Subba’s Serendipitous moments

April 20, 2008

Reconciling with the past

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s recent meeting with her father’s assassin (the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi) simply indicates that there’s only one way to heal one’s inner wounds and compassion is just the mechanism to heal and move on.

I can visualize how the meeting in a jail bench in Vellore jail must have been for both the ladies. It must have been a deeply cathartic experience for both of them. Especially for Nalini who’s serving a life sentence for being a collaborator in the crime. Few people know that her death sentence awarded by the courts was actually converted to a life imprisonment at the intervention of Sonia Gandhi (Rajiv Gandhi’s widow and Priyanka’s mother). I guess that must have had a huge impact on Nalini, going by how she described the meeting.

Was Priyanka just curious to find out why and how her father was assassinated? Did she want to check whether Nalini really regretted her act of violence? Was it her way of seeking a closure to the tragedy that happened 18 years ago? I hope one day Priyanka discloses these personal feelings, so that there could be a lot of people who could learn from this experience. .

Coming to peace with the person who has inflicted such a heinous act can only bring peace, healing and closure.

In short, what Priyanka has done is a deeply divine thing, and it requires unusual courage and maturity to do that. It is sickening to see how politicians and the media are using a private meeting to score points.

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  1. Great Insights from the author. It takes a great deal of mental agility and maturity to even think about reconciling with an assassin, especially with somebody who has killed their father in a brutal way. As the author had put it, I would be looking forward too for Priyanka to disclose those personal feelings to the world, as I m sure that it can provide a wealth of learning to everybody.

    Comment by Vish Iyer — April 21, 2008 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  2. […] Forgiveness the sweetest form of revenge Filed under: India, Motivation, Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 6:28 pm The Times of India one of India’s leading dailies carries a beautiful piece on Priyanka’s meeting with Nalini which was covered  here. […]

    Pingback by Forgiveness the sweetest form of revenge « Serendipitous moments — April 27, 2008 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  3. […] The Times of India one of India’s leading dailies carries a beautiful piece on Priyanka’s meeting with Nalini which was covered here. […]

    Pingback by Forgiveness the sweetest form of revenge | Expanding Thought — March 14, 2011 @ 11:34 am | Reply


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