Editorial (October 2020)

Sunil Sharma

---If you want to change the world, start with yourself.

---The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

---You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

 

--- M.K. Gandhi

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He is a real phenomenon, this small man who came to challenge the might of the British Empire, and could easily overthrow the firang Raj.

Almost a mythical figure.

A game changer of first order.

From being a shy boy from Porbandar to an incredible world leader, a top influencer, the  journey of a mortal named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is an enduring epic of extraordinary dimensions and depth, morality and ethics, a story unsurpassed---and very moving and motivating even today for a world in search of real heroes.

One of the most fascinating stories ever witnessed in the annals of  the human civilization.

Of dramatic transformation, grit and belief; of a man who could rally millions behind him.

Of interesting twists and turns in this narrative of a supercharged man on a mission and who could wake up a sleepy country by his actions and philosophy: Of a complete alteration from a pucca British-style barrister to a revered mass leader of a colonized nation that followed his every call and step like a gospel; a charismatic figure admired by kings and paupers alike; a peace-advocate tragically assassinated;  a martyr that continues to speak to us even today, provided we are listening.

Such powerful sweep of events, history, power and change intersecting in a single individual; a hegemonic imperial power defeated by a naked fakir preaching non-violent methods of change!

A man reverentially called as Bapu by the millions.

Mahatma Gandhi for his nobility.

Very few narratives can rival his fascinating life story.

October 2 marks the birthday of this incredible soul, the Father of Nation, and a global thought-leader who continues to inspire through his teachings that are relevant to a divided world today as it was in the last century.

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His philosophy still resonates with the new-millennia audiences and many seekers find a moral compass in the Gandhian credo of peace, non-violence, truth, universal love and brotherhood.

The 21st century urgently needs another Gandhi to teach lessons of love and forgiveness, not hate and divisive politics.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela believed in Gandhian vision and changed the course of their respective nations, inspired by him. Aung San Suu Kyi is another notable disciple pursuing the famous Gandhian practices in her country..

His message can never die!

Setu brings a special edition on Mahatma Gandhi, his legacy and relevance. Curated by Santosh Bakaya, a noted author-academic, the special section brings together tributes by a host of writers, thus underlining his enduring value to a nation grappling with so many issues---like the rest of the world.

In the general section, you will find a video poem by the famous artist from Australia Robert Maddox-Harle as another value addition, apart from other edifying content.

Other highlights: The photographic capture of special moments of life by surgeon-poet Rameshwer Singh, and, poetry-picture hybrid of young academic-poet Shaleen Kumar Singh.

As usual, gratitude to all the contributors and you, the reader for support and love.

Please enjoy.


Sunil Sharma,

Editor, Setu (English)
Mumbai Metro Area, Maharashtra (India)

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