A Student’s letter to Baapu

Dear Bapu,
It has been 71 years since you last walked amongst us. Your essence, however, still remains, through your words and teachings. All these years, I am sure, you have been witness to our successes and failures. I must ask, are you proud Bapu?

I have always admired you for living sternly by your values, no matter how hard the world around you made it. It is a teaching I try to reciprocate in my life. Lately, however, it has been hard. I don’t know how to be positive and love in a world that sees it as a weakness and promptly stamps it out of existence.

Violence

Our world has progressed into many ways and yet the basics of humanity are forgotten. People no longer just hate each other, they have started lynching. Although there are laws allowing people to choose to be different and follow their faiths, extremists of all religions are resolute on fragmenting us.

‘Different’ is seen as an abnormality. Intolerance is exhibited openly as threats to thinkers, educationists, rationalists, activists and environmentalists. The issues of caste are still kept alive for political agendas. Women still fight for their place in society.

It is sad that in all these years, we couldn’t even learn to love our own kind. Humanity’s greed and selfishness has ruined the very planet we live on. Animals, Trees, Birds, etc are treated as resources to be used and consumed, not beings to be loved and respected. We forget that we are only a part of nature and the anthropocentric ego has only grown. Yet we take no responsibility for the state the world is in and our doing.

Every time someone wants to rise above the hate and make the world brighter, their light is quickly stifled by the suffocating cloud of smog emanating from those around. In a world that is run on selfishness, greed, hate and ego, where being humane is nothing more than just a romanticised notion, are we even human anymore?

students letter to Baapu

With all these questions and more raking my brain, digging through my psyche, I write to you in distress. I write to vent and just maybe, through you, find an answer to my question: How do I live with love in my heart in a world that won’t allow it.
Bapu, how did you?

Simran Sharma

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11 thoughts on “A Student’s letter to Baapu

  • October 2, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    Very well written Simran. Maybe changing times require a different approach?

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    Hi Simran,
    Appealing collection of thoughts and narrative, awesome.

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    • October 2, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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      Very nicely written.
      Congratulations Simran !

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  • October 2, 2019 at 7:41 am
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    Very thoughtful Simran. Keep it up.
    The core values are forever. Don’t lose hope.
    Hum Honge Kamiyaab 👍

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    • October 2, 2019 at 9:55 am
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      Excellent… if this is waht todays generation thinks, I am sure future will definitely change…
      Keep it up !

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  • October 2, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Very thoughtful Simran. Keep it up.
    Don’t lose hope. We may need to interpret the teachings of with new time keeping core values same.

    Hum Honge Kamiyaab 👍

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    Awesome job 👏👏

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Hi everyone,
    Thank you so much for your appreciation. Hope to put out more content soon!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    You seems to have grown intellectually, I appreciate your thought process & contents, Keep it up 👍

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