9/11 And Gandhi
What can be the connection between 9/11, the symbol of violence, and Gandhi who signifies non-violence? To find out its answer we must go back exactly hundred years.
Gandhiji was in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he got attached to 9/11. The mentioned date has turned out to be a sign of terror after the attack on America in 2001. While Gandhi’s 9/11 of 1906 was far away from terrorism.
Broadly, 9/11 of both the years represented retaliation. Still, the worst part of 2001 was its brutality. It created chaos as well as fear in the minds of the people. Contrary to it was Gandhiji’s protest that took place against the “Draft Asiatic Ordinance”.
This legislation meant that every Asian must enroll their fingerprints. Even registration certificates must be carried everywhere Deportation was the punishment for breaking the rule.
The Indian community felt degraded. They resolved to protest. The Indians of Transvaal Province stood united and made some resolution during a meeting called by
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He clarified to all the united Indians that everyone must get ready to face and tolerate any extent of hardship. They adopted an approach that was firm and true to curb the British intention. That was the foundation of a new method of protest known as Satyagraha.
The Ordinance got stuck. Gandhiji’s method of non-violence, the newly developed weapon, succeeded. The Satyagrahi’s faced some acid tests but finally emerged victorious against the British.
The non-violent method when observed for the first time was actually without a proper name. Gandhi received quite a number of suggestions from people. Later on, was named Satyagraha by him.
The impact of 9/11 after 1906 was absolutely humane. The scenario has changed since 2001. It’s inhuman now.