Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Celebrating Gandhi

"I shall work for an India in which the poorest shall feel that it is
their country, in whose making they have an effective voice, an India
in which there shall be no high class and low class of people; an India
in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony. There can be no
room in such an India for the curse of untouchability, or the curse of
intoxicating drinks and drugs. Women will enjoy the same rights as men.
We shall be at peace with all the rest of the world. This is the India
of my dreams"

This is the Gandhian Pledge that the Prime Minister of India took on Oct. Sixty years after Independence and we are still pledging. Take a look at his dreams. We have got started on, forget about achieving, NONE of them. Why kid ourselves when we care the least about what he said?

We have to be honest to accept that

1. we know very less about Gandhian ideals and hence lose the right to fallaciously admire him or judge him
2. even a great man like Gandhi cannot be correct in *all* his ideals and *all* his ideals need not apply transcending time.

So, if we are interested in celebrating his birthday, we have to read about him. Read about his ideals at least to the point that we find at least one of his ideals that we disagree with. And we find at least one of his ideals which we feel will not be applicable to the present day.

Now that would be an honest celebration of his greatness on his birthday. At least better than the false idol worship we indulge in. What do you say?

1 comment:

Sandeep said...

Badhri, I started reading your blogs with lot of expectations and you do meet'em. Keep it up dude!