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Mukul Sain

Mukul Sain

Mukul Sain

In all the poems, you have beautifully portrayed human emotions. What inspired you to write about in-depth human emotions?

Sadness, Sorrow, Injustice, Pain, Lies, distortion of truth, wrong accusations, half-truths, Hypocrisy, Ingratitude, and Nepotism is all in and around in abundance for us to see, feel and experience. One cannot but try and find release for all these pent up emotions of human sorrow, anger and frustration. Poetry is a medium through which I can connect with people and introduce them to that core moral and social values which our society urgently needs to adopt. Although poetry is not very popular these days, I feel it is the most appropriate medium to touch the human heart.

Are you an atheist or theist? What is God for you?

I am a rationalist with spiritual leanings and a firm belief in ‘God’, ‘Universal Force’ or ‘Consciousness’, of which all humans are a part. Today religion is ritualistic, earthly and physical and hence the conflict. Spiritualism deals with higher values which we strive for beyond Life and Death, the sum total of our Karma. If we all recognize that life is for the purification of our soul (Atma), so that we achieve absolute purity to merge with that one ‘Super Consciousness’ which in Hinduism we call the ‘Param Atma’ or the Prime Soul, then most conflicts would be resolved.

You talked about atrocities against women in your poem ‘Goddess Worshippers’ and ironically these are done by both men and women. What do you think is the way to tackle it?

As mentioned in my poem, women are equally if not more responsible than men in committing atrocities on their own kind, and we too as a society are failing in our duty towards them. No government and no Law can change our deplorable behaviour towards our mothers, our sisters, our daughters and wives. This has to be imbibed by social awareness, responsibility and attitudinal change. The poem offers paradoxical remedies in the very lines where it condemns. Women are not mere objects but humans with feelings and emotions who feel as much pain as any of us.

In the poem ‘Grief’ you talked about families being torn apart due to modernism. But don’t you think because of it the world has become a smaller place, thus a mother living in a village can be closer to her son living abroad right now than she was because of technology?

My Poem ‘Grief’ is a satire on human behaviour, it touches upon ‘feigned sorrow’ on the death of a person we did not take care of when alive, but after his passing away we make pretentions of being very caring and loving. We talk no end of our love and those beautiful moments of our life with him. Yes, Modernism as you put it does give us a materially better life but it can barely compensate for the emotional content, the touch and feel of a loved one’s proximity. Hearing a voice over a distance could offer relief, but the touch of a close one surely provides more solace to a thirsty soul.

If you had to choose between dictatorship and complete freedom, which would it be and why?

Complete freedom would lead to complete chaos especially for a nation where a vast majority of people neither know their rights nor their duties or responsibilities.
Dictatorship too would be a sure recipe for disaster, though it would not be difficult to impose since our written history bears witness to us being the most meek and docile people. Historians have committed the sin of ignoring our brave hearts, our heroes, the bold and fearless lions who cared for neither life nor limb, at the cost of promoting those who preached empty idealism and meekness.
However, a strong, powerful, honest and patriotic leader leading a stable government would be an ideal choice for this country. For far too long we have existed on doles, handouts and freebies. No country advances without hard work, labor and discipline. It’s about time we learnt this lesson.

Should Article 370 be eradicated from Kashmir?

Firstly, entire Kashmir is not troubled by militancy; only five districts of southern Kashmir are affected. Ladakh and Jammu regions are peaceful.
Secondly, it’s an insurgency instigated by Pakistan.
Thirdly, Kashmir is a mixed population of Dogras, Jammuites, Ladakhis, Gujjars, Shias, Kashmiri Pandits and not Sunni Muslims alone.
Fourthly, Kashmir is not a political problem but an agitation to turn the state into an Islamic Caliphate where minorities would be at risk as they are equal stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hence, the agitation is ‘not secular’.
Lastly, your question says ‘Kashmir’, why not Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh?
So yes, Article 370 should be removed from the state for the benefit of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

About the interviewee: Having witnessed the powerful economic upheavals of the 1990s, the political turbulences of minority mandates for over two decades, the country undergoing sea changes in many socio-economic and political spheres, the poet, Mukul Sain, could barely remain aloof from the tectonic shifts happening within and around him. These issues find deep resonance in his writings. He has been involved in writing and literature from his days as a teacher for senior secondary levels. Poetry has always been his passion. He has written articles and travelogues for magazines. Echoes of a Silent Heart is his first attempt at publishing his work for a wider audience. He is now engaged in writing poetry, short stories, and blogs on contemporary issues and travel, as he is a keen traveler as well.