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“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” In less than six decades since the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, not just his ideals but also the world has seen drastic changes. As Einstein rightly summed up, it is hard to believe for today’s generation that such a leader walked on earth in flesh and blood. People like Gandhi, Mandela are no lesser than messiahs like Prophet or Jesus. While some cultures saw them as demi-gods while others did not, they all had one common ideology and that was to unite humanity. History has shown that Individuals who changed history for the bad were often used as a pawn in the hands of someone with ulterior motives. Though it is debatable, it was one of the religious factions that were behind the indoctrination of Nathuram Godse’s ideals that provoked him to commit the murder. While details are debatable, the fact of the matter remains that it is the vulnerability of one’s ideals that makes him a prey for others to exploit. I would like to quote another example from our Hindu mythology. The great warrior, Karna was one of the pivotal characters in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. His joining with Duryodhana was one of the defining moments of the plot and had far reaching outcomes. Though Karna was a King of high morals, he was exploited by Duryodhana for his fight against the Pandavas. Duryodhana, though he honored his friendship with Karna and treated him as an equal, used the latter as a pawn to kill Arjuna in the battle of Kurukshetra. Many such Godses, Karnas are merely being exploited by powerful people who are elected leaders of countries and corporates to not just get their work done but also to pass the buck onto others to keep their hands clean.

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