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February 2003
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"When you offer milk to a hungry child or a blanket to a shivering brother on the pavement, you are but placing a gift of God into the hands of another gift of God"
Mahatma Gandhi is considered as the modern saint of India, who brought freedom from slavery to India through non-violence and self-reliance. Many knew him but few followed his teachings. Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel and his daughter Maniben were true Gandhians, who believed in "simple living and high thinking". S.V.Patel was the Deputy Prime Minister of India . His daughter was caught wearing a "Khadi" (hand spun) cotton sari that was patched up in few places. A friend of S.V.Patel Mr.Thyagi saw that and asked, "Maniben , is it not a stigma to your father's status if you wear rags?". Maniben replied "Thyagi, why should I feel humiliated? Why would I cause defamation to my father? This sari is made out of handspun cotton of my own effort! I do not engage servants, as I believe in working for myself! I believe in the dignity of labour and self-reliance. There is nothing wrong if I do my chores."
She immediately left the place to avoid further discussion on this matter, that could potentially cause ill feelings. Dr. Suseela Nayar, another freedom fighter reaffirmed to Mr. Thyagi, what a hard working woman Maniben was and how she would not waste any resources.

- Chinna Katha

"Courageous People command popularity through humility, show magnanimity, through extolling others, get involved with humanitarian causes and endure the atrocities of the unkindful men."

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Determination "That which can be conceived,can be achieved." -James Allen
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Responsibility "Society and its problems can not be solved,if people are not accountable for their actions."-John Les
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Manners "Respect guides our morals;Respect for others governs our nature." -Lawrence Stone
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Perseverance "Great works are performed,not by strength but by perseverance." - Dr. Johnson
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