Introduction to Gandhi
On 30 January 1948 Jawaharlal Nehru, thePrime Minister of India, told the country about the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi. He said, "The light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere and I do not know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved Bapu, as we call him, the father of our nation is no more." While the Indian men and women mourned and cried, people from all around the world also wept for him, for Gandhi, one of the most influential men in the world.
Gandhi was neither rich nor was he very good looking. He dressed in simple the simple home-made cotton clothes of a farmer. He did not have an army, yet he had mobilized a whole nation, one fifth of the human race. He did not use guns or nuclear weapons, his weapons were the weapons of truth and non-violence. With these two concepts, Gandhi was able to expelled the British. In the end the British could not deny the Indians’ freedom. Throughout the struggle Gandhi’s most powerful weapon was his willingness to die for his beliefs, which he had done. Thus, the body that lay on the burning pyre was not just a body, but an offering of himself for the poor, the oppressed and the humble people of all th