ग़ुलाम -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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phool nahin khilate hain, bele ki kaliyan murajhaee ja rahi hain. samay men nirad ne sincha nahin, kisi mali ki bhi drishti us or nahin ghoomi; akal men bina khile kusum-korak mlan hona hi chahata hai. akasmath doobate soory ki pili kiranon ki abha se chamakata hua ek badal ka tukada svarn-varsha kar gaya. paropakari pavan un chhinton ko dhakelakar unhen ek korak par lad gaya. bhala itana bhar vah kaise sah sakata hai! sab dhulakakar dharani par gir pade. korak bhi kuchh hara ho gaya.

yamuna ke bich dhara men ek chhoti, par bahut hi sundar tarani, mand pavan ke sahare dhire-dhire bah rahi hai. samane ke mahal se anek chandramukh nikalakar use dekh rahe hain. char komal sundariyan danden chala rahi hain, aur ek baithi huee sitari baja rahi hai. samane, ek bhavy purush baitha hua usaki or nirnimesh drishti se dekh raha hai.

pathak! yah prasiddh shahalam dilli ke badashah hain. jalakrida ho rahi hai.

sandhy-soory ki lalima jinat-mahal ke arun mukh-mandal ki shobha aur bhi badha rahi hai. pranayi badashah us atap-mandit mukharavind ki or satrishn nayan se dekh rahe hain, jis par bar-bar garv aur lajja ka dubara rng chadhata-utarata hai, aur isi karan sitar ka svar bhi bahut shighr chadhata-utarata hai. sngit, tar par chadhaqar daudata hua, vyakul hokar ghoom raha hai; kshan-bhar bhi vishram nahin.

jinat ke mukhamandal par sved-bindu jhalakane lage. badashah ne vyakul hokar kaha-bas karo, pyari jinat! bas karo! bahut achchha bajaya, vah, kya bat hai! saki, ek pyala shiraji sharbat!

‘huzoor aya’-kahata hua ek sukumar balak samane aya, hath men pan-patr tha. us balak ki mukh-kanti darshaniy thi. bhara pyala chhalakana chahata tha, idhar ghungharali alaken usaki ankhon par barajori ek parda dalana chahati thin. balak pyale ko ek hath men lekar jab kesh-guchchh ko hatane laga, tab jinat aur shahalam donon chakit hokar dekhane lage. alaken alag hueen. begam ne ek thandi sans li. shahalam ke mukh se bhi ek ah nikalana hi chahati thi, par use rokakar nikal pada-‘begam ko do.’

balak ne donon hathon se pan-patr jinat ki or badhaya. begam ne use lekar pan kar liya.

nahin kah sakate ki us sharbat ne begam ko kuchh tari pahunchaee ya garmi; kintu hriday-spandan avashy kuchh badh gaya. shahalam ne jhukakar kaha-ek aur!

balak vichitr gati se pichhe hata aur thodi der men doosara pyala lekar upasthit hua. pan-patr nishshesh kar shahalam ne hath kuchh aur phaila diya, aur balak ki or ingit karake bole-kadir, jara ungaliyan to bula de.

balak adab se samane baith gaya aur unaki ungaliyon ko hath men lekar bulane laga.

maloom hota hai ki jinat ko sharbat ne kuchh zyada garmi pahunchaee. vah chhote bajare ke meharab men se jhukakar yamuna-jal chhoone lagi. kaleje ke niche ek makhamali takiya masali jane lagi, ya n maloom vahi kamini ke vakshasthal ko pidऩ karane lagi.

shahalam ki ungaliyan, us komal bal-ravi-kar-saman sparsh se, kaliyon ki tarah chatakane lagin. balak ki nirnimesh drishti akash ki or thi. akasmath badashah ne kaha-mina! khvaja-sara se kah dena ki is kadir ko apani khas talim men rakhen, aur usake supurd kar dena.

ek dande chalane vali ne jhukakar kaha-bahut achchha huzoor!

begam ne apane sine se takiye ko aur daba diya; kintu vah kuchh n bol saki, dabakar rah gayi.

bhag 2

uparyukt ghatana ko bahut din bit gaye. gulam kadir ab achchha yuvak maloom hone laga. usaka unnat skandh, bhari-bhari banhen aur vishal vakshasthal bade suhavane ho gaye. kintu kaun kah sakata hai ki vah yuvak hai. eeshvariy niyam ke viruddh usaka punsatv chhin liya gaya hai.

kadir, shahalam ka pyara gulam hai. usaki tooti bol rahi hai, so bhi kahan? shahi naubatakhane ke bhitar.

divane-am men achchhi saj-dhaj hai. aj koee bada darabar hone vala hai. sab padadhikari apane yogyatanusar vastrabhooshan se sajakar apane-apane sthan ko sushobhit karane lage. shahalam bhi takht par baith gaye. tula-dan hone ke bad badashah ne kuchh logon ka manasab badhaya aur kuchh ko inam diya. kisi ko harbe diye gaye; kisi ki padavi badhayi gayi; kisi ki tanakhvah badhi.

kintu badashah yah sab karake bhi tript nahin dikhaee padate. unaki nigahen kisi ko khoj rahi hain. ve ishara kar rahi hain ki unhin se kam nikal jay, rasana ko bolana n pade; kintu karen kya? vah ho nahin sakata tha. badashah ne ek taraph dekhakar kaha-gulam kadir!

kadir apane kamare men kapade pahanakar taiyar hai, keval kamarabnd men ek jadaoo daste ki katar lagana baki hai, jise badashah ne use prasann hokar diya hai. katar lagakar ek bade darpan men munh dekhane ki lalasa se vah us or badha. darpan ke samane khade hokar usane dekha, aparoop saundary! kisaka? apana hi. sachamuch kadir ki drishti apani ankhon par se nahin hatati. mugdh hokar vah apana roop dekh raha hai.

usaka purushochit sundar mukh-mandal taruny-soory ke atap se alokit ho raha hai. donon bhare hue kapol prasannata se bar-bar lal ho ate hain, ankhen hns rahi hain. srishti sundaratam hokar usake samane vikasit ho rahi hai.

prahari ne akar kaha-jahanpanah ne darabar men yad kiya hai.

kadir chaunk utha aur usaka rng utar gaya. vah sochane laga ki usaka roop aur taruny kuchh nahin hai, kisi kam ka nahin. manushy ki sari sampatti usase jabardasti chhin li gayi hai.

kadir ka jivan bhar ho utha. nirabhr, gagan men pavasaghan ghir uthe. usaka pran talamala utha, aur vah vyakul hokar chahata tha ki darpan phod de.

kshan-bhar men sari prasannata mitti men mil gayi. jivan du:sah ho utha. dant apas men ghis uthe aur katar bhi kamar se bahar nikalane lagi.

kadir kuchh shant hua. kuchh sochakar dhire-dhire darabar ki or chala. badashah ke samane pahunchakar yathochit abhivadan kiya

shahalam-kadir! itani der tak kahan raha?

kadir-jahanpanah! gulam ki khata maph ho.

shahalam-(hnsate hue) khata kaisi, kadir?

kadir-(jalakar) huzoor, der huee.

shahalam-achchha, usaki saza di jayagi.

kadir-(adab se) lekin huzoor, meri bhi kuchh arj hai.

badashah ne poochha-kya?

kadir ne kaha-mujhe yahi saza mile ki main kuchh dinon ke liye dehali se nikal diya jaoon.

shahalam ne kaha-so to bahut badi saza hai kadir, aisa nahin ho sakata. main tumhen kuchh inam dena chahata hoon, taki vah yadagar rahe, aur tum phir aisa kusoor n karo.

kadir ne hath bandhakar kaha-huzoor! inam men mujhe chhutti hi mil jay, taki kuchh dinon tak main apane boodhe bap ki khidamat kar sakoon.

shahalam-(chaunkakar) usaki khidamat ke liye meri di huee jagir kafi hai. saharanapur men usaki aram se gujarati hai.

kadir ne gidagidakar kaha-lekin jahanpanah, ladaqa hokar mera bhi koee pharj hai.

shahalam ne kuchh sochakar kaha-achchha, tumhen rukhsat mili aur yadagar ki tarah tumhen ek-hajari manasab ata kiya jata hai, taki tum vahan se laut ane men phir der n karo.

upasthit log ‘karamat’, huzoor ka ekabal aur buland ho’ ki dhun machane lage. gulam kadir anichchha rahate un logon ka sath deta tha, aur apani hardik prasannata prakat karane ki koshish karata tha.

bhag 3

bharat ke sapoot, hinduon ke ujjval ratn chhatrapati maharaj shivaji ne jo adhyavasay aur parishram kiya, usaka parinam marathon ko achchha mila, aur unhonne bhi jab tak us poorv-niti ko achchhi tarah se mana, labh uthaya. shahalam ke darabar men kya-bharat men-aj maratha-vir sindhiya hi nayak samajha jata hai. sindhiya ki vipul vahini ke bal se shahalam namamatr ko dilli ke sinhasan par baithe hain. bina sindhiya ke mnjoor kiye badashah-salamat ratti-bhar hil nahin sakate. sindhiya dilli aur usake badashah ke pradhan rakshak hain. shahalam ka mugal rakt sard ho chuka hai.

sindhiya apas ke jhagade tay karane ke liye dakkhin chala gaya hai. ‘mnsoor’ namak karmachari hi is samay badashah ka pradhan sahayak hai. shahalam ka poora shubhachintak hone par bhi vah hindoo sindhiya ki pradhanata se bhitar-bhitar jala karata tha.

jala hua, vidroh ka jhnda uthaye, isi samay, gulam kadir ruhelon ke sath saharanapur se akar dilli ke us par dera dale pada hai. mnsoor usake liye har tarah se taiyar hai. ek bar vah bhulave men akar chala gaya hai. abaki bar usaki ichchha hai ki vajarat vahi kare.

boodhe badashah sngamaramar ke minakari kiye hue burj men gavatakiye ke sahare lete hue hain. mnsoor samane hath bandhe khada hai. shahalam ne bhari huee avaz men poochha-kyon mnsoor! kya gulam kadir sachamuch dilli par hamala karake takht chhinana chahata hai? kya usako isilie hamane is maratabe par pahunchaya? kya sabaka akhiri natija yahi hai? bolo, saf kaho. ruko mat, jisamen ki tum bat bana sako.

mnsoor-jahanpanah! vah to gulam hai. phakat huzoor ki kadamabosi hasil karane ke liye aya hai. aur, usaki to yahi arji hai ki hamare aka shahnshahalam-hind ek kaphir ke hath ki putali n bane rahen. agar hukm den, to kya yah gulam vah kam nahin kar sakata?

shahalam-mnsoor! isake mane?

mnsoor-bnd:paravar! vah dilli ki vajarat ke liye arj karata hai aur gulami men hajir hona chahata hai. use to sindhiya se rnj hai, huzoor to usake meharaban aka hain.

shahalam-(jara tanakar) han mnsoor, use hamane bachapan se pala hai, aur is layaq banaya.

mnsoor-(man men) aur use apane hi, khud-garaji se-jo kabile-napharat thi-duniya ke kisi kam ka n rakkha, jisake liye vah ji se jala hua hai.

shahalam-bolo mnsoor! chup kyon ho? kya vah ehasan-pharamosh hai?

mnsoor-huzoor! phir, gulam khidamat men bulaya jave?

shahalam-vajarat dene men mujhe koee ujr nahin hai. vah snbhal sakega?

mnsoor-huzoor, agar vah n snbhal sakega, to usako vahi jhelega. sindhiya khud usase samajh lega.

shahalam-han ji, sindhiya se kah diya jayaga ki lachari se usako vajarat di gayi. tum the nahin, usane jabardasti vah kam apane hath men liya.

mnsoor-aur isase musalaman riyaya bhi huzoor se khush ho jayagi. to, use hukm ane ka bhej diya jay?

bhag 4

dilli ke durg par gulam kadir ka poorn adhikar ho gaya hai. badashah ke karmachariyon se sab kam chhin liya gaya hai. ruhelon ka kile par pahara hai. atyachari gulam mahalon ki sab chijon ko loot raha hai. bechari begamen apaman ke dar se pishach ruhelon ke hath, apane hath se apane abhooshan utarakar de rahi hain. pashavik atyachar ki matra ab bhi poorn nahin huee. divane-khas men sinhasan par badashah baithe hain. ruhelon ke sath gulam kadir use gherakar khada hai.

shahalam-gulam kadir, ab bas kar! mere hal par raham kar, sab kuchh toone kar liya. ab mujhe kyon nahak pareshan karata hai?

gulam-achchha isi men hai ki apana chhipa khazana bata do.

ek ruhela-han,han, ham logon ke liye bhi to kuchh chahiye.

shahalam-kadir! mere pas kuchh nahin hai. kyon mujhe takaliph deta hai?

kadir-maloom hota hai, sidhi ungali se ghi nahin nikalega.

shahalam-mainne tujhe is layaq isaliye banaya ki too meri is tarah beijjati kare?

kadir-tumhare-aison ke liye itani hi saza kafi nahin hai. nahin dekhate ho ki mere dil men badale ki ag jal rahi hai, mujhe tumane kis kam ka rakkha? hay!

meri sari karravaee phajool hai, mera sab tumane loot liya hai. badala kahati hai ki tumhara gosht main apane danton se noch daloon.

shahalam-bas kadir! main apani khata kubool karata hoon. use maph kar! ya to apane hathon se mujhe katl kar dal! magar itani beijjati n kar!

gulam-achchha, vah to kiya hi jayega! magar khazana kahan hai?

shahalam-kadir! mere pas kuchh nahin hai!

gulam-achchha, to utar aen takht se, der n karen!

shahalam-kadir! main isi par baitha hoon, jis par baithakar tujhe hukm diya karata tha. a, isi jagah khnjar se mera kam tamam kar de.

‘vahi hoga’ kahata hua nar-pishach kadir takht ki or badha. boodhe badashah ko takht se ghasitakar niche le aya aur unhen patakakar chhati par chadh baitha. khnjar ki nok kaleje par rakhakar kahane laga, ab bhi apana khazana batao, to jan salamat bach jayagi.

shahalam gidagidakar kahane lage ki aisi zindagi ki zaroorat nahin hai. ab too apana khanjar kaleje ke par kar!

kadir-lekin isase kya hoga! agar tum mar jaoge, to mere kaleje ki ag kise jhulasayegi; isase behatar hai ki mujhase jaisi chiz chhin li gayi hai, usi tarah ki koee chiz tumhari bhi li jay. han, inhin ankhon se meri khoobasoorati dekhakar tumane mujhe duniya ke kisi kam ka n rakkha. lo, main tumhari ankhen nikalata hoon, jisase mera kaleja kuchh thanda hoga.

itana kah kadir ne katar se shahalam ki donon ankhen nikal lin. roshani ki jagah un gaddhon se rakt ke phuhare nikalane lage. nikali huee ankhon ko kadir ki ankhen prasannata se dekhane lagin.

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