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jindagee – a poem by Kedarnath Agarwal

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
thaan khaddar ke lapete svaarthiyon ko,
pet-pooja kee kamaee mein juta main dekhata hoon!
saty ke jaaraj suton ko,
landanee gauraang prabhu kee,
leek chalate dekhata hoon!
daalaree saamraajyavaadee maut-ghar mein,
aankh moonde daans karate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
main ahinsa ke nihatthe haathiyon ko,
peeth par bam bojh laade dekhata hoon.
dev kul ke kinnaron ko,
mantriyon ka saaj saaje,
desh kee jan-shaktiyon ka,
khoon peete dekhata hoon,
kraanti gaate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
raajaneetik dharmaraajon ko juen mein,
dropadee ko haarate main dekhata hoon!
gyaan ke sab soorajon ko,
arth ke paishaachikon se,
roshanee ko maangate main dekhata hoon!
yojanaon ke shikhandee sooramon ko,
teg apanee todate main dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
khaady mantree ko hamesha shool bote dekhata hoon
bhukhamaree ko janm dete,
van-mahotsav ko manaate dekhata hoon!
lauh-nar ke vrddh vapu se,
dand ke daanav nikalate dekhata hoon!
vyakti kee svaadheenata par gaaj girate dekhata hoon!
desh ke abhimanyuyon ko kaid hote dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
mukt laharon kee pragati par,
jan-suraksha ke bahaane,
rok lagaate dekhata hoon!
cheen kee deevaar uthate dekhata hoon!
kraantikaaree lekhanee ko,
jel jaate dekhata hoon!
lapalapaatee aag ke bhee,
onth silate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
raashtr-jal mein kaagajee, chhavi-yaan bahata dekhata hoon,
teer par mallaah baithe aur hansate dekhata hoon!
yojanaon ke pharishton ko gagan se bhoomi aate,
aur gobar chonth par saanand baithe,
maun-man banshee bajaate, geet gaate,
mrg mareechee kaaminee se pyaar karate dekhata hoon!
shoony shabdon ke havaee phair karate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
boochadon ke nyaay-ghar mein,
lokashaahee ke karodon raam-seeta,
mook pashuon kee tarah balidaan hote dekhata hoon!
veer telangaanavon par mrtyu ke chaabuk chatakate dekhata hoon!
kraanti kee kallolinee par ghaat hote dekhata hoon!
veer maata ke hrday ke shakti-pay ko
shoony mein rote vilapate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
naamadhaaree tyaagiyon ko,
main dhuen ke vastr pahane,
mrtyu ka ghanta bajaate dekhata hoon!
svarn mudra kee chadhautee bhent lete,
raajaguruon ko, munaaphaakhor ko aasheesh dete,
sau tarah ke kamakaron ko dusht kah kar,
shaap dete praan lete dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
kaunsilon mein kathaputaliyon ko bhatakate,
raajaneetik chaal chalate,
ret ke kaanoon ke rasse banaate dekhata hoon!
vaayuyaanon kee udaanon kee tarah takareer karate,
jhooth ka lamba bada itihaas gadhate,
gokhuron se sindhu bharate,
desh-drohee raavanon ko raam bhajate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
naash ke vaitaalikon ko
sanvidhaanee shaasanaalay ko sabha mein
dand kee daudee bajaate dekhata hoon!
kans kee pratimoortiyon ko,
mund maalaen banaate dekhata hoon!
kaal bhairav ke sahodar bhaiyon ko,
rakt kee dhaara bahaate dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
vyaas muni ko dhoop mein riksha chalaate,
bheem, arjun ko gadhe ka bojh dhote dekhata hoon!
saty ke harichand ko anyaay-ghar mein,
jhooth kee dete gavaahee dekhata hoon!
dropadee ko aur shaivya ko, shachee ko,
roop kee dookaan khole,
laaj ko do-do take mein bechate main dekhata hoon!!

desh kee chhaatee darakate dekhata hoon!
main bahut uttapt hokar
bheem ke bal aur arjun kee pratigya se lalak kar,
kraantikaaree shakti ka toophaan ban kar,
shooraveeron kee shahaadat ka hathauda haath lekar,
shrrnkhalaen todata hoon
jindagee ko mukt karata hoon narak se!!

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