Gandhi Movie Reflection

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I would 've been a mere 10 years old when I watched the movie Gandhi the first time. Knowing that it 'll be tough to wade through the intensity alone, my family watched it with me. There was a scene when an anxious man, played by Om puri, straggles towards Gandhi in one of his meetings. The man warbles "I 've killed a small Muslim boy in the ongoing Hindu-Muslim riots". Gandhi feels the repugnance of the action and then issues out his verdict. He says "Go and adopt a Muslim boy who 's been bereaved of his guardians". The man, still confused if he can ever be exculpated, feels extenuated nonetheless. After all, Gandhi had stamped the decision. Baffled, I asked my parents what kind of justice was that. They said the country was in absolute tatters, and the only justice Gandhi could have provided was to make things somewhat better. That was pretty heavy but still pretty simple. If someone goes on and commits something egregious, the law should simply work out a way to set things right. Hence if the situation in the recently partitioned India was to be pretty much in control, this man had to be hanged. But just because the ruckus all over the place was too titanic for one murderer to be convicted, the right sentence was for this man, this otherwise heinous convict, to be asked to make amends for the sins collectively committed. That explanation became the bedrock of my understanding of law and rectitude. Fast forward to today. It 's been 13 years - more than half of the
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