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Kavi Singh remembers 1947

Kavi's association with Woodstock didn't end at graduation. His two children studied here and his wife was on the faculty for five years. He is on the WOSA-India Council and makes his living as editor of Golfingly Yours, a monthly golf magazine. His home is in Delhi.

Some of his thoughts and reminiscences from the after-Assembly chat in the Alumni Office deserve mention.

Kavi says that Nehru, with the exception of "Tryst", seldom wrote his speeches. He recalls when he was a student at St. George's College, Nehru came to speak. He had set his wrist watch alarm, but when it went off he said, "Oh, I should be leaving now, but I'd like to complete my thought," and he rambled on for another half-hour. The speech was on the value of optimism, which Kavi retained, while learning to limit his own speeches to the time allowed.

Kavi believes that freedom through ahimsa, adherence to non-violence, is central to the course India has taken in the last 50 years and that without it these years would been altogether different. At the same time, "'Mazhab nahin sikhata apas mein bair rakhana', 'Religion does not teach us to hate each other.'" (Iqbal)

Kavi's father was a strong influence on his thinking and behavior. "Were it not for my father and my school I would have been a big success," he believes. Oh dear, what values did they instil to keep you just a choti success? "Honesty! And trying to treat others as you'd be treated. It's often taken as a sign of weakness."

Concerning the TP; the 1947 monsoon didn't amount to much. Nothing would have burned this year.

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