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Love for Motherland: A Story of A Revolutionary Town

Last Updated: November 27, 2023

This short story vividly portrays a revolutionary leader and the profound love the town has for the motherland. Join the movement to protect their birthplace and immerse yourself in this motivational tale. Are you ready to experience the inspiring love for the motherland? Read on.

Bilaspur is a colony of the poor, where neither the light of an urban lamp nor the color of urban living reach. There are small shops of tradesmen and confectioners on the side of the road. A poor person named Vishnudas lives in this town. When Vishnudas was ten years old, his parent died. He has been living his life alone since his parents’ death. Thin in appearance, simple in nature, and has a great love for spirituality. One more thing, Vishnudas is a warm-hearted person who helps everybody with their needs.

As a legacy, Vishnudas has a mud house. There are two rooms in his abode. He lives in one room and has a paan shop in the other. The shop is the only source of his livelihood.

Bilaspur is a big town. Mahendra Singh, a wealthy businessman in the city, wants to build factories by destroying the huts of the poor.

One day, Mahendra Singh put his proposal in front of the government, and the government accepted the proposal for their benefit. In return, they decided to give compensation to Bilaspur’s public. As soon as the news reached the people of Bilaspur, they became furious. 

Vishnudas – This is the land of our ancestors, and we will not leave our motherland. Let us see, how a city person comes here to make factories.

The entire town (in unison) – We will not leave our motherland under any circumstances.

The very next day, Mahendra Singh came to the town. He talked about giving huge compensation to all the residents. All the people were glad to hear this news. They thought that they would never get a better amount than this. They happily accepted the offer. Vishnudas was unhappy with this proposal and didn’t want to go away from his motherland at any cost.

Vishnudas (from Mahendra Singh) – Saheb, I will not leave my land. It is the only memory of my ancestors. 

Mahendra Singh – You are getting the best compensation in return for this land. You can build a house anywhere in the city.

The people of the whole town came together and explained to Vishnudas. But he was firm on his decision.

Vishnudas – I am the das (devotee) of Shri Hari Vishnu and want to say what Shri Ram Ji said,

“अपि स्वर्णमयी लङ्का न मे लक्ष्मण रोचते। जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी॥”

“Api Swarnamayi Lanka na me Lakshman Rochate. Janani Janmabhumishcha Swargadapi Gariyasi.”

“O Lakshman, the El Dorado Lanka doesn’t allure to me. Mother and motherland are greater than heaven.”

Vishnudas’s words mesmerized everyone. Every word made its abode in everyone’s heart. The people have decided that they would not sell their land at any cost.

The next day, patwari (a village registrar) came to the town with the police force and asked the residents to vacate the house. The people argued with them and said, “Whatever happens, we will not leave our homes.” The police force forcibly came with bulldozers. The public stood in front of the bulldozer. 

The news of resolute Bilaspur spread like a fire in the whole state. People from the different parts joined Bilaspur’s public, and within a few days, thousands of people gathered there. The police started lathi-charge, but people stood up like a huge rocks. Many people fainted, but the police couldn’t break their unabated resolve.

A conch’s sound was echoing in this movement, “Even if death comes, we will not leave our motherland. One day we have to die anyway. We must live and die for it. This is the best time to express our love for the motherland.” This conch’s sound did not belong to anyone else, but it belonged to Vishnudas only. His lofty voice was the source of enthusiasm for the activist. The struggle continued for several days. At last, the government had to kneel in front of the historical revolution.

Works Cited

1. Attribution to the featured image for this post: Rajan Goswami. Crowd of ethnic people on street during Indian religious festival at night. Pexels, 04 Apr. 2020, Accessed 27 Nov. 2023.

Preeti Bhandari

Hello, I’m Preeti Bhandari from Bharat (India). Welcome to my web space, where captivating stories, heartfelt memoirs, insightful book reviews, and various miscellaneous articles await you. Embark on this literary journey with me and discover the diverse tapestry of stories waiting to be unveiled.

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