"I never saw Gandhi... I do not know his language.. I never set foot in his country and yet, I feel the same sorrow as if I had lost someone near and dear," wrote the Frenchman Leon Blum, when he heard that Mahatma Gandhi was dead.
Millions, not only in India but the world over, felt the same way, for Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) has been the only politician in modern history who strove to rule not men, but the hearts of men.
"... for me, the road to salvation lies through incessant toil in the service of my country and therefore of humanity".
"... I recognise no God except the God that is to be found in the hearts of the dumb millions."
"... How can I talk of God to the millions who have to go without two meals a day? To them, God can only appear as bread and butter."
"... I may live without air and water, but not without Him. You may pluck out my eyes, but that will not kill me. You may chop off my nose, but that will not kill me. But blast my belief in God and I am dead."
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