INTO THE PAST WITH PAIN ….322
Dr K Prabhakar Rao
Gandhi, patel and Nehru are seen sitting on Tank bund on a long old model Cast Iron sofa facing the lake… The water appears to be fresh although filthy smell is noticed.
Gandhi. This s lake must be very old.
Patel. Yes Bapu. This is vey old, built during the rule of kutub shahi kings of Golconda. It is surprising it has survived so long.
Gandhi, Where lake will go. People need it. So it has stayed. But I am sure it is not same today.
Patel. True Bapu. Every where land prices have gone up very high and people are craving for every inch of land.People are migrating to cities from villages as agriculture has failed of late,
Bapu. True. There is no employment opportunity in villages. All industries are at cities. So people migrate to cities.
Patel. How sad. Our people neglected your vision of village industries in India.
Bapu. More over ,the society has been badly corrupted. What we can do.
Patel. You wanted congress to be disbanded . But your most favourite Nehru did not listen. He wanted power at all costs.
Gandhi. Why say these things now? Did you not take up deputy PM post ? Why
you have not stayed out of cabinet?
Patel. It was a mistake no doubt. But we were discussing about the lake.
Gandhi. Yeah.This lake survived because during the rule of past kings and sultans like Nizams, people could not play mischief. King had the absolute power. No one dared to occupy lands clandestinely or by fraud. He would have been sent to gallows.
Patel. True Bapu. Some discipline was there although freedom was not there and it was an autocratic rule. But was better I am sure.
Gandhi. Say in low tone. Some guys may listen and tell police.
Patel. Let them. What they can do? We are dead already. They can not get a rupee from us.
Gandhi. We have deviated from topic. Lake survival we were discussing.
Patel. Yes Bapu. After we got freedom , it has become free for all. All useless guys have become leaders. Cheats, Thugs, criminals , goondas, Gangsters, land grabbers, fake educationalists and rapists are the leaders now and are wielding power.
Gandhi. I learnt that only such guys get party tickets.Haa..ha…
Patel. But you thought all will be good guys ruling this land. To day if you stand in elections you will loose deposit. No party will give ticket to you. You can bribe the party chief as you have no money. Haa..haaa.
Gandhi. I never thought so. I knew there will be trouble in the land. If wanted, I would have become the top man.
Patel . Then you would have not become Mahatma. Bapu. We were discussing the lake.
Gandhi. Some how my sixth sense tells me that this lake will be swallowed soon.
Patel. I also feel same. Already lot of lake land has been swallowed by slums, and land grabbers who built buildings .
Nehru. Patel. Do you know that there many lakes with in city limits and around.
Patel. Yes. I know.
Nehru. How many have been encroached up on.?
Patel . All most all lakes have been encroached up on.
Nehru. That means all governments were party to these illegal activities.
Gandhi. These are vote bank politics. Once land is illegally occupied, local leaders emerge in vote bank politics. If you go around Hyderabad, all illegat colonies are getting legalized by paying money to municipal corporation.
Patel. That means thief becomes a kotwal one day.
Gandhi. Haaa..haaa. Heee… heee
Nehru. What is there to laugh so big?
Patel. All reasons are there to laugh . We gave freedom thinking that rama raj will emerge.
But Ravan rajya has emerged. You guys know Indira Gandhi imposed emergency in the country as she wanted to continue as PM eternally.
Nehru. Why bring her into discussion?
Patel. Oh I forgot that she was your daughter. You are getting upset.
Gandhi. No one should get upset when facts are discussed.
Nehru. Bapu. Now things are getting personal . I want to go away.
Patel. Please do not run. You are escapist
Gandhi. Patel, Please leave him. Let us stop discussion as Nehru is getting upset.
Patel. Bapu, As usual, you have yielded to Nehru sahib . Before we got freedom, you yielded to him and we are in thick soup now.
Gandhi . No one can change destiny. If India has to become Islamic state one day, who can stop it? No one.
Patel. Bapu. You have not changed even after so many years after your martyrdom.Just too bad.
Gandhi. Relax guys. Let us go..
( The trio walks away slowly as the dirty smell of the lake follows them )