October 14, 2011

Gandhi: I am a Muslim, and a Hindu, and a Christian, and a Jew - and so are all of you

Mohandas Gandhi  (1869- 1948)  photo: AP

Let's return to the topic of peace. 

There was one man who never received the Peace Prize; one who was nominated several times, but never won. This man was Mohandas Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. He led the non-violent movement that culminated in India's independence from Great Britain in 1947. 

In 2006, the Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committe, Geir Lundestad, said:
The greatest omission in our 106 year history is undoubtedly that Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize. Gandhi could do without the Nobel Peace Prize, whether Nobel committee can do without Gandhi is the question.
I have chosen four snippets available on Youtube from the wonderful movie Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough. 

This first snippet is from Gandhi's time in South-Africa where he worked as a lawyer. He stands up against the South-African apartheid laws:

The second video is from a scene before the partition of India into India and Pakistan. Hindu fundamentalists have gathered outside Gandhi's home and are shouthing Death to Jinnah; Jinnah is the leader of the Muslim population in India. The mob is trying to stop Gandhi from proceeding with talks with Jinnah. In this scene, Gandhi confronts them.

The third video is taken from a scene where Gandhi is fasting in order to stop the fighting between the Hindus and the Muslims:

And here, the final video:


  1. Thank you Ingela!!!! I am speechless.

  2. How would gandhis worldview differ from the popes worldview?