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Gandhi In India

Once on my way to New Delhi, I asked a farmer, what he thinks about the great leaders of India, like Gandhi? What have they given to nation? He replied, “ HOLIDAYS”

This seems to be an honest answer of a person who had been watching the different cycles of politics and social changes in India.

Today is the birthday of the great leader of India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, widely known as Mahatma Gandhi. Rajghat is going to be packed from sunrise to the sunset with the visitors across the nation. Widely known to merely unknown leaders would come to pay their homage to the great leader. Various program are getting organized each year on his birthday, Governmental and non governmental too. Giving a special scheme to other mundane activity, yes-mundane activities start on this day.

Yes I call them mundane because they do not seem to go anywhere. Could anyone recall what has happened to Indira Awas yojana (Indira house planning), which is one of them?

Gandhi is literally forgotten in India and how he has been forgotten is very interesting. In 61 years Gandhi and his life only  became a myth, only a myth, nothing more. And myths are okay to narrate a story but hard to bring in practice.

Sometime I really wonder if it has been done purposely or if it has just happened. Whatever is there but the myth only serves a purpose now which is holiday and picnics for common man.

Policies, which could have served a notion with Gandhian ideas, are not any more even interesting to talk about. Leaders do not give any attention to the ideals of this man to whom we call Father of nation. He must be one of the most unlucky father ever, whose children we; do not commit him more then having his name on our country and making him not less then a legend.

It is very easy to preach someone as legend and this is India’s specialty. As soon as someone seems to be a real mover and shaker, we made him or still making him as a legend. Then it is very easy to bypass him. Legends only stay in books and stories not in real life.

This is one of the cruelest joke with Gandhi, where a practical man was made a legend just after few years of his death. In his country, a man who practically did everything what he taught is now not more then a cliché of bookshelves. The idea of India which once came with Gandhi is dying each and every day but the legend is becoming bigger then ever.

Gandhi has no value if he is been not practiced in the policies of this nation. Gandhi is not a person only, he is an Idea and if the idea of Gandhi cannot be used, it is better for a nation to get rid of him. For me Gandhi is a thought, a philosophy more then a man. If Philosophy could be forgotten and if the idea could not be used what is the use of Gandhi? For me Gandhi could live only in our ideas, he could live only in our tendencies and the approach what we take to build this nation.