I do not support the demand of people of Raleigaon(Home town of Anna Hazare,a social activist from India) that Anna be given the title of Mahatma ....i wonder if , im being cynical ! For me and several others Mahatma means Gandhi ,in other words can relate the word Mahatma with Gandhi ji alone. A selfless worldknown leader who participated in freedom struggle and showed us the path to freedom ,a self styled leader who did not follow anyone but was followed by others, a leader with no enemity, who never used the word enemity , and treated an opponent with respect ,a man who never encouraged violence.Its of great importance for the people to understand ,the generation we lost, with last words,of Mahatma Gandhi HEY RAM !! Here's some light drawn on Mahatma's Life.
Gandhi first employed non-violent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers in protesting against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, but above all for achieving Swaraj — the independence of India from foreign domination. Gandhi famously led Indians in protesting the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, on many occasions, in both South Africa and India.
Gandhi strove to practice non-violence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest
This is just a peek into the life of the great leader, and i wonder how many of Raleigaon people are aware of these facts about Gandhi ji. For me leaders are never made but born , adorning a Gandhi Topi does not make anyone Mahatma but one has to be chiselled to shine to brilliance. Last but not least Anna has to realise ,Gandhi ji never took the credit of winning a battle for him it was always the victory of the nation.
In my opinion ,it will take Anna few generations to even come close to what Mahatma Gandhi was!