Holding on to straws as Parents avec Conscience abandon the boat with legal, ethical & moral holes, under the pseudo-philosophical head ‘The Ability to Let Go’, Nalini Dhariwal, a diehard pro 13-14/4 shift parent who together with Mubita Mubayi, Sridhar, Chariar, Atishi, Mahua, Sukanya etc was at the forefront of writing letters against the nine petitioner parents and in support of the SAES, has emailed to Mirambika All Parents that the ones who signed the impleadment (read interveners) and continue to stick by it (she hasn’t disclosed how she speaks for the 50 odd interveners), believe that they demonstrate (the bullet points in bold):
- the ability to let go of positions caused by the sudden 14th April move
Our Comment: She agrees that that 14th April move was sudden. That’s what the nine petitioner parents have stated in their petition. The teachings of Mirambika have led the nine petitioner parents to explore the reasons for such a sudden move and question them. This must be done lest as Shaayar Muzaffar Razmi wrote ‘Ye jabr bhi dekha hai taarikh ki nazron ne, lamhon ne khata ki thi sadiyon ne saza payi.’
- the ability to forgive mistakes that often we all make out of fear
Our Comment: She agrees that the 14th April move was a mistake committed out of fear i.e., mere perception and no reality. That’s what the nine petitioner parents have stated in their petition. The teachings of Mirambika have led the nine petitioner parents to explore the reasons for such a mistake and question them. Those who committed that mistake out of fear have neither accepted the same nor sought forgiveness for it. In any case, SAES was duty bound to investigate that fear truthfully before acting on it, violating child rights and causing trauma.
The Gita says that
“Anyone who gives up prescribed duties as troublesome, or out of fear, is said to be in the mode of passion.”
- the ability to accept change and look forward to a new future
Our Comment: Her accepting the “change” resulting from a “mistake made out of fear” is at best for herself. The question is whether she was aware of the 14th April move in advance and has impleaded herself / intervened on that basis. The teachings of Mirambika have led the nine petitioner parents to fight for a new future to be built only by clean hands and with good intent.
- the ability to Trust management to do the right thing whether or not that takes us back to the old building
Our Comment: Her trusting the management which brought about the “change” resulting from a “mistake made out of fear” is at best for herself. The question is whether she would like the school to move back to the Mirambika Building in accordance with law or not? The teachings of Mirambika have led the nine petitioner parents to trust their inner voices and insist on the school moving back to the Mirambika Building in accordance with law, ethics and morals.
- the ability to deal with ambiguity
Our Comment: Holding on to this last straw, she is hiding her ignorance and non-application of mind under an illusion of ambiguity. As a diehard pro-shift parent who got questionable letters signed by many innocent parents (without disclosing their purpose) which has got them embroiled before the Court against their will, she should at least now study the papers filed in Court and then deal with the reality. The teachings of Mirambika have led the nine petitioner parents to not be lazy and apply their minds to discover the real facts.
The Gita says that
“Prescribed duties should never be renounced. If, by illusion, one gives up his prescribed duties, he is only acting out of ignorance.”
We are proud that there is a fine group of people like the nine petitioner parents in Mirambika who have really imbibed the teachings of Sri Aurobindo & the Mother and so cannot accept a feudal or colonial approach while living in the thriving constitutional democracy that our Mother India is! These parents draw inspiration from what Lord Krishna said to Arjun “It is a sin to commit injustice, but it is a greater sin to tolerate injustice.”