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India, Pulwama and its aftermath and a flight of fancy

Posted on: March 10, 2019

In the aftermath of the Phulwama attack, a dear friend of mine, an ardent supporter of the BJP, posted something on his Facebook wall, which ridiculed the Congress party for being unable to read the mood of the Nation. That possibly was the genesis of this brief write-up. I can’t fathom how can any political party reap dividends or suffer electoral setbacks for the brave act of a few of our Armed forces. If that really happens, it will only validate a politician from Karnataka when he let the cat out of the bag.

It also triggered in me a flight of fancy. How would some of the great icons from our History (around the Independence struggle era) viewed the present day situation of the Nation most of whom are up there in their heavenly abode?

The great freedom fighter and socialist Ram Manohar Lohia was a fierce critic of the erudite Pandit Nehru. Wonder what he would have opined about the present crop of politicians …

The diminutive Indian of powerful intellect, Nirad C Chaudhuri, whose scholarly books (including some on Hinduism) forces us to reexamine the tenets of our accepted wisdom and ranks as a brilliant guide towards understanding the Indian psyche, is on record to have said, back in the 70s and 80s when he was living in Oxford, as to what a Nation of illiterates England had become.  Wonder what Nirad Babu would have said about living in present day India, the country of his origin.

Would Rabindranath Tagore find inspiration to write such idealistic verses ‘Where the Mind is without fear … ’

Like it or not, the people who actively fought during the freedom struggle were leftist in their leanings (Netaji Subhas Bose, Bhagat Singh …) or were from the           Congress party. Wonder how Netaji Subhas and Gandhi and millions of youths who sacrificed their lives for the Country must be feeling now up there from heaven. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are feelings that their struggle have come to naught. ..

 

 

2 Responses to "India, Pulwama and its aftermath and a flight of fancy"

Well put. It’s difficult to imagine the sacrifices of our freedom fighters. But can Netaji Subhash Ch. Bose be called a leftist? Nationalist perhaps

Have been reading that he had ‘left’ leanings in some articles recently..

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  • Subhajit Ghosh: Have been reading that he had 'left' leanings in some articles recently..
  • mystic wanderer: Well put. It's difficult to imagine the sacrifices of our freedom fighters. But can Netaji Subhash Ch. Bose be called a leftist? Nationalist perhaps
  • Subhajit Ghosh: Your wish has been granted, and look how! Even NDA possibly didn't dream of this huge victory. Let's hope they deliver, and take the nation forward.

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