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My father and his friend Gobinda Tripathy were aptly disturbed in the first few years after independence.It became restlessness and finally disillusion in next few decades.Poor fellows ,spent two decades of their lives in freedom struggle including prison and next four decades in nation building. The country did not bother to involve such people in the development process,forget about nationalism.

Nationalism and Development: Where do Gandhian Perspectives fit in ? A one thousand Dollar question,but I have not got an answer till date.Gandhi will soon be a forgotten chapter of the New Indian History.

This is the centenary year of Gobinda Mousa, my father’s too.This is my tribute to these two friends who devoted their life for the welfare of people. While Gobinda Mousa worked for making a hospital for his fellow villagers at Baliput , my father worked for a market for the rural coconut growers at Sakhigopal.They were Gandhis for their villages.They preferred to work in a Gandhian way lifelong at their hometown Puri.

My father and his friend Gobinda Tripathy were aptly disturbed in the first few years after independence.It became restlessness and finally disillusion in next few decades.Poor fellows ,spent two decades of their lives in freedom struggle including prison and next four decades in nation building. The country did not bother to involve such people in the development process,forget about nationalism.

While remembering Gobinda Mousa, I fondly remember my father. My father and I had a lot of differences of views.But ,whenever I differed in views,I  always looked at his feet and not face.I never sat on his favorite chair,nor wore his favourite chappal.But we discussed many issues and my philosophical foundation began with that.

Gobinda Mousa was the best friend of my father.Some other friends were Dr Abhimanyu Mohanty,Somanath Mahapatra,Nilamani Dubey,Jadumani Jena .....so on.Their normal place of meeting Adarsha Mistanna Bhandara was closed in early 1970s. Our Hotel Sri Hotel and Restaurant near Mochi Sahi Chhak was then their place of meeting for a few years.Later,Gobinda Mousa and my father used to meet at Daitapara Sahi Residence of Gobinda Mousa or Rampal Saha Godown on the Grand Road at times.

It will take me a few posts to write about my father and how he  and his friends like Gobinda Mousa were sidelined in the National Development Process in the Post Independence Period.Gandhian Perspectives died,but Gandhians like my father and Gobinda Mousa remained in their Gandhian way throughout their life.

Where is Gandhism Today ?  My father   and his friend Gobinda Mousa alias Gobinda Tripathy had this question in his last two decades of life and  I am yet to get a suitable answer. Practically, new generation of the country has successfully committed a Murder of Gandhi in the new Millennium .
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My father was with Swatantra Party,it was then the political party in power in Odisha.Rajendra Narayan Singhdeo,the erstwhile king of the princely state of Patnagarh,was the Chief Minister.My father was the General Secretary of Puri District and had very good rapport with the Chief Minister and a few prominent ministers,especially Shri Rajballav Mishra and Shri Harihar Patel.They used to have small party meetings on the roof of our house...just in front of the sea.

Chief Minister Shri Singhdeo wanted to give a party ticket to my father in 1967.He politely refused and decided to remain in organisational politics.

People like Gobinda Mousa and my father were different,they always wanted to build up the structure  so that their party will have a solid base among people.Fighting an Assembly election was requiring a few thousand rupees and that was on people's contribution.Leaders were doing their election campaign on Bicycle or on foot,may be at best a Jeep.
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How beautiful was the friendship between Gobinda Mousa and my father....they were in two different political parties,but were staunch Gandhians.Gandhism was the binding force and the other  binding force was a sense of  commitment for people.

Gobinda Mousa did not have a house in Puri,nor did my father have any. Both were educated and could have gone for a salaried job. But instead, both preferred public service as their go of life.

Fakir Mishra was the Chairman of Puri Municipality.He offered a piece of land  to both as journalists and social workers respectively .My father did not accept the offer and on frequent request from Fakir Mousa,opted in favour of my uncle.I do not know what Gobinda Mousa did.

Interestingly,Gobinda Mousa continued in Congress and my father went with Chakraborty Rajagopalachari to  Swatantra Party ,but political rivalry was not there in the discharge of duty,whoever deserves was getting the dues.They were regular members of Adarsha Mistanna Bhandar, the first Coffee House of Puri way back in 1960s.While Gobinda Mousa worked as the District Correspondent of daily Prajatantra, my father worked for Swarajya. The State Government in 1968 offered a few built in houses to Social Workers and Journalists at Bhubaneswar.Chief Minister personally told my father.'I am working at Puri.What shall I do with a house at Bhubaneswar ?' It was my father's reply.Gobinda Mousa may have done the same thing as his party Congress was in power for a longer period.
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Alas,these days tiny political workers of any place want a house at the state capital to further their political ambitions ! And my father wanted to work for the people of his place in the Gandhian ideology of Gram Swaraj living with the people to serve them.It has become difficult for the people to meet their elected representatives after they get elected.I am told,our dear MP from Puri has not visited his constituency for the last few months...and our CM got him at the cost of Braja Kishore Tripathy,a real worker for the people.

No wonder,it is not people's support,but political wave that governs the country now at the centre and at  the level of states.What a nice way to kill Gandhi and his ideologies.It is not Nathuram Godse,we killed Gandhi and have been butchering his body for the last 70 years,now it has become more rampant.

History will one day remember people like Gobinda Mousa and my father, sooner or later. My childhood memories are full of memories of Gobinda Mousa and his son Bijoy, my classmate. I was five years old when Gobinda Mousa and my Father used to walk from Malatipatpur to Baliput on foot with me on the cycle carrier .

I am still in that cycle carrier of the Freedom Movement of India !

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