|Mahatma Gandhi is known as
one of the greatest statesmen who ever lived. But as a child, he had his struggles. He was very shy and didn’t do well in
school. He fell in with a bad
crowd, and even stole and smoked.
Feeling guilty, he confessed his misdeeds to his father, who could not
hold back his tears. This was a
pivotal point in Gandhi’s life, and he vowed never again to waver from the path
of truth. He finished school, and
went to England to study law. He
tried practicing law in India, but he wasn’t very successful, so he moved to
South Africa to work there. One
day, while traveling by train in a first class compartment, Gandhi was
ridiculed and thrown out by a white passenger. The humiliation made him determined to fight racism. He felt strongly that any protest must
be made according to the path of ahimsa, or non-violence. In 1915 Gandhi returned to India and
was welcomed by a huge crowd. He
emphasized people’s rights and the right to independence. His movement touched a chord with the
masses. One of Gandhi’s most
beloved quotes is: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Deepak Chopra founded the Alliance for
a New Humanity based on this quote.
In so many ways, Gandhi’s work lives on.
Alliance for a New Humanity