I have nothing against the Mahatma. He was a cool dude who knew what he was doing, and went about it with clinical precision. My concerns are on how we remember the man.
With a holiday
If you are also like me…who believes in Work ethics…and agrees that a hard worker needs a break once in a while…and hence Oct 8 needs to be a National Holiday…Click Here And Vote. A few non-Gandhians are planning on a coup and no longer want his birthday to be celebrated. But we Gandhians should unite in the name of ahimsa and fight the conspirators tooth and nail.
You are probably saying “What, without booze? We buy it the day before.” While, I am ashamed of myself, I got to agree that I also do the same. The party starts at 7.30 p.m. and I am sure the toast will be for Gandhi and his ideals. For the uninitiated, all liquor stores stay shut on Oct 2 as a mark respect to the man who was a life-long teetotaler (somebody who drinks tea made from goat milk).
Ben Kingsley on Doordarshan
All the young people on the net, you are not going to believe this. For the last 20+ years DD has been showing this movie called ‘Gandhi` on every Oct 2nd. I stopped watching it year on year after I was 15 years old because in the five times I saw the movie…the story never changed. I only hope DD has the money to buy a new print every ten years. Even as you are reading this, some dork somewhere is changing his plan because he wants to watch Ben Kingsley do a Gandhi. Poor guy.