[343] Before 1932, he and his associates used the word antyaja for untouchables. [22], Although he only had an elementary education and had previously been a clerk in the state administration, Karamchand proved a capable chief minister. "[257], Gandhi wrote: "There must be no impatience, no barbarity, no insolence, no undue pressure. He was critical of Christian missionary efforts in British India, because they mixed medical or education assistance with demands that the beneficiary convert to Christianity. [63] The most profound influence on Gandhi were those from Hinduism, Christianity and Jainism, states Parekh, with his thoughts "in harmony with the classical Indian traditions, specially the Advaita or monistic tradition". [52] His mother was not comfortable about Gandhi leaving his wife and family, and going so far from home. The satyagraha civil disobedience followed, with people assembling to protest the Rowlatt Act. [135], At various occasions, Gandhi credited his orthodox Hindu mother, and his wife, for first lessons in satyagraha. [163], In 1942, Gandhi now nearing age 73, urged his people to completely stop co-operating with the imperial government. Gandhi had already supported the British crown with resources and by recruiting Indian soldiers to fight the war in Europe on the British side. [253], The essence of Satyagraha is "soul force" as a political means, refusing to use brute force against the oppressor, seeking to eliminate antagonisms between the oppressor and the oppressed, aiming to transform or "purify" the oppressor. [247], Gandhi based Satyagraha on the Vedantic ideal of self-realization, ahimsa (nonviolence), vegetarianism, and universal love. A military is unnecessary, because any aggressor can be thrown out using the method of non-violent non-co-operation. There are … Gandhi believed that any form of food inescapably harms some form of living organism, but one should seek to understand and reduce the violence in what one consumes because "there is essential unity of all life". Tensions escalated until Gandhi demanded immediate independence in 1942 and the British responded by imprisoning him and tens of thousands of Congress leaders. Prominent Muslim allies in his nonviolent resistance movement included Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abdul Ghaffar Khan. "Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand [Mahatma Gandhi] (1869–1948)". [313] He also consulted with vegetarianism campaigners during his lifetime, such as with Henry Stephens Salt. 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His approach, too, to untouchability differed from Ambedkar's, championing fusion, choice, and free intermixing, while Ambedkar envisioned each segment of society maintaining its group identity, and each group then separately advancing the "politics of equality". He called Gandhi as the one who was "seditious in aim" whose evil genius and multiform menace was attacking the British empire. He continued that "He's somebody I find a lot of inspiration in. Therefore, non-co-operation in Satyagraha is in fact a means to secure the co-operation of the opponent consistently with truth and justice. "Babuji" can also be used as a term of respect for any respected elder or man. He was popular among politicians and … [76] According to Anthony Parel, Gandhi was also influenced by the Tamil text Tirukkuṛaḷ after Leo Tolstoy mentioned it in their correspondence that began with "A Letter to a Hindu". [55], Gandhi's time in London was influenced by the vow he had made to his mother. Gandhi in Ahmedabad, on the day after the massacre in Amritsar, did not criticise the British and instead criticised his fellow countrymen for not exclusively using love to deal with the hate of the British government. Gandhi is commonly, though not formally, considered the Father of the Nation in India,[14][15] and was commonly called Bapu[16] (Gujarati: endearment for father,[17] papa[17][18]). Investigation committees were formed by the British, which Gandhi asked Indians to boycott. Muslim leaders left the Congress and began forming Muslim organisations. [375] After Gandhi's assassination, Nehru led India in accordance with his personal socialist convictions. On returning from South Africa, when Gandhi received a letter asking for his participation in writing a world charter for human rights, he responded saying, "in my experience, it is far more important to have a charter for human duties. The Second Round Table conference was the only time he left India between 1914 and his death in 1948. Lord Irwin's successor, Lord Willingdon, took a hard line against India as an independent nation, began a new campaign of controlling and subduing the nationalist movement. [44], Gandhi believed that swaraj not only can be attained with non-violence, it can be run with non-violence. [52][54] He went on to stay for 21 years. [150] Ambedkar and Gandhi debated their ideas and concerns, each trying to persuade the other. The protest at Dharasana salt works on 21 May went ahead without its leader, Gandhi. As a child, Gandhi was described by his sister Raliat as "restless as mercury, either playing or roaming about. ", Gokhale, B. G. "Gandhi and the British Empire,", Juergensmeyer, Mark. [208][213] Historian R.B. In 1857, Karamchand sought his third wife's permission to remarry; that year, he married Putlibai (1844–1891), who also came from Junagadh,[23] and was from a Pranami Vaishnava family. ", Power, Paul F. "Toward a Revaluation of Gandhi's Political Thought. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service. In April 1945, Gandhi referenced being naked with several "women or girls" in a letter to Birla as part of the experiments. [424], Indians widely describe Gandhi as the father of the nation. [150] According to Jaffrelot, Gandhi's views evolved between the 1920s and 1940s; by 1946, he actively encouraged intermarriage between castes. "[400] Anti-apartheid activist and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was inspired by Gandhi. [299], Some colonial era Christian preachers and faithfuls considered Gandhi as a saint. [120] The British government ignored him and passed the law, stating it would not yield to threats. However, the Hindu leaders including Rabindranath Tagore questioned Gandhi's leadership because they were largely against recognising or supporting the Sunni Islamic Caliph in Turkey. "The Gandhi Revival--A Review Article. "[182], In 1938, Gandhi stated that his "sympathies are all with the Jews. The government called on nutritional experts to demystify his action, and again no photos were allowed. [158] Over 2.5 million Indians ignored Gandhi, volunteered and joined the British military to fight on various fronts of the allied forces. Gandhi joined the Indian National Congress and was introduced to Indian issues, politics and the Indian people primarily by Gokhale. [205], Gandhi's statements, letters and life have attracted much political and scholarly analysis of his principles, practices and beliefs, including what influenced him. He would put his hands on the shoulders of those either side. "Gandhi in the Mind of America. Congress publicised the fasts as a political action that generated widespread sympathy. A horrified American journalist, Webb Miller, described the British response thus: In complete silence the Gandhi men drew up and halted a hundred yards from the stockade. [239][240] Winston Churchill also compared Gandhi to a Sufi fakir. [176] The Direct Action Day triggered a mass murder of Calcutta Hindus and the torching of their property, and holidaying police were missing to contain or stop the conflict. It is the greatest crime of our time. Gandhi usually wrote in Gujarati, though he also revised the Hindi and English translations of his books. [272][273] He was accused of accepting a deal with the King's representative Irwin that released civil disobedience leaders from prison and accepted the death sentence against the highly popular revolutionary Bhagat Singh, who at his trial had replied, "Revolution is the inalienable right of mankind". The ‘forgotten’ Mahatma called Bapu; This story is from October 3, 2011. [143] The British side sought reforms that would keep Indian subcontinent as a colony. 1866–1913). [342], Gandhi spoke out against untouchability early in his life. [198], For years after the assassination, states Markovits, "Gandhi's shadow loomed large over the political life of the new Indian Republic". His family then rejoined him in Rajkot. [396][397][398] King said "Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics. "[130] British violence, Gandhi promised, was going to be defeated by Indian non-violence. Manu stated that the experiment had no "ill effect" on her. "The Tale Of Gandhi Through The Lens: An Inter-Textual Analytical Study Of Three Major Films-Gandhi, The Making Of The Mahatma, And Gandhi, My Father. Unhappy with this, the peasantry appealed to Gandhi at his ashram in Ahmedabad. He believed vegetarianism to be a moral movement and that Allinson should therefore no longer remain a member of the LVS. This, he believed, created a vicious vested system of materialism at the cost of other human needs, such as spirituality and social relationships. October 2nd is the date of birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka MK Gandhi and he is famously referred to as Bapu which means Father and as whole Nation referred to him as Bapu he is considered as Father of the Nation. [86], In 1910, Gandhi established, with the help of his friend Hermann Kallenbach, an idealistic community they named Tolstoy Farm near Johannesburg. [300][301][302] Biographers from France and Britain have drawn parallels between Gandhi and Christian saints. His father, Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi (1822–1885), served as the diwan (chief minister) of Porbandar state. 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