Monday, October 30, 2017

MK Gandhi's most 'indelicate' gift for Queen Elizabeth

MK Gandhi's most 'indelicate' gift for Queen Elizabeth
(and other stories about Khadi)

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had called him 'a seditious middle temple lawyer' posing as a 'half-naked fakir'.

Pramod Kapoor

Gandhi and Charkha

The most iconic image of Mohandas Gandhi shows him bare-chested, clad in a loincloth, and reading a newspaper while seated next to a spinning wheel or charkha. That picture, taken by legendary American photographer Margaret Bourke-White, was shot for the now defunct Time Life Magazine. It was taken in 1946, when Bourke-White arrived in Poona (now Pune), where Gandhi had been imprisoned by the British. Gandhi had taken up spinning to inspire fellow Indians to boycott British goods and buy local produce, including homespun cotton. The photograph went on to become an indelible image, the slain civil disobedience crusader with his most potent weapon.

Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had called Gandhi a “half-naked fakir”. He had disparagingly remarked: “Ít is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious middle temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir… striding half-naked up the steps of the Viceregal palace… to parley on equal terms with the representative of the king-emperor.” The statement was made in 1931, a decade after Gandhi discarded stitched clothes for the loincloth (dhoti) and shawls he sometimes spun himself. It was the year he was invited for tea with Queen Mary and King George V at Buckingham Palace during a visit to London. Dressed in his customary dhoti, a loincloth loosely draped over his naked torso and wearing homemade sandals, he must have been the oddest looking visitor to Buckingham Palace. When the meeting was over, he was walking out of the palace gates when a journalist asked if he thought he was wearing enough. Gandhi’s reply: “But the King was wearing enough for the both of us.”


Thought For The Day ( EDUCATION )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Education

Saturday, October 28, 2017

New Book Published: Mahatma on the Pitch - Gandhi and Cricket in India

Mahatma on the Pitch
Gandhi and Cricket in India

Written By: Kausik Bandyopadhyay

First Published : October, 2017

Price : Rs. 395/-

Published by : Rupa & Co.

About the Book:
Did Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi ever play cricket? Did cricket ever figure in the Gandhian world of thought? What were the views of the most important man in the history of India's freedom struggle on the game that dominates Indian national consciousness in the twenty-first century? Did he ever oppose the cause of cricket? Did cricket ever invoke Gandhi after his death?

These questions seem as remote as Gandhi's tryst with cricket! Mahatma on the Pitch tries to find answers to these apparently quirky questions by exploring the untold relationship between two of the most enduring phenomena of modern India: Mahatma Gandhi, arguably the greatest Indian icon of the twentieth century and Indian cricket, probably the most assertive Indian national emblem in the twenty-first-century world.

Thought For The Day ( DEBT )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Debt

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sabarmati Ashram: At home with the Mahatma

Sabarmati Ashram: At home with the Mahatma

More than being a memorial to the Father of the Nation, it is a place where the dreams of Gandhi still breathe

Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

Serenity pervades the places associated with Mahatma Gandhi whether they be at Phoenix (Settlement) Ashram at Durban, South Africa, the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, Ahmedabad, or the Rajghat Memorial, Delhi. Despite the hordes, the Mahatma seems to compel so much respect that even noisy tourists tend to unconsciously maintain a semblance of discipline.

Our guide at Sabarmati Ashram led us to the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay housed in the iconic building designed by Charles Correa. The museum inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, has three spacious galleries - Gandhi in Ahmedabad, My Life Is My Message, and Painting Gallery. There is a library and archives here too. The museum houses thousands of items - rare personal effects, original letters and photocopies of his other letters, photos of Gandhi alone and with world leaders, and paintings of luminaries. Natural light and a cool breeze flow with ease through the corridors and rooms built to be as seamless as possible.


Thought For The Day ( FREEDOM )

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Freedom

Monday, October 2, 2017

When Mahatma Gandhi was welcomed by textile mill workers of Lancashire

When Mahatma Gandhi was welcomed by textile mill workers of Lancashire

During his visit to Lancashire, England in 1931 Gandhi was mobbed - not with anger but with admiration - by the same community of weavers who had lost their jobs due to the Indian National Congress' boycott of British goods.

Gandhi with journalists in London

A crowd numbering three to four thousand people assembled at Darwen Station... when the train was heard to be entering the station, there was babel of eager voices, and every eye was focused on the station exit, but hopes were quickly dashed to the ground and the crowd was greatly disappointed when the first passenger to see the gathering shouted, “You all can go home. He got off at Spring Vale [sic]”. - The Darwen News, September 26, 1931

The eagerly awaited visitor above is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; Darwen and Springvale were textile towns in Lancashire, England and the year was 1931 when Gandhi had been visiting England for the second Round table conference to discuss India’s future, as the sole representative of the Indian National Congress.

If one recalls, British cloth was burnt in heaps during the Non Cooperation and Civil Disobedience movements. And most likely, Lancashire would have been the place of its manufacture. Since the nineteenth century Lancashire had been the site of the world’s premier cotton-goods industry. The weaving towns of the region had flourished through trade, as the British empire had provided ever expanding markets for the goods produced by these cotton mills, along with ensuring a ready supply of cheap, raw cotton.



Mahatma Gandhi Quotes on Purity