The Messiah of Peace


“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

A thin Indian man with not much hair walked as thousands followed, wearing nothing but a loincloth and a pair of ordinary spectacles. The world watched. For Jawaharlal Nehru, the defining image of Gandhi was,

“as I saw him marching, staff in hand, to Dandi on the Salt March in 1930. Here was the pilgrim on his quest of Truth, quiet, peaceful, determined and fearless, who would continue that quest and pilgrimage, regardless of consequences.”

Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi later said,

“More than his words, his life was his message.”

These days, that message is better heeded outside India. Albert Einstein was one of many to praise Gandhi’s achievement; Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama and all the world’s peace movements have followed in his footsteps. Gandhi, who gave up cosmopolitanism to gain a country, has become, in his strange afterlife, a citizen of the world. And rightfully so.

In 1998 , a black-and-white photograph of Gandhi dominated a full page in the newspaper. In the top left-hand corner of the page was a small rainbow-striped apple. Below this, there was a slangily American injunction to “Think Different.” This was the same bony man who shaped a nation’s struggle for freedom about half a century ago. But that is history. Now Gandhi is modeling for Apple. ( )  His thoughts merges with the corporate philosophy of Apple. Raising the curtain we find that Gandhi, in his younger days was a sophisticated and Westernized lawyer and he did indeed change his thinking more radically than most people do.

“He was more modern than I. But he made a conscious decision to go back to the Middle Ages. ” Ghanashyam Das Birla

On march 15th, 2015, a bronze statue of Gandhi was unveiled in London. The nine-foot statue was created by Phillip Jackson, a renowned British sculptor, and will stand in the company of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others.
Sitting in my cozy and quaint residence in Guwahati, Northeast India, I download the picture of the statue. I keep zooming in and zooming out. In some strange inexplicable ways I feel empowered. The statue speaks. Asks you to grow. The statue gives strength. Asks you to believe. The statue gives a message. Asks you to march ahead. It stirs the deepest chords of your soul and as an Indian you feel proud. And poweful.

“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.” MK Gandhi

Gandhi was a man of the the people and the sculptor did a fabulous job to represent in the statue the “simple, thoughtful and compassionate man.” Respect. And thank you.

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