When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice;
But when the wicked man rules,the people groan.
Proverbs 29:2 NKJV
Arun Ghandi(Mahatma Ghandi’s grand daughter) shared this insightful story.
She said,”Ironically if it had not been for racism and prejudice,we may not have had a Mahatma Ghandi”.
He may have been just another successful lawyer who had made lot of money.
Within a week of his arrival in the then South Africa during the apartheid era,he was thrown out of a train because of the colour of his skin and it humiliated him so much that he sat on the platform of the train station overnight wondering what he would do to gain justice.
His first response was anger,he wanted an eye-for-an-eye justice. He thought of responding violently to the people who humiliated him but he cautioned himself.
The second option was to go back to India and live honourably among his own people in dignity but he ruled that out also.
Then the third response dawned on him-the response of non-violent action.
From that point onward he developed the philosophy of non-violence and practised it in his life as well as in search for justice in South Africa.
He ended up staying in that country for 25 years after which he went back to India and led the movement for the independence of India,using the same philosophy.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to sit back and do nothing”.