Showing posts with label Lal Bahadur Shastri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lal Bahadur Shastri. Show all posts

Friday, October 3, 2008

Is It Right To Remember "Mahatma" At The Cost of Shastriji?

Every year on 2nd October the entire nation celebrates the birth anniversary of the "Father Of The Nation" - "Mahatma" Gandhi.

It is certainly our duty to remember him on each of his birth anniversaries (in fact, we should remember him and his values/principles everyday, and not only on his auspicious birth anniversary).

But does that mean that we will focus entirely on celebrating Mahatma's birthday, while completely overlooking this fact that 2nd October is also the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, one of the best Prime Ministers that our nation has ever had? Why it is so that the media (both electronic and print) carries just a scanty mention of the latter's birth anniversary, with the entire limelight being hogged by the other occasion (i.e. Mahatma's birth anniversary)?

Nobody needs to be reminded about the contributions of Shastriji, not only as a Prime Minister, but as a national leader as a whole. Therefore, it is not too much to say that he also deserves substantial remembrance on this day of 2nd October.

Let's hope that from the next time onwards we will not forget to offer him his due recognition, instead of having our entire focus on "Mahatma".