Gandhi and My Irony

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi

Condemning Gandhi has become a fashion these days. People don’t understand and can’t appreciate what he has done. They must realize that the real force behind uniting the nation was Gandhi. For years we have lived as Feuds and the idea of being a “Nation” was not known. He consolidated the masses and gave them voice. He united people. Satyagraha was not an easy thing to do. It needed support of many from the front and also of the people who were sitting in their homes.

People, including myself, will keep on living a life facing and seeing cruelty, but no one will come forward and say anything. This is a general attitude of the people that why should I bother, I have a family to keep. Why should I get involved in these things? Not every person could have left his/her family to join Freedom Struggle. Not everyone was capable to raise voice against an empire. Until this happens you just can’t bring revolution. It is the people who have to come forward and raise voice and act. It was not possible in India because people were not ready. They had no idea of Nation-hood, the belongingness. It was Gandhi’s Satyagraha that gave them understanding of Nationhood and belongingness. This was what was really required.

I am proud of every Freedom Fighter, because of their love for the country. Everyone wanted the same thing, independence. Because they understood the importance of independence. It was known to the masses too, but they never realized it. It was Gandhi, who made them realize the importance of independence.

Many will say the withdrawal of Non-cooperation movement after Chauri-Chaura incident was wrong. But I fully agree with the decision. When you are peacefully protesting something or someone, it means to do things “Peacefully” may come whatever. This is called discipline. When discipline is broken, action should be take against this. This is called responsibilty. If you still don’t agree with Gandhi on the issue, then you won’t understand – “Discipline” and “Responsibility”. Today our leaders don’t understand these two words and we keep cribbing about this. But how will they when we are also on their track. If you dont agree with Gandhi on the action he took after Chauri-chaura, then you should not crib about today’s leaders.

The mindset of today’s people to deny Gandhi of his stature is ironic. His own people can’t understand him. It is ironic that I have to write these things for the man, about whom, I don’t deserve to write. He was great and will remain great.


13 thoughts on “Gandhi and My Irony”

  1. When you are peacefully protesting something or someone, it means to do things “Peacefully” may come whatever!!!!!!!!!nothing is peacefully done these days…This is 21st century(kalyug)no one can follow the rules of Gandhiji whether it is Discipline” or “Responsibility”.

  2. I think people still follow Gandhi and all kind…but they are afraid to accept it in front of others just for the sake of there outer image.

  3. @Pallavi Good observation. Yes, many people like Gandhi or are neutral, but just to avoid confrontation with others, they are afraid to accept this. This is ironic. India is a free country. Every citizen has right to form his or her opinion. Why do we fear then?

  4. Dude…you only mentioned about the non-voilence movements of Gandhi.Though I don’t condemn him for single reason that society couldn’t have been formed by voilence.

    But sacrifice of the freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar and many more who thought differently but had the same motto “Freedom”, should not be ignored.

  5. @Akhil I don’t ignore the contribution by Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar and others. I mentioned that I am proud of every freedom fighter. This post was about Gandhi and My Irony with him.

  6. Very nicely written Palak!
    I agree with you and yes he was a believer of Non-violence viz. AHINSA.
    Some days back I was watching a documentary on Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi actually wanted to see the independent India where youth is active and progress oriented. Having said that he also wanted the youth of today’s time to not forget their culture and principles.
    But very sadly I have to say that we are getting so much over-carried away by the modernization and western culture that we have lost our prudence to identify what to adopt and what to not!!

  7. Hi Pallav Jain, the western cultur means very much the american way of life, transported around the world in some stupid and often brutal tv series. Also in Germany, in the normaly daylly talk have become so many english words that sometimes I have to take a dictonary. I like english a bussinesslanguage to be able to speek with everyone in the world but I like it if people take care for their cultur they are grown up with. The enormous surprise what Mahama Ghandi did, was to communicat all over India with people ,many of them where not able to write or to read. In our days why have so many possibilities to communycat easely by we dont get strong enough to fight back war.

  8. HI Kampmann,

    Nice to have your views in here. And really appreciate your appreciation of Gandhi. Irony is that some people in India have forgotten contribution that he made to our society.

  9. Hi Palak Mathur, Mahatma Gandhi has left the world a track on the people continue to go, and so he continues to live with. I have read his biography many years ago and was very impressed. Working as a lawyer in South Africa he was a failure and has been able to finish it but then an advocate for all people and he is not forgotten and will continue to be perceived a beacon for the world’s light. Next year 2011 I will be in Offenbach am Main / Germany where I live, run for office as mayor. On my campaign platform has Mahatma Gandhi found a place and is therefore perceived by people here. I quote him with his dictum: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you then they fight you and win then thou” Enjoy your day, Kampmann

  10. Hi Kampmann

    Oh that’s Great!! There are many people like Mahatma in the world and their lives all inspire us. Hope that you get success and become Mayor!!All the best.

    Palak Mathur

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