This post is a tribute to the bravest man I have known.
True strength comes from true conviction. True strength is to do what you believe is right, no matter what others think. True strength is the willingness to go to any extent, make any sacrifice to defend what you believe is right. There are numerous instances when Gandhiji has shown this strength. I think the bravest decision Gandhiji ever took, and probably the most difficult one, was to call off the non cooperation movement after the Chauri Chora tragedy. This was a point in history, when many felt that we were just inches away from independence and Gandhiji’s decision pushed away the victory for many years. He was heavily criticized, even by his close associates. But he struck to what he believed was right, irrespective of the consequences.
Another attribute which I admire a lot in Gandhiji was his ability to overcome hatred and anger and forgive people, even love them. As he said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”, forgiving and letting go is one of the most difficult things to do, and requires a lot of strength and courage.
The following quote by Albert Einstein nicely summarizes what I feel for this great man –
“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood”
PS: Just finished watching Gandhi by Richard Attenborough starring Ben Kingsley. A truly powerful piece of cinema.
Photo courtesy – Sandeep Chandra (sanchantr) flickr photostream