Sushila Nayar


Sushila Nayar born Kunjah, Punjab, India December 26, 1914 (d. 2001). Gandhi's physician; member of Gandhi's ashram; participated in nonviolent protests, jailed 1942-4; active in Gandhi's Noakhali campaign for religious harmony; participated in Bhave's Bhoodan movement; Indian Minister of Health, 1962.


"This was Satyagraha. To try to touch the opponent's heart and convince him of the correctness of your own thinking, of your own step. It required a bond of love, absence of anger or ill-will towards the opponent. If the opponent would not give you even an opportunity to convince him, you tried to get it by touching his heart through self-suffering." (Reminiscences of Kasturba Gandhi; photo