வாய்ச்சொல்லில் வீரரடி ....என்ற பாரதியின் பாட்டு கீழே கண்ட ஆதாரபூர்வமான செய்தியைக் கேள்விப்பட்டதும்
ஏனோ ஞாபகத்திற்கு வந்து தொலைக்கிறது.செக்கிழுத்த சிதம்பரனாரையும் சுதந்திரப் போராட்ட வீரர் என்று சொல்கிறோம்.
பாரதியையும் அப்படிச் சொல்கிறோம்!கொஞ்சம் ஒதைக்கிறமாதிரி இல்லை.சொல்வதொன்று...செய்வதொன்று....'நித்திகள்' எல்லா காலங்களிலும் இருந்துகொண்டுதான் இருந்திருக்கிறார்கள்.
After the end of World War I, Bharathi entered British India near Cuddalore in November 1918. He was arrested and imprisoned in the Central prison in Cuddalore in custody for three weeks - from 20 November to 14 December.
He was released after he was prevailed upon to give an undertaking to the British India government that he would eschew all political activities. To those who had heard Bharathi's song Acham Illai, Acham Enbathu Illaiye, Bharathi's letter of apology to Lord Pentland, Governor of Madras will surface Bharathi's all too human frailty -
District Jail, Cuddalore
28 November 1918.
To His Excellency Lord Pentland Governor, Fort St. George
The Humble petition of C. Subramania Bharathi.
May it please your excellency.
It has been more than a week now since I was arrested at Cuddalore on my way from Pondicheery to Tinnevelly which is my native district. After many loyal assurances on my part as your Execellency may well remember the Dy. I. G. (CID) was sent by your Excellency's Government a few months back to interview me at Pondicherry. The Dy. I G after being thoroughly satisfied with my attitude towards the Government asked me if I would be willing to be kept interned purely as a war measure in any two districts of the Madras Presidency during the war.. I could not consent to that proposal, because having absolutley renounced politics I see no reason why any restraint should be placed on my movement even while the war lasted.
Now that the war is over and with such signal success to the Allies, I ventured to leave Pondicherry, honestly believing that there would be absolutely no difficulty whatsoever in the way of my settling in British India as a peaceful citizen.. Contrary to my expectations however I have been detained and placed in Cuddalore District Jail under conditions which I will not weary your Excellency by describing here at any length BUT which are altogether diasgreeable to a man of my birth and status and full of dangerous possibilities to my health.
I once again assure your Execellency that I have renounced every form of politics, I shall ever be loyal to british Government and law abiding.
I therefore beg of your Excellency to order my immediate release. May God grant your Excellency a long and happy life.
I beg to remain
Your Excellency's most obedient servant.
C. Subramania Bharathi