Helping someone financially to managing traffic, telly actors do Gandhigiri
Mumbai : This year, October 2 marks the 150th birth anniversary. Telly actors share their Gandhigiri moments.
Ankit Bathla : Recently I was traveling by flight to my hometown Delhi and I saw there was a lady who was making a ruckus about changing her seat. I realized why she wanted to change her seat, it was because the person beside her was old and was not from a very rich family. This lady was somebody who had a lot of money, so she was making a ruckus and telling the flight attendant that the seats needed to be changed because she did not want to sit with this man. I felt that the poor man was feeling so insulted for no reason and the flight attendant very politely told her that the flight was full and there were no seats available and so if she wanted to change she could pay and move to business and first-class, which she wasn’t ready for. Hence, she kept saying that she doesn’t want to sit with someone who is not from a good class and that’s when I felt bad for the person. I went and spoke to her and she recognized that I am an actor which made it even more convincing because as an actor we have the power to influence people which we must exercise as much as we can. So I spoke to her and told her that it’s not about money. If the old man is doing something which is not right then it’s a different thing. But as soon as you sit you can’t judge someone because he is not wearing great clothes or he is not your age. This is one of my GandhiGiri moments.
Avinash Mishra: I remember after completing the 12th, we had to choose a subject to continue our graduation and one of my friends wanted to do BBA but he was forced by his parents to choose a CA course. And definitely, he didn’t want to do it, then my friends and I went to his home and had a long conversation with his parents, almost for 8-9 hours. I guess that was our GandhiGiri moment as we convinced them with love and huge patience.
Sanjay Gagnani: I’ve had a lot of GandhiGiri moments. In fact, I keep witnessing GandhiGiri moments in my day to day life. I politely ask people to keep their surroundings clean, not to litter. If I find anyone spitting on the road, throwing garbage, tell them not to. I threaten people that I will record and handover the footage to the media if they break traffic rules or misbehave when corrected. I’ve asked a lot of people in my unit to not use abusive language and keep the environment positive and clean. Also, If I find someone having a physical fight, I ask them to be nonviolent and solve the matter through a verbal conversation.
Manuj Nagpal : I think Gandhigiri moments happen in everybody’s life but for me, it is to help anyone who needs help, especially during old age, kids and the physically disabled. I am running an NGO called Helping Hands in Punjab. I am in Mumbai and I face heavy jam-packed traffic, so my Gandhi Giri moment is to come out of my car and help the flow of traffic.
Rehaan Roy: Gandhi Ji is not only an inspiration for our nation but is also an idol for the entire world because of his greatness and kindness. We all must have a Gandhi ji within us. There are many situations in life when you get tempted to do things which are easy and unethical. Those are the moments we must remember what Gandhi ji taught us and live by the truth and honesty.
Sneha Wagh: I have done Gandhigiri at my home itself when my sister was giving her 12th exams. My parents wanted her to do a CA course, especially my mom but she never wanted to do the CA course. That time I put my foot down and I said let her do what she wants to do. She wanted to be in a different kind of industry, she wanted to get into the hotel industry and I convinced my parents.
Ayyaz Ahmed: It’s not just about a moment or a day when I did something good, I think we all should do good every day and remind ourselves of the very essence of gandhigiri, which is nonviolence. We should not differentiate between caste and creed, which is very old school. Also, I remember the fact that the base of Indian democracy and the reason why Mahatma Gandhi wanted a secular India, so secularism is a priority for me. Presently, the way the government has been functioning in our country and the way the democracy has been played and used for their own advantages, I speak about the basic rights of constitution and the basics of any human staying in India. As long as we remember what Gandhi stands for, which is secularism, nonviolence and no differentiating between caste and creed, I think we are keeping a part of Gandhi alive with us every day, every moment with our breath
Rohitashv Gour: On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, I always remember Mahatma Gandhi. I always try and do Gandhigiri in my daily life too. Recently, I did Gandhigiri with one of my friends, who was facing a financial issue. He had to give his kids’ school fees. The problem has become so big that from Mira road he had to shift to Naigaon and after shifting there, his problems increased. So he really wanted money as his financial condition was really bad. I took his account number from someone and quietly added some money in his account without telling him. He was so surprised!
Vijayendra Kumeria: Cleanliness is something I am very particular about. I always correct people if they are littering or dirtying their surroundings. One act of gandhigiri that I remember is that I saw people throwing water bottles here and there on the set after they consumed water. At first, I was disgusted but then my inner voice pricked me I started collecting bottles and putting them in the bin and I made sure everyone noticed it. Everyone got embarrassed and realized and started picking up the bottles and after that whenever I was on the set I never saw anyone littering at least in my presence.
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