Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution to humanity has been immense especially in India and South Africa where he lived says Ferdinand Grapperhaus, Minister of Justice and Security, Netherlands.
He said that “I learned about the ideas of Gandhi towards the end of my primary school. I was brought up as a Roman Catholic but always let my thoughts to be open to other beliefs. I like the fact that Gandhi used the same approach. You can only grow if you put yourself in other people’s shoes.”
He added Gandhi was a striking individual small and fragile with those iconic glasses and this man brought the British Empire to its knees. He showed that you can defeat a violent oppressor by the means of peaceful protests, patience, and dialogue.
He noted that “since his death, the world has changed a lot, the two countries where Gandhi lived India and South Africa have transformed beyond recognition.”
Recently on October 2, 2020, the world observed the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which is also celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.
The Gandhian principles of non-violence still remain relevant, the weapon with which he defeated the imperialist forces.