By Mohandas K Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi used to be born in Western India in 1869. He used to be expert in London and later travelled to South Africa, the place he skilled racism and took up the rights of Indians, instituting his first crusade of passive resistance. In 1915 he again to British-controlled India, bringing to a rustic within the throes of independence his dedication to non-violent switch, and his trust constantly within the energy of fact. less than Gandhi's lead, thousands of protesters may have interaction in mass campaigns of civil disobedience, looking swap via ahimsa or non-violence. For Gandhi, the lengthy course in the direction of Indian independence could bring about imprisonment and worry, but he by no means as soon as forgot the rules of fact and non-violence so pricey to him. Written within the Twenties, Gandhi's autobiography tells of his struggles and his inspirations; a strong and enduring assertion of a rare existence.
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Heaven knows how many youths are in the same plight as he. Only in our present Hindu society do studies and marriage go thus hand in hand. My studies were continued. I was not regarded as a dunce at the high school. I always enjoyed the affection of my teachers. Certificates of progress and character used to be sent to the parents every year. I never had a bad certificate. In fact I even won prizes after I passed out of second standard. In the fifth and sixth I obtained scholarships of four and ten rupees respectively, an achievement for which I have to thank good luck more than my merit.
The instruments for the quest of truth are as simple as they are difficult. They may appear quite impossible to an arrogant person, and quite possible to an innocent child. The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth. The dialogue between Vasishtha and Vishvamitra makes this abundantly clear. Christianity and Islam also amply bear it out.
What was he doing there, and what can the trace of his presence mean to us today? More than fifty years after his assassination in 1948, Gandhi has become a symbol, a myth, even a commodity. Yet we are still far from taking the measure of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic and remarkable personality. Confronted by the vast corpus of his writings and speeches (the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi make up a hundred-volume monument), interpreters continue to quarrel, seeing him variously as a spiritual paragon, a wily politician, a psychological and anthropological curiosity, an inventor of political techniques of non-violence and civil disobedience, or as a critic of modernity.
An Auto biography; Or, the story of my experiments with truth. by Mohandas K Gandhi