Sunday, October 02, 2005

Gandhi Jayanti


Gandhi --, originally uploaded by Jeevan_.

I draw this Drawing, last year on Gandhi Jayanthi


A man of quick thinking and sensitivity, he was also known for his wit and instant repartee.

October 2, is Gandhi Jayanti. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat. He died on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi.

Here are some incidents from the life of Mahatma Gandhi that give you a glimpse of what he stood for.

Looking at the problems of Champaran District in Bihar, Gandhiji studied a report, he found that there was no mention of problems relating to women.
That's not possible, he said and sent his wife Kasturba, and Avantikabai Gokhale to investigate.

The two women found that when they knocked at the very first door the women did not let them in. Kasturba used the ruse that she was thirsty and wanted a glass of water. A hand thrust out a glass of water, and the door shut! On further investigation, she found that three women were sharing a sari in the house and were embarrassed to open the door. Such were the stories that Kasturba took back to her husband. Gandhiji was sensitive to the needs of the women — yes, almost a century before women's liberation was talked about.

Gandhiji's quick thinking and sensitivity to the needs of the poor are legendary. Once he was boarding a train when one of his shoes fell off. He glanced down to see if he could retrieve it. He couldn't and as the train started leaving, he quickly took his other shoe off and aimed it where he thought the first shoe had fallen. Looking at the questioning glances of his fellow travelers, he said calmly, The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will have a pair.

Gandhi was also noted for his wit, which came to the fore in this repartee. Gandhi went to London in 1931 to attend the Round Table Conference. He did not feel the need to change from his customary dhoti. An important politician, who became Prime Minister of England in 1940, spoke disparagingly of Gandhi and called him a half naked fakir. When Gandhi was invited to meet the king, journalists hounded him, and asked, "don't you feel embarrassed to meet the king, dressed like this?" To this Gandhi replied, unperturbed, Why should I feel ashamed, the king has enough for both of us!

13 comments:

Aatma said...

Nice painting Jeevan. Let us spend the day reading about Gandhiji. He has given us wealth of wisdom, which we should all gain and apply in our day to day life

Narayanan Venkitu said...

NIce post and super painting Jeevan. Hats off.!!

The incidents you've mentioned here are very nice indeed. I've never read them anywhere.! Wondering where you read them?

Gandhi is great man. He probably would hang himself in shame if he sees India the way it is today.!!

God bless Gandhi's soul.!!

Ramana Siddharth said...

liked ur drawing of the mahatma..like narayanan sir says i also did not know abt 2 of the incidents u mentioned.churchill called gandhi those things and that just goes 2 show what a racist he was..liked the one abt old ppl 2..hey yet another profession which the old can get into which u didnt mention is politics..but i hope a ayuda eluthe style revolution takes place!!!

Adaengappa !! said...

Good painting Jeevan !!

Nice to know about the incidents about Mahatma !!

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE !!

Jeevan said...

Aatma – Thanks friend, we should remember Gandhiji on this day. Because of him we got freedom and being happy.

Jeevan said...

Venkitu sir - Thanks. I read that details from THE HINDU newspaper.

Jeevan said...

Siddharth – Thanks dear. I also read that details yesterday only. Gandhi is a great human lived in India; it is a great noble for India.

Prabhu – Thanks dear friend.:)

Arjuna_Speaks said...

Very good painting Jeevan :)

Jagan said...

maams ..good painting da.. u r very talented ..

awakeningcoma said...

frnd u hav good hand in painting, abt gandhi hes a man from whom we learn a lot which we can easily practise in life mes a gandhian aka communist.

Jeevan said...

Arjuna - Thanks a lot dear.

Jeevan said...

Jagan - thanks machi.

awakening - Thanks friend, there is no limite to learn about Gandhi.

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