Ankur Gupta- Gandhi response

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Ankur Gupta Gandhi Response Gandhi’s life and legend is quite a story in India. However, there is an intangible added sense of mysticism that I, as a second generation Indian born outside the borders of India, experienced growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, well after he had passed away. In elementary school, as a foreign child I always sought identity. My parents used to tell me bits and pieces about his life and accomplishments but at that point it was just a part of my own culture’s history. It wasn’t until my fourth grade history teacher taught me about Gandhi that I really learned what kind of impact he had on the world. That day I was so proud of my people and revered him as a hero, thus he is aptly called “Mahatma.” This one event contributed a great deal in helping me find a sense of identity as an Indian integrated into the rest of the world and led to my continued respect for Gandhi himself. After having read this introduction into his autobiography, my respect for Gandhi has
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Unformatted text preview: only increased and I assume it will continue to do so the more and more I study him. At the same time though, while reading this passage one also realizes how more and more human and almost ordinary Gandhi is because of his blatant admissions of his own faults and shortcomings. This, though initially a detractor, with time actually still causes me to revere him more because of his brutal honesty. In fact, that brutal honesty is one trait I have always treasured and hold closely in my own personal life, though I don’t think there is any causal relationship. It is reassuring though that some of the tenets by which I live my life are aligned with one of the greatest people, in my opinion, in the history of the modern world. Since I plan to visit India for the first time of my life this winter, I feel the study of the man who was integral in making it what it is today can only benefit me....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PWR 194 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '07 term at Stanford.

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