The Making of Gandhi 1 - Reaching out to People

"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

What made the essential Gandhi that helped him mobilize the millions?

This section is of seminal interest as it carves out the process through which Gandhi reached out to people to mobilize the force that eventually drove an entire colonial power of longstanding out of the country. The essential emphasis here being that the force was top downwards – from Gandhi to grassroots

The Awakening

This section highlights his speeches and movements that as these became the principal instruments through which Gandhi mobilized people – both from the grassroots as well as with people of political and intellectual standing

The Traits / Sentiments

This section emphasizes both Gandhi's strengths as well fallibilities that make humans essentially human. It implies that far from being a "superman" or "godlike" Gandhi displayed all the human traits that made him an Everyman. And acknowledging these traits, he forged ahead to eventually achieve what he did. It also implies that it is within ordinary mortals to become a Gandhi!

The Presence

The Presence implies the strength of Gandhi's persona and the force of nature that he was. This made his presence at any place outlast the experience of the mere "physical" to become everlasting, so to speak. In other words, the lingering nature of his once physical presence at a given location far outlasted its immediate physical reality