Jamia ka Tarana

Jamia ka Tarana

Jul 24, 2007

Past Tense...Jamia Middle School

Buying the voters is an effective & most controversial/debatable subject during, before & after every election in our country.

It is a sort of bribe which is punishable under law if committed by an adult.

However, after taking a deep dive into the past i found myself standing in front of sadar darwaza of Jamia middle school.

It was "ELECTION" time in School to form "BachchoN ki Hukumat".

Many Contenders to Presidents post!

Different group with colorful hand made posters glued & flagged to the wall of school for canvasing.

Scented/without scent but colorful handbill to chose president.

Banners at many places & finally the procession of students marching on paved areas.

The School looks a like small parliamentary constituency.

Every candidate do his level best to attract potential voters.

Speeches,Promises & debates are common sites in the campus.

One of the candidate tried to concentrate over primary section by giving them KissMe Parley G toffee, the other candidate come up with distribution of Eclair candy.

Students enjoying the feast because for upper classes toffee is not enough.

They were given coupons bearing candidates signature to avail free samosa,tea, cold drink & gulab Jamun from Muzaffer bhai ki canteen.

The campaign stopped a day before polling.

Polling day was quiet with many groups in line on existing parks.

Canvasing still alive among the student in a quite manner with Toffee topping over candidates handbill.

It happens frequently that students give their promises to all the candidate to vote in their favour assuring them victory all but one candidates must loose to pave way for one winner.

Election ends up with joy in the camp of winning candidate & counting losses in loosers camp.

But there is no law that can framed those students & candidate for offering & accepting bribes in terms of toffee & other because they are children and are exempted.

They are getting trained for their future life by the school through mock up.

It is presumed that toffee will no longer be the parameter to judge the candidates during real time election to build the nation.

I was very lucky with other students of my time that we never had an election commissioner like T.N.Session (The Most powerful election commissioner of India)who would have framed & prevent us enjoying good feast from the candidates.

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Jamia ka tarana (english)

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
This is where men with zeal stayed
Men who answered the leaders' call
It is here that torn-off love
Found the cohesive chords
It is here that wayward passions
Formed into frenzied love
It is here that the wild tulip learnt
How to make the scar of heart aglow
This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
This is the place of men of vision
And of those with a challenging thought
Every morning here is new
And every evening newer still
Different is this tavern
And different are its norms
Different are the dancing cups
And different is their dance
Here drinking begets thirst a new
And different is this tavern's call
This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams
Here, conscience is the beacon light
And conscience is the guide
Here is the Mecca of heart resides the guiding faith
Ceaseless movement is our faith
And blasphemy it is to stay still
Here, the destined goal is the march on and on
Here, the swimming urge seeks
Newer and newer storms
Restless wave itself is our resurrected shore

Translated by: Prof. M. Zakir