Pl let me know where to source the authentic version / online repository.
I read this article "Misquotes that Bapu is forced to wear".. Is this true?? what's your take on this?
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See my above comments dt.
This appears to be a convenient makeover of what Gandhiji actually said, or wrote. Here are a few lines reproduced from a nytimes.com article titled "Falser Words Were Never Spoken" written by Brian Morton, on August 29, 2011
"Gandhi’s words have been tweaked a little too in recent years. Perhaps you’ve noticed a bumper sticker that purports to quote him: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” When you first come across it, this does sound like something Gandhi would have said. But when you think about it a little, it starts to sound more like ... a bumper sticker. Displayed brightly on the back of a Prius, it suggests that your responsibilities begin and end with your own behavior. It’s apolitical, and a little smug.
Sure enough, it turns out there is no reliable documentary evidence for the quotation. The closest verifiable remark we have from Gandhi is this: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”
Here, Gandhi is telling us that personal and social transformation go hand in hand, but there is no suggestion in his words that personal transformation is enough. In fact, for Gandhi, the struggle to bring about a better world involved not only stringent self-denial and rigorous adherence to the philosophy of nonviolence; it also involved a steady awareness that one person, alone, can’t change anything, an awareness that unjust authority can be overturned only by great numbers of people working together with discipline and persistence."
Further, the author writes, about all such misquotes -
"Thoreau, Gandhi, Mandela — it’s easy to see why their words and ideas have been massaged into gauzy slogans. They were inspirational figures, dreamers of beautiful dreams. But what goes missing in the slogans is that they were also sober, steely men. Each of them knew that thoroughgoing change, whether personal or social, involves humility and sacrifice, and that the effort to change oneself or the world always exacts a price.
But ours is an era in which it’s believed that we can reinvent ourselves whenever we choose. So we recast the wisdom of the great thinkers in the shape of our illusions. Shorn of their complexities, their politics, their grasp of the sheer arduousness of change, they stand before us now. They are shiny from their makeovers, they are fabulous and gorgeous, and they want us to know that we can have it all."
I feel that Gandhi-ism should be imbibed and followed in letter and spirit. Since his ideas apply well to all generations, there is simply no need to tweak what he said. And if tweaked, then desist from attributing the tweaked phrases to MKG.
Wonderful, Swarna, thank you for posting the article! I fully agree with your views and the views expressed in the article. I wished Gandhi was alive to react and comment on these false quotes. In fact, he was the only one to authenticate his words. I'm sure he would have had a wise and thoughtful reply on this!