Remembering Bapu on the 30th of January
'' Gandhi is dead ,'' they say
Is he , indeed ?
Well, yes, if death means the end of physical existence
He died over six decades ago .
Falling to an assassin's bullets
He became a victim of ruthless hatred
On that dark January evening
To the utter shock for millions on the globe .
For his life and work was not confined
To his own country or region
But extended to the whole of mankind
That was striving for the right of freedom .
And despite the physical demise
His aura couldn't be diminished
For he wasn't just flesh and blood
But a spirit that can never be killed.
He was not just a mortal being
But an ideology personified
A philosophy put into practice
Acknowledged and acclaimed by the world .
The one who evolved from a simple individual
Into an institution of peace and good will
Emanating the message of non-violence
Kindness and love like the great Buddha.
The one who practised what he professed
And fought against unjust oppressions
With no other weapon than the Satyagraha -
Non -violence and peaceful dissent .
How can he ever be dead then
Who lives in millions of hearts
That are striving to liberate humanity
From the clutches of selfish tyrants .
And to ensure that all are safe
In a world wreaked with violence
Is there any other option in view
But to follow his proven principles ?