‘It’s nice to be important. But it’s more important to be nice.’
Picture a world where everyone was nice to each other. No ‘Yours’….No ‘Mine’…Only ‘Ours’. The thought itself is pleasantly empowering.
Universal Love is not a Utopian concept. Atleast not in the dictionary of Gandhi………and here’s my tribute to this wonderful man who walked on this planet and this great country and showed the world how universal love & brotherhood can take a whole nation out of the dark shackles of centuries’ old slavery.
I found my true hero in Gandhi when I watched the extremely adorable grand-fatherly like characterization of Gandhi in the latest Hindi flick ‘ Lagey Raho MunnaBhai’. There is an endearing quality about a person who believes in the power of goodness. Goodness does triumph….It’s no fairy-tale. And this belief calls for a lot of conviction and inner self-awareness. To stand rock-soild for the truth and stand up and take onus for your failings is real heroism.
Some of the social messages being dealt with in the story-line were simply put, Outstanding. Very subtely told under the garb of clever & inspiring comedy, I totally loved the scene where a young girl takes heed of Gandhi’s advice when it comes to the selection of her life-partner. It’s important to marry a person who treats the lowly with the same amount of respect he/she would give to a Mr.Azeem Premji or a Mr.Bill Gates.Again here, the same theme of being nice is emphasized. Gandhi couldn’t have presecribed a better sure-shot method of finding one’s Mr/Miss.Perfect. That’s why he is still ROCKIN….
Another scene which I totally identified with was the consequences of being a Manglik and its non-justification for being treated as an immediate out-cast. It brought forth in focus the outrageous degree of supersitions this country was dabbled in. Too many kaalams, muhurtums,kundlis, manglik, all kinds of chauts n vrats….In short too many rituals to make one’s already complicated life even more complex.It’s crazy how for some, every minute event in their life is dictated by muhurtams n vaasthus n kundalis n some ‘kalams’ all that . I wonder why do people here succumb themselves to such added complications in life.Phew! Hats off to the billions in our country – we should be the natural choice for the Nobel Prize for Patience, if ever they plan to include one such category.
It really surprises me when I hear many a proud parent talk about the success rate of Indian marriages and the logic behind it – Astrological Kundli matches……of Mangliks n Non-mangliks alike. Methinks, the only reason for the success rate in the yesteryears was the fact that women weren’t that empowered. They didn’t even have a say leave alone voice in choosing their own life-partner. There was no concept of a marriage between the equals. It was a marriage of the bread-winner and his dependent. Wonder if kundli matches and the step-motherly treatment given to Mangliks will save the rising trend of divorce rates in India? Gandhi stands for freedom from all such futile complexities.and that’s why he still rocks…
Another interesting discussion that unfolds from this whole issue is why do Indians bank on and attribute their success to an auspicious time n favorable planetary postion etc and strip themselves of being truly worthy and responsible for their own success..More on this in my next post…..
At this conclusionary juncture, I am reminded of Tagore’s verses from ‘Gitanjali’ which I think should be a litany for all :
‘Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake’