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

Peerless Communicator

By V .N. Narayanan

Gandhi's genius as a journalist was and still is unmatched. He realized early on that to reach people and motivate them newspapers were the most important medium. He started his journalistic career in South Africa where his articles forced the white racist regime to change laws which were grossly unfair. Gandhi himself has admitted that his writings in South Africa helped him in developing the technique of Satyagraha. He was very careful about what he wrote and was conscious of the fact that it would be read by many. Every word he wrote was well thought out as Gandhi believed that a journalist has a great responsibility and should never write untruth nor mislead people.

Gandhiji's handwriting highlights two great aspects of his personality―simplicity and relentless determination.
Gandhi's greatness was his simplicity. His handwriting reflects a person of forthright and honest nature. The covering loops in the middle zone show a man of spontaneous and outspoken disposition. The 'i' dots that frequently occur as fine dots near the stem signify honesty and patience in his personality. Such was his simplicity that in the word, 'sympathy', we find the rounded 's' which literally stands for sympathy.
This spontaneity, however, did not suggest lack of caution. The separated 'd' down stroke shows a certain deliberateness, which means that he liked to work at a pace which suited his comfort, and his goals. many of his leading out lines (which follow the baseline, far after the words have ended) emphasise a man of caution.
This man, though frail in body, was by no means weak. In fact, the heavy endings in the letters, and strong down strokes in the 'g' indicate a person of high determination. The 't' bars, which end heavily while going slightly downward, indicate self-control and a strong will power. This indicates a person who wielded the power to dominate. It was probably his broad-mindedness, sympathy and benevolence that made him a lovable dominator.
Wide spacing between the letters indicate broad-mindedness in his personality.
Gandhi thought fast (denoted by the high degree of connection between letters, and the 't' bars of the previous words being used to start the following words and in the right-wardness of some of the 'g' ending strokes), which, combined with his deliberateness, indicates a person who was fast and thorough. At the same time, he was never reckless in his actions, as is shown by the upward curving, leading out strokes in the middle-zone letters such as 'n'. A tendency to be formal is shown in the occasional arcade connections used in words like 'f' and, of course, in his signature.
Leanness in the upper-zone loops indicates a person who was alert and agile in his mind. All the same one does not need to look hard to find the lines crashing into each other repeatedly which indicates a person who seldom learnt from his mistakes!
His refined literary and cultural leanings stand in the delta 'd's that he do so often used. Also emphasizing this is the frequent usage of the fluid 'g'.
Being unemotional, fair and objective in his thoughts and deeds was obviously not beyond him, which is reflected in the sharp-pointed 'n's and angular (albeit wide) 'm's. For the most part, he was a person who believed in logic, shown by many words which have a high degree of connectivity. All in all, he was a strong, frank and benevolent person, with enough integrity to stand by his principles.

Source: Life Positive Plus,
Oct-Dec 2002