IT'S NOT A NIGHTCLUB, IDIOT
Let's Meet in Lucknow: No tricks, and please do not do anything vulgar
- S Pal
Let's Meet in Lucknow: No tricks, and please do not do anything vulgar



"Kuch samajh hi nahi aayaa...us samay wahan koi sandigdh gatividhiyan dikhi bhi nahi."

"कुछ समझ ही नहीं आया ... उस समय वहां कोई संदिघ्द गतिविधियां दिखी भी नहीं।”

Meet Sachchidanand Hari Sakshi. Journalists often refer to him as Sakshi Maharaj. If You have heard the man before, and of him.

He has views about India's educated, aspirational younger generation. If you have ever put your arm around your boyfriend/girlfriend, ever tried to kiss her/him, put your head in her/his lap, hugged her/him tightly on a birthday as everyone sang Happy B'day To You, Sakshi Maharaj has a view about you. Also, about your boyfriend/girlfriend. 
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The world doesn't stop because a girl is raped, denied justice, meets the CM, meets top police officials, threatens to commit suicide, her father is framed, tortured, and then dies. Life goes on. In Lucknow, it must. The city also has a night life, and a number of night clubs.
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He says couples are often seen engaged in vulgar acts in public places like parks, cars and motorcycles. He wants primetime television shows to discuss such vulgar behaviour of your boyfriend/girlfriend. 

"When these couples ride a motorcycle, they hug each other as if they both will eat each other." That was Sakshi Maharaj. (And I am jealous. Get a room, I'd say.)

Sakshi Maharaj was the rare species who had come out in support of disgraced Sacha Sauda dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, arguing that only one woman was against him while crores supported him. "Is one woman right or are crores of people right?” he had asked, and also added, "Ram Rahim is a simple man, so he is being harassed.” 

But on Sunday, April 15, Sakshi Maharaj did something really nice for the first time in recorded history, and that too, for India's urban, middle class, aspirational, hep, upstart, educated younger generation. Now he wants us to believe it happened by mistake.

"Let's Meet.

No, that's not what he said on Sunday evening, April 15. That's the name of the nightclub he inaugurated in the posh Aliganj locality of Lucknow, the city of nawabs, the finest of etiquettes, its famed tehzeeb, nautch girls and tunde kebabs.

Sakshi Maharaj, all of 62 years of age, whose idea of party attire is definitely original, did not bother about the current outrage among the general populace about the rape in Unnao and the sheer rage in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy in Kathua. 

Sakshi himself is from Unnao, but that's alright. The world doesn't stop because a girl is raped, denied justice, meets the CM, meets top police officials, threatens to commit suicide, her father is framed, tortured, and then dies. Life goes on. In Lucknow, it must. The city also has a night life, and a number of night clubs.
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"When these couples ride a motorcycle, they hug each other as if they both will eat each other."
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From Zero Degree Lounge & Disc at the River Side Mall, Gomti Nagar, to the Night Players Club near Lucknow GPO; De-Forbidden Lounge in Parag Chauraha, Aashiana Colony; Zust Lounge at R Square Building; to Alambagh's Ding Dong DJ Night, to Mr Big Boss Club & Bar near Bank of India in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow has certain riches that are visible in the night, and very audible too.
 
Sakshi Maharaj was adding to this richness of the city, a new star of the night.

He went ahead, cut the ribbon, posed for pictures, as the party lights around him created a surreal atmosphere. Sources said there were no bhajan karyakarm on at that time, neither was Rag Malkauns being played. The music was appropriate to the mood and the lighting and the setting. Mark the blues in the pictures.

The flashy, fancy invitation card was carefully designed. See the accompanying picture. There was no hurry. Someone had drafted it, made sure all the phone numbers were correct, gotten it printed, checked the proofs and distributed these. Not a task that one would have been able to pull off in the last 30 minutes.

But Sakshi Maharaj now says he was tricked inaugurating the nightclub. 

After his pictures showing him inaugurating the night club went viral on the social media, Sakshi lodged a complaint with SSP Lucknow, claiming he was invited to inaugurate a ‘restaurant.’ 

"I was in a hurry since I had to catch a flight to Delhi. It was only later that I came to know that it was not a restaurant but a night club,” his complaint said. He now wants investigation and registration of a case under section 420 of the IPC (cheating).

Not once had Sakshi Maharaj made any noise that an FIR should be lodged as per the statement of the minor girl who was allegedly raped by a BJP MLA in his own Unnao Lok Sabha constituency. There was no hurry in that matter, but he now wants a quick investigation into the inauguration of the nightclub.

Unlike in the case of the minor girl who was raped and whose father was framed and then tortured in custody, Sakshi is not leaving out any loose end this time. He has made a formal complaint to the UP BJP president, Mahendra Nath Pandey, naming former state BJP general secretary Rajjan Singh, for egging him on to take up the invite.

On the other hand, the owner of the club, Sumit Gupta, who distributed those invitation cards and was present throughout the inauguration, seems to have woken up. He now says the invites mistakenly referred to the restaurant cum lounge as "nightclub".
 
It is not clear why no one has been egging on Sakshi Maharaj to meet the minor girl raped in Unnao. Strangely, no one is even asking that question. 

The nightclub is owned by Rajjan Singh's son-in-law. He is claiming that the word "nightclub" appeared on the invite was a "typographical error”. He has also rushed to announce that no liquor would be served at this restaurant/nightclub, a statement that has broken the heart of many young revellers looking forward to tell their boyfriend/girlfriend "Let's Meet."

Now, they hope BJP leaders are just as truthful as they often are.

But right now, BJP leaders in UP are too busy to bother about what happened to the minor girl in Unnao. Most are buried in the hectic activity preceding the nomination of candidates for legislative council elections. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma has taken upon himself to defend Sakshi Maharaj's swing to the nightclub, saying the sadhu may not have been aware of the reality. 
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He went ahead, cut the ribbon, posed for pictures, as the party lights around him created a surreal atmosphere. Sources said there were no bhajan karyakarm on at that time, neither was Rag Malkauns being played. The music was appropriate to the mood and the lighting and the setting. Mark the blues in the pictures.
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Sakshi Maharaj has now said, "Iss sab se meri chhavi kharab huyee hai. Udghatan to door, main to night club ke paas se bhee nahi guzarta. (All this controversy has damaged his image. Forget inaugurating one, I do not even pass by a night club.)” Now, this is a claim that will render too much of Lucknow inaccessible for the MP. 

"Main sirf ek baat kehna chahta hun – yadi nightclub ke paas se guzarne se bhee MP Sahib ko parhez hai aur un ki chhavi dhoomil ho jaati hai, to woh unn sabhi yuva varg ke bare mein kya sochte honge jo nightclub jaate hain? Zahir hai ke woh sab to anti-national honge MP Sahib ki nazar mein. Nightclub jaane walon ke liye, daaru peene valon ke liye, dance seekh rahe logon ke liye, haath-mein-haath pakar kar sarrak par chalte yuvaon ke liye ek alag se Lok Sabha ka MP hona chahiye Lucknow mein,” said a young girl as she sushed a mixed group of boys and girls outside a mall in Lucknow.

Interestingly, Sakshi's representative Ashok Katiyar claimed that the sadhu MP was to leave for Delhi but a senior office bearer of the party took him to the function saying that it was organised by his close relative. Katiyar said it was all very sudden, but it was not clear how "suddenly" did the invites got drafted, designed, printed and distributed. Owner of the establishment Sumit Gupta has now said the "restaurant" will serve only vegetarian food.
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Sakshi's representative Ashok Katiyar claimed MP was to leave for Delhi but was taken to the function organised by his close relative, and that all of it was very sudden. It was not clear how the invites got drafted, designed, printed and distributed, all of a sudden. 
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So, no liquor, no chicken, no mutton. Not even egg bhurji. A senior journalist said he wanted to ask what kind of music will play at the club but then held back lest it leads to Anup Jalota bhent permanently wafting in the air. 

So, Let’s Meet at Lucknow’s newest hep joint, and soak in the ambience over a Mango Slice. (Don't even think of Katrina Kaif). And no, you can’t hold your girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s hand. That is considered vulgar. But you can sit on chairs — talk about young people having to sit cross-legged on the floor and keeping their hands folded is just plain rumour.

After all, it’s a restaurant. Rest is all typographical error. Like rape. Stop rapping about it.

 

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