Messenger of Non-Violence and World Peace

Messenger of Non-Violence and World Peace“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

The United Nations observes October 2nd as ‘International Day of Non-Violence’ on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who spread the message of non-violence and peace globally. He led India’s freedom struggle on the tenets of truth and non-violence. He showed to the world that independence can be achieved through non-violent means. As a result, there are a number of followers of Mahatma Gandhi globally across the countries and communities.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

Mahatma Gandhi – A Learner, Leader and Ladder

There are many leaders who are learners; there are some leaders who walked their talk and became true leaders; and there are a few leaders who became ladders for others. However, there are the rarest breed of leaders who are a blend of learning, leading and laying ladders for others. Mahatma Gandhi was such rarest leader who learned continuously, led by example and served as a ladder for others throughout his life. Here is the profile of this legend on the eve of his birth anniversary:

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd 1869 in Porbandar in the present Indian State of Gujarat. He is known as Mahatma Gandhi and Indians call him ‘Father of the Nation’. He played a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle through his principles of truth and non-violence.

Mahatma Gandhi revealed that stories of Shravana and king Harishchandra left an indelible impression on his mind. During his childhood Gandhi identified himself with those characters and evolved as an honest person. He was an average student academically.

Mahatma Gandhi studied law in London. After returning to India he tried to establish himself as a lawyer in Bombay but failed to establish. Subsequently he went to South Africa in 1893 and lived there for two decades where he forged the unity among Indians and fought against anti-Indian and discriminatory practices. He successfully tried his principles of truth and non-violence, and transformed from an inexperienced barrister into an accomplished political leader in South Africa. He returned to India in 1915, joined the Indian National Congress and dedicated the rest of his life for India’s freedom movement. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic on January 30th 1948.

Mahatma Gandhi provided the ladder for several leaders – Jawaharlal Nehru, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Khan Abdul Gaffer Khan to name a few to avoid the leadership vacuum. Most of the charismatic leaders make a major mistake of tooting their own horns thus not grooming others as leaders. But Mahatma Gandhi was the rarest charismatic leader who was a continuous learner, leader and laid a ladder for several leaders to grow as leaders.

 

Mahatma Gandhi’s Influence Beyond Borders

Globally there are many leaders who were influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, namely Martin Luther King Jr, Khan Adbul Ghaffar Khan, James Lawson, Lech Wałęsa, Steve Biko, Benigno Aquino Jr, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi. Martin Luther King Jr went to the extent of saying, “Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics.”

Mahatma Gandhi did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, although he was nominated five times. But his followers namely Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. Hence, it is obvious that Mahatma Gandhi is above Nobel Peace Prize.

Mahatma Gandhi was against the partition of India. He always strove for maintaining unity among various religions. He is revered for his practical approach. He walked his talk throughout his life. He is a transformational leader, soft leader and above all, a servant leader. It was the great poet, Rabindranath Tagore who accorded the title, ‘Mahatma’ to him, which means ‘Great Soul’ in English. However, Mahatma Gandhi never valued such titles as he considered himself a servant for people.

 

Mahatma Gandhi and Non-Violence

“I shall not fear anyone on Earth.

I shall fear only God.

I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.

I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.

I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”  – Mahatma Gandhi.

The person who puts up with attack is stronger than the person who attacks. The person who has stamina to bear pain is stronger than the person who inflicts pain. The person who pioneers non-violence is stronger than the person who practices violence; as Mahatma Gandhi rightly remarked, “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.” Hence, it is desirable to preach and practice non-violence than violence. Although man is violent by nature he must transform himself with the growing civilization to stand out from animals. Additionally, we must develop compassion toward others.

 

Mahatma Gandhi’s Humanity and World Peace

Gandhi’s principles were not only confined to India’s freedom struggle but also relevant to the world. Martin Luther King Jr. once remarked, “If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought, acted and inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony.”

Currently the world is encountering several challenges including intolerance, impatience and terrorism. Hence, it is essential to follow the ideas and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi especially truth and non-violence to achieve international peace and prosperity.

On the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, let us take a pledge to respect and love all cultures, castes, creeds and communities to promote international peace and universal brotherhood.

 

Prof. M.S. Rao
International Leadership Guru

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19 Replies to “Messenger of Non-Violence and World Peace”

  1. Mahatma Gandhi is the ideal leader for truth and non-violence

    I am grateful to Prof. M. S.Rao for dedicating his upcoming book to me. He has a great heart to help others with noble intentions. I am his die-hard follower. I want to see him as the President of India one day.

  2. Mahatma Gandhi stood for the values of non-violence and truth. I appreciate Prof. Rao for highlighting Mahatma Gandhi globally thus reviving his values and principles.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi is the correct role model for non-violence and truth in the world. It is an excellent article. I request Prof. Rao to contribute more such articles. 

     

    I also want to see him as the President of India one day. I wish him all the best!

  4. The entire world must follow the ideas and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi to create global peace and prosperity.

    It is an excellent article. I appreciate the author’s heart, thought and mind to create such a beautiful article on Mahatma Gandhi. Looking forward to reading more such articles in future from Prof. M.S.Rao. I am his follower.

  5. Peace is essential for progress. Hence we all citizens of the world must pioneer peace by staying away from violence. Let us love all people across the world.

  6. Excellent post!

     

    We want to see more such articles from Prof. M.S.Rao who is going to be the President of India by 2030. I am his blind follower. 

  7. Mahatma Gandhi is an apt example for global peace and prosperity as he chapmpioned for truth and non-violence to achieve India’s independence. His principles apply for the world.

    I congratulate Prof.Rao for writing such a wonderful article.

  8. It is a great post on Mahatma Gandhi highlighting his ideas and ideals of love, peace and non-violence. The world needs more such global leaders to pioneer for global peace and prosperity.

  9. On His Birthday your article give inspiration to all the youth . To remember our father of Nation  and we have follow their prnciples and spread the peace globally no violance anywhere. so that we will fullfill his wish unity of streghth globaly united. Thanks sir  for your encouraging articles towards Great Leader so we can (OUR YOUTH) learn somthing.

  10. On His Birthday your article give inspiration to all the youth . To remember our father of Nation  and we have follow their prnciples and spread the peace globally no violance anywhere. so that we will fullfill his wish unity of streghth globaly united. keep it up sir for your encouraging articles towards Great Leader so we can (OUR YOUTH) learn somthing.

  11. Dear sir,

     

    We are only(indians) proud now, slowly entire world will proud as father of international as of  now father of the nation with his guiedance while freedom movement in our country, with your articles we never forget his directions n simplicity and also truth.

     

    E.Ramesh

    Sr Librarian

  12. This is the article needed globally to spread the message of love, peace and non-violence. Currently very few people find time to concentrate on key issues like this. I thank you for your time to write this article. I am sure it will make a huge difference to the world.

  13. Sir,

    This article on Mahatma Gandhi is timely and relevant. The world needs more Mahatma Gandhis to spread the message of love, peace and non-violence. Leaders like you must highlight such great leaders to bring more awareness on non-violence.

    I dont know that there are many great personalities who are the followers of Mahatma Gandhi and that too Nobel Laureates. It is a new dimension to this article. Gandhiji never believed in titles like ‘leader’ and ‘Mahatma’ and never craved for prizes including Nobel Peace Prize.

     

  14. Dear Sir,

    You rightly said that Mahatma Gandhi is above Nobel Peace Prize. I appreciate your imagination and intelligence. 

    Your article is a great gift not only for Indians but also to the entire world on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Today all humankind must spread the message of non-violence and peace across the world. 

    Looking forward to more articles on global peace and prosperity. 

     

    I am your die-hard fan sir. 

     

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