What if Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1996?

What if Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1996?

How would he have looked at this world?

Would he have been the dove carrying the message of peace or–

Would he have been the advocate of the peace?

What if Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1996?

Should he’ve gone into the deep of the events of the 1992 or 1993;

Should he’ve remembered the 1999 Kargil War or 2001 11th September–

When he would’ve grown up in to-day?

What would he would’ve done when the world cheered for the assassinations–

of dictator Saddam Hussein, of the terrorist Bin Laden?

What would’ve been his speech of condolence

when Alan Kurdi washed up on the beach?

What would he would’ve said to the Mumbai Attack 2008?

What if Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1996,

Would he have been thrown away from the train to-day–

And would the paparazzi, cell phone journalist protest with him in front?

What if Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had been born in 1996

Would have the world listened to his teaching of peace, non-violence?

Would have the world understand the meaning of peace?

What if…


Note: When, on 7th of June, 1893, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was thrown from the train Pietermaritzburg  he was 23 years old. So, standing in 2019 to reflect that age where Satyagraha had started, the year 1996 has been chosen. I refrain from using the title Mahatma because it was bestowed on him by Rabrindranath Tagore in 1915.

The events of 1992 means the demolition of the Babri Masjid on 6th December 1992 and, Bombay Blast that had occurred on 12th March 1993.


Written for Day 6 of National/Global Poem Writing Month 2019.

Prompt:

For our (optional) prompt, today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of the possible. Write a poem that emphasizes the power of “if,” of the woulds and coulds and shoulds of the world.


8 responses to “What if Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1996?”

  1. so much historical information in your poetry Sangbad. it is one that makes me read over and ponder what if indeed this man was alive then, could he have changed the course of history. your thoughts evoke deep reflection on how we shape history through action and indecision.

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    1. Yeah…the world is changing… and I often thought how would have it if man like him is to-day’s man…

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      1. the world would be a different place, maybe much more peaceful then now

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  2. such poignant thoughts transcribed in lines which exude the power of if. time has changed. and you showed that truth so vividly.

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  3. That was quite a different one Sang! It makes me ponder too, how would he perceive today’s world 🤔🤔

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    1. Yeah for last three decades India had seen a lot of things and I sometimes and often think on how he would have reacted if he was now…

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  4. You set me imagining what if Gandhiji was ‘born in 1996’ 😀. For one he wouldn’t go on a Dandi March…too much of traffic. I guess the rest may have been the same…Nice poem!

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