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ANATHEMA

                                

IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WAR OF THE WORDS AND THAT OF THE BULLETS. BUT I DO NOT THINK SO, FOR YOU CANNOT STOP EITHER OF THESE, ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN SHOT...ONCE ACTIONS HAS BEEN TAKEN, WORK IS OVER...! DAMAGE HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE. NO MATTER HOW HARD ONE TRIES TO BRING THEM BACK, ONE CANNOT OPPOSE NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION AND ONE MUST GET READY TO FACE CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

I HAVE BEEN LOADED AND I KNOW THAT THE TIME HAS COME WHEN I WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE MY TASK- THE TASK FOR WHICH I HAVE BEEN CREATED, IN AN UNKNOWN PLACE, BY AN UNKNOWN ENTITY... ALL I KNOW RIGHT NOW IS THAT MY PREY IS STANDING RIGHT BEFORE ME...I HAVE TO SHOOT HIM... TILL NOW I DIDN’T KNOW WHO MY PREY IS BUT AS I APPROACH HIM,I CAN SEE HIM,HIS FACE,AN OLD MAN WITH SPECTACLES,HALF NAKED,WEARING ONLY A WHITE DHOTI ..... NOW I HEAR HIS NAME AND I KNOW WHO HE IS...! PEOPLE ARE SHOUTING “BAPU! BAPU!”...IT MEANS FATHER...AND HERE I HAVE TO PIERCE THROUGH HIS STOMACH...THE STOMACH OF THIS FATHER OF THE PEOPLE... I AM HERE TO KILL THE PERSON WHO TAUGHT PEOPLE HOW TO FIGHT FOR THEIR STOMACH, THEIR RIGHTS............NO!.....I CAN’T DO THIS.........I CAN’T.....AND, THE BULLET HAS STOPPED......BETRAYING ALL OF NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION, NOTHING IS TRUE ANYMORE.....AND THE FATHER IS SAFE; THE FATHER OF THE  PEOPLE HAS BEEN SAVED.

 

FATHER HAS ADOPTED A CHILD AND HAS NAMED HIM ‘BHARATA’ (THIS CHILD IS SYMBOLICAL TO INDIA). HE KNOWS THAT THIS CHILD IS NOW HIS RESPONSIBILITY.HE TRIES HIS BEST TO UPBRING HIS ‘BHARATA’ WITH ALL HIS STRENGTHS, HIS PRINCIPLES. HOWEVER, THE OBSTACLES OF CIRCUMSTANCES, THE NUMEROUS BLOWS OF A DEVELOPING COUNTRY’S PROBLEMS ALWAYS COME IN THE WAY OF HIS UPBRINGING. POST INDEPENDENCE, COUNTRY, WAS IN THE CLUTCHES OF COMMUNAL RIOTS. THE WAR OF THE BULLETS ALONG WITH THE WAR OF THE WORDS HAD CAST A HEAVY VEIL OF UNCERTAINITY UPON HIS ‘BHARATA’, WHO WAS UNDERGOING A VERY LOP-SIDED DEVELOPMENT DUE TO A NEVER ENDING DILEMMA OF THOUGHTS,PRINCIPLES,VIOLENCE,NON-VIOLENCE.....SO MUCH SO THAT THESE ISSUES EVENTUALLY MOVE ON TO BECOME THE DILEMMAS OF HIS LIFE!

 

WHILE BAPU WAS BUSY WITH HIS CHARKHA, A GROUP OF POLICYMAKERS WERE BUSY FORMULATING POLICIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW ‘BHARATA’ ... THESE PEOPLE CAME TO SEEK SOME SUGGESTIONS FROM FATHER, WHICH WILL DECIDE THE FUTURE OF ‘BHARATA’. BUT IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE TO PLAY WITH SOMEONE’S FUTURE, ESPECIALLY IF HE IS YOUR BELOVED? FATHER SUGGESTS THAT  THEY DEVELOP THE RURAL AREAS, SO THAT THE COUNTRY MAY ACHIEVE EQUALITY IN DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WOULD, IN TURN, REDUCE THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR PEOPLE. IT IS CERTAINLY A VERY DIFFICULT TASK FOR A FATHER TO LET GO OF HIS CHILD. THE POLICYMAKERS HAD OTHER IDEAS; THEY WANTED INDUSTRIALISATION TO ACHIEVE QUICK PROFITS AND BOOST THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY! FATHER, EVENTUALLY IS CAUGHT IN THE WEB OF GREED AND SELFISHNESS.

 

WITH FATHER FALLING PREY TO THE POLICYMAKER’S GREED, THE FUTURE OF ‘BHARATA’ WAS ALSO UNCERTAIN. HE GREW UP TO BECOME A DISILLUSIONED CHARACTER, UNAWARE OF WHICH WAY TO GO AND WHAT PATH TO FOLLOW-THE PRINCIPLES OF HIS FATHER OR THE COUNTRYMAKERS’ POLICIES. HE ONLY KNEW THE POLICY OF ‘SURVIVAL OF FITTEST’, SO DECIDES TO FOLLOW THE POLICIES THAT HAD BEEN FRAMED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY. HE GOES TO THE CITY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT AND A BETTER LIFE. YOUNG BLOOD IS FULL OF A DIFERENT KIND OF ZEAL, WHICH MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE EVEN THE IMPOSSIBLE. BHARATA GETS A JOB IN KRISHNA TEXTILES. EVERYTHING GOES SMOOTHLY FOR SOMETIME; CASH FLOWS IN; HE LIVES A GOOD LIFE...UNTIL ONE DAY, HIS WORLD CHANGES FOREVER!

THE FATHER OF THE PEOPLE HAD BECOME A POINT OF CONSTANT DISCUSSION AMONG THE POLICYMAKERS. THE REASON WAS BAPU’S DEMAND TO DEVELOP RURAL AREAS. ACCORDING TO THE POLICYMAKERS, THIS WOULD IMPEDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF CITIES, SINCE INFRASTRUCUTRES WERE LIMITED. POLICYMAKERS KNEW THAT IT WOULD BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERPOWER THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, THEY ALSO HAD A FAIR IDEA OF THE CONSEQUENCES THAT IGNORING FATHER’S SUGGESTIONS WOULD LEAD TO. THE GENERAL IMAGE OF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD GET AFFECTED ADVERSELY, IF BAPU’S ADVICE WAS NOT FOLLOWED, AND SO THE POLICYMAKERS DECIDED TO FOLLOW HIS ADVICE FOR ONCE SO AS TO MAKE THE WINDS TO FLOW IN THEIR FAVOR. BY DOING SO, THEY WOULD WIN THE WAR OF THOUGHTS OVER HIM.

‘BHARATA’ PRAYED TO GOD AND THEN TOOK HIS LUGGAGE AND JOINED HIS COLLEGUES. THEY WERE GOING TO ASLAMGARH. POLICYMAKERS HAD DECIDED TO SHIFT KRISHNA TEXTILES TO A RURAL AREA CALLED ASLAMGARH, WHICH WAS PRIMARILY A MUSLIM AREA AND HAD BEEN BADLY AFFECTED DURING THE POST PARTITION RIOTS. THE WOUNDS OF THE RIOTS WERE STILL FRESH IN THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE OF ASLAMGARH, AND THEY DID NOT WANT TO HAVE A HINDU FACTORY IN THEIR AREA. IN A WAY, THE POLICYMAKERS WERE CONSTANTLY HAMMERING A NAIL INTO THE WALL, AND FINALLY NOW THE NAIL WAS COMPLETELY IN. RIOTS BROKE OUT IN THE AREA AS PEOPLE START KILLING WORKERS OF KRISHNA TEXTILES. THE WORKERS, INCLUDING BHARATA TRIED ALL MEANS TO SAVE THEIR LIVES, BUT LITTLE DID THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO....

 IT IS DAWN TIME, AND THE FATHER OF PEOPLE WAS WALKING, HOLDING A STICK IN ONE HAND WHILE THE OTHER HAND HELPS HIM TAKE THE SUPPORT OF A CHILD. THEY ARE WALKING WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN VIOLENCE BREAKS OUT. THERE IS FIRE ALL AROUND...FATHER ASKS THE CHILD TO COME BACK TO HIM BUT HE PICKS UP A STONE AND HURLS IT AT THE PEOPLE. FATHER CAN ONLY SHOUT-‘NO BHARATA...!’

 

YOUNG ‘BHARATA’ IS KILLING PEOPLE; THE PEOPLE OF ASLAMGARH HAVE KILLED HIS FRIENDS. ‘BHARATA’ HAS NOW STRAYED TOO FAR FROM HIS FATHER’S IDEOLOGY.VIOLENCE HAS OVERTAKEN NON-VIOLENCE. FATHER SEES BHARATA’S PICTURE IN THE NEWSPAPER, WHEREIN HE IS KILLING PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE OVER FOR HIM. HIS ONLY ASSET ‘BHARATA’ HAS CHANGED.BUT THE CHANGE DOESN’T  STOP THERE.IN THE NEWPAPER A REPORT IS PUBLISHED , ACCORDING TO WHICH IT IS BAPU WHO HAS FORCED POLICYMAKERS TO SHIFT KRISHNA TEXTILES  TO ASLAMGARH FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA, DESPITE HIM KNOWING THE SITUATION OF ASLAMGARH. ALLEGEDLY, IT WAS BECAUSE OF HIM THAT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAD BEEN KILLED. ‘BHARATA’ SILENTLY READS THIS REPORT.

 

“THE WAR OF THE MAHABHARATA IS ONLY FICTION, FOR IT DIDN’T ACTUALLY HAPPEN. THIS WAR REPRESENTS THE INNER WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL THAT GOES ON INSIDE A MAN. KURUKSHETRA IS NOT A REAL BATTLEFIELD.IT IS NOT THAT KRISHNA INCITES ARJUNA TO FIGHT A REAL MAHABHARATA. MAHABHARATA ONLY SYMBOLIZES THE INNER CONFLICT AND WAR OF MAN, AND SO IT IS A PARABLE.” FATHER WAS TELLING THIS TO GROUP OF PEOPLE GATHERED TO LISTEN TO HIM. SOMEWHERE ELSE, ‘BHARATA’ WAS ALSO LISTENING TO SOMEONE WITH EXACTLY OPPOSITE THOUGHTS... “A GREAT UPSURGE OF NON-VIOLENCE HAS ARISEN IN THE MIND OF ARJUNA AND HE SEEMS TO BE STRONGLY PROTESTING AGAINST WAR.HE IS PREPARED TO RUN AWAY FROM BATTLEFIELD.HE FEELS THAT THERE IS NO USE FIGHTING AND KILLING ONE’S OWN FAMILY AND RELATIVES.HE WOULD RATHER BE A BEGGAR THAN A KING, IF KINGSHIP COSTS SO MUCH BLOOD AND TEARS.THEN ‘KRISHNA’ VERY STRONGLY URGES ARJUNA TO DROP HIS COWARDICE AND FIGHT LIKE A TRUE WARRIOR.SO LONG AS YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN KILL SOMEONE, YOU ARE NOT A MAN WITH A SOUL, YOU ARE NOT A RELIGIOUS MAN. IF YOU THINK YOU CAN KILL SOMEONE YOU ARE UNDER A GREAT ILLUSION, YOU ARE BETRAYING IGNORANCE, FOR KILLING AND DYING IS A MATERIALISTIC CONCEPT.”  SO ENDS THE SPEECH, BUT A SINGLE SPEECH RELATED TO RELIGION IS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR A RELIGIOUS MAN TO REFORM HIS THOUGHTS. THE SEEDS, WHICH HAD BEEN SOWN INTO HIS SOUL FROM CHILDHOOD, HAD COMPLETELY SHRIVELLED NOW. THE NEW SEEDS OF VIOLENCE WERE GOING TO TAKE BHARATA’S LIFE TO A NEW PATH, A PATH OF...BLOODS AND TEARS!

 

 

I HAVE BEEN LOADED AGAIN AND I KNOW THAT THE TIME HAS COME WHEN I WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE MY TASK- THE TASK FOR WHICH I HAVE BEEN CREATED, IN AN UNKNOWM PLACE, BY AN UNKNOWN ENTITY... MY PREY IS STANDING RIGHT BEFORE ME.... TILL NOW I DIDN’T KNOW WHO MY PREY IS BUT AS I APPROACH HIM,I CAN SEE HIM,HIS FACE,....BUT WHAT IS THIS?... SURELY, I HAVE SEEN THIS FACE BEFORE, FOR SOMEWHERE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND, I CAN RELOCATE IT... YES, HE IS THE SAME HALF-NAKED OLD MAN WITH SPECTACLES.... HIS NAME IS BAPU, MEANING FATHER...AND, HIS OWN ‘BHARATA’ SHOT HIM   TODAY! HIS OWN BELOVED ‘BHARATA’ HAS BECOME THE KILLER OF HIS FATHER! THIS ASSAULT WILL MAKE HIS SOUL CRY FOREVER! IT WILL SCATTER BLOOD AND TEARS ALL AROUND....

I, THE STOPPED BULLET...PIERCE THROUGH BAPU’S STOMACH. NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION ARE OBEYED.... BUT DO I HEAR HIM UTTER ‘HEY RAM’? I DO NOT KNOW WHY HE SAID IT. HOWEVER, FOR NOW, MY TASK IS OVER.AND I AM HAPPY THAT I HAVE KILLED FATHER OF PEOPLE...MAHATAMA GANDHI...! BECAUSE IF THEN I WOULD HAD BEEN STOPPED THAN STORY MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE!

Story of Mahatma Gandhi and his fictional Bharat

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