Who is a father? As a little girl going outside the warmth and love at home and be amongst strangers for hours was a tough ask, my first day at school it was and the person who comforted and consoled me is my father. For me in every step of my life starting from my first drawing and maths lesson to my tax planning sessions, my father has played a pivotal role. Waking up late while I study, getting up early while I go to office seminars, my private financial consultant , advisor, the SantaClaus who never disappoints ever in my life is my father. If a mother is a creator and soul of a child, a father is the energy driving the soul. Today is the birth anniversary of a man who we know as a father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi one of the orators in India’s struggle for independence who through his non-violence methodology stirred the British bureaucracy to bow down and set us free. Such was the aura of this half clad man that waves of his deeds shook ever nook and corner of the world. But the struggle for independence was not a single-handed effort, many unsung heroes were an integral part of this struggle then why was the distinction only conferred to one individual.
There is no denying the fact that Mahatma Gandhi played an important role in this struggle but weren’t there innumerable other revolutionaries like Netaji Bose , Bhagat Singh, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chandrasekhar Azad, Rani Laxmi Bai and an unending list of heroes who fought selflessly for this cause, It is sad that the “Divide and Rule ” policy used intelligently by the British not only caused the partition of India but also divided the minds of Indians who conferred high honours to selective individuals forgetting the fact that the reason behind our independence was not one individual only.
I am not anti Gandhi or so anti Congress , I am a citizen of this nation who takes pride on the struggle of millions of martyrs who died unknown deaths , their families struggling hard to make both ends meet owing to the partial convocation of individuals. Every father struggles hard, works selflessly, gives full attention to make their children happy and content. We can not question the love of a father and weigh them based on certain criteria. More so one father cannot be better than the other, if that would have been the case then we would have had universities offering Masters of Fatherhood and titles like Father of the year, India’s Best Father and Daddy awards ceremonies aired on TV. For mothers well, there’s no Mother of the Nation as indeed a mother’s love is priceless and if we all vouch for this then does “Father of the Nation ” holds good.