*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful PHOTO PROMPT ©Jan Wayne Fields. The picture brought one word to my mind – FREEDOM! I give here a bit of Indian history!
The primary school at Ratnagiri, the teacher enters the class after the interval. Groundnut shells scattered in the classroom.
“Who scattered the groundnut shells like this?”
“Speak, who ate the groundnuts?”
Teacher decides to punish the entire class and starts to give each boy two cuts with his cane. Bal’s turn. He does not hold out his hand.
“I did not eat the groundnuts. So I will not receive the cuts.”
“Then who ate the groundnuts?”
“It is said that carrying tales is bad. So I won’t tell.”
Even at that young age it was Tilak’s nature to protest against injustice.
*Swaraj means national or local self-government in India
Bal Gangadhar Tilak, considered the Father of Indian National Movement, founded of the “Deccan Education Society” to impart quality education to India’s youth. He was a member of the Municipal Council of Pune, Bombay Legislature, an elected ‘Fellow’ of the Bombay University.