Gandhi on BBC

20 10 2009

By Ron CK Sim

gandhiBBC has come up with a three-part documentary series on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the man more affectionately called the Mahatma, Gandhiji or Bhapu. BBC journalist and newsreader Mishal Husain gets to the bottom of an enduring mystery – why is Gandhi revered as Father of the Nation, when India turned its back on Gandhi’s blueprint for the country?

The video-links below are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd parts of the series and all videos last for an hour. These videos are only available for online viewing on BBC i-Player up to 24th October 2009.

Gandhi Part 1 – The Making of the Mahatma

Gandhi Part 2 – The Rise to Fame

Gandhi Part 3 – The Road to Freedom

In the 1st part of the series, Mishal Husain journeys through Gandhi’s early years in India to the end of his controversial career in South Africa. Along the way, she confronts accusations of racism and hypocrisy levelled against Gandhi in this period, and discovers how London played a vital role in the development of the Indian Messiah.

In the 2nd part of the series, Mishal traces Gandhi’s transformation from obscure lawyer to father of the nation and discovers a more complicated and intriguing man than the saintly Hollywood version. Gandhi had to face unpopularity, political failure and British jails but in 1930, he triumphed – launching the most astute campaign of the age – the 240-mile Salt March that succeeded in humiliating the British Raj.

In the 3rd and final part of the series, Mishal explores the dramatic last years of Gandhi’s life, which culminated in his death by an assassin’s bullet. She retraces Gandhi’s visit to England in 1931 and uncovers evidence that Gandhi might have unwittingly contributed to the eventual partition of India. By the time of India’s independence in 1947, Gandhi was already a broken man – sidelined from the centre of power and devastated by the partition and the horrific violence that independence brought. But it was Gandhi’s darkest hours that finally brought his greatest triumph.

I am sharing these videos here with my fellow Malaysians because I personally think we can all get some inspirations from the holy man, his ideas and his selfless struggle against racism, violence and colonialism.

On Friday October 2, I finally completed reading his 454-page autobiography entitled “My Experiments with Truth“.

By coincidence, that Friday was also Gandhi’s 140th birthday.

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Quote of the Day: “For I can see that in the midst of death, life persists; in the midst of untruth, truth persists; in the midst of darkness, light persists.” ~ M.K. Gandhi‘s spiritual speech in London, 1931

Injury Time: After the expert testimony of Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, may TRUTH and JUSTICE prevail for the late Teoh Beng Hock and his living family. Malaysians must ensure he did not die in vain.


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