Play game on life about Gandhiji and get a certificate: Mahatma Gandhi has generally been portrayed as a gentle-serious thinker, a spiritual great man, and a strictly disciplined politician, but there was no response to his humor and wit.
He used to amaze big people with his humor and satire. He laughed openly and while laughing he found out that many of his teeth had disappeared with age.
Mahatma Gandhi was adept at answering sly questions in the same flirtatious manner. He once said, “If I didn’t have a sense of humor, I would have committed suicide by now.”
With Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru
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Nehru was also convincing
Jawaharlal Nehru has written in his autobiography- ‘He who has not seen Mahatmaji’s humorous posture, has been deprived of seeing the most precious thing.’
Play game on life about gandhiji and get certificate
Sarojini Naidu used to affectionately call Mahatma Gandhi ‘Mickey Mouse’. Gandhiji also used to write ‘Dear Bulbul’, ‘Dear Mirabai’ for him in his letters and sometimes even ‘Ammajan’ and ‘Mother’ in jest.
Chakraborty Rajagopalachari, the second and last Governor General of independent India, used to say about Gandhi- ‘He is a man of laughter.’
While writing my book ‘Experiments of Mahatma Gandhi Brahmacharya’, my study on Gandhi changed me in many ways and convinced me of Gandhian philosophy. I became a follower of Gandhi’s art of understanding things closely and explaining them to the world. Gandhi was a great scholar, a thinker. His memory was amazing.
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Weapons made of satire
He had the ability to bring the greatest biblical idea to the ground. This was the reason why they were able to start and run the civil disobedience movement or satyagraha effectively in South Africa and then in India.
He used symbols as his weapon and used humor as a medium. His experiments were largely accurate. Gandhi himself used to say that I also express my opposition and dissent against the British government mostly through humor. A British journalist had sternly said that ‘this means that your amusement or humor should be considered as your annoyance or resentment’
Gandhi said, “Had I not had so much ‘sense of humor’ in the awkward and difficult conditions in which I work, I would have gone mad by now.”