Satyagraha: Gandhi's version of war

How non-violent struggle and civil disobedience came to define the Mahatma






Punit Modi

June 2018

Tattva Press

Dr Vibhuti Patel

Punit begins with - "There is a plethora of sounds. Tourists have gathered in numbers. There is no security at the entrance, and no ticket to purchase. I take off my shoes and wander in, unsure what to expect. I am greeted with a life-size portrait of the patriotic saint. I am visiting Kirti Mandir in Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhi. I pay my respects at the various shrines and examine in detail what’s on display. It is the exhibition which leaves me inspired. As a teenager, I remember flicking through Gandhi’s biography and learning how he led India’s independence movement. The photo gallery brings this all to life. I purchase a book, ‘Satyagraha in South Africa’, and am keen to know more about what made him the Mahatma." Punit takes a deep dive into Satyagraha (literally translated as "truth-force") to explain Gandhi's version of war.