Friday, February 20, 2009

Gandhigiri or Gandhi's Chapal???

What is this hue and cry about Gandhian artifacts?
It seems they have become more important then the Gandhian ideologies, which he followed first, preached then and finally died for!!!

I could very vividly recount from the film "Lage Raho Munna-Bhia" where the Gandhian character potrayed by Dilip Prabhavalkar says that let all his status be felled, let all his photo-frames be removed from walls, let his name be erased from all buildings, roads... If we want to keep him somewhere then keep him in our HEART.

And here what are we doing: creating controversies out of things which even Gandhi would have hardly cared about.

I strongly feel that we should stop showing this hypocritical "LOVE" for Gandhi by caring so much for his chapals, observing dry day on 2nd October and, above all, calling him Bapu, THE FATHER OF NATION. More that respecting him by doing so, I feel from the inner core of my heart, we are INSULTING him. We, like a sincere-disobedient child, are going far-far away on those tracks, which in all his earnest he would have abhorred.

Has Gandhi's glasses, chapals become more important than his GANDHIGIRI? A question we all need to ask ourselves.