Sunday, October 25, 2009

Illustration Friday - Fast

Gandhi was one of the most interesting political figures of the 20th Century. He used fasting extensively as a non violent means to attain political goals as shown in these excerpts from a biographical timeline

1932 - In September, while still in jail, Gandhi begins a "fast unto death" to improve the status of the Untouchable caste. The fast ends after six days when the British Government accepts a settlement agreement between the Untouchables and higher caste Indians.

1933 - In April Gandhi fasts for 21 days to again focus attention on the plight of the Untouchables. He is released from jail during this fast but rearrested with his wife and 30 followers on 31 July after commencing a new "individual" civil disobedience campaign and sentenced to a year in jail.

1943 - On 10 February Gandhi begins a 21-day fast to win his freedom. The British are unmoved and refuse to release him from custody.

1947 - Sectarian riots erupt as Muslims in India flee to Pakistan while Hindus in the Pakistan flee the opposite way. As many as two million die in north India, at least 12 million become refugees, and a limited war over the incorporation of Kashmir into India breaks out between the two nation states. Gandhi pleas for peace, using fasts to shame rioting mobs into order.

"If the peace is broken again I will come back and undertake a fast unto the death and die if necessary," he warns.

1948 - On 30 January Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi while on his way to his evening prayer meeting. His assassin is a Hindu extremist who opposes Gandhi's willingness to engage in dialogue with Muslims.


Meagan said...

This is an awesome portrait. I have a really hard time doing negative images like this, nicely done rendering.

dthaase said...

so well done - wonderfully conceived

Casey said...

I LOVE this!

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Beautiful portrait. The line work goes the theme with passion. Lovely job.

Andrew W. Moir said...

Simple and well done portrait. The likeness is unmistakable. :)

COBOL said...

thank you all very much

Coreopsis said...

Beautiful drawing! It must take a different mindset to do the lines in white instead of black. I love the meandering quality of them, and how they build up into the values of his face.