2 October 1869, a frail lad was born to the home of Karamchand Gandhi in the coastal town of Porbandar. The youngest of two brothers and one sister, none had the slightest notion that this lad would one day shape the future of modern India.
Mohandas Gandhi returned from South Africa to the Indian subcontinent in 1915, armed with a deep insight on the working of the British government in their colonies and with the experience of a successful Non-cooperation movement in South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi was the need of the poorly led Indian freedom movement.
Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse. The Indian struggle for independence was ceremoniously active since 1857, yet the idea of a unified India was nowhere in sight and freedom fighters were divided on lines of regionalism and ideology. Mahatma Gandhi pointed out these inconsistencies and for a major part of the 1920’s attempted to unite individuals under a single umbrella of unified India which sheltered from the atrocities of British India.
The credit for Indian independence cannot be laid into the hands of the modern day critics, nor can it be laid in the hands of extremists who were unable to cope with reality, the hanging of Bhagat Singh sent a clear message to extremists that their means of agitation would not yield what they desired.
It was the presence of mind and a long term approach that was evident in Mahatma Gandhi’s efforts that awakened the sense of nationalism in the common man. He may be criticized for withdrawing his movements at short notice, but each movement that followed had a grander mass appeal. His strategy of persistently disturbing British administration with the least loss of life is commended by all.
Right from the smallest denomination to the largest, the Indian currency bears the portrait of the greatest statesman ever to step foot in Indian soil. I used the word statesman as the independence of a nation rigged by geographical and cultural diversities cannot be attained by a simple propagandist, it would require an astute social and political scientist that would be equipped with enough intellect to realize the importance of the right moment and not just an army of gun powder wielding lunatics.