by M K Vidyaranya
Mahatma Gandhi, the ‘half naked fakir’ and “Father of the Nation” who led crores of Indians to emancipate India from British who ruled between 1612 and 1947 said, “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
“A proper dress keeps up decorum and shows our regard for others. If I had to go to a foreign land, I would by all means put away my loin-cloth in a trunk.” Can you guess who said this? None other than our own Mahatma Gandhi – But since 1924, after he originally wrote this, Gandhij changed his mind and went to Britain in a loin cloth.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves. It may be long before the law of love will be recognised in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another to achieve their own selfish ends.
Mankind has crossed centuries in learning the ways of building relations and creating civilizations in order to inhabit this world with livelihood full of love and harmony. Everyone of us has a part in doing this great responsibility of moving the human race to a dignified and noble place on this planet.
And this is where we all have to be proud of ourselves and pass this message on to the future generations. Man’s socio-economic interdependence, the rise and limit of man’s social consciousness,growth of man’s moral obligation can be brought under the socio-cultural perspective.
Mahatma Gandhi had practiced and preached the gospel of truth, love and non-violence. He applied these principles to leverage the human welfare and values with gospels and thereby bring peace, harmony and co-existence. The miseries of the life are due to non-acceptance and practice of these truths. The roads chosen to attain these goals by the practioners are different. But for accomplishing their mission each has chosen his own path.
The path chosen by Gandhi came to be known as Gandhian thought or Gandhism.
Mahatma Gandhi’s technique of spirituality in actions and his teachings will undoubtedly redeem millions of people from violence, hatred, fear and tension.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi appeared on the political scene in 1915 adoringly and reverentially hailed as the ‘Father of the Nation’.
He played a very important and crucial role in India attaining Independence. The briefless lawyer as he was once called at the time of his journey to South Africa, he had a special role to play in the country. on his return to Motherland.
During the turbulent 1947 when there were widespread riots and unbelievable acts of savagery in the country, Gandhi went to Calcutta and eastern Bihar. Exposing himself to great danger, he pacified the rioting mobs. In doing so, he earned the wrath of misguided fanatics — and ultimately paid for it with his life.
Lord Mountbatten, the last British viceroy in India who oversaw the transition of power, admitted the Mahatma was able to do in Punjab what his army could not — stop the arson and massacres.
In recent times Amnesty international was awarded the Peace Prize for similar work in Northern Ireland, yet Gandhi was ignored.
These two episodes earned for him the title of Mahatma; but his achievements have gone unnoticed by the Nobel committee.EOM