Aug 15, 2002

Independence day

This Independence day, my thoughts turned to the independence struggle and Gandhiji.

Gandhiji during the last year of his life must have been a tortured soul - to see his country being torn apart, his own disciples growing distant, to realize he and his views were becoming dispensable, and worst of all to possibly not escape feeling a failure despite the enormous achievement of freedom.

In spite of all that, at such an old age, he had had the courage and energy to still continue fighting his fight till the very end - he had undertaken a fast unto death just a few days before, he had been planning a trip to pakistan. Amazing!

August 15, 2002