Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Mohandas Gandhi is famous for his nonviolent fight for independence in India. He was a peaceful and powerful revolutionary admired by many across the globe. He was given the title Mahatma, which means Great Soul, because of the way in which he lived and led.Gandhi was also a self-proclaimed Hindu. He believed that love, respect, and truth were the underpinnings of all religions and the basic foundation for a moral life. Once, when asked if he was a Hindu or not, he answered saying, “Yes I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew.” In the movie named after him starring Ben Kingsly he finishes a similar statement saying "...and so are you."No one can deny that Gandhi made a positive impact on the world, especially in India. Nobody can deny that Gandhi did some great things and was sincere in his love for others as far as nonviolent practice goes. However, does that mean Christians can celebrate this Hindu (or pluralist) man?What do you think? Can Christians celebrate the life of Gandhi? Why or why not?