Friday, October 2, 2009
M.K Gandhi did not join any of the great celebrations of India's Independence; for him it constituted both a national & personal failure.
During the last months of his life Gandhi felt violence drawing nearer to him. He viewed partition & the appalling bloodshed as his own failure.
On his last birthday he famously replied to a friend: 'Send me condolences, not congratulations.'
: From the book, "Gandhi" by Peter Ruhe.
What do we think of Partition today? Who is Gandhi for us, the present generation?
Do most of us think he is outdated for the present challenges?
Albert Einstein who witnessed Gandhi's life said, "Generations to come will find it hard to believe that a man such as Gandhi ever walked the face of this earth!"
Looking closely at his life, I do understand what Einstein must have meant, .. without meaning to be fascinated by the man even a bit.
But, I wonder, what does he mean to us today?