The Great Experimenter
Gandhi was no emperor, not a military general, not a president nor a
prime minister. He was neither pacifist nor a cult guru. Who was Gandhi ?
If anything, Mohandas K. Gandhi was a constant experimenter. Spirituality,
religion, self-reliance, health, education, clothing, drinks, medicine,
child care, status of women, no field escaped his search for truth. His
thoughts when appeared in the form of talk or article became official
words of action with the masses of India. He was a man who did what he
said and led an exemplary and a transparent life. Not many people
can claim "My life is an open book". There were millions of
Indians who treated Gandhi's suggestions as supreme commands and acted
upon them (hence the name Mahatma). Born in Gujarat, fluent with
Hindi and English, and residing in the minds of millions, Gandhiji was
able to unite India like none other. An adamant idealist, courageous
fighter, a deep thinker, and a great leader of men and ideas, it was
possible for him to do that because he identified himself with struggles
and pains of the common Indians. He quickly became the sole voice of the
downtrodden and the exploited. They completely believed that Gandhiji
understood their difficulties and would provide justice for them. Among
Gandhiji's disciples were kings, royals, untouchables, rich, poor,
foreigners, and women. When this selfless and pure man became leader
of the nation, he gave a clear and unambiguous direction to the
Himalayan problems facing India. Most important of them were poverty,
religious conflict, exploitation, ignorance and colonization by the
Here, we try to disseminate his complex personality through
articles, tributes, pictures and quotations.
Last Updated : March 07, 2007
A Collection of the views, ideals, life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in multiple
Line Drawing by K. L. Kamat
What do we think of
Gandhi as Man of the Century?
When I was 12 years old, I asked my father why Gandhi never
won the Nobel Peace prize.
My father told me it was probably due to
politics. "But son, if they had awarded the prize to Gandhi,
the prize would have been honored" he told me.
that Gandhi's position in human history is quite un-equaled
(especially since naming Buddha, Mahavira and Jesus Christ
as human has become inappropriate.)
of the Century or not, Gandhi is the Greatest.
Editor, Kamat's Potpourri
Biography of Gandhi