Oct 16, 2008


Mahatma Gandhi - Our Father of the nation...We all know about him, through our History books, from movies like Gandhi and Lage Raho Munnabhai..and also from our own jugdement......I draw inspiration from him..not completely but in certain ways....
His famous quotes -
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

Now, lets mover further to another hero, another visionary....

Che Guevara - We know him as a heroic figure, the new man of the 20th century .....
Ernesto (Che) Guevara de la Serna ,nickname "Che" derived from Guevara's habit of punctuating his speech with the interjection che, a common Argentine expression for a friend .

We have heard about Che but don't know much about him..So here is an attempt to portray this Latin American revolutionary leader, who rejected both capitalism and orthodox Soviet communism.

He is a cultural symbol, an icon ..a symbol of freedom..and has a cult following.
An intellectual and an idealist, was able to speak coherently about Aristotle, Kant, Marx, or Faulkner.... he also loved poetry...

It was this great sensitivity to injustice that forged his political views and led him to distrust imperialism, specifically the American government.
Che Guevara was executed in Vallegrande. He was 39 years old. The circumstances surrounding his death have added to his mystique. He was taken to an old school house and was tied to a board. Che Guevara’s alleged last words to the firing squad were
"Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man".

Many people have documented his life through books and movies....However I have seen only one and that is The Motorcycle Diaries...the journey of his early years, his encounters with different beliefs, his transformation from a medical student to a revolutionay.
He had no military training and yet he used guerrilla warfare to execute his strategies....so well !

Though I am inspired by Gandhian philosophy in someway and Che's ideologies differ from the former, yet both had something in common.

The desire for liberty, passion for their people, sacrificing life for a greater cause...bind the two leaders of their times together in one common thread of being an iconic figure...their means to achieve the goals were different but motive was the same..
Both started their movement with a confusion regarding intellect and practical theories. Moved on to become tacticians, planners and statesmen.

Many people believe that revolutions emerge by merely picking up the gun...but its not true...its the idea that strikes and the person who ignites it and executes well becomes the leader of the masses.

So, this is it....for now !

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