Nkulus Eye – Gandhi the hero
I never knew anything about Mahatma Gandhi until I was invited to India to the Be The Change Conference. Although I couldn’t make it to the conference, I was not disappointed because I know that when one door closes the other one opens. This conference is based on Gandhi’s philosophy (be the change you wish to see in the world). Nelson Mandela is a hero to me, he was Mahatma of South Africa, but now I have two heroes.
Pietermaritzburg Railway Station is on the historical map of South Africa. This is due to when Mahatma was forcibly removed from a first class carriage for not obeying laws that separate each carriage according to race, on a train in Pietermaritzburg. This was a momentous moment in Gandhi’s life as he decided to stay and fight for the rights of Indians in South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi was born and raised in India. His father was a senior government official, Gandhi trained in law in London.
His simple life demonstrated how one person can be the change.He inspired and led protests against discrimination and for economic empowerment. His work began in South Africa, where he was practising as a lawyer at the time. He spent 20 years in South Africa, eleven of which were spent in KwaZulu Natal.
I am so motivated by Gandhi’s words, “my life is my message.” Now I know I do not need to pretend to be what I am not, I can live a better life and be an example to others.
When looking at Mahatma’s life it is more or less like Mandela’s life. Both men were fighting for their people – they wanted a better life for all. They did not believe in revenge because it does not bring people together instead it brings anger and violence which I do not like. Most of the people looked up to them and they will always be remembered because of the good job they did for their communities and countries. They will always be my heroes.