“I walk with a pen and a gun; both are less often found in the world”
While narrating this anecdote, which broke out in a conversation with a contestant at KBC, Amitabh Bachchan explained why his father had written these lines in his poem. In Asl, when Harivansh Rai Bachchan was in Allahabad University, army training was mandatory under the British system. Under this training, ‘Babuji’ also had to fire a gun.
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T 3735 – 27th November, 2020 On the 113th birth anniversary of Pujya Babuji Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan ji, congratulate him on the occasion !!
“I walk with a pen and a gun; both such people are found less in the world” “If I knew to hide, then the world would consider me a saint; the enemy has become my deceptive behavior”! ~ Bachchan pic.twitter.com/jprCYKICHJ– Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 27, 2020
The organization that later became NCC
Harivansh Rai Bachchan had experience in gun running under UTC i.e. University Training Corps. The Indian Defense Act 1917 was passed in the British Raj in 1917, which was implemented from 1920. Under this act, the University Corps was changed to UTC for the purpose of which there is no shortage of soldiers in the time of British forces, so army personnel should be trained in student life and prepare for military.
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Since the First World War had passed, the British had prepared this for the coming war time. During this training in Universities, students were given army-like dress. This organization changed over time and in 1942 it was changed to UOTC i.e. University Officers Training Corps.
Since this idea did not show up at the time of World War II, the idea was to revive this organization. After independence, a committee under the leadership of HN Kunzru recommended the spread of this organization in schools and colleges across the country and thus came into existence on 15 July 1948, the National Cadet Corps, more popularly known as NCC goes.
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The autobiography of Harivansh Rai Bachchan is one of the most talked about autobiographies.
But this gun was ever a sword!
Harivansh Rai Bachchan was once asked, ‘How much alcohol did the poet who wrote the tavern himself drink?’ In response, he gave a verse:
“I Kayastha Kulodbhav, ancestors molded so much
In the blood of my body, seventy-five percent is “
Similarly, the experience that Harivansh Rai Bachchan gained at UTC was actually an example of ‘the iron of the forefather’s sword melting into a gun’. Yes, Bachchan has mentioned this topic in the section ‘Dasdwar to Sopan Tak’ in his famous autobiography. Recalling his ancestor Mittulal as the first revolutionary of his family, he told that he had ‘Godan not Ashwadan’ while dying.
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Not only this, his great grandfather and grandfather used to use sword more than Kalam. While saying this, two memorable sources were given by Bachchan. The first is that ‘it takes generations to cultivate the pen’ and the second is how the tradition of pen and sword was at the foundation of their homes.
Picture of Amitabh Bachchan hosting KBC.
The tradition that Amitabh also played
In this context, Bachchan wrote that when it was decided to build his house in Delhi in the 1980s, he decided to put the foundation of the house in the hands of Amitabh. When his wife Teji Bachchan talked about this, he remembered the history of his family that when his great-grandfather built a house, he laid a sword and a pen in its foundation. Thinking that their lineage should produce heroes and writers.
After this, when his father laid the foundation of a fistful house, there was ‘echo of Gandhi’s nonviolence’ in the atmosphere, so he kept only pen. Under this tradition, Harivansh Rai wrote that ‘Put a pen in the foundation of the Amitabh house’ and the rest of the foundation stone should be done as per the instructions of the priest. In this context, he told how his father and grandfather tried to write poetry. He explained that his great-grandfather’s sword in the foundation was rusty, but sprouted after generations in pen.