31 January, 2010

A Martyr is Remembered...!

For those of you who didn't know, 30 January is celebrated as Martyr's Day on the occasion of the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Yesterday, we celebrated had Martyr's Day even without realizing it...

All over India, various statues, roads, parks, halls and colleges have been named after Mahatma Gandhi. Bapu is only remembered during his birth and death anniversaries, but what keeps racking our brains is that does Bapu still remain in our thoughts?

The Times Of India reports that, "On the 62nd death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday - the Martyr's Day was nothing but another day to motivate others about his principles". A 75-year-old Sri Ram Charan sitting at the Swantra Sainani Bhawan recalls: "Gandhi was a renowned pacifist. We were left shock and disbelief when we heard the news. People say he uttered ‘Hey Ram'. But that day a great man left us, left the country -- the one who got India free -- the freedom we misuse today." Read the entire article here.

A 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' dialogue vividly comes into picture - Remove all statues of Mahatma Gandhi in the nation... Wipe out all his pictures... Replace the names of all roads after him... If you want to preserve him, keep him in your heart!

Albert Einstein was known to have quoted about the great Mahatma the following...

Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence for fighting for our cause, but by non-participation of anything you believe is evil.

Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.

Everyone concerned in the better future of mankind must be deeply moved by the tragic death of Mahatma Gandhi. He died as the victim of his own principles, the principle of nonviolence. He died because in time of disorder and general irritation in his country, he refused armed protection for himself. It was his unshakable belief that the use of force is an evil in itself, that therefore it must be avoided by those who are striving for supreme justice to his belief. With his belief in his heart and mind, he has led a great nation on to its liberation. He has demonstrated that a powerful human following can be assembled not only through the cunning game of the usual political manoeuvres and trickeries but through the cogent example of morally superior conduct of life.

The admiration for Mahatma Gandhi in all countries of the world rests on recognition, mostly sub-conscious, recognition of the fact that in our time of utter moral decadence, he was the only statesman to stand for a higher level of human relationship in political sphere. This level we must, with all our forces, attempt to reach. We must learn the difficult lesson that an endurable future of humanity will be possible only if, also in international relations, decisions are based on law and justice and not on self-righteous power, as they have been upto now.

Mahatma Gandhi is indeed respected all over the world for his simplicity and greatness... Let us salute him and get inspired by his noble principles..

What are your thoughts about our great Mahatma Gandhi?

[Image Source]