Does Gandhi Matter?

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When I look for Nonviolence, Truth says ‘Find it out through me’. When I look for Truth, Nonviolence says ‘Find it out through me’ - MKG

In an age of terror, violence and slavery, an apostle of peace was sent to India. India—the hurt-enslaved mother of millions. The angel worked tirelessly for the freedom of his nation's people, and with a Herculean effort he removed the chains that had enslaved them to the British Empire for so long. That angel of truth was Mahatma Gandhi, who is still affectionately referred to as Bapuji, the Father of our Nation. Of him, the great scientific genius, Albert Einstein once said, "Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this, ever in flesh and blood, walked upon this earth." A prediction that has surely proved true in the present age. For us, what Gandhiji achieved was something no mortal could have dreamt of doing. So, was he immortal? A god sent down to free the disillusioned Indians? This belief was tragically proved wrong by the bullets of Nathuram Godse on the 30th of January 1948. An apostle of peace falling prey to violence, an angel of secularism gunned down by the bullets of intolerance that had infested the minds of a few. An irony of fate, or a cruel twist of destiny? Godse was sentenced to death, an eye for an eye. But, the question staring India in the face today is, "Does the message of Gandhi matter today?” In my opinion, Gandhiji's message of love, peace and non-violence have never been as essential for Indian society as today. Intolerance has not died with Godse. It has survived in the hearts of those who look at the Indian flag and only see their own community, not their motherland. The merciless massacre of Sikhs by the Hindus after Indira Gandhi's assassination, in 1984, the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, the Hindu-Muslim riots that followed and the recent pogrom in Gujarat in 2002 make us ponder a second question, "Did Gandhi die in vain?" He sacrificed his own...
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