Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Naren - by Balagopal.

 (by late Shri K. Balagopal. Translated by Kiran Vissa)

... Rather than attend meetings in cities, he preferred going from village to village by foot. Even as his brain cancer worsened by formation of secondary tumors, he enthusiastically participated in foot marches against Singareni open cast mining projects in Karimnagar district.

Not only did Naren do all this work, but he did it with a smile. A child-like smile was his hallmark. He would cheerfully bring difficult issues to debate. When Narendranath attended an organizational meeting, everyone knew that he intended to bring up some debate. He used to argue persistently but never demeaned others. In our movements and organizations, we often come across those who consider hurting the other party as winning the argument. This is an important reason for organizations splitting when faced with disagreements. As a person, Naren's nature was completely different from this. This was true about him not only within organizations and movements, but also in social conflicts. He hated injustice but he never hated any individual. I believe this is what he understood as Gandhism. I don’t know how far Gandhi followed this principle, but Narendranath followed it wholeheartedly. He proved that we can be partners in the fight for justice without losing our humanity and good nature to the smallest extent.

When paying tributes posthumously, it is common to describe a person as
‘extraordinary’. But in the true sense of the word, there are only a few extraordinary
people in the world. Gorrepati Narendranath was one of them. 

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