Mocking of the Mahatma!!!

02 Feb

For we believe in his ideals or not, he did what he was destined to do and we all know how well he managed to do it…for us!

He is revered by many and criticized by many others but then one cannot ignore the man and his deeds. He is saluted for providing us with an independent India as well as equally scorned for the much talked about partition!

Just wonder! 60 years have passed by, but then the Reserve Bank of India hasn’t found anyone else fit enough to replace the bespectacled smiling gentleman on our currency notes. Compare that with the multiple personalities you get to see on the American dollars!! 😀

Can you imagine an India without independence? Would we have enjoyed the same freedom that the constitution of India now grants us to? There are people who would contest this saying, “If not Gandhi, someone else would have done it!”! Of course, but then that ‘someone’ would have faced the same destiny as the Mahatma gets to face today. On a lighter note, even the crows don’t spare him!

I for one do not follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. I feel he is much above my reach. I cannot offer my other cheek, if someone slaps me! I might just slap back or simply walk away! I am not Gandhi. I cannot be Gandhi. But then I do have my own level of respect for him.

I have nothing against him, as I believe he did what he was destined to do – just like you and I are. He might have not done the right thing asking Sardar Patel to step aside just because the adamant Chacha (Nehru) wanted to become the first Prime minister of Independent India (Sardar Patel had a 24-1 victory, but Nehru had the British backing him up – Notorious Nehru, is worth a different post altogether!) but then this act of the Mahatma did save the just gained independence to say the least.

As my fellow blogger Vivek puts it best  – “Knowing a man and indulging in criticism is one thing…not knowing and doing the same is another.”! We would be fine if we did just that with all due respect to Mahatma Gandhi!!! 😀
No harm if you don’t like or worship him, but the least one can do is NOT MOCK the man who is revered as the Mahatma! And definitely NOT DO what is done in the pic below:

This post was my submission to the Martyr’s Day contest conducted on my corporate blogging platform! 🙂


Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Contests, Thoughts


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14 responses to “Mocking of the Mahatma!!!

  1. stunningsairam

    February 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Sree. great post. I totally resonate with Viveks and your thought…

    “Knowing a man and indulging in criticism is one thing…not knowing and doing the same is another.”

    These Dull-Dumb-Dirty People who have no idea, right or authority take up to criticizing others.

    Sitting in front of the TV and telling Sachin Tendulkar to play a different shot when you have a Shoib Akhtar or Brett Lee bowling to you at 150+ kmph. These folks by the time they lift the bat, the bowler would have gone up the run-up to deliver the next ball.

  2. stunningsairam

    February 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Btw – Not only has this person done something that is shameful, he can be put behind bars for defacing the Indian currency. It is illegal.

  3. Sindhura

    February 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I have been a regular reader of your blogs but never posted any comments before!!! Guess better late than never!!!

    Loved this post like always!!! Keep posting interesting stuff 😀

    And many Congratulations on your wedding!!!

  4. Sree

    February 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Wow…nice to see you here sirjee!! I was indeed stunned! 😀
    I certainly agree with you…they simple go bash bash…half knowledge is indeed dangerous!!
    I know…whoever did that with the note, didnt really know how deep in trouble he can fall!!
    Thanks a lot Sai 🙂

    @ Sindhura,
    Aww..what took you so long to say that!! yeah, better late than never…and i’m overwhelmed seeing your comment!! 🙂 Every silent reader is important, but then comments are special!! 😉
    Thanks a lot for reading me and also for your wishes!! Thanks buddy! 😀

  5. Niveditha

    February 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I myself am not very supportive of some of the decisions Gandhi took. But that in no way means that we can disrespect him. You’re totally right.
    And some uneducated idiots have done such stupid things, we can’t do much about it I suppose.

  6. Sound

    February 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Wonderful. post..its true that even if we dont accept his views..we should respect him for the Man he was…

  7. Pooja

    February 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I totally loved it Sree!!

    Agree to every word Viv said 🙂

  8. Jan

    February 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I am not a fan of mahatma. I will not tell that anybody could have taken his place nor I will comment about the decisions which he had to take during independence.

    You know what made me post this comment? The line saying “Knowing a man and indulging in criticism is one thing…not knowing and doing the same is another.” which you published made a lot of sense here. Its holds for every human being. We should not judge any person by opinions.

    About the picture, well I am not trying to be emotional and will not curse the guys who did this. But I kinda thought it was funny.

    I am just being candid and have posted whatever I have felt. Keep up the good work shree!!

    – Jan

  9. Himanshu

    February 3, 2011 at 4:38 am

    A different post after a long time Sree. I can see the where did you get the instigation from. I agree with you on the fact that if someone does not wish to worship Gandhi, at least not mock at him.
    Having said that, it is interesting to try to analyze why would someone do something that defames such a mammoth national figure. The reasons could be political, social or simply none. It is necessary to notice the degenerate civic sense that does not consider mocking the Mahatma irreverent. We as a country and a community are at lack of this very basic sense of responsibility.
    Your post surely was enough of a food for thought. Thumb’s up! 🙂

  10. Ellen

    February 3, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Good post Sree! Agree with your views….
    Just wondering where you managed to get the pic of notes from? 😉

  11. Sree

    February 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    @ Smarty, thanks for the sync in the views! 🙂

    @ Sound, Thanks buddy! 🙂

    @ Poo, Thanks buddy! 😀

    @ Jan, yeah it was funny indeed – am not denying the fact…but not on the currency note atleast! 😀

    @ Himan, yeah basic sense indeed we need to showcase! 🙂
    Thanks buddy! 😀

    @ El, thanks buddy! 🙂 Got that as a forward 😉

  12. sahana

    February 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Hi sree!…about time…you and mahatma too..somtimes
    mocking is finest form of flattery….

    i have always wondered…does the currency need a model?..

  13. Dishit D

    February 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Completely agree with your views, buddy!
    Agree with Himanshu’s view too! It is hypocritical of ourselves to think that leaders should not make any bad decisions. Think western leaders have more leeway in this regard.

  14. Sree

    February 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    @ Shanthi,

    Yeah..I agree, but mockery shouldn’t reach the point of ridicule! 🙂 Yeah…currency one…its always nice to have some face on the currency…may look blank otherwise…”face value”;)
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

    @ Dev-D,
    Yeah agreed, they are more open minded!
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀


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