Born on October 2nd, 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was India’s icon for non-violent battle to attain independence from Britain, as well as unity of India. A peaceful fighter he was; the oxymoron within inevitably foretold unsettled sectarian tension between Muslims and Hindu people. Such struggles continue to this day. This October as many world leaders paid tribute to Gandhi’s 150th birthday, his portrait was reportedly defaced. Sad to say, assailants of Gandhi’s legacy are now under investigation.
The case alleges "imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration," "intentional insult with an intent to provoke the breach of peace," and "statements conducing public mischief." It reveals that not everyone in India loves Gandhi for promoting Hindu-Muslim unity. Hindu extremist, Nathuram Godse, in January 1948, assassinated the non-violent leader soon after India gained independence from British colonial rule in August 1947. The fight about ideological or religious differences remains for as long as mankind exists, and oftentimes it is not very peaceful.
It is high time to revisit Gandhi’s teachings, not only for the sake of our young generations, but for the blind or closed-minded that divert from progress or civilization. Life lessons about peace, non-violence, honesty and integrity formulate the groundwork of reconstructing a healthy society. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -- as Gandhi has taught us. When reflecting on our own weakness and strength, we can grow to be well-rounded citizens. When we change ourselves to be better versions of people for the world, perhaps the world can then become a better place for all.