Searching for Bapu
Over fifty years ago, Mahatma Gandhi liberated a nation from imperialism.
He dreamt of an India free from communalism.
He wanted all Indians to be equal one another.
He wanted peace, harmony, and brotherhood.
Today, in the year 2002, fifty-five years after independence, the situation is contradictory to what Bapu wanted. Today, people kill in the name of religion. People live in fear.
The population is growing rapidly and so is poverty.
Where there is poverty, there is illiteracy.
Poverty also leads to unemployment.
Unemployment leads to crime.
Crime leads to terrorism.
Terrorism can destroy a nation.
Is this what Bapu wanted?
Were their efforts in vain? Are we on the verge of destroying the independence they worked so hard to achieve?
Nikhil Swami, XII D
New Delhi: Bluebells School International
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