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By Akash Shukla

आँधी में भी जलती रही गाँधी तेरी मशाल

साबरमती के सन्त तूने कर दिया कमाल

Be it Gandhism in Dandi March or be it Gandhigiri in Bollywood flick Lage raho Munnabhai that inspired countless people to his tenets through ‘rose’y efforts, the multitude continues to ‘Inhale the Mahatma’ in their own unique stride.

While Gandhism is a body of ideas and principles that describes the inspiration, vision and the life work of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhigiri is a recent term in India that uses the concepts of non-violence and Satyagraha in contemporary form and brings along Gandhian principles for today’s society in its truest essence but with a twist.

After colonised India became ‘Non-Aligned’ to British ideologies following the Mahatma’s trail of Gandhism, as many as 250 school children wielded the Gandhigiri mantle and carried out a sanitation drive at Connaught Place, New Delhi, on Thursday.

As the world continues to follow trends in vogue and Gandhism is elevated to a pedestal of niche thought and there it is merely a discourse of academic interest, trend-setting Gandhigiri continues to rule the roost among the youths at ground level.

Thanks to Sanjay Dutt’s Gandhian eulogy, the contemporary generation moved beyond the v-neck tees and club wear shirts to don the Mahatma identity.

Gandhi-Jayanti-Wallpapers-2014_insetMahatma’s Gandhism, then, as a pioneering thought has now turned over a new leaf—Gandhigiri. Symbolising the same, around 5,000 students from Bengaluru geared up to dress as Mahatma Gandhi with an aim to acquire a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for managing the largest congregation in the name of Mahatma and as Mahatma.

“So far there have been no records over congregation of people dressed as Mahatma in such large numbers. We have been working on the idea for some time,” said a senior management official and one of the event organisers.

Since the essence of Gandhi cannot be embraced in a day, it’s always a smart way out to push his ideological envelope while critical period of learning is in progress.

To observe and celebrate the essence of Mahatma, an elocution competition for school and college students was organised at Narsapur. Conducted by the Gandhian Studies Centre of Sri YN College, the event, namely, ‘Gandhian Principles for Rural Development’ was organised on Tuesday.

Gandhi, Gandhians and followers of Gandhism had one-point agenda and that was anti-British. At that particular moment, there was no Gandhigiri. The latter was apparently born posthumously with a trend setting Hindi film and thereafter there was no looking back. People adapted and evolved Gandhian though to suit their needs…

PAAS, Hardik Patel resort to Gandhigiri

Though Gandhi or his followers never chose blossom as a form of protest, many sections of society chose to digress from Gandhism to Gandhigiri: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), the pro quota agitation leaders, spent an entire day presenting red rose to the ruling BJP MPs, MLAs and municipal councillors, drawing inspiration from the popular Hindi film, Munnabhai MBBS Gandhigiri theme.

22-year-old PAAS convener Hardik Patel had announced to take out the Ekta Yatra from the historic site at Dandi, from where Mahatma Gandhi had broken the Salt Act in 1930 after undertaking a 350-km foot march from Sabarmati.

His proposed reverse Dandi march has been postponed twice after the government denied it the permission apprehending clashes between the upper caste PAAS leaders in Surat, Navsari, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Amreli districts visited the local BJP offices and residence of MPs, MLAs, municipal and panchayat leaders as well as party office-bearers and presented them with red roses as a symbolic gesture to elicit their support to their demand for reservation to the Patels on par with the OBCs.

Similarly, the nation from every nook and cranny has countless Gandhigiri tales to share on his birth anniversary. Though we have come a long way from colonised India to Aazad Bharat (Independent India), the neo Gandhi principles, which evolved from Gandhism, continue to nip the corrupt practices in the bud.

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Astronaut Floats in Space on Mural Sporting a Gandhi Patch on Shoulder

The mural that looks up from the vista that opens to the iconic glass-fronted UN building a block away commemorates the occasions

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Sporting a Mahatma Gandhi patch on his shoulder, an astronaut floats in space on the mural painted on the side wall of the Indian Mission to the UN. Wikimedia

The high-tech future of green jobs and the Gandhian virtue of the dignity of work meld their messages on a six-storey high mural commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the centenary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Sporting a Mahatma Gandhi patch on his shoulder, an astronaut floats in space on the mural painted on the side wall of the Indian Mission to the UN that was inaugurated on Tuesday.

The mural that looks up from the vista that opens to the iconic glass-fronted UN building a block away commemorates the occasions.

The other themes on the mural, a joint effort of the ILO and the Indian mission, include the concept of “green”, environmentally sustainable jobs and the greening of the world by planting trees.

India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said at the inauguration that the mural addresses global concerns of decent jobs and the environment.

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Sporting a Mahatma Gandhi patch on his shoulder, an astronaut floats in space on the mural painted on the side wall of the Indian Mission to the UN. Pixabay

He said the mural effort goes beyond the diplomatic work at the UN of dealing with resolutions to a new diplomatic area of reaching out to people to create broader awareness of issues.

Victor Ash, the artist who painted it while perched high on a cherry-picker, told IANS: “I mixed different ideas and came up with this ‘green astronaut’ that is also worker – the worker from the future who would be working in space.”

And to commemorate the anniversary of Gandhi’ birth, he said he added Gandhi’s image as a logo on the arm of the astronaut.

Ash said that one of his inspirations was India’s record in 2017 of planting 66 million trees on a single day.

The mission building with a red-stone facade was designed by the internationally acclaimed Indian architect Charles Correa, but one of its sides was bared to the bricks after the neighbouring building was torn down and a hotel was built on the site with a deep setback.

The mural now decorates that side without impinging on the building’s Correa design.

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The other themes on the mural, a joint effort of the ILO and the Indian mission, include the concept of “green”, environmentally sustainable jobs and the greening of the world by planting trees. Wikimedia

The mural was one of several sponsored across the city by ILO to commemorate its centenary with a project called Street Art for Mankind that aims to spread the message of decent work for all with sustainable development and social justice.

Portugal-born Ash said that he had painted a mural at the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai during its Summerfest.

He said that he had started as a street-artist in Paris, where he had studied, and later went into doing paintings for galleries.

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“But it was only the studio work and exhibiting in galleries was not reaching such a broad public,” he said.

“So I went back to the street and did murals because it has a much bigger impact and you can actually transmit messages much better than just exhibiting in galleries for a few specific people.” (IANS)