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Restless dreamers

In the black comedy of Shyam Benegal’s Trikal (Past, Present, Future), a Goan Christian family called ‘Souza Soares’ have dozens of interesting characters, each having their own set of stories entwined in a traditional Christian home which is yet indecisive to become part of India or Portugal. The main character revolves around head of the family – Dona Maria Souzasoares, beautifully played by Leela Naidu. She has uncanny habit of invoking dead souls in the midnight with the help of her young maid – Milagrenia played by versatile Neena Gupta.

Trikal (Past, Present and Future)

Trikal (Past, Present, Future)

The narrator – Ruiz Pereira is played by Naseeruddin Shah. The story begins in the year 1985 with the funeral of Dona Maria’s husband and she is reluctant to believe that his playboy husband is now dead and then it runs into the flashback of 1960s Goan liberation days. The Souzasoares family have acquired the property of King Kushtoba Rane, played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda, his soul is restless because he was killed along with his paramour by deceit by those who were the ancestor of Souzasoares family.
Spirit calling by Dona Maria

Spirit calling by Dona Maria


Spirit of King Kushtoba Rane

Spirit of King Kushtoba Rane


This story I am sharing with my friends because one sage – Shoban Sarkar of Unnao, a small district of Uttar Pradesh, in the cow belt of India has dreamed of one small time King Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh, who was executed in the 1857’s revolt against the British Empire. The King told this sage about the hidden treasure of 1000 tonnes of gold which has to be unearthed in four corners of the ruined fort. It’s amazing that the ever foolish government is trapped in dead King’s calling to search for one of the biggest treasure hunt. The King shown in the film is reluctant to part with his abode and in reality the dead King is willing to tell his hidden treasure. After all, this hunt is not only for gold but indeed the cash stripped government is willing to poke its nose anywhere if it is possible to get few pounds of gold. The government was flatly refused to get gold from rich South Indian Hindu temples to be kept as a security to bail out falling Indian rupee. The most intelligent person – Khalil Gibran once said that “The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”

© Sushil Kumar

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New Cottage Industry

Madurai's pay and use toilet

Madurai’s pay and use toilet

It’s very weird to know that a State in India has felicitated urination, defecation and bathing as a cottage industry! The bizarre State which I am taking about is Tamil Nadu where I have seen people have opened their home for tourists (mostly pilgrims) for relieving themselves or having a bath. Here normal charge for urination & defecation is Rs 5/- and bathing is Rs 10/- and that too by Government owned lavatories run by Municipalities.

Mayapur's Sulabh Sauchalaya

Whereas Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak’s Sulabh Sauchalaya (Sulabh Toilet) is ubiquitous in every North Indian town and even in West Bengal.

Loo at Ajanta Caves

I have peculiar habit to click pics for unknown reasons, as this pic of a urinal from Maharashtra’s Ajanta caves seemed me quite costly for charging Rs 2/- to urinate but I was proven wrong by Tamil Nadu’s new cottage industry.
So, if you are planning a trip to the State of Hindu temples from Northern India then be prepared to accommodate your urinary bladder for loosing coins in Tamil Nadu. Is it not strange that politicians of Tamil Nadu provide free colour television, sarees and dhotis but can’t provide public utility sanitation at affordable price?

© Sushil Kumar

कोई क्यों बने भगत सिंह?

Bhagat Singh envelope

आज एक भगत सिंह को भठूरे, समोसे या ब्रेड पकौड़े का लिफाफा बनने से बचा लिया। लेकिन क्या ये राष्ट्रीय चिन्हों का अपमान नहीं है कि सरकार द्वारा पॉलीथीन की थैली पर पाबंदी के बाद से पाठ्य-पुस्तकों तक सिमट गये क्रान्तिकारी नायक यूँ लिफाफे बनने को मजबूर हो गये हैं। लेकिन इससे भला आपकी या मेरी सेहत पर क्या असर पड़ता है? चंद्रशेखर, भगत सिंह और सुभाष चन्द्र बोस तो अभी भी सरकारी दस्तावेजों में आतंकवादी, राजद्रोही और भगोड़े के नाम से दर्ज हैं। हद तो ये है कि इस लिफाफे पर सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है गीत भी है। मुझे सड़क पर धूल फाँकते और पैरों तले कुचले जाते देवी-देवताओं के चित्रों पर कोई रोष नहीं होता है और न छब्बीस जनवरी और पन्द्रह अगस्त के क्षणिक देश-प्रेम उन्माद के बाद सड़क पर छितराये तिरंगों पर कोई आश्चर्य होता है। लेकिन भगत सिंह तो आखिर भगत सिंह हैं, शहीदों की चिताओं पर लगेंगे हर बरस मेले, वतन पर मिटने वालों का यही बाकी निशां होगा! कितनी फजूल बात है न? ऐसा कभी, कहीं हुआ है आज़ाद भारत में?
क्या हम कुछ ऐसा नहीं कर सकते कि भगत सिंह महज एक चुटकुला न बन जायें कि घर में भगत सिंह पैदा हो लेकिन पड़ोसी के घर। समाचार पत्रों में पढ़ने को मिला है कि पुलिस वामपंथी विचारधाराओं के साहित्य, लेनिन, मार्क्स, चे ग्वेरा और यहाँ तक कि भगत सिंह की किताब रखने पर जेल की हवा खिला देती है। आज ही मैं छह पुस्तकें चे ग्वेरा और फिदेल कास्त्रो की खरीद कर लाया हूँ, क्या मैं भी जेल जाने के लिए उपयुक्त हूँ?
© सुशील कुमार
Childhood of Bhagat Singh depicted in this song of ‘Rang De Basanti’ movie from 00:39 to 01:16.

An open letter to Justice Verma

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Dear Justice Verma,

I got to know that you are heading an enquiry committee for Delhi-Bus gang rape case.

Kindly read my poetry and few suggestions.

‘Oh, the name of raped girl

is just a ‘victim’ or‘gang-raped girl’

Activists says Police allows rape,

Courts says Police is slack,

Public says enough is enough,

And proud display of the culprits

says how quick you are,

to nab the perpetrators of crime,

But, what you have done

to the ‘victim’ and‘gang-raped’ girl?

You have raped Eunomia,

again and again,

simply because she is weak and blind,

and simply because she is

not your sister, daughter or mother,

simply because you love to rape women,

in power corridors of your justice system,

and you say how just you are,

and how yours hands are clean,

and how articulately you

screw the hard work of Police,

Always,

Again and again,

You are the rapists of Eunomia

and of the ‘victim’and ‘gang-raped’ girl.

And now few suggestions:-

1. First implement the guidelines envisaged in ‘Vishaka vs. State of Rajasthan’ in the premises of Supreme Court of India and also in other Courts.

2. Retract security cover from those MP, MLAs who have declared on affidavit that they are crorepatis. If they have money to spend on elections then they should pay from their own pocket for their security cover and not from Tax-payer’s money.

3. Minor girls face sexual assault from male school teachers, non-teaching staff, cab drivers in schools. Girls have to face sex-soliciting to clear exams or to complete their research work in Universities. Law must be amended in Section 376 (2) of IPC to check any kind of sexual exploitation of girls in academic premises. In a shameless, horrific example of undying lust of perverted men, M.B.B.S. girls of Jabalpur Medical College were solicited by college staff and senior girls to have sex with ‘Mess Contractor’to clear Biochemistry Paper. This is really disgusting thing which is happening in temples of education. You must stop this if you have courage or behave like an ostrich.

4. Stop sexual harassment in Armed forces, Para-Military forces and Police forces. Newly recruited women are made to satisfy the lust of senior officials. This must be stopped. In nearly all cases, women are subject to removal from services despite being a victim herself for raising their voices. These ‘silent rapes’ must be stopped.

5. Sex-soliciting in Corporate world on promises of employment and promotion must be checked. Every Private enterprise of work-force of more than twenty people has to setup a ‘Women Cell’ and those who don’t comply must be shut down and denied State subsidies and other facilities.

6. Prohibition on selling of acid in open market. These acid bottles are easily available for 10-20 rupees and play havoc on the life of acid-attack victims.

7. Establish special Tribunals and Women Courts like Family Courts for gender violence, female foeticide, dowry deaths, bride burnings, and sexual exploitation at working places.

If you think my anger and disregard for justice system is not justified then you are welcome to prosecute me but please do something so that ‘We, The People of India’ can grow faith in justice system.

Regards,

Sushil Kumar

70 year old mother protecting children today at India Gate

Where the mind is without fear

India is the land of mass-hysteria, here Ganesha-idol could drink milk and ‘Monkey-man’ could cause horror in the people of Delhi-Ghaziabad border, even a film has depicted this ‘Monkey-man’. Here fear factor is the most notable thing, children are taught by parents that be away from any scuffle, don’t get dragged in other’s trouble, never take pangas (enmity).

Shaheen Dhada, Image credit: India Today magazine.


Sunday, 18 November, marked the day of funeral of a politician from Mumbai whose 2000 followers ransacked and attacked one facebook user Shaheen Dhada  and her orthopaedic uncle’s clinic at Palghar near Thane, sub-urban city of Mumbai. Her fault was that she is a college going 21 year old, free-thinker of a young democratic republican India, where she dared to pour her heart on an issue which has touched the lives of millions of Mumbaikars.
She expressed her opinion on facebook as –
“With all respect, every day, thousands of people die, but still the world moves on. Just due to one politician died a natural death, everyone just goes bonkers. They should know, we are resilient by force, not by choice. When was the last time, did anyone showed some respect or even a two-minute silence for Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Azad, Sukhdev or any of the people because of whom we are free-living Indians? Respect is earned, given, and definitely not forced. Today, Mumbai shuts down due to fear, not due to respect.”

Image credit: Outlook magazine


Her friend Renu Srinivasan was not spared too, her fault was to like the post by Shaheen Dhada. Both were booked under section 295A of Indian Penal Code for hurting religious sentiments and under Information Technology Act, Section 66A.
As you can notice that Shaheen Dhada’s comment doesn’t include any remark to religion or religious beliefs but still she was implicated in a frivolous case and the man who was died was never a religious person but a merchant of hatred and politics. Could you imagine how it will damage the impression of just and fair judicial system in young minds and this generation?
And I am sharing all this because no one wants to get associated with troubles, the second name of dirty politics in India.

Tonight, I saw a posting by famous weekly magazine Outlook, which says –
If you ‘like’ or ‘share’ this, you could get arrested. For this is the full-text of the status update by Shaheen Dhada which was ‘liked’ by her friend Renu Srinivasan, that led to the arrest of the two:

http://blogs.outlookindia.com/default.aspx?ddm=10&pid=2907&eid=5

So no one dared to like this or share this in this country of 4 crore facebook users, where within a minute such postings get hundreds of likes, shares, and comments. For first fifteen minute me and my friend were the likers and I commented to that – now arrest me.

now arrest me


After one hour, there were barely 6 more likers and 2 people who shared this posting. So, such is the fear factor in my country that you are not free to think free.

I remember on this occasion, Nobel prize winning poetry of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, who wrote it originally in Bengali as Chitto jetha bhayashunyo (Where the mind is without fear)
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action —
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

Rabindranath Tagore, Image credit: The Hindu.

 

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

Eastern UP’s city of dead

In eastern Uttar Pradesh 400 children have died till now because of Japanese encephalitis. Every year two-three thousand children die because of this disease.


Mayawati builds ignominious parks, Akhilesh promised 20 million sarees. In Lutyens’ Delhi PM and cabinet ministers exchange bouquets and mementos everyday in Vigyan Bhawan.
In Delhi, dengue and honour killings, and killings of aged couples makes some noise but is it not a killing on large scale when thousand of children are dying every year because of lack of medical care. Is government more numb than sophisticated citizens who show more interest in T-20, Saifeena marriage or Big Boss?
I don’t know how Foreign Direct Investment will help in fighting this dreaded disease. So called honest Prime Minister has doubled his income from last year’s 5 crore to 10 crore and national son-in-law has many times folded his asset from just 50 lakhs to 300 crores but I doubt how Gandhiji’s Talisman’s last poor man will get benefit from these growths.
© Sushil Kumar
Image Credits: http://www.frontlineonnet.com PAWAN KUMAR/REUTERS and http://www.rediff.com
http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2618/stories/20090911261801100.htm

गाँधी जी!


देश गाँधी जी को गाली देता है। स्कूली बच्चे कोर्स के बापू से अगाध प्रेम करते हैं लेकिन बड़े होकर वे भी गाँधी जी को गालियाँ देते हैं। सारा देश ही गाँधी जी को गाली बकता है। गाँधी जी एक बलि का बकरा बन गए हैं जो हर मौके दर मौके काम आते हैं।
देश में मुसलमान बढ़ रहे हैं तो गाँधी जी जिम्मेदार कि उन्होंने मुसलमानों को पाकिस्तान जाने से क्यूँ रोका। सरदार पटेल को प्रधानमंत्री नहीं बनने दिया तो गाँधी जी जिम्मेदार। देश का बंटवारा हुआ तो गाँधी जी जिम्मेदार। मोदी मुसलमानों का नरसंहार करवाए तो गाँधी जी जिम्मेदार कि गाँधी की भूमि रक्त-रंजित हो गई!

दलित अगर डा. अम्बेडकर की दो क़िताब पढ़ ले तो वो भी गाँधी जी को जी भर कर गालियाँ देता है बिना ये जाने समझे कि गाँधी जी ने ही एक दलित के द्वारा ही भारत के नए संविधान बनने का अनुमोदन किया था।

महँगाई बढ़ जाये तो भी आम जनता नोट पर छपे गाँधी बाबा को गालियाँ देने से नहीं चूकती। दलित राजनीति की कलंक रहीं मायावती ने भी गाँधी जी को ‘शैतान की औलाद’ बोल कर अपनी राजनीति चमकाई थी।

देश की सरकार भी दो अक्टूबर को ‘ढलुवा दिवस’ मना कर एक कर्मयोगी के जीवन-सन्देश को गालियाँ देती है। गाँधी जी की तस्वीर सजती है सरकारी दफ्तरों में, कोर्ट-कचहरी में, पुलिस थानों में; सरकारी खर्चे पर लेकिन कोई अपने घर पर गाँधी जी को दो बाई तीन फीट की जगह भी नहीं देता दीवार पर टंगने के लिए।

गाँधी बाबा पर्याय बना दिये गये हैं, एक मज़ाक और उपहास स्वरुप जनता बड़े आराम से कहती है कि ‘मजबूरी का नाम महात्मा गाँधी’! जनता समझदार है जो एक अक्टूबर को ही शराब की दुकान से अग्रिम बोतलें इकट्ठी कर लेती है ताकी २ अक्टूबर को बंद मधुशाला के सामने गाँधी जी को गालियाँ न देनी पड़ें।

लेकिन मैं जिस गाँधी जी को जानता हूँ वो इनमे से कोई भी नहीं है। आज के सुविधा-संपन्न युग में जब हम एक साधारण से नमस्कार या ‘हाय’ का ज़वाब भी सामने वाले से नहीं पाते तब ये यकीन करना भी मुश्किल होगा कि गाँधी जी भोर में उठते ही अपने प्रशंसकों को रोज़ चार से पाँच घंटे उनके पत्रों का ज़वाब लिखते थे। और सारी दुनिया से उनको पत्र आते थे भले ही लिफाफे के ऊपर सिर्फ गाँधी जी या बापू लिखा हो। पढ़ने में आया है कि भारत सरकार का विदेश मंत्रालय गाँधी जी के पत्रों को नीलामी में खरीद-खरीद के उकता चुका है और माली हालत से पस्त हो चुका है।

कितनी सच बात है कि विश्व के महानतम वैज्ञानिक आइन्सटीन ने गाँधी जी के बारे में कहा था कि आने वाली पीढ़ियाँ इस बात पर आश्चर्यचकित होंगी कि इस संसार में कभी हाड़-माँस में महात्मा गाँधी जैसा व्यक्ति भी था।

क्या हम गाँधी जी को मात्र गालियों से ही तौलेंगे या फिर कभी उनके जीवन-चरित को समझने और अपनाने की कोशिश करेंगे?

सारी दुनिया में प्राकृतिक संसाधनों की लूट-घसोट की बन्दरबांट करते क्या हमें नेता, अधिकारी और व्यवसायी नज़र नहीं आते जो जनता को सन्देश देते हैं कि हमारे खिलाफ कोई दुष्प्रचार करे तो कान में ऊँगली ड़ाल लेनी चाहिए, हमें भ्रष्टाचार करने दो और अपना मुँह बंद रखो और हमारे भ्रष्टाचार को तुम मत देखो।

कोई बात नहीं गाँधी बाबा, तुम हमारे लिए दो अक्टूबर के मोहताज नहीं हो, जब दिल करेगा तब आपको श्रद्धांजलि देंगे।

गाँधी जी का प्रिय भजन ‘वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये जे पीड पराई जाणे रे’ –

वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये जे पीड पराई जाणे रे,
पर दु:खे उपकार करे तोये मन अभिमान न आणे रे,
सकल लोकमां सहुने वंदे निंदा न करे केनी रे,
वाच काछ मन निश्चल राखे धन धन जननी तेनी रे,
समदृष्टि ने तृष्णा त्यागी, परस्त्री जेने मात रे,
जिह्वा थकी असत्य न बोले, परधन नव झाले हाथ रे,
मोह माया व्यापे नहि जेने, दृढ़ वैराग्य जेना मनमां रे,
रामनाम सुताली लागी, सकल तीरथ तेना तनमां रे,
वणलॊभी ने कपटरहित जे, काम क्रोध निवार्या रे,
भणे नरसैयॊ तेनु दरसन करतां, कुण एकोतेर तार्या रे।


छायाचित्र साभार: http://www.mkgandhi-sarvodaya.org

To bacco or not to bacco?

When I travel in State owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses, it becomes hell like experience with nauseating affects. It’s not the stench of labourers which causes me trouble but it is the foul smell of tobacco chewing poor fellows which become just intolerable and it becomes very disgusting when they exhale in front of your mouth in a crowded bus.
We have seen a recent order of Supreme Court of India in which Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai has fought a legal battle which culminated the prohibition of the sale of gutkha and paan masala. Our judges, politicians and bureaucrats are cleverest creed of foxes ever present in world. They have curbed the sale and not the manufacturing of these health-deteriorating tobacco products. It means directly or indirectly our Judiciary and government will promote black-marketing of these tobacco products.

But our Supreme Court of India is full of black & white morons who dictate ban on cigarette smoking and selling of tobacco products within one hundred yard of an educational institute or hospital but it has its own gallery of chain smokers in front of Judge’s library!
Tax collected from liquor and tobacco products are the chief sources of revenue to State governments in India but the money spent on liver cirrhosis, lung cancer, throat cancer, oesophagus cancer and buccal cavity cancer is much more to public and government owned hospitals.
There is one old Indian saying that police says to thief do your work and ‘sleep well’ to public.
© Sushil Kumar
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अमीरों की रखैल हिन्दी

हिन्दी को संस्कृत और उर्दू की तरह से कब्र में गाड़ने के बहुतेरे प्रयास किये गए, इसे एक फिसड्डी भाषा बना दिया गया, सुनियोजित साजिश के तहत, ताकी नौकरियाँ और उच्च शिक्षा में मुट्ठी भर अंग्रेजी बोलने, पढ़ने और समझने वालों तक का ही एकाधिकार सीमित रह जाये। जिस देश के ईसाई मिशनरी स्कूलों में हिन्दी बोलने पर आर्थिक एवं शारीरिक दंड मिलता हो वो छात्र क्या कभी हिन्दी से प्रेम कर पाएंगे?
जिस देश में अबोध बच्चे को उसकी माँ बोले – पोट्टी करेगा या बाथरूम लगी है? जिस देश में कुत्ता-पालक गर्व से कहे कि अजी मेरा कुत्ता तो सिर्फ अंग्रेजी समझता है उस देश में हिन्दी का कल्याण हो चुका।
क्या फ़्रांस, जर्मनी, जापान, चीन, कोरिया भी अंग्रेजी से उतना प्रेम करते हैं? या सिर्फ हमें ही ग़ुलामी के बेड़ियाँ पसंद हैं? हमारे लिए ये जानना जरुरी है कि हमारा संविधान हिन्दी के बारे में क्या कहता है, और हमारे नेताओं और अफसरों ने संविधान-निर्माताओं के आँखों में कैसे धूल झोंक रखी है ये जानना भी बहुत जरुरी है।
343. संघ की राजभाषा–(1)  संघ की राजभाषा हिन्दी और लिपि देवनागरी  होगी। संघ के शासकीय  प्रयोजनों के लिए प्रयोग होने वाले अंकों का रूप भारतीय अंकों का अंतरराष्ट्रीय  रूप होगा। (2) खंड (1) में किसी बात के होते हुए भी, इस संविधान के प्रारंभ से पन्द्रह वर्ष की अवधि तक संघ के उन सभी शासकीय प्रयोजनों के लिए  अंग्रेजी भाषा का प्रयोग किया जाता रहेगा जिनके  लिए उसका ऐसे प्रारंभ से ठीक पहले प्रयोग किया जा रहा था: परन्तु राष्ट्रपति  उक्त अवधि के दौरान, आदेश1 द्वारा, संघ के  शासकीय प्रयोजनों में से किसी के लिए अंग्रेजी भाषा के  अतिरिक्त हिन्दी भाषा का और भारतीय अंकों के अंतरराष्ट्रीय रूप के अतिरिक्त  देवनागरी रूप का प्रयोग प्राधिकृत कर सकेगा। (3) इस अनुच्छेद में किसी बात के होते हुए भी, संसद उक्त पन्द्रह  वर्ष  की अवधि के पश्चात्‌, विधि द्वारा– (क) अंग्रेजी भाषा का,  या (ख) अंकों के देवनागरी रूप का, ऐसे प्रयोजनों के लिए  प्रयोग उपबंधित कर सकेगी जो ऐसी विधि में विनिर्दिष्ट किए जाएँ।

343. Official  language of the Union. (1) The official language of the Union shall be  Hindi in Devanagari script. The form of numerals to be used for the  official purposes of the Union shall be the international form of Indian numerals.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in clause (1), for a  period of fifteen years from the commencement of this Constitution, the  English language shall continue to be used for all the official purposes of the Union for which it was being used immediately before such  commencement: Provided that the President may, during the said period,  by order authorise the use of the Hindi language in addition to the  English language and of the Devanagari form of numerals in addition to  the international form of Indian numerals for any of the official  purposes of the Union.

(3) Notwithstanding anything in this  article, Parliament may by law provide for the use, after the said  period of fifteen years, of-

(a) the English language, or

(b) the Devanagari form of numerals, for such purposes as may be specified in the law.
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