Do Bapu's teachings have any relevance today? This was a question put up by people in many a discussions, but that was before this movie. I felt that lage Raho... did a reasonably good job in answering all the critics of Mahatma that his principles do not hold water in today's world. Ahinsa and tolerance can pay, and without any side-effects at that. Although they do not pay immidiately, you have to persist with them, patiently.
I understand that people will still be doubtful, but I am hopeful that someday they will also agree that there is no permanent solution apart from forgiveness. This is what every religion teaches, but bigots do not want to use their head. Nothing can be farther from religion than those who indulge in violence in the name of God.
Tell me honestly, which is more difficult, to avenge or to forgive? Count the number of times you have forgiven and the number of times you have taken revenge. Next time someone does you any bad, try to forgive him. Not just by not taking any action against him, but also by removing any ill feeling against him. Can you do that? I tell you, it is not that easy. So why not become the real strong person? I am telling all this from my personal experience. It is really hard to do that. I am not saying that I have been cent-percent successful at this. But atleast I have been trying.
I never thought that it would be possible to write this kind of stuff in a public forum. But LRM has made it easier for me to express such feelings. I hope that atleast one person will try to follow my advice. Believe me, I am an atheist. Or probably an agnostic. And I am preaching no religion. This is common sense, which is, well, very uncommon these days.
Long live Bapu and keep it up Hirani.
PS - I know, guys will disagree. Let your thoughts flow. Keep them coming.
Bande me tha Damm