Within the alternating intervals of life and time, the survival of the human spirit manifests itself in artwork and literature, which nobody can take away from us. The query is what ideas we have to convey to our fellow human beings for a greater world. The reply to this query could also be two just lately printed anthologies by Ashwani Kumar, an excellent lawyer, creator, former parliamentarian and minister.
Kumar’s anthologies “Phrases of Knowledge” and the second quantity of “Ehsas-o Izhar” revealed a lesser recognized facet of his persona, particularly a delicate thoughts dedicated to deep pondering. These books are a testomony to religion and a celebration of the pleasures of our “civilized heritage” and of residing within the thoughts. It’s certainly uncommon lately to seek out attorneys and politicians engaged in considerate reflections of the thoughts and coronary heart, equivalent to these mirrored within the choices contained in artistically curated books. They are going to be a useful addition to our literary and poetic heritage.
The “Ebook of Knowledge”, which incorporates quotes and deep ideas, demonstrates the huge scope of Kumar’s mental meditations and contradicts the notion that he’s extra of a political man. His sensibilities mirrored in these anthologies helped him make a artistic presence within the discipline of politics. The “Ebook of Knowledge” is a treasury of meanings, a focus of data, a talisman of guarantees and prospects, on which the Dalai Lama encourages readers to replicate in his Preface.
“Ehsas o Izhar” is basically autobiographical. That is indicated by the creator in a significant introduction: “A poet, as a thinker of the guts, is answerable for guaranteeing that the fact of himself and the world round him doesn’t stay exterior the language of his coronary heart. On this sense, poetry is basically 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 Ashwani Kumar has been concerned in legislation and politics for a lot of his life, his persistent advocacy of human dignity and justice stays the driving pressure behind his philosophical preferences that lower by means of the subjective collection of ideas and emotions in these anthologies.
“Ehsas o Izhar”, with forewords by Gulzar and Muzaffar Ali, is a celebration of the varied shades of life, an acknowledgment of the survival of artwork in tough occasions and the deep sensitivity that Ghalib’s romanticism portrays: “Ishq se tabiat ne zist ka maza paya/ dard ki dava pa’i dar-e-be-dava paya.” This shifting affirmation of the mental and emotional act of remembrance of our historical past, songs and desires offers Kumar’s books their qualitative distinction. As Czesław Miłosz, a Polish-American poet, says: “At the least poetry, philosophy, motion weren’t / For us separated.”
Ashwani Kumar’s collection of compositions within the chapter “Separation and Longing” displays the fact of loneliness within the midst of a crowd. Evoking a deeply philosophical thought, he displays on the continuity of life by means of 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 selling human dignity, mirrored in most of his different writings, the creator deeply pertains to Iqbal: “Jab ishq sikhata hai adab-e-khud agahi/khulte hain, Gulamon par asra-e-shahenshahi.” On the one centesimal anniversary of the legendary poet Sahir Ludhianvi’s delivery, Kumar devoted an entire chapter of his poetry, together with a few of Sahir’s unforgettable compositions. Relish, for instance, a convincing couplet from his names “Taj Mahal,” “Bazme-e-shahi males gharibon ka guzar kya ma.ani?” What’s the that means of the journey of the soul that has met us?
Ashwani Kumar in his books displays on the panorama of human drama, its experiences, tragedy and flashes of fact, which, as Joseph Conrad reminds us, are expressed “in a second of braveness within the cruel rush of time.” At their core, the anthologies take care of the literature of life and are required studying for all who can respect the sensitivity of the delicate thoughts. Via these books, Ashwani Kumar gave us a broader introduction about himself.