Gandhi Jayanti

It is Gandhi Jayanti today. Birthday of the 'Father of the Nation'. Man who played an instrumental role in getting freedom for India. Although there is a difference of opinion about that. A lot has been written about him. This post is not about that difference of opinion but about what he stood for - his principles - Truth and Non Violence. In this capitalistic and material world, in the daily grind of earning one's bread along with good amount of butter / cheese / mayo / veggies  and salt :-). Gandhi is an idea. An idea which gives strength to many a movement in the country, the latest one being Anna Hazare's movement. Its also an idea which is used as a shield ...to hide behind it...while doning the 'Gandhian' garb and simultaneously being active under the table!!! Truth and diplomacy go hand in hand. How much of the truth is important and how it should be dispensed, to whom it should told and in what measure. This ensures are acceptability to a large extent at our work place. We call it Diplomacy!!! This 'Diplomacy' helps us maintain our professional / personal relationships and maintain sanity at a lot of places. Non violence is another idea. Promoted - but hardly practised. Promoted by a lot of politicians but its practice leaves me in doubt. In the 'Land of the Mahatma', there have been many a riot and many an instance of violence...against innocent, against the women, children...I guess thats the way the rioteers earn their bread...

On another note, its a National Holiday. No official, Government or otherwise, are supposed to be open or working. The offices, banks, government - everyone shuts shop and enjoys the day off. And if clubbed with the weekend, becomes more enjoyable. One of the reasons, why I look forward to Gandhi Jayanti (yeah - kick me!!!)  This time the holiday is on a Sunday...Shucks!!!! Thats the reaction everyone gave at work - ek chutti ka nuksaan ho gaya!!!! Sadly enough, thats Gandhi Jayanti has become for the office goers!!!

Though its a Sunday and a Gandhi Jayanti, the maid is always on time. Does not realise its Gandhi Jayanti today. Does not bother. Gives a blank look and carries on with her work. Dusting, cleaning, washing... has her daily cup of tea and leaves... She is more excited about her Diwali bonus though :-). Because that is something which will make her Diwali brighter.

Us - we are enjoying our Sunday. Watching Singham on TV. Not aware of any 'Gandhi' movie on TV. Plus might go for a Garba night since its Navratri or an evening at a nearby mall and good amount of shopping will be good enough....

Sigh!!!! Happy Gandhi Jayanti!!!!

9 comments:

  1. Us - enjoying our sunday. very apt.
    but you have started your blog with Yesterday was gandhi jayanti? btw, i have also written about truth and non violence, basically amplifying both.

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  2. Rightly said we all take it as just another day to suit our comforts and requirements.. Remembering him and his contribution , respecting him is what we can actually do and pass the message.. keep it going.. Happy birthday Bapu

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  3. @purvesh: Oops....I had decided to post that on tomorrow.... but posted today instead...:-P ...will correct it right away!!!! hehehehe...

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  4. And I was working today tooo!!

    After reading Tanu and ur posts for today, both are asking about practicality of Gandhian principles int today's life.

    luks like we gotta keep up chatter on this topic..

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  5. Even if you do want to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, what do you reckon, one should do? It is a forced dry day, anyways! :-)
    I guess we just have to keep his ideas and principles in mind and thank him for all the herculean efforts he put to get us our precious freedom.Celebrating a single day, I feel is not going to do anything but once inculcated, his ideas are powerful.

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  6. @anita...yeah i guess, that dry day bit hits...dont know how instrumental is it in celebrating this day...Can only hope and wish that his principles are atleast followed at some level...just doesn't become a chapter in the history books!!!

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  7. Read your post late... A wonder movie... 'road to sangam' was airing on DD National... It had speechless performance by paresh rawal...

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  8. Thanks for dropping by Hardik...:-). Never heard of that movie plus it was on DD national...now if it was on one of the popular channels there would have been an impact!!!!

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  9. there was gandhi coming on TV on monday ;)

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