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PENCIL PORTRAITS : Mahatma Gandhi, GANDHIJI

Art of Drawing: Every pencil drawing involves us to work in stages: first is the preparatory phase in which we make out our mind about the subject matter and actually sit for the work, with pencils and other materials like eraser and a bunch of paper. This event (!) follows the stage of some lines on the paper, defining the outlines of the subjects to be drawn; this is called the Line Drawing Stage in language of art.

The Portrait: Here in this portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, the artist has done a marvelous work just by the use of lining. We can call this pencil drawing as one of the finest examples of the lining work. However, the artist has done some shading work, too, but the beauty of the drawing comes mainly from the well-defined outline of Mahatma Gandhi's face and the skillful pencil strokes.

Life of Mahatma Gandhi: On the day of thirtieth of January, 1940, a man enters a prayer meeting conducted by Mahatma Gandhi. The man bowed his head showing regard to Mahatma, and he fired three bullets at him. These bullets were in fact not shot at the mortal body of Mahatma Gandhi. The one bullet was fired on Truth; another was on Non-violence; and the third one was on the soul who loved every creature on this world.

Mahatma Gandhi, Advocate of Ahimsa, Non-violence:

The man wearing single cloth and captivating personality, Mahatma Gandhi always talked about the pure common sense. However his every word carried an aura of mysticism. Teachings by Mahatma Gandhi are still relevant in the modern time. He had expressed his views on many subjects. In expressing views on religious or socio-political issue, he was very honest.

Gandhi drafting a document at Birla House, Mumbai, 1942

Mahatma Gandhi always believed in complete harmony of the beliefs we hold, the words we speak, and the deeds we do. He believed that every man and woman should endeavour to purify his or her thoughts. If our thinking is pure, all other things will be set right automatically. He always told his followers, “Aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well”. In his autobiography, My Experiments With Truth, he wrote about how a person should behave with others.

On Social Harmony : It was not the case that his road was easy. He had faced many odds during the movement of freedom of India. He had many opponents. But he always found out convincing solutions for the problems he encountered. He never made his opponents displeased. India is a country having population of almost all the religions of the world. He advocated equality of all the religions. This was how he demonstrated the principle of mutual tolerance among the people following different religions faiths. For giving message he always said, "My life is my message".

Gandhi on Vegetarianism : He practiced and professed that the humans are born to remain vegetarians. We have no right to snatch the life any other creature on the earth. Non-vegetarian food is the symbol of mindless violence done to our fellow creatures. The almighty God has given equal rights to live on the earth to all of us. Can we take other's life for the taste of our tongue?

Gandhi Portrait, originally uploaded by roddh.

Gandhi on Non-Violence : N
on-violence was the phenomenon he professed throughout his life. He had no faith in using violence against violence. He believed that the rule of ‘eye for an eye’ would make the whole world blind. He was enemy of none; He was friend of all. He always said that ‘Hate the sin, and not the sinner’. His life has become an icon of simplicity and simple living for millions of his followers.
Mahatma Gandhi had greatly emphasized on the importance of ahimsa, the non-violence. Being a staunch advocate of the principle of non-violent, he used the concept of non-violence as a technique of satyagraha, the civil disobedience, to achieve freedom of India from the British rule.

During the Indian struggle for independence, Mahatma Gandhi taught the whole army of his followers to follow ahimsa. He never deviated from his principle of not hurting the others for personal gain. Many of the writings and speeches by Mahatma Gandhi reveal his belief that violence could never be helpful to human race, nor it can achieve any goal.

Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa
: Gandhiji had started his career in South Africa. He had gone there for practicing as a lawyer. But he saw the rule of apartheid in South Africa. Gandhiji was a man who was not ready to accept the world he had bequeathed. He protested against the rule of the then rulers of South Africa.

Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa, In 1906.

Once he started opposing of the rules treating the humans inhumanly, he got very much support from the local people and the intellectuals worldwide. This was the initial support Mahatma Gandhi started receiving for his non-violent movement against the inhuman treatments by the rulers. Subsequently he kept fighting he British Rule in India. Ultimately, India was freed from the foreign rule in the 1947. The country was divided into two parts: India and Pakistan. Gandhiji had never agreed upon the issue of partition of India. Pakistan was again divided in 1971 when Bangladesh was created. (Image courtesy See page for author [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons) (Image courtesy Top See page for author [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

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