What made Gandhi a Mahatma?

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What made Gandhi a Mahatma?

What made Gandhi a Mahatma By: Kamal Kishore Sharma

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It was Rabindranath Tagore who addressed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as the Mahatma means the great soul or sage who lived an ascetic life in simplicity and known for kindness, love, and non-violence.

This title was not conferred on him by the British Empire. Even leaders of Muslim League, Hindu Mahasabha, and other agencies called him Mahatma as a remark of honor but it was the Indians or peasants and common men addressed him as Mahatma.

Thus he became popular as Mahatma due to his great campaigns of nonviolence.

 

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What made Gandhi a Mahatma? – Kamal Kishore Sharma

 

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How Did Mahatma Gandhi the Mahatma Change The World?

 

First, I would like to share with a popular youtube video about how Did Mahatma Gandhi the Mahatma Change The World. “Mohandas Gandhi — also affectionately known as Mahatma — led India’s independence movement in the 1930s and 40s by speaking softly without carrying much of a big stick, facing down the British colonialists with stirring speeches and non-violent protest. For his troubles, he’s often named among the 20th century’s most important figures and remains revered in India as a father of the nation.”

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What made Gandhi a Mahatma?

 

It was Rabindranath Tagore who addressed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as the Mahatma means the great soul or sage who lived an ascetic life in simplicity and known for kindness, love, and non-violence. This title was not conferred on him by the British Empire. Even leaders of Muslim League, Hindu Mahasabha, and other agencies called him Mahatma as a remark of honor but it was the Indians or peasants and common men addressed him as Mahatma. Thus he became popular as Mahatma due to his great campaigns of nonviolence.

United Nations declared his Birthday- 02/10/1869 as International Day of Nonviolence. Hence 2nd October is observed as International Day of Nonviolence in India and other countries but not in Pakistan in practice rather Muslim countries in practice.

Subhash Chandra Bose believed in Gandhi the principle of Nonviolence but he thought that it was a failure and a way of snail’s pace to follow for the struggle of freedom from the British Rule so he left his slow Freedom Movement. I mean Bose did not like Gandhi and his movement rather Nonviolence Freedom Movement was discouraging the patriotism of freedom fighters of other political parties in British India who were extremists or hot-tempered. So it was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who founded Azad Hind Fauj and said, “tum Mujhe khoon do mei tumhe aajadi dunga.”(Give me blood I will give you freedom. I mean take part in the war of freedom against the British Rule till the last breath we will achieve Freedom).

Gandhi never favored the other freedom fighters like Bhagatsingh,Sukhdeo,Chandra

shekhar Ajad,Asfakulla Kha and Vir Savarkar etc whom the British Ruler declared as traitors, insurgents and hooligans etc as they were involved in the activities of sabotage ,vandalism, looting the British properties and arson. They hurled the bombs in the public places and killed the British authorities. Gandhi never prayed to the British Court for pardon or release of the extremists who were arrested. I mean Gandhi as an advocate never pleaded in the court for the release of the extremist freedom fighters. In other words he was favouring the British Ruler to curb the Freedom Movement. This situation was so critical as history tells the Movement of Freedom in 1857 we may quote here the case of Mangal Pandey. Gandhi believed in the teachings of Bhagvatgita or The Gita but did not believe in the ways of war on religious and political grounds as Lord Krishna preached the pandav prince Arjun to combat the dishonest Duryodhan in the religious war who denied to restore peace and transfer the power, and kingdom to the Pandavas. History reveals war can only restore peace and extend the Empire or territories of the kingdom.

 

The Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, thank you, Webbasil.

 

Gandhi was nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize but was not awarded due to political witchcraft because his teaching of Nonviolence was not so recognized and followed globally. He wrote a letter to Hitler where he referred to him as Dear Friend and asked him to restore peace in 1931. He never referred other extremists as my dear friends say as Bhagatsingh, Sukhdeo,Chandra Shekhar Ajad etc. The world knew that Hitler was a Dictator and believed in violence or war to rule the world as history tells the war stories of World War II.

However, he was quoted as the “Person of the Year “ in the year 1930. He was the Runner up to Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century declared by the Time magazine. Hitler was the Dictator of the Century I wish to add Martin Luther king Jr, Nelson Mandela and some foreign politicians followed the teachings of Nonviolence because they could not wage wars against their countries as they could not constitute or form militaries as what Subhash Chandra Bose formed the Ajad Hind Fauj.

People like him because he opposed child marriage, oppression of widows and veils (purdah and burqa). He promoted sharing ,c ontributions and participation of women in his national campaigns of the Freedom Movement. He fought against untouchability and gave name Harijan to untouchables or scavengers.

Foreigners like him for his Nonviolence Movement against the racial discrimination in South Africa in the year 1893. So they got relief in the year 1914 when the Indian Relief Act came into force.

In the year 1917 Mahatma Gandhi won the first battle of Nonviolence or Civil Disobedience at Champaran(Bihar) where the British Ruler banned the food crops to cultivate in the fields say as wheat, rice and cereals and they asked the peasants to cultivate cash crops like Indigo etc. Afterward ,the British Authorities permitted the peasants to grow the food crops. He got success through Nonviolence Movement in Kheda (Gujarat) in the year 1918 when heavy duties and harsh taxes imposed on the peasants who were famine and drought hit. It was Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel who collaborated him in the campaign and the authorities waived the nonpayment of revenue. He got success in the Dandi March where he marched from Ahmedabad to Dandi and collected the salt from the fields that was banned however numerous people injured in the cane charge there. British Ruler then lifted the ban from the production of salt. His Quit India Movement 1942 started with a slogan,”Do or Die” Indians were not cooperating the British Army. One lakh persons were arrested and released after the Second World War then Gandhi called off the struggle. British realized that it was not possible to rule India.

 

The Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – Thank you, Shradhanjali.

 

However, his policy of Nonviolence was not so successful further because more than twenty lakh people suffered during the Partition and about two lakh people were killed in riots. Even He recommended giving money to Pakistan who was waging proxy war after partition so he was killed by a fanatic on 30/01/1948.

Nonviolence is not the remedy for all diseases so this age foresees and observes proxy wars, hybrid wars and surgical or air strikes etc so there is a mix opinion but he is not liked by the Indian people mostly but political movement makes us like him as the Father of Nation though unofficially he is the Father of Nation.

 


 

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