'Devudu chooskuntaadu' - The God will take care.
'Dharmam kaadu' - That is not Dharmam
'Ade dharmam' - that is Dharmam
These are phrases that are part of normal talk in Palagutaapalle Dalitwada. Every third sentence is such a phrase. Referances to the Mahabharatha stories are similarly very common.
"Dharmam is to do a good job even if no one is watching.", Annasamy anna tells me.
The Indian ethos breathes religiousness - in a very simple and natural manner. If one denies that, one cannot relate to, or engage with the people. One may oneself be far less religious, that is accepted - as the Indian philosophy accepts all. But the religiousness of the ordinary Indian one cannot deny.
Gandhi understood that, was himself deeply religious in a simple manner, and thereby touched a chord in people - which we the 'modern educated' are unable to.