WARTS IN MAHATMA’S ATMA

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Submitted Date 10/03/2019
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"Won't it remind one of Gandhi's experiments with truth?"

"I have no quarrel with Gandhi the man but I have problem with the Mahatma of his," he said and as if to remonstrate his apathy for the Gandhian values, he had an extended sip of that Laphroaic.

"I'm no Gandhian and I don't intend to be one," he continued from where he had left. "But as is being done, I see it's a disservice to his legacy to deify him; it's when I approach him as man that I value him as a human being, but in his picture of mahatma, I see many a wart in his atma. Credit him for cleaning up the public toilets but why not condemn him for having forced his spouse to do the same; why laud him for his quixotic abstinence unmindful of his wife's conjugal plight; was he not an inveterate autocrat in the democratic garb; what about his falling afoul of Prakasam, and how he played favorites with Nehru. Why bother about him as he'd been reduced for long as a political mascot of the slavish-minded of the self-serving Nehru family that hijacked his name to grind its dynastic axe! What an irony it is that his party that sundered the British yoke should have rendered the political reins into Italian hands? Bemoan the congress party."

[Excerpted from the author's Glaring Shadow – A stream of consciousness novel that's the public domain as free ebook]

Novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction and articles writer, translator in verses, a little thinker and a budding philosopher of Addendum of Evolution - Origins of the World

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  • Rick Doble 1 week, 1 day ago

    Just about every successful man or woman will have failed in many other parts of their lives. We tend to revere them and forget those faults and then years later only remember those faults.

    • BS Murthy 6 days, 22 hours ago

      And that's what the bard had said “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones.”