there is a lot of noise, clatter and useless chatter when it comes to taking a look back at the indian politics in the year 2011. certainly 2011 was not a favorable year, personally or politically.
i have been witnessing this ever since i was exposed to the audio visual media. i have seen politicians come twice, thrice and even more times every year to pay their share of homage to the man who changed the lives of his fellow countrymen.
while Mahatma was brutally killed a long time ago his name still resonates in the ears of all and sundry in the nation and the world. But his name now has become a versatile object that can be used by anyone to insult his extended family, to be used by other politicians and the ‘so-proclaimed’ social activists to show that they are the followers of Gandhian ideals and by various other people to get acknowledgment in their social circles.
The name Gandhi continues to haunt each and everyone who aspires to be accepted socially. while the Indian National Congress boasts of a rich historical background and the name of Gandhi associated with their party, other political leaders show up time and again telling about their personal links with Gandhiji or how they were inspired by the story of ‘Swarajya’ and ‘Ahimsa’.
in school, in college, at work…. everywhere i was able to find renowned people. all of them, while getting rewarded for their exceptional service to the society and while listening to the praises bestowed upon them by someone holding the mike, while smiling and looking at the audience with pride, while condemning some and praising a few… were presented as Gandhians.
There is no denying that in this country no name can be bigger than GANDHI. no ideology can be larger that GANDHIAN THOUGHTS and no social movement will be complete without announcing how the GANDHIAN METHODS are being followed by their leaders in order to achieve their means.
Will we ever let Gandhi’s soul rest in peace. I must not say that i am a follower of Gandhiji because i am not yet fully aware of his life and works and the whole of his ideology. But there is certainly one thing that any layman would associate with Mahatma Gandhi- AHIMSA.
yes, when we talk about Gandhi we talk about non violence, peace and compassion. we talk about friends and not foes, we talk about development and not wars. then why do i find people constantly using his name to fulfill their own means? why do i find people in white Kurta-pajama and gandhi topi, going to rajghat, paying homage to gandhi, meditating in front of his samadhi and going out to indulge in verbal violence?
They tell me i am too young, too immature, too small to talk about gandhian ideals, i am told that i will never understand what Gandhi stands for.
I do not know if i am wrong or right. i have never seen Mahatma Gandhi, never met him and was never a part of his movement. but if i try to go by the words that i read while i was small, if i go by all that i have heard about this great personality and then take the followers of Gandhi as the followers of Gandhian ideals, i only contribute to a great deal of confusion. this question is too vexed to be answered…
ARE THE FOLLOWERS OF GANDHI ALSO THE FOLLOWERS OF GANDHIAN IDEALS?
DOES WEARING WHITE CLOTHES AND GANDHI TOPI ALONE MAKES YOU A GANDHIAN?
THE SMALL TEACHINGS OF THE MAHATMA LIKE NEVER LYING, NEVER BACKING DOWN, NEVER GIVING UP, ALWAYS SPEAKING THE TRUTH AND NEVER EVER DOING ANYTHING THAT GOES AGAINST THE NATION…. DO THEY STILL EXIST IN HIS FOLLOWERS?
“i want to be called a GANDHIAN as well. i know it will help me in becoming something great in the society. no matter if i can myself inherit his views through his books i read, i am good at eloquence and i can sweep the crowd of their feet.”
is that all it takes???
GANDHIJI…. may your soul rest in peace……..