Aleya Ghost Lights

A marshy land in the middle of deserted jungles and a mysterious flickering light over it, which has created a sense of terror among people since a long time. You might encounter these lights in the jungles of Sundarbans in West Bengal.

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These lights often emerge in the marshy regions of West Bengal and Bangladesh and prove to be a messenger of death for many people. Famous as Aleya ghost lights or light of ghosts, their name is enough to send shivers down local residents’ spine.

People of the area believe that these lights are nothing but the haunting spirits of fishermen who were killed here due to some reasons while fishing. According to them, whoever sees these lights they either lose their way or die after some days. What is interesting is that these lights are seen only at night, that too in remote, secluded places.

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Fishermen of these area have claimed to see these lights. Many times, the corpses of fishermen have been found here. It is believed that whoever chases these lights either drowns or lose mental balance.

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As per them, some spirits kill fishermen by leading them astray while some guides them to correct direction. Though, local administration has refused to see it as a paranormal event. It might be possible that a person would lose way and eventually drown in the marsh.

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Not only in Bengal, these mysterious lights are also seen in many cities of UK, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Australia along with North and South America. Here, these are known as will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern. In these countries, these lights are considered to be related to hidden treasures.

Whereas, scientists attributed this phenomenon to theories like ionization of methane or geological faulting on marshy lands.

Whatever may be the reason, these lights have remained unsolved mysteries in Bengal till today. What do you think?

Stay Healthy With Powerful Vedic Mantras During Coronavirus Pandemic

Thousands of years ago, our great sages created many powerful mantras keeping mental, physical and spiritual health into account; and compiled them in the Holy Vedas. Chanting of these mantras are proving to be the elixir of life in these challenging times of coronavirus pandemic. Here are some extremely powerful Vedic mantras.

 

Pranav Mantra

The chanting of Om in Padmasan is called Pranav Mantra. Om is the symbol of the entirety of ​consciousness and the universe. It is composed of three sounds A-U-M (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u coalesce to become o). These three sounds are symbolic of TridevBhagwan Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

The chanting of Om creates positive energy. It brings peace and stability to the mind and brain. The regular chanting of Om helps in curing stress, hypertension, anxiety, depression, insomnia, thyroid, throat infection and vocal defects. It also helps in detoxification of the body and makes heart and digestive system strong. In addition, the chanting of Om is beneficial in maintaining concentration, improving blood circulation and oxygen usage of the body.

 

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah

Tat-savitur Vareñyam

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi

Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayāt

Meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence illuminates all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illuminate our intellect.

Goddess Gayatri is known as Vedamata (mother of all Vedas). This powerful mantra makes a person wise, prudent and enhances memory power. That’s why it is vey good for students. The chanting of Gayatri mantra helps in improving patience level, courage, enthusiasm, creativity and positive thoughts.

It significantly purifies body, mind, soul along with emotions. One becomes healthy and prosperous. Gayatri mantra improves the glow of face, immunity, blood circulation, concentration and breathing. Its chanting calms the mind and works as adjuvant therapy for asthma. The person chanting this mantra becomes fearless, tension and anger free.

Mahamrityunjay Mantra

Aum Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam |

Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya maamritaat ||

Meaning: We worship the three-eyed One, who is fragrant and who nourishes all. Like the fruit falls off from the bondage of the stem, may we be liberated from death, from mortality.

The Mahamrityunjay Mantra is found in the oldest Vedic literature, the Rig Veda and was created by sage Markandeya. According to Shiva Purana, this mahamantra must be chanted to get rid of incurable diseases, premature death and fear.

It is very good for mental and emotional health. The chanting of Mahamrityunjay Mantra purifies the soul and infuses positive energy, wisdom, knowledge, glory and good fortune. It protects a person from evil forces.

Dhanvantri Mantra

Om Namo Bhagavate, Maha Sudharshanaya Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye,

Amrit Kalasha Hasthaay, Sarva Bhaya Vinashaya, Sarva Roga Nivaranaya,

Trey Lokya Pataye, Trey Lokya Nidhaye,

Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa, Sri Dhanvantri Swarupa,

Shri Shri Shri, Aoushadha Chakra Narayanaya Swaha.

 

Meaning: I bow down and pray to the Lord Dhanvantari who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and called as Sudarshana Vasudev Dhanvantari. You hold in your hands, the Kalasha filled with the nectar of immortality. Oh Lord, you can remove all fears and diseases. You protect all the three worlds and you are the well-wisher of all created beings. You are the Lord of Ayurveda and the manifestation of Lord Vishnu. You are the ultimate healer of all the living beings. We worship you and pray you.

One can also chant this simple mantra – Om Dhanvantaraye Namah.

Bhagwan Dhanvantri is worshipped as the god of medicine and said to be the physician for the gods. The incarnation of Bhagwan Vishnu, Dhanvantri emerged from the ocean carrying the amrit kalash (nector pot) during Samudra manthan (the churning of ocean by the gods and demons). He is known as the father of Ayurveda. Chanting the Dhanvantri mantra frees a person from all diseases and bestows upon him longevity.

 

It relieves one from physical, mental and psychological problems. The chanting of Dhanvantri mantra increases energy level and makes a person fearless.

Hast Minar – A Mughal Site Struggling for Its Existence

Once bustling with the presence of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, an unfortunate Mughal era structure is today desperately waiting for its upheaval. Famous as Chota Qutub Minar, this historical site is situated in Hastsal Village in Delhi’s Uttam Nagar.

Its original name is Hast Minar. Made with brick and red sandstone, this Mughal era building is also known as Kaushal Minar. It is quite astonishing that this has been completely forgotten. I, myself, got to know about it recently.

Shah Jahan commissioned Hast Minar’s construction as his hunting lodge in the 17th century. That time, it was a five-storey building with internal stairway leading to the chhatri (dome-shaped pavilions) at the top. But with the passage of the time, now only three storeys have remained. For this, much of the blame goes to government negligence.

Two-wheeler or walking is the best bet to reach here. If you plan visiting this place by car then you will have to park it to a safer place, which is quite difficult to find. Reason being, the way proceeding to the minar is too narrow. 

After entering the minar, I had huge disappointment with the view. All efforts in crossing the narrow lanes only to cover this minar instantly went in vain. How can such a historical site be consigned to oblivion?

The surrounding dense population has become a serious threat for its existence. Few years back, Delhi government’s archaeology department took the responsibility of its restoration. However, that does not seem to make much difference to its plight. Iron poles have been erected all around it. At present, the minar is acting like a shelter for pigeons and chickens. In addition, people living nearby have made it a dumping ground.
In such conditions, how can one believe it to be related to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan? The sheer government indifference and locals’ careless attitude have made the minar sustaining itself quite difficult. The Hast Minar, which once used to be Mughals’ one of the favourite recreational sites, today is waiting for urgent attention.

वजूद के लिए संघर्षरत ऐतिहासिक हस्त मीनार 

कभी मुग़ल बादशाह शाहजहां की मौजूदगी से आबाद ये इमारत आज अपने कायापलट के लिए तरसती नज़र आती है। छोटा क़ुतुब मीनार के नाम से मशहूर ये ईमारत दिल्ली के उत्तम नगर के हस्तसाल गांव में मौजूद है।

हालाँकि इसका वास्तविक नाम हस्त मीनार है। ईंट और रेड सैंडस्टोन से बनी इस मुग़ल कालीन इमारत को कौशल मीनार के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। हैरानी की बात है कि इस ऐतिहासिक इमारत को आज बिलकुल भुला दिया गया है। खुद मुझे इसके बारे में हाल ही में पता चला है।

17 वी  सदी में शाहजहां ने इसे अपने शिकार गाह के तौर पर बनवाया। उस वक़्त इसमें 5 मंज़िले थी और सबसे ऊपर एक छतरी भी।  लेकिन कुछ तो समय के साथ और उससे कहीं ज़्यादा प्रशासनिक अनदेखी के चलते आज इसकी 3 मंज़िले ही रह गई हैं।

यहाँ अगर पहुंचना है तो कार को थोड़ी दूर पार्क करना होगा। वैसे इसके लिए टू व्हीलर या पैदल चलना ही बेहतर है। वजह मीनार की ओर जा रहे रास्ते में बेहद संकरी गलियां होना।

मीनार के अंदर पहुंचकर वहां के नज़ारे से बेहद मायूसी हुई। तंग गलियों को पार कर यहाँ पहुँचने में जितने ऍफ़र्ट्स लगाए, वो सब बेकार लगने लगे। कोई भला कैसे ऐसी ऐतिहासिक इमारत को उपेक्षित रख सकता है?

आस पास की घनी रिहाइश इसके अस्तित्व के लिए एक खतरा बन चुकी है। हालाँकि कुछ साल पहले दिल्ली सरकार का आर्किओलॉजी डिपार्टमेंट इसकी रेस्टोरेशन का ज़िम्मा ले चुका है।
सरंक्षण के नाम पर मीनार को सपोर्ट देने के लिए लोहे के खम्बे लगाएं गयें हैं। फ़िलहाल तो ये मीनार कबूतरों और मुर्गियों की पनाहगार बनी हुई है। उस पर यहाँ के लोगों ने इसे नुकसान पहुँचाने में कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी है। मीनार में मौजूद कचरे का ढेर इसकी तसदीक कर रहा था।
ऐसे में भला कोई कैसे यकीन करे कि ये इमारत मुग़ल बादशह शाहजहाँ की देन है। सुस्त प्रशासन और लोगों की लापरवाही ने इसके अस्तित्व को चोट पहुंचने में कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी है। एक ज़माने में मुग़लिया सल्तनत की चकाचौंध से रोशन ये हस्त मीनार आज सरकार की मेहरबानी की मोहताज है।

My Mother’s Terrace Garden

“My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.” Ina Garten

I have seen my mother literally living these words. Every morning while walking on my terrace, I see her going straight to her garden and closely inspecting plants and trees. Gardening work as a therapy for her. Since childhood, I have been seeing my mother spending considerable time in growing various plants and trees, which include flowers, fruits and vegetables. In our earlier home, we used to have plants of cotton, lady finger, turmeric, ginger, onion and garlic along with lemon, papaya, pomegranate, jack fruit trees to name a few.

Continuing the same, my mother has maintained a terrace garden in our current home. She has been organically growing her garden by using kitchen waste and natural fertilisers only. Her constant efforts are now visible in her garden, which boasts of many beautiful flowers, vegetables and few fruit trees.Some of the plants and trees we are currently having in our terrace garden:

Aparajita (Asian Pigeonwings)

Jatadhari (Cockscomb)

Lilly

Magic Rose

Neelkalmi (Japanese Morning Glory)

As Robert Rodale has said, “In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener,” just like with this garden my mother has honed her gardening skills for sure. Whereas, I have started praising God’s creation more than ever. All thanks to my mother’s terrace garden!

The Glorious Jaunapur Dham of Neeb Karori Maharaj

After visiting the Kainchi Ashram dedicated to Shri Neeb Karori Maharaj, I recently paid a visit to a temple in Delhi for which Maharaj ji himself chose the land in 1970.

This temple, in Mehrauli’s Jaunapur village, is believed to be a jagrit (glorious) place which has witnessed immense grace of Maharaj ji. For centuries, Jaunapur village was bearing the brunt of a sage’s curse and eventually this place got relieved from that curse after Maharaj ji’s arrival.

Entrance to Lord Hanuman’s Temple

The statue of Lord Hanuman in this temple was installed by Maharaj ji himself. It is present at the same place from where His small swayambhu (self-existing) idol was dug out on Maharaj ji’s instructions.

Beside this there are temples of Maharaj ji, Gauri-Shankar ji, Goddess Vaishnavi.

There is a place called kuti (cottage) which houses idols of gods, goddesses, Maharaj ji along with pictures of great sages and saints. Inside the kuti, there is narrow staircase leading to another place called gufa (cave). Next to kuti, is a temple of Nag Devta.

One more temple dedicated to Maharaj ji was got built by a sewadar (volunteer) late Baba Sevanand ji. Sundar Kaand is often recited in this temple on Saturday.

The entire temple area is spread in 40-50 acres approximately. One of the priests in the temple told me that people in this area donated this entire land to Maharaj ji.

The vast area of the temple boasts of its serene beauty and is surrounded by abundant greenery.

Exploring the temple area and sitting here is very peaceful.

Here, Lord Hanuman ji’s temples exceed the number of other ones.

The temple committee also runs a hospital and a school from 1st to 12th class in two shifts, where around 3000 students study.

Across this temple, there is a gaushala (cowshed) which has about 150 cows and calves.

Before entering this cowshed, one can see a well which ended the centuries-old water scarcity after Maharaj ji blessed this area with his presence.

Be it the Kainchi temple in Uttarakhand or the Jaunapur ashram in Delhi, the profound divinity engulfing these places touches everyone’s heart. Various temples constructed across the country during Maharaj ji’s lifetime as well as after his mahasamadhi (the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one’s body) literally follow his teaching – “Love All, Serve All, Feed All.”

Y+ Category Security to Kangana Ranaut – Is It Justified?

If one has to describe Kangana Ranaut in few words, it would surely be – bold and undaunted. The way she has kept on speaking about the petty politics in bullywood (bollywood), has earned her more enemies than friends. Moreover, the way she has come forth consistently by spilling the beans of this dirty industry, this was imminent. I do not find anything wrong in nepotism as everyone helps his/her own family members in establishing themselves. This is quite obvious. But, stopping talented outsiders from growing, bullying them and doing their character assassination by writing blind items on them; all these shallow tactics must be strongly opposed. And when Kangana openly confronted bullywood people on this, she started offending their eyes.

Kangana appeared on interviews with Arnab Goswami where she boldly revealed about nepotism, sycophancy, drug abuse and anti-India rhetoric prevalent in the industry. One-by-one she made sensational revelation even if it was related to her own life or someone else’s. As a matter of fact, everyone is well-aware of powerful people’s dominance in bullywood.

Ex-RAW officer Mr. NK Sood has many times mentioned about the dominance of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and Dubai-Karachi (DK) gang in bullywood. It was Mr. Sood who very first revealed about the role of underworld in the murder of Sushant Singh Rajput. According to him, there are total 11 gangs in bullywood, including orgy and charas (marijuana) gangs.

Now, Kangana has avowedly meddled with all high and mighty in bullywood. Palghar sadhus’ lynching, nationalism, terrorism, anti-India stance of bullywood; she is so vocally speaking about these issues which will naturally trouble them. It could be possible that she might be getting patronage from BJP or any other political party. What’s wrong in this? People like Swara Bhaskar, Javed Akhtar, Tapsee Pannu are doing the same thing. Then why such hullabaloo is being made? Kangana has raised such issues, which have been affecting India for years. By being so upfront, she has greatly risked her career, her and her family members’ lives. When Maharashtra was setting new records in the growing cases of corona virus, the state government hired bullywood to heap praises on it. The same way, the Uddhav government is returning the favour to them. It is the simple rule of give and take and clearly visible in the case of Sushant and Kangana.

This is the reason for Maharashtra government’s such irresponsible approach in the Sushant murder case. From government to police and bullywood, the way they have done injustice to Sushant at least people will never forgive them. This public aggression is unprecedented in each way and people are playing their parts to ensure justice to Sushant.

Many say that BJP and other political parties are doing politics in the cover of Kangana and Sushant’s case. This is not a new thing. In a way, this is proving to be a positive thing towards the cleaning of Hindi film industry and ensuring punishment to culprits involved in the brutal murder of Sushant. Nothing can be said about political parties because in politics no one is permanent friend or enemy. Parties change their stance at every moment according to their vested interests.

Even before the tragic death of Sushant, Kangana openly spoke against bullywood people which always made me to think how was she able to still survive in the industry and at the same time surprised at her well-being. The cases of Vivek Oberoi, Sridevi, Jiah Khan, Divya Bharti are well-known. Also the case of Ravindra Patil, the bodyguard of Salman Khan who was present with Salman in his car during hit and run incident, is worth mentioning. Patil was a constable with Mumbai Police and gave the statement that it was Salman, who was driving the car that night. Patil paid for his honesty by getting himself suspended by Mumbai police. Eventually, Salman Khan was acquitted of all charges and Patil died of TB in absolute penury. Till his death, Patil stood by his statement and said that nobody supported him, not even Mumbai police.

Another reason for the Maharashtra government, bullywood and political parties to be afraid of Kangana is her statements, which are now opening up the pandora’s box of their deadly nexus. The pace with which CBI, ED, NCB are progressing in Sushant’s case, there is a high possibility of NIA making its entry which will definitely become a reason of huge worry for all such anti-India elements. As per Mr. Sood, ED has already started interrogating Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.

The links of Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul with David Coleman Headley, American terrorist of Pakistani origin, came to light few years ago. Rahul was in touch with Headley, who conspired in plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks and currently serving a lengthy sentence in a US jail. But this matter was hushed up by the then ruling UPA government. When people like Mahesh Bhatt can have such huge influence then imagine about those people’s dominance, who are ruling this industry for the last 20-30 years. Recently, the pictures of many celebs surfaced on the internet with an ISI agent Anil Mussarat. The same time, Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri’s photos with JKLF separatist Tony Ashai were also doing the rounds.

Kangana has put forth such issues which involves the state government, bullywood, police, underworld and drug mafias. So, the threat to her life is quite evident. Ministers and Shiv Sena members are threatening her with consequences like breaking her mouth, saying that she has no right to live in Mumbai, calling her names several times then the whole pictures get clearer. The Indian Government providing her with Y category security is absolutely right as we do not want another Sushant like case.

This is the same Maharashtra government who inspite of Sushant’s family’s request did not provide him any security. It made all-out attempts to declare Sushant’s cold-blodded murder a case of suicide but failed miserably. The question is at whose behest it did so and what is its compulsion for such stand? Now, the misdeeds of these people are visible they will vent their frustration in this way or the other. However, it is clear that they all will have to pay a huge price for it which has started with bullywood.

Roopkund – the Centuries-Old Mystery of the Himalaya

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Located at a height of approximately 16,500 feet in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, the Roopkund Lake is a popular site among all adventure junkies. It is one of the popular treks in Uttarakhand which boasts of its enchanting beauty varying from the magnificent views of the great Himalayas, dense virgin forests, gurgling brooks, lush green Ali and Bedni bugyal (meadows). The spectacular scenes of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti will leave anyone mesmerised. In addition, adventure fanatics get to see Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome and many other mountain ranges during the Roopkund trek. Among them, the Chaukhamba range is clearly visible from my house in my paternal village in Uttarakhand. 😀

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However, this two-meter deep lake has remained an unsolved mystery for scientists, anthropologists and historians for so many years. And the reason for their keen interest in this area is 800 human skeletons which are found all around this lake. This entire area remains snow-covered throughout the year. It is only during autumn season, when the snow starts melting, when these human skeletons scattered all over this place become visible. Scientists and experts hold different views in terms of the history of these skeletons.

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Courtesy: Google

These skeletons were very first found by a British forest guard in 1942, who chanced upon this lake. Initially, these skeletons were believed to be of Japanese soldiers of the WWII. Whereas, many British explorers and scholars held that these skeletons were of General Zorawar Singh and his men, who while returning after the 1841 Tibbet War lost way in this area and eventually succumbed to bad weather. The radiocarbon tests in 1960s rejected this theory and established the time of all these skeletons from the 12th to 15th century. This led many historians to maintain that the skeletons belonged to the unsuccessful attack of Muhammad Tughlaq on Garhwal Himalaya. Others believed this to be the case of an epidemic while some anthropologists saw it as a ritual suicide. Thus till the initial years of 2000, DNA studies supported the theory of these skeletons’ South Asian ancestry.

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In 2019, a special report by National Geographic presented a clear picture on these skeletons’ history. After the full genomic analyses of 38 sets of skeletons, experts reached to a new conclusion. According to their findings, out of those 38 people, 23 had South Asian ancestry who died between the 7th and 10th centuries. Other 14 died there between the 17th and 20th centuries – probably in a single event. Unlike the South Asian skeletons, all these 14 skeletons were found to have Mediterranean genetic ancestry of Greece and Crete. The last person, who died at the same time as these Mediterranean people, belonged to East Asia ancestry. The analyses also suggested that all these individuals were  not related to one another in any way. Further, the additional isotopic studies revealed that the South Asian and Mediterranean groups used to eat different diets. Even after these findings, researchers still do not know the reason of this Mediterranean group’s travel to Roopkund and their cause of death.

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Courtesy: Google

Scientists do not believe them to be the casualties of war. These skeletons include both, males and females. There is no proof of any kind of combat violence nor any weapons have been found here. All these individuals were healthy during their death, thus it rejects the theory of death due to any epidemic. 

If a popular local folk lore of the region is to be believed, it talks about a royal procession. For centuries, a pilgrimage named Raj Jat is organised every 12 years in this area which is dedicated to the Goddess Nanda Devi. It is believed that during medieval times the King of Kannauj Jasdhawal undertook a pilgrimage to the Goddess Nanda Devi in the Garhwal Himalaya on the occasion of his heir’s birth. During the journey, the boisterous dance and music infuriated the Goddess. As a result, “iron balls” thrown from the sky killed all of them.

This strengthens the possibility of these people being the pilgrims who got killed during heavy hailstorm. Experts have found parasols that were used during the procession from those human remains. There have been unhealed fractures found on some of the skulls which indicates towards a severe hailstorm – the “iron balls” as mentioned in the folk lore.

That’s why to verify this and other aspects, an international team of researchers was formed which performed genomic analyses of the Roopkund remains. The finding of the Mediterranean ancestry in the Indian Himalaya came as a big surprise for the team.

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Now, the question arises did this Mediterranean group come here for this pilgrimage and stay here for a long time during which they died. William Sax, head of Heidelberg University’s anthropology department and author of Mountain Goddess, a book on the pilgrimage, does not see any sense in this belief. Sax, himself, visited the lake thrice with his last trip made in 2004 as part of a National Geographic television show. 

This year in 2020, researchers had the plans for another expedition to the Roopkund Lake to study the artifacts associated with the skeletons. At present, the chances of this are very low seeing the current scenario of the coronavirus pandemic.

बाल मिठाई – उत्तराखंड की शान

बाल मिठाई उत्तराखंड की प्रसिद्ध मिठाई है। बचपन में जब भी मेरा परिवार गांव से घर वापिस आता, बाल मिठाई का हमारे सामान के साथ होना तय था। ऐसा माना जाता है कि 7वी या 8वी सदी में ये मिठाई नेपाल से पहली बार यहाँ आई और 20वी सदी की शुरुआत में अल्मोड़ा के लाला जोगा राम शाह ने इस मिठाई को एक नए तरीके से बनाना शुरू किया। ये मूल रूप से खोये से बनती है और इसके उपर चीनी के दानें लगे होते हैं। लेकिन लाला जोगा राम के समय चीनी के दानो की जगह इस पर खसखस के बीज लगे होते थे। गढ़वाल और कुमाऊँ दोनों ही क्षेत्रोँ में ये बहुत लोकप्रिय है। बल्कि अब तो ये पूरे भारत में काफी मशहूर है।

चित्र: गूगल

दिल्ली दंगो का एक गुनहगार – ख़ालिद सैफ़ी

फरवरी 2020 में हुए दिल्ली दंगो के दौरान चाँद बाग़ इलाके में भड़की हिंसा के मामले में खालिद सैफी के तथाकथित रूप से मुख्य षड्यंत्रकारियों में से एक होने की बात सामने आई। जिसके बाद दिल्ली पुलिस की क्राइम ब्रांच ने उसे गिरफ्तार किया। 8 जनवरी को शाहीन बाग़ में हुए anti-CAA प्रोटेस्ट में भी इसने भाग लिया था। पुलिस Chargesheet के मुताबिक जाफ़राबाद और चाँद बाग में हुए दंगे दिल्ली में अराजकता फ़ैलाने की एक सोची समझी साज़िश थी। सैफ़ी वही इंसान है जिसने JNU के टुकड़े टुकड़े गैंग के उमर खालिद और आप के सस्पेंडेड councillor ताहिर हुसैन के बीच मुलाकात करवाई थी।

चित्र: गूगल

सैफी दिल्ली दंगो की एक अहम कड़ी है जिसका कांटेक्ट anti-caa रुख रखने वाले सभी पत्रकारों, नेताओ और अन्य हस्तियों से रहा है । दिल्ली पुलिस ने जाफराबाद दंगो और अंकित शर्मा मर्डर केसों की FIRs में कहा है कि ताहिर हुसैन दिल्ली में हो रहे दंगो के दौरान उमर खालिद और खालिद सैफ़ी के सम्पर्क में था।

वही रेडियो मिर्ची की आरजे सायमा के साथ भी इसे देखा गया। इन मोहतरमा ने अपने रेडियो प्रोग्राम्स के दौरान कई बार भीड़ को प्रोटेस्ट साइट्स पर इकठ्ठा होने की अन्नोउंसमेंट्स की थी।

रविश कुमार, राजदीप सरदेसाई, सिद्धार्थ वरदराजन, अभिसार शर्मा, अरफ़ा खानुम, राणा अयूब, नेहा दीक्षित सरीखे पत्रकारों के साथ भी दिल्ली दंगो के इस मास्टरमाइंड के संबंध उजागर हुए। इनके अलावा, कई लेफ्ट, प्रो-जेहादी शिक्षाविदो, JNU और DU के स्टूडेंट लीडर्स भी सैफी के सम्पर्क में थे।

सैफी United Against Hate नाम की संस्था का संस्थापक है। हालाँकि इसकी संस्था का काम उसके नाम से ठीक उल्टा है। ये वही संस्था है जिसने anti-CAA प्रोटेस्ट को पूरे देश भर में चलाया था। दिल्ली दंगो पर पार्लियामेंट की एक डिबेट में गृह मंत्री अमित शाह ने भी इस संस्था का उल्लेख किया था। इससे पहले भी सैफी को दिल्ली पुलिस ने 26 फरवरी को anti-CAA प्रोटेस्ट के चलते खजूरी ख़ास से गिरफ्तार किया था। एजेंसियों का मानना है कि सैफ़ी की संस्था का इस्तेमाल इस्लामिक देशों से फंड्स लेकर भारत में विरोध प्रदर्शन करवाने के लिए किया जाता था। केरला और तमिलनाडु के प्रो-जिहादी संस्थाओं से इसका नाता रहा है। पत्रकारों, शिक्षाविदों और advocates के साथ सैफ़ी के मनी रूटिंग लिंक्स की भी पड़ताल की जा रही है। एजेंसियों के अनुसार, सैफ़ी Popular Front of India (PFI) जैसी देश विरोधी गतिविधियों में संलिप्त संगठन का भी हिस्सा रहा है। PFI का अक्सर प्रतिबंधित संगठन SIMI और आतंकवादी संगठन ISIS के साथ लिंक्स होने की बात भी सामने आती रही है। लव जिहाद, पोलिटिकल किलिंग्स में PFI का हाथ रहा है। जनवरी में उत्तर प्रदेश में हुए anti-caa विरोध प्रदर्शन में भी PFI का रोल रहा है, जिसके चलते उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ ने गृह मंत्रालय से इस पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने की मांग भी की थी।

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