Gandhi’s Birthday: A time for action, commitment and perseverance
Gandhi lived with the people. He walked with them, sat with them, spun khadi with them and ate with them, and somehow through his own personal transformation and experiments with Truth he led a nation to question assumptions and change. His life was his mission, but how is he relevant to Indicorps today, 61 years after his death?
It is hoped that our Fellows use this year as a time to put thoughts into action, make a commitment to non-violence in a broader sense and continue the path of service even after the year is over. As founder and director of Manzil in Delhi, Ravi Gulati said of Gandhi in a recent discussion with YPI fellows, “His work was inside and reflected the manifestation outside,” he added, “knowing yourself is equally as important as knowing the world in order to change it.”
Gandhi is relevant today, not only because President Obama said he would choose to have lunch with him (link to article), but more importantly because Gandhi didn’t just talk about doing something, he took action. He didn’t just believe in non-violence in action, but also in thoughts and words and he didn’t just stop after protesting pass laws in South Africa or the Salt March in India, he continued experimenting with Truth and fighting injustice.
As an organization committed to serving India and enabling others to “be the change,” Gandhi’s birthday is a time for both introspection and action for the entire Indicorps family. This year we hope to use the occasion of his birthday as a springboard to energize us for the year ahead and to inform our thoughts and actions as we serve our various communities.
– Adam Ferguson, Fellowship Support & Lakshmi Eassey, Media and Communications