The Gandhi I know/M.K. Gandhi/ My Kewl Gandhi
I was first introduced to Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi hereby referred as just Gandhi, as a man who is on every bill/note/currency.
Then I met him again during my primary schooling, as a part of my general knowledge book, I memorized the following things about him
1. Date of birth: Oct 2, 1869
2. Father/Mother: Karamchand Gandhi and Putli bai
3. Birth Place: Porbandar, Gujarat
And that he helped get us freedom from British raj and he was called father of the nation
During my middle/high school he was again introduced to me in 2 forms, one in a history book, and 2nd as a compulsion, extra things to mug up, scoring chance as 2 additional biographical books in Hindi.
The book was biased I must say and it did not truly represented what the Mahatma stood for, it was a mere date by date presentation of some historical events.
By the time I was in college, I had mixed understanding of him, some of my friends hated him, some blamed him for the partition, some simply adored him, so when I got to read his auto biography, “My experiments with truth”, I was surprised at the sheer courage the man displayed.
Writing truth is one thing and writing truth that says ” I was ashamed for having sex with kasturba, while my father was dying in another room”, was out of this world. I admire this man simply for his courage, how many people in this world can take the courage to write something similar?
I got re-introduced to him, not to him but to his philosophy in a very interesting way called “Gandhigiri”, the word created a so-called storm and in very small way it did had an impact much like the Mahatma.
Now all I know about Gandhi is “SHE” gave her first public appearance to pay him tribute, “HE (SHE’S SON) is a young leader to be a PM”, worth it or not I am not sure, specially after reading the letter to him from an IIT-ian. I can’t authenticate the letter myself but if it is even 1% true, I don’t like where India is going.
For sure I liked the older Gandhi that I met on a currency note, in my books and not the Gandhi’s that are on display on TVs..
Happy Birthday Mahatma…