We usually talk about Mr. Megh, nah - The Megh….living in each one of us and the one most ill treated by us.
I have heard about Megh Churn and fear it too. Even then I churned him yesterday. Mr. Megh is more than a common man. Here is an interview with him:-
I: Mr. Megh, is it true that you start all your sentences with ‘No’.
Mr. Megh: Okay. I do some introspection before I answer your problem. Hmmmm! My wise leaders come to me with such negative thinking. What I do? I begin with a 'no'. I do that. This can be due to differences with them. Why are they afraid of it?
I: They say you are very assertive about wrong things.
Mr. Megh: If I am calling on wrong things, it is my wish. They may emphasize on something right and leave me alone.
I: You are accused of not following your leaders.
Mr. Megh: I do not consider them as leaders. Look at their faces. Is not it? Exactly! They are not up to my expectations.
I: Your friends tell that you hate social workers who try to improve your plight? Aapka sudhaar karna chaahte hain.
Mr. Megh: Yeah, social workers come to improve upon me. They think I'm an idiot. They are sure idiots. They never give me new information. They never give me training. They come to improve upon me. Sudhar karna chaahte hain!
I: You follow all religions but understand none, is it so? Eh! What you say about God.
Mr. Megh: Intelligent question that is. My experience is that there is no God, but there are religions. I can go to any shop as per my need. I go to all religions to purchase a merciful God. They sell me ideas and idols of God. I stand divided. Can politicians or social workers tell me about what religion I should follow, what my original religion is, with which I can identify myself. I am forced to mark myself with everything which shows me the dream of equality and respect. Can my leader give me a common platform of religions?
I: But Mr. Megh, they are politicians. Why should they interfere in religious matters?
Mr. Megh: Shut up! They have already mingled both. Can’t you see that? Better you see that. They do not want to work for me.
I: They say you have a tendency to commit suicide on all fronts.
Mr. Megh: I commit suicide on all fronts! You said that?
I: No! No! No! I did not mean that. I said, -‘they say’.
Mr. Megh: Yeah! They say so. I know you are no different. I've suffered for centuries, fought against hunger, fought for social justice, fought against floods manipulated to flow to my side. I fought political troubles. Whenever my house was razed or burnt I rebuilt it. So, me, in every field am used to commit suicide? You told that? Dear friend, the next time you come to my house I shall specially slap on the softest part of your right cheek. Better you disappear now. But come again and have a cup of tea with us.”
I listened to Mr. Megh very carefully. He is worth making a friend. I am thinking about changing my perception about him. He is very particular, particular even in selecting part and side of the cheek. Now I understand him better. After all he lives without and within us.