Within the alternating seasons of life and time, the survival of the human spirit seems in artwork and literature, which nobody can take away from us. What sort of ideas ought to we convey to our mates for a greater world. Two just lately revealed anthologies by a famend lawyer, writer, former parliamentarian and minister Ashwani Kumar could have answered the query.
Kumar’s anthology, ‘Phrases of Knowledge’ and the second quantity of ‘Ehsas-o Izhar’, have introduced out an unknown facet of his persona, that of a delicate thoughts given to deep thought. These books are an affidavit and celebration of our “civilized heritage” and religion within the pleasures skilled in thought. Certainly, it’s uncommon as we speak to search out attorneys and politicians engaged in considerate reflections of the thoughts and coronary heart, as mirrored within the picks contained in inventive curatorial books. These can be a helpful addition to our literary and poetic heritage.
The ‘E book of Knowledge’, which is full of quotes and deep ideas, reveals the huge attain of Kumar’s mental meditations and belies that he’s extra of a political man. His sensibility mirrored in these anthologies has helped him to exist creatively within the area of politics. The ‘E book of Knowledge’ is a repository of that means, a focus of data, a talisman of promise and anticipation, which the Dalai Lama in his Preface asks readers to ponder.
‘Ehsas o Izhar’ is actually autobiographical. The writer expresses as a lot in his eloquent Introduction: “As a thinker of the guts, it’s the obligation of the poet to not go away his actuality and the world round him exterior the language of his coronary heart. In that sense, poetry is actually autobiographical.’ Kumar’s phrases echo Ghalib’s immortal verse concerning the relationship of poetry to the reality of the poet’s life: “Khulta kisi pe kyon mire dil ka muaamala, Sheron ke intekhaab ne ruswa kiya mujhe”.
Though engaged in regulation and politics for a lot of his life, Ashwani Kumar’s enduring protection of human dignity and justice stays the driving drive behind his philosophical preferences that shine by within the subjective collection of ideas and sentiments in these anthologies.
‘Ehsas o Izhar’, embellished with Forewords by Gulzar and Muzaffar Ali, is a celebration of the various nuances of life, an affirmation of the survival of artwork in troublesome occasions and the profound sensitivity represented by Ghalib’s romanticism: “Ishq se fiat ne zist ka maza paya/ dard ki dava pa’i dar-e-be-dava paya.” This poignant affirmation of religion within the mental and emotional act of remembering our historical past, songs, and goals invests Kumar’s books with their very own qualitative distinction.Because the Polish-American poet Czeslaw Milosz says, “At the least poetry, philosophy, motion weren’t/For us, separate.”
Ashwani Kumar’s collection of compositions within the chapter ‘Separation and Longing’ displays the fact of loneliness within the midst of a crowd. In recalling a full of life philosophical thought, he displays on the continuation of life by reminiscence, problem and hope. “Yad-e-mazi, gham-e-imroz, umid-e-farda, kitne sae mire humrah chala karte hain.” And given his ardour for advancing human dignity mirrored in most of his different writings, the writer has a deep reference to Iqbal: “Jab ishq sikhata hai adab-e-khud agahi/ khulte hain, Gulamon par asra-e-shahenshahi”. On the centenary of legendary poet Sahir Ludhianvi, Kumar has devoted a complete chapter to his poetry, together with a few of Sahir’s unforgettable compositions. Savor, for instance, the catchy couplet from his nazma’s ‘Taj Mahal’, “Bazme-e-shahi males gharibon ka guzar kya ma.ani? What’s the journey of the soul that has come across us?
Ashwani Kumar displays in his books on the panorama of the human drama, its expertise, tragedy and revelations of reality, which, as Joseph Conrad reminds us, are expressed “in a second of time’s remorseless braveness”. At their core, anthologies are concerning the literature of life and a should for anybody who appreciates the sensitivity of a delicate thoughts. By means of these books, Ashwani Kumar has given us a broader introduction to himself.