Remembering Gandhiji on this day, 30 January 2013.
by Elizabeth Menon

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Remembering Gandhiji on this day, 30 January 2013.

'Father of our Nation', Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 'Our Gandhiji' was assassinated 65 years ago on 30th January 1948, by Naturam Godsey, leaving the Nation in darkness! I pray for Gandhiji's soul and hope that his spirit will bring back the light we have lost!
Gandhiji and Nehru had a dream -- a prosperous and united India -- the proud nation is still trying to reach that goal! In spite of modernism, we still believe in religion, integrity and family values, and One hopes that the 'Vibrant dream' will be fulfilled soon. To achieve this dream, One must remember here that the nation needs its people to work very hard forgetting all their differences. 

The new generation has to work towards achieving a better quality of life -- abolishing corruption at all levels and better judgement at choosing the political leaders, provision of good water supply and sanitation, awareness of One's civic duties by stopping 'Harthals', strikes and ‘Sit-ins’ that stop the country's progress, better care for our elders and learning to love and respect others, especially women and children in our homes and on our streets -- yes, we have a long way to go! Unless we overcome the fear of those whose faith is different from our own, we cannot build a free, just, and caring nation -- we need to do it individually and collectively without waiting for our government to take the lead. Let's take a pledge for that on this day, when we mourn our Gandhiji, 'Father of our Nation', who sacrificed his life for us!

© E Menon



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