From civil rights to economy from environment to labour rights, Gandhi continues to wield a global influence
Christ and Mahatma
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who took inspiration from Gandhi and became the most visible spokesperson and leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the US.
He applied non-violent campaign in 1955 during the Montgomery bus boycott, helping millions of African Americans to fight for civil liberties. He said, "Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics". (Others)
A South African anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a revolutionary politician. He served as the prime minister of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Popularly known as "Gandhi of South Africa", he followed Gandhi's principles of non-violent civil disobedience movement.
"I could never reach the standard of morality, simplicity and love for the poor set by the Mahatma, While Gandhi was a human without weaknesses, I am a man of many weaknesses, "Mandela said. (Others)
A disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and a freedom fighter of India, Vinoba Bhave is best known for "Bhoodan Movement" (A land reform movement).
"I know of nothing which is of greater value than reading the Gita. And yet, I have found a living person who follows the philosophy of Gita in his own life. He is my master and lives in an Ashram on the banks of Sabarmati river in Gujarat" said Vinoba Bhave. (Others)
A Gandhian activist, Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmentalist and agro-ecologist.
She has taken up a non-violent civil campaign to resist globalisation and protect farmers and earth. Her strategy is to harvest every endangered seed and native plant, restore the soil to its original richness. (Others)