some of the remarks that were made by important people around the world. Gauging
remarks we can have a fair idea of how respected Mahatma Gandhi was around the world.
|The power and creative suffering must be evident to any one of my age; for the generations into which I happen to have been born, has not only been Hitler's generation in the West and Stalin's in Russia; it has also been Gandhi's India; and it can already be forecast with some confidence that Gandhi's effect on human history is going to be greater and, more lasting than either Hitler's or Stalin's - Toynbee|
|Non-violent resistance, it certainly has an important sphere; as against the British in India, Gandhi led to triumph. But it depends upon the existence of certain virtues in those against whom it is employed. When Indians lay down on railways, and challenged the authorities to crush them under trains, the British found such cruelty intolerable - Betrand Russel|
|In him there had come
into the world, not only a new religious personality of the highest order,
moving the hearts of men and women to incredible sacrifice, but also a new
- Rev. C. F. Andrews
|The great Goethe and
Indian humanist saint Gandhi have made the deepest impress on my life and philosophy.
Both achieve inner fulfilment through the order of love-principle.
- Albert Schweitzer
|His simplicity of life is child-like, his adherence to truth is unflinching, his love for mankind is positive and aggressive. He has what is known as Christ-spirit. - Rabindranath Tagore|
|Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this, ever in flesh and blood, walked upon this earth. - Albert Einstein|
|Not since Buddha has India so reverenced any man. Centuries hence he will be remembered when of his contemporaries hardly a name would survive. - Will Durant|
|This is the man who stirred three hundred million people to revolt, who has shaken the foundations of the British Empire, who has introduced into human politics the strongest religious impetus of the last two thousand years. - Romain Rolland|
|Be careful in dealing
with a man who cares nothing for comfort or promotion, but is simply determined
to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous uncomfortable enemy,
because his body, which you can always conquer, gives you little purchase upon
- Professor Gilbert Murray
|And it was shown that very large groups of men and women could be trained to respond to the most brutal treatment with a quiet courage and equanimity that profoundly impressed the public opinion of the whole civilized world. - Aldous Huxley|
|On his death:|
of us, we are sure, will ever forget the afternoon we first talked to Mountbatten
of Gandhi's death. It was a winter evening, with premature shadows darkening
the Broadlands living room and the great green lawn running down to his salmon
stream. Suddenly we both realized that this man who prided himself on being
a professional warrior, a man who'd rolled over with his dying ship rather
than leave his captain's bridge, was crying. Openly, unashamedly crying, as
he described entering the Birla House that January afternoon and seeing Gandhi's
body laid out on his straw pallet.
- Larry Collins and Dominique Lappier, on interviewing Lord Mountbatten for their book Mountbatten and Independent India
|I never saw Gandhi. I do not know his language. I never set foot in his country, and yet I feel the same sorrow as if I had lost someone near and dear. The whole world has been plunged into mourning by the death of this extraordinary man. - Le'on Blum, former French Premier|
|The light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere and I do not quite know what to tell you and how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the father of our nation, is no more. Perhaps I am wrong to say that. Nevertheless, we will not see him as we have seen him these many years. We will not run to him for advice and seek solace from him, and that is a terrible blow not to me only but to millions and millions in this country. And it is difficult to soften the blow by advice that I or anyone else can give you. The light has gone out, I said, and yet I was wrong. For the light that shone on this nation was no ordinary light. The light that has illuminated this country for these many years will illumine this country for many more years, and a thousand years later that light will still be seen in this country, and the world will see it and it will give solace to innumerable hearts. For that light represented the living truth, and the eternal man was with us with his eternal truth reminding us of the right path, drawing us from error, taking this ancient country to freedom. All this has happened. There is so much more to do. There was so much more for him to do. We could never think that he was unnecessary or that he had done his task. But now, particularly, when we are faced with so many, his not being with us is a blow most terrible to bear. - Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister, speaking on the All-India Radio|
know not if and when I slept or whether I was dreaming or my spirit had flown
to Gandhiji. As if in a trance all of a sudden I was with Bapu. I saw his dead
body lying exactly at the place where he used to sleep. I saw Pyarelal and
Sushila [Nayyar] sitting by his side. Seeing me Gandhiji got up as if from
his sleep, and affectiontely patting me said, 'I am glad you have also come.
Don't worry about me, even though I have fallen victim to a conspiracy. But
I am going to dance with joy as my mission is now over.' Then he pulled out
his watch and said : 'Oh, it is nearing eleven now and you have to take me
to Jamuna Ghat (the cremation site on the banks of river Jamuna). So I had
better lie down again. 'Suddenly I woke up and wondered if it was a dream or
an occult reality.
- G. D. Birla, an industrialist friend of Gandhiji
|Gandhi's assassination is another cruxification. - Pearl S. Buck|
life may inspire our troubled world to save itself by following his noble example.
- Lord Mountbatten
Gandhi was the spokesman for the conscience for all mankind.
- General George C. Marshall, U. S. Secretary of State
|A prince among men has passed away. - General Smuts|
|There can be few men in history who, by personal character and example have been able so deeply to influence the thought of their generation. - Lord Irwin, India's former Viceroy|
was our greatest citizen who seemed to belong to a different period of history.
- Clement Attlee, former British Prime Minister
|Gandhi had demonstrated that a powerful human following can be assembled not only through the cunning game of the usual political maneuvers and trickeries but through the cogent example of a morally superior conduct of life. - Albert Einstein|
the evolution of civilization, if it is to survive, all men cannot fail eventually
to adopt Gandhi's belief that the process of mass application of force to resolve
contentious issues is fundamentally not only wrong but contains within itself
the germs of self-destruction.
- General Douglas MacArthur, supreme Allied military commander in Japan
|Gandhi strove for perfection as other men strive for power and possessions....the power of his benignity grew stronger as his political influence ebbed....He tried in the mood of the New Testament, to love his enemies, and to do good to those who despitefully used him. Now he belongs to the ages. - The New York Times|
country but India and no religion but Hinduism could have given birth to a
- Editorial, The Times of London