Rediscovering Gandhi

Rahul Bajaj (Photo: Bloomberg)
Babar Ali, 26, headmaster, Anand Shiksha Kendra
Mahatma Gandhi. Photo: Getty Images
Mahatma Gandhi. Photo: Getty Images

How the personal and political, the inner and outer journeys, are intertwined

In Rajmohan Gandhi’s Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire, he evocatively describes a moment in Gandhiji’s life, just before independence, in which Gandhiji feels isolated. It does not matter whether you lead a subcontinent or run a small NGO, the journey is solitary and lonely

Mahatma Gandhi.  (Getty Images)
Last year, Soumya and his college junior Dilip Kumar Biswal did an 800-km bike awareness campaign in Odisha, which got them into the Limca Book of Records
Last year, Soumya and his college junior Dilip Kumar Biswal did an 800-km bike awareness campaign in Odisha, which got them into the Limca Book of Records

Going out of his shell to save olive ridleys in Odisha

'Mahatma Gandhi is from a different time. We would like to do things the way he did, but the world has changed,' says Environment Educator Soumya Ranjan Biswal

Olivia Deka runs She for Change, a network of women changemakers driving sustainable and scalable social impact.
Chintan Girish Modi, a peace builder, is not comfortable with the idea of people worshipping Gandhi.
Since 2015, Saravanan K. has helped organize the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, a community-based and volunteer-run arts and culture festival.
Since 2015, Saravanan K. has helped organize the Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, a community-based and volunteer-run arts and culture festival.

Mapping the coast to protect his community

'More than strength, you need love to do this work. You have to win people over and make them understand the problem,' believes Saravanan K., a fisherman turned coastal protection activist

Inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent yet impact-driven approach, Ria Sharma started her organization while making a documentary on the lives of acid attack survivors when she was in her third year at UK’s Leeds Arts University.
Inspired by Gandhi’s non-violent yet impact-driven approach, Ria Sharma started her organization while making a documentary on the lives of acid attack survivors when she was in her third year at UK’s Leeds Arts University.

Ahimsa inspires rehab for acid attack survivors

'My role models are everyday women who rise above circumstances and become whatever they want to be,' says Ria Sharma, founder of Make Love Not Scars

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Mahatma Gandhi.  (Photo: Getty Images)
In the sphere of geopolitics, it is nukes that get rattled now, not empires, and backing off is taken as a sign of weakness (Photo: Jayachandran/Mint)
In the sphere of geopolitics, it is nukes that get rattled now, not empires, and backing off is taken as a sign of weakness (Photo: Jayachandran/Mint)

Opinion | The one who kindled the flame of truth

A century-and-a-half since his birth, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals still inspire us. While his vision may be a blur to some, the force of his convictions could yet give us a better world

Purity of means, or how the wealth is generated, is far more important than how much of it is given away (Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint)
Violence may be a sincere motivation, but it is wrong. Violence is mutual destruction, says Dalai Lama
Gandhi wrested a pledge that India would be a society for all, led by a state that would protect all (Jayachandran/Mint)
Gandhi wrested a pledge that India would be a society for all, led by a state that would protect all (Jayachandran/Mint)

Gandhi, the champion of the right to dissent

The ekla chalo Gandhi is more relevant today than the magician at whose call people came to the streets

Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint
Mahatma's journey to Satyagraha
Gandhian economics is difficult to explain as a coherent system of thought, but its ethical principles can never be ignored (Getty)
Gandhian economics is difficult to explain as a coherent system of thought, but its ethical principles can never be ignored (Getty)

Opinion | Gandhi’s growth model: poor on economics but rich in vision

His economic beliefs didn’t always fit capitalist models but they can still guide future capitalists