The Making of Gandhi 2 - People's Perception

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

The Making of Gandhi

From People to Gandhi – perceptions about Gandhi

As is true of many public personalities who become legends, Gandhi's impact on people through their perception of Gandhi had created a universe whose sum of the parts essentially became greater than the sum of the whole. Part of the unintended consequences included, for instance, the creation of a Gandhian language itself.

Icons of Gandhi

Since Gandhi's everyday life was a message itself, some of his ordinary artifacts such as his reading glasses or his prayer beads became iconic, while some others even symbolic. Such as the otherwise ubiquitous spinning wheel that used to dot India's villages. Indeed, Gandhi's popularity may be judged by the fact that artifacts, phrases, or songs associated with him ended up evolving as a Gandhian language, basically as emblematic of a "Gandhian way of life."

The Terms of Endearment

This section represents the essential truth that one filters out of Gandhi's worldview and actions to create a value base to form a heartfelt "connect" or bond between Gandhi and the common man. Unlike that of most humans, Gandhi's value system usually showed up as black and white to represent an uncompromised value system. Terms of Endearment would be the reverse of Terms of Reproach, something that people have never come to associate with Gandhi even after a century and a half.