Friday, 19 June 2015

“Father’s Day Special! – Are Fathers the Real Leaders in the Society?” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” ―George Herbert

Father’s Day is celebrated on June 21, 2015 (third Sunday of June every year). It is to honor fathers who struggled, sacrificed and showed their commitment toward their children to groom them as responsible, committed and healthy citizens.  In fact, fathers are the leaders who display example to their children and lead from the front by sharing love and providing guidance.  Father is a guru, guide and mentor to children.  According to the Hindu philosophy, mothers, fathers and educators are respected in order.  Globally parents and educators are respected for their contribution.

In some countries, mother’s contribution is accorded more importance than father’s because mother carries the child in her womb. But father struggles to earn livelihood for family. Mother often gives love while father often takes responsibility toward family. Mother often appears to be tender while father appears to be hard.  Additionally, it is observed that daughters love their fathers and sons love their mothers.

True fathers take a great interest in upbringing of their children.  They teach how to ride a bike, learn swimming, play games, read good books, write articles and speak well. They constantly care and guide their children.  They groom their children as leaders. Despite resistance from children, they don’t give up their responsibility to groom children as well-rounded personalities. They impart education and emphasize on character building.  They prefer sharing their knowledge to sharing their wealth. They prepare their children to face challenges in their lives. Whenever their children fail and fall, they handhold and keep them on the right track and fast-track. They give immense importance to their children and invest their energy, resources and time on their children rather than on making too much of money. When children grow as healthy citizens, it is the mothers and fathers who are honored for their contribution.

Challenges for Senior Citizens

It is unfortunate that people take their parents and elders for granted. They cry when they lose the latter.  When their parents are alive, they bring up irrelevant differences and distance themselves from parents. At times, they don’t treat their parents well due to attitudinal problems.  Worse, some people fight with their parents on property issues thus bringing agony in old age.  Charles Wadsworth rightly remarked, “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”  Hence, there must be a right attitude towards parents. Above all, they must empathize with their parents.


“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” ―Euripides

Technology is both a boon and bane as it connected unknown people virtually and separated known people physically. It converted the globe into a small village where people do anything and everything at the click of a button.  At the same time, people don’t find time to connect physically.  Therefore, celebrating important days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day bring people together to spend their time. Remember, physical and emotional interaction is more important than virtual interaction.

Both mothers and fathers play key roles to bring up their children. Mothers express their emotions externally while fathers keep within themselves.  They must be equally respected for sharing their love and taking responsibilities. On the eve of Father’s Day, I implore all children to spend their precious time with their fathers rather than on technology to make them truly special. Children must recognize the efforts and contribution made by their parents. It connects them emotionally despite having differences with them.  It cements relations to achieve peace and happiness.  Life is great!

“Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes

Dedication:  This article is dedicated to my father late M.J. Rao who was a symbol of struggles.

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