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Jakarta Post

Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy lives on in 21st century

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Road to peace: A screen shot of a webinar on Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha, which is the perfect way to achieve peace. Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat (left in second row), panelists Dolorosa Sinaga (left, first row), Hilal Ahmed (right, first row), Yahya Cholil Staquf (right, second row) and moderator Endy M. Bayuni (second left, first row), pose for a photograph after the Jakpost Spotlight webinar in Jakarta on Oct. 1. (JP/File)

He was not even a president or prime minister of a country. When he was killed in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to him. In 2007, the UN declared his birthday, Oct. 2, as the International Day of Non-Violence. He was the Father of the Nation in India. He was none other than Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, affectionately known as Mahatma Gandhi or simply Gandhi. He was born on Oct. 2, 1869. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recently that Gandhi did not belong to India alone. He belonged to the world. His teachings about non-violence, truth, peace, love, compassion, Satyagraha, harmony, tolerance unity in diversity have inspired many leaders, including the greatest leaders of the 20th century like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, across the globe. Even in Indonesia, both founding fathers Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta were inspired by Gandhi’s te...