THE FRONTIER GANDHI: BADSHAH KHAN, A TORCH FOR PEACE A Film by T.C. McLuhan
Twenty-one years in the making, THE FRONTIER GANDHI: BADSHAH KHAN, A TORCH FOR PEACE (a feature length documentary – 92 minutes) launches into orbit the epic story of a remarkable Muslim peacemaker born into Pashtun warrior society of the strategic North-West Frontier Province of the Indian subcontinent — now Pakistan’s frontier region Kyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Pronounced “a miracle” by Mahatma Gandhi, Badshah Khan (1890-1988) raised a 100,000 strong nonviolent army of men, women, and young people — the Khudai Khidmatgars, or servants of God — drawn from the multi-ethnic traditions of Afghanistan and India. Muslims, as well as Hindus, Christians, Parsees, Sikhs, and Buddhists came together in the cause of peace, social justice, religious tolerance, and human dignity for all.
Have you ever heard of Badshah Khan, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, the Frontier Gandhi? Take a look and learn of a daring and inspirational figure.
A President puts a nonviolent warrior from the Pakistan/Afghan border town of Utmanzai back on his map.
A little known colossus from one of the most violence prone regions on earth strides the subcontinent speaking of peace.
King of the Khyber? A Muslim Gandhi? A close friend and ally of the Mahatma's? Who is he?
A tribal aristocrat from a brutal warrior tradition persuades his people to give up the gun and emerges as one of history's greatest peacemakers. Improbable but unarguable fact.
The Red Shirts: a 100,000 strong nonviolent army of men, women, and young people — Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Parsees, Sikhs, and Buddhists — who fought for freedom, religious tolerance, social justice, and human dignity for all — Why don't we know about them?
A Badshah's (Emperor's) mission in his own words — spoken by legendary Indian actor Om Puri.