#MohanDasKaramchandGandhi hails from Gujarat. He is our Jati pita, father of the Nation, He was called #Mahatma, a great soul, by #RabindranathTagore. He studied Law at England. He was second person to take the issue of Freedom movement, to all India level. ( First person being #SurendranathBenerjee, who toured all India on the issue of rising the issue of lowering of age limit for entry into Civil services ).
When Gandhi entered Indian National scene anti - British sentiment was so high for several reasons. Some of which are, First, death of #BalaGangadharaTilak because of deterioration of his health in Jail. Second one is Partition of Bengal, by British Christians on Communal lines - Hindu Muslim divide.
So that Gandhi could collect Rs. 1.00 crore for freedom movement within 2 months as Tilak Swaraj fund.
In fact, Gandhi did not oppose the British hegemony. Initially Indians upto 1927 agitated for Swaraj only. That is Dominion status for India just like that of Canada and Australia under the British hegemony. Jawarhlal Nehru and Subhash Bose prevailed upon Gandhi to give consent for Poorna swaraj as Indian National Congress' sole aim in 1929.
But philosophically Gandhi wanted abolition of the State altogether. He believed that Society and hence the country should be run under trusteeship. A kind of Laisez faire.
( But I say, that State is a Must in a Compound Complex society. State uses force to control deviance. Use of force is absent in Trusteeship ).
He served as an Advocate to a Company called, Khan & Co. during his stay in South Africa and he worked for the same company even after coming over to India. Naturally he could not be antagonistic to Muslims any way.
Gandhi represented typical Indian mind set. Those who conspired and killed Gandhi did great loss to India.
Actually Mahatma #MohanDasKaramchandGandhi was against Poorna Swaraj ( Complete Independence ) from the British and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru prevailed upon Gandhi for Poorna Swaraj resolution in Lahore session of Indian National Congress in the year Dec' 1929. Reasons for Gandhi's attitude towards the British may be that at that time British arms had no rivals across the Globe. And hence according to him India cannot fight the might of British arms.
Kapil Sibal warns against foreigners who come to India to do business" , dt 12.1.13. Kapil Sibal's remark comes at a time when the UPA-2 government at the Centre is trying to attract foreign direct investment to boost the economy.
The following three letters are written by me in TOI in response to the news item 'Chinese interest in Gandhian teachings growing' dt 30.3.13.
Gandhi's leadership during our Freedom struggle was legendary and still the world wonders how this little and scantly clad person lead the then 36 crore people against the British merchant mercenaries without carrying any Arms.
( British were basically profit seeking merchants, and also Sea pirates. And served as mercenary Soldiers for Indian Rajahs or Nabobs ).
Gandhi's strength lies in his perseverance. And he did what he believed. He said what he thought. He was a saint for masses. Self less. He lived up to his conviction. He practiced what he preached.
And more over he believed that it would be futile to take up arms against the then British ( who manufacture superior arms ) and the British cannot be driven out of India by armed struggle. Hence, he prescribed and practiced Non Violence.
Non Violence or Ahimsa is one of the basic tenets of Hindu Sanatana Dharma. Gandhi made Ahimsa a force to force the British out from India that is Bharatavarsha.
So greatness of Gandhi, Mohan das Karam chand, is greatness of India.
Taka (taha) replies to Janardhan Prasad
Why did the ( British ) merchants finish Bhagat Singh and not Gandhi?
Good question MR. Taka.
Bhagat Singh was an individual who tried to teach a lesson to one of the employee of the British Merchant company. Whereas M K Gandhi was a force to reckon with.
Entire continent stood behind Gandhi during freedom struggle. Remember that he could stall Civil disobedience movement with a single word after Chowri Chowra incident.
We now revere Bhagat or Bose for their Chivalry but when they were alive no one could dare to associate with them for fear of death.
One who followed Gandhi need not fear death.
When Gandhi's health was deteriorating due to indefinite fasting in a Jail, Winston Churchill ( the then PM Of England ) sent a telegram like this ' that half naked Fakir should not die in jails, through him out'. That means, Even iron man of England feared Gandhi, the mass man. Churchill feared that death of Gandhi in Jail would be destructive to the British hegemony over India, so how could the British dare to 'finish' Gandhi ?!
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Some quotes of Mahatma M K Gandhi are given below:
ON BEING A SOLDIER
“I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace.“
“Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.”
ON THE SEVEN SINS
“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice."
“I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours.”
ON THE NATURE OF MAN
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."
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