2nd October, the day we only consider as the day off from work. But what if the reason never existed?
In July 1951, when Rabindranath Tagore first regarded Bapu as Mahatma, it became clear then that Bapu will have a special part in moulding the history of our country. With all his achievements and all the accusations that he was subjected to, there is no doubt some of you still think of him as a great freedom fighter and others accuse him of being the primary cause for the India-Pakistan partition.
Tomorrow is 2nd October, the national holiday that we all are probably going to be enjoying lying on our couch and watching Netflix.
However, let’s not forget it’s also the birthday of an imminent historical figure, Mahatma Gandhi. Now imagine if Gandhi never exist? What would our world be like without Mahatma Gandhi?
Let’s ponder over some points on how Gandhi’s philosophy and his principle affected us and our society; and also what would have happened if Mahatma Gandhi never exists.
Not just Obama, but all the other great black people like Martin Luthar King and Nelson Mandela probably would never have existed.
Without Gandhi, the world might still be fighting for the civil rights of the black people and discrimination would still be the part of our human society.
Without Mahatma Gandhi and his principles on non-violence, it would be hard for our country to show the world that we are a country that thrives on peace. We will never be the ones to start a war and are not the reason for any conflict in the world. We love peace and we consider everyone equal.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” It is one of the basic fundamentals of Gandhian philosophy that taught us how to change the world and also our life.
It was Gandhi who promoted non-violence not just in India but in many other countries as well. He was the reason Indian Freedom became a mass movement. In 1855, when Congress was formed it was restricted to just a few Indians.
But when Gandhi joined Congress, many others followed him to join the movement of freedom. Without him, freedom was just some petitions and small processions.
Many critics blame Gandhi for the India-Pakistan partition. Many also believe that without Gandhi there wouldn’t have been a partition and India-Pakistan as one country would have ruled the world or at least the South Asia.
Fighting the bad by becoming bad is not the right option. Always practised by Mahatma Gandhi, this simple quote has helped us learn the moral values that support humanity.
After the Independence, many were against the democratic and equal voting rights for the women. If he didn’t exist, India probably would have faced a lot of hurdles becoming a democratic country.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.” You can’t achieve something just by getting worried about the future. In order to live a stress-free life, you should live in the present and that is something taught to us by Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi said – “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” With his actions and philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi taught us to keep faith in humanity. Which is I think the most important lesson in today’s world.
There won’t be an extra day off from work if Gandhi never existed and became the Father of our nation.
Due to the individual perspectives, many consider Mahatma Gandhi as the National hero, while many others just think of him as an annoying old man whose photo is still on our currency. Despite of our prerogatives, we all believe, there is a tint of bad in every good and vice versa.