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dilafigar ek kntile ped ke niche daman chak kiye baitha hua khoon ke ansoo baha raha tha. vah saundary ki devi yani malaka dilafareb ka sachcha aur jan dene vala premi tha. un premiyon men nahin, jo itr-phulel men basakar aur shanadar kapadon se sajakar ashik ke vesh men mashooqiyat ka dam bharate hain. balki un sidhe-sade bhole-bhale fidaiyon men jo jngal aur pahadon se sar takarate hain aur fariyad machate phirate hain. dilafareb ne usase kaha tha ki agar too mera sachcha premi hai, to ja aur duniya ki sabase anamol chiz lekar mere darabar men a tab main tujhe apani gulami men qabool karoongi. agar tujhe vah chiz n mile to khabaradar idhar rukh n karana, varna sooli par khinchava doongi. dilafigar ko apani bhavanaon ke pradarshan ka, shikave-shikayat ka, premika ke saundary-darshan ka tanik bhi avasar n diya gaya. dilafareb ne jyon hi yah faisala sunaya, usake chobadaron ne garib dilafigar ko dhakke dekar bahar nikal diya. aur aj tin din se yah afat ka mara adami usi kntile ped ke niche usi bhayanak maidan men baitha hua soch raha hai ki kya karoon. duniya ki sabase anamol chiz mujhako milegi? namumakin! aur vah hai kya? qaroon ka khajana? abe hayat? khusaro ka taj? jame-jam? takhtetaoos? paravez ki daulat? nahin, yah chizen haragiz nahin. duniya men zaroor inase bhi mahngi, inase bhi anamol chizen maujood hain magar vah kya hain. kahan hain? kaise milengi? ya khuda, meri mushkil kyonkar asan hogi?

dilafigar inhin khayalon men chakkar kha raha tha aur aql kuchh kam n karati thi. munir shami ko hatim-sa madadagar mil gaya. ai kash koee mera bhi madadagar ho jata, ai kash mujhe bhi us chiz ka jo duniya ki sabase beshaqimat chiz hai, nam batala diya jata! bala se vah chiz hath n ati magar mujhe itana to maloom ho jata ki vah kis qism ki chiz hai. main ghade barabar moti ki khoj men ja sakata hoon. main samundar ka git, patthar ka dil, maut ki avaz aur inase bhi zyada benishan chizon ki talash men kamar kas sakata hoon. magar duniya ki sabase anamol chiz! yah meri kalpana ki udan se bahut oopar hai.

asaman par tare nikal aye the. dilafigar yakayak khuda ka nam lekar utha aur ek taraph ko chal khada hua. bhookha-pyasa, nnge badan, thakan se choor, vah barason viranon aur abadiyon ki khak chhanata phira, talave kanton se chhalani ho gaye, sharir men haddiyan hi haddiyan dikhayi dene lagin magar vah chiz jo duniya ki sabase besh-qimat chiz thi, n mili aur n usaka kuchh nishan mila.

ek roz vah bhoolata-bhatakata ek maidan men ja nikala, jahan hajaron adami gol bandhe khade the. bich men kee amame aur choge vale dadhiy़l qazi afasari shan se baithe hue apas men kuchh salah-mashavira kar rahe the aur is jamat se zara door par ek sooli khadi thi. dilafigar kuchh to kamazori ki vajah se kuchh yahan ki kaiphiyat dekhane ke irade se thithak gaya. kya dekhata hai, ki kee log nngi talavaren liye, ek qaidi ko jisake hath-pair men znjiren thin, pakade chale a rahe hain. sooli ke pas pahunchakar sab sipahi ruk gaye aur qaidi ki hathakadiy़an, bediy़an sab utar li gayin. is abhage adami ka daman saikadon begunahon ke khoon ke chhinton se rngin tha, aur usaka dil neki ke khayal aur raham ki avaz se zara bhi parichit n tha. use kala chor kahate the. sipahiyon ne use sooli ke takhte par khada kar diya, maut ki phansi usaki gardan men dal di aur jalladon ne takhta khinchane ka irada kiya ki vah abhaga mujarim chikhakar bola-khuda ke vaste mujhe ek pal ke lie phansi se utar do taki apane dil ki akhiri arajoo nikal loon. yah sunate hi charon taraph sannata chha gaya. log achambhe men akar takane lage. qajiyon ne ek marane vale adami ki antim yachana ko radd karana uchit n samajha aur badanasib papi kala chor zara der ke lie phansi se utar liya gaya.

isi bhid men ek khoobasoorat bhola-bhola ladaqa ek chhadi par savar hokar apane pairon par uchhal-uchhal farji ghoda dauda raha tha, aur apani sadagi ki duniya men aisa magan tha ki jaise vah is vakt sachamuch kisi arabi ghode ka shahasavar hai. usaka chehara us sachchi khushi se kamal ki tarah khila hua tha jo chand dinon ke lie bachapan hi men hasil hoti hai aur jisaki yad hamako marate dam tak nahin bhoolati. usaka dil abhi tak pap ki gard aur dhool se achhoota tha aur masoomiyat use apani god men khila rahi thi.

badanasib kala chor phansi se utara. hazaron ankhen us par gadi huee thin. vah us ladake ke pas aya aur use god men uthakar pyar karane laga. use is vakt vah zamana yad aya jab vah khud aisa hi bhola-bhala, aisa hi khush-v-khurram aur duniya ki gandagiyon se aisa hi pak saf tha. man godiyon men khilati thi, bap balaen leta tha aur sara kunaba jan nyochhavar karata tha. ah! kale chor ke dil par is vaqt bite hue dinon ki yad ka itana asar hua ki usaki ankhon se, jinhonne dam todati huee lashon ko tadapate dekha aur n jhapakin, ansoo ka ek qatara tapak pada. dilafigar ne lapakakar us anamol moti ko hath men le liya aur usake dil ne kaha-beshak yah duniya ki sabase anamol chiz hai jis par takhte taoos aur jamejam aur abe hayat aur zare paravez sab nyochhavar hain.

is khayal se khush hota kamayabi ki ummid men saramast, dilafigar apani mashooqa dilafareb ke shahar minosavad ko chala. magar jyo-jyon mnjilen tay hoti jati thin usaka dil baith jata tha ki kahin us chiz ki, jise main duniya ki sabase beshaqimat chiz samajhata hoon, dilafareb ki ankhon men kadr n huee to main phansi par chadha diya jaoonga aur is duniya se namurad jaoonga. lekin jo ho so ho, ab to kismat-azamaee hai. akhirakar pahad aur dariya tay karate shahar minosavad men a pahuncha aur dilafareb ki dyodhi par jakar vinati ki ki thakan se toota hua dilafigar khuda ke fazal se hukm ki tamil karake aya hai, aur apake qadam choomana chahata hai. dilafareb ne fauran apane samane bula bheja aur ek sunahare parade ki ot se faramaish ki ki vah anamol chiz pesh karo. dilafigar ne asha aur bhay ki ek vichitr man:sthiti men vah boond pesh ki aur usaki sari kaifiyat bahut purasar laphzon men bayan ki. dilafareb ne poori kahani bahut gaur se suni aur vah bhent hath men lekar zara der tak gaur karane ke bad boli-dilafigar, beshak toone duniya ki ek beshaqimat chiz dhoondh nikali, teri himmat aur teri soojhaboojh ki dad deti hoon! magar yah duniya ki sabase beshaqimat chiz nahin, isalie too yahan se ja aur phir koshish kar, shayad ab ki tere hath vah moti lage aur teri qismat men meri gulami likhi ho. jaisa ki mainne pahale hi batala diya tha main tujhe phansi par chadhava sakati hoon magar main teri janbakhshi karati hoon isalie ki tujhamen vah gun maujood hain, jo main apane premi men dekhana chahati hoon aur mujhe yaqin hai ki too zaroor kabhi-n-kabhi kamayab hoga.

nakam aur namurad dilafigar is mashooqana inayat se zara diler hokar bola-ai dil ki rani, badi muddat ke bad teri dyodhi par sajada karana nasib hota hai. phir khuda jane aise din kab aenge, kya too apane jan dene vale ashiq ke bure hal par taras n khaegi aur kya apane roop ki ek jhalak dikhakar is jalate hue dilafigar ko ane vali sakhtiyon ke jhelane ki taqat n degi? teri ek mast nigah ke nashe se choor hokar main vah kar sakata hoon jo aj tak kisi se n ban pada ho.

dilafareb ashiq ki yah chav-bhari baten sunakar gussa ho gayi aur hukm diya ki is divane ko khade-khade darabar se nikal do. chobadar ne fauran garib dilafigar ko dhakke dekar yar ke kooche se bahar nikal diya.

kuchh der tak to dilafigar apani nishthur premika ki is kathorata par ansoo bahata raha, aur sochane laga ki kahan jaoon. muddaton raste napane aur jngalon men bhatakane ke bad ansoo ki yah boond mili thi, ab aisi kaun-si chiz hai jisaki qimat is abadar moti se zyada ho. hazarate khijr! tumane sikandar ko abehayat ke kuen ka rasta dikhaya tha, kya meri banh n pakadoge? sikandar sari duniya ka malik tha. main to ek begharabar musafir hoon. tumane kitani hi doobati kishtiyan kinare lagayi hain, mujh garib ka beda bhi par karo. ai alimuqam jibaril! kuchh tumhi is nimajan, dukhi ashiq par taras khao. tum khuda ke ek khas darabari ho, kya meri mushkil asan n karoge! garaz yah ki dilafigar ne bahut fariyad machayi magar usaka hath pakadऩe ke lie koee samane n aya. akhir nirash hokar vah pagalon ki tarah dubara ek taraf ko chal khada hua.

dilafigar ne poorab se pachchhim tak aur uttar se dakkhin tak kitane hi jngalon aur viranon ki khak chhani, kabhi barfistani chotiyon par soya, kabhi daravani ghatiyon men bhatakata phira magar jis chiz ki dhun thi vah n mili, yahan tak ki usaka sharir haddiyon ka ek dhancha rah gaya.

ek roj vah sham ke vakt kisi nadi ke kinare khastahal pada hua tha. bekhudi ke nashe se chaunka to kya dekhata hai ki chandan ki ek chita bani huee hai aur us par ek yuvati suhag ke jode pahane solahon singar kiye baithi huee hai. usaki jangh par usake pyare pati ka sar hai. hazaron adami gol bandhe khade hain aur phoolon ki barakha kar rahe hain. yakayak chita men se khud-b-khud ek lapat uthi. sati ka chehara us vakt ek pavitr bhav se alokit ho raha tha. chita ki pavitr lapaten usake gale se lipat gayin aur dam-ke-dam men vah phool-sa sharir rakh ka dher ho gaya. premika ne apane ko premi par nyochhavar kar diya aur do premiyon ke sachche, pavitr, amar prem ki antim lila ankh se ojhal ho gayi. jab sab log apane gharon ko laute to dilafigar chupake se utha aur apane chak-daman kurate men yah rakh ka dher samet liya aur is mutthi bhar rakh ko duniya ki sabase anamol chiz samajhata hua, saphalata ke nashe men choor, yar ke kooche ki taraph chala. abaki jyon-jyon vah apani mnzil ke qarib ata tha, usaki himmaten badhati jati thin. koee usake dil men baitha hua kah raha tha-abaki teri jit hai aur is khayal ne usake dil ko jo-jo sapane dikhae unaki charcha vyarth hai. akhikar vah shahar minosavad men dakhil hua aur dilafareb ki oonchi dyodhi par jakar khabar di ki dilafigar surkh-roo hokar lauta hai aur huzoor ke samane ana chahata hai. dilafareb ne janbaz ashiq ko fauran darabar men bulaya aur us chiz ke lie, jo duniya ki sabase beshaqimat chiz thi, hath phaila diya. dilafigar ne himmat karake usaki chandi jaisi kalaee ko choom liya aur muththi bhar rakh ko usaki hatheli men rakhakar sari kaifiyat dil ko pighala dene vale lafjon men kah sunayi aur sundar premika ke hothon se apani qismat ka mubarak faisala sunane ke lie intazar karane laga. dilafareb ne us muththi bhar rakh ko ankhon se laga liya aur kuchh der tak vicharon ke sagar men doobe rahane ke bad boli-ai jan nichhavar karane vale ashiq dilafigar! beshak yah rakh jo too laya hai, jisamen lohe ko sona kar dene ki sifat hai, duniya ki bahut beshaqimat chiz hai aur main sachche dil se teri ehasanamand hoon ki toone aisi anamol bhent mujhe di. magar duniya men isase bhi zyada anamol koee chiz hai, ja use talash kar aur tab mere pas a. main tahedil se dua karati hoon ki khuda tujhe kamayab kare. yah kahakar vah sunahare parade se bahar ayi aur mashooqana ada se apane roop ka jalava dikhakar phir najaron se ojhal ho gayi. ek bijali thi ki kaundhi aur phir badalon ke parade men chhip gayi. abhi dilafigar ke hosh-havas thikane par n ane paye the ki chobadar ne mulayamiyat se usaka hath pakadaqar yar ke kooche se usako nikal diya aur phir tisari bar vah prem ka pujari nirasha ke athah samundar men gota khane laga.

dilafigar ka hiyav chhoot gaya. use yaqin ho gaya ki main duniya men isi tarah nashad aur namurad mar jane ke lie paida kiya gaya tha aur ab isake siva aur koee chara nahin ki kisi pahad par chadhaqar niche kood padoon, taki mashooq ke julmon ki fariyad karane ke lie ek haddi bhi baqi n rahe. vah divane ki tarah utha aur girata-padata ek gaganachumbi pahad ki choti par ja pahuncha. kisi aur samay vah aise oonche pahad par chadhऩe ka sahas n kar sakata tha magar is vaqt jan dene ke josh men use vah pahad ek mamooli tekari se zyada ooncha n najar aya. qarib tha ki vah niche kood pade ki hare-hare kapade pahane hue aur hara amama bandhe ek bujurg ek hath men tasabih aur doosare hath men lathi liye baramad hue aur himmat badhane vale svar men bole-dilafigar, nadan dilafigar, yah kya buzadilon jaisi harakat hai! too muhabbat ka dava karata hai aur tujhe itani bhi khabar nahin ki mazaboot irada muhabbat ke raste ki pahali mnzil hai? mard ban aur yon himmat n har. poorab ki taraf ek desh hai jisaka nam hindostan hai, vahan ja aur teri arajoo poori hogi.

yah kahakar hazarate khijr gayab ho gaye. dilafigar ne shukriye ki namaz ada ki aur taza hausale, taza josh aur alaukik sahayata ka sahara pakar khush-khush pahad se utara aur hindostan ki taraph chal pada.

muddaton tak kanton se bhare hue jngalon, ag barasane vale registanon, kathin ghatiyon aur alnghy parvaton ko tay karane ke bad dilafigar hind ki pak sarazamin men dakhil hua aur ek thande pani ke sote men safar ki takaliphen dhokar thakan ke mare nadi ke kinare let gaya. sham hote-hote vah ek chatiyal maidan men pahuncha jahan beshumar adhamari aur bejan lashen bina kafan ke padi huee thin. chil-kaue aur vahashi darinde mare pade hue the aur sara maidan khoon se lal ho raha tha. yah daravana drishy dekhate hi dilafigar ka ji dahal gaya. ya khuda, kis musibat men jan phnsi, marane valon ka karahana, sisakana aur ediy़an ragadaqar jan dena, darindon ka haddiyon ko nochana aur gosht ke lothadon ko lekar bhagana, aisa haulanak sin dilafigar ne kabhi n dekha tha. yakayak use khyal aya, yah ladaee ka maidan hai aur yah lashen soorama sipahiyon ki hain. itane men qarib se karahane ki avaz ayi. dilafigar us taraf phira to dekha ki ek lamba-tadnga adami, jisaka mardana chehara jan nikalane ki kamazori se pila ho gaya hai, zamin par sar jhukaye pada hua hai. sine se khoon ka phauvvara jari hai, magar abadar talavar ki mooth pnje se alag nahin huee. dilafigar ne ek chithada lekar ghav ke munh par rakh diya taki khoon ruk jae aur bola-ai javanmard, too kaun hai? javanmard ne yah sunakar ankhen kholin aur viron ki tarah bola-kya too nahin janata main kaun hoon, kya toone aj is talavar ki kat nahin dekhi? main apani man ka beta aur bharat ka sapoot hoon. yah kahate-kahate usaki tyoriyon par bal pad gaye. pila chehara gusse se lal ho gaya aur abadar shamashir phir apana jauhar dikhane ke lie chamak uthi. dilafigar samajh gaya ki yah is vakt mujhe dushman samajh raha hai, narami se bola-ai javanmard, main tera dushman nahin hoon. apane vatan se nikala hua ek garib musafir hoon. idhar bhoolata-bhatakata a nikala. baray meharabani mujhase yahan ki kul kaifiyat bayan kar.

yah sunate hi ghayal sipahi bahut mithe svar men bola-agar too musafir hai to a mere khoon se tar pahaloo men baith ja kyonki yahi do angul zamin hai jo mere pas baqi rah gayi hai aur jo sivay maut ke koee nahin chhin sakata. afasos hai ki too yahan aise vaqt men aya jab ham tera atithy-satkar karane ke yogy nahin. hamare bap-dada ka desh aj hamare hath se nikal gaya aur is vakt ham bevatan hain. magar (pahaloo badalakar) hamane hamalavar dushman ko bata diya ki rajapoot apane desh ke lie kaisi bahaduri se jan deta hai. yah as-pas jo lashen too dekh raha hai, yah un logon ki hai, jo is talavar ke ghat utare hain. (muskarakar) aur goya ki main bevatan hoon, magar ganimat hai ki dushman ki zamin par mar raha hoon. (sine ke ghav se chithada nikalakar) kya toone yah maraham rakh diya? khoon nikalane de, ise rokane se kya fayada? kya main apane hi desh men gulami karane ke lie zinda rahoon? nahin, aisi zindagi se mar jana achchha. isase achchhi maut mumakin nahin.

javanmard ki avaz maddhim ho gayi, ang dhile pad gaye, khoon itana zyada baha ki khud-b-khud band ho gaya, rah-rahakar ekadh boond tapak padata tha. akhirakar sara sharir bedam ho gaya, dil ki harakat band ho gayi aur ankhen mund gayin. dilafigar ne samajha ab kam tamam ho gaya ki marane vale ne dhime se kaha-bharatamata ki jay! aur usake sine se khoon ka akhiri qatara nikal pada. ek sachche deshapremi aur deshabhakt ne deshabhakti ka haq ada kar diya. dilafigar par is drishy ka bahut gahara asar pada aur usake dil ne kaha, beshak duniya men khoon ke is qatare se zyada anamol chiz koee nahin ho sakati. usane fauran us khoon ki boond ko jisake age yaman ka lal bhi hech hai, hath men le liya aur is diler rajapoot ki bahaduri par hairat karata hua apane vatan ki taraf ravana hua aur sakhtiyan jhelata akhirakar bahut dinon ke bad roop ki rani malaka dilafareb ki dyodhi par ja pahuncha aur paigam diya ki dilafigar surkharoo aur kamayab hokar lauta hai aur darabar men hazir hona chahata hai. dilafareb ne use fauran hazir hone ka hukm diya. khud hasbe mamool sunahare parade ki ot men baithi aur boli-dilafigar, abaki too bahut dinon ke bad vapas aya hai. la, duniya ki sabase beshaqimat chiz kahan hai?

dilafigar ne menhadi-rachi hatheliyon ko choomate hue khoon ka vah katara us par rakh diya aur usaki poori kaifiyat purajosh lahaje men kah sunayi. vah khamosh bhi n hone paya tha ki yakayak vah sunahara parada hat gaya aur dilafigar ke samane husn ka ek darabar saja hua nazar aya jisaki ek-ek nazanin julekha se badhaqar thi. dilafareb badi shan ke sath sunahari masanad par sushobhit ho rahi thi. dilafigar husn ka yah tilasm dekhakar achambhe men pad gaya aur chitralikhit-sa khada raha ki dilafareb masanad se uthi aur kee qadam age badhaqar usase lipat gayi. ganevaliyon ne khushi ke gane shuroo kiye, darabariyon ne dilafigar ko nazaren bhent kin aur chand-sooraj ko badi ijjat ke sath masanad par baitha diya. jab vah lubhavana git band hua to dilafareb khadi ho gayi aur hath jodaqar dilafigar se boli-ai jannisar ashiq dilafigar! meri duaen bar ayin aur khuda ne meri sun li aur tujhe kamayab v surkharoo kiya. aj se too mera malik hai aur main teri laundi!

yah kahakar usane ek ratnajatit mnjoosha mngayi aur usamen se ek takhti nikali jis par sunahare aksharon men likha hua tha-

‘khoon ka vah akhiri qatara jo vatan ki hifajat men gire duniya ki sabase anamol chiz hai.’

tika tippani aur sndarbh


snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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