Gandhi, an eternal role model

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There are some people from whom we can never stop learning lessons. Though Gandhi has often been derailed, we need to remember he is not just the father of our nation, but a role model for the entire world.

The oft repeated quote of Mahatma Gandhi where he says “Be the change you want to see in this world” is powerful because he himself showed his in action.

Gandhitook every little request seriously. During the 1930’s, a young boy had become obsessed with eating a lot of sugar. His mother was very upset with this. But no matter how much she scolded him and tried to break his habit, the boy never stopped eating sweets.  Being totally frustrated, she decided to take her son to see Mahatma Gandhi who was the boy’s idol. She had to walk many miles across the country, for hours under scorching sun to finally reach Gandhi’s ashram.

Gandhi listened to the woman carefully, thought for a while and replied, “Please come back after two weeks. I will talk to your son.”

The women looked confused. Still, she did take the boy back home. She made the long journey home and went there again after two weeks as Gandhi requested. When they arrived, Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said, “Boy, you should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health.”

The boy nodded and promised he would not continue this habit any longer. The boy’s mother was puzzled and asked him why he had not said this earlier.

Gandhi smiled and whispered in her ears, “At that time I was not qualified to advise the little one. Because I too, was same like him, eating a lot of sugar myself two weeks ago.

This story may seem irrelevant but it is actually supremely relevant. We have many people saying many things but no one ever shows this through their actions.

For instance, instead of making a brou-ha-ha of demonetisation, if he had agreed with its intent, I am certain he would have personally declared all his assets before asking others to do so which is something none of its proponents are willing to do.

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