Thursday, October 2, 2008

About Critics and Criticism….

Today Oct 02, a national holiday, each one of us is very happy atleast for the holiday we are getting in the name Gandhi Jayanti. I too very relaxed woke up at 9:30 , sipping coffee and sitting in front of my laptop , thinking of the significance of this day for us with my sleepy eyes.

Actually it’s a thought which visits me every year. I still remember good old school days when I first heard about Mr Gandhi, I was amazed by the description given in NCERT books of the father of the nation. I wondered how one person can lead such a great movement for independence, without any selfish motives, so selfless. His patience and persistence were always the quality I thought will make any one a complete man. All of this adulation was contested as I started getting information from my friends and teachers which was in stark contrast with the information I earlier absorbed. I started interacting about it with other people who I thought could bring more clarity on the topic, but there was no consensus on the controversies attached with Mr Gandhi. It was an unending debate and a disappointment for that child who was seeing a hero in Gandhi Ji.

All those ugly thoughts didn’t lasted for long time and I still think even if all these controversies associated with him are true which I believe are not, He is still a Hero, a forcing personality, a person who contributed greatly to the cause of the nation . How can we forget that we all are vulnerable to do mistakes in life? Everyone is criticized on the unintended mistakes one commits, it’s the way society works. Nowdays even people who buy cell phones from grey market, who have done nothing for the nation are very comfortable in blaming Gandhi Ji for the past events. I think if something happens for good no body praises it but if it doesn’t pays off we all start the criticism. It’s like if Sehwag swings hit mighty bat to hit a six and gets caught on the boundary line no body sympathizes with him. They will surely criticize him for the reckless batting.

In this era of terror and violence I think the principles of Mahatma can do wonders to improve the condition of the society. I may not be a pure ‘Gandhi Waadi’ but I still believe that Gandhigiri is a very effective way of fighting without tears and bloodshed.

10 comments:

Dandy said...

Yaar I agree with you. Gandhian principals have become more important in today's world when uncertainty, strife and violence is at the peak. Evil begets only evil and so the solution is the path of non-violence, peace and love.
And till date I dont admire any political face other than Gandhi, I have failed to comprehend what makes Gandhi wrong.
And yes once again, when Swami Vivekanand was criticized by a man, he turned back and asked him "Have I done any good for you, that you are uttering such beautiful invectives about me".

Good thoughts..Keep writing !!!

Ankit said...

Good to know that there are people who still believe in Gandhian Philosophy .

Rohit said...

Ankit, I appreciate your write-up on Gandhi. I agree when you say that the good is forgotten and the bad remains.So true and sad of human psychology. Our generation doesn't realise the significance of his achievements as we haven't seen slavery ourselves. We should ask our grand parents and see how many talk bad about Gandhi?

A note to all the Gandhi bashers-
He is the Father of the Nation. Any disrespect shown towards him is a disrespect towards India. His stature is above the realms of debate.

Ankit said...

Thanks Rohit for such sincere thoughts !

Shibu said...

Hi Ankit, I drfited to this post after reading your post on Warren Buffet's investing style.

Very nice. Incidentally, the latest theory on leadership is called transformational leadership. The Mahatma is the best example of a transformational leader!!

Keep writing!!

Ankit said...

Thanks alot Shibu , I was not aware about the transformational leadership , thanks for sharing it .

lokendra said...

Hi, I came across this blog today, and read it about 2 hours, and now I came across with this blog....
Well dear I know you personally, and its very good to hear that Gandhiji is still alive in our society, because there is a flow, means just to be something different we(specially youth) are against gandhiji, but I want to tell all those two most important examples, two Heroic Icon of youths are Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose, they clearly understand and meant that Gandhiji is like fatherfigure for that, Bhagat Singh stopped others and told form jail Do Mahatmaji wahtever they want to do, and Mr. Bose, was aligned himself in Do or Die movement, So why dont we people understand a simple thing when they people respect Gandhiji a lot, how can we disresspect him...
He is such a great politician, great person of his ideology and beliefs, and more importantly a GREAT HUMAN BEING...

Ankit said...

Thanks alot bhaiya for your time and appreciation .

sunilspeaks said...

Nice post....good summation of thoughts

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