Gandhi's brilliance and non- violent response!
By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
It was related that when Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who felt animosity for Gandhi, because Gandhi never lowered his head towards him and their arguments were very common.
One day, Peters was having his lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.
The professor, in his arrogance, said ‘Mr. Gandhi you do not understand…. a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.’ To which Gandhi replies, ‘You do not worry professor, I’ll fly away’ and he went and sat another table.
Mr. Peters with green of rage decides to take revenge on the next test, but Gandhi responds brilliantly to all questions.
Then Mr. Peters asked him the following question, ‘Mr. Gandhi, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money; which one will you take?’
Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, ‘the one with the money, of course.’
Mr. Peters smiling said, ‘I in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don’t you think?’
‘Each one takes what one doesn’t have’ responded Gandhi indifferently.
Mr. Peters, already hysteric, writes on the exam sheet the word ‘idiot’ and gives it to Gandhi.
Gandhi takes the exam sheet and sits down. A few minutes later, Gandhi goes to the professor and says,
‘Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet but you did not give me the grade.’
During those days Gandhi chose to respond to the arrogant professor with his intelligence and shamed him, but the present day response from the students will be by a protest strike or violence.
The Mahatma, everyone knows, renounced all kinds of violence and always restricted his protests to non- violent ones, all his life.