The ultimate Peacekeeper
The life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi was well
documented by an Award winning film some years ago.
To better know this humble man whose life touched so many,
do read his autobiography or watch the excellent film, Gandhi.
Gandhi was defined by his purist beliefs.
This peace seeking man who preferred life in a commune
with few worldly goods was elevated to legendary status
when he began wearing a homespun breech cloth.
A single act that helped to inspire a revolution.
The British, who seemed at a loss in controlling either Gandhi
or his followers, misunderstood this complex situation.
Gandhi’s simplicity proved to be quite provocative to those who
foolishly believed that he could be silenced if incarcerated.
The sum total of Gandhi’s life is impossible to capture in a few words.
He was larger than life, which is paradoxical as he chose
to exist at the lowest level humanly possible.
His steadfast determination to achieve Democracy
through non violent, non co-operative protests
are what made him immortal.
When these measures failed to bring the results that he sought,
he would fast until the violence that he abhorred, stopped.
Gandhi’s style of Humanitarian struggle for freedom
would be imitated by many who followed him.
His “nonviolent, non co-operative resistance,” would
become the mantra for generations of freedom seekers,
like Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez and Nelson Mandela.
The following is a simple quote, but it nearly completely
encompassed Gandhi’s philosophy about removing
the British Empire from both India and South Africa.
The General said – “You don’t think we’re just going to walk out of India!”
Gandhi replied – “Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen
simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.”
The sad fact that Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize
is a “big regret” to quote the Nobel Foundation.
It is hard to imagine another whose life was more
devoted to Peace than Gandhi, but then he probably
would not have cared for such a material thing anyway.
He believed that all things in life should be truly simple.
And finally, this is a really lengthy, but very well done
documentation of Gandhi’s life by Wikipedia,
whom I often criticize for their inaccuracies.