BENGALUR: The role of Mahatma Gandhi and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was discussed by a group of two scientists at an event organized by the Consulate General of Israel in southern India on Sunday.
The panelists – one from India and the other from Israel – spoke of the lives and deaths of both leaders, the similarities they shared, and of their memories of the day they were both murdered. The event was held to remind both leaders.
The conference staff was Professor Vijay Padaki, Institute of Management at Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (IIM-B) and Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Professor Gadi Ariav, Associate Professor of Technology Management and Information Systems, University of Tel Aviv, Israel.
Professor Padaki said that Gandhi was a complex person who had struggled with many problems in his life. "When you see this in terms of driving, you see a very different Gandhi, even his thoughts on nonviolence were complex," he said.
The deaths of both Gandhi and Rabin were assassinations that shook individual countries. He remembered the assassination of Rabbi, Professor Ariav said it was a devastating, incredible event in Israel. Professor Padaki said the murders were fairly common throughout history and they all grew up because people could not cope with their differences. "Basic psychology is the same when all the communities are excluded when they stand," he said.
Professor Ariav pointed out that one difference between Gandhi and Rabin was that the theme of Rabin's character was a hotly debated issue in Israel, unlike Gandhi's undisputed status as "Mahatma." "Maybe 23 years, the time since Rabin's death, there is not enough time to settle," he added.