May 4, 2013

Reflections: Gandhi's example shines in wake of marathon attack

By ASHOK NALAMALAPU

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During Hindu-Muslim fights, and when Indians were violent, he fasted for many days to show his dissatisfaction. When South Africa refused to give voting power to Indians, he protested and won. When the British forced Indians to grow indigo and export it to England, he stood up and made the British change their approach.

Thus Gandhi protested non-violently.

Gandhi stood up for justified rights and protested peacefully. He said by doing this, we will have control, not the aggressor. Once, in a public speech to protest against South African injustice, he said, "They may break my bones or even kill me, but they cannot win my will."

When the British had taxed salt -- essential for Indian cooking -- he led a 150-mile march with thousands of people to the ocean and boycotted paying taxes. Indians were beaten and put in jail for doing so.

When the British were reluctant to leave India, he encouraged Indians to spin the wheel and make their own clothes, instead of buying clothes from the British.

Thus Gandhi, by using the power of non-violence, standing firm for the truth and justice, and professing non-cooperation with unjust laws, gained freedom and worked for human dignity. He said, "We are children of God. I am a Hindu, I am a Christian, I am a Jew, and I am a Muslim."

We want to remember that violence begets violence and love enhances love.

Ashok Nalamalapu is president of iCST, an IT staffing and software testing firm in South Portland (www.i-cst.com). He can be reached at ashok@i-cst.com or 772-6898.

 

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