Where the Twain meet Today: A Perspective. ( Capturing the importance of 11th August) – Kunal Roy
Remember the soft, supple lyrics of the famous song, “Akbar biday de ma, ghure ashi” from the black and white movie ‘Subhash Chandra’, sung by the melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.
The words are still sharp. The voice is still piercing. However, the name of the lyricist as well as the music director is yet to be obtained. Something you can call traditional, making an all-pervasived journey through the mind and soul of every individual.
This song was perhaps written to retell the timeless sacrifice made by the youngest patriot Khudiram Bose and his perfect acolyte Prafulla Chaki.
Both of them had to shoulder the onus of killing the infamous Kingsford. Preparations were sky high. And finally it was 30th April the plan was executed. But destiny had a different story to weave. The Kennedy couple were killed by the bombing and Kingsford was miraculously saved!
The whole city went into a state of insanity! The British cops were in a desperate quest of those young men and eventually in a scuffle Prafulla Chaki shot himself dead and Khudiram Bose were caught and hanged on 11th August Saturday, 1908.
More than a century managed to pass like a wink of an eyelid. Yet the token of love and reverence for such patriotic souls remain unfazed! The Sun of the British Empire was in the mid sky. The tales of torment and sacrifice continued without a second thought until the people of India had a tryst with destiny on the 14th mid night, 1947.
On the other hand, today is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, fondly known as Janmasthami. It is believed Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of Lord Krishna to kill the Mathura King Kamsha and protect from reaching the state of jeopardy! The day is celebrated throughout the nation amid flower decoration, blowing of conch shell and chiming of bells, especially in Northern and Eastern India. Sweets are distributed among the devotees. The image of Lord Krishna in his childhood form, called gopal is bathed in milk and honey.
Later he puts on a gorgeous drapery and the twinkling jewels to cater a completely different look to the god. The flow of infinite divinity through every particle of the cosmos is very much evident on this auspicious day!
But it is really phoney to note that the ‘celebration of birth’ and the ‘mourning over death’ coincided on the same day. One is the poor mortal, another is the divine entity. Both complement one another in more than one way. Both had a vision of establishing a new , fresh nation devoid of all the pains and sufferings. Both were victorious in their own way. Both had broken the new ground of tomorrow. Both acted as a beacon for the sailors amid the surging ocean. Both had worked for the upliftment of the social race. Both had left after their journey was over! Life is queer and at times looks more queer beyond our fantasy. It is really important to look beyond thr obvious and be a little indifferent to all the material riches around us. A little tranquil the soul would become. A little purpose would be discovered behind the reason of this existence. A little welfare for the others would be sought!!