The cynics are on my Nokia.I have received 10 sms messages since yesterday declaring : Gandhiji hated liquor his whole life and his belongings were bought by Liquor baron Mallaya.
How absurd and silly ?His great grandson and people who have devoted their life to Gandhiji’s ideals are so joyful that his belongings would not fall in the hands of some greedy firangi collector and they could perhaps be kept at the Ashram for Indians to see and get inspired.But my Cynical friends are crying their heart out for no rhyme or reason.
By forwarding a message they feel as if they are the true crusaders for the rights of a man who showed the entire world how to fight the oppressor.
Would highlight a few points to drill some sense into the matter :
1.Drinking was a social evil at that time as the villagers and mill workers used to spend all their wages on it depriving their families.It’s not like GandhiJi kept a bottle in front of him and kept saying“I hate you,I hate you,I hate you”
By this token the kind of fine spirits that Dr Mallaya makes cannot be afforded by laborers,daily wagers,small farmers and mill workers therefore we are targeting the wrong guy and fighting a wrong cause.
2.Gandhiji started the Khadi movement and spun his own yarn.Considering this GD Birla,the owner of largest textile mills in India,was his opponent and competitor. Gandhiji’s freedom movement was not only supported by Mr Birla.but in fact Mr. Birla was one of his closest friend and associate.
3.The cellphone operators have a bunch of copy writers who keep doling out cheeky remarks on subject that they know nothing about.People keep forwarding these congratulating themselves on being harbingers of reform and these guys keep watching their bank accounts swell.
Get some sense – by supporting a socialist cause you are in fact playing in the hands of smart capitalists.