business tycoon Anand Mahindra shared a memory of his father Harish Mahindra. and netizens have taken inspiration from it.
The statement of Mahindra‘s late father, the first Indian to attend the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, his talk of career aspirations was written with the spirit of nationalism amid British rule in India. It was released last year.
The Mahindra Group chairman said his father’s statement was “bold pursuit and courageous”. While Mahindra shared a photo of the handwritten statement from 1945, he also advised netizens to “talk more to your parents and learn more about them while they’re around.” He also tagged the Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar.
When I @FletcherSchool To deliver the class day address, they kindly gave me copies of my father’s application to Fletcher in 1945. These documents have been compulsorily confidential for 75 years and by a wonderful coincidence were only released last year! (1/2) pic.twitter.com/oOfYfR43ZV
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— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 4, 2022
I am so proud to read my father’s bold aspirations and courageous statements when India was still a British colony. I had never spoken to him about this https://t.co/JGTNa9wZnH Advice for young people: Talk to you more and learn more about you parents while they are around (2/2) @DrSJaishankar pic.twitter.com/ZRfxpez4Gz
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 4, 2022
Harish Mahindra said in his statement that his goal is to travel around the world. He was interested in ways of life and forms of government in different countries.
“For as long as I can remember, my goal has been to travel the world and learn about different countries, their ways of life and the type of government they enjoy. The reason I’ve always wanted to go into ministry is that in some way it would help me see the world,” the statement said.
He had said that India would need foreign policy officers when the country gained full independence. “In terms of my professional aspirations, I chose the Foreign Service because my country desperately needs men trained in international affairs. India still does not have its own foreign policy. If India achieves dominion status or a state of complete independence after this war, it will need the help of men trained in foreign affairs to ensure that it develops friendly and economic ties with other nations of the world,” said Harish Mahindra in the statement.
“Rather than the British running their foreign policy and spreading false and the kind of propaganda that would allow them to achieve their own goals in India, I would like to see an Indian field service in India and Indian consulates set up around the world to help put the real India before other nations and show the benefits that could be gained from having India as a free and equal partner in the League of Nations,” he added.
Harish Mahindra’s words inspired many users and evoked the spirit of nationalism. “It’s really beyond imagination bcz @ tht period and scenario to think at such a high level is really awesome!!!” commented one user. Another user wrote: “Reading this gave me goosebumps. Thanks for sharing it.”
As you know, Anand, I followed your father to Fletcher exactly 30 years later. It is wonderful to see this and be transported back in time! Now imagine if he had actually joined the Foreign Service… @anandmahindra https://t.co/S4CKIkGrgc
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 4, 2022
Really inspirational words! Vision brilliantly articulated 77 years ago! Every ‘Indian Foreign Service Intern’ must read this handwritten letter. It captures the purpose of serving the Motherland envisioned as early as 1945! Reflects “the spirit of a true patriot”! @DrSJaishankar
— Ajit Nair (@AjitNair_India) June 5, 2022
Had the pleasure of reading it in his own handwriting. Translating this effort, while pleasing to the eye, somehow takes away from the soul of the letter.
— Srinivas Sriraman (@Srini91Srinivas) June 4, 2022
It’s really beyond imagination bcz @ tht period and scenario to think at such a high level is really awesome!!!
— Anish P Elias (@Anish_P_Elias) June 5, 2022
Reading that gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing it.
– Karthik (@karthikdhayalan) June 5, 2022
Expressed so beautifully. Shows his love for the country. 🙏
– Dinesh Joshi (@dnjoshispeaks) June 5, 2022
Interesting thread 🧵 How the steadfast had a clear mind and purpose https://t.co/FXEpp7IGQ2
— Karthikeyan Thangavel (@karthikeyanppm) June 5, 2022
On May 24 this year, Anand Mahindra tweeted that his father was the first Indian graduate of the Fletcher School. “My father Harish was the first Indian graduate of @FletcherSchool in Boston 75 years ago. In the 75th year of Indian independence I was honored to be the first Indian to give a speech on the school’s class day and receive the Dean’s Medal. I felt like I received it on behalf of my father.” Anand Mahindra had tweeted.