World famous comedian Charlie Chaplin sought an appointment with Mahatma Gandhi during the latter’s visit to London in 1931. Gandhiji had not heard of the actor but agreed to meet him on being told that Charlie Chaplin championed the cause of the poor in his films.
Both Hindu and Muslim communal leaders encouraged by the divide and rule policy of British rulers succeed in foiling Mahatma Gandhi’s desire for a united India.
Kashmir Valley has been witnessing unprecedented communication blockade since August 5 when two Bills were introduced in the Parliament to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcate and the downgrade the state into two Union Territories.
Gandhi committed several mistakes in his life as is common with any other human being. What made him different from others was that he never repeated the same mistakes. This was the key to his moral progress. He was in the habit of doing self-assessment at every stage of his life.
Here’s a collection of reminisces, excerpted and adapted from Narayan Desai’s book, Gandhi Through a Child’s Eyes: An Intimate Memoir, which has been translated by Bhal Malji and edited by Mark Shepard
On this day in 1906 Mahatma Gandhi launched the modern nonviolent resistance movement, Satyagraha, in South Africa in response to a law passed by British colonial government against Asians. Gandhi developed the idea of Satyagraha to win over adversaries without shedding a drop of blood.
The Leaflet has commissioned a series of articles on Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. This is the first article in this series written by senior journalist Nachiketa Desai—who is son of Narayan Desai, Gandhi’s biographer, and grandson of Mahadev Desai, who was Gandhi’s principal secretary from 1917-42.