As the world celebrates the birth anniversary of the “Mahatma’, we bring to you Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, not a Mahatma, but a man, a man with views. They say men live and die but ideas are eternal. Every man is to be judged on the merit and force of his ideas. By opening them to debate, discussion and criticism .Here we put across his views, in his words … his views and your viewpoints.On the birth anniversary of Gandhi, we attempt to bring to life his ideas.
With Gandhi Jayanti around the corner, this article will in all probability be considered a blasphemy by many, if not most, but I continue despite that, primarily to provide a different point of view on the man ‘officially’ accepted as the Father of the Nation. If nothing else, let this piece just break the monotony of countless others, deifying Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi . . .
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born into the Hindu Modh family in Porbandar, in 1869. The son of Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai he went on to become not only a leader of the masses during the Indian independence movement but also a spiritual guru of sorts for people world over. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world and is commonly known as “Mahatma Gandhi” to the world and as “Bapu” to the indian population . . .
Who is Gandhi? Or rather what is Gandhi?Are you mad? You don’t know Gandhi? He is the father of nation. We got independence because of his efforts. He alone stood against the atrocities of British and defied their laws. And thus . . .
2nd October ,2007… a very important day in the life of an average working person in a metropolis since it is a national holiday, that too in the middle of a week. We all know how important these precious holidays can be, bringing to us the much desired and required break . . .
Halt there, reader, and heed this word of caution. This piece of text will seem unconnected, wayward, and even incoherent to you. It will be an uncharted, wild territory with no guiding signs. It will seem to lack an introduction, a body or a conclusion. It will appear to be desperately random . . .
Of all the men who have left their footprints on the sands of time, Gandhi is one who has probably stood the test of time as the most respected and worshipped by the masses. . . A life so simple and ordinary, that it would have never occurred to anyone that this man would change the history of India forever and bring an entirely new dimension to the country in the years to come . . .
Has this man just been reduced to the sudden remembrance which dawns upon us Indians every second of October or every time some film maker has an epiphany and decides that a story on Gandhi is his only path to redemption from religious sacrilege. . . India and Gandhi is reduced to someone the world turns to, to comforts themselves believing that even in today’s world of bloodshed, violence and ‘himsa ’there seems to be one supposed survivor . . .
Printed on the first page of all my text books was his ‘talisman’; and each time, I conveniently turned that page without giving it a second thought…. History chapters talked in great details about his involvement in the national movement and in my knowledge he was the most “popular’ freedom fighter.Why does the world follow the man half clad in dhoti, with devotion that can only be compared to complete . . .
Long before the British decided to come to India, the country was rich in traditions and possessed a culture one would envy. But, under the British, the face of the country changed… forever. Ancient traditions and cultures were discarded. India seemed set to be transformed into another England. Perhaps things would have been drastically different had Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – a man, who perhaps can be called the most remarkable component of the history of this Nation
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