Say Sorry Please..!

A few years ago, someone travelling to a religious place out of the country, called me up, “I am very sorry for the wrong I have done to you, please forgive me!” he whispered.
“Sure!” I said, happy the person had it in him to apologize. A few months later, he did the very same wrong, “But didn’t you say sorry the last time?” I asked bewildered by his action.
“Did I?” he asked, astonishment writ on his face, “Since I was going on this pilgrimage, I asked forgiveness from everybody, it’s a requirement!”
And in a majestic building somewhere in the country three esteemed and venerable gentlemen, one, his hair swept back after a motorbike ride, look at another standing in front of them and say sternly, “Say sorry!”
“I won’t!”
“We will punish you!”
“Yes I know, so be it!”
“Please say it!”
“I can’t!”
“It’s just two words!”
“It’s more than that! It’s two words that will make me hate myself for the rest of my life! Two words in which I will be a betrayer to my own conscience!”
“You don’t have to say it loudly, just mumble it!”
“But my soul will hear me! The spirit of truth and justice, and all that I believe in will mock me if I will!”
And in mind I see a divided country, “Why can’t he just say sorry and finish with it!” say a portion of the people, “There are bigger things left to do, than being punished for not being able to utter two simple words! And again, in my oftimes very vivid imagination, I see the man who called me just before his pilgrimage nodding and saying, “What do you lose by saying sorry I didn’t lose anything!’”
And the man standing in front of the three gentlemen turns to him and says, “Sorry is not just a word, or two words. Saying sorry means, ‘I admit what I said was an untruth, that the situation I said existed does not exist, and that in the face of enlightenment I retract my statement!”
“So, what’s wrong with that?”
“When the enlightenment is the end of a lathi, the muzzle of a gun or the facing of a prison sentence, even a mandatory requirement before a pilgrimage, or any such threat, then the retraction is an act of cowardice!”
And I see the gentleman who had wronged me turn to me and laugh, “How silly! Just two words!”
“Yes, just two words!” repeat the three good, venerable gentlemen, one, his hair swept back after a motorbike ride, “Please say it, and we will be able to save our faces!”
“I’m sorry!” says the small man as the eyes of the whole country glisten in anticipation, “I can’t..!”


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10 thoughts on “Say Sorry Please..!”

  1. Why should I apologize if I am convinced that I am right? Why should I apologize to satisfy the ego of the high & mighty?

  2. Feel it is a debatable. Sometimes when you are helpless, it may be better to say sorry to avoid an ugly situation with serious coansequences. God knows who is the sinner and will punish in his own way. You may carry the guilt of wrongly saying sorry but will also hv the satisfaction of avoiding an ugly situation.

  3. Tremendous courage of conviction, integrity and moral stance exhibited by Prashant Bhushan

    Thanks Bob for bringing this up so beautifully of how hypocritical we can be and the easy way out given by various religions to give a peace of mind without true atonement

  4. As Gandhiji meant- Injustice happens in society, not because of bad people, but because of good people not having backbones.

  5. In a close personal relationship , apologising even if you are right , means you value the relationship over your ego .
    But apologising to save your self amounts to cowardice !

  6. An individual who is habitual of committing an offence and slandering people ( like Prashant Bhushan) and does not render apology on the pretext of not wanting to go against his conscience deserves to be kicked and punished. Hope the court teaches him a lesson.

  7. They are not two little words. A person’s integrity n self-respect depends on them, especially if he is not guilty but people have raised a racket. Sometimes people force a nice understanding person to say sorry just to end a dispute.

  8. I’ve apologised saying, I’m sorry if I hurt you, but not, I’m sorry for what I said. I admire Prashant Bhushan who’s honest, forthright and brave enough to tell it as it is and not taking back his wise, truthful and bold statements. God be with him and always bless him.

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