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Mohandas K. Gandhi during a prayer meeting on Jan. 22, 1948. AP Photo/File Whitney Sanford, University of Florida Almost a century ago, Mohandas K. Gandhi – commonly known by the honorific Maha...
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Protests and tea have had a long and varied history.
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My Gillette razor may be the only thing standing between me and spiritual leader status!
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Pro-tips on anger management.
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"At a time when the party is registering victories everywhere, it is imperative that their 'utsah' (enthusiasm) does not turn into 'unmad' (unbridled passion)."
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"Acha chalta hoon. Duaaon mein yaad rakhna."
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While internationally India talks and acts peace in accordance with its traditions and history, it is ironic that its citizens often do not extend each other the same courtesy. The use of violence to resolve an issue is never too distant from most spheres of everyday life.
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There have only been rare cases where people have united for something without being against something. The Indian National Movement also had a common enemy in form of the colonialists. Can a leader be so non-partisan so as not to even ask people to unite against discriminators and exploiters?
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Gandhi, Hindu philosophy, European modernism.
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Amitabh Bachchan grew up surrounded by the elite of Allahabad. His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a poet and professor of renown and his mother, Teji, hobnobbed with the city's rarefied social circles, with occasional interactions with giants like Jawahar Lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Therefore, Big B was within touching distance of the corridors of power even when he was Little B.
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Martin Luther King, Jr needs no introduction. On the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Day is observed to mark his birthday and to celebrate his legacy, which continues to establish and shape the ideals of an inclusive and tolerant society, not only building bridges between Americans of all races, creeds and colours, but also fostering intercultural and inter-faith understanding among people all over the world.
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Language, culture and history provide a pillar of psychological support to us and give us pride in our country. Not being exposed to the above could be one of the reasons why so many of the youngsters I meet are not proud of their country nor have an attachment to it. I, therefore, sometimes think that there is a merit to the present BJP government's policy of introducing Indian classics in schools.
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Gandhi spent a long time tidying up his past in his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth. We all do that. But the art of writing biography is not to gobble up the given version and render it back to the reader. Some, on reading the blurbs announcing the book, have argued in pretty strong language, that we have sullied the name of Gandhi... We argue in our Gandhi that it is in fact those who have presented him as a cardboard cut-out figure that have sullied his image.
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On the occasion of the birthday of this great Mahatma who now lives with us and for us in our history books, let's tear a page from his book of ethics, even those of us who do not agree with his methods. Just for a day let's take a step back and view life from the lens of this freedom fighter's round-rimmed glasses.
While planning my column, halfway through my coffee, my editor called. He always drives me mental. "Give me something hard-hitting," he said. "Why not Har-dik?" I inquired in my favourite fake American accent, making it sound like quite something else. "You pervert," he screamed, "this government will shut us down." I said Hardik again, this time in my desi accent. "Now that sounds hard-hitting," he said. So we agreed. Hardik it was.
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The idea of an India-Pakistan Confederation (which in today's context should also include Bangladesh) may seem far-fetched. However, as the two South Asian neighbours celebrate the 68th anniversary of their independence from British rule -- a joyous occasion that was accompanied by the horrific Partition-induced communal bloodbath -- it is useful to remember that some sort of India-Pakistan federation or confederation was a distinct possibility when the British left our subcontinent. Sadly, Congress and Muslim League leaders buried the opportunity due to their series of blunders and misjudgements.
For the 'well-paying' job (and the associated 'good quality life'), most of us give up most other considerations. It would be foolish of course to belittle the importance of money, but it is also ill-advised to give it too much weight. Understanding this subtle truth is the sine qua non for ensuring that the big choices of life stay choices, not bargains.
In effect, The Supreme Court says that different, more stringent standards apply to speech related to personalities of the "historically respected" kind. They are entitled to more deference than the common man. It ends with the shocking line, "we do not intend to express any opinion that freedom of speech gives liberty to offend."
In today's strife-torn world divided along race, religion, region, class and creed, the practice of Satyagraha becomes even more relevant. A peaceful struggle based on the principles of truth, non-violence and fierce belief in the righteousness of one's cause appeals to the moral conscience of the adversary, builds popular support without the threat of violence, and thus creates an atmosphere of dialogue and resolution for even the thorniest issues.
Switch off the cell phone, TV and internet for one day in a week; relax, read, talk and do some physical activity and the world will not stop.
Gandhiji had a presence. That is a mark of a great soul and a very evolved spiritual being. To Gandhiji, spirituality came first. Other things like politics, public life etc. were by-products of his spirituality.