Some random thoughts – Indi Khanna

On the cusp of adding another year in my life I find myself, uncharacteristically, sitting idle at my clean-as-a-whistle office table.  With little else to do, one’s mind does tend to wander.  So today I very consciously gave it a free rein, allowing it to meander along down my 67 years, picking up little bits and pieces at random, piecing them together into a mirror for me to peer into.

The reflection I see has left me thoroughly confused, wondering whether it was my education which was flawed, or am I stuck in time while our nation has moved on?

Becoming a boarder at a tender age of 5, through my eleven years in Bishop Cotton, our universally relevant school motto, Overcome Evil With Good, was practically etched in my mind, becoming almost my middle name.  Oh yes, I’d have happily gone through life, dispensing with the “Singh” and instead being called Gurrinder Overcome Evil With Good Khanna.

The confusion now, when I am almost 67 years old, stems from me trying to once again define, identify and separate the ‘Good‘ from the ‘Evil‘.

During my formative years and all the way through to quite recently, those two characteristics were stark and easily identifiable.  Most unfortunately, not so any longer.  Our “democracy” today has brought us to the now when, I for one, am left groping in the dark, trying to understand what happened and actually questioning my own upbringing.  Am I now going to have to re-educate myself into believing that I am different to ‘them’?  Am I?  Different – how?

We need to pause.  We need to rewind and go back to thinking with our own minds.  Not with the minds of others who would try and overturn years of education and rational thought. Maybe we now need the second coming of one who was the unborn nation’s lodestar and guided the founding fathers with words which today have much more relevance then at that time when he, in Gitanjali, penned them down more than a century ago:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Is anyone listening?

(Gurrinder [Indi] Khanna)
Rivaz 1959-69

3 thoughts on “Some random thoughts – Indi Khanna

  1. Deepak Kumar Thakur 1973 Rivaz 356

    Thanks Indi. Life in the present scenario is vastly different from what it was when we were in School and even later in college and through our working lives. Many values have been given different meanings. As long as we don’t abandon our capacity of independent thinking, we will be able to live and go through our lives and as our School Song goes, with our motto we’ll prevail, all Overcome.

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  2. Vijay Khurana

    We go through life with such thoughts and it often happens to us. The relevance of these words Tagore wrote are even more severe in today’s context. We pass through extraordinary times and even question the education and the value system imparted to us. We must persist “to seek, to find and never yield” With these words the motto becomes even more meaningful !!
    Cheers

    Vijay Khurana

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  3. Vivek Bhasin

    Hi GOEWGK*!

    Reflection of the mind or looking at your reflection as a tiger does lapping it up in a crystal clear pond and assessing your present, past and future is something we beings are now indulging in more and more because of they way we have been brought down to our knees… much depends if these are case studies to strengthen the mind without fear with your head held high or enter that dark tunnel and suddenly find the engine of your life hitting the brakes…
    It is indeed an absolute phase in our lives that hopefully our grandchildren will tell their own… “ there was a time a century ago when life stopped.Period.. our elders looked at us from a distance and we were told love is a socially distant thing…. we were not hugged held nor could feel the heartbeat nor their warmth… we as young toddlers were told there was a “ sjukdom” a sickness that could effect all of us if our Nana even attempted to caress our heads and Bless Us… we were too young to understand “……

    Warmest Wishes
    Vivek Bhasin

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