NO ONE CAN OWN THE MAHATMA, GREATS LIKE HIM ARE FOR THE UNIVERSAL HUMANITY

There is a heightened competition on to own the Mahatma, the brand ‘Gandhi’.

There is one group, having a huge resurgence in Indian politics taking the centrestage of governance and heading the first majority government in the country in 30 years, that is looking to make the crux of a phase of Indian history contemporary, by bypassing the period of the Indian political history when the ‘Gandhi’ word also came to be associated with the first political family of India. The resurgent group wants to take away the ‘Gandhi’ word from this political legacy, in order to own it, or in order to make it the central tool of its political packaging.

The other group that has traditionally claimed to own ‘Gandhi’ is not going to let it be so. This group that claims to own the ‘Gandhi’ surname in the name of the ideological commitment to the Gandhian thoughts failed to follow the path laid by the Mahatma.

Likewise, even the resurgent group cannot claim to follow the path of the Mahatma.

But, both main political groups, Bhartiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress, have locked horns in owning the word ‘Gandhi’, in claiming the brand ‘Gandhi ‘associated with the Mahatma.

It was again on full display today, October 2, the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, the day that is also the birth anniversary of another great Indian, freedom fighter, Gandhian and former prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri.

But no one can own them. The rush to own the icons like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi or Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is futile. They are of humanity. Their ideals, their values speak to the humanity. They speak for the humanity.

Great Indian icons like the Swami and the Mahatma are now the universal icons. India, the world over, is recognized by their names.

Many who don’t know much about India know much more about the Mahatma. It can be said beyond doubt that no Indian can do what a British, Sir Richard Attenborough, did with his ‘Gandhi’ in 1982, and what an English actor did by assimilating the Mahatma so deeply that it is beyond imagination to think even if there can be anyone else to play the Mahatma on screen than Sir Ben Kingsley.

Attenborough’s Gandhi is still and will remain the first introduction to the teachings and the life of the Mahatma for many Indians as well as the people and generations the world over. Unfortunately, the master storyteller, Sir Attenborough, is no more with us. This is the first year of watching ‘Gandhi’ when he is not with the humanity.

No political party or ideology can own the Mahatma. He is a universal brand, a brand that speaks for the greatest contemporary political visionary. A universal brand that is becoming more and more relevant for the world populations with increasing threats of terrorism and extremism.

Thankfully, there is no rush to claim Lal Bahadur Shastri so far, though being known as the hero of the India-Pakistan was of 1965 that India won during his terms as the prime minister. That makes him a potential choice. Yes, like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he was also a Congress member. But he was first a Gandhian and then a Nehruvian socialist. Also, his humble background, his contribution to the Indian freedom struggle and a simple life (instalments of his car were still due when he died while still in office) place him above the party politics for most of the Indians. His slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kisan (Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer) still reverberates in Indian psyche.

He was one of the few great pre-Independence Indians who remained the same person even after two decades of experiencing being in power in country’s most powerful power citadels. Let’s see when he comes on the radar.

Yes, but it is always good and beneficial for the social structures when political outfits try to align them with the Mahatma or other Greats, for doing so would require following the Gandhian thoughts and the Gandhian path, if the intent is honest.

And humanity is at the core of the Gandhian thoughts.

Tribute to the greats on their birth anniversaries.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

SPOT FILTH! LOCATE GARBAGE! WHERE IS LITTER? THOSE WHO FAILED TO MAKE A MARK

(..by the photographs..)

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Delhi, like any other Indian city, is no free of filth. Yes, being the National Capital of India, it has some very nice, clean patches like the Lutyens’ Delhi or the posh localities of its different city districts. But except few of the places, the measures are cosmetic one can find on digging more. Main roads are clean in many areas but take a little detour to lanes and arterial roads and one can see the pathetic condition.

West Delhi, East Delhi and North Delhi are full of such spots. And one can find such spots even in the Lutyens’ Delhi, in Connaught Place, in poshest of Central Delhi and South Delhi localities, in isolated spots of Ministries, in frequented areas of many of its buildings housing the institutions and the bureaucrats. And for the whole country, don’t ask, such spots have prime visibility and a nauseating presence.

So, a good intent to clean India of filth could have easily found more than enough of spots in Delhi, or for that matter, in different parts of the country as the campaign was launched nationally.

But, here about Delhi, as Delhi was championing the cause.

But except few, all others looked to take it lightly, like they have been doing it, diluting and compromising the essence of the intent.

And that too, when it was to be launched on October 2, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his message on cleanliness and a photograph where he looks deeply engaged in cleaning garbage.

And that too, when it was spoken of emphatically by a strong Prime Minister who came out this morning, proved seriousness of his intent yet again, and tried to convey it to his ministers, but it went in vain.

The photographs of a serious initiative that was treated as yet another photo-op by most of the political functionaries are self explanatory. Nothing more to write about them.

It is sad and unfortunate (but expected) that who could make a mark are very few (of the high profile names the photographs of whom could be located online), ministers who are supposed to set the bar high, to set examples for others to follow, to bring the change, to sustain it in the long term to bring the quality change, folks from the political lot, but they have failed mostly, even this time.

So, here is the benchmark: The Mahatma

Bapu Cleaning Twitter photo

There are very few who can claim to be honest and serious on keeping the promise of the day. All others failed on what the Mahatma look to symbolize and convey from his photograph above.

Here they are who wasted yet another opportunity. They just passed the day, ignoring the message of the intent while focusing on false symbolism. There looked a rush to pose with brooms and upload them on social media platforms.

But by the very elements of their profile photographs put a big question mark on ‘how serious they were’.

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SPOT FILTH! LOCATE GARBAGE! WHERE IS LITTER? THOSE WHO FAILED TO MAKE A MARK

**(The photographs in the this write-up have been sourced from the Internet – from Press Information Bureau, from Twitter handles, from different media reports and from different websites).

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

SPOT FILTH! LOCATE GARBAGE! WHERE IS LITTER? THOSE WHO MADE A MARK

(..by the photographs..)

Delhi, like any other Indian city, is no free of filth. Yes, being the National Capital of India, it has some very nice, clean patches like the Lutyens’ Delhi or the posh localities of its different city districts. But except few of the places, the measures are cosmetic one can find on digging more. Main roads are clean in many areas but take a little detour to lanes and arterial roads and one can see the pathetic condition.

West Delhi, East Delhi and North Delhi are full of such spots. And one can find such spots even in the Lutyens’ Delhi, in Connaught Place, in poshest of Central Delhi and South Delhi localities, in isolated spots of Ministries, in frequented areas of many of its buildings housing the institutions and the bureaucrats. And for the whole country, don’t ask, such spots have prime visibility and a nauseating presence.

So, a good intent to clean India of filth could have easily found more than enough of spots in Delhi, or for that matter, in different parts of the country as the campaign was launched nationally.

But, here about Delhi, as Delhi was championing the cause.

But except few, all others looked to take it lightly, like they have been doing it, diluting and compromising the essence of the intent.

And that too, when it was to be launched on October 2, the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, with his message on cleanliness and a photograph where he looks deeply engaged in cleaning garbage.

And that too, when it was spoken of emphatically by a strong Prime Minister who came out this morning, proved seriousness of his intent yet again, and tried to convey it to his ministers, but it went in vain.

The photographs of a serious initiative that was treated as yet another photo-op by most of the political functionaries are self explanatory. Nothing more to write about them.

It is sad and unfortunate (but expected) that who could make a mark are very few (of the high profile names the photographs of whom could be located online), ministers who are supposed to set the bar high, to set examples for others to follow, to bring the change, to sustain it in the long term to bring the quality change, folks from the political lot, but they have failed mostly, even this time.

So, here is the benchmark: The Mahatma

Bapu Cleaning Twitter photo

And here are they, who can say they were serious and tried to emulate Bapu’s ways.

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