Its time to pay real homage to Mahatma Gandhi
“The light of our life is gone”, said Jawahar Lal Nehru after he heard of Bapuji Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. The preacher of non violence and equality for all, Bapuji was truly the light of entire countrymen of India.
He was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30th of January which is remembered as Martyr’s day in India. Nathuram Godse finally succeeded in assassinating him in his second attempt when he was going for a prayer meeting. He had previously tried to assassinate Bapuji in Birla house in Pune but had failed somehow.
Nathram Godse approached Gandhi on January 30, 1948 during the evening prayer at 5:17 pm. When Godse bowed, one of the girls flanking and supporting Gandhi, Abha Chattopadhyay, said to Godse, “Brother, Bapu is already late” and tried to put him off, but he pushed her aside and shot Gandhi in the chest three times at point-blank range with a semi-automatic pistol chambered in .380 ACP bearing the serial number 606824. Gandhi died almost immediately. Godse himself shouted “police” and surrendered himself.
Gandhiji always dreamt of a brighter India. However I don’t think this is the India that Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of. He never wanted inequality and injustice for anyone. He wanted a country where everyone could stay in peace and harmony. But the recent trends of running behind power and position are ruining his hope. Incidences of Riots among fellow countrymen force us to think that are we really respecting any of his ambitions?
It’s time that we value his ambitions and aspirations. Let us take an initiative to turn India into such a country of which Gandhiji has dreamt. This will be the only way we will be able to pay real homage and respect to him.