Jawahar Lal Nehru wrote, “And then Gandhi came. He was like a powerful current of fresh air that made us stretch ourselves and take deep breath, like a beam of light that pierced the darkness and removed the scales from our eyes; like a whirlwind that upset many things, but most of all the working of people’s mind. He did not descend from the top; he seemed to emerge from the millions of India, speaking their language and incessantly drawing attention to them and their appalling condition.” But we killed him, and killed an entire realm of understanding the symbiotic relationship of man with man, and even man with nature. His questions covered the entire spectrum of human existence, and even provided answers with a rare courage of conviction. He spelt the Truth and equated it with God. He tread the path of Non-violence when blood ran not just in our veins but on our streets. And then he questioned the basic organizing principles of modern civilization and its greed for material progress.
Did 30 January 1948 bring sorrow to every heart and remorse to every thought? Did every eye have a tear, and did every head bow in shame at the sinister sinking of humanity? Gandhi had gone…….Really, did he? Or we just classified him as an enigma and posted on the walls, while the world perfected the art of civil resistance, understood the vocabulary of liberty and equality and began creating spaces for the marginalized. The present paper is a humble attempt to revisit the ism and application of Gandhian thought. Nothing new is on offer, but if reiteration is the Aladdin’s lamp then let the magic work.
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