Jawaharlal Nehru’s aged mother, Smt. Swaruprani, was a great patriot herself, and worked a lot for the country’s freedom struggle. Once, while leading a political procession, she got hit on her head by some mischief-makers. She fainted and fell down on the ground, bleeding profusely. Later on, a police officer took her in his car to Anand Bhavan where she lived.
Jawaharlal was obviously very upset with the whole episode, and very worried too. One month later, Nehru was kept in the jail in Bareilly, and Swaruprani had gone to visit him with a bandage still on her head. When asked why she had taken the trouble to come there to meet him in spite of her unhealed wound, she joked about her injury and said, “Jawaharlal, this is not a mere bandage for me, but a badge of honour. I am very proud of it, and even enjoy flaunting it.”
Any wound suffered for the country’s good is a badge of honour, and a matter of immense pride. People have willingly laid down their lives for the country. They are an example that we all must follow. Indian Patriot, Ram Prasad Bismil said these words, “Even if I have to face death a thousand times for the sake of my Motherland, I shall not be sorry.”
Quote: “One individual may die for an idea; but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.” – Subhash Chandra Bose