(Originally the martyrdom of the soldiers while defending the sovereignty of the country during the freedom struggle was remembered on Republic Day)
The country was not built in a day sure we know
Sacrifices selfless of thousands made the show
Of the thousands, Father of the Nation was one
By leadership qualities and moral force he won!
That moral force never exerted power but influence;
That is the effect produced by him on the minds
And actions of the others- quite great affluence
Not by the fear of punishment very kind
Or hope of reward; but by the others’ quite free
And intuitive acknowledgement of his intense
And intrinsic superiority- not seen
In the world till his birth and life with a sharp sheen!
(The niece of Mahatma Gandhi places flower petals on his brow as he lies in state at Birla House, New Delhi)
Greatness of Mahatma not seen by the senseless
Assassin sixty eight years ago –heartless
Godse chose to kill him in a manner stealthy
To whom the statues and temple sought to be built!
Gandhi Funeral Procession While India mourned
The grateful nation pays homage to him today
To reaffirm our faith in Gandhiji’s ideals and pay
Respects to the man tallest in the Bharath sure;
Along with him the thousands who served nation pure!
Former Prime Minister paying homage to Mahatmaji on the Martyrs Day