Monday, October 11, 2010

"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for." - Mahatma Gandhi


The video below is of a prayer dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, commonly known as 'Bapu' (father) in India. He led the first non-violent freedom struggle and inspired thousands of people around the world. He demonstrated that peace is the most powerful and forceful weapon to fight a cause.

Born on October 30th, 1869, his life raised many eyebrows for various reasons but he stood by his principles until his last breath. He continued to evolve as a human being and as he himself said, 'experimented with truth' all his life. Sadly, the life that stood for non-violent principles was cut short by a violent attack on January 30th, 1948.

He and his wife Kasturba Gandhi, also known as 'Baa' (mother) led a very simple life and raised their children in the same way. More than often, he and his family had to suffer because of his 'quest for truth' and struggle for freedom, human rights and dignity.

Bapu is honored as the 'Father of the Nation' in India and it wouldn't be wrong if we also call him the 'Father of Civil Rights Movements' internationally!

5 comments:

  1. ऊपर दिए वीडियो के कई गाने सुन-देख गया. ज़ाहिर है जागृति जैसी फिल्म पाकिस्तान में भी बनी. एक में गाँधी का गुणगान था और दूसरी में जिन्ना का. बचपन में भारतीय फिल्म को देख कर मैं भावुक हुआ था. आज पाकिस्तानी गीत भी देख लिया. क्या कहा जाए.

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  2. Oh, now I know what you mean... I just saw the video too... :-) very interesting... thanks for letting me know!

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  3. Frankly speaking I was emotional again when I saw Pakistani video. They depicted Gandhi as a villain, and you know what treatment he got in India.

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  4. Bhushan sir, the sad thing is that Jinna and Gandhi were good friends and if they were able to keep their friendship intact, things would have been different.

    It is sad that our freedom struggle and freedom was manipulated in so many ways.

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