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Ghandhi Biography

Ghandhi Biography

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Published by Mohamed Shaarawi
A very short personal Biography of Mahatma Ghandhi A great man
A very short personal Biography of Mahatma Ghandhi A great man

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Published by: Mohamed Shaarawi on Jun 05, 2010
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Here I am presenting in front of you a revolutionary whose life and teachingshave inspired and transformed many lives.Great physicist Albert Einstein called this man ‘A role model of the generations tocome’. The President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama, sees this man asan inspiration and has a portrait of the "apostle of peace" in his office to remindhim that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.Friends, he is no one else but our father of the nation and here I will describehow a shy, coward, ordinary boy transformed into an extraordinary human whooverhauled the mighty Europeans.I have been reading his autobiography for a couple of months now and I finishedit few weeks ago.I felt that I should share what I read on him with you since I found it a jewel byitself.As a child, he used to be shy and avoided every company who barely had anyfriends in his school and used to run back to his home at the stroke of closingbell of the school. He was afraid if anyone else makes fun of him.Imagine about getting married when you are at 8
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standard. MK Gandhi gotmarried at the age of 13 when he was a school going student.He did his high school education in his native place in Gujarat and moved toEngland with a goal to become a Barrister. His mother was very concerned abouthim going to London as she thought that that western life will impure him.Gandhi hailed from an orthodox family and his mother was a very pious lady.In order to win her mother’s confidence on him he swore in front of her that ‘Hewon’t eat meat or drink alcohol’. He struggled to cop up with his newenvironment. He was shy to speak in English as he feared of making mistakes.He did his studies in England and came back to India to practice as a vakil incourt. He didn’t have the grasp of the Indian laws and found himself at loss. Hefailed to stand for his client in the court and found himself tongue-tied when itwas his turn to argue. He was dejected and never practised in the court.All this identifies to an ordinary guy who struggles in his life to make a living.He was a complete failure at public speaking when he was in England but thekind of speaker he has become in later years is surely a motivation for us allhere.So what really transformed him is the question?It was the life in South Africa which really transformed him. MK Gnandhi got a joboffer from South Africa wherein he has to settle a case in the court for an Indianbusinessman there and without any objection he agreed to it.
 
Racism was at its peak in South Africa and there were many Indians in SouthAfrica as migrants. As majority of the Indians belonged to labouring class, all theIndians were commonly called as “Coolies”.In some places Indians were not given first class and second class tickets, theywere not allowed to walk on the streets after 9 pm and often they had to pay anentry fee.He was surprised at the stark realities of life of Indians in South Africa.As an educated young lad who has an acquaintance on english life, he turns tobe their leader for Indian cause.I could figure out a few unique faculties which he possessed or developed andthus lead to the making of leader in him.First of all, he never used to keep grudge even with his enemies – This helpedhim to focus more on his goal and thus more productive. This is true in fact askeeping grudge, unnecessary disturbs our mind and we become less productiveand in the end we are not earning anything out of it.Another faculty was, doing justice to vow – Keeping justice to vow makes youvery powerful; it improves your self confidence. Meat eating is very common incold countries like England as it helps to keep your body temperature up. He wastempted by his friends and his associates many times to eat meat but he wasadamant in the face of a question on his vow. The Irony is that on those days hewished that every Indian should be a meat eater as he had falsely informed byone of his fried that eating meat makes one stronger and that is the reasonEuropeans are far stronger than Indians. This shows how strong was his vow tohis mother that he won’t eat meat. I believe that when we do full justice to ourvow, it increases our will power and confidence. I hope this is well evident in ourlives too if we look back on our past.Mahatma Gandh was diplomatic to the best – Being honest and a law obeyingperson won him many well-wishers in all places he worked. This indeed includedmany Europeans as well.Once he was whisked away from a first class compartment as a railway officialfound that he is a coloured man. But he never resorted to violence. Next time hewas confronted with a similar situation, he wins the sympathy of other Englishmen travelling with him and manages to travel in the first class. Thus he alwaystried to change the systems in his own ways. He never resorted to violence butalways handled the situation diplomatically. He used to befriend those goodwhite men who had a sympathetic attitude towards suppressed Indians. Also hehad the skill to efficiently use the media to support his cause.He had very good faith in God – And he believed that one who he is faithful toGod can’t be harmed by anyone. He is the best example of religious tolerance inthe history. His ideologies are the need of the hour in our world where individualsfails to understand their brothers and sisters.

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