New Delhi, February 07: Normally the Parliamentarians are seen using 'Sher-o-Shayari' (Urdu poetry) while making their point clearer or calming the boiling temperature in the house. it might the rarest case that Prime Minister Narendra Modi articulated appropriate Subhashitas while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in Lok Sabha today.
It was an added salvo for the Congress party which is not so comfortable with Sanskrit, the ancient Vedic language which they portray as a 'saffronized' attempt to defy the BJP or saffron forces. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in full mood to take the Congress members head on when in a very first minute, the Congress members started attacking Modi's each and every sentence.
For Modi, whose speeches in Parliament goes viral on Social media and get tremendous on YouTube, was all prepared with his points and counter replies. But this time there was poetry. From Sanskrit to flawless Hindi, Modi used his new weapons to take digs at the Congress party.
While PM Modi turned poetic to drive home his points and warned against linking them to the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, his verses would surely resonate with the masses in the poll-bound state which has a large audience for Sanskrit and Hindi poetry and where Kaka Hathrasi—a humorous poet quoted by PM Modi—has been hugely popular.
Let's see the poetry and subhashitas which stand tall in the literature history recited by PM Modi during his speech in Parliament:
Mere good plans and words on paper become irrelevant without hard work
उद्यमेन हि सिध्यन्ति कार्याणि न मनोरथैः ।
न हि सुप्तस्य सिंहस्य प्रविशन्ति मुखे मृगाः ॥
Translation: Work is accomplished through enterprise and not plans or intentions alone. The deer does not enter the mouth of a sleeping lion.
PM Modi used this Sanskrit Subhashita to highlight that even the Congress party had made good schemes, but it lacked the initiative to implement them properly which his government is doing now.
Modi told Congressmen who were continuously engaged in making derogatory personal remarks against Narendra Modi, what he said is:
अमंत्रमक्षरं नास्ति वनस्पतिरनौषधम् ।
अयोग्यः पुरुषो नास्ति योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः ॥
Translation: Every alphabet has a power of a mantra, each root or plant is a medicine, each person has a power within and no one can be called as 'useless' but what requires is a Yojaka means "proper Organiser".
It was also to illustrate his point that even with old schemes and old system he has done much better than the previous governments.
Modi took the help of Charvaka, the articulator of ancient materialist philosophy. Charvaka was agnostic and atheist but still regarded as a sage in Indian philosophy. While making his point that the Congress governments did not think of the future, Modi said:
यावज्जीवेत सुखं जीवेद ऋणं कृत्वा घृतं पिवेत,
भस्मीभूतस्य देहस्य पुनरागमनं कुतः ॥
Translation: A verse says living happily without caring much is important. While you live, remain in the present. Borrow money and drink ghee. When after death, all ends and no issue of coming back to pay your dues.
taking help of this verse, Modi said that the Congress governments which he said cared only for themselves and not for the future of the country.
With all those Sanskrit subhashitas, now it was a turn of poetry in pure Hindi. Here Great Hindi poet Kaka Hatharasi whose satirical genre has made Indians laugh for years came to help Modi.
To stress his point that the Congress governments did make schemes but because as their intention was bad they did not implement them, Modi recited Hatharasi’s poem:
अंतरपट में खोजिये छिपा हुआ है खोट,
मिल जाएगी आपको बिलकुल सत्य रिपोर्ट
Translation: This verse says, look deep into your mind where the bad intentions are hidden. Just introspect and you will find the fact. Before reciting this poem, Modi took a jibe at pollsters in Uttar Pradesh telling them not to link this poem with UP Polls as Kaka Hatharasi belonged to Hathras in the Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh.
Mahabharata is revered as a compilation of everything related to human mindset. It was the time for Modi to show a mirror to the Congress benches and he quoted a famous verse from Mahabharata.
जानामि धर्मम न च मे प्रवृत्ति।
जानामि अधर्मं, न च मे निवृत्ति।।
This is a famous quote by Duryodhana. At the finishing lines of the great Mahabharata War, Duryodhana tells Shri Krishna that – I know what is Dharma but it's not my character; I know Adharma also, but I am not repulsive to it.
Modi highlights his point that the previous Congress governments knew well what India needed to progress but they did not do anything due to their inclinations and lack of abilities.
Let's leave political bitterness around the use of poetry but Prime Minister Modi used his brand of Indian-ness again by wisely using the jewels of Sanskrit and Hindi literature which are maligned and bedevilled by the Indian academia by calling its use as ‘saffronisation’. A big humiliation for leftist and commie historians... isn't it?