“The light has gone out of our lives...”

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“The light has gone out of our lives and there is dark­ness ev­ery­where. I do not know what to tell you and how to say it. our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the Fa­ther of the Na­tion, is no more. Per­haps I am wrong to say that. Nev­er­the­less, we will never see him again as we have seen him for th­ese many years. We will not run to him for ad­vice and seek so­lace from him, and that is a ter­ri­ble blow, not to me only, but to mil­lions and mil­lions in this coun­try. and it is a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to soften the blow by any other ad­vice that I or any­one else can give you.

The light has gone out, I said, and yet I was wrong. For the light that shone in this coun­try was no or­di­nary light. The light that has il­lu­mined this coun­try for th­ese many years will il­lu­mine this coun­try for many more years, and a thou­sand years later, that light will be seen in this coun­try and the world will see it and it will give so­lace to in­nu­mer­able hearts. For that light rep­re­sented some­thing more than the im­me­di­ate past, it rep­re­sented the liv­ing, the eter­nal truths, re­mind­ing us of the right path, draw­ing us from er­ror, tak­ing this an­cient coun­try to free­dom.

all this has hap­pened when there was so much more for him to do. We could never think that he was un­nec­es­sary or that he had done his task. But now, par­tic­u­larly, when we are faced with so many dif­fi­cul­ties, his not be­ing with us is a blow most ter­ri­ble to bear.”

Cre­ative Com­mons

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