October 31, 2010

The Torchbearer



This was no ordinary house.



That was no ordinary time.



And, she was bequeathed no ordinary legacy.


22 comments:

Shrinidhi Hande said...

how come no detailed write up for this post?

Anil P said...

Shrinedhi Hande: Preferred to leave readers space to reflect in the context of their own understanding.

But if this was about Swaraj Bhavan, it would've detailed my experience.

lgsquirrel said...

I think most politicians are just a necessary evil and sometimes I even wonder if they are necessary. But some truly become leaders and builders who are a true blessing to their people and the world. India has had some great leaders including Indira Ghandi. I wish I had had a chance to visit Swaraj Bhawan. Thanks for your minimalist post. One does not need to say much about her.

TALON said...

Thank you, Anil. She was definitely extraordinary.

SG said...

I think this is Allahabad. I remember this when I visited there last time to immerse my mother's ashes.

Anil P said...

Lqsquirrel: In her instance the pedigree of the Nehru family vis-a-vis its intellect, her origins from a community (Kashmiri pandits) known for its academic and intellectual bearings, as also exposure to most of the leaders in the Independence movement will together have contributed to much of her growth in politics.

Emergency has to be one exception to her otherwise sagacity as a political leader.

I would still put her father, Nehru, ahead.

Talon: Welcome. For her times, yes.

SG: Yes, this is Allahabad. The Triveni Sangam in Allahabad is where you'll travelled for the immersion.

I shot these pictures of Swaraj Bhawan on my visit there.

Niamh B said...

definitely an extraordinary birthplace, and an extraordinary person. I had never heard of her before, so thanks for the introduction.

Anil P said...

Niamh B: Thank you. Yesterday was the anniversary of her death many years ago.

She was assasinated by the very two Sikh bodyguards who were entrusted with her safety and security.

dr.antony said...

Anil,
Unusual from you. I loved it.
Some times the pictures speak for themselves.

Anil P said...

Dr.Antony: Thanks. True, sometimes it's best to say little.

Lynn said...

That is a magnificent building. And certainly a remarkable woman.

Riot Kitty said...

I think you have chosen the perfect words.

Nisha said...

I agree with you. Some posts should be left with pictures only for readers to give their meaning.

Indian Bazaars said...

You so often have a completely different way of telling a story. Really liked how you told this one.

Anil P said...

Lynn: Yes, she was, in more ways than one, if not in all ways.

Riot Kitty: Thanks.

Nisha: True. Best to remain silent at times.

Indian Bazaars: Thank you. Always a pleasure to learn you liked the post.

Jingle Poetry said...

these images are beautiful.
xx

dan roberson said...

Her destiny was chosen, her leadership cut short. She was a magnificent person. Thanks for the reminder.

Paz said...

wonderful post! no ordinary place, time or legacy, indeed.

paz

Anil P said...

Jingle Poetry: Thank you.

Dan Robertson: Thank you.

Paz: Thanks.

SEPO said...

very true....! no ordinary legacy

Anil P said...

SEPO: Absolutely.

Anil P said...

SEPO: Absolutely.