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Was Gandhi ji a 'chatur baniya' or 'Sabarmati ka sant'?
Addressing a select gathering of people in Raipur recently, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah called Mahatma Gandhi – the Father of the Nation – a "chatur baniya", which when translated into English would literally mean a 'shrewd merchant'.

"It is question of who is calling what to whom and being judgmental on a person who freed India from the yoke of the British and is revered throughout the world and had been the role model for most leaders of the world. Even the UN has established the observance of International Day of Non-Violence to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2," said an elderly person in Jaipur who is against labelling any person on the basis of the caste he or she is born in.

I too think that Gandhi would always remain 'relevant' for all 'right thinking people' since he stood for human values, oneness of humanity, respect of diversity and tolerance.

"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellowmen", so said Gandhi –and also lived up to it.

There is need to revisit Gandhism and imbibe the qualities and thoughts of Gandhi ji.

Here is an acrostic on Gandhi, his one-liners and a cinquain (French poetic piece) on him to know him essentially.

Acrostic on GANDHI:

G: Goodness personified
A: Apostle of peace
N: Non-violent
D: Daring
H: Hermit
I: Inward

One-liners of Gandhi ji on various aspects of life are as follows:

On thoughts: A man is product of thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.
On conscience: In the matter of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
On criticism: Throughout my life, I have gained from my critic friends than my admirers.
On death: Death is as necessary for a man's growth as life itself.
On error: It is best to own the error; it sure to add to our strength.
On evil: Evil by itself has no legs to stand upon.
On government: No government can possibly withstand the bloodless opposition of whole nation.

Here is a cinquain describing him:

Simple, wise
Believed in purity of means, practiced non-violence, practiced what he preached
He proved to the world that non-violence is the biggest weapon for collective and individual freedom

Gandhi will always remain relevant since he stood for the human values. I would prefer to call him "Sabarmati ka sant".

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