It’s been over 62 years we are living with out you. We miss you a lot. But the path you have set for us will be remembered, in the hearts of millions of people around the world, for the generations to come.
I still remember me asking my dad “Who is Gandhi thatha?”. I think I was 4 years old at that time. (thatha means grand pa in Telugu)
The answer I got from my dad was “Gandhi Thata means Truth. Ahimsa is called Gandhi. I am your father. Similarly, Gandhi Thatha is the father of India. He is the father to me, mom, sis, your friends, your teachers and all of us. He brought freedom to our country”
The answer is the one of the best answers I got for the question “Who is Gandhi?”
Recently, I was chatting with my friend in g-talk. We were talking on everything under the sun and I asked him “Who is Gandhi thatha?”
This is what opinion he has on Gandhi and I was really…really disappointed on hearing it and that too from an Indian.
“Gandhi is shit I say. The silence of good men is more dangerous than the brutality of bad men but silence should be in an identified way. Well what I can say is silence has delayed the Indian independence because of Satyam and Ahimsha. We really need people like Bhagath Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru, Iqbal, Ismail and others. But not the system of what Gandhiji has brought to us like corruption, laziness, black money, irresponsible government employees.”
I said to him seriously “Don’t talk rubbish. Read his auto biography or at least read what other people wrote on Gandhi”.
To which, he replied “Hmm…Well then you need to read the autobiography of Nautharem Godse. I don’t like Gandhi. You know how many people got killed because of Gandhi. He released around 8 lakh people from jail….but he couldn’t do it for Bhagath Singh gang. Whatever might be the situation when half of the India is for Bhagath Singh he should have released him. Moreover if ahimsa is correct, why do we make nuclear weapons? Why do we waste money? Why Kargil war? Why not use Gandhain way of ahimsa and defeat Pakistan? Gandhiji is a waste fellow.”
I was really disappointed by the answers he gave him. I immediately closed the chat.
What a pathetic situation? When the world is praising Gandhi, we are just making him the cause of all the evils in the society we see today. When other countries are trying to follow the path he showed to the world, we are just going the other way, just creating chaos by violence. When will we change?
You may have a no good opinion on Gandhi. May be, it’s due to the people who made you understand who was Gandhi. It may be due to the lack of proper knowledge on our Indian Independence and its history. Whatever might be the reason, please…please don’t ever talk or show case Gandhi as a bad man. I am not asking you to praise Gandhi. I am just asking you to respect the old man at least for his age, let alone what he has done to our country and to us.
Gandhi thatha, I miss you today, tomorrow and the days to come. But I swear I would never ever miss the inspiration you gave to us, the path you showed us. We miss you Gandhi thatha. We miss you a lot.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi.
Lots of love…
P.S. Jan 30 1948 , the day Gandhiji left us.I hate Jan 30. I hate him for dying and leaving us alone at the feet of freedom of India. I hate you Gandhi..I hate you for leaving us :(