Patradoot or The Messenger27 /Many
English version by Ravindra K Kapoor
Originally written in Hindi by my
Late father Dr. Amar Nath Kapoor
The cruel soldiers surrounded her from all sides,
And torn her sarees and even made scratches,
On her body here and there, dear letter,
Still they could not snatch the national flag from her.
Bearing the cruelties, on her tender body non violently,
Indira* saved the honor of the Nation, dear letter,
This brave daughter of Kamla Nehru and Prayag,*
Has shown the strength of Gandhi’s Satyagraha.*
That young girl Indira is so dear, O dear letter,
To her guardians and her mother and father,
As she has been brought up among the delicacies of life,
Still she has adopted the path, full of thorns for freedom.
Moving ahead, you will find these moonfaced girls,
With the energy like that of electricity,
Their determination for Satyagraha,* would further increase,
The glow of their spotless face, dear letter.
Kanpur India 8th August 2010 to continue in 28
* Indira. ……. For Indira Gandhi, who later on became the Prime Minister of India.
* Prayag. … The holy city of Allahabad is also known as Prayag.
* Satyagraha. … The method of nonviolent resistance developed by Mahatma Gandhi as a
means of pressing for political reform in South Africa and India. Gandhi called his
overall method of nonviolent action Satyagraha. This translates roughly as "Truth-force."
A fuller rendering, though, would be "the force that is generated through adherence to Truth."
Satya is a Hindi word means Truth and Agraha means forcing with non violence. Satyagraha
means Forcing for Truth.
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Patradoot in Hindi was originally written by my father late
Dr. Amar Nath Kapoor in 1932, when he was imprisoned
By the British, as he was fighting for India's freedom
under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. After India’s
independence as a true follower of Gandhi Dr. Amar Nath
Kapoor left active politics and devoted rest of his life in
writing easy mass literature and wrote many Dramas,
Poetry books, epics. All his other literary
works were mainly written from 1955 to 1990.
He left this mortal world in 1994.