AUTHOR: HUSNA ADVANI DOSSANI
Once Sunil and his son, Ravi were watching news to check out the current issues all over the world. Suddenly a breaking news flashed ‘A Dalit entered the compound of the temple where ten Brahmins were praying. They got angry and in the attempt of getting him out of the temple, the Dalit tripped over and died.’ The news reporter said. ‘He was a Dalit and committed the sin of entering a pure place. We asked him to get out. But God sees everything, as he went out his leg slipped and he fell down hitting the ground’ said one of the Brahmins. ‘The police believe otherwise. The Dalit was badly injured by the Brahmins and police is still investigating the actual reason that caused his untimely death.’ The news reporter added.
‘Why don’t they say the truth? The Brahmins killed the poor soul only because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, just being alive and not bothering anyone. And for this fault of his, they murdered him’ Sunil said in anger.
Just then a five-year old boy entered the room and screamed ‘daddy, daddy, there is a spider in my room. Please help.’
Sunil got up to help his grandson. He rushed inside the room with a broomstick to kill the spider while in the mean time Ravi went inside the kitchen and brought a cup and a napkin.
As Sunil was about to kill the spider with the broomstick, Ravi asked him to stop. He then took the cup in his hand and brushed the spider inside it with the napkin. He then closed the mouth of the cup with the napkin, went outside the house and released the spider.
Sunil who was following him saw everything. Confused he asked his son, ‘Why did you take so much of pain? You could have easily killed the spider and got rid of him.’
Listening to this, Ravi replied ‘There was nothing wrong that the spider did. He was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, just being alive and not bothering anyone. Is this a crime? Dad, today I understood that killing someone is not the solution to any problem and I want my son to learn the same so that one day when he grows up, he values everyone.’
MORAL: TEACH YOUR CHILD NOW WHAT YOU WANT HIM TO BE WHEN HE GROWS UP. A CITRUS SEED CAN NEVER BLOOM INTO A MANGO TREE.