To my mind, amongst all Gandhi’s closest followers, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s feats were the most spectacular; to make one of the most violent people practise non-violence was nothing less. His prison terms under the British rule were the harshest. After independence, he was the one leader who suffered the most, spending another 14 years in Pakistani prisons.
‘Malala identifies Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Badshah Khan, Bacha Khan), the “Muslim Gandhi”, as her source of inspiration.’The seeds that he sowed have taken time to flower. But in what spectacular fashion, they have flowered! Still tragic, but so full of hope.