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.