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Watch: When Martin Luther King, Jr paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

<p>American Activist Martin Luther King, Jr paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 10th death anniversary in 1958. The American activist paid homage to India's 'father of the nation' through the pages of the Hindustan Times. From HT Archives, we bring you the column that King wrote in 1958. Watch the video to know more.</p>

American Activist Martin Luther King, Jr paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 10th death anniversary in 1958. The American activist paid homage to India's 'father of the nation' through the pages of the Hindustan Times. From HT Archives, we bring you the column that King wrote in 1958. Watch the video to know more.

Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:16 PM IST
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Watch: How Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘passive resistance’ inspired Nelson Mandela

<p>Mahatma Gandhi inspired millions across the globe with his ideals. From 'non-violence' to 'satyagraha', Gandhi's legacy transcends borders and generations. Among the many that Gandhi inspired was Nelson Mandela, the social rights activist, politician and philanthropist who went on to become South Africa's first Black president. Gandhi's concept of passive resistance appealed to Mandela, who employed similar strategies in his battle against apartheid in South Africa. 'Gandhi's magnificent example of personal sacrifice and dedication in the face of oppression was one of his many legacies to our country and to the world. He showed us that it was necessary to brave imprisonment if truth and justice were to triumph over evil. The values of tolerance, mutual respect and unity for which he stood and acted had a profound influence on our liberation movement, and on my own thinking,' Mandela had said in a speech. Watch this video to find out how Gandhi and his ideas inspired Nelson Mandela and why the anti-apartheid icon was referred to as the 'Gandhi of South Africa'</p>

Mahatma Gandhi inspired millions across the globe with his ideals. From 'non-violence' to 'satyagraha', Gandhi's legacy transcends borders and generations. Among the many that Gandhi inspired was Nelson Mandela, the social rights activist, politician and philanthropist who went on to become South Africa's first Black president. Gandhi's concept of passive resistance appealed to Mandela, who employed similar strategies in his battle against apartheid in South Africa. 'Gandhi's magnificent example of personal sacrifice and dedication in the face of oppression was one of his many legacies to our country and to the world. He showed us that it was necessary to brave imprisonment if truth and justice were to triumph over evil. The values of tolerance, mutual respect and unity for which he stood and acted had a profound influence on our liberation movement, and on my own thinking,' Mandela had said in a speech. Watch this video to find out how Gandhi and his ideas inspired Nelson Mandela and why the anti-apartheid icon was referred to as the 'Gandhi of South Africa'

Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:17 PM IST
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Gandhi Jayanti: Visiting Sabarmati Ashram; why Mahatma didn’t return after 1930

<p>The Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat's Ahmedabad is a significant milestone in India's freedom journey. It was set up in 1917 and was home to MK and Kasturba Gandhi for around a decade. The Ashram was meant as a school for satyagrahis, and boasted notable inhabitants like Vinoba Bhave, Madeleine Slade aka Mira, and Maganlal Gandhi. It was from Sabarmati Ashram that Gandhi launched his iconic Dandi March against the British salt law in 1930. Sadly, he never visited the Ashram again. While leaving, the Mahatma had vowed to return only after India attained independence, but he was assassinated months after the country's liberation. After leaving Sabarmati, Gandhi had set up the Sevagram Ashram in Maharashtra's Wardha. Watch the full video for more.</p>

The Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat's Ahmedabad is a significant milestone in India's freedom journey. It was set up in 1917 and was home to MK and Kasturba Gandhi for around a decade. The Ashram was meant as a school for satyagrahis, and boasted notable inhabitants like Vinoba Bhave, Madeleine Slade aka Mira, and Maganlal Gandhi. It was from Sabarmati Ashram that Gandhi launched his iconic Dandi March against the British salt law in 1930. Sadly, he never visited the Ashram again. While leaving, the Mahatma had vowed to return only after India attained independence, but he was assassinated months after the country's liberation. After leaving Sabarmati, Gandhi had set up the Sevagram Ashram in Maharashtra's Wardha. Watch the full video for more.

Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:17 PM IST
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Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: The man who chronicled Gandhi

Mahadev Desai joined Gandhi at 25 as his secretary. He died, imprisoned with the Mahatma, at age 50. Throughout that time, he maintained diaries that offer a rare insight into the mind of the most secular leader India has seen.
Gandhi with Mahadev Desai (right) at the All India Congress Committee meeting in Bombay, August 8, 1942, the day that the Quit India resolution was moved.(National)
Gandhi with Mahadev Desai (right) at the All India Congress Committee meeting in Bombay, August 8, 1942, the day that the Quit India resolution was moved.(National)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 08:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Nachiketa Desai

Birla House: A visit to the Mahatma

Formerly the house of noted industrialist Ghanshyam Das Birla, the home where MK Gandhi spent his last 144 days is now a museum. Everything about the place memorialises the Mahatma
Gandhi, a day before his assassination at Birla House, New Delhi.(National Gandhi Museum)
Gandhi, a day before his assassination at Birla House, New Delhi.(National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 08:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

‘I kept feeling that Bapu would wake up any minute’: Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, the eldest of four children of Devadas and Lakshmi Rajagopalachari (the daughter of C Rajagopalachari), spoke about her father’s stint in Hindustan Times, her grandparents, and the changing face of Delhi.
Tara Bhattacharjee at her residence in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT)
Tara Bhattacharjee at her residence in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 05:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By KumKum Dasgupta

Gandhi Jayanti: A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

On January 30, 1958, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mahatma’s passing, a young clergyman who was using Gandhian methods in America wrote an article for Hindustan Times on why India’s Father of the Nation belonged ‘to the ages’.
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr stands next to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in his office in 1966.(Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries)
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr stands next to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in his office in 1966.(Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 05:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Hindustan Times and the Mahatma

When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi inaugurated the Hindustan Times press in 1924, he knew it was time for a paper that reflected the sentiments of millions of Indians and their shared national agenda.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi inaugurated the Hindustan Times press in 1924.(KK Chawla/HT Archives)
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi inaugurated the Hindustan Times press in 1924.(KK Chawla/HT Archives)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Dhamini Ratnam

Gandhiji’s name etched in the history of independent India, writes Mohan Bhagwat

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: MK Gandhi stood for social equality and harmony, and translated his vision into action. We must perceive, understand and manifest this in our lives.
Mahatma Gandhi with Hindutva icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee, New Delhi, 1946.(Alamy Stock)
Mahatma Gandhi with Hindutva icon Syama Prasad Mookerjee, New Delhi, 1946.(Alamy Stock)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 08:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Mohan Bhagwat

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Essential reading on MK Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Swami Anand, who persistently urged Gandhi to write his autobiography, wrote detailed pen sketches of persons and, through that, introduced the readers to sociological insights about castes and communities.
Gandhi after his release from prison, 1924.(gandhi museum)
Gandhi after his release from prison, 1924.(gandhi museum)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 05:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Tridip Suhrud

A biographer’s journey: In search of the Mahatma

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: The Collected Works had all the known letters that Gandhi himself wrote; but virtually none of the letters that he received or responded to. Then there were the thousands of letters written about Gandhi by his contemporaries and critics.
Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru spinning, Delhi.(National)
Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru spinning, Delhi.(National)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 05:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Ramachandra Guha

Gandhi and Gujarat: At home and in self-imposed exile

The state was his birthplace and the site of his experiments with truth. But it must analyse its points of divergence from the Father of the Nation
At 6.30 am, on March 12, 1930 MK Gandhi, accompanied by co-marchers, left the Sabarmati ashram for Dandi, a coastal village in Gujarat.(HT Photo)
At 6.30 am, on March 12, 1930 MK Gandhi, accompanied by co-marchers, left the Sabarmati ashram for Dandi, a coastal village in Gujarat.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Tridip Suhrud

Gandhi, Ambedkar and the 1932 Poona Pact

The 1931 Poona Pact shaped India’s Dalit political representation, and its implications are felt even in today’s parliamentary elections. At the heart of it lay a fundamental difference in their points of view. While Gandhi saw untouchability as a social issue, Ambedkar understood caste as a political one
The impact of MK Gandhi’s principled resistance to BR Ambedkar’s political demand for separate electorates for the so-called depressed classes lives on.(HT image)
The impact of MK Gandhi’s principled resistance to BR Ambedkar’s political demand for separate electorates for the so-called depressed classes lives on.(HT image)
Updated on Oct 01, 2019 05:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti

A hyperlocal economic plan

The political consensus was that a newly independent India needed to rapidly industrialise if it was to hold its own in the world. Instead, Mahatma Gandhi offered a radically different economic path: one of local consumption; one where the charkha liberated Indians from poverty.
Gandhi argued for an India of household production for local consumption.
Gandhi argued for an India of household production for local consumption.
Updated on Oct 01, 2019 11:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Niranjan Rajadhyaksha

An experiment in Khadi, and Gandhi’s eastern base

History hangs thick in the air of the Gandhi ashram, as this place is known. A print of a letter written by Gandhi in December 1928 adorns the wall next to the bed.
A charkha used by Mahatma Gandhi on display at the Gandhi Bhavan (Hyderi Manzil) in Kolkata, where he spent 25 days, including Independence Day, in 1947.(Samir Jana/ht)
A charkha used by Mahatma Gandhi on display at the Gandhi Bhavan (Hyderi Manzil) in Kolkata, where he spent 25 days, including Independence Day, in 1947.(Samir Jana/ht)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

An archival treasure on Gandhi

Bolstered by his experience of ashram life in South Africa, Gandhi first set up an ashram in the Kochrab area of Ahmedabad, which he later shifted to its present site on the banks of the river Sabarmati.
Pratima behn, a communicator at the Sabarmati ashram, explains aspects of Gandhi’s life.(Raj K Raj/HT)
Pratima behn, a communicator at the Sabarmati ashram, explains aspects of Gandhi’s life.(Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Paramita Ghosh

Champaran satyagraha turned into social reform

Gandhi established an ashram-school on land donated by a local priest, Baba Ram Narayan Das, which opened on November 20, 1917, a week after establishing a similar foundation school in Barharwa Lakhansen village 135 km away.
A view of Gandhi's ashram set up in 1917 at the time of the Champaran movement in Bhitiharwa.(Sanchit Khanna/HT)
A view of Gandhi's ashram set up in 1917 at the time of the Champaran movement in Bhitiharwa.(Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Neyaz Farooquee

Growing up in Mahatma Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram

In 1936, Gandhi decided to personally live and work in villages. He wanted to redirect the educated class in India towards villages.
The school started by MK Gandhi and operated by Anand Niketan at Sevagram Ashram Pratisthan in Wardha, Maharashtra.(Satish Bate/HT)
The school started by MK Gandhi and operated by Anand Niketan at Sevagram Ashram Pratisthan in Wardha, Maharashtra.(Satish Bate/HT)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Abhay Bang

The five Gandhis

One of the ways in which the Dravidian social reformer challenged Brahmanical domination in politics, education and administration in Tamil Nadu was to agitate against caste surnames.
Indian software developer and Cricketer Kaushik Gandhi poses for a picture at his residence in Chennai(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
Indian software developer and Cricketer Kaushik Gandhi poses for a picture at his residence in Chennai(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 30, 2019 01:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Snigdha Poonam

The Gandhian who brought the charkha to Nepal

Shrestha was born in Kathmandu in 1896. From an early age, he showed signs of being a social reformer. He became one of the leaders of the Satyacharan Malami Guthi that worked to end outdated death related rites and rituals in Nepal.
Tulsi Mehar Shrestha with Jawaharlal Nehru, Nepal.(by special arrangement)
Tulsi Mehar Shrestha with Jawaharlal Nehru, Nepal.(by special arrangement)
Updated on Nov 04, 2019 02:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Manjeev Singh Puri

Can Gandhi and Mao ever meet?

Gandhi, an apostle of non violence, and Mao, an unapologetic votary of armed revolution or people’s war. Gandhi, an ascetic who renunciated all state power, and Mao, the Great Helmsman, who exercised all power for 26 years.
Gandhi, 1940s; Revolutionary Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung, 1949(national gandhi museum)
Gandhi, 1940s; Revolutionary Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung, 1949(national gandhi museum)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Baburam Bhattarai

Gandhi on trial in South Africa, again

The motion called for the removal of the bronze statue at Gandhi Square — sculpted by Tinka Christopher, it depicts Gandhi as a young activist lawyer in his legal gown — and the renaming of the site after Sophie de Bruyn, a well-known anti-apartheid activist.
The Gandhi statue in Johannesburg that political party Economic Freedom Fighters sought to remove.(András Osvát / Wikimedia Commons)
The Gandhi statue in Johannesburg that political party Economic Freedom Fighters sought to remove.(András Osvát / Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Eric Itzkin

Learning to become a political activist

Much of the conversation that takes place in social media about Gandhi centres around his attitude towards black South Africans, his use of pejorative terms and his claim for better treatment for what he regarded as the more civilised Indians.
Gandhi recovering after being beaten up by a fellow Indian who felt that Gandhi had made a wrong compromise with South African officials, 1908(National Gandhi Museum)
Gandhi recovering after being beaten up by a fellow Indian who felt that Gandhi had made a wrong compromise with South African officials, 1908(National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Uma Dhupelia Mesthrie

Gandhi Jayanti: The importance of constructive work

Gandhi was unique among anti-colonial leaders for his attention to both politics and social transformation.
A 1964 photohraph of Gandhi taken by Margaret Bourke White shows him reading clippings with a charkha in the foreground.(Photo courtesy: National Gandhi museum)
A 1964 photohraph of Gandhi taken by Margaret Bourke White shows him reading clippings with a charkha in the foreground.(Photo courtesy: National Gandhi museum)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:49 PM IST
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By Venu Madhav Govindu

The Mahatma’s Bengal connection

Bengalis have a complicated response to MK Gandhi. Some hold him responsible for the Partition; others question his treatment of Subhas Chandra Bose.
Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore in Santiniketan in February 1940.(National Gandhi Museum)
Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore in Santiniketan in February 1940.(National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:37 PM IST
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Gandhi’s four visits to Assam

Travelogue: The Mahatma sought to learn the state’s history. He also imparted lessons on political maturity.
Even before Gandhi arrived in Assam, his call for Non Cooperation had created havoc for the European tea planters.(Photo: National Gandhi Museum)
Even before Gandhi arrived in Assam, his call for Non Cooperation had created havoc for the European tea planters.(Photo: National Gandhi Museum)
Updated on Sep 27, 2019 11:07 PM IST
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By Arupjyoti Saikia

A lesson in swaraj from informal women workers

Inspired by Gandhi and his ideas of swaraj, thousands of women have created small, medium and large membership-based organisations.
Mahatma Gandhi with Sabarmati ashramites.(Stock photo)
Mahatma Gandhi with Sabarmati ashramites.(Stock photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:30 PM IST
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By Mirai Chatterjee

Many Gandhis on our screens

One of the earliest films on Gandhi was an American feature documentary, titled Mahatma Gandhi: 20th Century Prophet, made in 1953.
film director, Richard Attenborough, (left) and actor, Ben Kingsley, who played the Mahatma, on set, 1982.
film director, Richard Attenborough, (left) and actor, Ben Kingsley, who played the Mahatma, on set, 1982.
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 06:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Ratnottama Sengupta

A young woman who played an aging Kasturba

Rohini Hattangadi played the character of Kasturba Gandhi in Richard Attenborough’s legendary 1982 film, Gandhi. Hattangadi revisits her memories of working in this iconic cinematic adaptation of his life.
Veteran actor Rohini Hattangadi at her residence in Mumbai.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Veteran actor Rohini Hattangadi at her residence in Mumbai.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2020 07:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Sonal Kalra
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