Mahatma Gandhi

Remembering Bapu !!

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

As the world observes Gandhi’s 71st death anniversary today, we went through the pages of history to collect a variety of powerful words and ideologies of some of the most influential people impacted by Gandhi (for good or bad alike), who went on and shaped the world as it is now.

On 31st January 1948, 5 months after our country gained independence from British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi, the man responsible for kicking out the foreigners from our land without ever lifting any gun, was assassinated by Nathuram Vinayak Godse, an advocate of Indian Nationalism, a member of the political party Hindu Mahasabha and a past member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi famously and proudly called “Bapu” was born and raised in Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujrat, India. Gandhiji studied law and employed nonviolent civil disobedience in South Africa, became an activist in India’s struggle for civil rights, started the Dandi March and Quit India movement and most importantly, lived modestly in a self sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn hand spun on a charkha. His appetite was simple vegetarian food would often undertake fasts as a means of both self purification and political protest

Going through these posts you will realise eventually, you can’t ignore the works of M.K Gandhi, you may hate him or love him but you for sure can’t ignore him, even if you may be the president of the most powerful country in the world, that is the power and influence of Gandhi and his Ideology.

Bose admired Gandhi, recognising his importance as a symbol of Indian nationalism; he called him "The Father of Our Nation" in a radio broadcast from Rangoon in 1944, in which he stated, "I am convinced that if we do desire freedom we must be prepared to wade through blood", a statement somewhat at odds with Gandhi's Philosophy of Non-Violence

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Leader, Indian Independence Movement.
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Mahatma Gandhi came and stood at the door of India's destitute millions...who else has so unreservedly accepted the vast masses of the Indian people as his flesh and blood..Truth awakened Truth.

Rabindranath Tagore. Poet, Musician. Artist .
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Why is this old bald man such a pain in the ass for the British? All they have to do is just shoot him.

Adolf Hitler. Leader. Politician. Dictator.
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I believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.
Only the like understands like.
Albert Einstein. Physicist. Philosopher. Nobel Prize Winner.
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Winston Churchill. Prime Minister, United Kingdom, On Mahatma Gandhi.
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Many of his principles have universal application and eternal validity, and I hope the passing years will show that his faith in the efficacy of nonviolent pressure as an agent for peaceful change is as justified today all over the world as it was in his time in India.
U Thant. Myanmar Educator. Secretary-General, United Nations.
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I and others may be revolutionaries but we are disciples of Mahatma Gandhi. Directly or Indirectly. Nothing more or Nothing Less.
Ho Chi Minh. Vietnamese Revolutionary Leader.
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Mahatma Gandhi's Philosophy of Satyagraha can be translated to mean truth force. It is this truth force which can help us to fight this battle honestly and with people's participation.
Al Gore On Mahatma Gandhi. Image Courtesy Wikipedia
He was right, he knew he was right, we all knew he was right. The man who killed him knew he was right. However long the follies of the violent continue, they but prove that Gandhi was right. 'Resist to the very end', he said, 'but without violence'. Of violence the world is sick. Oh, India, dare to be worthy of your Gandhi.
Pearl S. Buck. Writer. Novelist.
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Gandhi resisted evil with as much vigor and power as the violent resister, but he resisted with love instead of hate. True pacifism is not unrealistic submission to evil power. It is rather a courageous confrontation of evil by the power of love.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Activist.
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“I have the greatest admiration and respect for Mahatma Gandhi. He was a great human being with a deep understanding of human nature. He made every effort to encourage the full development of the positive aspects of the human potential and to reduce or restrain the negative. His life has inspired me ever since I was a small boy. Ahimsa or nonviolence is the powerful idea that Mahatma Gandhi made familiar throughout the world. But nonviolence does not mean the mere absence of violence. It is something more positive, more meaningful than that, for it depends wholly on the power of truth. The true expression of nonviolence is compassion. Some people seem to think that compassion is just a passive emotional response instead of a rational stimulus to action. To experience genuine compassion is to develop a feeling of closeness to others combined with a sense of responsibility for their welfare. This develops when we accept that other people are just like ourselves in wanting happiness and not wanting suffering. What is the relevance of nonviolence and compassion to the future of humanity? As Mahatma Gandhi showed by his own example, nonviolence can be implemented not only in politics but also in day-to-day life. That was his great achievement. He showed that nonviolence should be active in helping others. Nonviolence means that if you can help and serve others you should do so. If you cannot, you must at least restrain yourself from harming others. I believe that it is very important that we find positive ways in which children and adults can be educated in the path of compassion, kindness and nonviolence. If we can actively do this I believe we will be fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's legacy to us. It is my prayer that, as we enter this new century, nonviolence and dialogue will increasingly come to govern all human relations.”
Dalai Lama on Mahatma Gandhi.
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