ARTICLES : About Mahatma Gandhi

Read articles written by very well-known personalities and eminent authors about their views on Gandhi, Gandhi's works, Gandhian philosophy and it's relevance today.


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ARTICLES


About Gandhi
(Dimension of Gandhi)

  1. MAHATMA GANDHI : A real friend
  2. Gandhi, Parchure and Stigma of leprosy
  3. The woman behind the Mahatma
  4. Reflections on Gandhi
  5. Inspired By Mahatma Gandhi's Autobiography
  6. Mahatma Gandhi
  7. In the Early Days with Gandhi
  8. Gandhi's Human Touch
  9. Using And Abusing Gandhi
  10. Gandhi: The Leader
  11. The Sacred Warrior
  12. Gandhi The Prisoner- A Comparison
  13. Are Gandhi And Ford On The Same Road?
  14. Attack on Gandhi
  15. The Essence of Gandhi
  16. Gandhi's Illustrious Antecedents
  17. Ink Notes
  18. Peerless Communicator
  19. Other Gandhis: Aung San Suu Kyi
  20. Gandhi Through The Eyes of The Gita
  21. Gandhi's Source of Inspiration
  22. Tarring The Mahatma
  23. Gandhi, Globalization, and Quality of Life
  24. Gandhi And Globalisation
  25. Gandhi's Revolutionary Genius
  26. Mahatma Gandhi
  27. Who Is Mahatma?
  28. What I Owe To Mahatma Gandhi
  29. The Gentle Revolutionary
  30. Gandhi: The Practical Idealist
  31. Gandhi & Lenin
  32. A Note on Marxist Interpretation of Gandhi
  33. Gandhiji & The World
  34. Gandhi's Legacy
  35. Gandhi's Epic Fast
  36. Gandhi : The Mahatma
  37. How Gandhi Came To Me?
  38. Gandhian Influence on Indian Writing in English
  39. Rural Myth, Urban Reality
  40. August 15, 1947 - From Bondage To Freedom
  41. Mahatma Gandhi and His Contemporary Artists
  42. Gandhi in The Global Village
  43. The Last Day of Mahatma Gandhi
  44. Gandhi: India and Universalism
  45. Gandhi in Sharper Focus
  46. Gandhi on Corresponding Duties/ Rights
  47. Love for Humanity : A Gandhian View
  48. Gandhiji and The Prophet
  49. Mahatma Gandhi - A Protagonist of Peace
  50. Last Words of Mahatma Gandhi
  51. Lessons for Social Work
  52. Rabindranath Tagore and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  53. The Message of Gandhi
  54. Gandhiji's Weeklies : Indian Opinion, Young India, Harijan
  55. M. K. Gandhi- The Student
  56. What Mahatma Gandhi Did To Save Bhagat Singh
  57. How Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom saved India

Other Gandhis: Aung San Suu Kyi - Lone Crusader

By Saurabh Bhattacharya

This is the story of a lone crusader in Myanmar (Burma) who for decades has adopted the principles of Gandhi - namely nonviolence. Success has not come as yet but Aung San Suu Kyi has not given up those Gandhian principles which inspired her fight for the freedom of her country nonviolently from military rule.

For the last 15 years, in India's immediate neighbourhood, a frail, soft spoken, mild-mannered woman has been fighting against one of Asia's most ruthless military regimes -without raising a finger in violence. And she is winning!
Born to a freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi spent four years of her early life studying political science in Delhi University, where she discovered Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence resistance. The years were 1960-64, a period during which Burmese military ruler Ne Win successfully dismantled the country's democratic government through a coup and established a dictatorship. The ruin of Burma had begun in earnest.
Suu Kyi entered the mainstream of the Burmese struggle for democracy almost two decades later. In 1988 she visited Burma (now known as Myanmar) to meet her ailing mother. This was the year when the country's capital; Rangoon (now known as Yangon) was engulfed in numerous student-led pro-democracy protests.
The movement gained momentum across the country all through the summer of 1988―the so-called 'Rangoon Spring'―culminating in a mass uprising on August 8. The government, now headed by military leader Sein Lwin, retaliated by massacring thousands of protestors.
Although the impact of the protests forced the resignation of Lwin, the military rule remained inviolate. Suu Kyi came into the forefront by sending an open letter to the government asking for the formation of an independent People's Consultative Committee to prepare for multi-party elections,. On August 26, she addressed a rally of 500,000 in Yangon and declared: "This national crisis could be called the second struggle for independence."
This struggle which is still continuing is uncannily similar in nature to the movement initiated by Gandhi pre-1947.
Suu Kyi helped create the National League for Democracy (NLD) in 1988 and went on extensive campaign tours throughout the country. Her commitment to nonviolence came to the fore once when, during one of her tours, she was confronted by soldiers. When the soldiers threatened to shoot Suu Kyi, she asked her companions to step aside and walked up to and past the rifles aimed at her. In 1989, Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest in Yangon for 'endangering the state'. During this time she began a hunger strike in support of her jailed colleagues. By now Suu Kyi had earned the sobriquet of 'Burma Gandhi'. In 1991, she received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Suu Kyi was finally released from virtual house arrest this May. The military regime was forced to lift all restrictions on her political activity. In her first press conference after her release, Suu Kyi said, "My release is not a major triumph for democracy; I will do everything I can to see that democracy comes to Burma very quickly and comes in the right way". The story of Burma's Gandhi is far from over.

Source: Life PositiveE Plis,
Oct-Dec 2002