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Saluting the Mahatma called Gandhi....

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by ShailRaghuvansh, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. ShailRaghuvansh

    ShailRaghuvansh Silver IL'ite

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    He died today, uttering the Lord’s name. An Indian shot by another Indian. I stand corrected. A great old gem of an Indian shot by a man, an Indian misled by his unjust beliefs. Okay. The man must have had his problems but, even after so many years, I still mourn the loss of the man who moved about in his loin cloth and stick, unmindful of rain or sun, summer or winter and led an imprisoned nation to freedom. Right from under the noses of the country who thought itself the most powerful regime in the world. But then, a loss is a loss. And nobody can ever compensate it.

    I know I talk as if I have lost a family member. And why not? For a person who is responsible for my freedom of thought, speech and action? Why not for a person who taught the whole world the simple principle of non-violence? Why not for a person who sacrificed his family and life to give the future generations the freedom and liberty that he and the people during his time longed to have for years?

    He has gone, leaving behind a nation losing its identity amidst the plethora of software, warfare, politics, plays about his unhappy sons and ’monkey’ games. He leaves behind a legacy that is all but lost except for maybe, those little flames burning in some hearts out there apart from some Munnabhai movies that try hard to bring him back to life. Gosh! If only that were possible! If only that could happen I could introduce my little son to him and proudly show off my grandfather, the Father of Our Nation who was such a sweet little old man. He would have charmed my son, I am sure, having done that to the whole world once, way back in history.

    Oh! Bapu. I was not there then. I regret it. Or maybe, I was there in the big crowd that walked after you to pick up that grain of salt to freedom. Maybe, you had looked at me then and smiled your beautiful smile. Today, as I observe those few moments of silence like everybody else, I call out for you to come again and save your country and give this girl the grandfather she always wanted but never got.

    He Ram!
     
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  2. Arunarc

    Arunarc Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hello Shail
    That was beautifully penned about Bapuji. Considering him as a family member is the right thing that you have done. What can better be then this wonderful tribute to him on his death anniversary.
    Hope he gets another birth and be back with us all and fight with our own people this time.
    He gave us freedom from outsiders now we wish he give us freedom from corruption and terrorism which is spreading like wild fire.

    Hai Ram
     
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    ShailRaghuvansh Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Aruna,

    So very nice to see your lovely comment and the first one at that. Yes, let's hope we get complete freedom from all kinds of internal tyranny.

    Have a great week.
    Shail
     
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    ShailRaghuvansh Silver IL'ite

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    Srama Finest Post Winner

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    Lovely writing Shail! We do need to remember this great man and bring him more into our lives. Thank you for reminding us!
     
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    ShailRaghuvansh Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Sabitha,

    Thanks for your lovely comment. I am glad that you too share the same feeling about Mahatma Gandhi. We need more people to feel so and get their priorities right. What do you say?
    Nice Day
    Shail
     
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    manjubashini IL Hall of Fame

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    . Proud salute for the sweet old man. nicely written shail.
     
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    Dear Shail,

    Good to see u back on snippets.

    Yes Gandhi was a great soul, who made the British leave this country, without a gun being lifted.Hats off to him.

    My only problem is like it happened yesterdayk, whiskey finished , went out to buy and the stores were closed.All due to Bapu eh ! HAHA

    Regards

    kamal
     
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    Beautiful piece about Bapu.I like the sentence..he taught the world and got our freedom by non violence.He is like our family member, Yes, very true.Wish someone of that calibre would save the country from corrupt politicians.
     
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    Dear shail,
    So happy to see you here with a wonderful post bringing to our memory a great soul.
    Gandhi is, to my mind, the gold standard of 20th-century political greatness. He produced tremendous effects, overwhelmingly good, and he achieved them not by luck, force or guile but virtuously, by persuasion and example. Martin Luther King is perhaps his peer in these respects, but the scale of Gandhi’s accomplishment was much greater.Mahatma had a remarkable capacity for compromise, and even for nimble rationalization. But he was morally serious, a genuine “great soul,” and thus lacked the true politician’s talent for convenient self-deception. My sincere prayer is that he should not be born now, because our corrupted politicians would make this "Great soul" into nothing.
    with love
    pad
     
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