In the entire history of the world there is only one occasion when an oppressed people obtained freedom through peaceful means. This unique distinction was the Mahatma's gift to our Nation. Yet, barely four decades since this extraordinary event, India has lost its claims to being a peaceful nation. The grandson of Nehru has symbolised this fall by violating the election codes and aggressing upon the grandson of the Mahatma.

This physical event starkly brings into focus a whole question, a vitally important threshold. Have we nourished and cared for the gift that we have received from the Father of Our Nation? What is the India was we are going to build and bequeath to our children?