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letter to a soldier
location:-uttarpradesh
kaashi ke tatpe

‘om namah namah shivaay.om namah shivaay.;
pandit yaar jaldi aarti karo.der ho rahi hai office jaane ke liye.yeh lo 100 rupee yaar bacchon ko der ho rahi hai school jaane ke liye…
Musician:-
Geet gaata chal oh rahi gun gunata chal ;
kya baat geetkar ji subha subha geet gun gun jaaya raha hai.
Musician:-‘jee yahi apni roti hai apni zindagi hai kehte hai kalakaar marte nahi…bas yunhi kuch kuch nayi saans phuk rahe hai.
business man:-namsakaar panditji
panditji:-pranaam
businessman:-‘sahi hai aapka toh sunah se sham kat jaaye to pta nahi chalta hame puchiye ek ek din kaise katta hai.boss ka hum par hukum
chalaye bin khaye bin chillaye bin khana hazam nahi hota aur humara unki daat khaaye bin.
musician:-‘jee haan bas nai nai dhun banana issi mein man ramta hai.sochte hai yahi virasat hai yahi chod kar jaayenge log o ke liye.
musician:-yeh kya tamasha laga rakha hai.subah subah .ye news wale bi na kuch bi bakte hai.

‘sir suna hai sarhad par firing ho rahi ahi.’
‘haa toh tumhare pet mei dard kyun dard ho raha hai.
‘goli khaaoge ya khaana.”
‘sir khaana.’
toh baitho chupchaap roti parso.’
‘humara aaj kaschedule kya hai.’
‘karyakram;
‘sir karya toh aap khub karte ho aur tum karm karo.’kaam karo kaam.
‘woh pandit ko phone kar dena shaam ko paya hai samay par nahi pahunche toh khair nahi,;

major akashdeep:-you are still sleeping ‘get up and go run guys .this target should be cmpleted today itself’
lt arun:you were supposed to report at 4.30 am.you are still sleeping .do you have no respect for the forces.’
‘yes sir.i m coming.;-lt arun is running.again.
lt arun:-i’m sorry.ok gentleman.we will meet at theground.
lt col gagandeep singh:-arun you are late.5 second my watch says.’
lt singh:’sir hr got late because of me.i was in the washroom.’
lt col gagandeep singh:-‘singh you keep quiet /he’s late and his punishment is to 5 rounds.
lt karan:-;yaar arun ki kya galti.;
capt verma-‘yes soyou were saying saying something aap kuch keh rahe the lt karan.
lt karan:-‘no sir’
capt verma:’fauj hiecharchy se chalti hai.yes i like it dat way.
‘yaar ye kashmir bi na.yaha chain se na jee sakte hai na mar sakte hain,”yaar yaha bas fauj ka kannon ka chalta hai.
ek baar antim pag paar hue na toh samjho zindagi tumne zindagi fauj ke naam kardi.
lt arun tired now.
lt singh:’aa jaa jattaaur maar khaayega kya.’
ek phone:-sir loc pe firing ho rahi hai.
capt verma:-‘so combat operation shuru karo we should not be late.
reporter:-‘sir e news cover karni hai/
so megha are you ready?
yes sir.i will do it.
haa koi casuality?
no sir.theek hai kuch aur cover karo.
Maa ka phone:-
lt arun:-‘hello maa;
reshma devi:-‘beta aaj toh bhul hi gaya hume.
lt arun:-nahi maa.kabi nai.woh gaana sunahai;
reshma devi
:-woh wali kitni sundar ho ho tum kitni pyari ho tum…tera whatsapp status dekha maine.

arun:
‘nahi maa.ek aur’varun dhawan ka maa ki chunar…’
reshma devi:-‘accha guddu toh dance bi karti hai uss par…
lt arun:-sahi hai maaa.tu kitna yaad aati hai.
nahi tere haath ki daal.
reshma devi:accha toh thik hai ruk photo whatsapp karti hun.
lt arun:-‘maa iss paaer sword of honor mila hai.
reshma devi:-arey mera beta toh har cheez medi number one hai.;
lt arun:-‘maa phone rakhta hun.
resham devi:-”accha sun ye news wale kya dikhate hain.
lt arun:-suna mat karo.
lt arun:-ek nayi movie release huyi hai.woh mangla cinema chalenge hum.
reshma devi:-‘arun tu thik hai na
lt arun:-;ha maa bilkul.chal bye.teri daal ki phot bhej dena.
Neha calls arun…
neha:-‘arun you did not pick up my call ?
arun:-‘sorry yaar”
neha:-‘yaar ye ek naye song aaya hai suna:-
arun:kaunsa NEHA:
neha:-;channa mereya;.
lt arun:-sunta hun yaar.aur bsc exams khatam ho gaya hain.
neha:-‘nahi yaar last semster hai.
lt arun:-‘neha padhai karo.neha- ye news wale kuch bi dikhate hai.
tumhe mujhse bi aage jaana hai.;
lt arun:-‘accha neha density=mass/?
neha:-i don’t know.
lt arun:-‘yaar neha bhul gayi tum.
neha:i don’t know .
neha:- arun yaar ye kya bakwaas.ye koi chedmistry ki class hai.
lt arun:-it is volume.
neha:- ok thanks.
lt arun:-‘neha yaar tumahri chemistry bahut poor hai.
neha-‘accha aur tumhare physics acchi hai.
arun;-‘yaar neha am serious’
neha:-‘ok arun aaj 2 chapters finish karungi.mera song suna.’
lt arun:-‘haa yaar neha it was good but tum koi dhreya ghoshal toh ho nai.’
neha:-haa aur tum shahrukh bi toh nahi.uff i mean salman kahn.’
lt arun:-yaar neha bacchon wali baatien na karo phir.
neha:-‘ok .lt arun .i miss you.’
lt arun:’ok neha aaj chemistry ke chapters khatam ho jaayenge .
neha :’yes sir”
army camp

‘uttar ke fek do ye yeh wardi agar nahi kar sakte .bhul gaye tho training mei jo sikhaya tha.
lt arun:-sir yaad hai.;
lt arun:-‘you used to be a cadet.but now whereis the perfomance.
dekho ye fauj hai.

neha:’haa aur waha kya chal raha hai.
dialogue between an army senior and other one…
lt singh :’sir ye news mei kya dikh rahe hain.ye sab anti national sentiment ‘
capt verma:-”sun le ye news dekhna band karde.delhi wale kuch bhi kehte rehte hain.sarhad par hum hai.’
fauj hamari hai .kya maine tumko training acche se nahi di.tum sirf desh ke liye bane ho.yahi jeena uyahi marna hai.jee nahi sakte watan ke liye toh shahhed hi ho jaao.
lt singh:’sir ,shopian mei huye combing operation mei.boys mei accha kaam kiya sirf woh ghar ko nahi baccha paaye.’
capt verma:-but we must protect civilian property .We are here to do that.
lt singh:-‘shall i train him.’
capt verma:’singh sunle .humne training nahi di unko .unhe pta hai they are in danger zone.they must run ans train.A soldier is born in uniform.
capt verma :-soldier un iform mei hi paida hote hain.iss mei marte hain.yahi fauj hai.maa-baap sab fauj hi hai inki.
lt arun martyred.

lt singh:its asn urgency.our boys went to ambush .lt arun is martyred.
capt verma:-‘what am coming.’
lt singh:sir,ye kya chilla rahe hai patt harr baaz .ye kya naya le ke aaye hai desh bhakti nahi.kya ho gayi.
capt verma:’singh as a soldier hum unke liye nahi jo patthar chala rahe hain.hum apne ke liye jee rahe hain.you must remeber the code of conduct and breathe it till everyday.
lt singh:’yes sir.’
capt verma:’the day you get your uniform you become brothers .please call his parents .a soldier lives forever.
lt singh:’yes sir.’

AT POLITICIAN’S OFFICE
PANDIT:’sir hum toh appke intezaar kar rahe the.'{pandit out side bhimshankar’s office}
bhimshankar:’yaar tum time pe nahi aaye.’
waha sri motiji wait kar rahe the.
pandit:-‘sir kya ho raha hai.mei toh aa gya tha na.’
suna hai woh shukla ji ka beta shahhed ho gya hai.raaste mei kuch logog ko jaate dekha.board board liye huye tha:’arun amar rahe.’
bhimshankar:’kya baat hai tumhe bahut jaldi khabaar mil jaat hai.
ye indian deomcracy hai.banana republic hai.ab sarhad pe jaaoge toh ladoo toh milenge nahi.golo khaao goli.ye lo sardard ke liye.kal woh hakeem de gaye the.
pandit:’sir aap jaayenge agar toh unhe accha accha lagega.thodi bahut ninda hi kar lijiye.
bhimshankar:’tum chup raho…humse sawaal jawaab mat kiya karo.humse jyada sawaal mat kiya karo.’
businessmaN:’Oh nam shivaay ‘shiv shiv bol bolo hari hari bolo.’
businessman’s friend:-arey yaar suna hai sarhad pe halaat thik nahi hai…aur tune woh swiss bank wala bank khata khol rakaha hai na;
businessman:-‘om namah shivaay bol.
‘ye kashi ki nagari hai saare paap dhulane ke liye yahi aate hain.’
busineesman’s friend:-”om namah shivaay.;hari ka naam sabse pyaara hai,woh nayi wali BMW mei ghuma dena yaar…
businessman:-‘thik hai yaar…iss baar…ghar aayega…toh challenge.’
at lt arun’s house:-
sita:-‘maa paani toh pilo’
arun’s mother:-‘nahi .ab kch nahi jayega gale ke neece…woh arun ko kehna mei uske liye daal bana rahi hun.
sita(arun’s sister’):-‘maa woh laut ke nahi aayega…col yashdeep ne confirm kiya..kal tak uski body bi pahuch jaayegi.’
lt arun’s mother:-‘sun mera arun aa raha hai…usne promise kiya tha .mei jaa rahi hu .kitchen mei…

at the door:-
knock knock…
‘mera arun mere liye kuch nahi chod gaya’
lt arun’s mother…
col yashdeep:-‘madam ye uski uniform hai.’
lt arun’s mother:’bataiye koi chhhitti koi khat kuch ni chod gaya..’
col yashdeep:’no madam please have water..

at lt arun’s funeral:-
sita:-‘mss dekho pura desh aaya hai maa sab salute kar rahe hain.maa arun toh yahi hai…’
lt arun’s mother:’haa yahi hai na mera pyaar…
woh daal khaye bina mujse mile bin thode na jaayega…

lt arun’s friend:-‘yaar dekh sab salute maar rahe hai.itna samman kabi milega pta nahi tha.’
businessman:-‘ye kya hujum laga rakah hai…koi mar gaya hai kya.;
businessman’s friend:-‘arey hari ki mnagri mei toh ye sab chalta hi rehta hai.’
kuch naya sunao geetkar ji.
musician:-‘sir ye jo soldier ,politician,actor hain nae kabi marte hai bas amar ho jaate hai.dekho linwe pe line inke peeche woh cinema ke parde par ye border paryeh toh mar kar sabko
sharminda kar jaate hain.inki aakhri paari bhi kamaal ki hoti hai..sachin ki tarah front foot pe khelte hain.’
neha’s friend:geeta:’yaar woh lt arun shaheed ho gya.’
neha ‘haa pta hai.;neha in disbelief…
geeta:-‘neha tu shaadi kar le.wafa ussi se karo jo wafa ke layak ho.’
jo desh se wafa nibhaayeunse tumhara kya lena dena’.
neha crying now.
neha:-geeta.dard sirf mehsoos kiya jaa sakta hai,uska wajood sirf mehsoos karne mei hai,zindagi seska rishta purana hai,.INN faujiyon ka kya hain,har fghar se ek nikalta hai,tabi toh fauj banti hai.ye ishq ke layak nahi…

har ghar se ek ek fauji nikalta hain.tabi toh fauj banti hai.ye ishq ke layak nahi hai.inki aashiqui sirf desh se hai.uniform se nahi.
at media news room:-
nisha:-‘yaar ye lt ka pta chala hain aaj politician bhi pahunche hai waha.ye story sahi hai yar.full action hai isme yaar.
at arun’s mother home:-
arun’s mother:- ‘sir sach bataiye arun kuch chod ke nayi gaya,mei daal bana rahi hu.usse kheer bhi pasand hai.’
col yashdeep:-‘madam.please have water.’
politician comes at funeral:-
politician bhimshanakar:-
‘ye kya paan giraaye ho.saaf karo.ye woh ladko hain na.security wale usko bolo.’
security jawan:-‘yes sir,abi karta hoon.’
politician’s friend:-(mla)-
‘sir ye election haar jaayenge.’
politician:’arey dekho abi photo aayegi .hum haar chada rahe hain.’
at army base:-
capt verma:-‘salaam hai.lt arun ke jasbe ho.humari aakhri saans tak hum desh ki raksha karenge gentleman you way go to your rooms.
lt singh:’sir .lt arun ki body unke ghar pahunch gayi hai,unki maa kisi letter ka wait kar rahi hai thi.unhe yakeen nahi ki woh is duniya mei nahi hai.’
capt verma:-‘dekho jis din se ye uniform tum pehen lete ho tum fauj ke hi ho jaate ho.
mei subah sunah 4 baje utha hun mei jaanta hun ki muje apni jaan bi deni pad sakti hain.par ye jo pyaar hain na.inn ladko ko training dena we make men out of boys.
inko ground par khelte dekhna.woh spirit muje koi aur job nahi de sakta.
koi value kare na kare hum zaroor karte hain.jab tak ye soldiers hai tab tak mei hun.iss janam mei fauj ko chuna hai shayad agle janam kisi aur ko chunu.
ye sarkarein badalti rahengi .par hum toh apna sab qurbaan karte rahenge.aakhri saans tak.hum apna farz nibhhate rahenge.
musician:-‘arun’s farewell:-
MUSICIAN:-
‘dekhiye kya huzum laga hai.desh ka beta jaa raha hai.hum toh kuch nahi inke saamne.
capt verma:-‘singh you called me?
lt singh:-‘yes sir ek letter mila hai.’
lt arun ke room se…
capt verma :’what is this about?read it out.
lt singh:capt verma it says:-
‘hello maa.
maine aapko kabi kuch nahi likha maa.jab aapne phone kiya toh ignore kiya.maa bahar firing ho rahi hai.mere paas sirf 5 min hai.agla call shayad senior ka ho aur muje jaana ho.maa mere liye daal zarur banana aur ghee zarur daalna..
,ission ompletr karke aaunga.
maas neha ko kehna last semester mei top kare.
mei phone naahi kar sakta isliye letter likh raha hu.
iss baar perfomance accha nahi hua.chuutti bi nahi milti .but woh new movie zarur dekhenge satth mein.tumhare liye ek suit bi liya hasin.jab milogi toh pehen lena achii lagogi…love you maa.’
capt verma:-”ok lt singh please send this immediately .aur boys ko kaho deri na karo.aaj basketball ka match mei monitor
karunga.now go fast.
letter reaches arun’s home:-
col yashdeep:-
‘rukiye ek letter mila hai.isse pehle ki aap usse alvida kahe.uski chitta ko aag lagaye.ye pad lijiye.arun ki maa kahaan hai.
sita:-‘maa utho.arun ka letter chod ke gaya hai.’
arun ‘s mother:-‘mere liye .mei kehti thi na.’
col yashdeep reads out the letter:-
‘ladies and gentleman:-
please hear this.lt arun has left something before he left for his final abode.his final words:-
everyone keeps quiet.
a kid asks:-‘is it the worth the sacrifice.why should soldiers give their life.’
col yashdeep:-‘baache tum bade braveho.ye mauka kuch logo ke jeevan mei hi aata hain,few men are like that.you should become a doctor,engineer,and serve the country.
musician at the ghaat:-
musiscian-
‘sir ye gaana suna hai aapne’
shaskpere ne kaha hai…
saab paatr hai jeevan mei .all the world’s a stage’
pandit:-‘haa yaar.kaashi ke ghaat aur kaunse chintan kare.;
haa bas kuch log hain jo amar ho jaate hain.aapka sangeet bhi toh virasat hain iss ghat ki.ek kalakkar aur inhe samay nahiek soldier bas ye kuch log hain jo bade mauj mei jeete hain.
bas kabi history padenge toh dekh lijiyega .inhe samay nahi bhulta.
musician:-‘ab toh waise samay badal raha.’padega india toh badlega india nahi.’
pandit:-‘woh engineer saab ka beta toh vishwa bhar mei ghoom raha hai.nahi caar bi li hai.’
musician:-”’chodiye aap bi kahiyega.aate waqt gadi mei bitha de.tabi next program karenge.
‘bilkul zara arun ke ghar hoke aate hain.’
pandit:’prasad le lijiye..
musician:-‘ye man udaas hai.’arun’s mother:-
‘baithiye .joi aapkoi kala toh anmol hain.arun kehta hai woh appki bhajan sunta hai.’aapke liye mla saab ka nnivedaan aaya hain.
musician at MLA ‘s house:-
‘bacchon y e sangeet virasat hain…mei rahu na rahu ye sangeet hamesha rahega.hamesha tumhare saath chalega.
ye desh ab tumhare haatho mei hai.isse sambhal kar rakhna mere bacchon.
musiscian dies at ghat.
MLA:-sir suna hai geetkar subnhash nahi rahe.’
politician:’kya ho gya .kal tak toh gaa rahe the.’
MLa:-sir ye sab democracy ka khel hai .ye log mahaan banana chahte hain..ye sangeet,ye desh bhakti ye sab kya natak laga rakha hai.
pandit:-‘ab aaj kaun gungun aayega .hey prabhu ye kaisa yug hai.aaj toh tumne mera sangeet mujse cheen liya…
politician:-‘kalakaarbhi na inke huzum mei duniya roti hai.aur hum kuch nahi inke saamne hamara toh paan bhi bura lagta hai inhe.
pandit:-
‘geet gaata chal oh rahi gun gunnnata chal….
arun’s mother:-‘neha mei ek school kholna chahti hun.arun ke liye waha woh subhash jo ke geet hoga aur aur arun ke notes woh baache padenge.
neha:-‘sahi hai bhai.bilkul sahi hai bhai.unka sangeet toh hamesha hamare saath chalega.yahi tarika hai maa jeena ka.
shayad kuch punya hum bhi kam le.
arun’s mother:-‘arun ka woh letter bhi sabko sunnayenge.
neha:-‘maa aaj khane mei kya bana rahi ho.;
arun’s mother:-‘daal bana rahi hu.’
neha:’waah maa tumhare haatho ki daal badi swaad badi lagti hai…abi bhaiya hote toh kitna accha hota.
bhaiya hote toh kehte kya swaad hai.
arun’s mother:-‘tuje bi banana sikha dungi.
arun’s mother:-‘arun ne letter mei lika tha…
maa jab tum daal banaogi…to muje kuch yun yaad karna ki har lamhe mei yaad aaoo..
bas muje kuch yun yaad karna ki hamesha yaad aaun.’

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        A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

        A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

        Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

        A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
        biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

        Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
        campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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