About 1928. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was then a ten-year-old girl on a one-time ducksite in India. Went on a summer vacation to Mussoorie, a town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Father Jawaharlal Nehru is busy at work in Allahabad. Eager to spend time with his daughter, the father wrote letters to her one summer after another. What was written in those letters? In every letter he tells the story to the girl; How did the path of the planet Earth begin, the rise of life, the beginning of civilization. The story is not over when the holidays are over.
Why did the father go to tell his ten-year-old daughter? There is no end to the work of the father who returned to British India. Meeting after meeting with Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad with the intention of liberating Bharatmata. Don’t forget about the girl. In the first letter, the father explains the logic of writing a letter – our world is now divided into many small and big states. But the planet called Earth belongs to all of us. The father’s belief is that his letters will teach the daughter to understand that all the peoples living on this earth are our brothers and sisters.
The father wanted the daughter to receive her education from nature, from her surroundings. That is why he gave the title of the first letter ‘Book of Nature’. Indira adopted nature as a book as a child. He used to spend a lot of time during the day looking at the rocks, trees and insects lying around. And watching the stars at night.
The child who grows up with love for nature and man naturally develops his sense of responsibility towards nature and man at an early age and that love and sense of responsibility will continue throughout his life. A child who grows up loving nature and man cannot think of the evils of the world when he grows up.
Nehru’s historical thinking was so modern and liberal that even nine decades after the publication of his letters to the teenage girl, their relevance has not diminished, but increased. Because despite the massive improvement in the quality of life of many people, the complexity of life is increasing; The world is becoming more and more violent than before. Racial hatred and cruelty to nature are constantly heating up our world of love.
The letters are written in English. After being published in English as ‘Letters from a Father to His Daughter’, it has been translated into many languages of the world. There are at least two collections in Bengali called ‘Babar Chithi’ and ‘Kalyanyasu’.
The letters written by the father of a politician to his daughter almost a century ago will awaken in our young generation a deep love for nature and man. They will make the world habitable, take the helm of the new world. Will be equally responsible towards family, society, country, world. And that is why we want this book to be in the curriculum of our schools.
Of course, this book is also a text for parents of the time. Nowhere in the letters does the father or daughter say for once that you have to be the first or the best, or go to the best institution in the country or the world. Our children are now busy day and night with books (books are just textbooks) and various information technology equipments. They don’t have time to watch the game of nature from the ground to the sky. Not even willing. It’s not their fault, it’s ours. We don’t want them to be disturbed by the first sunrise in the day sky, the wings, the insects, the shrubs, the trees, and the stars in the night sky. That is why they do not become lovers of nature. Unhealthy competition continues to spread immorality and violence throughout society. We don’t even see.
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