With the 2nd of October just having gone by, every newspaper, publication, media spoke a lot lot lot about Gandhiji, the father of the nation. There were full page advertisements of most companies and most political parties trying to grab their share of attention by writing about the Mahatma's good and simple ways. Thats another story though.. But everyone seems to have forgotten an even more simple and humble person who deserves his share of respect who happens share his birthday with the Mahatma... Shri. Lal Bahadur Shastri. Did we care to highlight that he lead the nation at a crucial time, his slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan ? Did we care to highlight that he lived such a humble life ?
In India, today when farmers are commiting suicide because they are heavily in debt and with the government not doing much to ensure that these farmers live a good life. In India, today when cine stars who probably has never touched plough before claim to be farmers (to keep a 20 acre property). In India today when we remember the forces that guard our nation only when there's a Kargil like episode, we seem to have forgotten the values of Shastriji.
This is not the first time and I am not the first person to write about this. Every year, there are a few people who suddenly remember about Shastriji, just like I did.. after the 2nd of October. I think Shastriji deserves his respect and its high time we start doing it now. If not 2007, at least from 2008 onwards.
Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan.