On this very day (28th sept) nearly 104 yrs ago a most remarkable person came into being. Bhagat singh truly noblest of freedom fighters there is. He read too much for his age from marx,lenin,the gita to urdu poetry, was an atheist & possibly commited the most sacrilegeous of acts a sikh can do by shaving of his beard and cutting his hair for the sake of the revolutionary movement. Singh thoroughly deplored of “Gandhian pacifist Ideology” according to him it would all “
replace one set of exploiters with another“ a very visionary statement indeed. We have been all too soft on every tom dick and harry utterly giving a whole different dimension to the famous sanskrit adage 'vasudhaiva kudumbakam' ,the Indian subservile mentality which has bowed down to every imperialist there is starting from the turks,arabs to the british has been successfully carried forward by the man termed 'Mahatma'. I for one only admire Gandhi like Hitler just for his charisma as a leader and his persona & conviction to convince more than 500 million people and make them dance to his utterly erroneous philosophies the core of which is called “Ahimsa”
Ahimsa-The misplaced notion
Ahimsa or non-violence supposedly originates from Hindu ideologies. But in Hinduism upon careful scrutiny Ahimsa only means non-violence to animals, other beings and importantly one's self thats right! Self Defense was completely allowed in hinduism and we see from mythology that war in terms of need and violence to restore order or in self defense was a Dharma. Abhimanyu who slained hundreds of soldeirs in the 'Chakra-vyug' was a martyr , Arjuna who was reluctant to wage battle against his brothers was reminded of his duty to restore order by Krishna,Krishna,rama waged battles against hordes of demons who came to destroy their cities.
There is just no reference just no reference which says Ahimsa needs to be practiced when one's family is enslaved or killed, when people(friends,neighbours) are plundered, women raped and children massacred,and draconion laws are imposed.This is precisely the connotation of Ahimsa given to us by Gandhi. He distorted the very Hindu essence of ahimsa into “Impotence”.Take this quote about Kurukshetra battlefield by Gandhi-
an allegory in which the battlefield is the soul and Arjuna, man's higher impulses struggling against evilHe misled hordes of his countrymen and proceeded to sacrifice thousands and thousands as pigs for slaughter to the british. Bhagat did not tolerate all of this he knew this whole notion of non-violence was a huge mistake and aptly took revenge when a veteran congress leader Lala Lajpat rai was brutally beaten to death in front of him . Bhagat wanted killing for justice,honor and self defense like any true Kshatriya warrior of ancient Hindu time.When he famously threw a bomb into the legislative assembly in 1929 it was to make “the deaf hear” in other words a desperate attempt to bring back all of the misled indians. Some heard it indeed and those that heard were the later revolutionaries who would join the INA of Netaji Bose as one organisation.Thats Why its safe to say Bhagat was the "foundation" of it all.
OK?!So who got us the freedom then?It was certainly not Gandhi, the british did not fear the Indian National Congress it was too soft a body for them. British could still live with all the non-co-operation, hunger strikes, boycotts without any alarming damage but they feared the rising force of the INA which though was a relatively insignificant force under Bose had instilled deep fears in the mind of the British by its patriotic exploits in WWII in south east asia against the raj. According to Clement Attlee, the British Prime Minister, reflecting on the factors that guided the British decision to relinquish the Raj in India, is said to have cited the effects of the INA and Nethaji's activities on the British Indian Army and the Bombay Mutiny as being the most important. The INA was gaining widespread support among the British Indian Armymen and the british fearing a catastrophical mutiny cum backlash withdrew from the Raj. Only our History books give Gandhi and his entourage complete & undue credit forgetting the Real hero Subhash chandra bose.
Read Climax of Independence movement-INA
If you ask any person alive from the independence era in Malaysia, Burma or any part of malay peninsula they still believe that Bose single handedly got India her freedom! Where the facts swallowed up by the Congress & Muslim league for Political benefits? Congress which has an inherent “Soft core” ingrained from its 'false ahimsa' times has gone onto create and nurture pakistan,terrorism & corruption,bureaucracy in the name of governance.
Hunger strikes and Hazare:
Hunger strikes have become publicity grabbing stunts. Bhagat singh fasted for as much as 100 days in prison demanding decent amenities for Indian political prisoners on par with european prisoners breaking all the hunger strikes record then.In this age of democracy(supposedly) its highly impractical to fight corruption in RDB or "Indian" Kamal styles and I have no qualms about peaceful protests or hunger strikes taking its place. But the media's projection that Anna Hazare's culmination of fast as victory for India against corruption is worrying. This should be seen in the perspective of what it actually is, agreed the awareness the fast has generated against corruption is tremendous. It is still a long long way off from the Hoo haa the media is doing merely for its TRP ( am sure they ll move away into other things soon). There is serious misgivings on whether the Lokpal bill will first get implemented as strong as it is warranted and that will be the first step in a long arduous battle and India must focus on getting this done.
I prefer Sept 28 to Oct 2 and a trip to n Museum Khatkar kalia
is high on my agenda and not Porbandar nor Raj ghat.
I Leave on this note
Legend of Bhagat singh