Gandhi Jayanti

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869. He was assassinated on January 30th, 1948. My father was almost 10 years old, and he remembers hanging out of a top floor window in Delhi, watching the funeral procession.

My maternal grandfather would recall meeting him at Birla House on occasions when he could be persuaded to wax nostalgic, long before the creeping onset of alzheimer’s claimed his life.

Today, when read I through the newspapers, there is the barest mention of Gandhi, and that too, in context with Jennifer Anniston. I don’t claim to make any judgements here, nor do I have any personal stake in this. But as someone who grew up listening to the stories of India’s Independence movement, my paternal grandmother recevied a "freedom fighters" pension until she passed way in 2003 for marching at the age of 18, and the struggles, the horror, of Calcutta and Delhi and all across the north of India, this passing away quietly of October 2nd, is a sign of the times.

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.    Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

nb: from the Times of India, via India Uncut, "The God that failed"

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3 Responses to Gandhi Jayanti

  1. Thoughtful post. Made me think of lost wisdom. Not lost data. Not lost information. Not even lost knowledge. But lost wisdom – the ability to apply with skill a given truth to a unique situation.
    Maybe we don’t value wisdom and therefore “the barest mention of Gandhi” amidst the lavish mention of Jennifer Anniston.
    Will blogging help us remember people, truth and wisdom worth remembering? Maybe so. Just thinking out loud.

  2. For mention of Gandhi in the world of business blogs take a look at recent posts at

  3. ramnath says:

    If you create an external enemy it’s very easy to move people. Always.
    Now Hitler did not have just twenty, he had ten thousand, or twenty thousand or a million. Hitler did it extremely efficiently, just creating an enemy and saying these people are the source of all the suffering that we are going through. And just see, millions of people stood up and did horrible things.
    Now I want you to understand the simple arithmetic of this. See, if I sit here and create an external enemy as to how the people in the next building are the source of all the misery that you are going through, I am telling you, all of you will stand up and say, “come, let’s go!” “Even if we die it’s okay, let’s go and kill them.”
    Now Mahatma Gandhi moved millions of people because there was an external enemy.
    If there was no external enemy, to get people going, to make them understand,……. it’s a different issue all together.
    If we create an external enemy, we say, “for all our suffering, Pakistan”, I can get all of you fired up that you’re willing to die. It’s possible.
    When we refuse to create an external enemy, …then to awaken people and keep them fired up, it takes a lot more.
    Extracted from:
    Talk on ‘Inner Transformation’, by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev at the Vivekananda Hall, Anna University, Chennai, on the 4th of December 2001.

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