Mahatma Gandhi: Father Of The Nation

Mahatma Gandhiji is revered in India as the Father of the Nation. Much before the Constitution of Free India conferred the title of the Father of the Nation upon the Mahatma, it was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who first addressed him as such in his condolence message to the Mahatma on the demise of Kasturba.

Ba and Bapu had been interned at Aga Khan Palace, Pune in the wake of the Quit India Movement. It was while serving the prison term Kasturba passed away on 22 February, 1944.

Concerned about Gandhiji, Netaji sent the following message to the Mahatma on Azad Hind Radio, Rangoon on 4th June, 1944.

“………..Nobody would be more happy than ourselves if by any chance our countrymen at home should succeed in liberating themselves through their own efforts or by any chance, the British Government accepts your `Quit India’ resolution and gives effect to it. We are, however proceeding on the assumption that neither of the above is possible and that a struggle is inevitable.

Father of our Nation in this holy war for India’s liberation, we ask for your blessings and good wishes”.

The above message also proves beyond any doubt Netaji’s ‘reverence and warm feelings towards Gandhiji whom he had addressed as The Father of the Nation’

There have been many queries as to how could Gandhi be called the Father of an ancient civilization like ours. No one is questioning the antiquity of this ancient land.

But India, that is Bharat as we know today that has emerged out of an old civilization is a recent phenomenon. This multicultural multi-ethnic country became a Nation-State owing allegiance to one Constitution, one flag and one Government only on 15 August, 1947. Mahatma Gandhi crystallized about him the living forces of the soil.

So it seemed to a vast millions of Indians, and who saw a Father figure in him and whose ‘Bapu’ he was.

Even in his ‘defeat’, Netaji delivered a massive blow to the British rule in India.

Watch :

Ambedkar’s interview to BBC. He talks about Bose and INA 09:40 onwards.

Edit : These above words are truth that any intelligent person can figure out and does not require an endorsement by Ambedkar or anybody else. Its the family rule that crippled Bharat after the britishers fled, that had desperately tried to modify history books and media to glorify their two ancestors and suppress the immortal deeds of the true leader of our Independence, the actual father of the nation, the first president of the Government of free India in exile. They had been successful to some extent as i see many featherbrained people jumping into serious debates and making ridiculous arguments about Netaji without proper research.


10-year-old's RTI on 'Father of the Nation' title for Gandhi

LUCKNOW:  It is not every day that a 10-year-old catches the office of the Prime Minister of India off-guard and without answers. But then, Aishwarya Parashar, a class six student, is no ordinary girl. She has stumped the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with her Right to Information (RTI) query on when and by what orders was the title of ‘Father of the Nation’ conferred on Mahatma Gandhi.

Sitting in her small but neatly kept house in Rajajipuram F Block, the backdrop of teddy bears and toys makes her just any other Barbie doll loving girl next door.

But this is only till she starts to speak. Aishwarya, a student of the City Montessori School, Rajajipuram branch, chuckles throughout the conversation on how her mother has “groomed her into the RTI mode”, adding that she finds the act so helpful that she has filed two RTIs against garbage dumps outside her school, in the past.

Asked what prompted her to file the RTI application on Gandhi and send it to the PMO, Aishwarya told IANS how the term ‘Father of the Nation’ had always “somehow excited and interested” her after she read it in her social studies text book.

“I would keep asking my mom ‘why is Gandhi referred to as the Father of the Nation’, to which my mother mostly had no answers till one fine day she thought of the RTI route”. Her mother Urvashi Sharma is happy that the PMO has “at least taken cognizance of the letter”, even if the response has not been to their satisfaction.

Aishwarya, the eldest of three siblings, had written to the PMO on Feb 13, seeking a photocopy of the government order (GO) that conferred the famous title of Father of Nation on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The PMO replied that they had no such record whatsoever and directed the query to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which then referred the case to the National Archives of India (NAI).

The NAI’s Assistant Director and Central Public Information Officer Jayprabha Ravindran also had no answers to the poser by the Lucknow girl, and responded with an invite to Aishwarya asking her to visit the Archives to find for herself if there were any such relevant papers. Daughter of Sanjay Parashar, a lecturer at GB Pant Polytechnic College, Aishwarya’s mother is an RTI activist as well.

The NAI, she added, in a letter dated March 26, was an institution to provide documents and was not in any way a research helping body. It however offered all facilities to the girl in her “quest for the Gandhi research.”

History however holds that the title of Father of the Nation was given to the Mahatma by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, who in his address on Singapore Radio on July 6, 1944 has addressed Mahatma Gandhi as Father of the Nation. Thereafter on April 28, 1947 Gandhi was referred with the same title by Sarojini Naidu at a conference

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