Thoughts flutter throughout the day. Few stay, few flit, few need to be celebrated. Thoughts are man’s gift, valuable enough to cherish for infinity. In a hope to immortalize those thoughts, I etch words onto this blog wishing all the way to carry them further into the world.
October 2nd is the day that movies like Gandhi
and Lage Raho Munabhai is shown on television. It is done to honor the Father
of the Nation. It is to celebrate the birth date of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhialso known as the Mahatma and lovingly referred
to as Gandhi ji or Bapu.
It is only right I do the same. And what better way than to
write something about it?
So, why is Gandhi ji revered so much? Is it only because of
his spectacular fight of non- violence, or his concept of satya mev jayate
(truth alone triumphs)? For me it is because he was the one to raise his voice
and do it loud. He made sure what he did
was different than what those before him. It is difficult to raise your voice
against something that the rest have come to accept. It would be like having to
stand up against your school, a place you have to study in for the next few
years. He did it anyway and that is why he has my respect.
Gandhi ji with my favorite man, Tagore
Gandhi is known to be the man who never said a lie(except
for once). I don’t believe that. White lies are always around. Yet, I do agree
he is a great man. In his The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Gandhi talks about all
that he had done. His experiments, his vices. Now, that is great. Being able to
write down everything about yourself and allowing the world to read. That is
why he is the most truthful man.
There are people who say they don’t like him. When I ask
them to explain further only few are able to give a definite answer. So, this
is for those few others who hate him because it is cooler than to say he is a
great man- He is a great man. Because no matter what mistakes he did(hey, he is
human, afterall) or what mistakes we have come to believe he did he stood by
what he did. He preached what he practiced. People change – Gandhi from a young
reckless man changed into someone with a purpose.I tip my hat to him.
Gandhi in his youth
Also, there is this whole “Gandhism is lost” going around.
For me Gandhism isn’t just Satyagraha or non-violence. These are things that don’t
work every time in every place. For me Gandhism is practicing what you preach,
it is standing by truth, having principles and living by them. Yes, Gandhism is
yet to be lost.