The world-famous author H.G.Wells wrote a nice story, ‘The Country Of The Blind’. It is the story about a young traveller, who has reached a quite unfamiliar area and falls in love with a blind girl.
The young traveller visits a valley that has no contact with the outside world. All living beings there were born blind. All the people were accustomed to life without eyes. They rejoiced at the birth of humanity and festivals, and mourned when someone died. They were very open-hearted. He was surprised. He stayed there for a few days and fell in love with a blind but a very beautiful girl. He proposed to her and the girl said yes.
On the other hand people were amazed from the day he arrived that he had eyes and he could see everything. Initially, they did not believe it when he said that he can see but then many people came to the conclusion that he was suffering from a strange disease called ‘eyes’. They thought that he can become a complete man like them only if his eyes can be removed.
The young traveller asked the girl to get married to him.
“I like you very much, and I can’t imagine my life without you. But, our society won’t accept you. Because you have got eyes! They will accept you only if you will remove your eyes. Your eyes are a barrier between our love,” she replied.
For once the young traveller got ready to remove eyes to gain the girl’s love and the society’s approval. But, when he woke up the next morning, he saw the sunrise, the flowers blooming and the birds flying. He said to himself, “Vision is not any curse but it’s a blessing. I’ll live without love but I won’t let the vision go.”
If we take our country as the land of blind then we will understand that here many people like Dabholkar, who ran an anti-superstition campaign, can see yet people think they are not fit to live in the society.
People like, Anna Hazare, G. R. Khairnar, Durgashakti Nagpal and Satyadev Dube – who were raising their voice against corruption, are either being considered to be insane or they are being murdered. Their only fault is that they can see what rest of the country or society cannot!
Can you see?
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