“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants

and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it… always.”

–Mahatma Gandhi, 1940.

It is undeniable that Gandhi is one of the world’s greatest political and spiritual leaders. In India he is honoured as the father of the nation and has inspired his compatriots to fight for peace, freedom and democracy. He upheld the importance of human rights and non-discrimination.

Gandhi promoted human rights, which are part of every human being, independent of origin, religion, age, gender or social status. The non-violent raid tactic that became a hallmark of Ghandi’s resistance against British rule can be traced back to the struggle for home rule in India and the raids on the Dharasana Salt Works – in protest against a salt tax and the prohibition of private salt making. During the raids, columns of volunteers – as many as 2,500 at a time – gathered, walked silently and bravely defied the heavily guarded mines, knowing they would be beaten and perhaps killed.

In Pakistan, we should also learn from the principles he lived by, regardless of us calling India our venomous enemy. Despite criticism against him, Gandhi still worked for the people he inspired- something greatly lacking in our own.