On this day of Gandhi Jayanti, Gandhiji’s 151st birth anniversary, I am writing something out of my imagination. What if Gandhiji was present at the time of Corona? What would he do and say and what would have been his thoughts on India and the way the entire situation was managed.
Writing about Gandhiji and his views in the current times can be challenging and difficult. Firstly, Gandhiji himself is not here to express his views. Difficult because his ideologies may differ to the current times and scenarios and I also need to think like our Bapu to write for him, which is a horrendous task I have taken upon myself.
Disclaimer before I begin: The views expressed here are my sole opinions and mean no harm, discrimination or intent to detriment anyones image. This is my version of fun and an unrealistic situation and hence a figment of my imagination put into words.
I am doing this in a monologue form and not a Q&A or interview style. So get your cup of tea, sit down and read on.
Situation: Bapu walking on the road is having a conversation with a media personal who is asking Gandhiji about what is he doing and why?
I am walking with millions of migrant workers back to their natives and homes. Its a sad reality that even after being a nation which ranks the 2nd largest in population, we still have 100 millions of people working as migrant workers. This is my march for them. I will call it the “Shanti March“. Look how peacefully these labourers are going back home with a hope in their hearts for a better life now and a much improved tomorrow.
These migrant workers, for no fault of their own, are being punished the most in this dire situation that the world is facing. These labourers only need a shed over their head and food in their belly, but in these tough times, the nation has left them alone to walk all the way back to where they came from.
Think about it, if the companies and industries, who rely majourly on these migrant workers for cheap labour to make profits, would have been considerate from the start and provided accommodation and food as a part of their benefits, this situation would never have bourgeoned.
Its easy for everyone to blame and point at the Government and yes somewhere, before announcing the lockdown, the Government should have given some sort of heads up and time to its people to sort things out for themselves and find means to survive in the lockdown. Also, the corporates should have thought of its workers in a better way. They should have built a small township around the factories and provided accommodation to these labourers. Now these same companies are waiting for their labours to come back in order to start work again.
The sole purpose of a company is not to make money but also to look after its staff and labourers who help them make money. If the companies start thinking about their labourers as their own and take care of their basic needs, today the situation in the country and specially for these labours would have been more better.
Today I’m walking with them to their natives and I know there will be a different and more difficult situation there too. The number of mouths to feed will increase as everyone returns home and gradually these labourers will run out of money. But I am still happy to see the citizens of this country helping these migrant workers in whatever way they can. Some people are giving free food, free place to sleep at night, free tea and biscuits and some truck drivers lending a ride. This is like the freedom moment that we had during the Independence struggle and once again I see the people of this country rise and embrace their people in need and stand in support of them.
My last and only request to all my citizens is about what I have been preaching from so long. Go Desi. Be Indian, buy Indian. Support our country to get back on its feet by buying Indian produced goods. Don’t fall prey to cheap prices by foreign sellers. With cheap price comes cheap quality. So stick to your roots. Jai Hind.
With a smile on his face Bapu continues walking with his fellow people. Long and far away to a place they call home.
Some famous quotes by Mahatma Gandhi which stand true and worthy even in todays time.
P.s. 2nd October also marks the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shashtriji, the 2nd Prime Minister of India. The man who started the White Revolution.
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