Mahatma Gandhi needs no introduction. His life, struggle and triumph has given us democratic governance, economic freedom and an identity on the world’s stage. He was an extraordinary man with simple tastes and firm beliefs. With just the power of his personality, charm and dreams, he became a force to be reckoned with. His life is a legacy that can teach us innumerable lessons. Here are a few lessons that these people have learned from him –
Krish Murali Eshwar, Vaastu Expert, Mentor and Innovator
No matter how many times you fail, your faith in your vision and the courage to work hard at your vision every waking minute of your life will ultimately make you succeed.
Venketesh Ramakrishnan, Novelist
Gandhi was an innovator. He was always trying out new methods in politics just as an inventor would in science. His inventions have inspired mankind to achieve what was often considered impossible
Devika Fernando, Novelist
This is what I learned from Gandhi – Act like a nobleman but live like a pauper
Mohan Visu, Marketing
Self-belief – this is the first and foremost lesson he has taught me. I am named after him as Mohan by my dad. (his full name is mohandas karamchand ghandhi). The sad part is, I dislike him and differ from his ideology. Still, hats of to this immortal man.
Sundari Venkatraman, Novelist
“Be the change that you want to see in this world” said Mahathma Gandhi. I truly believe in this quote and follow this maxim in my life
Raja King, Business Analyst
“Eat simple food” This is the simple thing I learned from Gandhi. I love non vegetarian food and eat at least three times in a week. After reading about Gandhi I stopped and became a Vegan. And I started eating simply and moderately. Thanks to Gandhi ji
Rubina Ramesh, Writer and Blogger
One lesson close to my heart is no one is your enemy. Your view may vary. If you can win a person with love so be it or else carry only the happy thoughts of that person and move on. Both for your sake and hers or his.
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Writer, Editor and Book Reviewer
Lessons learned from Gandhi ji… 1. Truth is the best way to speak but being polite while telling the truth is even better. 2. Be satisfied and appreciate what you have, big or small is important as some people don’t have anything. 3. Material possessions do not always make you happy. Letting go is the best thing to do at times.
Sridevi Datta, Writer and Blogger
From Gandhiji, I learnt the insurmountable strength of truth and peace and how they can usher in freedom at both the micro and macro levels both for self and the Nation because one cannot be envisioned without the other.
Afroz Alam Sahil, RTI Journalist
Today when the world is passing through a very critical stage, people are looking back to Gandhi and resorting to Gandhian means to find out solutions to the modern and complicated problems.
This establishes the utility of his means and methods and makes him relevant even today. Fortunately, Gandhi’s work-place Champarn is my hometown. During my school days, I used to spend some time under the shadow of Gandhi’s big statue. I’ve been inspired by Gandhi to do Satyagarha against the atrocities being committed on the people of India in India.
I have seen all the Ashrams that are neglected presently and are in a fragile state. Gandhi has been at the centre stage of most of our (my) writings. I had made a small documentary “Journey of Champaran” on Gandhi while being in College. During that period I got the chance of being close to Nirmala Deshpande and Shobhakant Jha. Nirmala Deshpande introduced me to the behavioural aspect of Gandhi. She was very fond of me. At present, I’m working on a book on Gandhi’s Satyagraha in Champaran.
I am also reminded of my father who died on this day, four years ago. A believer of Gandhian ethics, he told me that non-violence and peace are the fundamental principles behind the sustenance of human civilisation. My struggle as an RTI activist draws inspiration from both the Mahatma and my Abbu.
Sonia Rao, Writer
“You don’t need to use violence to get what you want. Unceasing persistence, unflinching faith in yourself and unwavering belief in your goal will get you what you want.”
Janaki Nagaraj, Blogger, Book Reviewer and Writer
The three monkeys of Gandhi which says- see no evil, hear no evil and talk no evil.
Today, even though we don’t want to we are exposed to the evils. My mantra is not to remain quiet after seeing them but to do something about them…if not in a big way, a small way in which I feel that I am the change that I want to see in the world.
Ruchira Khanna, Blogger, Book Review and Writer
I stand by the motto that violence/anger can never be the key to resolve a situation. It is very easy to point fingers at someone who failed at a task, but gotta look at his credentials cause we have yet to achieve many of those.