The Ultimate Giftivist: A Story From Arun-dada
Posted by Rahul Mehta on Feb 25, 2019
Born the child of freedom fighters, Arun-dada spent parts of his childhood in jail when both his parents were incarcerated for political reasons. During that time, other freedom fighters and prisoners would play with him and bring him up.
One loving elderly man used to play with little Arun. He was so loving that Arun could not help but ask him, "Why are you in jail?"
The man replied that he was in for a murder charge.
"But you don't look like you would have killed someone," said Arun.
"I did not kill anyone, but my young nephew did, in a fit of rage. But he was regretful later, and I thought, he has a full life ahead of him, whereas I have just a few years left. So, I took the crime upon myself and here I am, serving his life sentence."
In front of young Arun was an everyday hero (or an ultimate giftivist!), who gave up his freedom so that his nephew could walk free -- so what if he had to bear the cross of being called a murderer.
Upon hearing such an unsung story, I couldn't help but feel that giftivism had taken a whole new dimension!