Rani Laxmi Bai!
We live in an age where it trendy to compare multi-millionaire actors and popular celebrities with revolutionary men and women of the past, with a Bhagat Singh or a Lakshmibai, who fought implacable odds with limited means.
That these men and women are being compared with rich actors who travel with Y-plus security in air conditioned cars is to denigrate and insult those icons of the past who suffered tremendously against a much more powerful enemy who stripped them of their freedom, their negated their honesty with propaganda, and who beat and murdered these brave men and women.
Surya Sen had his finger nails systematically pulled out, Bhagat Singh and his comrades was force fed through a nasal pipe in prison, Tilak spent six years in an imprisoned exile, Lala Lajpat Rai was beaten to death by police, Lakshmi, the queen of Jhansi, died fighting bravely with 5,000 fellow soldiers.
That those superfluous men and women of today, those who have not laboured to their core to gain freedom, are being compared to these individuals of the past who proved their mettle and retained their dignity while on the run from the British officials, fought back and died with graceful honour, is an indignity.
And the celebratory elan with which the Indian people are falling in love with these hollow shells of human beings instead of aiming to strive to be a Bhagat Singh, or a Subhas Bose, or a Savarkar, or a Pritilata Waddedar, or a Lakshmi, reveals how deep the rot has set in to this age and to these people.
Cartoonist: Satish Acharya