'Gandhi revolutionalised concept of revolution'

Dignitaries release the book ‘Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior’, authored by retired ambassador Pascal Alan Nazareth, at St Aloysius College in Mangaluru.

‘Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior’, a book authored by retired ambassador Pascal Alan Nazareth was released at a programme organised by St Aloysius College and the Catholic Association of South Kanara.

On the occasion, Giselle Mehta, the author of ‘Blossom Showers’ and former IRS officer, said that the book has brought out the soul force of Gandhi who shook the British Empire through a revolution never seen elsewhere.

Nazareth explained to the audience his ambitious choice of calling Gandhi a “soul force warrior” while comparing the bloody revolutions which have taken place around the world.

“Gandhi was able to answer the oppressor (the British) with his simple, yet original and powerful techniques of truth and non-violence which relied on spirituality for which the British had no answer. Gandhi revolutionised the concept of ‘revolution’ and spiritualised it,” Nazareth said.

Karnataka Circle Chief Postmaster General Dr Charles Lobo recommended the book to students, peace lovers as an answer to the uneasy phase that modern India faces.

Aloysius Institutions Rector Fr Dionysius Vaz, in his presidential address, appreciated the works of Nazareth.

Vaz drew the attention of the audience to remember Gandhi’s Talisman, “Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man (woman) whom you may have seen and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him (her). Will he (she) gain anything by it? Will it restore him (her) to a control over his (her) own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to Swaraj (freedom) for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then, you will find answers to your doubts and yourself melt away.”

College Principal Fr Praveen Martis was also present.

Nazareth is a renowned Gandhian writer and a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award by the Chinmoy Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations for his ‘Life Time of Dedication and World Service by promoting of the Gandhian Values of Truth, Non Violence, Communal Harmony and Humanitarian Service.’

This is his second book on Gandhi, the first being ‘Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership’, also released at St Aloysius College, his alma mater.

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