The father of the nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated on Jan 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse. This day is observed as Martyr’s Day not only in India, but across the world. Mahatma Gandhi became an iconic figure in his lifetime. Following his martyrdom, he became sacrosanct, the father of the nation. Field Marshal Jan Smuts aptly said about Gandhi, ‘ Gandhi is not just an individual. He’s an idea.’
At the present phase of human civilization, when religious differences and violence are at their worst, the irenic philosophy of Gandhi matters the most.
There are so many attributes associated with Gandhi that make him great among the greatest. Some of these are mentioned below:
Focus: Focus was one of the greatest attributes of Gandhi. He had very clear idea about what his purpose. And that focus helped him grab his goals and kept him motivated. His motivating focus helped him carry out his goals with unflinching faith and unquenchable determination.
When he was thrown out of a first class coach in south Africa despite having genuine ticket, he could have come back to India and start practising in his country, for by that time he had already become a barrister. But, his focus for his purpose gave him the motivation to do something substantial for his compatriots who was obliged to live a life devoid of dignity.
Force: There was one inherent quality of Gandhijee. Once he would decide his goal, he used to work tirelessly to achieve it. He would keep himself going irrespective of the circumstances that he had to face for the pursuit and accomplishment of his goal.
Once he decided to throw the British Government out of his country, he relentlessly did everything he thought would help him and his countrymen to get rid of the Englishmen. He gave the slogan, “Quit India Movement” and travelled across the length and breadth of his country to spread his message and create a national mood to uproot the British rule. His force became insurmountable for the foreign country, and ultimately it succumbed to the force of India, under the auspices of Mahatma Gandhi.
Respect: Gandhi was not only the tallest personality in India, but in the entire world. His words were becoming laws for his country people, his appeals were commands, his advises were orders. But, despite all the respects and reverences that he commanded, he lived a life of the ordinary person, giving enough space for any person that would meet him.
Mahatma Gandhi has himself written, “I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
Taking a leaf out of the book of Gandhijee, the very foundation of Gullybaba rests on these three virtues of the father of the nation—focus, force, respect.