Gandhi’s grandson delivers lecture at UoH
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson delivered a lecture titled ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Friday.
Hyderabad: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former Governor of West Bengal and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson delivered a lecture titled ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Friday.
Addressing the students, faculty and staff, Gandhi told that as the calendar proceeds time shrinks; anniversaries are observed and celebrated to keep us reminded of important milestones in history. While anniversaries celebrated officially throughout the nation are to contribute to our thought and process of national progress; at times, these celebrations also become subject of mere political fulfillment.
October 2 is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi but is also the birthday of Lal Bahadur Shastri and death anniversary of K Kamaraj, a freedom fighter and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, who had greatly contributed towards national unity. Likewise, October 31 is the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and is also the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi. It’s a major correction now that Sardar Patel’s birthday anniversary is being celebrated nationally. Today the main ruling party is being accused of appropriation of Sardar’s legacy but this is also true that the opposition have been responsible for disuse of Sardar’s stature. At the time of independence, Sardar Patel was in-charge of ‘Bhagya’ of Bharat in terms of keeping it unified and so was a ‘Vidhata’ for the nation.
‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ is a phrase from India’s national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’, and is about those people who have contributed towards eliminating the fear and other forms of darkness from the people and serve the motherland.
Bharat Bhagya Vidhata should not be seen as a name or title but as a need to share the opportunity to eliminate darkness from our minds.
Gandhi said that judiciary and other constitutional authorities such as CAG, election commission etc., exist in our country as institutions to ensure a fearless engagement with the government. Tools such as RTI ensure greater access and accountability of the government for its people.