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Ke mainu aisa lageya lageya lageya

Posted on: May 11, 2020


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Today is 11 may 2020. In my opinion, 11 may is one of the most important dates in the history of modern India. It is on this date that India threw away the self imposed shackles of being an apologetic, suffering from inferiority complex, indecisive and weak nation which was being regarded as a pushover by one and all. Even tiny countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were beginning to mess with India with impunity.

It was on this day in 1998 that India announced to the world in no uncertain terms that enough was enough. India was not a nation to be trifled with. India is not a mouse. It is an elephant and it has decided to take its rightful place in the world. It will no longer act timid when faced with monkeys and hyenas. The world better get used to it.

What exactly did India do on 11 may 1998 ?

It was on this day that India, despite severe pressure from the entire world, and despite being subjected to high tech surveillance on its activities, successfully conducted nuclear tests (3 nuclear tests on this day, followed by two more tests two days later).

The PM of India, Mr Atalbihari Vajpayee, who had authorised these tests as soon as he came to power,  then announced to the world that India was “now a full fledged nuclear state”.

The haves of the nuclear technology as well as the first world wanted India to sign the discriminatory treaties like NPT and CTBT and give up all attempts at developing nuclear capabilities, while the existing nuclear powers were free to carry out their nuclear weapons programme.

They were bullying India for several years. The fact that India was a very weak and vulnerable country those days, beginning from early 1990s meant that India was being regarded as a third world country not worthy of being taken seriously or given respect. Indians who were still around during 1980s will recall that any technology that India wanted to acquire from the west those days was scuttled by USA. India wanted to buy supercomputers for weather forecast but USA prevented its sale giving the excuse that India would use it for its nuclear activities. When India wanted cryogenic engines for its space explorations, USA not only denied this technology to India, it also arm twisted Russia into not giving this technology to India.

India, showing self respect,  developed its own supercomputers as well as its own cryogenic engine.

The fact that India had adopted a disastrous economic policy since its independence meant that India was a begging bowl country right from its independence, and no attempt was made to address this fact. In 1991, with India being in dire straights, politically, economically and in many other ways, India faced the ignominy of having to mortgage its gold to secure an IMF bailout package to save Indian economy !

This incident led to an uproar among Indian public. Fortunately, a right man found himself at the helm at the right moment. This man, Mr P V Narsimha Rao, reformed Indian economic policy. The results of this reform took time to show, but they began to show results with time. This was another example to show that Indians had self respect, and they would go to great lengths to protect their self respect.

These two events, one being the opening of India economy (the date was 24 july 1991) and other being the nuclear tests on 11 may 1998, are as important in the history of modern India as 15 august 1947 and 26 january 1950. As far as the world was concerned, these two dates are of far more significance than they are to India. Opening of the Indian economy found India becoming an attractive destination of foreign investment and becoming a vast market as well.

When India exploded its nuclear devices on 11 may 1998, the world, which was largely anti India, condemned it. Most major countries imposed sanctions of India.

As noted earlier, India was already used to anti India conduct of USA and their friends. Even the “aid” that India used to receive from USA was only in millions whereas someone like Pakistan used to receive aid in billions of dollars. So the tiny amount of a few million dollars of American aid that was withheld not hurt India much.

Curiously,  countries like Germany,  France and UK could see what USA had not seen, that India was becoming a big market to do business with, and so they neither condemned Indian tests not imposed any sanctions on India. USA and Japan, alongwith China were the most vocal against Indian tests. And unsurprisingly, Pakistan.

Indians knew that Pakistan had acquired nuclear technology clandestinely from China. Threat from China and Pakistan was one of the major reasons why India felt compelled to become a nuclear power. Pakistan felt the urge to match India. They were pressurized by their public (also egged on and mocked at by Indian PM and home minister) into conducting their nuclear tests, while USA warned Pakistan against it. Pakistan succumbed to its domestic pressure and conducted its nuclear tests on 28 may 1998. This vindicated Indian accusation that Pakistan had already acquired the nuclear technology clandestinely with Chinese help. Pakistan had to come clean on its nuclear capabilities.

Like India, Pakistan too were slapped with economic sanctions.

What followed in the aftermath of these tests changed the course of International relations. India did not give a damn to USA sanctions but Pakistani economy crumbled. To save Pakistan, an ally of USA, USA looked for a face saving formula and removed the sanctions on the two countries,  and at the same time hastily arranged for IMF loans to bail out Pakistani economy.

Soon enough, USA realized that India was a potential economic power and a vast market. And that India had the manpower to develop its own technologies if foreign technologies were denied to them. These realization,  plus the knowledge that Indian nuclear programme was indigenous and not based on stealing,  unlike Pakistan, meant that USA grudgingly began to give respect to India. Meanwhile tiny neighbors like Nepal and Sri Lanka also learnt to respect the new found assertiveness of India.

Today,  in 2020, youngsters who find India being in good terms with USA and other major nations, can barely believe what I have written above. Today India can assert itself and is respected worldwide by the same countries that scorned and scoffed at India till 1998. All this change happened as a result of two major events of 1990s, namely opening of economy and conducting nuclear tests.

This second event took place on 11 may 1998 (viz on this day 22 years ago. Ever since, this date is observed in India as National Technological day. To my mind, it was much more than that. As far as I am concerned this day can as well be called “National Self Respect day.”

It was from this day onward that India became a self respecting and assertive nation. And this self respect and assertiveness began to show in different fields. For instance, India began to become a cricketing powerhouse, at a cricketing as well as at financial level. Indians began to shine in several areas. The area of IT,  a new sector which did not exist back then in 1990s,  is a sector that is today a sector where Indians thrive.

Today India is world’s fifth largest economy and looks set to become world’s third largest economy in one decade.

All the above feats have been achieved after Indians gained self confidence and self esteem. And that day was 11 may 1998. India has not looked back since.

“Parmaanu”(1998) is a movie that is based on the Pokharan nuclear tests of 1998 that changed the world. This is a very interesting movie. This movie was directed by Abhishek Verma for Zee Studios and JA Entertainment. The movie had John Abraham, Diana Penty, Boman Irani, Aditya Hitkari, Vikas Kumar, Yogendra Tiku, Ajay Shankar, Anuja Sathe, Darshan Pandya, Zachary Coffin, Mark Bennington, Satinder Singh Gahlot, Praveena Deshpande etc in it.

A dialogue of the movie, is my favorite dialogue. It should be the favorite dialogue of all self respecting Indians:-

ab ham dar ke shaant nahin baithhenge
kar ke shaant baithhenge

I watched this movie and loved it. I have covered two songs from this movie in the past. The second of these songs was covered on this date one year ago.

On the occasion of this great day in modern Indian history, here is a song from “Parmaanu”(1998). This song is sung by Divya Kumar. Vayu is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sachin Jigar.


Song-Ke mainu aisa lageya lageya (Parmaanu)(2018) Singer-Divya Kumar, Lyrics-Vayu, MD-Sachin Jigar

Lyrics

chorus

lageya lageya mainu lageya lageya mainu
lageya lageya mainu lageya lageya mainu

sabse pehle sabse badhke
dil mein mere hai ye mera watan
aasmaan bhi haar jaaye kar le koi jatan
sabse badhke dil mein mere hai ye mera watan
aasmaan bhi haar jaaye kar le koi jatan
mainu laggeya
ho mainu laggeya
ho mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
mainu lageya laegeya mainu lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang

zid pe jo ad jaayenge
jag se bhi lad jayenge
aabru iski rakhne ko
ab to main waari jaawaan ye jivan
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang

chorus

apna loha maane duniya ye banaaya hai man
saara dum kham daal ke hum poora kar dein vachan
apna loha maane duniya ye banaaya hai man
sara dum kham daal ke hum poora kar dein vachan
darr se upar uthh gaye sar
hausle hain buland
is iraade ko hila de
har kisi mein kahaan hai itna dum
mainu laggeya
o ho mainu laggeya
ho mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya lageya lagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
mainu lageya lageya mainu lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya lageya lagi lageya kasumbi rang

zid pe jo ad jayenge
jag se bhi bhid jayenge
aabru iski rakhne ko ab to main waari jaawaan ye jeevan
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
laagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
laagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
mainu lageya laegeya mainu lageya kasumbi rang
ki aisa mainu lageya lageya
lagi lageya laegeya laagi lageya kasumbi rang

6 Responses to "Ke mainu aisa lageya lageya lageya"

Thanks for this post Atul ji.
We remember and salute all the people behind ‘Pokharan’ – very proud moment for all of us.
I get to watch this movie in one my air journey from Kenya to India.
I like this movie very much and it’s songs too are very good.
Recently again got to watch this movie on TV but only it’s second half and it filled the heart again with pride for the nation and gratitude towards all behind this historic day for India.

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It is a “must watch at any time” movie for me. I watch it whenever I am in the mood for this movie, which is quite often.

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👍👍👏👏a really heartwarming post about a proud moment in Indian History.
Thank you Atulji for remembering this date. You are excused of forgetting birthdays (you always say that u r bad at remembering them) as you remember more important dates.

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BTW what is colour is kasumbi

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Kasumbi is an orange coloured flower used to dye clothes in this colour.

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oh, Thank you.

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