భారత ప్రధమ ప్రధాన మంత్రి పండిట్ జవహర్ లాల్ నెహ్రూ మరణించారు. దేశం యావత్తూ శోకసంద్రంలో మునిగిపోయింది. ఆ రోజుల్లో అటల్ బిహారీ వాజ్ పాయ్ ప్రతిపక్ష జన సంఘ్ నాయకుడు. నెహ్రూ కాంగ్రెస్ కూ వాజ పాయ్ జన సంఘ్ కూ అన్ని విషయాల్లో చుక్కెదురు.
అయినా నెహ్రూ గురించి వాజ్ పాయ్ ఏమన్నారో తెలుసుకుంటే ఆయన హుందాతనం బోధపడుతుంది.
Sir, a dream has been shattered, a song silenced, a flame has vanished in the infinite. It was the dream of a world without fear and without hunger, it was the song of an epic that had the echo of the Gita and the fragrance of the rose. It was the flame of a lamp that burnt all night, fought with every darkness, showed us the way, and one morning attained Nirvana.
Death is certain, the body is ephemeral. The golden body that yesterday we consigned to the funeral pyre of sandalwood was bound to end. But did death have to come so stealthily? When friends were asleep and guards were slack, we were robbed of a priceless gift of life.
Bharat Mata is stricken with grief today — she has lost her favourite prince. Humanity is sad today — it has lost its devotee. Peace is restless today — its protector is no more. The down-trodden have lost their refuge. The common man has lost the light in his eyes. The curtain has come down. The leading actor on the stage of the world displayed his final role and taken the bow.
NOTE: Link provided by Sri Vinnakota Narasimha Rao