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Making of Mahatama

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Making of Mahatma: A summary of presentations and
discussions

Abhishek G, Harsha M, Maulik G,
Pranav S, Rajneesh K, Sanjiva S,
Sreedhar G

Introduction: Making of Mahatma
We all know Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as a great leader, the torchbearer of peace, the frail man who made the mighty British bow to his non-violent means, the “Mahatma” who got independence for India. However, he was not born as a perfect leader. The movie presents the story of his transformation from an average citizen to a great leader. The movie also shows a series of dualities – fine line between self-centred and devoted to the world, dedicated to a public cause versus family responsibilities, among others. At this stage in our careers when most of us are looking forward to take up leadership roles, these dualities present an interesting study of leadership, values and ethics for us. Organization of the report

We begin with salient features of Gandhi’s leadership and how he acquired them. Next, we move on to dilemma and conflicts he faces in his public vs. personal responsibilities. Finally we compare Gandhi’s character with other characters that we have discussed in LVE class. Interesting class discussions that ensued during our presentations and our views on them have been captured in appropriate sections.

A Visionary Leader
Gandhi was a visionary leader. He had the vision to mobilise the Indian community in South Africa against the discriminatory laws. He evolved the concepts of Satyagrah, non-violence and civic disobedience which emerged as an effective tool against the tyranny of mighty forces. Gandhi founded the “Indian Opinion” a first journal for the Indian community and also inspired women to join the struggle, again an innovative move at that time. It was his vision and learning from his experiences that turned him as a “Mahatma” in the eyes of the people around him. However, he also appears to be self-centred. He hardly budged from what he believed. Be it...