Tuesday, May 3, 2011

a sorry affair

Excerpt from the book - Great Soul by Joseph Lelyveld

Those who depend on what he called "truth force" were "strangers to disappointment and defeat," he claimed in his book. Yet here he was, at the end of his days, expressing chronic disappointment and, sometimes, a sense of defeat. He'd had more to do with India's independence than any other individual - in declaring the goal and making it seem attainable, in convincing the nation that it was a nation - but he was not among those who celebrated that day. Instead, he fasted. The celebrations were, he said, "a sorry affair."

That was Mahatma Gandhi in the above paragraph. 

In a way it is so true that it was not an occasion to celebrate. It was a defeat in his own mind that the real freedom was not achieved. 


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