Ardh Satya

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Ardh Satya
Dilip Chitre

Chakravyuh mein ghusne se pehle,
kaun tha mein aur kaisa tha,
yeh mujhe yaad hi na rahega.

Chakravyuh mein ghusne ke baad,
mere aur chakravyuh ke beech,
sirf ek jaanleva nikat’ta thi,
iska mujhe pata hi na chalega.

Chakravyuh se nikalne ke baad,
main mukt ho jaoon bhale hi,
phir bhi chakravyuh ki rachna mein
farq hi na padega.

Marun ya maarun,
maara jaoon ya jaan se maardun.
iska faisla kabhi na ho paayega.

Soya hua aadmi jab
neend se uthkar chalna shuru karta hai,
tab sapnon ka sansar use,
dobara dikh hi na paayega.

Us roshni mein jo nirnay ki roshni hai
sab kuchh samaan hoga kya?

Ek palde mein napunsakta,
ek palde mein paurush,
aur theek taraazu ke kaante par
Ardh Satya.

Before entering the circle of enemies,
who was I and how I was,
I didn't remember.

After entering the circle of enemies,
there was only dangerous nearness,
between me and the circle,
I didn't realize that.

After geting out of the circle,
even if I am free,
even then the structure of the circle,
will remain unaltered.

Whether I die, or kill
this will never be decided.

When a man starts walking,
after waking up from sleep
he can never see
the world of dreams again.

In that light,
the light of decision,
will everything be equal?

On on hand was a coward,
and on the other was a man,
and at the centre is a
Half Truth.


Om Puri in Ardh Satya (1983, dir., Govind Nihilani)




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