Mahatma Gandhi was great among philosophers yet, small among society. “Gandhi was born 2 October 1869, in Porbandar, in the western part of India, to Karamchand Gandhi, chief minister of Porbandar, and his wife Putlibai, a devout Hindu (Stanford).” When Gandhi turned eig...
Mahatma Gandhi was born October 2nd in 1869. He grew up with the Hindu culture around him because the main religion where he was born was Hinduism. He heard about a religion called the Jain religion, which influenced his thoughts on the world around him. The religion was based around peace and being non violent to living beings and things. After spent lots of his life in Africa working on Indian civil rights. He tried to make things non violent as he believed that people should be non violent. He held the salt march on the 12th of March 1930 with almost 80 people; they marched about 10 miles a day. They did this because the English made it illegal to have salt. This shows Gandhi’s leader ship and how he believed and made things better. Gandhi died on January 30th in 1948 at the age of 78. Many people were sad at his death because he was an important person to many and people such as Martin Luther King Jr. used his concept of non-violence.
In the 18th century, the British took control of India, and its population. From this point on, the Indians endured the hardships that come with being a British colony. India remained under British rule, until Mohandas Gandhi came along. Some call him “Father of the Indian Nation”, others call him “Mahatma” meaning “great soul”, but regardless of titles, Gandhi was truly a great man, and an example of the pure love and peace we can find in every soul. Gandhi was not only a politician, but a revolutionary leader, and without his efforts, and use of satyagraha, India would not have gained the independence that it still has to this day.
Benegal’s Gandhi is not Attenborough’s ‘saintly’ Gandhi; rather he only strives to be the latter. Benegal’s Gandhi is a bright, hopeful young lawyer who came to South Africa to earn a living. He is neither great nor saintly but he is courageous enough to stand for the right cause. This movie gives a glimpse into the making of a great man; he was not born great but he achieved greatness by adhering to the simple human values. It is an intimate account of the life of Gandhi who worked hard and gave many sacrifices to become a leader. The wife, Kasturba and son, Harilal were the constant reminders of his human side and he learnt that to follow the right path he must give away whatever little he holds dear to himself. Since Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is the human counterpart of Mahatma Gandhi, and the movie makes the former its prime subject. Shyam Benegal in an interview said, “It is the young Gandhi we don’t know”. Mahatma Gandhi is known to all with due regard to Attenborough’s film production, the human side of Gandhi which is safely omitted by the director is little known. Benegal’s sees these twenty one years spanning from 1893-1914 as crucial since these were the years Gandhi spent as a human who longed to find his purpose in life, these were the experiments that made him the Mahatma
Mohandas Gandhi was a religious man, however, his religious beliefs did not come from his childhood but from his studies that he began as a political activist in South Africa. Upon his return to India from England, he had had a rough start as a lawyer and accepted an offer to work on a case in South Africa. He ended up staying in South Africa for more than twenty years. In South Africa Gandhi became a leader of the Indian immigration population. Gandhi had to learn skills to overcome caste, class, and religious divisions to build a base for dramatic mass actions. In the process, Gandhi’s religious development influenced his politics. He believed that the search for truth was the goal of human life, and since “no one could ever be sure of having attained the ultimate truth, use of violence to enforce one’s own necessarily partial understanding of it was sinful.”
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” It all started with a foreigner wanting to practice law in South Africa. The journey to the end was a difficult one for him to reach, but with fierce determination and a strong mind, Mohandas Gandhi was able to accomplish his main goal at the time; peaceful protesting leading to India’s independence. For many years, Gandhi was beat down by British authorities, but his determination always brought him back up. Many saw, and still see, him as a leader and a father of India.
Despite all these that have been mentioned, is Gandhi really the good, saint man he seems to be? Is he really the Mahatma, which literally means Great Soul, as portrayed by Attenborough in the film Gandhi. He he worthy enough to be compared to other legends of his times. These are some questions one has to ponder over. It is not right to always look at only one side of the coin. I personally feel that this film is an exercise in myth-making in its portrayal of Gandhi, his ideas and the events in his life. No doubt, in this film Gandhi, Gandhi is pictured as an overly good man one should worship and look up to as an idol. There have been many instances in the film where the events were inaccurate or the portrayal of the characters were biased. In any case, lets now explore some of these issues. Throughout my essay, my main focus will be on whether Gandhi is really the good man he seems to be in the film ...
We live in a world where leaders become rich at the expense of the citizens, where leaders live for selfish reasons or even where leaders send others to fight on their behalf yet they stay safe. However, Mohandas Gandhi, also known as Mahatma (“The great Soul”) Gandhi was not one...
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a person who had a cause to act, acted instead of being acted upon, and not only influenced India and South Africa, but the entire world. “ French writer Romain Rolland (1866—1944) said Gandhi was as stubborn as a mule, but a “sacred mule”(qtd. in Cook). Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an extremely confident, peace loving man which is proved by the quote. Gandhi is a very important and amazingly influential person in the society we live in today. Without Gandhi’s influential ideas the world would have faced many terrible wars resulting massive destruction and would have affected many aspects of our current lives. Problems like the British rule and the caste system caused Gandhi to act. Great leaders and books influenced Gandhi’s belief of life. Gandhi accomplished many important things in his life to solve the problems faced by many people in South Africa, but most of all in India. Many people do not realize how much impact Gandhi’s accomplishments and beliefs have on the world. Indian independence was Gandhi’s most important accomplishment and the highlight of his illustrious life. Gandhi’s beliefs and vision influence the world today most notably through the civil rights movements of Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States and Nelson Mandela in South Africa, but his ideas are present throughout the globe. Through these great leaders who adopted Gandhi’s technique, we see the power of strong words and nonviolent action.
Mahatma Gandhi has had a lasting effect on our world today. His philosophy and ideals have been adopted by many prominent figures in society. A powerful leader, he helped two countries in their struggle for basic rights. Gandhi is an amazing example of the things that can be achieved without violence. He proved that satyagraha is a powerful path to victory. Since his time many leaders have been inspired by his example and anyone who tries to change the world for the better using peaceful means owes something to Gandhi.