Earlier this week Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi addressed the students & staff of Shri Ram College of Commerce. SRCC is India’s premier school for higher education in commerce and Economics.
Modi started his address with, “I come from the state of Gujarat, State of Mahatma Gandhi & Sardar Patel”. It’s clearly evident from his tenure as CM for more than a decade that he has an Iron will like Patel to make things happen, however Gandhi may not seem apparent to some even on his veneer, may be because we tend to reminisce Gandhi with his passive non-violent approach. Paid media and fringe group with vested interest consistently laid baggage on Modi making it difficult to judge him with a secular scope.
What made Gandhi a Mahatma was his ability to appeal and influence masses to bring a positive change in them. Gandhi gave people a will to stand for a cause. He moved the masses and channeled a collective determination into a powerful voice that can trigger a change. Gandhi mantra was soon successfully followed by many others across the globe to project their voice, to stand for their rights. One such voice addressed humanity about half a century ago and said “I have a dream …” Gandhi Mantra now had additional elements to it – Hope & Dream. The dream seen in the day light came to realization pretty soon. Half a century later Gandhism makes a full circle, and was echoed at SRCC — “My Glass if Full”, and this time not just a dream but also a vision to achieve it.
Nov 6, 1913 Gandhi Begins “Great March” in South Africa to defend Indian rights. 2000+ people marched with determination to voice for their rights. This wrote the first chapter of Gandhism, a mantra soon to be followed for larger causes.
Half a Century later and half way across the globe from Gandhi’s home land …
Aug 28, 1963 Dr. King addressed 200000+ civil rights advocates gathered at the steps of Lincoln Memorial; he gave people a hope and a dream
Half a Century later and back in the Land of Gandhi …
Feb 6, 2013 Modi addressed SRCC, an event televised live and was followed by 20Million+ across the nation. He shared a dream and he showed a vision to achieve it.
Sixty years ago we attained independence from Imperial rule; it is a time to attain independence from dynasty rule.
If nation makes a right choice, this could be a defining moment in the history of Modern India.
Gandhi gave Swaraaj, Modi can bring Suraaj.
(btw: Gujarat has been riot free (non-violent) for last eleven years & counting under Modi; and riots did happen when Mahatma was around)