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Thinking of Gandhi Today

Learning to think without being hindered by fear or temptation will, among other things, help those who want to emulate M K Gandhi deal with the gravest challenge that they face. That challenge is posed by those who, behind their deviously articulated public lip-service to him, are tirelessly engaged in realising that vision of India which is diametrically opposed to Gandhi’s humane vision.

M K Gandhi often called himself aqbatandesh (one who can foresee up to doom’s day). As an aqbatandesh he was doomed, like Cassandra, to be misunderstood, disbelieved, ignored and, not unoften, pooh-poohed. In misunderstanding, disbelieving, ignoring and pooh-poohing him lay his contemporaries’ best and most natural defence against his radical prescriptions and dire prognostications. This was more so during his last days. For, as he neared his end, everything that he saw made him fear for the future. Fear for the future of his country and also of humankind.

The more he saw the looming dark ­future, the direr became his warnings. The direr became his warnings, the less he was heard. But, to use his own words, he kept crying in the wilderness. His hope now—the hope of an aqbatandesh—was posthumous: “I will be gone saying what I am saying, but one day people will remember that what this poor man said, that alone was true” (Chandiwala 1970).

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Updated On : 21st Sep, 2020

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