Sep 20, 2006

In the name of the "father"

6 comments:

Manish said...

Many people don't know Mahatma Gandhi, but they know Munna Bhai.

No problem of history teaching with decent private schools, they made it interesting enough.

But rest schools, have a problem but not only with History, but overall.

For them, only if they are taught their languages, sciences and maths properly, Mahatama can and will come later.

Tadatmya Vaishnav said...

here's my opinion on M. K. Gandhi: a man of tremendous personal integrity, who never compromised with his principles from the time he formulated them to his death. This quality alone is enough for me to call him a Mahatma. Often misunderstood due to his foibles, and due to the responsibility of Partition and bias towards a particular religion being incorrectly thrust on him. Einstein's words, to my mind, are really the best tribute to him. Even now, it's difficult to believe that such a one walked on this same Indian soil just half a century or so ago.

Ramanand said...

Fair enough Tadatmya. It's just that it's much easier to engage with him as a mahatma or a villain, and people don't seem inclined to explore his life otherwise - hence the comment in the post

Anonymous said...

the portrait on your post looks like a question mark and an exclamation mark merging at the bottom. That, to me, in a way sums up our generation's attitude towards Gandhi and other freedom fighers.

Dunbar.

Ramanand said...

hi dunbar,

it was meant to be exactly that.

Tadatmya Vaishnav said...

well, Ramanand, it was as a 'man' of great integrity, extremely strong principles and great self-control that I regard him. What I meant was, if because of these qualities, people are willing to call him a great soul, I certainly have no objection. There was a good interview in Outlook recently, of one of the American Civil Rights Movement's foremost leaders - John Lewis (here: http://www.outlookindia.com/full.asp?fodname=20061002&fname=Gandhi+lewis+%28F%29&sid=1), stating how Gandhi's philosophy was becoming more relevant to the minds of the Americans.