I have been reading about Gandhi Ji, Father of the Nation in the past few days.
Gandhi Ji is known to most as Mahatma, the apostle of peace. I don’t have any doubt in him being so. He was the person who took freedom movement to masses. He succeeded in doing something that none other could do. I guess in the same process while preaching for ahinsa he gained the status of Mahatma.
Most people also believe that he was the person who got freedom for us. This is something my mind is not ready to accept. A Mahatma got us freedom from the barbaric British with his charm of Non-Violence. Do you really believe that! In my view non-violence could only prolong the British Rule in India. Trust me, if I had been a British General, I would love Mr. Gandhi for his non-violence as he could never be a threat to me. I would have called him for conferences and meetings through out the world, just to assure him that I am indeed looking forward to accept his demands. I would have been the happiest person if the whole country followed his foot steps and accepted his theory of non-violence.
There was this other group of people who wanted to throw British out of India by any means. They were called krantikari. I have great respect to them, but its hard to believe that a small group of armed people could have thrown British out of India either. May be the krantikaries couldn’t make it as big as they wanted. The major reason would have been the lack of mass support; which was with Gandhi Ji. None the less, I salute their dedication, efforts and their sacrifice for Independence.
If there was really a power that could get us freedom, I sincerely believe it to be Azad Hind Fauj. Only an army could have thrown British out of our nation. But they had great challenges in the form of resources for the war. They had a great beginning while entering the country from Manipur. But the fall of Axis Powers (Japan, Germany and Italy) in world War–II was a great set-back for them. They couldn’t arrange for resources after that.
Who were the people behind India’s Independence? It is my firm belief that the Indians didn’t get the freedom as a result of their own efforts. It may be a disdain, but sachhai kadwi hoti hae. India’s freedom was a byproduct of Second World War. The nations involved in the war had exhausted all their power and money. England was also in a crisis. They had already sucked everything out of India and there was nothing more left for them. India was a non-profitable venture for them. Leaving India was a business decision on their part.
Ultimately we got independence in 1947. Congress and Mr. Gandhi had done enough ground work so that they could take over the governance from British when they left. Congress was in power and as we all know that history is written by those in power. Mr. Gandhi was declared Father of the Nation and Congress took all the credit for India’s Independence. Till today Congress is reaping the benefit of Mr. Gandhi’s name, his principles, and his charisma (which was created by Congress while distorting the history). Now I know that the hunger for power is nothing new for politicians. It exists since Independence.
In the end I just want to mention this funny joke that the Congress has put in the history books, the Hey Ram stuff. If I could go back in history, I would go to the instance of Mr. Gandhi’s assassination and hold my ears next to his mouth just to listen to his last words. How can he believe in Ram! I have read Ramayan and trust me Ram didn’t use non-violence to get his wife back from Ravan. He was just another misguided youth like Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Netaji and many others who took to violence. But if the stuff was cooked up, their must have been a need for doing so. I don’t want to dig into those needs. Still if someone believes in this Hey Ram stuff, it is up to them. Moreover I wonder how much of our history is cooked by people for their own benefit. And I feel sorry for those who blindly believe such stories and get fooled.
Anyway, Mr. Gandhi is our Father of the Nation and Congress is the party who got us Independence, and I have great respect for both. Jai Ho!!!