शेख़ मख़मूर- प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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mulke jannatanishan ke itihas men bahut andhera vaqt tha jab shah kishavar ki fatahon ki badh bade zor-shor ke sath us par ayi. sara desh tabah ho gaya. azadi ki imaraten dhah gayin aur janomal ke lale pad gaye. shah bamurad khoob ji todaqar lada, khoob bahaduri ka saboot diya aur apane khanadan ke tin lakh sooramaon ko apane desh par chadha diya magar vijeta ki patthar kat dene vali talavar ke muqabale men usaki yah mardana janbaji़yan beasar sabit hueen. mulk par shah kishavarakusha ki hukoomat ka sikka jam gaya aur shah bamurad akela aur tanaha beyaro madadagar apana sab kuchh azadi ke nam par kurban karake ek jhonpade men ji़ndagi basar karane laga.

yah jhonpada pahadi ilaqe men tha. as-pas jngali qaumen abad thin aur door-door tak pahadon ke silasile nazar ate the. is sunasan jagah men shah bamurad musibat ke din katane laga, duniya men ab usaka koee dost n tha. vah din bhar abadi se door ek chattan par apane khayal men mast baitha rahata tha. log samajhate the ki yah koee brahm gyan ke nashe men choor soofi hai. shah bamurad ko yon basar karate ek zamana bit gaya aur javani ki bidaee aur budhape ke svagat ki taiyariyan hone lagin.

tab ek roz shah bamurad basti ke saradar ke pas gaya aur usase kaha- main apani shadi karana chahata hoon. usaki taraf se paigam sunakar vah achambhe men a gaya magar choonki dil men shah sahab ke kamal aur fakiri men gahara vishvas rakhata tha, palatakar javab n de saka aur apani kunvari naujavan beti unako bhent ki. tisare sal is yuvati ki qamanaon ki batika men ek nauras paudha uga. shah sahab khushi ke mare jame men phoole n samaye. bachche ko god men utha liya aur hairat men doobi huee man ke samane josh-bhare lahaje men bole- “khuda ka shukr hai ki mulke jannatanishan ka varis paida hua.”

bachcha badhऩe laga. aql aur zahanat men, himmat aur taqat men vah apani dugani umar ke bachchon se badhaqar tha. subah hote hi garib rinda bachche ka banav-singar karake aur use nashta khilakar apane kam-dhandhe men lag jati thi aur shah sahab bachche ki ungali pakadaqar use abadi se door chattan par le jate. vahan kabhi use padhate, kabhi hathiyar chalane ki mashq karate aur kabhi use shahi qayade samajhate. bachcha tha to kamasin, magar in baton men aisa ji lagata aur aise chav se laga rahata goya use apane vnsh ka hal maloom hai. mizaj bhi badashahon jaisa tha. ganv ka ek-ek ladaqa usake hukm ka faramabaradar tha. man us par garv karati, bap phoola n samata aur sare ganv ke log samajhate ki yah shah sahab ke jap-tap ka asar hai.

bachcha masood dekhate-dekhate ek sat sal ka naujavan shahazada ho gaya. dekhakar dekhane vale ke dil ko ek nasha-sa hota tha. ek roz sham ka vaqt tha, shah sahab akele sair karane gaye aur jab laute to unake sar par ek jadaoo taj shobha de raha tha. rinda unaki yah huliya dekhakar saham gayi aur munh se kuchh bol n saki. tab unhonne naujavan masood ko gale se lagaya, usi vaqt use nahalaya-dhulaya aur ek chattan ke takht par baithakar dard-bhare lahaje men bole-masood, main aj tumase rukhasat hota hoon aur tumhari amanat tumhen saunpata hoon. yah usi mulke jannatanishan ka taj hai. koee vah zamana tha, ki yah taj tumhare badanasib bap ke sar par zeb deta tha, ab vah tumhen mubarak ho. rinda! pyari bibi! tera badaqismat shauhar kisi zamane men is mulk ka badashah tha aur ab too usaki malika hai. mainne yah raz tumase ab tak chhipaya tha magar hamare alag hone ka vaqt bahut pas hai. ab chhipakar kya karoon. masood, tum abhi bachche ho, magar diler aur samajhadar ho. mujhe yaqin hai ki tum apane boodhe bap ki akhiri vasiyat par dhyan doge aur us par amal karane ki koshish karoge. yah mulk tumhara hai, yah taj tumhara hai aur yah riaya tumhari hai. tum inhen apane kabje men lane ki marate dam tak koshish karate rahana aur agar tumhari tamam koshishen naqam ho jaen aur tumhen bhi yahi besarosamani ki maut nasib ho to yahi vasiyat tum apane bete se kar dena aur taj jo usaki amanat hogi usake supurd karana. mujhe tumase aur kuchh nahin kahana hai, khuda tum donon ko khushokhurram rakkhe aur tumhen murad ko pahunchaye.

yah kahate-kahate shah sahab ki ankhen band ho gayin. rinda daudaqar unake pairon se lipat gayi aur masood rone laga. doosare din subah ko ganv ke log jama hue aur ek pahadi gufa ki god men lash rakh di.

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shah kishavarakusha ne adhi shadi tak khoob insaph ke sath raj kiya magar kishavarakusha doyam ne sinhasan par ate hi apane aklamand bap ke mantriyon ko ek sire se barkhast kar diya aur apani marzi ke muafik naye-naye vazir aur salahakar niyukt kiye. saltanat ka kam roz-b-roz bigadऩe laga. saradaron ne beinsafi par kamar bandhi aur hukkam riaya par zor-jabardasti karane lage. yahan tak ki khanadane muradiya ke ek purane namakakhor ne mauqa achchha dekhakar bagavat ka jhanda buland kar diya. asapas se log jhande ke niche jama hone lage aur kuchh hi haphton men ek badi fauj qayam ho gayi aur masood bhi namakakhor saradar ki fauj men akar mamooli sipahiyon ka kam karane laga.

masood ka abhi yauvan ka arambh tha. dil men mardana zosh aur bajuon men sheron ki koovat maujood thi. aisa lamba-tadnga sundar naujavan bahut kam kisi ne dekha hoga. sheron ke shikar ka use ishq tha. door-door tak ke jngal darindon se khali ho gaye. sabere se sham tak use sairo-shikar ke siva aur koee dhandha n tha. labolahaja aisa dilakash paya tha ki jis vaqt masti men akar koee qaumi git chhed deta to rah chalate musafiron aur pahadi auraton ka that lag jata tha. kitane hi bhole-bhale dilon par usaki mohini soorat naksh thi, kitani hi ankhen use dekhane ko tarasatin aur kitani hi janen usaki muhabbat ki ag men ghulati thin. magar masood par abhi tak kisi ka jadoo n chala tha. han, agar use muhabbat thi to apani abadar shamashir se jo usane bap se birase men payi thi. is teg ko vah jan se zyada pyar karata. bechara khud nnge badan rahata magar usake lie tarah-tarah ke miyan banavaye the. use ek dam ke lie apane pahaloo se alag n karata. sach hai diler sipahi ki talavar usaki nigahon men duniya ki tamam chizon se zyada pyari hoti hai. khasakar vah abadar khnjar jisaka jauhar bahut se mauqon par parakha ja chuka ho. isi teg se masood ne kitane hi jngali darindon ko mara tha, kitane hi luteron aur dakuon ko maut ka maza chakhaya tha aur use poora yaqin tha ki yahi talavar kisi din kishavarakusha doyam ke sar par chamakegi aur usaki shaharag ke khoon se apani jaban tar karegi.

ek roz vah ek sher ka pichha karate-karate bahut door nikal gaya. dhoop sakht thi, bhookh aur pyas se ji betab hua, magar vahan n korhee meve ka darakht nazar aya n koee bahata hua pani ka sota jisase bhookh aur pyas ki ag bujhata. hairan aur pareshan khada tha ki samane se ek chand jaisi sundar yuvati hath men barchhi liye aur bijali ki tarah tez ghode par savar ati huee dikhaee di. pasine ki moti jaisi boonden usake mathe par jhalak rahi thin aur ambar ki sugandh men base hue bal donon kndhon par ek suhani betakallufi se bikhare hue the. donon ki nigahen char hueen aur masood ka dil hath se jata raha. us garib ne aj tak duniya ko jala dalane vala aisa husn n dekha tha, usake oopar ek sakata-sa chha gaya. yah javan aurat us jngal men malika sher afagan ke nam se mashahoor thi.

malika ne masood ko dekhakar ghode ki bag khinch li aur garm lahaje men boli-kya too vahi naujavan hai, jo mere ilaqe ke sheron ka shikar kiya karata hai? batala teri is gustakhi ki kya saza doon?

yah sunate hi masood ki ankhen lal ho gayin aur barabas hath talavar ki mooth par ja pahuncha magar zabt karake bola-is saval ka javab main khoob deta, agar apake bajay yah kisi diler mard ki zaban se nikalata!

in shabdon ne malika ke gusse ki ag ko aur bhi bhadaqa diya. usane ghode ko chamakaya aur barchhi uchhalati sar par a pahunchi aur var par var karane shuroo kiye. masood ke hath-panv behad thakan se choor ho rahe the aur malika sher afagan barchhi chalane ki kala men bejod thi. usane charake par charake lagaye yahan tak ki masood ghayal hokar ghode se gir pada. usane ab tak malika ke varon ko katane ke sivay khud ek hath bhi n chalaya tha.

tab malika ghode se koodi aur roomal phad-phadaqar masood ke zakhm bandhane lagi. aisa diler aur gairatamand javanmard usaki nazar se aj tak n guzara tha. vah use bahut aram se uthavakar apane kheme men layi aur poore do haphte tak usaki paricharya men lagi rahi yahan tak ki ghav bhar gaya aur masood ka chehara phir pooranamasi ke chand ki tarah chamakane laga. magar hasarat yah thi ki ab malika ne usake pas ana-jana chhod diya.

ek roz malika sher afagan ne masood ko darabar men bulaya aur yah boli-ai ghamandi naujavan! khuda ka shukr hai ki too meri barchhi ki chot se achchha ho gaya, ab mere ilaqe se ja, teri gustakhi maf karati hoon. magar ainda mere ilaqe men shikar ke lie ane ki himmat n karana. filahal takid ke taur par teri talavar chhin li jaegi taki too ghamand ke nashe se choor hokar phir idhar qadam badhane ki himmat n kare.

masood ne nngi talavar minyan se khinch li aur kadaqakar bola- jab tak mere dam men dam hai, koee yah talavar mujhase nahin le sakata. yah sunate hi ek dev jaisa lamba-tadnga haikal pahalavan lalakar kar badha aur masood ki kalaee par tege ka tula hua hath chalaya. masood ne var khali diya aur samhalakar tege ka var kiya to pahalavan ki gardan ki patti tak baqi n rahi. yah kaifiyat dekhate hi malika ki ankhon se chinagariyan udऩe lagin. bhayanak gusse ke svar men boli-khabaradar, yah shakhs yahan se ji़nda n jane pave. charon taraph se azamaye hue mazaboot sipahi pil pade aur masood par talavaron aur barchhiyon ki bauchhar padऩe lagi.

masood ka jism jakhmon se chhalani ho gaya. khoon ke favvare jari the aur khoon ki pyasi talavaren zaban khol bar-bar usaki taraf lapakati thin aur usaka khoon chatakar apani pyas bujha leti thin. kitani hi talavaren usaki dhal se takarakar toot gayin, kitane hi bahadur sipahi zakhmi hokar tadapane lage aur kitane hi us duniya ko sidhare. magar masood ke hath men vah abadar shamashir jyon-ki-tyon bijali ki tarah kaundhati aur sutharav karati rahi yahan tak ki is fan ke kamal ko samajhane vali malika ne khud usaki tarif ka nara buland kiya aur usake tege ko choomakar boli-masood too bahaduri ke samundar ka magar hai. sheron ke shikar men vaqt barbad mat kar. duniya men shikar ke alava aur bhi aise mauke hain jahan too apane abadar teg ka jauhar dikha sakata hai. ja aur mulkokaum ki khidamat kar. sairo shikar ham jaisi auraton ke lie chhod de.

masood ke dil ne gudagudaya, pyar ki bani zaban tak ayi magar bahar nikal n saki aur usi vaqt vah apane dil men kisi ki palakon ki tis liye hue tin haphton ke bad apani beqarar man ke qadamon par ja gira.

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namakakhor saradar ki fauj roj-b-roj badhऩe lagi. pahale to vah andhere ke parde men shahi khazanon par hath badhata raha, dhire-dhire ek baqayada fauj taiyar ho gayi. yahan tak ki saradar ko shahi faujon ke muqabale men apani talavar ajamane ka hausala hua, aur pahali hi ladaee men chaubis qile is nayi fauj ke hath a gaye. shahi fauj ne ladऩe men zara bhi kasar n ki magar vah taqat, vah josh, vah jazba jo saradar namakakhor aur usake doston ke dilon ko himmat ke maidan men age badhata rahata tha kishavarakusha doyam ke sipahiyon men gayab tha. ladaee ke kala-kaushal, hathiyaron ki khoobi aur oopar dikhaee padऩe vali shan-shaukat ke lihaz se donon faujon ka koee muka़bala n tha. badashah ke sipahi lahim-shahim, lambe-tadnge aur azamaye hue the. unake saj saman aur taur-tarike se dekhane valon ke dilon par ek dar-sa chha jata tha aur vaham bhi yah guman n kar sakata tha ki is zabardast jamat ke muqabale men nihatthi-si, adhanngi aur beqayada saradari fauj ek pal ke lie bhi pair jama sakegi. magar jis vaqt “maro” ki dil badhane vali pukar hava men goonji ek ajibogarib nazjara samane aya. saradar ke sipahi to nare marakar age dhava karate the aur badashah ki fauz bhagane ki rah par dabi huee nigahen dalati thi. dam ki dam men morche gubar ki tarah phat gaye aur jab masqat ke mazaboot qile men saradar namakakhor shahi qiledar ki masanad par amirana that-bat men baitha aur apani fauz ki karaguzariyon aur janbajiyon ka inam dene ke lie ek tasht men sone ke tamag mngavakar rakkhe to sabase pahale jis sipahi ka nam pukara gaya vah naujavan masood tha.

masood par is vaqt usaki fauj ghamand karati thi. ladaee ke maidan men sabase pahale usi ki talavar chamakati thi aur dhave ke vaqt sabase pahale usi ke qadam uthate the. dushman ke morche men aisa bedhadaq ghusata tha jaise asaman men chamakata hua lal tara. usaki talavar ke var qayamat the aur usake tir ka nishana maut ka sandesh.

magar tedhi chal ki taqadir se usaka yah pratap, yah pratishtha n dekhi gayi. kuchh thode se azamaye hue afasar jinake tegon ki chamak masood ke teg ke samane mand pad gayi thi, usase khar khane lage aur use mita dene ki tadabiren sochane lage. snyog se unhen mauqa bhi jald hath a gaya.

kishavarakusha doyam ne bagiyon ko kuchalane ke lie abaki ek zabardast fauj ravana ki aur mirashuja ko usaka sipahasalar banaya jo ladaee ke maidan men apane vaqt ka isaphdiyar tha. saradar namakakhor ne yah khabar payi to hath-panv phool gaye. mirashuja ke muqabale men ana apani har ko bulana tha. akhirakar yah ray tay paee ki is jagah se abadi ka nishan mitakar ham log qileband ho jayn. us vaqt naujavan masood ne uthakar bade purajosh lahaje men kaha-

“nahin, ham qileband n honge, ham maidan men rahenge aur hathonhath dushman ka muqabala karenge. hamare sinon ki haddiyan aisi kamazor nahin hain ki tir-tupuk ke nishane bardasht n kar saken. qileband hona is bat ka elan hai ki ham amane-samane nahin lad sakate. kya ap log, jo shah bamurad ke nam leva hain, bhool gaye ki isi mulk par usane apane khanadan ke tin lakh sapooton ko phool ki tarah chadha diya? nahi, ham haragiz qileband n honge. ham dushman ke muqabile men tal thonkakar aenge aur agar khuda insaf karane vala hai to zaroor hamari talavaren dushmanon se gale milengi aur hamari barchhiyan unake pahaloo men jagah paengi.”

saikadon nigahe masood ke purajosh chehare ki taraf uth gayin. saradaron ki tyoriyon par bal pad gaye aur sipahiyon ke sine josh se dhadaqane lage. saradar namakakhor ne use gale se laga liya aur bole-masood, teri himmat aur hausale ki dad deta hoon. too hamari fauj ki shan hai. teri salah mardana salah hai. beshak ham qileband n honge. ham dushman ke muqabile men tal thonkakar aenge aur apane pyare jannatanishan ke lie apana khoon pani ki tarah bahaenge. too hamare lie age-age chalane vali mashal hai aur ham sab aj isi roshani men qadam age badhaenge.

masood ne chune hue sipahiyon ka ek dasta taiyar kiya aur kuchh is dam-kham aur kuchh is joshokharosh se mirashuja par toota ki usaki sari fauj men khalabali pad gayi. saradar namakakhor ne jab dekha ki shahi fauj ke qadam dagamaga rahe hain, to apani poori taqat se badal aur bijali ki tarah lapaka aur tegon se tege aur barchhiyon se barchhiyan khadaqane lagin. tin ghante bala ka shor macha raha, yahan tak ki shahi fauj ke qadam ukhad gaye aur vah sipahi jisaki talavar mirashuja se gale mili masood tha.

tab saradari fauj aur afasar sab ke sab loot ke mal par toote aur masood jakhmon se choor aur khoon men rnga hua apane kuchh jan par khelane vale doston ke sath masqat ke kile ki taraf lauta magar jab hosh ne ankhen kholin aur havas thikane hue to kya dekhata hai ki main ek saje hue kamare men makhamali gadde par leta hua hoon. phoolon ki suhani mahak aur lambi chharahari sundariyon ke jamaghat se kamara chaman bana hua tha. tajjub se idhar-udhar takane laga ki itane men ek apsara-jaisi sundar yuvati tasht men phoolon ka har liye dhire-dhire ati huee dikhaee di ki jaise bahar phoolon ki dali pesh karane a rahi hai. use dekhate hi un lnbi chharahari sundariyon ne ankhen bichhayin aur usaki hinaee hatheli ko chooma. masood dekhate hi pahachan gaya. yah malika sher afagan thi.

malika ne phoolon ka har masood ke gale men dala. hire-javaharat us par chadhaye aur sone ke taron se taki huee masanad par badi an-ban se baith gayi. saji़ndon ne bin le-lekar vijayi atithi ke svagat men suhane rag alapane shuroo kiye.

yahan to nach-gane ki mahafil thi udhar apasi dah ne naye-naye shigoophe khilaye. saradar se shikayat ki ki masood zaroor dushman se ja mila hai aur aj jan boojhakar fauj ka ek dasta lekar ladऩe ko gaya tha taki use khak aur khoon men sulakar saradari fauj ko bechirag kar de. isake saboot men kuchh jali khat bhi dikhaye aur is kamini koshish men zaban ki aisi chalaki se kam liya ki akhir saradar ko in baton par yaqin a gaya. pau phate jab masood malika sher afagan ke darabar se vijay ka har gale men dale saradar ko badhaee dene gaya to bajay isake ki qadradani ka siropav aur bahaduri ka tamaga paye, usaki khari-khoti baton ke tir ka nishana banaya gaya aur use hukm mila ki talavar kamar se kholakar rakh de.

masood stambhit rah gaya. yah tega mainne apane bap se virase men paya hai. aur yah mere pichhale badappan ki akhiri yadagar hai. yah meri banhon ki taqat aur mera sahayogi aur madadagar hai. isake sath kaisi-kaisi smritiyan judi hain, kya main jite ji ise apane pahaloo se alag kar doon? agar mujh par koee adami ladaee ke maidan se qadam hatane ka ilazam laga sakata, agar koee shakhs is tege ka istemal mere muqabile men zyada karaguzari ke sath kar sakata, agar meri banhon men tega pakadऩe ki taqat n hoti to khuda ki qasam, main khud hi tega kamar se kholakar rakh deta. magar khuda ka shukr hai ki main in ilazamon se bari hoon. phir kyon main ise hath se jane doon? kya isalie ki meri buraee chahane vale kuchh thode se dahiyon ne saradar namakakha़r ka man meri taraph se pher diya hai . aisa nahin ho sakata.

magar phir use khayal aya, meri sarakashi par saradar aur bhi gussa ho jaenge aur yaqinan mujhase talavar shamashir ke zor se chhin li jaegi. aisi halat men mere oopar jan chhidaqane vale sipahi kab apane ko qaboo men rakh sakenge. zaroor apas men khoon ki nadiyan bahengi aur bhaee-bhaee ka sir katega. khuda n kare ki mere sabab se yah dardanak mar-kat ho. yah sochakar usane chupake se shamashir saradar namakakhor ke bagal men rakh di aur khud sar nicha kiye zabt ki intahaee koovat se gusse ko dabata hua kheme se bahar nikal aya.

masood par sari fauj garv karati thi aur us par janen varane ke lie hatheli men sar liye rahati thi. jis vaqt usane talavar kholi hai, do hazar soorama sipahi miyan par hath rakkhe aur shole barasati huee ankhon se takate, kanautiyan badal rahe the. masood ke ek zara se ishare ki der thi aur dam ke dam men lashon ke dher lag jate. magar masood bahaduri hi men bejod n tha, zabt aur dhiraj men usaka javab n tha. usane yah jillat aur badanami sab gavara ki, talavar dena gavara kiya, bagavat ka ilazam lena gavara kiya aur apane sathiyon ke samane sar jhukana gavara kiya magar yah gavara n kiya ki usake karan fauj men bagavat aur hukm n manane ka khayal paida ho aur aise najuk vaqt men jabaki kitane hi diler jinhonne ladaee ki azamaish men apani bahaduri ka saboot diya tha, zabt hath se kho baithate aur gusse ki halat men ek-doosare ke gale katate, masood khamosh raha aur usake pair nahin dagamagaye. usaki peshani par zara bhi bal n aya, usake tevar zara bhi n badale. usane khoon barasati huee ankhon se doston ko alavida kaha aur hasarat bhara dil liye utha aur ek gupha men chhip baitha aur jab sooraj doobane par vahan se utha to usake dil ne faisala kar liya tha ki yah badanami ka dag mathe se mitaoonga aur dahiyon ko sharmindagi ke gaddhe men giraoonga.

masood ne fakiron ka bhesh akhtiyar kiya, sar par lohe ki topi ke bajay lambi jataen banayi, jism par ji़rahabakhatar ke bajay gerue rng ka bana saja, hath men talavar ke bajay fakiron ka pyala liya. jng ke nare ke bajay fakiron ki sada buland ki aur apana nam shekh makhamoor rakh diya. magar yah jogi doosare jogiyon ki tarah dhooni ramakar n baitha aur n us tarah ka prachar shuroo kiya. vah dushman ki fauj men jata aur sipahayon ki baten sunata. kabhi unaki morchebandiyon par nigah daudata, kabhi unake damadamon aur qile ki divaron ka muaina karata. tin bar saradar namakakhor dushman ke pnje se aise vakt nikale jabaki unhen jan bachane ki koee as n rahi thi. aur yah sab shekh makhamoor ki karamat thi. minaqad ka qila jitana koee asan bat n thi. panch hazar bahadur sipahi usaki hifajat ke liye kurban hone ko taiyar baithe the. tis topen ag ke gole ugalane ke lie munh khole hue thin aur do hazar sadhe hue tirandaz hathon men maut ka paigam lie hukm ka intazar kar rahe the. magar jis vaqt saradar namakakhor apane do hazar bahaduron ke sath is qile par chadha to panchon hazar dushman sipahi kath ke putale ban gaye. topon ke munh band ho gaye aur tirandajon ke tir hava men udऩe lage. aur yah sab shekh makhamoor ki karamat thi. shah sab vahin maujood the. saradar daudaqar unake qadamon par gir pada aur unake pairon ki dhool mathe par lagayi.

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kishavarakusha doyam ka darabar saza hua hai. angoori sharab ka daur chal raha hai aur saradar ke bade-bade amir aur rees apane-apane darje se hisab ke adab ke sath ghutana mode baithe hain. yakayak bhediyon ne khabar di ki mirashuja ki har huee aur jan se mare gaye. yah sunakar kishavarakusha ke chehare par chinta ke lakshan dikhaee pade. saradaron ko sambodhit karake bola-ap logon men aisa diler kaun hai jo is badamash saradar ka sar qalam karake hamare samane pesh kare. isaki gustakhiyan ab had se age badhi jati hain. ap hi logon ke bade-boodhon ne yah mulq talavar ke zor se muradiya khanadan se chhina tha. kya ap unhin purakhon ki aulad nahin hain? yah sunate hi saradaron men ek sannata chha gaya, sab ke chehare par havaiyan udऩe lagin aur kisi ki himmat n padi ki badashah ki davat qabool kare. akhirakar shah kishavarakusha ke buddhe chacha khud uthe aur bole-ai shahe javanbakht ! main teri davat qabool karata hoon, agarache main buddha ho gaya hoon aur bajuon men talavar pakadऩe ki taqat baki़ nahin rahi, magar mere khoon men vahi garmi aur dil men vahi josh hai jinaki badaulat hamane mulk shah bamurad se liya tha. ya to main is napak kutte ki hasti khak men mila doonga ya is koshish men apani jan nisar kar doonga, taki apani ankhon se saltanat ki barbadi n dekhoon. yah kahakar amir puratadabir vahan se utha aur mustaidi se jngi taiyariyon men lag gaya. use maloom tha ki yah akhiri muqabila hai aur agar isamen nakam rahe to mar jane ke sivay aur koee chara nahin hai. udhar saradar namakakhor dhire-dhire rajadhani ki taraf badhata ata tha, yakayak use khabar mili ki amir puratadabir bis hazar paidal aur savaron ke sath muqabile ke lie a raha hai.

yah sunate hi saradar namaqakhor ki himmaten chhoot gayin. amir puratadabir budhape ke bavajood apane vaqt ka ek hi sipahasalar tha. usaka nam sunakar bade-bade bahadur kanon par hath rakh lete the. saradar namakakhor ka khayal tha ki amir kahin ek kone men baithe khuda ki ibadat karate honge. magar unako apane muqabile men dekhakar usake hosh ud gaye ki kahin aisa n ho ki is har se ham apani sari jiten kho baithen aur barason ki mehanat par pani phir jay. sabaki yahi salah huee ki vapas chalana hi thik hai. us vaqt shekh makhamoor ne kaha-ai saradar namakakhor! toone mulke jannatanishan ko chhutakara dilane ka bida uthaya hai. kya inhin himmaton se teri arajooen poori hongi? tere saradar aur sipahiyon ne kabhi maidan se qadam pichhe nahin hataya, kabhi pith nahin dikhaee, tiron ki bauchhar ko tumane pani ki phuhar aur bandookon ki badh ko phoolon ki bahar. kya in chijon se itani jaldi tumhara ji bhar gaya? tumane yah ladaee saltanat ko badhane ke kamine irade se nahin chhedi hai. tum sachchaee aur insaph ki ladaee lad rahe ho. kya tumhara josh itani jald thanda ho gaya? kya tumhari insaph ki talavar ki pyas itani jaldi bujh gayi? tum khoob janate ho ki insaf aur sachchaee ki jit zaroor hogi, tumhari in bahaduriyon ka inam khuda ke darabar se zaroor milega. phir abhi se kyon hausale chhode dete ho? kya bat hai, agar amir puratadabir bada diler aur irade ka pakka sipahi hai. agar vah sher hai to tum sher mard ho; agar usaki talavar lohe ki hai to tumhara tega faulad ka hai; agar usake sipahi jan par khelane vale hain to tumhare sipahi bhi sar katane ke lie taiyar hain. hathon men tega mazaboot pakado aur khuda ka nam lekar dushman par toot pado tumhare tevar kahe dete hain ki maidan tumhara hai.

is purajosh taqarir ne saradaron ke hausale ubhar diye. unaki ankhen lal ho gayin, talavaren pahaloo badalane lagin aur qadam barabas ladaee ke maidan ki taraf badhe. shekh makhamoor ne tab fakiri bana utar phenka, fakiri pyale ko salam kiya or hathon men vahi talavar aur dhal lekar jo kisi vaqt masood se chhine gaye the, saradar namakakhor ke sath-sath sipahiyon aur afasaron ka dil badhate sheron ki tarah bipharata hua chala. adhi rat ka vaqt tha, amir ke sipahi abhi mnji़len mare chale ate the. bechare dam bhi n lene paye the ki ekaek saradar namakakhor ke a pahunchane ki khabar payi. hosh ud gaye aur himmaten toot gayin. magar amir sher ki tarah garajakar kheme se bahar aya aur dam ke dam men apani sari fauj dushman ke muqabale men qatar bandhakar khadi kar di ki jaise ek mali tha ki aya aur idhar-udhar bikhare hue phoolon ko ek guladaste men saza gaya.

donon faujen kale-kale pahadon ki tarah amane-samane khadi hain. aur topon ka ag barasana jvalamukhi ka dri़shy prastut kar raha tha. unaki ghanagaraj avaz se bala ka shor mach raha tha. yah pahad dhire-dhire age badhate gaye. yakayak vah takaraye aur kuchh is zor se takaraye ki zamin kanp uthi aur ghamasan ki ladaee shuroo ho gayi. masood ka tega is vaqt ek bala ho raha tha, jidhar pahunchata lashon ke dher lag jate aur saikadon sar us par bhent chadh jate.

pau phate tak tege yon hi khadaqa kiye aur yon hi khoon ka dariya bahata raha. jab din nikala to ladaee ka maidan maut ka bazar ho raha tha. jidhar nigah uthati thi, mare huon ke sar aur hath-pair lahoo men tairate dikhaee dete the. yakayak shekh makhamoor ki kaman se ek tir bijali banakar nikala aur amir puratadabir ki jan ke ghonsale par gira aur usake girate hi shahi fauj bhag nikali aur saradari fauj fateh ka jhanda uthaye rajadhani ki taraph badhi.

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jab yah jit ki lahar-jaisi fauj shahar ki divar ke andar dakhil huee to shahar ke mard aur aurat, jo badi mu़ddat se gulami ki sakhtiyan jhel rahe the usaki agavani ke lie nikal pade. sara shahar umad aya. log sipahiyon ko gale lagate the aur un par phoolon ki barakha karate the ki jaise bulabulen thin jo baheliye ke pnje se rihaee pane par bag men phoolon ko choom rahi thin. log shekh makhamoor ke pairon ki dhool mathe se lagate the aur saradar namakakhor ke pairon par khushi ke ansoo bahate the.

ab mauqa tha ki masood apana jogiya bhesh utar phenke aur tajotakht ka dava pesh kare. magar jab usane dekha ki malika sher afagan ka nam har adami ki zaban par hai to khamosh ho raha. vah khoob janata tha ki agar main apane dave ko sabit kar doon to malika ka dava khatm ho jaega. magar tab bhi yah namumakin tha ki sakht marakat ke bina yah phaisala ho sake. ek purajosh aur arajoomand dil ke lie is had tak zabt karana mamooli bat n thi. jabase usane hosh snbhala, yah khayal ki main is mulk ka badashah hoon, usake rngareshe men ghul gaya tha. shah bamurad ki vasiyat use ekadam ko bhi n bhoolati thi. din ko vah badashahat ke manasoobe bandhata aur rat ko badashahat ke sapane dekhata. yah yaqin ki main badashah hoon, use badashah banaye hue tha. afasos aj vah mnsoobe toot gaye aur vah sapana titar-bitar ho gaya. magar masood ke charitr men mardana zabt apani had par pahunch gaya tha. usane uf tak n ki, ek thandi ah bhi n bhari, balki pahala adami jisane malika ke hathon ko chooma aur usake samane sar jhukaya, vah fakir makhamoor tha. han,thik us vaqt jabaki vah malika ke hath ko choom raha tha, usaki zindagi bhar ki lalasaen ansoo ki ek boond banakar malika ki menhadi-rachi hatheli par gir padi ki jaise masood ne apani lalasa ka moti malika ko saunp diya. malika ne hath khinch liya aur fakir makhamoor ke chehare par muhabbat se bhari huee nigah dali. jab saltanat ke sab darabari bhent de chuke, topon ki salamiyan dagane lagin, shahar men dhoomadham ka bazar garm ho gaya aur khushiyon ke jalase charon taraf nazar ane lage.

rajagaddi ke tisare din masood khuda ki ibadat men baitha hua tha ki malika sher afagan akele usake pas ayi aur boli-masood, main ek nachiz tohafa tumhare lie layi hoon aur vah mera dil hai. kya tum use mere hath se qabool karoge? masood achambhe se takata rah gaya, magar jab malika ki ankhen muhabbat ke nashe men doobi huee payin to chav ke mare utha aur use sine se lagakar bola-main to muddat se tumhari barchhi ki nok ka ghayal hoon, meri qismat hai ki aj tum maraham rakhane ayi ho.

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mulke jannatanishan ab azadi aur khushahali ka ghar hai. malika sher afagan ko abhi gaddi par baithe sal bhar se zyada nahin guzara, magar saltanat ka karabar bahut achchhi tarah aur badi khoobi se chal raha hai aur is bade kam men usaka pyara shauhar masood, jo abhi tak fakir makhamoor ke nam se mashahoor hai, usaka salahakar aur madadagar hai.

rat ka vaqt tha, shahi darabar saza hua tha, bade-bade vazir apane pad ke anusar baithe hue the aur naukar zark-bark vardiyan pahane hath bandhe khade the ki ek khidamatagar ne akar arj ki-donon jahan ki malika, ek garib aurat bahar khadi hai aur apake qadamon ka bosa lene ki guzarish karati hai. darabari chaunke aur malika ne tajjub bhare lahaje men kaha-andar haji़r karo. khidamatagar bahar chala gaya aur zara der men ek budhiy़a lathi tekati huee ayi aur apani pitari se ek jadaoo taj nikalakar boli-tum log ise le lo, ab yah mere kisi kam ka nahin raha. miyan ne marate vaqt ise masood ko dekar kaha tha ki tum isake malik ho, magar apane jigar ke tukade masood ko kahan dhoondhoon. rote-rote andhi ho gayi, sari duniya ki khak chhani, magar usaka kahin pata n laga. ab zindagi se tng a gayi hoon, jikar kya karoongi. yah amanat mere pas hai, jisaka ji chahe, le le.

darabar men sannata chha gaya. log hairat ke mare moorat se ban gaye the ki jaise ek jadoogar tha jo ungali ke ishare se sab ka dam band kiye hue tha. yakayak masood apani jagah se utha aur rota hua jakar rinda ke pairon par gir pada. rinda apane jigar ke tukade ko dekhate hi pahachan gayi, use chhati se laga liya aur vah jadaoo taj usake sir par rakhakar boli-sahabon, yahi mera pyara masood aur shahe bamurad ka beta hai, tum log isaki riaya ho, yah taj isaka hai, yah mulk isaka hai aur sari khilaqat isaki hai. aj se vah apane mulk ka badashah hai apani qaum ka khadim.

darabar men qayamat ka shor machane laga, darabari uthe aur masood ko hathon hath le jakar takht par malika sher afagan ke bagal men bitha diya. bhenten di jane lagin, salamiyan dagane lagin, nafiriyon ne khushi ka git gaya aur bajon ne jit ka shor machaya. magar jab zosh ki yahan khushi zara kam huee aur logon ne rinda ko dekha to vah mar gayi thi. arajooon ke poore hote hi jan nikal gayi. goya arajooen rooh banakar usake mitti ke tan ko zinda rakhe hue thin.

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