South Africa’s Poor Tune In to Mandela’s Funeral

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Jonathan Torgovnik’s photographs on assignment for TIME of people watching Nelson Mandela’s funeral on television in Alexandra township, in Johannesburg, one of the poorest urban areas in all of South Africa, on December 15, 2013. Residents shared their feelings and thoughts on beloved Madiba’s legacy on the day the former president was buried in his boyhood village, Qunu.

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DrYogeshSharma1
DrYogeshSharma1

Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela

4-Similarly Mahatma Gandhi had only one wife and during last four decades of his life, he was an honest Brahmachari or practiced celibacy but Nelson Mandela had three legal marriages and many relationships out of wedlock like Mugal relers. Mahatma Gandhi himself wrote,” I was anxious to observe Brahmacharya in thought,word and deed…”

M.K.Gandhi, ‘An Autobiography’, Navjivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad-14, Ch-XXVII, p-236.)

-5- Nelson Mandela was very fond of drinking and non vegetarian food where as Mahatma Gandhi was totally vegetarian and no place for modern voluptuous life.Fast was the most favorite weapon for Gandhi. ,” Yet in spite  of my knowledge that my fast was bound to put pressure upon them, as in fact it did, I Felt  I could not help it. The duty to undertake, it seemed to me to be clear.”

M.K.Gandhi, ‘An Autobiography’, Navjivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad-14, Ch-XXII, p-318.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6- Mahatma Gandhi used jail as a place for self study, penance etc., but for Nelson Mandela jail was a place for enjoyment. In jail he used to demand branded oils and perfumes and special drinks and meals.

7-Mahatma Gandhi never aspired for any thing. He renounced power completely but Nelson Mandela was a power hungry man and he used the entire tricks to come and retain power.

8- Mahatma Gandhi had no personal property when he died but Nelson Mandela amassed huge property and remained in possession till his death and left it to his siblings to fight for his wealth and property.  

9- Nelson Mandela was an opportunistic leader.  When he was the president of South Africa, he never supported Indian foreign policy but Mahatma Gandhi never changed his philosophies and shifted side. Through out his life South Africa remained second home to him. Mahatma Gandhi himself said,” And yet they received me as though we had been age-long friends. It is no exaggeration but the liberal truth to say that in this meeting with the peasants, I was face to face with God, Ahimsa and truth.”. M.K.Gandhi, ‘An Autobiography’, Navjivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad-14, Ch-XIV, p-302)

Such commitment and loyalty was no where to be seen in the life of Nelson Mandela.   

So in the end I want to say that by comparing Mahatma Gandhi with Nelson Mandela we are doing great injustice to our great Mahatma Gandhi and lowering his dignity and status. Mahatma Gandhi was a great human being and almost incapable of mistakes or he was a real saint. Mahatma Gandhi was a true Mahatma but Nelson Mandalay can be treated a fake Mahatma If we compare him with our Indian Mahatma of Sabarmati. 

DrYogeshSharma1
DrYogeshSharma1

Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela

Every man has two sides. But due to manipulative skills seamy side of such politician and statesman hide into background. In India too there is a mad competition going on to show love for Nelson Mandela and ignorant and sycophants are wrongly comparing him with Mahatma Gandhi.

Indians have the sick tendency to compare big names with extraordinary names, like Sachin Tendulkar as Bhagwan or superior to Sir Don Breadman, Shahrukh khan as King Khan, Sania Mirza as Sansani or sensation, A.P.J. Aubdul Kalam as Missile Man of India.  Similarly even dead are being made as Supermen like Ambedkar, Periyar, Annadurai, Phule, Nehru etc..

Now after the death of Nelson Mandela same drama is going on in comparing Mandela with Mahatma Gandhi. Reality is this there is no similarity between Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.  There is hardly any parallel between the two greats.

1-Mahatma Gandhi was 100% loyal, true and committed to non-violence. There is not a single example of violence in Gandhi's life but early life of Nelson Mandela was full of violence, killing, arson, crime, rioting, terrorism and what not. Mahatma Gandhi used Satyagraha as weapon to get his demand met but Mandela used violence. Mahatma Gandhi wrote,”….and equally anxious to devote the maximum of time to the Satyagraha struggle and fit myself, for it by cultivating purity”.

M.K.Gandhi, ‘An Autobiography’, Navjivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad-14, Ch-XXVII, p-236.)

2-Similarly in Mahatma Gandhi's life there was no sign of hate, racism and apartheid where as Nelson Mandela's life was full of hate for white minorities and non Africans. Even during his regime white minorities and non-Africans were brutally oppressed where as Mahatma Gandhi gave special status to Muslims and minorities even he was instrumental in giving more special rights and powers to minorities than majority Hindus.

3-Personal life was Mahatma Gandhi was very clean and he renounced power and every thing but Nelson Mandela was charged for corrupt practices too when he was the President of South Africa. He ruled like an aristocrat, no common touch, no self discipline,no humility. Mahatma Gandhi himself said,” The extreme forms in which my passion for self-help and simplicity expressed itself will be described in their proper place.”

M.K.Gandhi, ‘An Autobiography’, Navjivan Publishing House, Ahmedabad-14, Ch-IX, p-154)