Two children approach Bharat Ma (Mother India): A skit-story for Christian Indians

Once upon a time Bharat Ma (Mother India) was sleeping on a bed.

The eldest son came to meet her, and saw her sleeping. So he sat at her head. Later, her second son came, and seeing her sleeping, he sat at her feet.

When Bharat Ma awoke, she saw the second son first.

“Beta, what do you want?” she asked the second.

The eldest son was upset.

“Ma!” he cried, “I came first. I should be given the right to talk first to you.”

Bharat Ma gently turned to the eldest.

“What do you want, my child?”

“I’ve come to ask for your something,” said the eldest.

“Even I’ve come to ask for something,” said the second.

“Whatever this man has to ask you, don’t give it to him, Ma! Only the first-born should have the right to you.  I ask that you remove him from your presence.” said the elder angrily, pointing to the second.

“Ma, you have always treated me as your child. You have never shown favouritism. Please don’t send me away from you. He’s forcing me to go.” said the second, pointing to the elder.

Bharat Ma lifted both of her sons to each lap.

“Look my dear children. You know that I cannot take away any of your right of being my children. You were always my children, you will always be my children.” she said both, but especially to the younger. And to the eldest she said, “Son, as the elder son I offer you a boon. Anything you want from me, you can have. Only, you can’t take away the right of the younger of being my child.”

“Then I want everything,” the eldest quickly said, delighted.

“Everything?” asked Bharat Ma.

“Yes everything,” said the eldest. “I want the right over your land and waters, I want your power and your identity, I want your prestige and your wealth, I want your culture and your people. I want everything.”

“But what about me?” asked the younger, concerned.

“Once I get everything,” laughed the eldest, “you will get nothing. And then you either work for me or you can leave.”

“But I don’t want to leave, Ma, I don’t want to leave you.” cried the younger brother, visibly distraught.

“Don’t worry, my child. I give you a boon too.” said Ma gently.

“I want some land…”

“Sorry, it’s all mine.” said the eldest, delighted.

“I want your identity…”

“That’s mine to fashion.”

“I want to take some of your culture and…”

“Culture is mine as well…”

“Ma, it’s not fair. He’s taken everything.” complained the younger, in tears.

“Not everything my child. Because you are my child, there is already a part of me in you. No one, not even I, can take that away from you.”

“What does that matter? I have the power and the authority to use Ma’s identity for whatever I want. I can discount her image in you by discounting anything associated with you.”

“Ma, I know I am your child. But I am scared. I am scared of my brother,” said the younger shaking. “What use is your image? I can’t do anything with it?”

“You can, my son, you can. You can serve me.”

“I have everything,” said the eldest to Ma. “You can’t give him anything!”

“I am allowing your brother to serve me,” she said to the elder. “His service is not my right to take, but his to give.”

“But if I serve you, Ma, won’t my elder brother exploit my service? I would end up serving him.” said the younger, a little scared.

“When you serve me, my child, you will serve me. What your brother does after that, may not be in your control. You do, what you think is best for me, because I am in you and you are in me.”

“Then I agree, Ma. I want to serve you. And that’s what I want.”

“Fool! I’ve got everything from Mother.” laughed the eldest.

“And I have Mother,” said the younger, finally understanding.

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17 Responses to “Two children approach Bharat Ma (Mother India): A skit-story for Christian Indians”


  1. 1 markrmorris2 March 2, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Great story, I hope that it reaches many.

  2. 2 Avatar March 3, 2007 at 10:33 am

    playing with sentiments and hearts … the usual practice who advocate christian love .

  3. 3 Avatar March 3, 2007 at 10:41 am

    playing with sentiments and hearts … the usual practice for those who advocate christian love(a love different from actual sense).

    coming to the story.. the story ends like this:

    after several years did Bharat maa realized that ‘serving’ she meant was completely different from what younger son had actually ‘served’ her.

  4. 4 Avatar March 3, 2007 at 11:08 am

    and oh dear , christian love is not just “love your enemies” type.
    infact i only admire that statement ..that is all.
    the rest is goes like this:
    Love X through God, Love Y through Jesus..
    it just sounds like a insurance policy where in if you love somebody then God loves you… so on .( a conditional love)

  5. 5 NAyK March 3, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    To Avatar: “about playing with sentiments” Your criticism is valid. Good point. Love is more than sentiments. More than service. You’re right, the story is simplistic. I do feel you misunderstand Christianity as an insurance policy… but I can see why you are saying that. Thanks for taking the time to comment. (as a result, I have edited the story a little, though I’ve kept the ‘service’ part. Maybe it is still ‘playing with sentiments.’ But I think now it is a little clearer as to what the message of this story actually is. Thanks again).

  6. 6 Avatar March 3, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    “but i can see why you are saying that”

    What?

    one thing.. I’ve heard the similar story in my childhood from Mahabharata. but i cannot tell whether that is a copy from Egyptian mythology or Hebrew mythology .
    any ways if i were a serious guy i would have said that
    all hindus aren’t elder brother kind and all christians aren’t younger brother kind.
    i took it as a cool story involving one’s ability to put forward their views.

  7. 7 NAyK March 5, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    To Avatar: Thanks for your comment, again, avatar. Indeed, this above story is indeed adapted from the mahabharat.

  8. 8 abhi October 12, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    can u please expalin me the theme a little bit more…
    exactly what is ‘service’ out here…asap..thanku…

  9. 9 prakhar August 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    this story is total fussy bekar

  10. 10 davender malik December 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    dear
    i want a skit on power of humanity. would you arrange this for me.

  11. 11 Anonymous September 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    need to make a more suitable ending
    plus,this is more on religious bias kind of things……………….just make sure you don,t deviate from your topic of servin’ motherland

  12. 12 AANCHAL May 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I WIL SURELY LIKE ABHI TO WANT U TO EXPLAIN ME THE STORY PLZZZZZZZZZZZ

  13. 13 naskysafar asdewned shantiveers July 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    this is just as a devotion towards a mother.we cant keep far away from us just for a few minites.or seconds.

  14. 14 Abhivyakti January 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Ending is not good but story is good

  15. 15 Xavier Arockia January 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    An amazing display of mothers love. This little anecdote kindles in us the spirit of patriotism and love for our motherland. Great work!


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