I have grown up watching Gandhi on every 2nd October. It is Gandhi Jayanti. It has been a ritual for most part of my childhood and adolescent life.
The flag hoisting, the samosas, the family lunch, the afternoon movie became part of my identity. I wasn’t forced to accept Bapu as the father of my nation. I was educated. I was the given the opportunity to read, watch, assimilate what one man had done for himself, his community and his nation. I have heard people belittle his efforts. I have watched a single man be blamed for all the evil that exists in my country today. His principles have been distorted beyond belief.
I haven’t been to school in a long time. I wonder if they still do plays on Gandhi. Do children still sing Raghupati Raghav Raja Raam. Do they have any idea how far this nation has come. Do they realise that what some people did a few decades ago was what they thoght was the best thing to do. Are today’s children taught to tolerate another person’s choices. Is today’s youth encouraged to move on from yesterday and make better choices today as their forefathers have left them with that freedom. Does today’s youth feel gratitude for being born in a free country. Do they ever look back and thank all those that fought for this great nation’s independent identity? Do they ever feel the need to?
Gandhi has not been telecast on any major channel all of today. There are how ever movies such as Rang de Basanti, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Sarfarosh and the likes being telecast. Doesn’t matter what the medium or which film. If deep down we can say a little prayer for all those that thought beyond themselves, for a country they decided was their own. If each one of us can resolve to feel a sense of pride for one’s nation which ever one that may be, and stand by their country for the good or the bad I think Gandhi has reached us all.