Memoir : Reyaz Azimabadi, art of Urdu calligraphy & my Patna day

Reyaz Azimabadi


I met Reyaz Azimabadi for the first time at a Patna tea shop — the best place to meet, considering that we thought of ourselves as budding intellectuals.

At the age of 17, he was already the Editor of Masael, an Urdu weekly. And by the time I met him at that roadside tea shop in Patna, I considered myself a veteran journalist at the age of 18; I was already freelancing for a number of daily newspapers and weekly magazines.

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AICC(I) meet turns into State show: Govt machinery misused for ruling party

The almost forgotten election symbols of Congress

Public money used for party purpose


Radical, 21 November 1970

PATNA: The use of Government machinery for organising the meeting of a political party is not a healthy tradition.

In democracy, the difference between a political organisation and the Government must be understood well. Public resources should not be utilised for party purpose. Continue reading “AICC(I) meet turns into State show: Govt machinery misused for ruling party”

Bihar : Neo-Princes In Session

Rajendra Nagar Stadium, Patna

A Report on Patna AICC Session 1970


Frontier, 28 November 1970

The use of government machinery for party purposes by a political party in power amounts to corruption. A blatant example was the three-day Ruling Congress AICC session at Patna in October. It turned into a State show rather than a political party meet.

For the first time in the history of Bihar about 60 under secretaries, a contingent of magistrates and hundreds of peons were forced to forgo their Puja holidays to work and supervise the arrangements of the AICC session The Congress drama staged at Patna set a new record in misusing government machinery. Continue reading “Bihar : Neo-Princes In Session”

मीडिया: पक्षधरता को प्रतिबद्धधता समझने की भूल

Cartoon on media
Courtesy: cartoonsbyirfan

Why Media has become so partisan?


हमारे समय में पक्षधरता को प्रतिबद्धता समझा जा रहा है. दोनों बुरी तरह गड्ड मड्ड हो गए हैं. उनके बीच की लकीर लगभग मिट गयी है.

उससे भी ज्यादा खतरनाक यह है कि कई मीडिया संस्थान और पत्रकार अपनी पक्षधरता को एक तमगे के रूप में पहन रहे हैं.

उन में  से कई आज के समय के नामी-गिरामी पत्रकार हैं, मीडिया आइकॉन हैं, सेलेब्रिटी हैं. वे बड़े गर्व के साथ राजनीतिक पार्टियों के, विचारधाराओं के झंडे उठा कर चल रहे हैं. Continue reading “मीडिया: पक्षधरता को प्रतिबद्धधता समझने की भूल”