February 15, 2008

Grandfather?

If India is our mother (Bharat Mata) and if Gandhiji is the father of the nation, does that make Gandhiji our grandfather?

27 comments:

Ghost Particle said...

uh! hey...ur questions are getting weirder...

Solitaire said...

haha! i know this one is goofy! thought we all could do with a smile. :)

Pavi!!!! said...

LOL @ the Q !

n no, no one can replace my nanaji - sorry!

gaurav said...

confuse!!:-(, wat r u trying to say??

bt_crist said...

don be so absurd...lol

carolinagal said...

jeez....i don't know

Solitaire said...

@ Pavi, uh oh! You rejected Gandhi?

@ Gaurav, haha! Don't think too hard. It is just a rhetoric question.

@ Bt, sometimes we just have to be!

@ Carolinagal, haha! Did you think about it?

:: Clouds :: said...

I have him in my History syllabus.And I don't like him. *so long for politically correct answers*

So he is not our GRANDFATHER. No.No.No

eagleharry said...

he is just ans A****** who F******* the country for his own good ...
and m not sorry to say this
...

Ashu said...

amazing question!!!!!!!

Alameen said...

then

is Pratibha Patel Gandhi's son in law?

Huh.. Am getting confused :)

Alok said...

Naah,
He's More like a hybrid of an image consultant and a psychologist of our family!

The Keeper of the Keys said...

yes.
but then why do we call him bapu?

trivia--i once thot indira g. was bapu's daughter.

vEENs said...

no no way!!!!
never!!!!

vitruvian said...

how DO u come up with such stuff???
lol..

divya said...

lolz :D

Pavi!!!! said...

@ solitare - yup. I rejected Gandhi as a Grandfather :-)

n yup...Mahatma Gandhi has done plenty of good for the nation and some people believe that some of his decisions are the cause for some problems that India is facing till date... Its another arguable topic...Don't want to take the humor away from this post by talking about it!

Solitaire said...

@ Clouds, uh oh! You and Pavi should talk!

@ Eagleharry, uh oh! This is getting serious now!

@ Ashu, and whats your amazing answer?

@ Alameen, you confused me too!

Solitaire said...

@ Alok, gandhiji is the psychologist of your family? How does that work?

@ Keeper, me too!!!!!!!! But only for a short time! We call him bapu cos he is the father of the nation!

@ Veens, LOL!

@ Vitruvian, An idle mind is a devil's workshop.

Solitaire said...

@ Divya, :D

@ Pavi, ya ya pls don't. And if you want to, go ahead and talk with eagleharry. Seems like he is mighty pissed with him!

Alok said...

By family I meant every person in India.
Now, considering that our family in general suffered from extreme lack of self respect, depression and a lack of brotherhood, it was easy for the British to rule us.

Gandhiji understood our problems, which we werent fully capable of doing ourselves. He explained them to us and then provided solutions to them. This we used to fight the British.
I think that this is similar to what a psychologist does.
Also, he revived ancient philosophy, added some of his own, gave it to us and hence gave us an image.

c e e d y said...

my q to you is who did gandhiji have to give birth to nation - would like to meet that strong lady....

The Keeper of the Keys said...

so, then, gandhiji is our father not grandfather.

Solitaire said...

@ Alok, everyone here has such different views about Gandhi!

@ Ceedy, haha! Maybe it was a virtual birth.

@ the keeper, exactly my point. How can he be the father of the nation and that nation be our mother and yet he not be our grandfather?

The Keeper of the Keys said...

okay, he's our father coz 'I' just said so. Done.

Alok said...

Solitaire

Yup, it's sometimes surprising to me to see Mr. Gandhi being blamed for the problems in today's India. Yes, he had his own limitations. But people will find a scapegoat rather than accepting their own faults.

As to your original question, I think it's confusing "country" and "nation" here. When people say "Bharat Mata" they mean the soil of the country which was responsible for their birth. While "Father of the Nation" refers to the Nation, that is the independent republic entity (as in people and their laws) that was formed after the British left.

c e e d y

Forgive me for taking a go on your question but couldn't resist...

This might sound extremely cliched, but I think it makes sense: Gandhiji married his principles, which were strong enough.

Known Stranger said...

i like your thinking