Remembering Mahatma Gandhi - Martyr's Day

  • ShanksE

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    Jan 30, 2011 7:32 PM GMT
    Today is Martyr's Day in India, in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

    Gandhiji's legacy to humanity has been the art of active resistance through non-violence. His deeds and his fight for truth, equality and justice inspired people not just in India but worldwide. Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and even Barak Obama have spoken of how their lives have been influenced by Gandhiji's thoughts and ideals.
    One of my favorite authors once wrote of Gandhiji that "When [Gandhiji] was alive he was impossible to ignore. Once he had gone he was impossible to imitate"

    Do you feel Gandhian ideals of truth and non-violence would work today?
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    Jan 30, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    ShanksE saidToday is Martyr's Day in India, in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

    Gandhiji's legacy to humanity has been the art of active resistance through non-violence. His deeds and his fight for truth, equality and justice inspired people not just in India but worldwide. Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and even Barak Obama have spoken of how their lives have been influenced by Gandhiji's thoughts and ideals.
    One of my favorite authors once wrote of Gandhiji that "When [Gandhiji] was alive he was impossible to ignore. Once he had gone he was impossible to imitate"

    Do you feel Gandhian ideals of truth and non-violence would work today?


    Thanks for the topic.

    I would like to think so. Aung San Suu Kyi is perhaps the best example in my mind of someone who has exemplified Ghandi's ideals of non-violence and truth.
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    Jan 30, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    He was and always will be a remarkable man.

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    Jan 30, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    Love this topic!

    As a person very greatly influenced by Gandhi and Einstein from a young age,
    I truly think Einstein was on the ball when he said this about Gandhi..

    "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth." - Albert Einstein (on Gandhi)

    regardless he will continue to be a major influence in my life..
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    Jan 30, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    Cool.

    My answer to "which celebrity would you most like to fight?" is always either Gandhi or Stephen Hawking.

    "Let's see how tough you are without that chair, Science Boy." icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 30, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    Ghandiji makes me so unbelievably proud to be Indian, he was a remarkable man. One so small in stature but big in heart and mind. I'd like to think we can achieve what he did with non-violent techniques. The problem is, violence is the easier way to achieve goals, his way took perseverance and patience.
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    Jan 30, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Martyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.
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    Jan 30, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    unfounded7 saidMartyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.


    Gandhiji was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He had been fasting to ensure communal peace in Delhi in the wake of the partition. His fast brought about peace between Hindus and Muslims in the riot hit city. A few days after he broke his fast he was shot dead as he was heading to a prayer meeting. Hence today is remembered as Martyr's Day.
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    Jan 30, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    Absolutely. I think (and seriously hope) that the world as a whole is moving more towards peacebuilding and peaceful conflict resolutions tactics. Obviously, there are instances where those are no applied to such a great extent, but I do think we're moving in that general direction.
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    ShanksE said
    unfounded7 saidMartyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.


    Gandhiji was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He had been fasting to ensure communal peace in Delhi in the wake of the partition. His fast brought about peace between Hindus and Muslims in the riot hit city. A few days after he broke his fast he was shot dead as he was heading to a prayer meeting. Hence today is remembered as Martyr's Day.



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    Jan 30, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    ShanksE said
    unfounded7 saidMartyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.


    Gandhiji was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He had been fasting to ensure communal peace in Delhi in the wake of the partition. His fast brought about peace between Hindus and Muslims in the riot hit city. A few days after he broke his fast he was shot dead as he was heading to a prayer meeting. Hence today is remembered as Martyr's Day.



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    Haha, lol guys, I didn't mean to sound like a history teacher, but I have been always fascinated by history. I am happy to share what little I know! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 30, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    ShanksE said
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    ShanksE said
    unfounded7 saidMartyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.


    Gandhiji was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He had been fasting to ensure communal peace in Delhi in the wake of the partition. His fast brought about peace between Hindus and Muslims in the riot hit city. A few days after he broke his fast he was shot dead as he was heading to a prayer meeting. Hence today is remembered as Martyr's Day.



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    Haha, lol guys, I didn't mean to sound like a history teacher, but I have been always fascinated by history. I am happy to share what little I know! icon_smile.gif


    One can hardly be faulted for trying to educate people on Gandhi. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 30, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    The more I know about him, the more I totally believe what he said. One of the next biographies I read will about him. I will share one of my favortie quotes from him:

    "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."

    So empowering!
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    Jan 30, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    Simply_Drew saidThe more I know about him, the more I totally believe what he said. One of the next biographies I read will about him. I will share one of my favortie quotes from him:

    "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves."

    So empowering!


    I agree and this has been one of my personal favorites as well. Be the change you want to see in the world, he said. icon_smile.gif
    Such a simple message when you come to think of it. But like you said, totally empowering.
    Another of my favorite quotes has been, "There is always enough on the Earth for Man's need. but never enough for Man's greed"
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    Jan 31, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    Sadly, it seems he was something of a racists, particularly during his early days in South Africa.

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    Jan 31, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    GandhiYou must be the change you wish to see in the world.


    ...it is how I live my life.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:04 AM GMT
    Mil8 saidSadly, it seems he was something of a racists, particularly during his early days in South Africa.




    this video is rude, distasteful and inaccurate, its say more about the producers than it says about Gandhi. You'll find videos like this about everyone including Mother Teresa, Einstien and other great people
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
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    this video is rude, distasteful and inaccurate, its say more about the producers than it says about Gandhi. You'll find videos like this about everyone including Mother Teresa, Einstien and other great people


    Admittedly, Penn & Teller will never get a job as UN goodwill ambassadors, but the quotes are Gandhi's and, however you cut it, he was pretty intolerant of black South Africans.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Mil8 said
    Metamorphosis said
    this video is rude, distasteful and inaccurate, its say more about the producers than it says about Gandhi. You'll find videos like this about everyone including Mother Teresa, Einstien and other great people


    Admittedly, Penn & Teller will never get a job as UN goodwill ambassadors, but the quotes are Gandhi's and, however you cut it, he was pretty intolerant of black South Africans.


    India, even today, has very distorted views on skin color in a way that would make most Americans blush. That, however does not change the fact that he, and many of his followers have made vast improvements in the world that are unrivaled by just about any person living or dead.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    north_runner said
    ShanksE said
    meninlove said
    ShanksE said
    unfounded7 saidMartyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.


    Gandhiji was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He had been fasting to ensure communal peace in Delhi in the wake of the partition. His fast brought about peace between Hindus and Muslims in the riot hit city. A few days after he broke his fast he was shot dead as he was heading to a prayer meeting. Hence today is remembered as Martyr's Day.



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    Haha, lol guys, I didn't mean to sound like a history teacher, but I have been always fascinated by history. I am happy to share what little I know! icon_smile.gif


    One can hardly be faulted for trying to educate people on Gandhi. icon_smile.gif



    Absolutely, the pic was meant as a compliment.

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    Jan 31, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    Mil8 said
    Metamorphosis said
    this video is rude, distasteful and inaccurate, its say more about the producers than it says about Gandhi. You'll find videos like this about everyone including Mother Teresa, Einstien and other great people


    Admittedly, Penn & Teller will never get a job as UN goodwill ambassadors, but the quotes are Gandhi's and, however you cut it, he was pretty intolerant of black South Africans.


    India, even today, has very distorted views on skin color in a way that would make most Americans blush. That, however does not change the fact that he, and many of his followers have made vast improvements in the world that are unrivaled by just about any person living or dead.


    Agree! Gandhiji was loved and respected by millions of people whose lives he touched. He was called Mahatma ('a great soul'), by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The video is in poor taste and displays a lack of understanding and research by the people who have made it.
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    Jan 31, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    ShanksE said

    Do you feel Gandhian ideals of truth and non-violence would work today?


    No.
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    Jan 31, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    Advaya said
    ShanksE said

    Do you feel Gandhian ideals of truth and non-violence would work today?


    No.



    Oh wait, that doesnt mean they worked in that past either.
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    Jan 31, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    north_runner said
    ShanksE said
    meninlove said
    ShanksE said
    unfounded7 saidMartyr's Day? With all due respect, it sounds like a dubious honor.


    Gandhiji was assassinated on the 30th of January 1948. He had been fasting to ensure communal peace in Delhi in the wake of the partition. His fast brought about peace between Hindus and Muslims in the riot hit city. A few days after he broke his fast he was shot dead as he was heading to a prayer meeting. Hence today is remembered as Martyr's Day.



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    Haha, lol guys, I didn't mean to sound like a history teacher, but I have been always fascinated by history. I am happy to share what little I know! icon_smile.gif


    One can hardly be faulted for trying to educate people on Gandhi. icon_smile.gif



    Absolutely, the pic was meant as a compliment.

    -Doug


    Oh yeah, totally. I was just remarking on his statement that he didn't mean to sound like a history teacher. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 31, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    He has been such an influence around the world , his courage , sincerity and deternination is an example for all of us and the generation to come ...