AFPA

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it—always.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

Contribution of Gandhiji that left a huge impact on the history

      Gandhiji’s role in social and political reform had such an impact that his ideas and movements became a part of the discussion in America and Europe. Their newspapers, magazines, books, and radio were covered with his ideologies.

      The Champaran agitation in Bihar was Mahatma Gandhi’s first active involvement concerning the Indian freedom struggle. The farmers in Champaran were forced to grow Indigo and so they asked for help from Gandhi to free them from this torture.

      Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement during the Second World War to bring the British rule to an end. In the movement, Gandhiji delivered the famous ‘Do or Die’ speech. By the end of WW2, the British government announced that they will hand over the power to India.

      Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer. Some of his amazing literary works are Hind Swaraj, The Story of My Experiments with the Truth (his autobiography), and Satyagraha in South Africa. Apart from that, he also edited several newspapers such as Harijan in Gujarati, Hindi, and English.

      During his stay in South Africa, he was exposed to racial discrimination. In the Durban Court, the European magistrate asked him to remove his turban. He refused to do so and left the courtroom. Sooner, he decided not to accept injustice and he used to defend his dignity as an Indian and as a man.

      You probably are unaware of the fact that Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times – in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and, finally, a few days before he was murdered in January 1948. He received the Time Magazine Man of the Year title in 1930.

      Mahatma Gandhi wanted fair treatment to be given to the untouchables, India’s lowest caste. To support this cause, he also underwent several fasts. He used to call the untouchables Harijans, which means “children of God.”

      After 21 years of his death, Great Britain released a stamp to honor Mahatma Gandhi. For your reference, Great Britain was the country against whom he fought for India’s independence. 

What can we learn and implement from his life?

He changed history with his movements but always preferred non-violence. He used to believe an eye for an eye would make the whole world blind. Our anger and agitation are the cause of many problems in our lives and societies.

Gandhiji encouraged people to forgive the ones committing wrong or speaking harshly. He taught that forgiving is a trait of the strong, not the weak. We too need to learn to forgive people for a peaceful life.

If you don’t practice what you preach, it is completely useless. Gandhiji was the change that he wanted to see in others. He was calm, forgiving, non-violent, and also spoke the truth. Young India needs to come a long way by following his footsteps.