Everything is okay and haal-chaal is thik-thaak!
The Constitution of India says in its preamble —
“WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a [SOVERIGN SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC] and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQAULITY of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the [unity and integrity of the nation].
Furthering it says in its first Article —
1. Name and territory of the Union. – (1) India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.”
So, dear friends, my post is revolving this very much ‘India, that is Bharat’ whose government is still uncertain after 65 years of Independence whether we live in India or Bharat because they find it clueless to answer the query filed by one social activist Urvashi Sharma from Lucknow under Right to Information Act. The question is roaming in the galleries of Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Home Affairs to Ministry of Culture. And now that question is biting dust in National Archives of India. The question is as simple as it could be – What is the official name of our country – India or Bharat?
Well friends, ‘we the people of India’ have two countries within one nation; one is India where a ‘mango man’ (term coined in Indian English version for ‘aam admi’ or ‘common man’) is rich if he earns Rs 32 (0.608 US $) per day and Bharat or rural India where a mango man is rich if he earns Rs 26 (0.494 US $) per day as per Planning Commission of India’s diktat.
Every ‘mango man’ has haal-chaal thik-thaak if he earns Rs 32 in urban India and Rs 26 in rural India. In a time when a bottle of mineral water (misnomer for packed drinking water in India) costs at least Rs 15 (0.285 US $) and milk costs Rs 42 (0.798 US $) per litre.
This song from the film ‘Mere Apne’ proclaims that everything is fine and haal-chaal is thik-thaak by your blessings minus the unemployment and inflation.
‘Mere Apne – Haal Chaal Thik Thak Ha sung by Kishore Kumar and Mukesh’
It means in English that “We are very fine except the fact that we have no work, no employment. We have done our B. A., M. A. but it seems that these degrees are futile. Everything is okay in our life by your blessings though we have no job but again everything is okay by your blessings.”
One more song from the movie ‘Peepli Live’ which shows pathetic condition of mango man in ‘rural India that is Bharat’ where landless labourers’ and farmers’ suicidal deaths has reached 2.5 lakh in last one decade, highest in the world, may be unique in its own nature, in a country which is a nuclear power and has inter-continental ballistic missiles. But what to say other than that ‘everything is okay by your grace’
‘Mehngai Dayain- Remix Full Song | Peepli [Live]’
This song means in English that ‘O my beloved friend! My husband earns enough but the inflation is a real killer.’
When our respected, honest PM says that money doesn’t grows on trees we say that yes we know it and by your humble blessings everything is okay in our life!
Image Credit: The Hindu and Mr. Keshav.
© Sushil Kumar