Remembrance Day of Gandhiji, Father of Our Nation!
by Elizabeth Menon

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Remembrance Day of Gandhiji, Father of Our Nation!

“Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

Patita Pavan SitaramSitaram,
Ishwar Allah Tero Nam,

Sabako Sanmati De Bhagawan

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

Patita Pavan Sitaram … ...”

Today, we mourn 'Father of our Nation', who was assassinated 68years ago! It was on 30 January that we lost the light of our Nation by a bullet from Nathuram Godsey and the whole country wept for the Nation's irreplaceable loss. Gandhiji stood for 'Nonviolence and Self -reliance' and he hoped that the Nation would follow! We like to think that we follow in his footsteps, but one hopes that we are wise enough to learn from the wisdom and the teaching he has left behind for the betterment of our Country!

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!

I pray for Gandhiji's soul in the hope that his spirit will bring back the light we have lost! Gandhiji and Nehru had a dream -- a prosperous and united India 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. We remember Gandhiji always, but more so today and it is only just, that we apologise to him for the corruption, the gang-rape, the violence on our streets, etc, which would be causing unrest for his soul, and promise 'Father of our Nation', a better tomorrow so that his soul can rest in Peace!

© E Menon



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