Dr. Abid Hussian
Indian Foreign Service
Abid Hussain is Chancellor of the English and Foreign Languages University; Chancellor of Indian Maritime University; Chancellor of ICFAI foundation for higher education, member of the Board of Trustees of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians, member of International Panel on Democracy and Development of UNESCO; Professor Emeritus at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade; Professor Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of Ministry of External Affairs.
He was for nine years Special Rapporteur to UN on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. He is Professor Emeritus at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He is the former Ambassador of India to the USA. He was Vice Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Chancellor of Central University of Hyderabad. He was honored with Padma Bhushan for meritorious services.
Gandhi: A Timeless Living Legend
Students of GITAM Institute of Management
According to Dr. Hussain without the idea of Gandhi, the story of India remains incomplete and soulless. He made India’s independence movement an epoch making marvel of history. Without him it would remain bereft of a magnificent brilliance of moral and ethical significance. He wanted India to be seen through the eyes of the common man and declared that those who wish to influence the people must first participate in their struggle.
Nonviolence, Gandhi said is “the first article of my faith, it is also the last article of my creed”. Nonviolence cannot permit violence even against the evil doers for violence against them would lead to multiple evils. He held that Satyagraha required complete abstention from violence. Nonviolence and Satyagraha do not come easily. One has to be more courageous to be nonviolent than to be a man with a rifle in his hand. Dr. Hussain reiterated Albert Einstein’s statement about Gandhi that in generations to come, people would wonder whether such a man as this in flesh and blood walked on the earth.