Daily Prompt # 86:What I liked about Mr.MKG


It is better to be charged with cowardice and weakness than to be guilty of denial of our oath and to sin against God.

It is  a million times better to appear untrue before the world than to be untrue to ourselves.

What a powerful and virtuous lines by Mr. M.K.Gandhi. Well, personally just like 1 in every 10 Indians, I too used to hate Gandhi for the following reasons:

  1. Non Violence and his theories on that seemed bullshit to me
  2. Winning against British using Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience, I used to feel it was yet another lame idea implemented by Gandhi.
  3. Twisted personality of his when he used to mix Politics with Religion and Religion into Politics.
  4. Finally his death by his own country man because of few of his reforms regarding co-existence of Hindu Muslim Fraternity.

But, I don’t know what happened to me one day that, as I was taking a stroll, amidst the book racks in my office Library, I found this little book. “The Life of Mahatma Gandhi” by Louis Fischer. I quickly went through the back cover of the book and found the below lines by Pearl Buck and the TIMES Magazine.

One of the best books ever written on Gandhi – Times Educational Supplement

 

Gandhi was not only a saint, he was a humorist. The two are not often in combination, but when they are, the creature is invincible. Louis Fischer really explains Gandhi – Pearl Buck

 

Equally successful in presenting the world figure with a cure for the world’s woes and the plain little man with the kind look and smile – The Times

One of the things, which amused me was Gandhi being termed as a humorist. I always had this unperturbed image of Gandhi being a very weakly built, boring guy, making speeches and obstructing glorious plans laid by Bose and Bhagat Singh.

Still, not convinced… I flipped the book open and found his photograph of he, entering the Buckingham Palace in the year 1930.

Mahatma Gandhi wallpapers

I read a few pages on how kids mocked at Gandhi and his lighthearted reaction on it.

.. Children ran up and held his hand. ‘Uncle Gandhi’, they called him. One mischievous youngster yelled, ‘Hey, Gandhi, where’s your trousers?”. The Mahatma laughed heartily.

I was really amazed over his command on English when he used to have deep conversations with Englishmen on discussing about problems of India. Here is a small excerpt from Lord Reading‘s private letter to his son, describing his conversation with MK Gandhi in the year 1921.


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Coming back to today’s quote –

It is better to be charged with cowardice and weakness than to be guilty of denial of our oath and to sin against God.

It is  a million times better to appear untrue before the world than to be untrue to ourselves.

Background:

In 1922, a mob of protesters killed some policemen in Chauri Chaura.Fearing a slide into violence and anarchy, Gandhi called for the Bardoli Satyagraha to be suspended since the protesters had violated the basic rule of Non Violence by killing few English Policemen during the tussle with Police. The above quote was said by Gandhi to all the protesters before he suspended the Satyagraha. He was arrested in the same year and sentenced to be imprisoned for six years, but released in 1924. (Source: WikiPedia)

The very essence of staying true to one’s heart emerged in me for the first time after reading the epic biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I am still reading Mr. Gandhi… and having gone through the first 10 chapters of the book i.e 30% of his history I can infer certain things from him.

Every man has a darker side. Its upto us, whether we keep criticizing that man for his darker shades for the entire life time or find the good things about him and appreciate it. I have developed a special liking in my heart towards this great soul who was a part of our Independence struggle. I truly admire his relentless efforts in bringing fresh innovative ideas with a healthy mix of Religion + Morality into Politics. Thanks to Robin Sharma’s Greatness Guide book which has a special chapter on “Drink coffee with Gandhi” where he describes about how much Gandhi’s personality has influenced his leadership skills.

Thanks for reading this post.

Lots of love and hugs,

ARK

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