The miracle that Gandhiji worked
The miracle that Gandhiji worked
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The miracle that Gandhiji worked

S. Sivadas

S. Sivadas

The ‘miracle’ of the Mahatma lies in the fact that he used the Indian idea of ‘satyagraha’ to destroy the European colonialism and not in leading the first mass movement of the people, the Union minister, Mr. M J Akbar, has said.

’The miracle of Gandhi was not, in my view, that he led the first mass movement of the people. The miracle lay in the fact that he took the Indian idea in order to destroy the European colonialism,’ the Minister pointed out.

Addressing the inaugural function of a three-day conference on maritime security, organised by the ‘Forum for Integrated National Security’ (FINS) in South Goa, he said,’....Before that, people wondered how can you defeat colonialism? It was an Indian idea called 'satyagraha' and this is not merely non-violence, it is the power of truth and amazingly somebody who articulated something as philosophical, not conventionally understandable, turned it into an idea,’ Mr. Akbar said.

Claiming that salt was equated to salary, he said that the Dandi Salt March in 1930 was an important aspect of the last push. ‘Salt is equated to salary. Still we say 'apka namak khaya hai.’

He said there were ‘deeper resonances’ to the actions undertaken by Gandhiji during that time. ‘India was created not by the strength of an alternative army, not by military force. It was a mass movement inspired by a mass reality and motivated by the people and therefore India became genuinely a people's republic.’

Referring to the changing security scenario, Mr. Akbar said one should understand the ‘collateral’ while using the word security. ‘Security for whom? There was an age, not too long ago, that the only definition of security was security for the elite who fought between them, by them, and for them. The majority of the people were by-standers. But the world has changed significantly and today, security no longer means the security of the elite, it means security of the masses.’

Mr. Akbar said one has to take a look at the sea map of the country while discussing security. ‘When you look at the map of India, you are automatically trapped in the land map, but if you are discussing strategy and security, you have to look much more than the land map.

’In fact, I would suggest that the land map of India is far more secure than the sea map. The country’s sea map is much bigger. The land map will indicate the size of India and the sea map will indicate its reach,’ he pointed out.

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