Over 60 years ago, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi led India to its independence. The man, who is remembered fondly as the Father of the Nation, also left behind a rich legacy of inspiring thoughts and beliefs. However, following his ideologies also means adapting them to the present times. On his 144th birth anniversary — Gandhi Jayanti — we ask an eclectic mix of Bollywood personalities about the relevance of the leader’s teachings and whether they can still be practiced in our time.
Kangana Ranaut, actor
Gandhiji’s book My Experiments With Truth changed my life. People feel his philosophies are limited to non-violence methods, but that’s not true. His experiments and analogies about truth, karma, wealth, duty and religion are very scientific and easy to understand. They aren’t 1,000 years old, so it’s all 19th century stuff that is still applicable in contemporary life.
Imran Khan, actor
I strongly believe that Gandhigiri is a lot more relevant today than it was earlier. Mahatma Gandhi always believed that we should aspire to be better than the person we are fighting or competing with. Not all of his teachings might be practical in today’s age, but his core values that encourage you to become a better human being will never become obsolete.
Sushant Singh Rajput, actor
Gandhiji’s belief in non-violence will always remain relevant. However, (his beliefs in) abolishing foreign goods might not be practical today. I personally follow this saying of his: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." I have this quote framed in my room.
Irrfan Khan, actor
The ideologies of great thinkers, like Gandhi, are meant to be interpreted differently with the changing times. He wanted society and human beings to be self-sufficient — and this will always be relevant.
Sajid Nadiadwala, producer
Most issues — whether they are global problems or something as simple as dealing with the clash of two releases — can be sorted out by initiating dialogue. The common threads in the solution are patience and respect — and Gandhi propagated these. His teachings have never been more relevant.
Farah Khan, director
The problem is that we don’t practise Gandhiji’s teachings in life. Things would have been much better if we did. I try and expose my three children to his beliefs.