Some of the photos in the below are stunningly well produced, but they fail to tell the true story of British occupation – the abuses and oppression.
But then came Mahatma Gandhi, “the great soul”, a selfless humble man who inspired an entire nation and led them to freedom.
The world could use a few more like Gandhi in this current day and age.
Just a few days ago, August 15th, India celebrated it’s 70th year anniversary from British rule – perhaps in time our nations will also be able to celebrate independence as a sovereign and self governing people.
I think if Gandhi were alive today just as if any of our great leaders were alive today they would be dismayed by current events within and without their country, their communities.
Today marks the sixty sixth anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma (great soul) Gandhi.
I first read about Mahatma Gandhi when I was in my mid teens and it began a lifetime of admiration for this simple man who galvanized an entire nation on the road to self determination.
Few such persons exist in the scope of world history.
Gandhi was the calm in the middle of a storm, never seeking violent confrontation but also unwilling to back down- a model adopted by others like Martin Luther King.
Becoming aware of Gandhi was a personal epiphany that allowed me to see the larger picture, a picture that illustrated there were individuals worthy of respect in all races, great men and women independent of color, that the world was larger than my own or the nations personal sphere.
Among our nations there have been many great leaders, many people who made a difference and an impact – too many of them relatively unknown, too many of a nation that hasn’t been glamorized or romanticized, yet no less an individual.
No one celebrates their accomplishments, the obstacles and hardships they faced, or memorializes their death….I consider that to be a failure of everyone who has come after them.
A greater failure that a comparable attempt is made to portray the AIM leadership as “liberators” as they live and in their passing.