Muse n' Motivation

The Thinking Blog!

The Grandfather I Never Had!

He died today, uttering the Lord’s name. An Indian shot by another Indian. I stand corrected. A great old gem of an Indian shot by a man, an Indian misled by his unjust beliefs. Okay. The man must have had his problems but, even after so many years, I still mourn the loss of the man who moved about in his loin cloth and stick, unmindful of rain or sun, summer or winter and led an imprisoned nation to freedom. Right from under the noses of the country who thought itself the most powerful regime in the world. But then, a loss is a loss. And nobody can ever compensate it.

I know I talk as if I have lost a family member. And why not? For a person who is responsible for my freedom of thought, speech and action? Why not for a person who taught the whole world the simple principle of non-violence? Why not for a person who sacrificed his family and life to give the future generations the freedom and liberty that he and the people during his time longed to have for years?

He has gone, leaving behind a nation losing its identity amidst the plethora of software, warfare, politics, plays about his unhappy sons and ‘monkey’ games. He leaves behind a legacy that is all but lost except for maybe, those little flames burning in some hearts out there apart from some Munnabhai movies that try hard to bring him back to life. Gosh! If only that were possible! If only that could happen I could introduce my little son to him and proudly show off my grandfather, the Father of Our Nation who was such a sweet little old man. He would have charmed my son, I am sure, having done that to the whole world once, way back in history.

Oh! Bapu. I was not there then. I regret it. Or maybe, I was there in the big crowd that walked after you to pick up that grain of salt to freedom. Maybe, you had looked at me then and smiled your beautiful smile. Today, as I observe those few moments of silence like everybody else, I call out for you to come again and save your country and give this girl the grandfather she always wanted but never got.

He Ram!

Advertisements

32 Comments

  1. Geetashree Chatterjee

    Outstanding writing. Extraordinary petition brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely brilliant.

  2. I watched the second part of a documentary on Ghandi’s life this week. What an inspiring man.

  3. Dear Shailji,a very moving tribute to the Father of our nation.His role,his philosophy,his ideology etc are all beautifully summed up in the lyrics of this old but very famous song from “Jagriti” (1954).I love it!

    Thanks for this motivational and emotionally charged posting.

    J S BROCA

  4. D.selvaraj

    Thanks for ur remembering on him.S every body is waiting for another Mahatma.Great thought.Good

  5. I remember him, Shail. I never saw him, but the whole world felt his influence. He was an inspiration and a lesson to us all.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. yes, very inspiring man.
    wonderful write up, Shail
    thank you

  7. Bhargavi

    Shail, as you had mentioned in the last para, we might be up there at that time of our grandpa, why not! My kids would readily accept him as their great grandpa…what a person and what a personality he had!
    I still wonder him as a person and also as a Mahatma!
    Hey Ram!

  8. Geetashree Chatterjee :
    Outstanding writing. Extraordinary petition brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely brilliant.

    Dear Geeta,
    Thanks for the appreciation. I honestly feel so……

  9. sue j :
    I watched the second part of a documentary on Ghandi’s life this week. What an inspiring man.

    Hi Sue,

    So nice of you to visit. Yes, the man is really extraordinary. I use the word ‘is’ because he still lives in our faith in the non violent belief of goodness in humanity.

  10. D.selvaraj :
    Thanks for ur remembering on him.S every body is waiting for another Mahatma.Great thought.Good

    Hello Mr. Selvaraj,

    Yes, we all are waiting for a person like him. Maybe, there are some Mahatmas doing their work silently.
    Thank you for visiting.

  11. Kay Davies :
    I remember him, Shail. I never saw him, but the whole world felt his influence. He was an inspiration and a lesson to us all.
    – K
    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    Hi Kay,

    Nice of you to drop in and find this post fitting enough to say a line or two about the Mahatma.

    Thanks.

  12. hope :
    yes, very inspiring man.
    wonderful write up, Shail
    thank you

    Dear Hope,

    Nice of you to visit and express your view and appreciation.
    Thanks.

  13. Bhargavi :
    Shail, as you had mentioned in the last para, we might be up there at that time of our grandpa, why not! My kids would readily accept him as their great grandpa…what a person and what a personality he had!
    I still wonder him as a person and also as a Mahatma!
    Hey Ram!

    Dear Bhargavi,

    Yes, we owe our freedom to him although there are people who do not feel the same. His contribution to the history of India and of the world is tremendous. I just hope and pray that the present and coming generations realize the value…

  14. J S Broca :

    Dear Shailji,a very moving tribute to the Father of our nation.His role,his philosophy,his ideology etc are all beautifully summed up in the lyrics of this old but very famous song from “Jagriti” (1954).I love it!

    Thanks for this motivational and emotionally charged posting.

    J S BROCA

    Dear Jitoo,

    So nice you liked my post. Thanks for the appreciation.

  15. Nadi Palshikar

    beautiful…
    personal…

  16. Dear Nadi,

    Thanks. Nice you loved the post.

  17. Beyniaz Edulji

    Hey nice 1.

  18. Dear Beyni,

    Thanks. A small post but one from the heart…

  19. sridhar

    Great blog, Shail. How could you do that with such simple words? Every word in the blog is working overtime to carry the feelings you have for Bapu. Only recently I have started reading a classic book, Inraiya Gandhi, Today’s Gandhi written by one of the finest writers in Tamil, Jeyamohan. That’s 500 plus page book on the relevance of Mahatma to the present times and it seeks to remove some of the doubts we seem to have developed of late, about his qualities.
    Two kinds of shooting happened. One on 30th Jan, 1948 where a Mahatma was killed. And another in 1982 when he was brought alive by Richard Attenborough.
    There could not be a better tribute to the Mahathma.

  20. Mr. Gandhi was a great person.

    The write up is fantastic.

    I will like to express as follows.

    It is wrong to think that Mr. Godse killed him. Nobody can kill a person.

    He is very much alive through his words.

    He was sidelined during his life only/ did not accept the executive powers. This can be thought as greatness of the person, but can be criticized as escapism.

    Sidelining him is as good as killing him.

    If we are not following whatever is currently relevant in his ideas, everybody of us is killing him daily in bits.

    Hence let us understand the answers to the problems faced by him and nation in his time, research the current relevance and make him live for ever.

    Let us be; as he wanted us to be.

  21. Well, I must have been 11 years old when Bapu died. Believe me, even we, the children felt the bereavement personally just as the later generations must have felt about Kennedy’s death, the fall of the trade centre in NY. It was the same numbing feeling as if the loss happened in one’s own family.

  22. A touching tribute worthy of a man as great as our Bapu. Powerful yet touching write Shail.

  23. Indrani Talukdar

    A lovely tribute to a great soul. Thanks Shail.

  24. Sujata

    Dear Shail,
    Was very touching. If Gandhiji is living on in a young heart like your’s, then there is every hope that there is no possibility of him of ever dying.
    “He has gone, leaving behind a nation losing its identity amidst the plethora of software, warfare, politics, plays about his unhappy sons and ’monkey’ games. He leaves behind a legacy that is all but lost”…This is so true and well written. Even today I received a forward blemishing all of our nation’s cherished leaders of yore, all just in time for the on coming elections perhaps? Humans will go to any length for their own selfishness I guess.
    Even if our country is busy playing this blame game, the world at large will not let an icon like Mahatma fade away. It had to be an Attenborough to bring the great man on celluloid. But then with moms like you around, we may yet see a Gandhi movie all of our own created by the young ones to come?!

  25. Loved it Shail!
    Made us feel as if we are there in the crowd too.

  26. Jay

    He was the greatest ever! Loved it! Thanks 🙂

  27. Brilliant tribute….hope the new generation understands the emotions behind the post….We have forgotten the customary two minute silence that we used to observe in school on the 30th…sad.It was just another day for most.

  28. Such a refreshing essay. And so personal, too.

    I get very perturbed these days about how it has become almost fashionable to ‘Gandhi-bash’. People use their 21st century sensibilities to judge a man who was born in the 1800s.

    I wrote a fiction piece yesterday with January 30th as the backdrop to the story…do read when you get a moment. It is relevant to what you have written so I think you might like it.

    http://reekycoleslaw.com/?p=865

  29. A noble feeling about the father of the nation is worth noting! Due to him only we have got premature freedom that is being made a farce by our politicians ever! All developments are going on on snail’s pace! Still sanitation, drinking water, river water for irrigation and agro-industries are not provided to our hungry people neglecting village development after his demise on this day in 1948! His nonviolence policy too is in doldrums now! Peace has become a matter of dream due to increasing terrorism looming large everywhere!

  30. sreelata menon

    Lovely piece Shail-a lovely angle!
    Does anyone know how his real children/grandchildren actually felt about him and yes about what happened to him- I wonder

  31. Jen Walls

    Uplifting the hearts of many in India and across the globe “…this little gem of an old Indian” will be forever be glowing in us to help lift us up out of silence for finding improvement for the future generations. Loved this poem so very much…We all do so need such a fine spiritual grandfather to look after and have looking after all of us! Thanks so much for an excellent and moving write! 🙂

Trackbacks

  1. For the Gentleman Who Laid Down His Life For Us…. « Muse n' Motivation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s