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Thursday, October 1, 2009

A godly wonder - HT Inner Voice

Lalit Mohan

 
WE WONDER HOW A RAIL MAN (MAHATMA GANDHI), WITH TRUTH AND NON-VIOLENCE AS HIS ONLY WEAPONS, COULD OVERWHELM HE MIGHTIEST EMPIRE


True to Albert Einstein's words, Mahatma Gandhi, born 140 years ago, keeps us all wondering. Einstein, on the day of Gandhi's death, had said: "The future generations will wonder if the kind of him ever lived in flesh and blood." A generation that shared space with him on this planet for a while is still around. But we have already started wondering ! We wonder how a frail man, with truth and non-violence as his only weapons, could overwhelm the mightiest empire on earth. We wonder how the leader of a mass movement could call his country-wide crusade off at its height, all because of an isolated incident of violence.
We wonder how just one man could bring peace to an entire province through sheer moral force, a task that an army division grappled with on the other side of the country. We wonder how a man threatened time and again by fanatics could spurn protective security. We wonder how he would have reacted to today's leaders' obsession for gun-totting security forces around them.
We wonder how, in a country where every politician is promoting his or her kith and kin in every sphere of life, ould a man reject his own on's entitlement to a schol rship because he, the father, was in some way connected with the organisation that warded it.
We wonder how a man who was dealing with issues of his oric import could take a break from vital talks to ttend to a sick goat. We wonder how a deeply religious man avoided visiting temples nd, instead, sought his God n the hearts and hovels of the owntrodden all around.
We wonder how a simple nd frail man could refuse to e overawed by the pomp and plendour of a powerful mpire and visit its king clad n nothing but his loin cloth nd khadi wrap. We wonder ow a leader venerated by milions never concealed his faults nd follies and was always eady to laugh at himself.
No wonder, the world today its up to salute him on his 40th birthday.


innervoice@hindustantimes.com

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