"Nonviolence and truth are inseparable and presupposes one another. There is no god higher than truth." –MAHATMA GANDHI
The name "Gandhi" is synonymous with peace and non-violence. His epic struggle to bring together the people of India in their search for sovereignty is unparalleled. This great man's wisdom and foresight are compelling. Mahatma, the great soul, epitomizes the meaning of a man who was possibly the greatest human being the 20th century has seen. Mahatma Gandhi was a modern messiah whose life became the message to the world. The message was truth and freedom through non-violence.
Non violence is the most beautiful gift mankind has received since the existence of civilized evolution. Violence, wars, terrorism and human injustice are the focus of the central issues of world problems. The constructive aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy can regenerate a world bordering on the chaos. Gandhiji's altruistic philosophy may appear to be an utopian ideal. However, if we want to find permanent solutions to life's problems, it is essential to adopt universal welfare as a central precept. Only an individual with considerable self-respect, unshakable faith in human nature and detachment can find sanity where alienation, soaring crime and unmitigated violence are ripping the society apart.
Today Mahatma Gandhi is no more a person, he has become a phenomenon. In his lifetime he fought for many causes; colonialism, racial discrimination, economic exploitation and India's Independence, but predominantly he fought for human rights which was the pivot of his existence. His weapons were Satya (truth) and Ahimsa (non-violence).
Gandhiji's entire life was a powerful message for mankind. His every breath was dedicated to the pursuit of truth (god), in its most pristine manifestations, justice and liberty for man.
Besides being the greatest leader of 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi was a good writer and author of several books. He was editor of a newspaper called Harijan in Gujarati, Hindi and English, Indian Opinion while in South Africa and, Young India, in English, and Navajivan, a Gujarati monthly, on his return to India. In addition, he wrote many letters almost every day to individuals and newspapers. Gandhi also wrote his autobiography, An Autobiography of My Experiments with Truth, Satyagraha in South Africa about his struggle there, Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule, a political pamphlet. He also wrote extensively on vegetarianism, diet and health, rural reforms, Gita, religion, social reforms, etc. Gandhi’s complete works were published by the government of India under the name “The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi” in the 1960s.The works of Gandhi give human kind a message to lead life with peace and harmony. This project will try to emphasize on the writing aspect of Mahatma Gandhi. In this project it has been tried to throw light on major works of Gandhi in English and also try to analyze their relevance in modern society. The project has mainly discussed the major books written by Gandhi and also analyzed different newspapers, articles, journals, letters documented by Gandhi. As earlier said by Gandhi “My life is my message” his works consist of the key to lead a good and peaceful life.
Cite this article:
Chitrangada Hapawat. Mahatma Gandhi. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 3(2): April-June, 2012, 223-227.