krishnakumar chandrasekar nair

Veteran Poet - 1,014 Points (1964 and doing pretty good.. / Thiruvalla, Kerala)

Mahatma Gandhi - Poem by krishnakumar chandrasekar nair

Will there ever be in history books such a glorious one
Who almost singularly brought an empire down?
Making Ahimsa and Satyagraha his lethal weapons
He fought till the oppressors left with their dented crown

An epitome of simplicity all his life
And God almighty his friend and guide
He sought to include and never to divide
This disunited mass of Indians spread out wide

Even today as we madly swim ahead
On the material prosperity’s tidal flood
Let us not forget and lose our heads
Because freedom came with sweat and martyrs blood

Let us now renew the pledge in Mahatma’s name
To better conditions today and also work for tomorrow
To create a nation that lives up to his eternal fame
And be an example for other nations to follow

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this on Gandhi Jayanthi day. One man who gave the world the most potent weapon of satyagraha (non violent protest) and brought tormentors to their knees by hurting their conscience. The world now needs more people like him for true peace to prevail.

Comments about Mahatma Gandhi by krishnakumar chandrasekar nair

  • Gold Star - 12,394 Points Bri Edwards (5/3/2015 9:01:00 PM)

    ok, i had to do some research. i found:

    Satyagraha is literally means “hold onto the truth.”

    and

    So a-himsa means literally lacking any desire to kill,
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    while i was in my senior year in college in the U.S. in 1969, i read a little of Gandhi [i always misspell his name! ] when i was preparing to ask the U.S. selective service system to pardon me from having to serve in the U.S. military. i succeeded in my effort and worked 2 years as a hospital aide in a civilian hospital in lieu of military service.
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    time for more research: (from Wikipedia)

    “British India, Britain's most valuable and populous possession, achieved independence as part of a larger decolonisation movement in which Britain also granted independence to most of the territories of the British Empire. The political transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997 marked for many the end of the British Empire.[6][7][8][9] Fourteen overseas territories remain under British sovereignty. After independence, many former British colonies joined the Commonwealth of Nations, a free association of independent states. Sixteen Commonwealth nations share their head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, as Commonwealth realms.”
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    SO, though Gandhi obviously had a lot to do with the loss of Britain’s “empire”, I would think it goes a bit far to say he “almost singularly brought an empire down”. HE DID have some Indians behind him (or in front of him) too. Right?

    [shall I mention my own country’s “13 American colonies”, which were lost to Britain due to our Revolutionary War? no, I won’t even mention it. :) :) ]

    [NOR will I mention that Germany helped to weaken Britain in the 20th century, or so I’ve read.]
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    STILL, you managed a history/morality lesson while still rhyming pretty well. congratulations!

    Thanks for sharing. Just think what Gandhi might have achieved if he had the internet!

    bri :)

    p.s. Thanks, Gandhi, for helping me form my thoughts in 1969 [along with my Christian upbringing, a ‘religion’ which I no longer hold to]. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 11,467 Points Raymond Farrell (4/23/2015 11:38:00 AM)

    Well written and a great tribute to a great man. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 6, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, October 7, 2013


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