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Each One Takes What One Doesn't Have

Each One Takes What One Doesn't Have

Veronica Bernard
You won't have a happy life if you worry about what others say about you.

Pundit Vinayak Damodar Veer Savarkar (28 May 1883 – 26 February 1966) was an Indian pro-independence activist, politician as well as a poet, writer and playwright. When Vinayak Damodar was studying law at the City Law School, England, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who always felt animosity and jealousy for Savarkar, and because he never lowered his head towards him, and their "arguments" very bitter , were very often.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining hall of the University and Savarkar came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor, in his arrogance and hate, said, "Mr Savarkar: you do not understand... a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat ", to which Savarkar replies very courteously, "You do not worry professor, I'll fly away ", and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, green of rage, decides to take revenge on the next test, but Savarkar responds brilliantly to all questions. The plan of the professor boomeranged.

Then, Mr. Peters asked him the following question, "Mr Savarkar, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom, and another bag with a lot of money; which one will you take?" Without hesitating, Savarkar responded, "The one with the money, of course".

Mr. Peters, smilingly, said, "If I were in your place, I would have taken the wisdom".

"Don't you think? Each one takes what one doesn't have", responded Savarkar, indifferently.

Mr. Peters, already hysteric, writes on the exam sheet the word "idiot" and gives it to Savarkar.

Savarkar takes the exam sheet and sits down. A few minutes later, Savarkar goes to the professor and says, "Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade."

Veer Savarkar is revered as a India patriotic leader. In later part of his life he advocated dismantling the system of caste in Hindu culture, and reconversion of the converted Hindus back to Hindu religion. Savarkar created the term Hindutva, and emphasised its distinctiveness from Hinduism which he associated with social and political communalism. The stated aim of Savarkar's Hindutva was to create an inclusive collective identity. The five elements of his philosophy were Utilitarianism, Rationalism and Positivism, Humanism and Universalism, Pragmatism and Realism. You can read more about him here.

Contributed By Veronica Bernard

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