"He was a lover of non-violence."
An elderly Indian woman was captured on camera speaking fluent English and it has surprised everyone.
In India, the ability to speak fluent English is often associated with educated and upscale communities. It also tends to be associated with the younger generation.
However, this woman, Bhagwana Devi, was seen breaking age-old stereotypes with ease.
It is not known where Bhagwana is from but her spoken English skills were filmed and shared on social media. The video soon went viral.
IPS officer Arun Bothra shared the video on Twitter.
In the video, Bhagwana is seen wearing a white shirt and red saree.
The person filming the elderly woman asks her about Mahatma Gandhi. Bhagwana then talks about Gandhi and his views in fluent English.
She said: “Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest men in the world. He belonged to a very noble family.
“He was a simple man, he had simple food and drink.
“He loved both Hindus and Muslims. He was the father of the nation and a patriot.”
Bhagwana went on to talk about what Gandhi believed in.
“He was a lover of non-violence.”
The Indian woman also discussed his birth, death and his memorial in New Delhi before stating her name.
How many marks out of 10 for the old lady for this spoken English Test? pic.twitter.com/QmPSEd4o0L
— Arun Bothra (@arunbothra) March 1, 2020
Bhagwana also talked about how India became independent without violence and that matters should be settled without violence in both India and in international communities.
Arun captioned the video with: “How many marks out of 10 for the old lady for this spoken English Test?”
Her speech about Gandhi went viral on Twitter. It has been seen over 327,000 times and it has received over 17,000 likes.
Social media users praised Bhagwana’s English skills while others liked her confidence and lively spirit.
One person said: “Wow, she speaks fluent English.”
Another user wrote: “We aren’t worthy of rating her, sir. She’s an inspiration!”
One person commented:
“Far better than many of the teachers of our primary schools… undoubtedly 10.”
Social media users were so impressed with Bhagwana’s English-speaking skills that some even suggested that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor should meet her.
Shashi Tharoor is known for his eloquence while speaking, especially during his speeches.
Arun pointed it out and asked his followers:
“Will be interesting to see how many marks Shashi Tharoor sir is giving to her?”
One person responded: “Finally a tight competition to Shashi Tharoor.”
It is clear that speaking another language is something to be admired but Bhagwana’s English-speaking showcase is an inspiration.