An Ode To Bapu’s Spectacles

Posted on: October 1, 2012

Come Bapu’s birthday and lip services become the flavour of the season. Suddenly the gasbags feel an acute need to revisit Mahatma’s ideas and principles only to tell those who care to listen that how relevant they are even today!

Upon closer examination it becomes clear that in their personal lives these Bapu fans do exactly opposite of what Bapu preached and expected his followers to emulate. But then some occasions such as Bapu’s birth anniversary have ended up as the spectacles for indulging in unabashed hypocrisy.

In the build-up to Bapu’s birthday, there were no controversies until the theft of the spectacles perched upon Bapu’s statue at Anna Hazare’s native place came to light.

Now this theft however small or trivial begs the question why to steal the spectacles of a statue of Mahatma whom people revere or pretend to revere? What kind of thief will commit such an absurd and logic defying theft? Is the thief mentally unstable or what? Above all, should we laugh at the spectacle-less statue or the thief who committed the crime of robbing the symbol of its most recognisable trademark?

Either there is no respect left for Bapu or people will go to any extent to earn their five minutes of fame. Will the police register a case and not rest until the guilty is/are brought to book? This means to say that one prank bordering on inhumanity has the potential of setting off equally silly and time consuming reactions.

Has the mischief taken place on any other normal day, would it have got the coverage it got on the eve of Bapu’s birth anniversary? The travesty of justice is Bapu is a forgotten hero who appears on the radar of our collective conscience only when there is a controversy attached to his name.

Bapu would have forgiven those who have stolen the spectacles of his statue. Then, the joke would have been on the thieves themselves. The best way to celebrate Bapu’s this birthday will be to visit Bapu’s statues installed across prime locations in our respective cities and replace his rimless spectacles with the designer glares ala Dabangg style.

This will not only give Bapu an image make over but will also help him reconnect with today’s youth. The mischief makers have given the genuine Bapu fans an opportunity to bring Bapu back into the reckoning.

Bapu needs Ray Bans. Bapu’s fans need some path breaking ideas to keep his relevance in today’s age. The Bapu detractors need attention by indulging in acts of stupidity such as stealing spectacles of statue to prove their point. Sadly, nobody gives a thought to Bapu’s feelings any more.

Bapu’s principles are all for simplicity and non-violence. Let’s remember and forgive the thief.

Happy Birthday Mahatma. You continue to live in our hearts.

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