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  • When my grandfather visited Delhi a few years ago, I took him out to see some places I thought he might like to visit. One of these places was Mahatma Gandhi's tomb -- not where he is buried (Gandhi was cremated), but a memorial of sorts.

    Grandpa had his palms joined together the whole time and kept looking around with reverence. He told me later of how, as a boy, he had seen Gandhi in the flesh and had cleaned drains with him. The habit never left him -- he still cleans our localities drains (he is 85) himself.

    But I also sensed disillusionment in the old man. Only natural, one might think, seeing as how he must have had certain dreams about this country that he never saw fulfilled.

    As we toured the memorial, I heard him speak a particular phrase under his breath, over and over again, "Ungrateful nation!"
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