Hindi writer Harishankar Parsai’s death anniversary – Harishankar Parsai: ‘The danger of wandering mobs is still here…’ SEXI News

Hindi writer Harishankar Parsai’s death anniversary – Harishankar Parsai: ‘The danger of wandering crowds is still there…’

Harishankar Parsai lived on this land for 71 years. Keep writing as long as you live. It has been 27 years since Parsai left the world. Suppose if there was Parsai, what would you do? This type of question has often been asked of major politicians, for example, if Gandhi had been here today, what would he have done? Such questions seem so boring that all great satirists, including Parsai himself, have made fun of them at one time or another. Why talk about what happened?

But Parsai is not new. They are our present as well as a way to look to the future. Of course Persai was not Nostradamus. But his predictions about Indian society and the political system turned out to be more accurate than those of Nostradamus.

It is practically possible to imagine the existence of Parsai. If he was today, he would have been the same age as Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Dilip Kumar. Suppose we are Parasai and we are physically and mentally active, what will we write? My answer is, nothing. If he had been asked to write a satirical work, he would have said that he was reading my composition as I had written it 50 years ago. The situation is still the same, so why should I waste my ink again?

Parsai had written that the cow whose milk is used in foreign countries to strengthen children, the same cow is used for riots in India. Has this reality changed? Parsai wrote, in this country the cow protection procession costs seven lakhs, barely one lakh for human protection. He also writes – When the economy rises above Dharmashastra, the leader of the cow protection movement opens a shoe store. I don’t think anyone will find it difficult to understand the truth of these sentences in the present context, if they wish to understand.

Parsai is the creator of large canvases and large installations. Very few Hindi writers could see the totality in which he saw socio-political situations. This is the reason why whenever there is a big stir in the country, big questions arise, so something written by Parsai is definitely remembered. Dushyant Kumar is the most frequently quoted poet of modern India, while Parsai is the most frequently quoted prose writer. Scams were happening in this country even in the 1950s and are still happening. But why only small fish get caught, why do the big ones get away unscathed? This question keeps coming up in the mind of every Indian. Now just read Parsai’s writing-

“The government punch goes up on a big strong back, but I don’t know by what miracle a big back slips and a punch lands on a weak back.”

Slogans such as ‘Eradicate Corruption’ or ‘Na Khaunga Na Khane Dunga’ have been heard by the country constantly and between these slogans, from the Maruti scam to the Vyapam scam, we have seen countless exploits of people powerful. The political system is very sensitive, the leaders are very honest and the governments are very vigilant, so why does this cycle of rupture not stop? Parsai wrote in one place-

“The government says we have kept rat traps to catch the rats. We also checked some rat traps. They have holes bigger than the holes to enter them to exit from behind. The rat gets stuck here and walks away. Cage makers And mouse hunters have encountered rats. They show us the cage here and show us the hole for the rat. Only the cost of the rat-net is rising on our foreheads.

Parsai is often credited with making satire a literary genre in Hindi. In my opinion, Parsai’s true contribution is much more important than that. Whether or not a group of five or ten critics praises an author, whether or not he gives the status of literature to a genre, what does it matter? The basic thing is that Parsai explained to the readers the deep things related to country, time, society, politics and philosophy very easily. Truth be told, the fundamental purpose of literature is communication, and the smoother that communication is, the more successful it will be. Parsai never wrote anything for critics, anything he wrote, wrote for ordinary Hindi readers. It continued to speak to its readers beyond the desire to be classic and stately, and the reader continued to enjoy that dialogue, gaining a lot. It was Parsai’s greatest success as a writer.

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There are hardly any issues related to the country’s politics and society, on which Parsai did not have a clear and holistic view. He was irritated by Pongapanth. He did not believe in the Guru-Shishya tradition. The hypocrisy be it Gandhians, Sanghis or leftists. Parsai raised everyone’s story equally. For the hypocrites, he wrote in one place: “Humanity descends on them like a shot of rum.” They have crises of humanity. He used to say that the common man of this country has amazing tolerance and terrible neutrality. If someone steals money from him by beating him, he starts reciting the charity mantra.

Since Parsai scoffs at all kinds of hypocrisy, readers are free to quote them as needed. A parsai cloak is widely used nowadays – ‘an intellectual is the lion playing the band in a jackal’s procession.’ Suppose if the intellectuals really become lions and start playing groups of jackals, what will happen? The jackal that applauds, the same jackal will begin to growl like a lion. This has been the truth of every phase of society.

Satirical writing requires detachment and absolutism like Kabir. Parsai’s personal and literary life was similar. Each of his works shows that satire is neither for nor against anyone. Satire cannot be courteous or cultured.

Curvature is the fundamental rite of satire, its fundamental nature. The curvature determines the age of the satire. This curvature was in Kabir, so his speech is immortal. Parsai also had this curvature naturally. That is why many of his works are still remembered by millions of readers.

Parsai is a beacon of light for Indian society, in the light of which he can see everything very clearly. If a new generation writer is told that he writes like a parsai, then he will surely consider it as a complement. In fact, it’s more of a challenge for this writer than an add-on. How should he see the country and the society leaving the vast circle that has become parasai? The range is so wide that nothing is left untouched. This is the reason why many of Parsai’s contemporaries and their later writers have good or bad impressions of Parsai’s writings.

Now back to this old question. What if Parsai was here today? My opinion is that Parsai does not write anything. But in his quivering, quivering voice, he read an excerpt from his famous work ‘The Danger of the Wandering Crowd’-

“I see that the new generation has become more rooted and orthodox than the generation before it. This crowd of directionless, useless, desperate and destructive young people is dangerous. It can be used by groups with ambitious and dangerous ideologies. This mob was used by Napoleon, Hitler and Mussolini. This crowd begins to follow the religious fanatics. This crowd is increasing in our country. It is also used. Moreover, this mob can be used for the destruction of all national and human values ​​and for the destruction of democracy.

(courtesy of rakesh kayastha facebook wall)

(This article was previously published in First)