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Gandhi and his Professor

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014

The following anecdote tells us how a young man of indomitable courage and strength of character and conviction was already revealing, in his own way, that in the future he would lead a whole nation in its fight for self-rule.

When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor whose last name was Peters. Mr Peters did not like Gandhi and since the future father of a nation never lowered his head to him, the professor and the student had very frequent arguments.

M K Gandhi

M K Gandhi

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor, in his arrogance, said, “Mr Gandhi: you do not understand… a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat,” to which Gandhi replied, “You do not worry professor, I’ll fly away.” The young student immediately left his seat and went to another table.

Bapu

Bapu

Mr. Peters, green of rage, decided to take revenge on the next test, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all the questions. Then Mr. Peters asked Gandhi the following question.
“Mr Gandhi, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one will you take?”
Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.”
Mr. Peters, smiling, said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom,
don’t you think?”
“Each one takes what one doesn’t have,” responded Gandhi indifferently.

Mr. Peters, already hysteric, wrote the word “idiot” on the examination sheet and gave it to Gandhi. Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down. A few minutes later, Gandhi went to the professor and said, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you didn’t give me the grade.”

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