “Why is Hema Malini so demeaning to a “just now” dead Rajesh Khanna, his reply was not merely withering, but also so convoluted that i immediately thought that there was surely a blog material on its way:

He said, “HEMA MALINI is the only actress of this crop who was wearing her South Indian morality on her sleeve. But, she did everything that was anathematic to the moral hypocrisy, propagated by her ilk! She broke a family and got married to an already married man, and Rajesh Khanna was not merely her co-star of yesteryear, but also a dubiously close relative to her NOW!

When I asked as to how they were related, he expatiated in the following terms: SEE, HEMA MALINI’S STEP SON IS SUNNY DEOL AND SUNNY DEOL IS THE PERSON WHO IS THE LAST RECORDED IN HISTORY TO HAVE HAD A LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP WITH DIMPLE KAPADIA, WHO THOUGH SEPARATED FROM RAJESH KHANNA, CONTINUED TO BE CALLED THE SEPARATED WIFE OF RAJESH KHANNA. THEY NEVER FORMALIZED THEIR DIVORCE, BEING A FAMILY ISSUE, I DO NOT WANT TO FIND OUT THE REASONS FOR SUCH ARRANGEMENT. IN ANY CASE SUNNY DEOL WAS ‘DISCHARGING‘ MOST OF THE DUTIES OF HER HUSBAND- OR SO THE TABLOIDS SAY. SO NATURALLY HEMA MALINI WOULD NOT WANT TO BE SEEN GUSHING ABOUT RAJESH KHANNA WHO WAS  THE  HUSBAND, CUCKOLDED BY HER STEP SON!

I was flabbergasted, not by the convoluted interpretation of the relationship between these actors and actresses, but how history stays in the minds of the public, even though the media had sanitized most of these underlying webs! I have never heard of this relationship in such term, which when i come to think of it, makes AKSHAY KUMAR the STEP SON-IN-LAW OF SUNNY DEOL- not a bad idea to have a son-in-law who is just 11 years younger to the father-in-law!!

My friend went on to add something from Nietzsche in THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA: “If you go to see the woman, do not forget the whip” and RAJESH KHANNA surely went to his women with a whip, but the trouble is that he upon meeting them handed over the WHIP to his women and got flagellated!

I still could not follow what my friend was saying, and when i looked askance he added : Chief, starting from Anju Mahendru to Dimple Kapadia to Tina Munim, if you look at the evolution Anju could not take the success of Rajesh Khanna, Dimple could not take the downfall of Rajesh Khanna and Tina could not accept that she could not resurrect the man she loved! So all the three citing some reason or the other whipped the man who  ‘hated tears’!

I told my friend, see i can never understand Hindi cinema much less the inner workings of the inter-personal relationships between the actors and actresses there! I put an end to the unsavoury topic to move on ………….like those wise women

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MUMTAZ & AURANGZEB


I know of none, including myself, who could imagine Aurangzeb in the arms of his mother Mumtaz.

Everyman is  predominantly a product of his Times. We as commoners imagine that all children have, at sometime or the other, been carried about in the arms of their mothers, but when it comes to being the most favoured spouse of the Emperor of India ( that comprised of major parts of present day India+ parts of Afghanistan + Bangladesh+ Pakistan+ Burma), with a retinue of attendants, servants, menials etc etc., at her call always, it is quite possible that the child would be carried by the nurses and brought to the MFQ (Most Favoured Queen) at feeding time alone.  So that she could be allowed the luxury of keeping the Badshah seduced and dependant on her.

Mumtaz had apparently an enviable life, but to maintain that is not so easy. She, according to Historians, was careful not to breed regal sons through other harem women, so that they would not come to war with her own children. What she was ensuring was merely that, may the best of my Sons make it as the Emperor. And by hindsight, we have to conclude that Aurangzeb was the best.

Even Shah Jahan, made it to the throne of the Mughal Empire with the help of Mumtaz’ father, who sanitized the way to the throne by eliminating the potential Challengers, while Shah Jahan was still on his way from Deccan. One of the potential challengers was Shah Jahan’s own brother, who was favoured by Nur Jahan.

I am not at all surprised that Aurangzeb was Mumtaz’s son, and a true blue one at that, that he kept up the promise that his maternal Grand father had exhibited. I see more of the Maternal side of RUTHLESSNESS in his behaviour, than the genial temperament of his forebears like   Babur,  Akbar and Jehangir.

But my innate sense of the ROMANTIC IMAGE built about Mumtaz, the Taj and Shah Jahan revolt within me to make way for REALISM. The images are so over powering that i cannot visualize Aurangzeb having been in the arms of Mumtaz Mahal.

AN OVERPOWERING IMAGE THAT BROOKS NO REALITY!!

MUMTAZ AT AGRA!


Agra. The very word evokes ROMANCE.

Shah Jahan had chosen his bride

Mumtaz, who was his soul mate.

The one who not only frittered

his time, but littered.

Only Mumtaz littered for Shah Jahan,

hoping that uterine siblings don’t fight unto death.

The fool Shah Jahan believed

& in deference to her charms, acquiesced!

Shah Jahan aids Dara,

Aurangzeb serves it up at Kashmiri Gate.

Aurangzeb cuts off water to Shah Jahan

Gets the Badshah to his knees.

Shah Jahan spends his last days sighting

The Taj instead of ruling the Empire!

Alas, the POISONED WEED had bloomed

In the pool of the Regal Romance.

AURANGZEB!


If one wants a different take on  the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, other than the one  that is  mostly believed, then one should necessarily go through the  blog’s link provided below:-

http://i-irat.blogspot.com/2007/10/aurangazeb-bad-ruler-or-bad-history.html

The TRUTH of all the averments made therein are difficult to refute and much more difficult to prove. Hence each is left with one’s proclivities to believe any of the history, that is made available to us. If one were to go by the writings of Niccolao Manucci (1639–1717),  then it is imperative to believe that Aurangzeb was careful about how history was written.

According to me, the moment a person is too careful as to what people of repute write, then either he changes his behaviour or if -he has the power- he gets such things written that would be favourable.

If one were to read THE GREAT MUGHALS by Abraham Eraly, when the court historians asked Aurangzeb as to how History has to be written regarding his ascension after the death of Dara, Murad and Shuja ( Aurangazeb’s uterine brothers), he is supposed to have said  as per Manucci that YOU KNOW HOW TO WRITE HISTORY AND HOW DARA DIED FOR HIS APOSTASY, SHUJA FOR HIS REBELLION & MURAD THROUGH HIS CARELESSNESS! Could a court historian dared to have written anything contrary to the perceptions and beliefs of the Emperor? So relying on such documents as GOSPEL TRUTH, is foolhardy.

Be that as it may, the point that i’d like to talk about is that WE INDIANS ARE NOT ABLE TO RECONCILE THE BASIC IDEA THAT A MAN WHO KILLED THREE OF HIS BROTHERS AND IMPRISONED HIS FATHER, RULED THE LARGEST LANDMASS OF INDIA UNINTERRUPTED FOR FORTY NINE YEARS! THEREFORE OUR BELIEF IN GOODNESS, KINDNESS, PEACE & RECONCILIATION TAKES A SEVERE BEATING.

The reconciliation is very simple- Aurangzeb was an exception to the general rules of GOODNESS. He was born in November and at that time it was stated to have been predicted that his birth was not good for his father! Whether this was written after the imprisonment of Shah Jahan or before must be interesting.

Secondly, there must have been other predictions also. I recall the predictions given at the time of the Travancore king  Sri Chitirai Thirunal: one predicted that he would lose his kingdom and the other said that he would annex his neighbouring kingdom also. By hindsight we know that both happened SIMULTANEOUSLY!

Sri Chitirai Thirunal’s kingdom had to cede to the Indian Union, shortly after C.P.Ramaswami Iyer was unceremoniously chased out of the Travancore state. At that moment the titular placebo of RAJPRAMUKH was conferred on him of both the Travancore and Cochin states. So both the astrologers were RIGHT and in spirit the one who predicted that he would annex the neighbouring state was wrong. Because, at the time of his prediction that MUST HAVE MEANT A THING THAT WAS NOT ENTIRELY TRUE IN THE FUTURE, THE WAY IT MUST HAVE BEEN IMAGINED!

What i like of Aurangzeb’s LIFE is that he used the three concepts that were never exploited with such fierceness ever:

1. Administration of the Kingdom

2. Religion

3. Austerity

When he imprisoned his father, he cited that Shah Jahan had spent too much time on the pleasures of life and therefore never had time for administration of the affairs of the state.

Religion was profusely used for the conviction of Dara; unifying Muslims by imposing JIZIYA;  and showing himself as  pious and also strong.  He liked to be addressed by Murad as   HAZRAT (His  Holiness!)

Austerity was not a cost cutting measure, but made a way of life to discourage any emotional expression. Music and mirth were banned in his court! Any exuberance was not allowed.

I like his prescriptions as they all denied LIFE in different forms and made life in the Mughal Court UNIPOLAR, thereby hastening the depletion of life.

One of the main reasons for the disintegration of the Dynasty was that the Indians who were used to and impressed bythe Mughal OPULENCE, were not impressed by the MUGHAL AUSTERITY and imagined in their hearts that they could defy the Mughals after the passing away of the brutal emperor.

BESIDES, ARJUMAND @ MUMTAZ MAHAL DID NOT ALLOW THE OTHER WOMEN TO BRING FORTH CHILDREN FROM THE ROYAL SEED OF SHAH JAHAN, BECAUSE SHE FEARED THAT HER CHILDREN WOULD FIGHT OTHER WOMEN’S CHILDREN OVER THE CROWN AND THEREFORE ZEALOUSLY ENSURED NO PREGNANCY BY OTHER WOMEN.

ALAS, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT HER OWN CHILDREN FOUGHT OVER THE KINGDOM TILL DEATH!

WOMAN PROPOSED AND GOD DISPOSED!!!

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