after Popularity or Happiness
Rajaji's interest in the affairs of
the country and his concern for the future always remained the same. They
did not diminish a whit till the very end of his long life. He was troubled
deeply that people of the country were not happy, that moral standards
were going down in public life and that persons in public life did not
even basic honesty.
This unequalled intellectual passed
away on December 25, 1972. He was then 94.
Rajaji received in his life both great
honor and violent criticism. He heard theharshest words of criticism from
his owncolleagues. People who could not understand him pelted stones at
him. He withstood all that. And he was the Governor General of India. He
was also the recipient of the highest award, the Bharata Ratna. Rajaji,
who explained the meaning of the Bhagavad- Gita in his books, had imbibed
its essence in his own life. Praise did not elate him; malicious words
did not upset him. So many people reproached him saying that he encouraged
the creation of Pakistan. Rajaji also did want an undivided India. But
he came to the conclusion that India could not get freedom unless Pakistan
was conceded to the Muslims. If some people want Pakistan, why keep them
with us by force? Let us give them what they want let them experience the
happiness or the misery or their new state. This is political wisdom. So
ran his thoughts. Gandhiji himself once said, "If I had made over the leadership
to Rajaji, I would not have had to see the bloodshed that occurred for
the division of the country. He can see six months ahead of me."
Rajaji did not get much happiness in
his family life. When he was just thirty-five his wife died. He was very
young and also had a very good income. Many relatives and friends told
him that he should marry again.
Rajaji, who had five children, said
in his own humorous way, "If I marry again, I would have to look after
the sixth child along with the five I have."